Governmental Affairs Legislative Report
132nd General Assembly

This legislative report is intended to keep section members up to date on legislation pending before the Ohio General Assembly.
Prepared by: Government Affairs Staff
Report created on June 17, 2018
 
HB3DATAOHIO BOARD CREATION (DUFFEY M, HAGAN C) To create the DataOhio Board, to specify requirements for posting public records online, to require the Auditor of State to adopt rules regarding a uniform accounting system for public offices, to establish an online catalog of public data at data.Ohio.gov, to establish the Local Government Information Exchange Grant Program, and to make appropriations.
 Current Status:   12/12/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Finance, (Third Hearing)
 
HB7MEDICAL CARE PROTECTIONS (CUPP B) To grant qualified civil immunity to certain medical providers and emergency medical technicians who provide emergency medical services as a result of a disaster and through its duration; to provide that certain communications made regarding an unanticipated outcome of medical care, the development or implementation of standards under federal laws, and an insurer's reimbursement policies on health care are inadmissible as evidence in a medical claim; to specify the manner of sending a notice of intent to file a medical claim and provide a procedure for the discovery of other potential claims within a specified period after the filing of a medical claim; to provide civil immunity to certain medical providers regarding the discharge of a patient with a mental condition that threatens the safety of the patient or others; to permit access to peer review committee documents during authorized inspections by the Director of Health while preserving their confidentiality; and to clarify the definition of "medical claim."
 Current Status:   5/23/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Civil Justice, (Sixth Hearing)
 
HB11INCORPORATING FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES (SCHERER G) To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since February 14, 2016, into Ohio law.
 Current Status:   3/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/30/2017
 
HB20COMPENSATORY DAMAGES CAP REMOVAL (GONZALES A, BOGGS K) To remove the cap on the amount of compensatory damages that represents damages for noneconomic loss that is recoverable in a tort action when the tort action is brought by a victim of rape, felonious assault, aggravated assault, assault, or negligent assault.
 Current Status:   2/8/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight
 
HB27WORKERS' COMPENSATION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make changes to the Workers' Compensation Law, to make appropriations for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June
30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of the Bureau's programs.
 Current Status:   6/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/2017
 
HB28INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make appropriations for the Industrial Commission for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of Commission programs.
 Current Status:   6/28/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/28/17
 
HB35BANKING LAW (HUGHES J) To enact a new banking law for the State of Ohio.
 Current Status:   3/8/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)
 
HB40GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE DATABASE (DEVER J, GREENSPAN D) To require the Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House State and Local Government, (Fifth Hearing)
 
HB46GOVERNMENT FUNDS (SPRAGUE R) To modify the qualifications regarding notes eligible for investment of county inactive moneys and money in the public library fund.
 Current Status:   6/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform
 
HB49OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.
 Current Status:   8/22/2017 - Consideration of Governor's Veto
 
HB53PUBLIC EMPLOYEES-MEMBER DUES (BECKER J) To remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization, and to make an appropriation.
 Current Status:   2/14/2017 - Referred to Committee House Finance
 
HB54STATE REVENUE OBLIGATIONS (BLESSING III L, GAVARONE T) To authorize the Treasurer of State to issue revenue obligations of the state for the purpose of making loans to qualifying public entities for their acquisition of permanent improvements through the Treasurer of State's purchase of public obligations of those qualifying entities.
 Current Status:   9/26/2017 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Finance, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB61TAX EXEMPTION-FEMININE PRODUCTS (JOHNSON G, KELLY B) To exempt from sales tax the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products associated with menstruation.
 Current Status:   10/10/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB62WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT (PATTERSON J, SHEEHY M) To require the Director of Agriculture to adopt rules establishing the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program, to exempt land enrolled in the Program from taxation, and to reimburse local taxing units for revenue lost due to that exemption.
 Current Status:   5/10/2017 - House Agriculture and Rural Development, (First Hearing)
 
HB69TOWNSHIP REVENUE ISSUES (CUPP B) To require reimbursement of certain township fire and emergency medical service levy revenue forgone because of the creation of a municipal tax increment financing district, to authorize subdivisions to remove territory from existing joint economic development zones (JEDZs), to authorize townships to enter into enterprise zone agreements with retail businesses with the approval of the affected school district, to allow a county or transit authority to levy sales tax in increments of 0.25%, to modify the procedures by which resolutions proposing the levy of property taxes are submitted to electors, and to increase the appropriation for the Medicaid Local Sales Tax Transition Fund.
 Current Status:   12/22/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/23/2018
 
HB70FUEL TAX TRANSPARENCY (MERRIN D) To enact the "Fuel Tax Transparency Act" requiring stickers to be placed on retail service station pumps displaying the rates of federal and state taxes applicable to gasoline and diesel fuel.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
 
HB74INCREASE COLLEGE TAX DEDUCTION (HUFFMAN S, GAVARONE T) To increase the maximum income tax deduction for contributions to the state's 529 college savings program from $2,000 to $3,000 per beneficiary per year.
 Current Status:   3/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB75PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE-ARMED FORCES (GAVARONE T, MERRIN D) To establish an expedited process to grant a professional license to an individual who is on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, or is the spouse of such an individual, and holds a valid license in another state.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)
 
HB78ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES (RETHERFORD W) To revise the laws governing the provision of adult protective services.
 Current Status:   3/9/2017 - House Aging and Long Term Care, (First Hearing)
 
HB82ADJUST PROPERTY TAX FEE (RYAN S) To adjust the fees allowed to county treasurers for collecting property taxes.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight
 
HB85ENTER HEALTH CARE COMPACT (RETHERFORD W) To enter into the Health Care Compact.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Federalism and Interstate Relations, (Second Hearing)
 
HB87COMMUNITY SCHOOL PUBLIC MONEYS (ROEGNER K) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.
 Current Status:   5/23/2018 - Senate Education, (Third Hearing)
 
HB89AUGUST SALES TAX HOLIDAY (PATTERSON J, KELLY B) To provide for a three-day sales tax "holiday" in August 2017 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use taxes.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB93PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TAX RETURNS (CLYDE K) To require a candidate for President or Vice-President of the United States to submit copies of the candidate's five most recent federal income tax returns for publication on the Secretary of State's official web site.
 Current Status:   5/9/2017 - House Federalism and Interstate Relations, (First Hearing)
 
HB99WORKERS COMPENSATION-PNEUMOCONIOSIS (CERA J) To modify workers' compensation benefit amounts for occupational pneumoconiosis claims and to create the Occupational Pneumoconiosis Board to determine medical findings for such claims.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Insurance, (Second Hearing)
 
HB103FISCAL EMERGENCY PROVISIONS (REINEKE W) To modify the composition and powers of the financial planning and supervision commission of a political subdivision that is in a state of fiscal emergency and to clarify the duties of that political subdivision.
 Current Status:   7/17/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 10/17/17
 
HB104TAX REFUND ON BAD DEBTS (SCHAFFER T) To allow vendors to receive a refund of sales tax remitted for bad debts on private label credit accounts when the debt is charged off as uncollectible by the credit account lender.
 Current Status:   4/17/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
HB116TAX EXEMPTION-GLASSES AND CONTACTS (MERRIN D) To exempt prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other optical aids sold by licensed dispensers from sales and use tax.
 Current Status:   10/25/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
 
HB118TAX COMPLAINT DISMISSAL (MERRIN D) To expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint for failure to correctly identify the property owner.
 Current Status:   11/6/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 2/5/18
 
HB138PAY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS (SMITH K, BOYD J) To require the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to establish a system for individuals to make anonymous complaints regarding employers discriminating in the payment of wages.
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor
 
HB158UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION-MILITARY TRANSFERS (PERALES R, CRAIG H) To permit persons who quit work to accompany the person's spouse on a military transfer to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - Senate Finance, (Second Hearing)
 
HB160OHIO FAIRNESS ACT (ANTONIO N) To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.
 Current Status:   1/31/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Second Hearing)
 
HB162TAX CREDIT-SOUND RECORDING (SMITH K, LATOURETTE S) To authorize a refundable income tax credit for individual investors in a sound recording production company equal to a portion of the company's costs for a recording production or recording infrastructure project in Ohio.
 Current Status:   5/9/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB177TAX EXEMPTION-COMMUNITY GYMS (WEST T) To exempt memberships to gyms or other recreational facilities operated by charitable organizations from sales and use taxation.
 Current Status:   11/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
 
HB185POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TAX CREDIT (HAMBLEY S) To expand the scope of political contributions that qualify for the income tax credit for contributions to political campaigns to candidates for any state, county, municipal, or district office.
 Current Status:   6/6/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB186COLLEGE TAX DEDUCTION (ROGERS J, SCHERER G) To enact the "Blair Deduction" to allow an individual obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential from an eligible educational institution to claim an income tax deduction for qualified higher education expenses.
 Current Status:   1/23/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB216USED VEHICLE TRADE-IN CREDIT (HAMBLEY S, BRINKMAN T) To authorize a sales and use tax trade-in credit for purchases of used motor vehicles from a licensed dealer.
 Current Status:   6/6/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB243FIREWOOD SALES TAX (PATTERSON J, CERA J) To exempt from sales and use taxation the bulk sale of firewood and certain other heating fuels, and to reimburse the Local Government Fund and Public Library Fund and county and transit sales tax collections for the resulting revenue losses.
 Current Status:   6/20/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB251BOND AND OBLIGATION MATURATION (GREENSPAN D) To increase from five to ten years the maturity period of other political subdivision's bonds and obligations eligible for investment of a subdivision's interim moneys.
 Current Status:   5/2/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days
 
HB263OUTDOOR DINING-DOGS (LANESE L) To authorize a food service operation or retail food establishment to allow a person to bring a dog in an outdoor dining area of the establishment or operation under specified conditions.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Third Hearing)
 
HB268WORKERS COMPENSATION-SELF-INSURERS (HENNE M) To make changes to the Workers' Compensation Law with respect to self-insuring employers.
 Current Status:   12/13/2017 - House Insurance, (Third Hearing)
 
HB289OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REVIEW (HOOD R, MCCOLLEY R) To establish a statewide policy on occupational regulation, to require standing committees of the General Assembly to periodically review occupational licensing boards regarding their sunset, to require the Common Sense Initiative Office to review certain actions taken by occupational licensing boards, and to require the Legislative Service Commission to perform assessments of occupational licensing bills and state regulation of occupations.
 Current Status:   1/30/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Second Hearing)
 
HB292STATE OF RESIDENCE TEST (SCHERER G) To modify the test for determining an individual's state of residence for income tax purposes; to make various tax policy changes.
 Current Status:   6/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Effective 6/14/18
 
HB304DISABLED ADULT ADOPTION TAX CREDIT (YOUNG R) To extend a personal income tax credit available for the adoption of a minor child to include a disabled adult adopted by the adult's stepparent.
 Current Status:   11/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB312LOCAL GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARDS (SCHURING K, GREENSPAN D) Regarding use of credit cards and debit cards by political subdivisions.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Third Hearing)
 
HB314LAW ENFORCEMENT TAX CREDIT (SCHAFFER T) To allow an income tax credit for law enforcement officials who purchase safety or protective items to be used in the course of official law enforcement activities.
 Current Status:   2/14/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)
 
HB317PRO BONO HEALTHCARE DEDUCTION (YOUNG R) To authorize, for six years, a personal income tax deduction for a physician based on the number of hours the physician provides uncompensated medical services through a hospital, free clinic, or nongovernmental medical organization.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
 
HB320LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL OUTLOOK COUNCIL (HAGAN C, ROEGNER K) To create the Long-range Financial Outlook Council for the purpose of informing the public and the General Assembly about the financial status of the state by studying financial and other conditions and issuing an annual long-range financial outlook report.
 Current Status:   11/28/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Second Hearing)
 
HB323GARBAGE COLLECTION FEES (PATTERSON J) To authorize all municipal corporations that charge a garbage collection fee to certify unpaid amounts to the county auditor, who must enter the fees on the property tax list to be collected in the same manner as real property taxes.
 Current Status:   12/5/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)
 
HB333MARRIED COUPLES SEPARATE TAX FILING (BECKER J, LELAND D) To allow married couples to elect to file either separate state tax returns or a joint state return, irrespective of their federal filing status.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB334PASS-THROUGH BUSINESS INCOME (SCHERER G) To provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income.
 Current Status:   11/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
 
HB337TEXTBOOK SALES TAX EXEMPTION (DUFFEY M) To exempt from sales and use tax textbooks purchased by post-secondary students.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB343PROPERTY VALUE CONTEST-RESOLUTIONS (MERRIN D) To require local governments that contest property values to formally pass an authorizing resolution for each contest and to notify property owners.
 Current Status:   5/16/2018 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB351NOAA AND PHS TAX EXEMPTION (PERALES R, BUTLER, JR. J) To require municipal corporations to exempt from taxation the military pay of members of the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
 
HB353UNCLAIMED FUNDS EXEMPTION (REINEKE W) To make changes to the exemptions under the Unclaimed Funds Law.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Finance, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB361PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINTS TIMEFRAME (GREENSPAN D) To increase the time within which boards of revision must decide property tax complaints.
 Current Status:   12/5/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB371TAXES ON UNSOLD PROPERTY (MERRIN D) To exempt from property taxation the increased value of land subdivided for residential development until construction commences or the land is sold.
 Current Status:   3/1/2018 - Re-Referred to Committee
 
HB380WORKERS COMP-ILLEGAL ALIENS (SEITZ B, HOUSEHOLDER L) To prohibit illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and certain benefits under Ohio's Workers' Compensation Law.
 Current Status:   3/13/2018 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)
 
HB382UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAW (SCHURING K) To modify terms describing payments made under the Unemployment Compensation Law, to increase the amount of wages subject to unemployment compensation premiums, to require qualifying employees to make payments to the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Fund, to allow the Director of Job and Family Services to adjust maximum weekly benefit amounts, to reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks, and to make other changes to the Unemployment Compensation Law.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)
 
HB391RESTITUTION-COST OF ACCOUNTING (MERRIN D) To include the cost of accounting done to determine the extent of economic loss as a type of economic loss for which restitution may be granted.
 Current Status:   6/7/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 88-0
 
HB399HEALTH INSURANCE SAVINGS INCENTIVES (HENNE M, BUTLER, JR. J) To enact the Ohio Right to Shop Act to require health insurers to establish shared savings incentive programs for enrollees.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - House Health , (First Hearing)
 
HB413OPERS COLA ADJUSTMENT (SCHERER G) Regarding Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) annual cost-of-living adjustments granted to allowance and benefit recipients and PERS service credit for services as a nonteaching school employee of a county board of developmental disabilities.
 Current Status:   2/6/2018 - House Aging and Long Term Care, (Third Hearing)
 
HB416HEALTH PRICE TRANSPARENCY (HUFFMAN S) Regarding the provision of cost estimates for scheduled health care services and health care services requiring insurer preauthorization.
 Current Status:   3/7/2018 - House Insurance, (Third Hearing)
 
HB424SUBSTANCE RECOVERY-WORKFORCE (WIGGAM S) To enact the "Substance Recovery and Workforce Improvement Act" regarding drug testing and eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
 
HB430SALES TAX EXEMPTION-OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION (SCHAFFER T) To expand the scope of a sales and use tax exemption for certain kinds of property used in the production of oil and gas.
 Current Status:   6/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days
 
HB440SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE (FEDOR T, KENT B) To establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
 Current Status:   1/31/2018 - House Insurance, (First Hearing)
 
HB441TAX RETURN-PREPAID CARD (LANESE L, DEVER J) To allow the Department of Taxation to provide taxpayers who file electronic returns the option of receiving their income tax refund in the form of a prepaid card.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
 
HB446POWER OF ATTORNEY ACCEPTANCE (ROGERS J, SEITZ B) Relative to the acceptance of an acknowledged power of attorney.
 Current Status:   1/24/2018 - House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)
 
HB450HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATED BENEFITS (ANTANI N) To impose review and other requirements on existing health insurance mandated benefits and to establish requirements for the creation of new mandated benefits.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Fourth Hearing)
 
HB458DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX PUBLICATION (LIPPS S, RYAN S) To provide that, once the initial publication of a county delinquent property tax list is made in a newspaper of general circulation, the second publication of that list may be done online.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB459WORKERS COMP-SELF-INSURING EMPLOYERS (HENNE M) To allow groups of employers to be granted status as a self-insuring employer for purposes of the Workers' Compensation Law.
 Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Insurance, (Third Hearing)
 
HB460RIPARIAN BUFFERS-TAX EXEMPTION (PATTERSON J, SHEEHY M) To exempt qualifying riparian buffers in the Western Basin of Lake Erie from property taxation, to reimburse local taxing units for resulting revenue losses, and to require soil and water conservation districts to assist landowners with the creation and maintenance of riparian buffers.
 Current Status:   2/13/2018 - House Energy and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)
 
HB462FOR-PROFIT HOSPITAL CLOSURE (SCHURING K, WEST T) To require that a for-profit hospital and its affiliated health care facilities in certain counties follow specified procedures before ceasing operations or closing, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform
 
HB469TAX CREDIT-MIXED USE PROJECTS (SCHURING K) To authorize a nonrefundable insurance company tax credit for contributions of capital to transformational mixed use development projects.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Seventh Hearing)
 
HB470TAX LEVY-PUBLIC LIGHTING (EDWARDS J) To authorize a property tax levy specifically to fund lighting for roads and public places.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)
 
HB488PROPERTY TAX LEVY-BALLOT LANGUAGE (HOOD R) To modify the information conveyed in election notices and ballot language for property tax levies.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB507TAX CREDIT-STILLBORN CHILDREN (GONZALES A) To allow a refundable income tax credit for parents of stillborn children.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
 
HB513HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION-SURVIVING SPOUSES (BRENNER A, GINTER T) To enhance the homestead exemption for surviving spouses of peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB524529 CONTRIBUTIONS IN OTHER STATES (SCHERER G, PATTERSON J) To expand the income tax deduction allowed for contributions to Ohio's 529 college savings program to include contributions to 529 programs established by other states.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB525FILM TAX CREDIT-LIVE THEATER (SCHURING K) To extend eligibility for the motion picture tax credit to certain live stage theater productions, to increase the maximum amount of credits that may be awarded from $40 million to $100 million per fiscal year, and to make other revisions to the law governing administration of the credit.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Sixth Hearing)
 
HB529CAPITAL APPROPRIATIONS (RYAN S) To make capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects and to make reappropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2020.
 Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days
 
HB531SPORTS EVENTS GRANTS LIMIT (SCHURING K, GREENSPAN D) To remove limitations on the amount of sports events grants that may be awarded in a fiscal year or for a specific grant, and to fund the grant program by diverting state sales tax receipts to a custodial fund administered by the Director of Development Services.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Fifth Hearing)
 
HB538TAXES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND INCREASE (CERA J, ROGERS J) To increase the proportion of state tax revenue allocated to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.53% beginning July 1, 2019.
 Current Status:   3/13/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB545SALES TAX AFTER PURCHASE (ARNDT S) To authorize small retailers to remit sales taxes when the retailer receives payment from the purchaser if the payment is received after the purchased item is delivered or the service is provided.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB546TELEMEDICINE-HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS (PATTON T) To prohibit health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services.
 Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Health , (Third Hearing)
 
HB550PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (BOYD J, BOGGS K) To establish family and medical leave insurance benefits to provide paid leave to allow an individual to address the individual's own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or to bond with a new child and to exempt those benefits from personal income tax.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - Referred to Committee House Community and Family Advancement
 
HB553EXPAND THEFT IN OFFICE PENALTIES (CUPP B) To expand the increased penalties for theft in office based on the amount of property or services stolen and to include as restitution certain audit costs of the entity that suffered the loss involved in the offense.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)
 
HB569SALES TAX-BUSINESS ELECTRONIC SERVICES (LIPPS S, REINEKE W) To modify the standard for determining when the sales and use tax applies to business-related electronic services that are provided together with other services.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB571LODGING TAX-PRICING (GREENSPAN D) To specify that, for the purposes of the sales and use tax and local lodging taxes, the "price" on the basis of which a hotel intermediary must collect and remit the tax is the total amount paid by the customer for the hotel lodging, as advertised by the hotel intermediary.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
HB572PERS- DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SCHOOL EMPLOYEE (SCHERER G, HOWSE S) Regarding Public Employees Retirement System service credit for services as a nonteaching school employee of a county board of developmental disabilities.
 Current Status:   5/31/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, House Aging and Long Term Care, (Third Hearing)
 
HB575TAX CREDIT-VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER/EMS (KELLER C, REZABEK J) To grant income tax credits to persons who serve as volunteer firefighters or emergency medical service technicians.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - BILL AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
 
HB583LOCAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING LIMITS (HENNE M) To limit the occupational license and registration requirements and fees that a political subdivision may impose on state-regulated occupations, to establish a waiver exempting certain persons from paying occupational license or registration fees, and to revise the licensing restrictions applicable to individuals convicted of criminal offenses.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)
 
HB584TAX DEDUCTION-MEDICAL PREMIUMS (CERA J, ROGERS J) To extend an existing income tax deduction for unsubsidized medical insurance premiums to Medicare premiums.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB586HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION-INCOME LIMIT (CERA J, ROGERS J) To remove the income limit that restricts eligibility for the homestead exemption and to increase the exemption amount from $25,000 to $30,000.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB598TAX FORFEITED LAND SALES (WEST T, GREEN D) To give county auditors more discretion with respect to how often tax-forfeited land shall be offered for sale, to expressly immunize counties from civil liability in connection with such land, and to remove a requirement that property held by a land bank for more than fifteen years must be offered for sale at a public auction.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House State and Local Government, (Second Hearing)
 
HB606TAX EXEMPTION-MAPLE SAP (PATTERSON J, LATOURETTE S) To authorize a property tax exemption for land used for commercial maple sap extraction and to reimburse, up to $3 million per year, local governments for revenue lost from the exemption.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB620REGULATION REDUCTION (ROEGNER K, RIEDEL C) To require agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight
 
HB641FORKLIFT TAX EXEMPTION (ANTANI N) To exempt from sales and use tax things purchased by an interstate logistics business and used primarily to move completed manufactured products to the point from which they are shipped from a manufacturing facility and related power sources.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
HB647WIRE FRAUD INFORMATION ACT (BROWN R, SCHERER G) To establish the Wire Fraud Information Act.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice
 
HB648SUSPICIOUS WIRE TRANSFERS-HOLD (BROWN R, SCHERER G) To establish the Suspicious Wire Transfers Temporary Hold Act.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice
 
HB666COLLEGE EXPENSE TAX CREDIT (RAMOS D) To authorize a refundable income tax credit for the amount of undergraduate higher education expenses paid by or on behalf of a student to attend a public Ohio institution of higher education.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
HB670MUNICIPAL TAX WITHHOLDING (BARNES, JR. J) To enact the "Simplified Alternative Withholding Tax Compliance Act" authorizing an employer to enter into an agreement with a municipal tax administrator to prescribe, subject to certain parameters, the portion of nonresident employee wages that will be subject to the municipal corporation's income tax.
 Current Status:   6/13/2018 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)
 
HJR3SCHOOL DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS REFUND (BRENNER A) To conditionally authorize the issuance of state obligations to refund pending school district obligations, to conditionally waive, beginning in 2020, the requirement that schools levy property taxes to pay debt charges on their obligations, and to conditionally authorize a treasury fund that is restricted exclusively to educational purposes.
 Current Status:   3/7/2017 - Referred to Committee House Finance
 
HJR4UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BONDS (SCHURING K) To allow the General Assembly to provide by law for the issuance of bonds to pay unemployment compensation benefits when the fund created for that purpose is or will be depleted or to repay outstanding advances made by the federal government to the unemployment compensation program.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)
 
HJR5MODIFY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROCESS (ANTANI N) To modify the requirements for the initiative and referendum processes.
 Current Status:   1/10/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
 
SB3WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (BEAGLE B, BALDERSON T) To revise the laws governing the state's workforce development system, programs that may be offered by primary and secondary schools, certificates of qualification for employment, and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, and to designate the first week of May as In-Demand Jobs Week.
 Current Status:   11/6/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 2/5/2018
 
SB5INCREASING INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS (HOTTINGER J, EKLUND J) To increase the maximum income tax deduction for contributions to college savings accounts and disability expense savings accounts to $10,000 annually for each beneficiary, to create the Joint Committee on Ohio College Affordability, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   9/12/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
SB9AUGUST TAX HOLIDAY (BACON K) To provide for a three-day sales tax "holiday" in August 2017 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use taxes.
 Current Status:   6/13/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/13/17
 
SB14MINIMUM WAGES AND OVERTIME (TAVARES C) To require that domestic workers be paid the higher of the minimum wage provided in Section 34a of Article II, Ohio Constitution, or the minimum wage provided in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to require that domestic workers be paid overtime wages, to make certain conduct directed toward a domestic worker an unlawful discriminatory practice, and to require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.
 Current Status:   2/1/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce
 
SB22INCORPORATING FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES (PETERSON B) To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since March 30, 2017, into Ohio law, to allow tax deductible contributions to Ohio 529 plans for K-12 education expenses, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately
 
SB29BANKING LAW (COLEY W, OELSLAGER S) To enact a new banking law for the State of Ohio.
 Current Status:   3/28/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (First Hearing)
 
SB31HEALTH RULE WITHDRAW PROCESS (EKLUND J) To authorize a board of county commissioners or municipal legislative authority to elect to withdraw the county or municipal corporation from the application of any rule adopted by the Department of Health after January 1, 2014, that governs the design of household sewage treatment systems.
 Current Status:   10/18/2017 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Energy and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)
 
SB35TAX CREDIT RESTRICTION REMOVAL (SKINDELL M) To remove the income restriction on the earned income tax credit and to make the credit refundable beginning in 2017.
 Current Status:   3/22/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
SB36AGRICULTURAL COMPUTATION (HITE C) To require that the computation of the capitalization rate for the purposes of determining CAUV of agricultural land be computed using a method that excludes appreciation and equity buildup and to stipulate that CAUV land used for a conservation practice or enrolled in a federal land retirement or conservation program for at least three years must be valued at the lowest of the values assigned on the basis of soil type.
 Current Status:   5/16/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
SB38RAISE MINIMUM WAGE (YUKO K) To raise the minimum wage; to eliminate the prohibition against political subdivisions establishing a different minimum wage; to raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law; and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer.
 Current Status:   2/7/2017 - Introduced
 
SB45UNCLAIMED FUNDS-FINDERS (WILLIAMS S) Regarding payment to a registered finder of unclaimed funds.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
SB49HIRING-FELONY CONVICTIONS (WILLIAMS S) To prohibit private employers from including on an employment application any question concerning whether an applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.
 Current Status:   11/15/2017 - Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (First Hearing)
 
SB55NURSE-PATIENT RATIOS (SKINDELL M) To establish minimum ratios of direct-care registered nurses to patients in hospitals, to specify rights of registered nurses working in hospitals, and to prohibit retaliatory actions by hospitals against registered nurses.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (First Hearing)
 
SB56THERAPY PROTOCOL REQUIREMENTS (LEHNER P, TAVARES C) To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Fourth Hearing)
 
SB65ENERGY STAR TAX HOLIDAY (BROWN E) To provide a three-day sales tax "holiday" each April during which sales of qualifying Energy Star products are exempt from sales and use taxes.
 Current Status:   3/22/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
SB72PREVAILING WAGE LAW (HUFFMAN M) To allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
 Current Status:   3/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance
 
SB87HEALTH INSURANCE-DENTAL FEES (HACKETT R, HUFFMAN M) To prohibit a health insurer from establishing a fee schedule for dental providers for services that are not covered by any contract or participating provider agreement between the health insurer and the dental provider.
 Current Status:   3/28/2017 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)
 
SB88SUBDIVISION COMMISSIONS-FISCAL EMERGENCY (TERHAR L) To modify the composition and powers of the financial planning and supervision commission of a political subdivision that is in a state of fiscal emergency and to clarify the duties of that political subdivision.
 Current Status:   5/9/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight
 
SB120DEBT ADJUSTING (EKLUND J) Regarding debt adjusting.
 Current Status:   10/3/2017 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Third Hearing)
 
SB123PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINT PROCESS (COLEY W) To limit the right to initiate most types of property tax complaints to the property owner and the county recorder of the county in which the property is located.
 Current Status:   6/14/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
SB131EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION-TAX CREDITS (DOLAN M) To provide that compensation paid to certain home-based employees may be counted for purposes of an employer qualifying for and complying with the terms of a Job Creation Tax Credit.
 Current Status:   6/6/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
 
SB132TAX CREDIT-FOREIGN TRADE (DOLAN M, EKLUND J) To establish a five-year pilot program whereby taxpayers with facilities in this state with activated foreign trade zone status may claim a nonrefundable commercial activity tax credit equal to the amount redeployed by the taxpayer to job creation and renewable energy resources.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
 
SB140PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP GRANTS (SCHIAVONI J) To create the Public-Private Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to develop, enhance, and promote educational programs to address regional workforce needs; to create the Sector Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to identify and provide grants to industry partnerships; to support programs that improve access to workforce training opportunities for students; to support economic development and revitalization programs; and to make an appropriation.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
SB147OHIO RURAL JOBS ACT (HITE C) To enact the "Ohio Rural Jobs Act" which authorizes a nonrefundable tax credit for insurance companies that invest in rural business growth funds, which are certified to provide capital to rural and agricultural businesses.
 Current Status:   9/27/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
 
SB151SCHOOL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ADJUSTMENTS (HITE C) To permit, rather than require, the School Employees Retirement System to grant annual cost-of-living adjustments to retirement, disability, and survivor benefit recipients and to reduce the maximum amount of the adjustment.
 Current Status:   6/20/2017 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Second Hearing)
 
SB158COMBATING ELDER FRAUD (WILSON S) To develop best practices and educational opportunities to combat elder fraud and exploitation and to fine and require full restitution from offenders who are found guilty of certain fraud-related crimes against the elderly.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Aging and Long Term Care, (Fourth Hearing)
 
SB168MEDICAID EXPANSION (JORDAN K) To prohibit the Medicaid program from covering the expansion eligibility group and to require aggregate General Revenue Fund appropriations for state agencies to be reduced by specified amounts for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.
 Current Status:   6/28/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance
 
SB175RECOVERED FUNDS-SCHOOL AUDIT (SCHIAVONI J) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.
 Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform
 
SB176MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX RESTRICTIONS (JORDAN K) To prohibit municipal corporations from levying an income tax on nonresidents' compensation for personal services or on net profits from a sole proprietorship owned by a nonresident.
 Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
 
SB179AUTOMATIC LLC DISSOLUTION, ALERTS (LAROSE F, HACKETT R) To automatically dissolve a limited liability company under certain circumstances and to authorize the Secretary of State to implement an electronic notification system to alert a person if a business name containing a specific word has been registered.
 Current Status:   4/18/2018 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Third Hearing)
 
SB181UNPAID MUNICIPAL GARBAGE FEES (O'BRIEN S, YUKO K) To authorize all municipal corporations that charge a garbage collection fee to certify unpaid amounts to the county auditor, who must enter the fees on the property tax list to be collected in the same manner as real property taxes.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
 
SB186BUSINESS INCOME CLASSIFICATION (PETERSON B) To provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income.
 Current Status:   11/28/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
 
SB187DELINQUENT MUNICIPAL INCOME TAXES (EKLUND J, WILSON S) To allow municipal corporations to charge delinquent taxpayers the costs of collecting municipal income taxes regardless of whether the costs are incurred before or after a judgment is entered against the taxpayer.
 Current Status:   11/7/2017 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
SB203MUNICIPAL TAX RULE REINSTATEMENT (DOLAN M) To reinstate the municipal income tax "throw-back rule" used in apportioning business income among municipalities.
 Current Status:   11/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance
 
SB209PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS-TIF (COLEY W, EKLUND J) To modify the conditions that determine the relative priority of property tax exemptions when a parcel subject to a tax increment financing arrangement concurrently qualifies for another exemption.
 Current Status:   10/25/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
 
SB210AUXILIARY CONTAINER USAGE (COLEY W, EKLUND J) To authorize a person to use an auxiliary container for any purpose, to prohibit a municipal corporation from imposing a tax or fee on auxiliary containers, and to clarify that the existing antilittering law applies to auxiliary containers.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Fourth Hearing)
 
SB213ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING PLAN (SCHIAVONI J) To enhance economic and employment opportunities and improve local infrastructure in Ohio by providing additional assistance to workforce development and employment programs; establishing a revolving loan program for small businesses seeking to expand operations; extending job tax credits to smaller businesses; enabling expanded participation in public sector contracting by smaller companies; enhancing support for child
care centers; funding additional local infrastructure and public transit; authorizing tax incentives for hiring military veterans, for donating money to local programs assisting distressed communities, or for improving distressed property; exempting the homes of disabled veterans from property taxation; terminating the income tax deduction and reduced tax rate for business income; and to make an appropriation.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
SB218SURETY BONDS, MEDICAID TRAINING (LEHNER P) Regarding surety bonds and minimum training for certain Medicaid providers.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Third Hearing)
 
SB221RULE-MAKING AND REVIEW REFORM (UECKER J) To reform agency rule-making and legislative review thereof.
 Current Status:   6/20/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Second Hearing)
 
SB224GOODS TAXATION-FOREIGN DELIVERY (EKLUND J) To exempt from sales and use tax goods purchased by a foreign citizen or entity if the goods are in Ohio only temporarily for package consolidation before being delivered to a foreign address, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   4/17/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate Finance, (Third Hearing)
 
SB226SALES TAX HOLIDAY-SCHOOL SAFETY (BACON K) To provide for a permanent three-day sales tax "holiday" each August during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use tax, to authorize a county school financing district property tax for school safety, security, and mental health services, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately
 
SB227INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATION RELEASE (HUFFMAN M) To require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Insurance
 
SB239REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS (DOLAN M) To modify the law concerning regional councils of governments.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House State and Local Government, (Second Hearing)
 
SB247PERS-SPOUSAL BENEFITS (DOLAN M) To require the Public Employees Retirement System to permit certain spouses of retired or deceased members to continue receiving allowances to pay for health care expenses under the System's group health care care plans.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)
 
SB255OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS REVIEW (MCCOLLEY R) To require standing committees of the General Assembly to periodically review occupational licensing boards regarding their sunset, and to require the Legislative Service Commission to perform assessments of occupational licensing bills and state regulation of occupations.
 Current Status:   4/11/2018 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Third Hearing)
 
SB264MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONTROL AUDIT (COLEY W) To require the Auditor of State to conduct and release a performance audit of the Medical Marijuana Control Program, to prohibit the Department of Commerce from issuing final cultivator, processor, or laboratory testing licenses until performance audit recommendations are implemented, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   4/17/2018 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (First Hearing)
 
SB266CAPITAL BUDGET (OELSLAGER S) To make capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects and to make reappropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2020.
 Current Status:   3/6/2018 - Senate Finance, (Third Hearing)
 
SB271SPORT EVENT GRANT LIMITATIONS (KUNZE S, EKLUND J) To remove limitations on the amount of sports events grants that may be awarded in a fiscal year or for a specific grant, and to fund the grant program by diverting state sales tax receipts to a custodial fund administered by the Director of Development Services.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
 
SB293REDUCTION OF AGENCY REGULATIONS (PETERSON B, MCCOLLEY R) To require agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (Third Hearing)
 
Week in Review

Week in Review

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

 

ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

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.

 

AGING

 

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.

 

AGRICULTURE

 

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 (SCOTUS).

 

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.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

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.

 

FY18-19 BUDGET

 

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."

 

DEATH PENALTY

 

"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.

 

EDUCATION

 

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 10-percent cut.

 

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 education goals.

 

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.

 

ELECTIONS

 

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.

 

ELECTIONS 2018

 

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 governor/lieutenant governor.

- 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.

 

FEDERAL

 

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.

 

GAMING/GAMBLING

 

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.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY/STATEHOUSE

 

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.

 

GOVERNOR

 

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.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

 

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 Aug. 13.

 

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS

 

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.

 

JUDICIAL

 

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

 

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 on site.

 

MARIJUANA

 

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.

 

MEDICAID/MEDICAID REFORM

 

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., Columbus 43215.

 

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.

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

 

U.S. 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.

 

The 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.

 

PEOPLE

 

The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) recently installed its 90th chair, Sam Lindsley, chief operating

officer of Michael Symon Restaurants. He will serve through June 2020.

 

The 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.

 

POLITICS

 

The 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.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Ohio 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.

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

Except 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 distribution.

 

STUDIES/POLLS

 

Undocumented 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.

 

The 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 products."

 

Ohio 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 repeal.

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

The 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.

 

DriveOhio, 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.

 

UTILITIES

 

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.

 

VETERANS

 

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.

 

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

 

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.

 


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