Week in Review
Friday, June 15, 2018
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced
the final report of his Insurer Task Force on Opioid Reduction Tuesday, a
collection of 15 recommendations on prevention, intervention and treatment for
opioid abuse through better coordination of health and insurance providers.
DeWine gathered with task force members in Columbus to release the 24-page
report, calling its recommendations "very, very sound." Members
include representatives of Aetna, Anthem, Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource,
Medical Mutual, Molina Healthcare, Ohio Association of
Health Plans, Paramount Health Care and UnitedHealthCare.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
The constitutionality of the Affordable
Care Act's (ACA) mandate for everyone to obtain health coverage, upheld by the
U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, is again a major question after the Trump
administration said Thursday it won't defend the mandate against arguments that
the new federal tax law renders it unconstitutional. In February, 19 states
filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas,
arguing that recent elimination of the penalty for failure to comply with the
mandate obviates the basis on which the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling rests. While
the Supreme Court found in NFIB v.
Sebelius that the mandate is unconstitutional as an exercise of Congress'
interstate commerce powers, it determined the policy was permissible under its
taxing powers. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law in
December 2017, zeroes out the tax penalty for failing to obtain coverage, though
the mandate itself remains in effect.
As part of observing Friday, June 15 as World
Elder Abuse Awareness Day and because older adults are the fastest-growing
segment of Ohio's population, the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and the Ohio Department
of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) are asking all Ohioans to learn the warning
signs of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and to report it if they suspect
an older loved one or neighbor might be a target.
Protecting landowners from state eminent
domain laws is the goal of an Ohio Farm Bureau legal brief recently submitted
in the Knick v. Township of Scott, PA.
case to the Supreme Court of the United States
ARTS, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Cincinnati Reds organization tried
to persuade the Supreme Court of Ohio Wednesday that the team should not have
to pay state use tax on bobbleheads, baseball cards and other memorabilia
distributed to fans at home games. The Ohio Department of Taxation countered
that promotional items are gifts rather than merchandise and therefore due tax
from the gratuity's provider. The Major League Baseball club, whose roster
collectively earns tens of millions of dollars in annual compensation, is
looking at having to shell out $88,000 for a three-year period if the state
gets its way.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has
joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in announcing the seizure of
approximately 20 pounds of fentanyl "with the capability of killing more
than four million people," according to the AG's office. DeWine says
authorities with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force -- part of the
attorney general's Organized Crime Investigations Commission -- seized the
drugs Monday night.
The state has announced that, due to
lower than expected expenditures in the Ohio Medicaid program in this fiscal
year, FY18, it is able to reduce a planned cut to hospitals by nearly $1
billion -- "$956 million less than the Ohio General Assembly enacted and
$402 million less than the Kasich administration originally proposed."
According to the Office of Health Transformation (OHT), Ohio Medicaid updated
its budget forecast in May and determined enrollment will be less than originally
projected as a result of Ohio's steadily improving economy. "The reduced
caseload will translate into budget savings of $354 million ($54 million state
share) in 2018 and $466 million ($122 million state share) in 2019. While
significant, these amounts are within 2.6 percent of the original budget in
2018 and 3.2 percent in 2019."
"We're not talking about whether a
man is guilty or not. We're talking about whether he is going to die ... ." Such was the assessment of one of 12 jurors Thursday
in the decades-old capital case against Raymond Tibbetts, scheduled for lethal
injection on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Professing to be older and a little wiser,
Ross Geiger told the Ohio Parole Board that if he knew then what he knows now
of Tibbetts' childhood, he would have been the single juror necessary to give
the inmate life in prison instead of death.
As many as 71 programs around the state
might receive grants to support youth mentorship programs after an advisory
board voted Friday to recommend them as recipients of Community Connectors
Grants. Applicants were allowed to request up to $150,000 for their one year
programs, matching state dollars with their local dollars on a three-to-one
ratio. However, as Program Administrator Kimberlee Clark noted, the program
received a 61 percent cut in funding this biennium, meaning only $8 million was
available to be awarded. The distribution must still be approved by
Superintendent of Education Paolo DeMaria.
Superintendent Paolo DeMaria primed the
pump Monday for soon-to-begin discussions with the State Board of Education for
recommendations on the next biennial budget, development of which will start
under this administration but will be taken over next year by a new governor.
Guidance for FY20-21 is expected from the Office of Budget and Management (OBM)
in July, and DeMaria predicted it will mirror that of the last budget cycle,
asking agencies to submit plans for two scenarios: flat funding and a
The State Board of Education voted
Tuesday to approve its strategic plan titled "EachChild=OurFuture," which lays out a broad framework for the
state's educational goals, strategies and guiding principles. Included in the
plan are four "domains of learning" on which education should be focused:
foundational skills and knowledge; well-rounded content; reasoning; and
social-emotional learning. In addition, the plan establishes eight
"guiding principles" that emphasize teaching toward equity of student
outcomes, and 15 "strategies" designed to support Ohio's overarching
Questions about the level of precision
in differentiating among scores led a State Board of Education committee to
delay for one month a decision on the new testing cutoff of the third grade
reading guarantee. However, schools should still know the new cut score in
July, as members said they plan to seek emergency consideration so the
committee and full board can vote on it in the same month.
Auditor Dave Yost should not be admitted
as a formal party to litigation in which court-appointed attorneys are
overseeing the final affairs of the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow
(ECOT), the online charter school argued in recent filings.
The court-ordered auction of assets from
the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) ended this week with the
biggest ticket item, the former shopping mall site that served as the online
school's headquarters, going to Columbus City Schools. The capital city
district won with a bid of $3.15 million for the 138,000-square-foot building,
and expects to pay nearly $3.5 million total when fees and transfer costs are
added. The auction also included a hodge-podge of office equipment, computers,
vehicles and miscellaneous items. A lot of eight robotics kits went for $325. A
2002 Chevy flatbed pickup truck went for $6,520. A welding table sold for $101, and a foosball table for $400.
Ohio's process for removing voters from
its voting rolls does not violate federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled
Monday in a 5-4 decision that pitted conservatives on the Court against its
liberal wing. Groups sued the state over its practice of removing individuals
from the rolls if they do not vote for two federal cycles, saying it violates
the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as well as the Help America Vote Act
(HAVA). Writing for the majority in Husted
v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, Justice Samuel Alito said that Ohio's
"supplemental process" does exactly what the two laws spelled out,
because if a voter does not cast a ballot in a federal election, the state
notifies the voter of that failure and asks for a verification that the voter
still resides at the current address on the voter's registration.
However, Secretary of State Jon Husted's
office Tuesday notified county boards of elections that, despite the U.S.
Supreme Court ruling Monday in Husted v.
A. Philip Randolph Institute upholding Ohio's process for removing
individuals from the voter rolls, that no action is to be taken until after the
November 2018 election because federal law prohibits cancelling voter
registrations less than 90 days prior to a federal election. Ohio has two
federal elections set: one on Aug. 7 and another on Nov. 6.
Republican Jim Renacci's U.S. Senate
campaign announced two hires on Monday. Sarah Clamp will serve as deputy
campaign manager. Prior to joining Renacci for Senate, Clamp managed the
Jenkins for Senate campaign in West Virginia. In addition, Leslie Shedd joins Renacci's team as a senior communications
advisor. She has previously worked as vice president of communications for the
National Restaurant Association, deputy campaign manager and communications
director for Kathy Szeliga's Senate campaign in
Maryland, and as national press secretary for CARLY for America.
A new poll on a special election in the
12th Congressional District by Monmouth University shows a lead for Republican
Troy Balderson over Democrat Danny O'Connor, but not much enthusiasm by voters
of either party. The poll found Balderson leading O'Connor 43 percent to 33
percent among potential voters, which Monmouth described as those who have
participated in an election since 2010 or have newly registered to vote. The
poll also found Green Party candidate Joe Manchik
getting 1 percent, while another 21 percent are undecided.
Two new polls show Democratic
gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray with a slight lead over Republican Mike
DeWine, while Sherrod Brown has begun with a larger lead in his re-election bid
against Jim Renacci. In its first poll of Ohio in the 2018 cycle, Quinnipiac
University's Ohio survey put Cordray over DeWine 42 percent to 40 percent,
respectively. The poll, conducted among 1,082 Ohio voters from Thursday, June 7
through Tuesday, June 12, saw men backing DeWine 47 percent to 36 percent,
while women back Cordray 48 to 35 percent. White voters choose DeWine 44
percent to 39 percent, while non-white voters pick Cordray 56 percent to 23
percent. DeWine is getting 85 percent support from Republicans, while Cordray
gets 81 percent of Democratic support. Independent voters back Cordray 39
percent to DeWine's 37 percent.
Meanwhile, Suffolk University released
the results of a poll conducted in conjunction with the Cincinnati Enquirer that shows Cordray over DeWine 43 percent to 36
percent. Brown leads Renacci 53 percent to 37 percent.
A new unit within the auditor's office
would seek to bring restitution to the state and taxpayers who were defrauded
by charter schools and their operating companies under a plan announced
Wednesday by Democratic candidate for auditor Zack Space. The "Stop
Charter Abuse and Malfeasance Unit" or "S.C.A.M. Unit" would be
charged with identifying how much charter schools have overbilled the state,
examining how their operating companies spent taxpayer money and conducting an
internal review of the auditor's office to determine if proper protocols were
followed during audits of charter schools.
In a new 30-second ad, Democrat Danny
O'Connor, candidate for the U.S. House 12th District seat in both the August
special election and the November general election, calls for a change in
leadership in the U.S. House "on both sides of the aisle."
Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Richard Cordray Thursday urged Attorney General Mike DeWine, his GOP opponent,
to join a group of states defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the
Trump administration declined to do so. Cordray and running mate Betty Sutton,
a former U.S. representative, criticized DeWine for his plans to join Vice President
Mike Pence at events in Ohio this weekend while the Trump administration is
taking actions to undermine health care access.
Responding to political attacks from
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray, two sheriffs and a mayor said
Republican candidate Mike DeWine has been a leader in addressing the state's
opioid epidemic as Ohio attorney general.
State Sen. and Republican candidate for
the U.S. Congress Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) announced this week that he
will donate contributions received in his Statehouse and State Senate campaign
accounts from Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's (ECOT) Bill Lager to three
local nonprofit organizations. They include Transitions, Inc. and Miracle
League in Muskingum County and Turning Point in Delaware County.
The following endorsements were made
over the week:
- The League of Conservation Voters
Action Fund endorsed Aftab Pureval
for the 1st Congressional District.
- The DeWine-Husted campaign announced
that the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and the Ohio
Conference of Plasterers and Cement Masons both endorsed their campaign for
- The Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political
Action Committee endorsed Justice Mary DeGenaro and
Judge Craig Baldwin for the Ohio Supreme Court.
- The DeWine-Husted campaign announced
that Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 and Local 33 and Northwest Ohio Building
Trades have endorsed its bid for governor/lieutenant governor.
State Solicitor Eric Murphy and Acting
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Chad Readler have
been nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals, splitting Ohio's U.S. Senate delegation. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
released a statement saying he had spoken with the candidates and was backing
them; Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said he would withhold his support.
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob
Portman (R-OH) are leading a bipartisan group of 10 senators in demanding the
Trump administration release the results of a study regarding what levels of
certain chemicals are safe in drinking water. According to media reports, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has been working to block the
release of results from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
study on the toxic Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
(PFAS). The substances are a class of toxic chemicals used in
manufacturing that have been linked to a variety of cancers and serious
health conditions, according to the offices of Brown and Portman.
The Trump administration should "be
careful" about using national security provisions in the Trade Expansion
Act as reasons to change trade policies, especially with a country like Canada,
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said Tuesday. "Section 232 is for national
security, and it should be used for that purpose only, and it should be used
selectively," Portman told reporters on a conference call, noting he would
support limited uses of the provision, but "not a broad-based tariff,
particularly with a country that is not posing a national security threat from
any perspective, and certainly not from a trade perspective."
Three of the state's top elected
officials on Tuesday offered measured responses to President Donald Trump's
meeting this week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un with U.S. Sen. Rob
Portman (R-OH), U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Gov. John Kasich all noting
North Korea's "empty promises" of the past and lack of follow-through
while at the same time saying they are pleased the talks took place and they
hope for success.
The version of the farm bill passed by a
U.S. Senate Committee includes provisions drawn from his own proposals on
assistance to farmers and water quality protection, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
(D-OH) said Wednesday. Brown said the Senate version also drew bipartisan
support and protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
unlike the U.S. House version.
To mark Flag Day on Thursday, June 14,
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced legislation
that requires the federal government to only buy American flags that are
American-made. The federal government is currently required to purchase flags
made from only 50 percent American-made materials. The senators' legislation
would require the government to buy flags that are produced entirely with
American-made materials and are manufactured in the U.S.
Casinos in Toledo, Columbus and
Cincinnati pulled in more revenue last month than in May 2017, while revenues
in Cleveland fell by nearly $2 million, offsetting the gains. Meanwhile,
statewide racino revenues were up nearly $2 million over May 2017. Ohio's
casinos earned $68.7 million in May, down from $70.2 million in May 2017 and
also down from $72.3 million in April, according to figures released Thursday
by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
The Joint Committee on Agency Rule
Review (JCARR) cleared its slate Monday, including two items from the Ohio
Department of Medicaid (ODM) on durable medical equipment (DME), particularly
speech-generating devices, and one item from the Ohio Department of Job and
Family Services on child support enforcement agency (CSEA) funding.
The House State and Local Government
Committee Wednesday accepted a substitute version of SB86 (Hackett) which
originally designated May 25 as "Ohio National Missing Children's
Day" but now incorporates dozens of other bills and resolutions regarding
special designations and license plates. It then reported the bill out.
Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) has
filed an official complaint with Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)
Director John Born, citing incidents of profiling among Capitol Square's Ohio
State Highway Patrol (OSHP) security personnel. Sykes has said she and other
black women lawmakers have routinely been subjected to additional security
measures when entering the Statehouse and other government office buildings.
Appointments made during the week
include the following:
- Cassandra B. Robertson of Cleveland
Heights (Cuyahoga County) reappointed to the State Council of Uniform State
Laws for a term beginning June 13, 2018, and ending June 5, 2021.
- Rev. Dr. Todd C. Davidson of Lyndhurst
(Cuyahoga County) to the Kent State University Board of Trustees for a term
beginning June 13, 2018, and ending May 16, 2027.
Despite the rising
cost of higher education and growing student debt, both Ohio students and
taxpayers profit from investment in its public universities, according to a new
report from the Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC). The study, conducted by
Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), showed that public
universities, their students and local alumni added a combined $42 billion to
the state economy during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, or about 6.7 percent of the
state's gross product.
Youngstown State University announced that
its Board of Trustees approved the new Penguin Promise guaranteed tuition
program, giving incoming students the same tuition rate for all four years of
their academic careers. Under the program, tuition will be $4,450 per semester
for in-state students, $4,630 for students in the Affordable Tuition Advantage
region covering certain counties in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia,
and $7,450 for other out-of-state students.
Ohio State University (OSU) named Morley
O. Stone as the new senior vice president for research. Stone joins Ohio State
after serving as the chief technology officer at the Air Force Research
Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. In his new role, Stone
will oversee strategic planning and infrastructure support for the university's
$864 million annual basic and applied research program.
Later this summer, Eastern Michigan's
University's interim dean of the College of Business will be making a short
trip south to Ohio, where she's been named dean of the University of Toledo's
College of Business and Innovation. Anne L. Balazs
will be the first woman to serve as dean of the college when she begins her job
Only two of the top 10 occupations in
Ohio actually pay their employees enough to afford a modest two-bedroom
apartment, according to a report released Wednesday. Ohio's housing wage
increased again this year to $15.25 -- the hourly amount renters need to earn
to afford the rent for a basic, two-bedroom unit, according to the report
"Out of Reach 2018," jointly released by the National Low Income
Housing Coalition and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
(COHHIO). The report explains that, in Ohio, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a
two-bedroom apartment is $793. "In order to afford this level of rent and
utilities -- without paying more than 30 percent of income on housing -- a
household must earn $2,644 monthly or $31,723 annually. Assuming
a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates"
into the $15.25 hourly housing wage.
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct
is warning trial attorneys against the temptation to be bought off by a higher
settlement figure in exchange for a gag agreement not to disclose public
information about a civil case, thereby insulating the defendant against future
damage claims by the same attorney. In its third opinion of the year, the board
says the prohibition in Rule 5.6(b) of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct
protects a lawyer's right to practice law and a potential client's ability to
hire counsel with prior knowledge of a prospective defendant.
Libraries represent hubs of potential
growth for businesses and skills training, members of the Governor's Executive
Workforce Board were told in Tuesday's quarterly meeting. Representatives of
public library systems around the state spoke on specific initiatives that have
succeeded in their communities, ranging from job training, assisting new
Ohioans, offering temporary mobile Wi-Fi and housing 3D printing and laser technology
A constitutional amendment legalizing
marijuana for adults age 21 and older is something a vast majority of Ohioans
should be able to support in 2019, backers of the "Marijuana Rights and
Regulations" amendment told Hannah
News in an interview. "What we are trying to do here is establish
these rights and with that, place limitations on them that create an economic
system and a regulatory system that is taxable," amendment chief editor
Tom Jackson said, noting former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill and
other legal scholars reviewed and helped shape the proposal.
A 10-day public
comment opened Tuesday on the Ohio Department of Medicaid's (ODM) proposed
Managed Care Quality Strategy. The comments are being solicited prior to the
state's submission of the quality strategy to the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) "for review and comment before adopting it as
final." The document can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/y7wfnjh2. Comments,
due by midnight on Friday, June 22, can be submitted by email to
QualityStrategy@medicaid.ohio.gov; or in writing to ODM, 50 W. Town St.,
Many more Ohioans
would be at risk of losing access to health care under federally-approved
Medicaid expansion work requirements than the state has currently estimated
according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio (PMO). PMO estimates that
318,479 Ohioans are at risk of losing their health care, citing vague
exemptions especially for individuals with chronic conditions.
Hotel and Resort Management (USHRM) has officially taken over management of the
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center, the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR) announced Tuesday. USHRM will also operate four other
state lodges, including those at Deer Creek, Mohican, Punderson and Salt Fork state parks -- bringing its
total to eight throughout Ohio, according to ODNR. The other state lodges currently
managed by the company include those at Burr Oak, Hueston Woods and Shawnee.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Trails Partnership are
seeking help from the public to create the state's next plan for recreational
trails of all types throughout Ohio. Five meetings will be held around the
state to get input. Ohio offers more than 5,000 miles of trails for hiking,
biking and horseback riding, among other activities.
Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) recently installed its 90th chair, Sam Lindsley, chief operating
officer of Michael Symon Restaurants. He will serve
through June 2020.
Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association (APAPA) launches its Ohio
Chapter with the 2018 Ohio Civic Leadership Forum on Saturday, June 16. It is
one of 23 chapters across the United States that boasts nearly 40,000 members.
Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee elected two officers and swore in
its members during its meeting Friday at the Capitol Square Sheraton. District
33's Dave Johnson was unanimously elected treasurer, while District 27's Bryan
Williams was unanimously elected assistant treasurer.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Tracy
Plouck and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) honored first responders Monday at
Ohio's 2018 Opiate Conference in Columbus, where 1,200 participants attended the
two-day gathering hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health
Authorities (OACBHA) in conjunction with OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction. Plouck and Portman presented the OACBHA Cares
Awards, which recognize professionals working on the front lines of the opioid
epidemic in communities across Ohio.
for one item that was deferred, the Controlling Board approved the rest of its
agenda Monday, including the 10 items that were held for questioning at the
requests of legislators. Members also approved the school foundation funding
immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, also known as "Dreamers,"
should be allowed to stay in the country and eventually apply for citizenship,
76 percent of Ohio voters said this week in a Quinnipiac University issues
poll. Every listed group in the poll, which surveyed 1,082 voters from June
7-12, overwhelmingly supports allowing these immigrants to stay.
poll also sought voter opinions on the issues of trade, health care and tax
cuts. By a 55 percent to 34 percent margin, voters support raising tariffs on
products imported from China. However, that drops to a divided 46 percent to 46
percent when voters are asked if they support tariffs, "if the tariffs
raised the cost of goods that you buy." Further, the poll found that by a
count of 50 percent to 41 percent, voters oppose tariffs on Chinese products
"if the tariffs resulted in China raising tariffs on American
voters also support keeping in place the Affordable Care Act, also known as
"Obamacare." The health care law is backed by 51 percent of Ohio
voters, while 44 percent said it should be repealed. Those supporting keeping
the Affordable Care Act are Democrats 91 percent to 6 percent and Independent
voters 53 percent to 41 percent. Republicans vote 91 percent to 6 percent for
Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of Obama-era net neutrality
rules, effective Monday, hasn't elicited much action from Ohio state government
officials. The only net neutrality legislation that has been introduced in the
132nd General Assembly is HCR18 (Ramos-West), which asks Congress and the
president to protect open Internet access. The resolution has received one
hearing in the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee.
the state's new center for coordinating smart mobility initiatives, announced
plans to study the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), sometimes called
drones, to monitor traffic and roadway conditions from the air along the 33
Smart Mobility Corridor. The three-year, $5.9 million study is a partnership
between DriveOhio's UAS Center and the Ohio State
University (OSU) College of Engineering. It is set to begin July 1, 2018.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
(PUCO) has shot down another major utility request to hike fixed distribution
charges on electric consumers, perhaps signaling its pending decision in the
Dayton Power & Light rate case. The commission on Wednesday denied
FirstEnergy's proposal to increase fixed distribution charges while lowering
so-called "volumetric" costs," or monthly distribution charges
reflecting the number of kilowatts customers actually use.
The Ohio Department of Veteran Services
(ODVS) named Terry Prince, a retired U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, as the new
superintendent of the Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown.
A temporary employment agency based in Columbus
must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) $3.5 million in unpaid
insurance premiums billed to a predecessor company with the same owner, the
Supreme Court of Ohio ruled Wednesday. In a split decision, the Court said that
Daily Services LLC, a short-term temp agency, had "wholly" succeeded
I-Force LLC, a long-term temp agency, even though Daily had assumed only 30
percent of its customers.