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 September 22, 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:   6/27/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 76-18
 
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 - REPORTED OUT, 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 the enrollment records of a community school, to clarify the time period within which a school district emergency levy or substitute levy may be renewed or replaced, to clarify the responsibilities of a school district treasurer regarding the signing or executing of certain documents, to require the State Board of Education to adopt standards for learning management software for internet- and computer-based community schools, regarding qualification for state payments by internet- or computer-based community schools, regarding joint health and medical insurance programs by political subdivisions and county boards of developmental disabilities, regarding submission of five-year financial forecasts by public schools, and regarding the moratorium on certain provisions affecting community schools and school districts whose enrollments were affected due to enrolling students of a suspended e-school.
 Current Status:   8/3/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 11/2/18
 
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. 8/1/18
 
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:   7/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 10/29/18
 
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 appropriations and otherwise provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   6/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 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) To regulate the use of credit cards and debit cards by political subdivisions, to modify the duties and powers of the Auditor of State, to specify that electronic submission of a public record request entitles the requestor to damages if the public office fails to comply with the Public Records Act, to make changes to the law governing financial planning and supervision commissions, and to authorize a property tax abatement for certain property subject to a submerged land lease and held by a municipal corporation.
 Current Status:   8/3/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 11/2/18
 
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 - BILL AMENDED, 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:   6/26/2018 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second 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:   6/20/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-2
 
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. 9/13/18
 
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:   6/27/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-0
 
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:   6/20/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 93-0
 
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. 6/29/18
 
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, to modify eligibility requirements for such grants, and to fund the grant program from state sales tax receipts.
 Current Status:   6/20/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 84-9
 
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:   6/26/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Third 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:   6/27/2018 - House Health , (Fourth 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:   6/27/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 93-0
 
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:   6/26/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Fourth 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:   6/26/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House State and Local Government, (Third 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:   6/26/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second 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:   8/3/2018 - VETOED BY GOVERNOR
 
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:   6/27/2018 - House Insurance, (First Hearing)
 
SB239REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS & DESIGNATIONS (DOLAN M) to modify the law concerning regional councils of governments to clarify that a municipal corporation eligible to designate a tourism development district may designate more than one district, to specify that the American Law Institute's approved "Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance" does not constitute the public policy of Ohio, to designate a portion of U.S. Route 33 in Meigs County as the "Steve Story Memorial Highway," to designate a portion of Interstate Route 270 in Franklin County as the "Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering Memorial Highway," and to designate the portion of U.S. Route 24 in Henry County as the "Henry County Veterans Highway."
 Current Status:   7/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 10/29/2018
 
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:   6/27/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 24-8
 
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:   6/27/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 23-9
 
Week in Review

Week in Review

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

 

ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Gov. John Kasich said Thursday during a Midwest drug interdiction conference hosted in Dublin he's convinced Ohio is making headway against the opioid addiction crisis, and he hoped to spread that success and learn from other states' approaches.

AGRICULTURE

Another round of harmful algal bloom reduction funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODAg). The funding is part of a three-state, five-year, $17.5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 55 other state and territorial attorneys general Monday in urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before funding expires later this year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine issued recommendations Monday to help Ohioans make wise charitable contributions and avoid scams related to the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Among them were to carefully review donation requests and to beware of "look-alike" websites or accounts.

AUDITOR OF STATE

 

Auditor Dave Yost's office Wednesday released a review of results from recent school district performance audits, promoting the audits as a resource to stave off deficits many schools are projected to face in coming years. The auditor's office notes 93 percent of school districts are expected to see spending outpace revenue within the next five years. While some can rely on carryover balances, 148 districts are projected to end FY22 with deficit fund balances, according to forecasts submitted to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

 

BALLOT ISSUES

Gov. John Kasich said Thursday during a Midwest drug interdiction conference that he won't vote for Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment to lessen drug penalties and generally support probation and treatment over incarceration. He'd expressed some sympathy toward the proposal several weeks ago and maintained Thursday that it has positive elements but said ultimately parts of it "go too far."

CENSUS

U.S. Census Bureau data released recently show an increase in the state's rate of uninsured individuals, a decrease in poverty and a noticeable increase in the state's median household income. Ohio's percentage of uninsured individuals increased from 5.4 percent in 2016 to 6.0 percent in 2017; its rate of poverty decreased from 14.6 percent in 2016 to 14.0 percent in 2017; and its household median income increased from $52,334 in 2016 to $54,021 in 2017.

CHILDREN/FAMILIES

The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic leaning group, released findings from a public opinion poll on the state of child care in Ohio and what voters support to improve the system. The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found 68 percent of respondents with children under 18 say that lack of access to quality, affordable child care is a serious problem. Sixty-one percent said they or an immediate family member have had their career or career prospects negatively affected due to child care considerations.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Ohio Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness co-chaired by retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton turned Monday to a discussion of Northeast Ohio Medical Center's (NEOMED) Center of Excellence and Clermont County's Community Alternative Sentencing Center. Introducing the day's meeting, Stratton told participants she had met with Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) regarding mental health and criminal justice, speaking frankly about the activity or lack of activity of the General Assembly in addressing criminal justice reform. She pointed to recodification findings and other legislative recommendations that often languish while Ohio lawmakers instead pass the latest penalty enhancement.

DEATH PENALTY

The Supreme Court of Ohio on Thursday upheld the decades-old capital sentence of former delivery man James Goff, convicted in the 1994 murder of an 88-year-old woman who had purchased furniture from a store where he worked to assist her move from a Clinton County farm to her new home. It is the second time in 23 years Goff's death sentence has been affirmed by the common pleas court, 12th District Court of Appeals and Supreme Court after the U.S. 6th Circuit vacated his sentence in 2010.

EDUCATION

In times when misinformation can spread as quickly as accurate information through traditional and social media, school communications professionals are perhaps more important than they have ever been when it comes to engaging parents and the larger community, especially in times of crisis. A panel of five such professionals presented at the School Security and Safety Solutions Summit at the Columbus Convention Center recently, explaining their own experiences and sharing tips with other communications professionals in the audience.

 

State Board of Education members and Superintendent Paolo DeMaria talked through both how they'd shoulder big cuts and where they'd like to see funding increases as they discussed planning for the FY20-21 budget Monday. DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) budget chief Aaron Rausch presented outlines for two funding scenarios that the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) has asked agencies to plan for -- 90 percent of prior-year funding, and flat funding. DeMaria also prepared an appendix to the official budget submission to express board members' priorities for additional spending should the administration and lawmakers make additional money available.

 

As an advisory group nears completion of recommendations for new high school graduation rules, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria updated State Board of Education members on the outline of those proposals in advance of the recommendations formally going to the board in October.

 

Members of Native American communities and concerned citizens from around the state testified at Tuesday's State Board of Education meeting, urging the board and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to speak out against derogatory representations of native people in school mascots.

 

Officials at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) on Monday detailed two recently released online tools meant to help school districts gain insight into the art coursework being offered at schools statewide and to adopt strategies that will improve student outcomes. These included the new Ohio Arts Education Data Project and Evidence-Based Clearinghouse. The data project is intended to provide schools and the public a snapshot of the state of arts education in the state. Developed in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Arts Council and Quadrant Research, the database will be provided to the public by Ohio and four other states. The second tool is the first version of the Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, which seeks to collect best practice strategies that improve student results and engagement and to share them statewide. The tool, part of ODE's Empowered by Evidence initiative, first launched on Monday, Sept. 10.

 

Pending minor revisions to reflect suggestions at its final meeting, the workgroup developing a long-term replacement for graduation requirements agreed Wednesday to a proposal to send to the State Board of Education, which will consider formally recommending it to the General Assembly. The draft final proposal largely fits the system Superintendent Paolo DeMaria presented to the school board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee earlier in the week.

 

Charter schools in Ohio's eight largest urban districts generally outperformed their traditional school peers in student growth data, according to an analysis by Buckeye Charter School Boards Inc. (BCSB), an advocacy nonprofit. Site-based, general education charter schools got an A, B or C more often than nearby district schools on the overall value-added measurement; specifically, 44 percent of the charters got such grades, while 33 percent of district schools did. This measurement is based on testing data for math, English and science in grades four through eight, as well as some high school end-of-course exams.

ELECTIONS 2018

Two attorneys general -- one former, one current - sharply compared and contrasted their respective track records in public office as Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democratic former Attorney General and former head of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray met each other at the first 2018 Ohio gubernatorial debate Wednesday. Held at the University of Dayton, the candidates exchanged mutual criticisms of their roles in public office, clashing over their handling of the opioid epidemic, the handling of rape kits, gun violence, marijuana, criminal justice and several other issues throughout the debate. The next gubernatorial debate will be at Marietta College on Monday, Oct. 1.

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted Friday broke a tie at the Franklin County Board of Elections in favor of allowing 20th House District candidate Bobby Mitchell to remain on the ballot for November. The board deadlocked on whether to keep Mitchell on the ballot after a challenge was filed by a resident of the Canal Winchester apartment complex listed as Mitchell's voting address. The challenger alleged that Mitchell lives in a house that is outside the district. Mitchell had argued that he spends most of his nights at the apartment because it is closer to the church where he pastors.

 

Two different polls released in the last week show a vastly different take on the upcoming U.S. Senate race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth). The first came from Innovation Ohio, which showed Brown leading Renacci 46 percent to 42 percent while the Politico/AARP poll showed Brown leading Renacci 47 percent to 31 percent, with 22 percent undecided.

 

Meanwhile, the IO poll showed Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine tied at 43 percent in the governor's race, though DeWine takes a slight lead 45 percent to 43 percent when Green and Libertarian candidates are included. In the governor's race, the Politico/AARP poll said DeWine leads Cordray 39 percent to 38 percent, with 23 percent undecided.

 

A new poll released Tuesday by Baldwin Wallace University (BWU) saw U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown leading in the U.S. Senate race and Attorney General Mike DeWine leading in the governor's race, but a large percentage of voters remain undecided. In the Senate race, Brown leads 49.2 percent to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's 31.8 percent, with 19.1 percent undecided. In the governor's race, DeWine leads Democrat Richard Cordray 41.8 percent to 37 percent, with 21.3 percent undecided.

 

In other BWU findings, nearly 43 percent of respondents approve of President Donald Trump's job performance, while nearly 52 percent disapprove. Half of respondents approve of how the Trump administration has handled tax cuts, but voters were split on trade tariffs and immigration. Fifty-three percent of respondents approve of the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

 

Despite a disagreement over state Issue 1, the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA) Tuesday announced it was endorsing Richard Cordray for governor, who pushed back against ads suggesting he is soft on crime because of his support for the constitutional amendment favoring probation over incarceration.

 

Ohioans who care about clean air and water should cast their votes for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, environmental advocates said Tuesday. During a press conference hosted by Conservation Ohio PAC, a campaign arm of the League of Conservation Voters, Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown said she supports Cordray because of his record at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and his plans to protect Ohio's environment.

 

A current and a former employee of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have filed a class action lawsuit against the agency and Trump administration Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, alleging that the CFPB "maintains a biased culture replete with harmful stereotypes regarding its racial minority and female employees that infect its policies and decision-making, including performance evaluations, compensation and promotions." The allegations stretch back to 2011, covering the tenure of former Director Richard Cordray, the current Democratic candidate for Ohio governor.

 

Richard Cordray and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) explained the motivations behind their respective 2018 political campaigns on Thursday, with both candidates emphasizing their desire to achieve bipartisan, practical solutions for Ohioans. The Democratic candidate for governor and the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate were also able to attack their respective opponents unanswered at an AARP-Politico event in Columbus, as Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) were unable to attend.

 

The Ohio Elections Commission Thursday found that Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach did not violate campaign finance law by telling supporters they could meet former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if they donated, while the commission determined that current Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval might have spent county campaign funds improperly towards his congressional campaign, warranting another hearing in the near future.

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that absentee voting for military and overseas voters begins Saturday, Sept. 22, for the upcoming general election. The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration ahead of the Nov. 6 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 9 (30 days before the election). Voters may go to www.MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to register online or update an

existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from www.MyOhioVote.com or obtained from a local library or board of elections office.

 

The following endorsements were made over the week:

- The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Louise Valentine and Nickie Antonio for Ohio Senate and Mary Lightbody, Beth Liston, Allison Russon, Casey Weinstein, Jeremy Blake, and Taylor Sappington for Ohio House.

- The re-election campaign of Rep. Dave Greenspan announced the endorsements of Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E.

- The Ohio Education Association (OEA) endorsed Issue 1.

- The Ohio Business Roundtable announced its opposition to Issue 1.

- The Central Ohio Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) endorsed Tim Barhorst and Kris Jordan for Ohio House and Andrew Brenner for Ohio Senate.

- The Columbus Dispatch endorsed Frank LaRose for secretary of state.

- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund endorsed Jim Renacci for U.S. Senate.

FEDERAL

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said he recently spoke to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding the then-anonymous allegation of sexual misconduct leveled against the judge by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh was "surprised and frustrated" about the charge.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Wednesday that he is pleased to see that talks are continuing with Canada on a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but said there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed. Brown told reporters that a renegotiation of NAFTA needs to have Canada to work. The Trump administration had previously announced a tentative bilateral agreement with Mexico but is still trying to iron out details with Canada.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY/STATEHOUSE

The Ohio Statehouse Museum closed Wednesday for renovations that will ultimately bring the original Ohio Constitutions to the Statehouse in an exhibit described as the first of its kind in the nation. The $850,000 exhibit will display the original 1802 and 1851 Ohio Constitutions and will also include interactive educational displays to not only introduce visitors to the documents but also show how they are relevant in the 21st century.

 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) announced that tickets for the 2018 edition of its Haunted Statehouse Tours are now available. The special Halloween tours will take place Friday, Oct. 19; Saturday, Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. CSRAB said the event is ticketed and tickets must be pre-ordered.

GOVERNOR

It doesn't matter what a person's political identity, political philosophy or religious views are -- everyone has the ability to do something selfless to improve their communities, Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday. "There is something in us. It is a battle, often, within ourselves as to which road do we take? The road where I'm all caught up in me or where I'm caught up in something bigger than me? I think we admire so much when we see people take that road of what's bigger than me," Kasich said during the Dispatch Media Group's "Everyday Heroes" event in Columbus.

 

Appointments made during the week include the following:

- Carol L. Garner of Mount Vernon (Knox County) reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association for a term beginning Sept. 19, 2018 and ending Sept. 15, 2022.

- Stephanie E. Green of Columbus (Franklin County) to the Ohio Fair Plan Underwriting Association Board of Governors for a term beginning Sept. 19, 2018 and ending Sept. 18, 2020.

- Janet Foley Orosz of Powell (Delaware County) reappointed to the Ohio Fair Plan Underwriting Association Board of Governors for a term beginning Sept. 20, 2018 and ending Sept. 18, 2020.

- Chief Clayton A. Harris of Solon (Cuyahoga County), Sheriff Michael E. Heldman of Findlay (Hancock County) and Col. Paul A. Pride of Baltimore (Fairfield County) reappointed to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for terms beginning Sept. 21, 2018 and ending Sept. 20, 2021.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Youngstown State University (YSU) recently announced the donation of $1.5 million from the Cafaro family for the construction of a new intramural recreation complex. The Cafaro Family Field will be a lighted field complete with restrooms, seating and fencing that will be used for soccer and lacrosse matches, as well as other activities.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) recently announced the hiring of Pam Conlin, assistant vice president for principal and major gifts at Dallas, TX-based Southern Methodist University (SMU), to lead its own fundraising wing.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Mercy College of Ohio announced that the operations of Mercy College of Ohio are being transferred to BGSU with the goal of increasing health care education in light of the statewide shortage of nurses and the high demand for other health professionals.

The Shawnee State University (SSU) Board of Trustees received and accepted the immediate resignation of President Rick Kurtz at a meeting on Friday, Sept. 14. According to SSU, the board subsequently named Jeffrey Bauer, SSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, as interim president. The reason for Kurtz's departure and any future plans were not disclosed by SSU.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, will be the next chair of the University of Dayton (UD) Board of Trustees after a shake-up in leadership was announced Friday, Sept. 14. Boosalis will be the first woman to lead the board when she takes over for current board chair David Yeager in 2019. She has served as a board trustee for nine years and leads the ninth-largest employer in Ohio, with roughly 14,000 employees.

Ohio University (OU) allowed an appearance of preferential treatment when it entered into a lease with prominent Athens businessman John Wharton for a nearby residence for former OU President Roderick McDavis, largely based on discussions Wharton had with OU's athletic department about a conditional $100,000 donation, according to a Tuesday report from the Ohio Inspector General's office.

An early 2000s Ohio State University (OSU) medical program designed to help alleviate the day-to-day stress of being treated for cancer successfully improved the moods and lives of patients and could be replicated in other places around the country, according to a new study from OSU.

JUDICIAL

A three-judge panel of the Board of Judicial Conduct heard oral argument Wednesday in the disciplinary complaint against sitting Justice R. Patrick DeWine, accused of violating the Rules of Judicial Conduct by failing to recuse himself from Ohio Supreme Court cases brought by his father, Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Mike DeWine. The complainant, Columbus attorney Brad Frick, argued that the "black-letter law" of Ohio's judicial rules disqualify Justice DeWine from the 14 percent of all Supreme Court cases with his father as named counsel, while DeWine's defense attorney, George Jonson of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson in Cincinnati, countered that Court precedent and judicial conduct rules do not in fact require the justice to recuse. A decision is expected by year's end.

The newly disbarred Neal Magee II of Dublin is among seven attorneys having prompted the Board of Commissioners for the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection to refund 14 victims of attorney theft more than $208,000 in its latest round of awards. The board found four former or suspended lawyers had misappropriated client funds and resolved additional claims for three attorneys now deceased.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court has opened the application period for grants to help defray transportation costs for student field trips to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center and its Visitor Education Center. All schools receiving state funds are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded based the percentage of students enrolled in the free-and-reduced-lunch program, as reported by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Preference will be given to schools that didn't receive transportation grant funds during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years. Grant applications must be completed online at www.sc.ohio.gov/VisitorInfo/CivicEd/grants/default.asp by authorized teachers or school administrators.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court said Tuesday it is suspending the law license of John McNally IV, former Youngstown mayor and Mahoning County commissioner, because of his criminal conviction in a public corruption case. Justices suspended his license for one year, with six months of the sentence stayed, overruling the Board of Professional Conduct's recommendation of a public reprimand.

MARIJUANA

America's uncertain legal landscape and other complicating factors are leading many Ohio business owners -- even those open to allowing cannabis use -- to prohibit employee use of medical marijuana, according to an executive at a leading drug-free workplace consulting firm. In a phone interview with Hannah News, Working Partners Managing Director Karen Pierce said the main impediments are marijuana's federal illegality, the lack of an impairment test and the significant difference between a medical "recommendation" and a "prescription."

MEDICAID/MEDICAID REFORM

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Tuesday released the redacted version of a consultant's report on pharmacy benefit managers' (PBM) business and pricing practices. Sections of the report remain under wraps pending a judge's decision on whether they constitute trade secrets and are exempt from public records law, as the PBMs assert. And that hearing has been pushed back by Judge Jenifer French of Franklin County Common Pleas Court to Tuesday, Dec. 18.

 

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) Monday allowed a proposed Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) rule addressing eligibility for Medicaid providers with criminal records to move forward, as lawmakers on the panel and the agency itself promised to work with stakeholders on an improved solution. The rule addresses screening requirements for Medicaid providers that would classify employees with past criminal offenses into tiers. Some employees with very low-level offenses would be able to work as a provider right away, while others convicted of violent offenses or those involving children would be permanently barred. It also allows those with criminal records to be certified as providers if they obtain a certification of qualification for employment (CQE) from a sentencing court.

 

Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) Chairman Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) Thursday cautioned -- and prodded -- all players in the transition of behavior health services to managed care plans to get the program implemented. For the managed care plans (MCPs), he noted that he will be closely examining the "over and under" payments "in this space" come budget time. He further explained that the money is "out there [and] sits with you. It is important to find a way to get the money out to the providers." For the providers, he observed first that the contingency payments are "loans not grants," adding that the way the program is now set up opens it up to competition. Burke said agencies need to see themselves as businesses and not as government agencies. He added that, down the road, he can see these services provided by others "without the longevity in the state."

 

MIDWESTERN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

 

The future of automotive technology and infrastructure was the principal theme for the opening of the Midwestern Governors Association's (MGA) 2018 conference, with Gov. John Kasich and Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett delivering the opening remarks and Wednesday keynote, respectively. MGA Executive Director Jesse Heier noted displays on robotics and drones in the lobby of COSI, where the conference was held, and Kasich offered a summary of his initiatives to make Ohio a leader in the future, including his energy policy and solving workforce issues through partnerships among business and education institutions. The Governor's Executive Workforce Board held its second-to-last meeting of Kasich's administration at COSI as well Tuesday, in advance of the MGA conference.

 

The state of Ohio is on its way to ensuring it will receive a healthy slice of the burgeoning $10 trillion personal transportation industry, KPMG in the United Kingdom (U.K.) Global Head of Infrastructure Richard Threlfall said Wednesday. Threlfall participated in a panel discussion on the intersection of physical and digital infrastructure at the 2018 MGA Summit at COSI. He was joined by AT&T Internet of Things Solutions Assistant Vice President Ken DiPrima, Ford Smart Mobility Vice President John Quant and Smart Columbus Vice President Mark Patton.

 

The Canadian government believes it is important to maintain its relationships with states, the consul general of Canada told the audience during a session on trade at the MGA Summit held this week. Douglas George sat down with Gov. John Kasich for a question and answer session to talk about the trade issues between the United States and Canada as both countries begin a new round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). George said both sides have agreed to not share details of the talks while they are ongoing, but he stressed that Canada is a friend to the U.S.

 

Chairman Asim Haque of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) led panelists in an extended energy tech-talk Wednesday at the MGA conference, covering everything from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence to variable versus fixed utility costs. Haque pitched questions to Ram Sastry, vice president of infrastructure and business continuity at American Electric Power (AEP), Jake Oster, director of energy policy at Amazon, and Dana Saucier, senior managing director of energy and chemicals at JobsOhio.

 

While Wednesday's opening sessions of the MGA conference focused on transit and infrastructure development, Thursday's opening panel and keynote remarks were all about how the coming tech revolution will change the workforce and what steps should be taken to prepare. The panel on education and workforce development featured Sebastian Thrun, chairman and president of online college Udacity; Brookings Institute Vice President and Director of Governance Studies Darrell West; Stark State College President Para Jones; and Cisco Systems Senior Vice President Tae Yoo. Columbus State Community College President David Harrison moderated the discussion, also offering his own perspective at times.

 

PENSIONS

 

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) reported double-digit 2017 returns to state lawmakers Thursday but said a dropoff in the capital market outlook led actuaries to recommend it consider lowering its long-term assumptions for investment earnings. Karen Carraher, CEO of OPERS, presented the 2017 valuation report to the Ohio Retirement Study Council, reporting "very favorable returns" of 16.7 percent, representing $6.8 billion in excess earnings over expectations.

 

PEOPLE

 

Roger Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and a former member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC), died suddenly Friday, Sept. 14. He was 44. Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Ashbrook Center, 8th floor of the Ashland University Library, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH. A memorial service will follow at the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at Ashland University, beginning at 4 p.m.

 

SECRETARY OF STATE

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Friday that 10,994 new entities filed to do business in Ohio last month, an increase of 992 when compared to August 2017. The secretary of state's office said Ohio is currently on track for 2018 to be another record-breaking year for new business filings. Since January, the Buckeye State has seen 87,124 new businesses file, up 5,143 from the same eight-month period last year.

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

The Ohio Expositions Commission selected a new ride provider for the Ohio State Fair a little more than a year after a fatal accident occurred under its former carnival partner. Concluding a sixth-month process, the commission said the state has signed Fort Worth, TX-based Talley Amusements to a four-year contract beginning in 2019.

 

The Kasich administration's Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Small Business Advisory Council heard from National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Ohio Executive Director Roger Geiger at its Wednesday meeting, where Geiger informed members of the latest results of the NFIB small business survey and offered what he said were the top policy priorities for small businesses.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

 

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) on Monday approved a five-year, $1.87 million deal with Agile Network Builders LLC to provide redundant fiber optic connections to the commission's network and service plaza-wide WiFi access.

WORKFORCE

In its penultimate meeting of the Kasich administration, the Governor's Executive Workforce Board Tuesday discussed efforts to connect education curriculums and employer needs and made plans to review its work when the board convenes for the final time. Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) Director Ryan Burgess said that work would continue "to the finish line" as Gov. John Kasich's final term winds down, saying that at a high level they have completed 60 percent of board recommendations and will finish another 28 percent by the end of the year, with 12 percent remaining.

 

 


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