Yes, its true, there are a number of changes to Ohio's existing firearm laws in the new budget. I really hate it when legislation is bundled into other legislation that is unrelated. Fortunately the proposed changes impact us only slightly and in one or two cases actually work out to our benefit. The biggest change is to raise the initial fee for a CCW from $55 to $67. The renewal fee will actually decrease and renewal applicants will only have to fill out the forms covering their status over the previous 5 years since the last application. Pretty much some "common sense" legislation going on again, much like how the "Castle Doctrine" law that went into effect in September clarified some gray areas in the law, this does the same.
The final bill has not been published as of yet, but Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) has a rundown on their site. I get their alerts via email and you should do if you live in Ohio. Yes, you occasionally get solicitation emails from them, but I do also from the NRA. If you haven't already done so, send in your membership dues to them or make a donation.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)