|HB3||DATAOHIO 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: ||2/8/2017 - Referred to Committee House Finance|
|HB7||MEDICAL CARE PROTECTIONS (CUPP B) To grant qualified civil immunity to certain medical providers who provide emergency medical services as a result of a disaster; 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 provide that medical bills itemizing charges are inadmissible as evidence and an amount accepted as full payment for medical services is admissible as evidence of the reasonableness of the charges; 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 that any loss of a chance of recovery or survival by itself is not an injury, death, or loss for which damages may be recovered; 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 require that governmental agencies that receive peer review committee records maintain their confidentiality; and to clarify the definition of "medical claim."|
| ||Current Status: ||3/8/2017 - House Civil Justice, (Third Hearing)|
|HB11||INCORPORATING 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|
|HB20||COMPENSATORY 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|
|HB27||WORKERS' 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: ||3/29/2017 - House Insurance, (Sixth Hearing)|
|HB28||INDUSTRIAL 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: ||4/26/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Finance, (Third Hearing)|
|HB35||BANKING 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)|
|HB40||GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE DATABASE (DEVER J, GREENSPAN D) To require the Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database.|
| ||Current Status: ||2/28/2017 - House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)|
|HB46||GOVERNMENT 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: ||4/25/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)|
|HB49||OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.|
| ||Current Status: ||5/4/2017 - Senate Finance Health and Medicaid Subcommittee, (Fourth Hearing)|
|HB53||PUBLIC 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|
|HB54||STATE REVENUE OBLIGATIONS (BLESSING III L) 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: ||3/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance|
|HB61||TAX 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: ||2/21/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means|
|HB62||WATER 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: ||2/21/2017 - Referred to Committee House Agriculture and Rural Development|
|HB69||LEVY REVENUE REIMBURSEMENT (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.|
| ||Current Status: ||4/25/2017 - House State and Local Government, (Sixth Hearing)|
|HB70||FUEL 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)|
|HB74||INCREASE 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)|
|HB75||PROFESSIONAL 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)|
|HB78||ADULT 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)|
|HB82||ADJUST 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|
|HB85||ENTER HEALTH CARE COMPACT (RETHERFORD W) To enter into the Health Care Compact.|
| ||Current Status: ||3/7/2017 - House Federalism and Interstate Relations, (First Hearing)|
|HB87||COMMUNITY 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: ||3/29/2017 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)|
|HB89||AUGUST 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|
|HB93||PRESIDENTIAL 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: ||3/7/2017 - Referred to Committee House Federalism and Interstate Relations|
|HB99||WORKERS 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: ||3/7/2017 - Referred to Committee House Insurance|
|HB103||FISCAL 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: ||4/26/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform|
|HB104||TAX 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: ||4/25/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)|
|HB116||TAX 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: ||4/25/2017 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)|
|HB118||TAX COMPLAINT DISMISSAL (MERRIN D) To expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint for failure to correctly identify the property owner.|
| ||Current Status: ||4/25/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)|
|HB138||PAY 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|
|HB158||UNEMPLOYMENT 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: ||3/23/2017 - Introduced|
|HB162||TAX 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: ||3/28/2017 - Introduced|
|SB5||INCREASING 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: ||4/25/2017 - Senate Finance, (Second Hearing)|
|SB9||AUGUST 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: ||3/28/2017 - REPORTED OUT, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)|
|SB14||MINIMUM 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|
|SB22||INCORPORATING FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES (PETERSON B) To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since February 14, 2016, into Ohio law.|
| ||Current Status: ||2/14/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means|
|SB29||BANKING 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)|
|SB31||HEALTH 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: ||3/1/2017 - Senate Energy and Natural Resources, (First Hearing)|
|SB35||TAX 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)|
|SB36||AGRICULTURAL 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: ||3/8/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)|
|SB38||RAISE 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|
|SB45||UNCLAIMED FUNDS-FINDERS (WILLIAMS S) Regarding payment to a registered finder of unclaimed funds.|
| ||Current Status: ||2/28/2017 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)|
|SB49||HIRING-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: ||2/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce|
|SB55||NURSE-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)|
|SB56||THERAPY 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: ||3/7/2017 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Second Hearing)|
|SB65||ENERGY 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)|
|SB72||PREVAILING 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|
|SB87||HEALTH 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)|
|SB88||SUBDIVISION 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: ||4/5/2017 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 33-0|
Friday, April 21, 2017
General Mike DeWine announced a major expansion of his START (Sobriety,
Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) program in southern and Appalachian Ohio
Tuesday to provide increased support for children who have suffered abuse or
neglect from parental opioid abuse. Now serving 18 counties, START will provide
an additional $1 million for specialized victim services including trauma
counseling for minors and recovery resources for their parents.
Rep. Tim Derickson has been appointed assistant director of the Ohio Department
of Agriculture (ODAg), the agency announced Monday. Derickson had been serving
as executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He
took that position in August 2016. Derickson started his new job on Monday,
according ODAg Communications Director Mark Bruce. He is taking over for Howard
Wise, who retired.
in farm income and farmland values will likely lead to an increase in the
number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans, according to a pair of
Ohio State University (OSU) agricultural economists. While the current farm
bankruptcy rate is low -- two per 10,000 farms nationally -- that rate has gone
up slightly in recent years and likely will continue to do so, said Ani Katchova and Robert Dinterman,
both from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
General Mike DeWine announced Friday the Montgomery County arrest of four
suspected drug traffickers believed to be "high-level" members of the
Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission’s
Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force seized approximately 20 kilograms of
heroin and fentanyl, 20 pounds of marijuana and approximately $120,000 in cash.
The drugs have a street value of roughly $2 million.
General Mike DeWine recently announced that his office is now accepting
applications for its Teen Ambassador Board for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Ohio Attorney General's Teen Ambassador Board
is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter
and online schools in Ohio. The mission of the board is to provide Ohio’s
future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government.
AUDITOR OF STATE
auditors recently outlined $6 million in savings recommendations to help the
Parma City School District in Cuyahoga County alleviate its financial stress.
The performance audit released by Auditor of State Dave Yost Friday proposes 18
ways to reverse the district's growing deficit, including staffing reductions
and changes to the ways it funds extracurricular activities. The district has
already begun implementing several cost-saving measures in line with the performance
audit recommendations, Yost noted in a release.
of State Dave Yost announced Monday that he has approved the selection of Bellaire
Local School District in Belmont County to receive the first shared services
feasibility study conducted by his office. Local governments and state agencies
can apply for a shared services feasibility studies
through the auditor’s office, under provisions enacted as part of 131-HB5 and
effective Sept. 14, 2016. Unlike financial audits, these studies are voluntary,
and entities can choose to opt out if they are included in another government's
House Republicans prepare to unveil their proposed changes on HB49 (R. Smith),
the biennial budget, next week, the chairman of the House Higher Education
Subcommittee said he has recommended a few changes to the textbook provisions
as well as to the one allowing students at two-year institutions to earn
bachelor's degrees. Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) said it is ultimately up
to leadership on what ends up in the final product, but as the chairman of the
higher education subcommittee, he said he has submitted a number of amendments
addressing various provisions.
Senate Finance Committee, as its four subcommittees gear up for their hearings
on the proposed FY18-19 budget, Thursday released the list of state agencies
each of the subcommittees will hear.
Organizations interested in FY18 funding from Ohio's
federal charter school grant have until May 1 to submit notice of their intent
to apply, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced Friday. The grants
are meant to support planning, program design and initial implementation of
new, high-quality charter schools.
State University this week released a new nationwide study that found children
are better readers at a younger age than in the recent past, but also that there
are still gaps, especially in more advanced reading skills. The study found that
children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills
than similar students just 12 years earlier.
Classroom of Tomorrow's (ECOT) legal team wants one of three judges hearing its
lawsuit against the state removed from the case because of comments he made in
oral arguments. ECOT attorney Marion Little filed an
affidavit of disqualification Tuesday against 10th District Appeals Judge Gary
Tyack, citing Tyack's mention of ECOT founder William Lager's political
donations, among other comments, as evidence of bias.
state panel assigned to recommend revisions and possible cutbacks in testing
heard Tuesday about some Ohio districts' use of an assessment inventory to do
that on the local level. The Superintendent's Advisory Committee on
Assessments, formed by Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and led by Deputy
Superintendent John Richard, also discussed testing requirements for
identifying gifted students and heard about new legislation that would make
major changes to academic standards and testing.
Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) recently announced new
legislation that would eliminate the Common Core in Ohio, state-based
evaluation systems and state-mandated end-of-course examinations. HB181, dubbed
by the sponsors as the "Student and Teacher Liberty Act," eliminates
the Common Core state standards and the associated tests; state required
end-of-course examinations; the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System; and the Ohio
Principal Evaluation System. The sponsors said the elimination of the
evaluation systems would allow each district to create its own evaluations for
teachers and principals.
U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) is adding top level staff under Secretary
Betsy DeVos, including the appointment of a Maryland charter school founder and
advocate to oversee K-12 education. USDOE announced in a statement this week
that Jason Botel was appointed deputy assistant
secretary for elementary and secondary education, and acting assistant
secretary of elementary and secondary education.
policymakers have a lot to learn from the world's leading education systems,
according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures
(NCSL). "Most state education systems are falling dangerously behind the
world in a number of international comparisons and on our own National
Assessment of Educational Progress, leaving the United States overwhelmingly
underprepared to succeed in the 21st century economy," NCSL Policy
Associate Madeleine Webster told the Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC)
the 2018 election is more than a year and a half away, fundraising for the U.S.
Senate race is in full swing. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has raised $2.4
million in the first quarter of 2017. He has about $5 million on hand. Brown had
raised about $1.35 million during the first quarter of 2011, ahead of his 2012
re-election. Treasurer Josh Mandel, Brown’s 2012 opponent who is seeking a
re-match in 2018, announced he raised nearly $1.5 million into his "Team
Josh" and related committees. Mandel's cash on hand is $2.4 million. U.S.
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Columbus), who is considering a U.S. Senate run, reported
raising nearly $1.4 million in the first quarter. Tiberi reported $6.3 million
cash on hand.
Maddock has joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) re-election campaign as
communications director. Maddock most recently served as communications
director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and before that, as press
secretary for Alison Lundergan Grimes in her unsuccessful 2014 bid to unseat
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
still-young administration of Donald Trump was one of many federal issues
discussed Thursday at a Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC) panel featuring U.S.
Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) and Pat Tiberi (R-Columbus). The panel titled
"The First 100 Days" and moderated by WOSU's Mike Thompson, began
with a discussion on the Trump administration and moved onto a wider range of
topics, including immigration, redistricting and education, among others.
Ohio Casino Control Commission Wednesday unanimously approved new rules that
would set into place testing for skilled games to be licensed in Ohio. The
commission was given statutory authority by the General Assembly to oversee
skilled games as the commission tries to prevent illegal gambling from popping
up around the state.
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 152nd
anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda
on Friday, April 28. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil
War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for the replica of Lincoln's
casket from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
two years away from the Statehouse, Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says, in an
interview with Hannah News, he has
returned to represent Ohio's 12th Senate District with increased
focus on policies that he feels affect his constituents where they are, in
their local communities.
Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) no longer faces
removal from office for a March incident in which he was found passed out at a
McDonald's drive-through with a loaded handgun in his car's center armrest. A
Butler County grand jury Tuesday indicted Retherford on misdemeanor drunken
driving charges but declined to indict on a felony weapons charge, conviction
on which would have triggered his ejection from office.
of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Ohio Township
Association (OTA) celebrated Earth Day Tuesday by planting a sourwood tree and
placing a bench near the northeast corner of Capitol Square.
Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) said Wednesday he's resigning
leadership, effective next week, to focus on his candidacy for Ohio governor in
2018. The Senate Democratic Caucus elected Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights)
to replace Schiavoni. Later in the week, the Senate changed committee
assignments to reflect the change.
Hannah News interview series
for freshman legislators featured Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), who
places priority on education issues as a former longtime member of the
Cincinnati school board.
John Kasich will participate in a town hall hosted by CNN that will be held at
10 p.m. on Monday, April 24, the network announced. The town hall will be
moderated by Anderson Cooper and will focus on President Donald Trump's first
100 days in office, CNN said. Kasich will also talk about his new book,
"Two Paths, America Divided or United."
John Kasich announced the appointment of Eric K. Nagel of Wauseon (Fulton
County) to serve as a judge on the Fulton County Court, Western District. Nagel
will assume the bench on April 28, 2017. He must run in November 2018 to retain
the seat for the full term commencing Jan. 1, 2019. Nagel is replacing Judge
Jeffrey L. Robinson who has been elected to the Fulton County Court of Common
governor made the following appointments during the week:
Thomas R. Winters of Columbus (Franklin County) reappointed to the State Racing
Commission for a term beginning April 14, 2017 and ending March 31, 2021.
Gregory H. Simpson of Milford (Clermont County) to the State Racing Commission
for a term beginning April 14, 2017 and ending March 31, 2021.
Deborah Knight of Perrysburg (Wood County) to the Owens State Community College
Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 19, 2017, and ending Sept. 21,
Jason W. Johnson of Toledo (Lucas County) to the Owens State Community College
Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 19, 2017, and ending Sept. 21,
Tina S. Ratcliff of Dayton (Montgomery County) to the Ohio Historical Records
Advisory Board for a term beginning April 19, 2017, and ending March 31, 2020.
Priyanka Vora of West Chester (Butler County) to the Commission on Minority
Health for a term beginning April 20, 2017, and ending Sept. 2, 2018.
Ruby Crawford-Hemphill of Mason (Warren County) reappointed to the Maternity
and Newborn Advisory Council for a term beginning April 20, 2017, and ending
Oct. 30, 2021.
Sahar A. Shalash of Columbus (Franklin County) to the Maternity and Newborn
Advisory Council for a term beginning April 20, 2017, and ending Oct. 30, 2021.
a new batch of Choose Ohio First Scholars from across the state were honored
Monday at the Statehouse, Chancellor John Carey said the Kasich administration
is committed to keeping the program going. The program gives scholarships to
Ohio colleges and universities to recruit Ohio residents as undergraduate
students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and
Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) adult education program is taking
on a new name, announced Monday at a news conference with speakers from a range
of roles. The former ODHE Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program
will now be named “Aspire” as part of a rebranding effort that drew on
responses from program participants, some of whom immigrated to the United
States and were learning English as their second language as well.
Haughawout, who joined the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) in 2011, has been
appointed deputy director of the department, ODI Director Jillian Froment
announced Monday. The appointment was effective April 17. Froment,
who had held the deputy director position prior to her appointment as director
by Gov. John Kasich on April 1, praised Haughawout's previous ODI service as an
assistant director of policy and product coordination.
Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued advisory opinions Friday addressing
attorney advertising and representation of clients by a former magistrate. In
Advisory Opinion 2017-3, the board provides guidance for lawyers who desire to
use unsolicited emails as a form of advertising to attract new clients, and Opinion
2017-3 further advises that a lawyer may use third-party services to send the
emails, as long as the lawyer maintains responsibility for the actions of the
service and the content of the emails. In its second opinion Friday, the Board
of Professional Conduct considered the ability of a former magistrate, now
practicing law, to represent a domestic relations client -- post-decree -- in a
matter originally heard by the magistrate.
fatal shooting of a black couple following a high-speed chase involving more
than 100 police officers and 137 bullet rounds now goes before the East
Cleveland Municipal Court, which the Supreme Court of Ohio last Thursday
granted authority to hear dereliction of duty charges against five Cleveland
Police Department supervisors.
Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) Friday filed its proposed processor rules
with the Common Sense Initiative (CSI). According to DOC's filing, the
department determined it was not in the best interest of the Medical Marijuana
Control Program to increase the number of processor licenses or create an Ohio
residency requirement, both of which were requested during the public comment
medical marijuana cultivator rules written by the Ohio Department of Commerce
(DOC) cleared the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) on Monday,
despite warnings from advocates that the licensure rules exceed the
department's rulemaking authority.
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer
and other state officials have been sued by 52 Ohio farmers in federal court.
The complaint -- which concerns the state's actions following flooding from the
Grand Lake St. Mary's spillway that began in 1997 -- was filed in the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of Ohio late Thursday, April 13,
according to a news release from the farmers' legal counsel at Vorys, Sater,
Seymour and Pease LLP.
annual wild turkey season will open soon, according to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources. New for the 2017 season, the state has been divided into two
zones for spring turkey hunting: a south zone, which opens to hunters on
Monday, April 24, and a northeast zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, May
1. The youth wild turkey season will occur on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23,
according to ODNR.
The Ohio Supreme
Court on Wednesday refused to hear the Ohio Department of Natural Resources'
(ODNR) appeal of a half-million-dollar damage award against the agency and its
director, James Zehringer, who the Court previously
found in contempt for failing to complete eminent domain actions in order to
compensate landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys for
years of flooding.
Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler released the state's new guidelines for eating
fish caught from Ohio's lakes, rivers and streams, reflecting notable
improvements in the waters of the state. Among the improvements from
fish data collected last summer, the "do not eat" advisories were
removed for the Ottawa River (Toledo) for all species and replaced with less
strict recommendations -- "a sign of improved conditions," he said in
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said Monday that it had approved
federal grant funding for 37 projects statewide for fire departments and fire
associations serving small communities across Ohio. Out of Ohio’s nearly 1,300
fire departments statewide, approximately 900 are classified as rural, with
populations under 10,000, and these departments are primarily staffed by
State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) Board of Trustees voted Thursday to
stop any further cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) after July, a move meant to
shore up long-term finances and comply with state requirements for a plan to
reduce liabilities. On a motion from board Chairman Robert Stein, a retired
teacher, the board approved suspending the COLA, with provisions to review the
feasibility of reinstituting them no later than the time of STRS' next
five-year experience study.
F. Chatman became the first African American president of the Ohio State
Medical Association (OSMA), the group announced Friday. Chatman, a Cincinnati
family medicine doctor, was sworn-in during the association’s annual business
meeting in March. She is the first African-American president in the OSMA’s
169-year history and fourth female leader.
Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) announced
Tuesday that it has hired Janice Welsheimer as its
director of educational programs. Welsheimer will
provide leadership and direction for OABA's educational programs, including
workshops, seminars and conferences. In her new role, she'll also serve as the
executive director of the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser program and the Ohio
coordinator for the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
than 10,000 bicycle helmets will be distributed this year as part of the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of
Pediatrics' (Ohio AAP) "Put a Lid
on It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness" campaign. It is held in
conjunction with "Bike Helmet
Safety Awareness Month," which will be observed during May 2017.
provider of police body cameras is offering a free, one-year trial of its
product to every law enforcement agency in the country, including Ohio. Axon,
formerly known as TASER International, rolled out the program this month. The
company said it also will provide related hardware, software, data storage,
training and product support to every participating police department.
SECRETARY OF STATE
of State Jon Husted announced Friday that 12,827 new entities filed to do
business in Ohio during March 2017, an increase of 2,349 when compared to the
same month in 2016. Husted said the latest numbers make March 2017 the best
month for new business formation in Ohio’s history.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Administrative Services Director Robert
Blair Friday honored 23 employees from four state agencies with the Governor’s
Award for Employee Excellence in recognition of extraordinary public service.
Of the 23 honorees, 12 were from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT),
nine from the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and one each
from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
The awards were presented in the State Room of the Ohio Statehouse.
Matters Ohio Friday proposed 10 tax reforms that it says,
if included in the upcoming state budget, could benefit Ohioans and stimulate
the economy. The suggestions follow news this week that the administration is
planning to trim its revenue forecasts for the next biennium by $400 million
Ohio Turnpike Commission approved four resolutions during its Monday meeting
relating to contracts for improvements along the toll road. The resolutions
included hiring Civil Coatings and Construction Inc. to repaint bridges in
Williams and Fulton counties. The contract is worth $1.1 million. The
resolution also approves Greenman-Pedersen Inc. to
oversee the project.
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) on Thursday announced the appointment
of Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Cincinnati) to the Ohio Rail Development Commission
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) launched its 2017 discussion on grid
modernization Tuesday with an overview of the technological and interactive
landscape that -- should prognostications from public and private energy
leaders hold true -- will determine the future of electric distribution in Ohio
and the U.S.