Legislative Advocacy

Upcoming Candidate Meet & Greets

 Meet the Candidates. Be Informed. 

Did you know there are events throughout Central Ohio that provide an opportunity for you to meet the candidates that will be on the ballot this November?

The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government has organized the following great events:

Worthington Forum at the McConnell Arts Center- October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet with the Candidates starting at 6:30 pm.  The forum will begin at 7:00 pm.

This Forum will feature the following races:

State Representative District 21
– Beth Liston
– Stu Harris

State Attorney General
– Steve Dettelbach
– Dave Yost

Franklin County Auditor
– Clarence Mingo
– Michael Stinziano

Worthington City School District – Proposed Bond Issue Renovating, repairing, improving, furnishing, equipping and constructing additions to various permanent improvements; purchasing school buses and related transportation equipment; site improvements; and acquisition of land and interest in land $89,000,000; 2.58 mills, $0.258 per $100 of valuation, for 30 years

 Westerville Forum- October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet with the Candidates starting at 6:30 pm. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm.

This Forum will feature the following races:

Treasurer of State
• Robert Sprague
• Rob Richardson

Franklin County Common Pleas – 1/4/2019
• Karen Phipps
• Jim Hughes

Franklin County Common Pleas – 1/6/2019
• Kim Brown
• Michael Cassone

Secretary of State
• Kathleen Clyde
• Dustin Nanna
• Frank LaRose

 

Northland Forum- October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet with the Candidates starting at 6:30 pm. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm.

This Forum will feature the following races:

Franklin County Auditor
• Clarence Mingo
• Michael Stinziano

Ohio Issue 1, Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative
On the ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment
• Make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors
• Prohibit courts from ordering persons on probation for felonies be sent to prison for non-criminal probation violations
• Create a sentence credits program for inmates’ participation in rehabilitative, work, or educational programs
• Require the state to spend savings due to a reduction of inmates, resulting from Issue 1, on drug treatment, crime victim, and rehabilitation programs.

Franklin County Common Pleas Domestic – 1/2/2019
• James Brown
• Jessica Barwell

Ohio House – 22nd District
• David Leland
• Doug Moody

Franklin County Common Pleas – 1/7/2019
• Carl Aveni
• Dan Hawkins

New Albany Forum- October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet with the Candidates starting at 6:30 pm. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm.

This Forum will feature the following races:

Auditor of State
• Zack Space
• Robert Coogan
• Keith Faber

25th District – Ohio House
• Bernadine Kennedy Kent
• Debbie Staggs

Ohio Congressional District 12
• Danny O’Connor
• Joe Manchik
• Troy Balderson

19th District – Ohio Senate
• Louise Valentine
• Gary Cox
• Andrew O. Brenner

Downtown Forum- October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet with the Candidates starting at 6:30 pm. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm.

This Forum will feature the following races:

Ohio Supreme Court – 1/1/2019
• Craig Baldwin
• Michael Donnelly

Ohio Supreme Court
• Melody Stewart
• Mary DeGenaro

Franklin County Commissioners
• Marilyn Brown
• Michele Reynolds

Franklin County Common Pleas
• Monica Hawkins
• Amy Koorn

U.S. Representative – 3rd District
• Joyce Beatty
• Jim Burgess

Application Opens for Workforce Training Funds

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program application is now open. Ohio businesses can begin completing the application for funding to improve the skills of their workforce.

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive Manufacturing, Automotive Technicians, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Polymers and Chemicals, Logistics, or Research and Development. Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, the provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency reimburses the employer for up to 33 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $2,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a Fiscal Year is $25,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Eligible businesses can begin the online application process on September 24, 2018 and will have three weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted on October 11, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

NAWBO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE- August

NAWBO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Prepared by: Rachel Winder

Report created on August 6, 2018

 

HB10

INTRASTATE EQUITY CROWDFUNDING (ARNDT S) To permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.

 

Current Status:   

6/6/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 33-0

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-10

 

HB123

MODIFY LOAN LAWS (KOEHLER K, ASHFORD M) To modify the Short-Term Loan Act, to specify a minimum duration requirement for loans made under the Small Loan Law and Mortgage Loan Law, and to limit the authority of credit services organizations to broker extensions of credit for buyers.

 

Current Status:   

7/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-123

 

HB133

DISASTER RELIEF ACT (RYAN S) To create the Disaster Relief Act to exempt out-of-state disaster businesses and qualifying out-of-state employees from certain taxes and laws with respect to disaster work on critical infrastructure performed in this state during a declared disaster.

 

Current Status:   

6/29/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-133

 

HB155

VEHICLE TRAINING TAX CREDIT (SPRAGUE R, HOWSE S) To authorize a tax credit for expenses incurred by an employer to train a commercial vehicle operator.

 

Current Status:   

6/19/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-155

 

HB236

MODEL ELEVATOR LAW (PATTON T, CUPP B) To enact the Model Elevator Law.

 

Current Status:   

6/26/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-236

 

HB292

STATE 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; Effective 6/14/18

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-292

 

HB385

WAGE DISPARITY PROHIBITIONS (WEST T) To prohibit a state agency from preventing an employee from discussing the employee's own wages or another employee's wages, to prohibit a state agency from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history, to prohibit retaliation against an employee who discusses wages or opposes a prohibited act or practice, and to create the Wage Disparity Study Committee.

 

Current Status:   

6/19/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-385

 

HB545

SALES 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)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-545

 

HB600

OHIO GLOBAL INITIATIVE (BARNES, JR. J) To establish the "Access to Global Market Opportunities for Ohio Manufactured Products Program" to be composed of the "Ohio Global Leadership Initiative" and the "Global Initiative on International Relations" to create new, untapped global markets for Ohio businesses and thereby promote job creation, and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

6/26/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-600

 

HB670

MUNICIPAL 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)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-670

 

HB697

NONPROFIT BEER SALES (LANG G, PERALES R) To create the F-12 liquor permit to allow a nonprofit organization to sell beer at events that benefit the nonprofit organization.

 

Current Status:   

6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-697

 

SB140

PUBLIC-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)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-140

 

SB182

OUTDOOR DINING-DOGS (COLEY W) To generally allow an owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog to take the dog in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation.

 

Current Status:   

6/6/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 33-0

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-182

 

SB220

SAFE HARBOR-CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS (HACKETT R, BACON K) To provide a legal safe harbor to covered entities that implement a specified cybersecurity program, to allow transactions recorded by blockchain technology under the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, and to alter the definition of "key employee" under the Casino Gaming Law.

 

Current Status:   

8/3/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-220

 

SB221

RULE-MAKING AND REVIEW REFORM (UECKER J) To reform agency rule-making and legislative review thereof.

 

Current Status:   

8/3/2018 - VETOED BY GOVERNOR

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-221

 

SB227

INSURANCE 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)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-227

 

SB255

OCCUPATIONAL 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

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-255

 

SB293

REDUCTION 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

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-293

 

SB309

BUSINESS TAX CREDITS (PETERSON B, KUNZE S) To lengthen the maximum term of the job creation tax credit for businesses making substantial fixed asset and employment investments and for their suppliers, to authorize commercial activity tax exclusions for receipts of those suppliers from sales to such businesses, and to authorize local governments to grant longer term property tax exemptions for such businesses or suppliers.

 

Current Status:   

6/26/2018 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-309

 

SB311

WOMEN VETERANS' DAY (HOAGLAND F, WILLIAMS S) To designate June 12 as "Women Veterans' Day."

 

Current Status:   

6/26/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-311

 

 

ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE ABUSE- Gov. John Kasich signed into law Wednesday harsher sentencing requirements for traffickers of fentanyl, calling the synthetic opioid "a poison." Under provisions of SB1 (LaRose), offenders are to be sentenced to additional prison terms of three to eight years if their trafficking involves fentanyl. In addition, the law specifies sentences for involuntarily manslaughter related to drug offenses are to run consecutively, not concurrently, to other sentences.

Managed care company CareSource said it cut opioid doses prescribed to the Medicaid beneficiaries it covers by 40 percent in the past 18 months and expects it will have dropped by half when 2018 ends.

ARTS, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT- The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Tuesday announced its board has approved $12.6 million in grants to support Ohio artists, organizations, students, educators and public arts programing during its initial and major FY19 funding round. The board approved 679 grants during its meeting.

ATTORNEY GENERAL- The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded grants totaling $357,435 to the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations across the state for new computers and other technology purchases.

Ohio joined 27 other states in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against a lower court ruling that could force alteration or removal of a World War I memorial because of its religious imagery. In American Legion v. American Humanist Associationand Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Constitution's establishment clause requires removal of the memorial because it bears the shape of a cross.

BALLOT ISSUES- Backers of November's state Issue 1 campaign to reduce criminal penalties for some drug offenses spent more than $3.7 million in the first half of this year as they collected signatures to make the ballot, according to new campaign finance filings. The Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign submitted the ballot issue in July and was certified with 351,095 valid signatures.

BUSINESS/CORPORATE- Ohio remains third behind California and Texas in number of manufacturing employees and sector Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a report released Monday by the Ohio Manufacturing Association (OMA). Manufacturing is the largest of Ohio's 20 economic sectors, with an annual payroll of $40 billion and average annual earnings of $58,765. In terms of total workforce, though, it was third in the state behind government and health care/social assistance in 2017. The top five manufacturing employers were Honda, General Electric, Berkshire Hathaway, Cincinnati-based Proctor & Gamble and Whirlpool. Of the top 25 manufacturing employers, 12 had corporate headquarters in the state.

CIVIL RIGHTS- The nation is at a "standstill and crossroads," Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) said during a discussion on being "Young, Black and Elected" during the National Urban League's (NUL) annual conference in Columbus Thursday. What comes next will depend on the current generation of young voters, activists and officeholders, she told attendees, and what should be done was the primary topic raised by her and the panel she moderated.

DISABILITIES- Gov. John Kasich was on the campus of Columbus State Community College Monday to highlight a new technology implemented by the college to assist the blind and visually impaired to find their way around, even while indoors. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) provided $10,000 to Columbus State to be the first institution in the nation to implement BlindSquare, a smartphone application that uses a combination of GPS and intentionally placed Bluetooth beacons to give audio messages to the visually impaired about their surroundings and orientation.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- Gov. John Kasich announced Monday the approval of assistance for 10 projects set to create 3,437 new jobs and retain 2,203 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $207 million in new payroll, and spur more than $1 billion in investments across Ohio. The estimated value of the potential tax credits, if all TCA-approved elements are met, is nearly $50 million.

EDUCATION- Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is requesting a slight clarification on the scope of its authority in an ongoing case regarding the now-defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). DeWine's office was given permission by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael Holbrook to seek recovery of funds from ECOT and its affiliates in an order released Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Education announced Monday 11 teachers recognized as Teacher of the Year in each of the State Board of Education districts, a group from whom the next Ohio Teacher of the Year will be picked. Educators, administrators, parents, students and others nominated teachers for the recognition, and the elected board member for each district work with a local committee of stakeholders to select the teachers of the year.

While large urban school districts can often share multiple staff members to fulfill the specific needs of students, rural school districts often struggle to hire and retain staff to meet the needs of just one. That was the situation at Sandy Valley Schools, Superintendent David Fischer told the Related Services Personnel Workgroup Wednesday at the Ohio Department of Education.

ELECTIONS 2018- Hundreds gathered Thursday afternoon for a forum for ticket-topping political candidates focused on people with disabilities and the organizations and agencies that serve them. The event was timed to mark the 28th anniversary of the signing of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Attendees heard from Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor and former Ohio attorney general, and surrogates for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his Republican opponent in the fall election, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth). Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor, could not attend because of scheduling conflicts and did not field a surrogate to speak on his behalf.

The Trump administration intensified its support of Sen. Troy Balderson's (R-Zanesville) congressional campaign on Monday, sending Vice President Mike Pence to the 12th Congressional District to build on President Donald Trump's recent endorsement on Twitter. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the Skylight banquet hall in downtown Newark, Pence encouraged attendees to work to ensure Republicans don't lose the GOP-favored district to Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) re-election campaign said over the weekend that it has tentatively reached an agreement to hold three debates this fall with Republican nominee Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth).

The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party has picked Jeffrey Crossman, a Parma city councilman, to replace Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) on the November ballot. Celebrezze, the House assistant minority leader, announced earlier this month that he won't seek re-election because "business opportunities" are causing him and his wife to move out of the 15th House District after this year. Celebrezze had backed Crossman as his replacement.

Jim Trakas, the Republican nominee for the 6th Ohio House District, has filed a defamation lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas against the Conservative Values PAC, a Virginia-based group that ran opposition ads against Trakas in the Republican primary. Trakas, a former state legislator and current Independence city councilman, claimed the group knowingly spread defamatory false statements with reckless disregard during the primary campaign.

The Ohio Republican Party announced its annual state dinner will be held on Friday, Aug. 24. The party said ticket information, location, and special guest will be announced in the coming days.

Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a reminder to voters that the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Tuesday, Aug. 7 special election is Saturday, Aug. 4, at noon.

President Donald Trump will visit Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center Saturday night for a rally in support of Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville)'s bid for Congress. The president's trip to Ohio comes as a new Monmouth University Poll puts the race in a dead heat.

The DeWine-Husted campaign clinched support from a broad array of business groups Wednesday as it signaled ties both to Ohio's current governor and to one of his major political rivals, President Donald Trump. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Ohio and Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) announced their formal endorsement of Attorney General Mike DeWine's gubernatorial bid, citing a long relationship with the two Republican running mates.

Ohioans for Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection has spent $4.1 million in its effort to get a constitutional amendment before voters that would place new regulations on the dialysis industry, according to a campaign finance report filed this week.

Backers of a proposal that would place new restrictions on dialysis clinics and limit their profit submitted a new round of signatures this week in hopes of covering a shortfall that could keep the proposal from making the November ballot. The Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection Amendment collected 296,080 valid signatures in its first submission to the secretary of state's office, short of the 305,591 needed to make the November ballot. Under Ohio law, backers of the amendment then had another 10 days to make up that shortfall. On Wednesday, Ohioans for Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection, the committee behind the proposal, submitted an additional 41,000 signatures, according to a spokesman.

Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive Tuesday stating that voters removed from the voting rolls through the supplemental process in 2011, 2013 or 2015 would be eligible to cast ballots in Tuesday's special elections, including the special election for the 12th Congressional District.

Saying the federal government has not lived up to its promise to help states improve infrastructure needs, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray Thursday unveiled his infrastructure plan, which includes a bond issue backed by the General Revenue Fund.

The following endorsements were made over the week:

- The re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the endorsement of the International Union of Police Associations.

- Tea Party Express endorsed state Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) for Congress.

- Former President Barack Obama endorsed Richard Cordray for governor and Betty Sutton for lieutenant governor; Steve Dettelbach for attorney general; Kathleen Clyde for secretary of state; Zack Space for auditor; Aftab Pureval and Jill Schiller for Congress; and Phil Robinson, Stephanie Howse, Mary Lightbody, Beth Liston, Allison Russo, Erica Crawley, Tavia Galonski, Casey Weinstein, and Taylor Sappington for Ohio House.

FEDERAL- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) vigorously advocated for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, calling him a talented legal mind both in the eyes of judges and academics, a good friend and a good person.

GAMING/GAMBLING- The deadline to submit a skill-based amusement machine (SBAM) registration with the state is Monday, Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m., the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has announced.

GOVERNOR- Gov. John Kasich signed the following nine bills into law Monday: HB123 (Koehler-Ashford), which imposes new payday lending regulations; SB135 (LaRose), which provides money for counties to replace old voting equipment; HB18 (Pelanda-Retherford), which eliminates the requirement for a special primary election in certain circumstances; HB95 (Hughes-Seitz), regarding distracted driving penalties; HB168 (Stein), changing cemetery laws; HB263 (Lanese), allowing restaurant owners to permit dogs on outdoor patios; SB66 (Eklund-Tavares), regarding felony sentencing; SB127 (LaRose), a "slow down, move over" law for garbage collection vehicles; and SB239 (Dolan), regarding regional councils of government.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES- The Ohio Women's Public Policy Network gathered experts in health care matters Tuesday at Columbus' downtown YWCA to discuss innovations and advancements on the issue in recent years, as well as persistent challenges. Ohio Commission on Minority Health Director Angela Dawson moderated the discussion featuring Elizabeth Brown, executive director of the Ohio Women's Public Policy Network; Kenya George, executive director of Capital Health Home Care Concierge; Doug Anderson, attorney and former chief policy officer for the Ohio Department of Insurance; and Dr. Sasha Beyer, a radiation oncology resident at Ohio State University.

President Donald Trump and his health care-related cabinet agencies have been intentionally and illegally "sabotaging" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in announcing his office's lawsuit against the administration Thursday.

HIGHER EDUCATION- Ohio State University (OSU), already facing two federal class-action lawsuits by former wrestlers, was sued again in federal court Thursday by a group of 10 former students from a range of sports beyond wrestling. Like the wrestlers who previously filed lawsuits, this group alleges the university failed to protect them from sexual misconduct by former OSU physician Richard Strauss, now deceased.

John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), this week awarded the Chancellor's Award to Denise Justice, head of the Ohio Central School System, the school district that operates in Ohio's prison system.

Ohio State University placed head football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave late Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of domestic violence against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS- A recent report from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) states that 47 percent of Ohio renters are cost burdened, meaning that they spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities, a key indicator of housing insecurity. According to the group's annual "Housing Needs Assessment," housing insecurity is on the rise in Ohio due to stagnating wages and a lack of affordable housing for the lowest-income earners.

JUDICIAL- In a decision affecting Sunshine Laws statewide, the Supreme Court of Ohio will decide whether a silent vote for a village officer constitutes an illegal secret ballot under the Open Meetings Act (OMA) -- a position argued by a community news publication and supported by the Ohio Coalition of Open Government (OCOG). The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of Patricia Meade, publisher of MOREbratenahl, over the objections of Bratenahl Village Council, which conducted a "contemporaneous" written vote for president pro tempore on Jan. 21, 2015 in lieu of the standard roll call vote, despite complaints by one council member.

The Ohio Supreme Court opened public comment Friday on proposed changes to rules governing domestic violence, stalking and juvenile protection orders in order to clarify which records are entered into the FBI's protection order database and firearms disability database. The system's primary purpose is to verify and enforce orders issued to prevent acts of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual violence. Proposed rule changes may be viewed in their entirety at https://tinyurl.com/y7tg52g8.

The Ohio Supreme Court considered Tuesday the question of whether a 13-year-old suspected of a bomb threat should have been advised of his Miranda rights before being interrogated by Dayton schools' director of safety. The case In re L.G.arises from a 2015 incident at Dayton's Longfellow Alternative School. The juvenile L.G. confessed to Jamie Bullens, executive director of safety and security for Dayton schools, that he'd called in the bomb threat. But the juvenile court declined to allow use of his statements to Bullens at trial, finding that Bullens was acting as an agent of law enforcement and should have advised L.G. of his rights. The Second District Court of Appeals upheld that decision, prompting the Montgomery County prosecutor to appeal.

A convicted man who knew nothing of his legal representation. A hamstrung disciplinary process shielded from review by the state's highest court. A protagonist cleared of wrongdoing. The tale of longtime Cleveland lawyer Paul Mancino Jr. reads like a classic Alfred Hitchcock nail biter, except it is fact, not fiction. Hitchcock himself could claim that for only one of his films, 1956's docudrama The Wrong Man. The Ohio Supreme Court published a synopsis of Mancino's story on Thursday, along with a 7-0 opinion exonerating him of apparent guilt.

MARIJUANA- The Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) has awarded its first level one medical marijuana cultivator certificate of operation to Buckeye Relief LLC in Eastlake.

MEDICAID/MEDICAID REFORM- As Ohio potentially heads toward implementing Medicaid work requirements, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that nationwide, only six percent of individuals currently enrolled in Medicaid would not be eligible for the program if work requirements were implemented, because the other 94 percent are either already working or exempt.

PEOPLE- Gov. John Kasich posted a short video message Monday after the death of former U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums, a California Democrat whom Kasich worked with in the U.S. House to restrain military spending. Dellums died Monday at age 82.

PUBLIC SAFETY- A recent Case Western Reserve University study finds red light cameras don't reduce the number of traffic accidents or injuries at intersections where the cameras are installed, but instead shifts the type of accidents. The study found that more drivers were braking harder at the lights with red light cameras and more abruptly, causing fender-benders and other "non-angle" collisions, the university said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol cited two lieutenants for not properly handling a complaint about Statehouse security but "did not reveal unprofessional conduct or bias" in its investigation of complaints by Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). Sykes said earlier this year that she and other black women lawmakers had been subjected to additional scrutiny at security stations at the Statehouse and other state government buildings.

TECHNOLOGY- Facebook will collaborate with Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and the National Urban League (NUL) to help achieve its goal of training one million small business owners in digital skills across the country, the social media giant announced Wednesday.

UTILITIES- The Ohio Supreme Court has no authority to require the state, a political subdivision or their officers to post millions of dollars in bond money to secure a Court-ordered stay of utility collections previously approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) argued Monday in a filing opposing FirstEnergy Solutions' three-year $500 million distribution modernization rider. The Ohio Manufacturers' Association Energy Group (OMAEG) joined OCC in claiming the Supreme Court, in fact, has unrestricted power to waive bond for private complainants as well, despite its recent history of denying stays in PUCO appeals resulting in multi-million-dollar "windfalls" to public utilities.

WORKFORCE- Rapid advancements in automation are coming and policymakers have around 30 years, at the most, to prepare for it, Brookings Institute Vice President and Director of Governance Studies Darrell West told the Columbus Metropolitan Club Wednesday.

Support NAWBO Public Policy

Public policy and advocacy are core to the mission of NAWBO Columbus. In partnership with Rachel Winder, the Chapter’s public policy advisor, we are removing barriers and changing the landscape for women business owners to thrive in their businesses at all levels – locally, statewide and national. To continue advancing this work, we have created opportunities for you and/or your business to support this important work.

Public Policy Annual Sponsorship Giving Levels:

$3,000

  • Assistance from Rachel to arrange one (1) meeting with a decision-maker in their legislative district or industry per year.
  • VIP seating (Up to 4 tickets) at NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Forums w/verbal recognition from the stage and logo on all print and electronic media.
  • Two one-on-one meetings with Rachel Winder, NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Advisor, per year to discuss the specific needs of their WBO.
  • Recognition of corporate partnership at monthly luncheons.
  • NAWBO Statehouse Report and Legislative Tracking Document emailed monthly directly from Rachel Winder. This will put you and your business "in the know" first.
  • Logo recognition for one year as a NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Corporate Partner on all print and electronic materials for the Chapter.
  • Opportunity to participate in NAWBO Public Policy Committee decision making with volunteers.

 

$1,500

  • A one-on-one meeting with Rachel Winder, NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Advisor, per year to discuss the specific needs of their WBO.
  • Recognition of corporate partnership at all monthly luncheons.
  • NAWBO Statehouse Report and Legislative Tracking Document emailed monthly directly from Rachel Winder. This will put you and your business "in the know" first.
  • Logo recognition for one year as a NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Corporate Partner on print and electronic materials for the Chapter.
  • Opportunity to participate in NAWBO Public Policy Committee decision making with volunteers.

 

$500

  • NAWBO Statehouse Report and Legislative Tracking Document emailed monthly directly from Rachel Winder. This will put you and your business "in the know" first.
  • Name recognition (no logo) for one year as a NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Corporate Partner on print and electronic materials for the Chapter.
  • Opportunity to participate in NAWBO Public Policy Committee decision making with volunteers.

 

Contact Christy Farnbauch, NAWBO Columbus Executive Director, at christy@nawbocolumbusohio.comor 614-636-2926 to make your contribution today.

NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award

Congratulations to Mary McCarthy, winner of this year’s NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award! Announced this past Thursday at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting, the award recognizes one outstanding person who advocates for the growth and success of women in business. Honorees must support legislative and regulatory efforts, work to increase business and financial opportunities, improve the business climate and be an advocate for women business owners. Overall, the honoree helps to enable women business owners across Central Ohio to achieve their potential.

Mary, Owner and President of YMT Consultants, exemplifies these qualities and many more in advocating for women business owners across Ohio. Over the past several years, Mary has been actively involved in many of the Chapter’s public policy efforts. For example, she was instrumental in the efforts to get approval of the Women's Microbusiness Legislation, HB5. Mary has over 20 years of experience as a business owner and consultant, she is a member of NAWBO's public policy committee and is an advocate for women business owners. In addition to YMT Consultants, Mary is Co-Founder of the Women's Small Business Accelerator (WSBA), helping many women to start and grow their businesses across the Columbus area.  

We would like to congratulate Mary again for winning this year’s Business Champion Award!

Contact your legislator- WBE Certification

ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

Did you know that many other states require you to be certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in your “home state” in order to be recognized as a WBE for government contracting purposes?  Well our state does not have a WBE certification program, so you and other WBE’s that reside in Ohio are out of luck unless your legislators vote YES on HOUSE BILL 492 to support Ohio WBEs like you!

HB 492 will create a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Program in Ohio to allow Ohio WBEs to be competitive outside of our state. 

Where do you come in? Recently, because of a last-minute unrelated amendment, HB 492 was pulled before going to vote. We are disappointed, but not giving up! TELL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES (LIKE YOURS) THAT WANT TO COMPETE IN OHIO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

Find your State Representative AND State Senator at this link by using the Zipcode Finder and tell them to VOTE YES ON HOUSE BILL 492: www.legislature.ohio.gov

Click on their name and look for “contact information” on the right side of their legislative page to find their address, phone number and email.

 Here are some talking points to consider sharing, but the most effective communication is personalized.  Tell them about you and your business!

  • Please Support Substitute HB 492 to create a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Program in Ohio
  • Ohio women businesses are not able to compete on a level playing field in other states.  We are deemed ineligible for other state WBE certification programs because we are not certified in our “home state”.
  • We can’t be  -  because Ohio doesn’t have a WBE certification program.
  • The bill does not create set-asides or goals.  No metrics at all.
  • Sub HB 492 simply creates a certification process and puts those certified-businesses on a website.
  • The goal is to allow Ohio Women Businesses to compete fairly outside of Ohio’s borders; not create more government.

 

Substitute House Bill 492 Outline

To Create the Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program

  1. Definition of “Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)”
    1. Any individual, partnership, corporation, or joint venture of any kind that is owned and controlled by women who are United States citizens and residents of this state or of a reciprocal state.
  1. “Owned and controlled” means at least 51% of the business, including corporate stock if it is a corporation, is owned by women and that such owners have control over the day-to-day operations of the business and an interest in the capital, assets, and profits and losses of the business proportionate to their percentage of ownership.  In order to qualify as a women-owned business, a business shall have been owned by such owners at least one year.

 

  1. The director of DAS shall establish a business assistance program known as the women-owned business enterprise program and shall adopt rules to administer the program that do all of the following:
    1. Establish procedures by which a business enterprise may apply for certification at a WBE.
    2. Establish standards to determine when a WBE no longer qualifies for WBE certification.
    3. Establish a system to make publicly available a list of women-owned business enterprises certified in Ohio.
    4. Establish a process to mediate complaints and to review women-owned business enterprise certification appeals.
    5. Implement an outreach program to educate potential participants about the WBE certification program.
    6. Establish a system of self-reporting by women-owned business enterprises as well as an on-site inspection process to validate the qualifications of women-owned business enterprises.

 

III.            Business and personal financial information and trade secrets submitted by women-owned business enterprise applicants to the director pursuant to this section are not public records, unless the director presents the financial information or trade secrets at a public hearing or public proceeding regarding the applicant’s eligibility to participate in the program.

 

  1. The director of DAS, upon approval by the Attorney General, may enter into reciprocal agreements with the appropriate officials of one or more states, when the other state has a business assistance program or programs substantially similar to Ohio WBE program. 

 

    1. The agreement shall provide that a business certified by the other state as a WBE, which is owned and controlled by a resident or residents of that other state, shall be considered a women-owned business enterprise in this state under this section.
    1. The agreement shall provide that an Ohio WBE, which is owned and controlled by a resident or residents of this state, shall be considered certified in the other state and eligible for programs of that state that provide an advantage or benefit to such businesses.

 

  1. Report
    1. DAS is currently required to prepare a report describing the progress made by state agencies in advancing the MBE and the EDGE program.  HB 492 would include WBE’s in that annual report.
  1. Report shall highlight the initiatives implemented to encourage participation of WBE, MBE and EDGE businesses in programs funded by state and federal money.
  2. Report shall include the total number of procurement contracts each agency has entered into with MBEs, EDGE and WBE certified businesses.

 

BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

Gongwer News

Monday, June 4, 2018

BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Monday announced a new option for small employers to lower their premiums and boost worker safety.

The Policy Activity Rebate program allows employers to earn credits for completing activities designed to improve workplace safety processes, the bureau said.

Employers will receive a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000, if they earn 11 credits from 33 available activities during the policy year that starts July 1.

"Even small employers can save money and improve workplace safety by better understanding Ohio's workers' compensation system," BWC COO Kevin Abrams said in a statement. "PAR offers a flexible alternative for smaller employers to improve safety and become more engaged in their risk management programs."

The options include attending safety training, bringing an employee back to work on light or modified duty, and enrolling employees in the bureau's wellness program.

Public employers can start signing up for the program July 1.

Legislative Update - May 24

NAWBO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Prepared by: Rachel Winder

 

HB2                 CIVIL RIGHTS EMPLOYMENT LAW (SEITZ B) To modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment.

Current Status:   5/9/2017 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, House

Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Sixth Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-2

 

HB5                 MICROBUSINESS STATUTORY DEFINITION (PELANDA D, GAVARONE T) To create a statutory definition of "microbusiness."

Current Status:   3/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-5

 

HB10               INTRASTATE EQUITY CROWDFUNDING (ARNDT S) To permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.

Current Status:   4/18/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (Fifth Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-10

 

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

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-11

 

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:   6/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/2017

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-27

 

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:   6/28/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/28/17

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-28

 

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)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-35

 

HB49               OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.

Current Status:   8/22/2017 - Consideration of Governor's Veto

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-49

 

HB86               MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (SMITH K, CRAIG H) To increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

 

Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-86

 

HB98               CAREER INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS (DUFFEY M, BOGGS K) Regarding the presentation of career information to students, the calculation of Ohio College Opportunity Grant awards, and career-technical educator licenses; to modify degree requirements for interim career-technical teachers; to provide an additional payment  to school districts with nuclear power plants in their territories that meet specified criteria; and to modify the earmarked appropriations for certain payments to school districts.

Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-98

 

HB108             INFORMED STUDENT DOCUMENT ACT  (HAGAN C, MCCOLLEY R) To require one-half unit of financial   literacy in the high school curriculum, to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, to require the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to entitle the act the "Informed Student Document Act."

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Education and Career Readiness, (Sixth Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-108

 

HB113             PRIVATE EMPLOYEES-MEMBER DUES (BRINKMAN T) To prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition.

Current Status:   3/14/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-113

 

HB123             MODIFY LOAN LAWS (KOEHLER K, ASHFORD M) To modify the Short-Term Loan Act, to specify a minimum duration requirement for loans made under the Small Loan Law and Mortgage Loan Law, and to limit the authority of credit services organizations to broker extensions of credit for buyers.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - Bills for Third Consideration

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-123

 

HB133             DISASTER RELIEF ACT (RYAN S) To create the Disaster Relief Act to exempt out-of-state disaster businesses and qualifying out-of-state employees from certain taxes and laws with respect to disaster work on critical infrastructure performed in this state during a declared disaster.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-133

 

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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-138

 

HB155             VEHICLE TRAINING TAX CREDIT (SPRAGUE R, HOWSE S) To authorize a tax credit for expenses incurred by an employer to train a commercial vehicle operator.

Current Status:   5/15/2018 - BILL AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-155

 

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:   3/20/2018 - Senate Finance, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-158

 

HB160             OHIO 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-160

 

HB173             IN-HOME EMPLOYEES TAX CREDIT (LATOURETTE S, PATTON T) 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:   5/9/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-173

 

HB180             EQUAL PAY ACT (CLYDE K, HOWSE S) To require a contractor or person submitting a bid or other proposal for a state contract or a business entity applying for a grant or other economic incentive from a state agency to obtain an equal pay certificate, to require state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities among classes of employees, and to prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses the employee's salary or wage rate with another employee.

Current Status:   5/1/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-180

 

HB187             EMPLOYEE HIRING INFORMATION (DEVER J) To regulate the collection, use, and retention of certain information obtained from an applicant during the employee selection process.

Current Status:   9/20/2017 - House Community and Family Advancement, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-187

 

HB193             DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION-FLU VACCINE (HAGAN C) To prohibit an employer from taking an adverse employment action against a person who has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza.

Current Status:   2/28/2018 - House Health , (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-193

 

HB236             MODEL ELEVATOR LAW (PATTON T, CUPP B) To enact the Model Elevator Law.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-236

 

HB268             WORKERS 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-268

 

HB271             ACCESSIBILITY LAW VIOLATION NOTICE (MCCOLLEY R, REZABEK J) To authorize an alleged aggrieved party to provide a notice of an alleged accessibility law violation in advance of filing a civil action and to establish the circumstances under which an alleged aggrieved party is entitled to attorney's fees in a civil action based on the violation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-271

 

HB292             STATE OF RESIDENCE TEST (SCHERER G) To modify the test for determining an individual's state of residence for income tax purposes.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0, Emergency Clause Passed 31-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-292

 

HB303             SERVICE ANIMAL USE (LIPPS S, KELLY B) To prohibit places of public accommodation from preventing the use of a service animal.

Current Status:   10/10/2017 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-303

 

HB320             LONG-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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-320

 

HB334             PASS-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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-334

 

HB380             WORKERS 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-380

 

HB382             UNEMPLOYMENT 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-382

 

HB385             WAGE DISPARITY PROHIBITIONS (WEST T) To prohibit a state agency from preventing an employee from discussing the employee's own wages or another employee's wages, to prohibit a state agency from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history, to prohibit retaliation against an employee who discusses wages or opposes a prohibited act or practice, and to create the Wage Disparity Study Committee.

Current Status:   12/5/2017 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-385

 

HB403             GENDER PAY DISPARITY TASK FORCE (HOWSE S, KELLY B) To create the Gender Pay Disparity Task Force.

Current Status:   11/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-403

 

HB441             TAX 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-441

 

HB444             SEASONAL FOOD SERVICE LICENSE FEE (SWEENEY M) To require a seasonal food service operation license fee to be one-half of the license fee for a food service operation that is not a seasonal food service operation.

Current Status:   1/23/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-444

 

HB459             WORKERS 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-459

 

HB492             WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS PROCUREMENT (GONZALES A) To establish the women-owned business enterprise program requiring state agencies to establish women-owned business procurement goals.

Current Status:   5/24/2018 - House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-492

 

HB493             MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS (GONZALES A) To authorize the Director of

Administrative Services to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states with respect to the certification of minority business enterprises and EDGE business enterprises.

Current Status:   2/27/2018 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-493

 

HB504             INTERIOR DESIGNERS (PELANDA D) Regarding interior designers.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, House

Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-504

 

HB542             BUSINESS EARNINGS AND DEDUCTIONS (KELLY B) To require an employer to provide earnings and deductions statements to each of the employer's employees.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-542

 

HB545             SALES TAX AFTER PURCHASE (ARNDT S) To authorize small retailers to remit sales taxes when the retailer receives payment from the purchaser if the payment is received after the purchased item is delivered or the service is provided.

 

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-545

 

HB550             PAID 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-550

 

HB554             PUBLIC DESIGN CONTRACTS-INDEMNITY (SEITZ B) To regulate the use of indemnity provisions in professional design contracts related to public improvements.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Civil Justice, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-554

 

HB569             SALES 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-569

 

HB576             MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (KELLY B) To increase the state minimum wage.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-576

 

HB600             OHIO GLOBAL INITIATIVE (BARNES, JR. J) To establish the "Access to Global Market Opportunities for Ohio Manufactured Products Program" to be composed of the "Ohio Global Leadership Initiative" and the "Global Initiative on International Relations" to create new, untapped global markets for Ohio businesses and thereby promote job creation, and to make an appropriation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-600

 

HB605             OVERTIME LAW EXEMPTION (KELLY B, SMITH K) To raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-605

 

HB620             REGULATION 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-620

 

HB670             MUNICIPAL 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:   5/22/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-670

 

HCR23             ENCOURAGE DIVERSE MANAGEMENT (PELANDA D) To encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards and in senior management of Ohio companies and institutions.

Current Status:   2/20/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HCR-23

 

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)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SB-35

 

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

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SB-38

 

SB101             FOOD ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS (SKINDELL M) To regulate certain employment practices of formula retail establishment employers, food services establishment employers, and contractors and to require the purchaser of a formula retail establishment or food services establishment to retain certain employees of the establishment on transfer of ownership.

Current Status:   12/13/2017 - Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-101

 

SB114             CDL TRAINING TAX CREDIT (HITE C) To authorize a tax credit for expenses incurred by an employer to train a commercial vehicle operator.

Current Status:   5/3/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-114

 

SB116             MILITARY SPOUSE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (LAROSE F, WILLIAMS S) 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:   5/23/2018 - House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-116

 

SB131             EMPLOYEE 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-131

 

SB132             TAX 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

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-132

 

SB140             PUBLIC-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:   5/3/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-140

 

SB147             OHIO 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-147

 

SB174             WAGE PROTECTIONS-FAIR ACT (TAVARES C) To enact the "Fair and Acceptable Income Required (FAIR) Act" and to revise the enforcement of the prohibitions against discrimination in the payment of wages.

Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-174

 

SB176             MUNICIPAL 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-176

 

SB179             AUTOMATIC 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-179

 

SB182             OUTDOOR DINING-DOGS (COLEY W) To generally allow an owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog to take the dog in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Fifth Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-182

 

SB183             BUSINESS COURTS STUDY COMMITTEE (LAROSE F) To create the Joint Committee to Study Ohio Business Courts.

Current Status:   10/24/2017 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-183

 

SB186             BUSINESS 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)

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-186

 

SB187             DELINQUENT 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)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-187

 

SB203             MUNICIPAL 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

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-203

 

SB220             SAFE HARBOR-CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS (HACKETT R, BACON K) To provide a legal safe harbor to covered entities that implement a specified cybersecurity program.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 24-8

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-220

 

SB227             INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATION RELEASE (HUFFMAN M) To require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 30-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-227

 

SB261             PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE (TAVARES C) 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:   3/21/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-261

 

SB277             STATE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (THOMAS C, SCHIAVONI J) To increase the state minimum wage.

Current Status:   4/11/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-277

 

SB300             SMART CONTRACT TERMS-BLOCKCHAIN DEFINITION (DOLAN M) To amend the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act to define records and contracts secured by blockchain technology as electronic records and to allow the use of smart contract terms.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-300

 

SR60               DAY DESIGNATION-INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (TAVARES C) Designating International Women's Day in Ohio, March 8, 2017.

Current Status:   3/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SR-60

 

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