Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Ohio House tried again Wednesday to put Sloopy down — as the state’s rock song.
On a vote of 82-13, the chamber OK’d legislation to make the designation official, decades after lawmakers adopted a resolution granting but not codifying the honor for “Hang on Sloopy.”
The House moved comparable legislation last session, but the bill stalled in the Ohio Senate. This session’s HB 31 now heads to the latter for further consideration.
The legislation would add the words to the song to Ohio Revised Code, including instructions for the namesake “little girl” to “let your hair down” and references to her upbringing in “a very bad part of town.”
Backers say Sloopy should be the state’s official rock song, given its Ohio roots — Sloopy apparently was a woman from the Steubenville area, and the rock band that made the song famous was from Dayton.
The song has also become an anthem for the Ohio State University football team, prompting Buckeye fans to shout “O-H-I-O” during the chorus.
“The goal of this legislation is simple: to have the Ohio law match the legend and to place the song&hellip in its proper place within the Ohio Revised Code,” said Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat and a primary co-sponsor of the bill.
An analysis of the bill by the state’s Legislative Service Commission notes that the “song is not about the cartoon dog Snoopy.”