MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: August 20 – September 16, 2015

Notes from the House of Representatives:

  • H.B. 304 was introduced to repeal O.R.C. §743.50 to eliminate the law authorizing the maintenance of buffers around municipal water reservoirs by contiguous property owners. (Introduced 8-25-15)
  • H.B. 311 was introduced to enact O.R.C. § 3305.063 to base the percentage of an employee’s salary that must be contributed to the State Teachers Retirement System on the average percentage used to reduce the Retirement System’s unfunded actuarial accrued pensions liabilities, the purpose being to mitigate the effect of an employer’s participation in an alternative retirement program. (Introduced 8-31-15)
  • H.B. 330 was introduced to amend O.R.C. § 4117.08 and enact several new sections of the revised code to require an individual or entity to obtain an equal pay certificate when submitting a bid for a state contract or applying for a grant from a state agency. It would also require state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities and prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses their salary or wage rate with another employee. (Introduced 9-14-15)
  • H.B. 333 was introduced to amend O.R.C. § 5575.01 to increase the monetary threshold above which competitive bidding is required for township road, construction, repair or maintenance projects. It would also increase the monetary threshold above which a force assessment is required for a township road project. (Introduced 9-16-15)
  • H.B. 279 was referred to the committee on Government Accountability and Oversight. H.B. 279 would make county humane societies political subdivisions, with approval of appointments of agents needed by the county commissioners, instead of the probate judge. (Referred to committee on 9-16-15)

Notes from the Senate:

  • S.J.R. No. 3 was referred to the Committee on Rules and References. S.J.R. No. 3 would enact section 2t of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to permit issuance of general obligation bonds to fund sewer and water capital improvements. (Referred to committee 8-31-15)
  • S.B. No. 210 was introduced to amend O.R.C. § 5575.01 to increase the monetary threshold above which competitive bidding is required for township road, construction, repair or maintenance projects. It would also increase the monetary threshold above which a force assessment is required for a township road project. (Introduced on 9-14-15)

For questions or more information on MRR’s Ohio Legislation Updates, contact:

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163



News Release: Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Expands into Lexington, Kentucky with Addition of Three Attorneys

Map of Ohio and KentuckyMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. (MRR) announced today that three Lexington, Kentucky attorneys have joined MRR as partners in a major expansion of the firm’s geographic footprint, by opening a new office in Kentucky. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, MRR’s expansion into the Bluegrass State enhances its depth and breadth of legal services with the addition of Barry M. Miller, Casey C. Stansbury and Christina L. Vessels. In addition to a top-tier litigation practice focused on commercial law, governmental liability, first-party defense of insurers and bad faith, and employment law, the former Fowler Bell attorneys bring to MRR broad-based corporate, professional liability, product liability, cyber liability, and appellate practice services.

“We are very excited to join forces with this high caliber trio of attorneys in Lexington. The terrific synergies that exist provide for wonderful opportunities as we look toward this next phase of our growth in Kentucky,” said MRR President and Managing Partner Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. “Our focus continues to be on planned growth and strategic moves to add services that benefit our clients and strengthen our offerings.”

Barry M. Miller joins MRR as a partner who focuses his practice on insurance coverage opinions and litigation, including coverage issues related to municipal liability, bad faith and extra-contractual damages. He has considerable experience handling technology issues involving data breach defense and electronic discovery. Barry also provides instruction to a variety of groups including attorneys and business owners regarding preservation of digital evidence and insurance aspects of cyber liability. Barry is a Kentucky Super Lawyer (2013-2015) and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Casey C. Stansbury joins MRR as partner focusing his practice on civil rights and governmental liability issues, insurance coverage and bad faith, professional liability and licensing, product liability, construction and commercial litigation, including auto and commercial trucking. Casey is a frequent speaker, has received numerous awards, including the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) 2014 Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award. He also serves as the DRI Government Liability Committee Vice-Chair as well as the Kentucky Defense Counsel President. Casey is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and was named a Kentucky Super Lawyer in 2015, in addition to Rising Star honors in 2013 & 2014. He, too, is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Christina L. Vessels joins MRR as a partner focusing her practice on insurance defense and coverage, professional liability defense, bad faith and extra-contractual litigation, governmental liability, employment matters, and appellate law. Christina represents a wide variety of clients including individuals, small businesses and national corporations. She served as Newsletter Chair for the DRI’s Government Liability Committee in 2014 and is an active member of the Fayette County Bar Association, participating in the Young Lawyers and Women Lawyers section committees. Christina is also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2013.


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Sarkar: The State of Transgender Employment Discrimination ~ Featured in OHPELRA Fall 2015 Newsletter

By: Neil S. Sarkar, Esq.
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA

VIRTUALLY EVERYONE has been talking over the last few months about Caitlyn Jenner, the transwoman (formerly) known as Bruce Jenner, perhaps due to the potentially polarizing nature of the subject involving how to interact with transgender persons in our society.

At the same time, many employers, including those in the public sector, remain unfamiliar with the laws addressing the issue of transgender discrimination, including in the workplace. Many also still confuse the concept of transgender with sexual orientation. Regardless of how public sector employers in Ohio state and local government might feel personally about the subject of transgender people, suffice it to say that this subject is here to stay as are accompanying legal obligations to ensure transgender civil rights in the workplace….

Click here to view the full article located on OHPELRA’s website.