Ohio Legislation Updates

MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 24 – March 9, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 91 was introduced to develop and conduct a chief of police training course for newly appointed village, city, and township chiefs of police.
  • HB No. 102 was introduced to replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.
  • HB No. 5 was passed on third consideration to create a statutory definition of microbusiness.
  • HB No. 113 was introduced 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.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 72 was introduced to allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
  • SB No. 83 was introduced to establish the duties and authority of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute cases relating to the death of a person caused by a peace officer.
  • SB No. 84 was introduced to require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop a course to train peace officers in performing their duties without biased policing or status based profiling; to prohibit law enforcement officers and officials from engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to require each law enforcement agency to develop and provide annually to its officers an educational training program on how to perform law enforcement duties without engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to create the racial and identity profiling advisory board; to provide a civil cause of action for an individual who is a victim of biased policing or status-based profiling; and to permit the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief against a law enforcement agency served by an officer who commits biased policing or status-based profiling.
  • SB No. 88 was introduced 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.
  • SB No. 91 was introduced to establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
  • SB No. 94 was introduced to abolish the death penalty.
  • SB No. 95 was introduced to require a public authority to consider all piping materials that meet the engineering specifications for a state-funded water or waste water project.

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Stacy V. Pollock – MRR Columbus
614.324.0163
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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 10 – February 23, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 52 was introduced to regulate the solicitation of certain deeds.
  • HB No. 53 was introduced 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, and to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization.
  • HB No. 79 was introduced to provide for firearms training for tactical medical professionals; to permit such a professional who has received that training and has been authorized by the law enforcement agency to carry firearms while on duty; and to grant such a professional the same right to carry a concealed handgun in this state as a concealed handgun licensee.
  • HB No. 82 was introduced to adjust the fees allowed to county treasurers for collecting property taxes.
  • HB No. 85 was introduced to enter into the Health Care Compact.
  • HB No. 86 was introduced to increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 43 was introduced to enable limited home rule townships to adopt building codes regardless of any similar codes adopted by the county in which the township resides.
  • SB No. 47 was introduced to prohibit the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts in the broadcasting industry.
  • SB No. 49 was introduced 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.
  • SB No. 52 was introduced to allow any person or entity that registers with the secretary of state to solemnize marriages.
  • SB No. 59 was introduced to require bicycle operators and passengers under 18 years of age to wear protective helmets when the bicycle is operated on a roadway and to establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety to assist low-income families in the purchase of bicycle helmets.
  • SB No. 68 was introduced to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires on certain motor vehicles.

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Stacy V. Pollock – MRR Columbus
614.324.0163
spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: January 1 – February 9, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 2 was introduced to modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment.
  • HB No. 3 was introduced 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.
  • HB No. 8 was introduced to exempt from the Public Records Law certain information concerning a minor that is included in a record related to a traffic accident involving a vehicle in which the minor was an occupant at the time of the accident.
  • HB No. 10 was introduced to permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.
  • HB No. 39 was introduced to authorize certain townships to require the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting property.
  • HB No. 46 was introduced to modify the qualifications regarding notes eligible for investment of county inactive moneys and money in the public library fund.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 13 was introduced to grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person’s consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident.
  • SB No. 14 was introduced 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.
  • SB No. 24 was introduced to create the Ohio Consumer Installment Loan Act.
  • SB No. 30 was introduced to authorize counties to adopt resolutions regulating motor vehicle traffic on county and township roads.
  • SB No. 33 was introduced to allow disclosure of information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to a defendant in a traffic or criminal case.
  • SB No. 37 was introduced to require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop and conduct a chief of police training course for newly appointed village, city, and township chiefs of police.
  • SB No. 38 was introduced to raise the minimum wage to $10.15/hour generally; 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.
  • SB No. 39 was introduced regarding community school operator contracts, the operation of Internet- and computer-based community schools, and performance metrics for blended learning schools.

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

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: December 2 – December 15, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 598 was passed on third consideration to create the Ohio Consumer Installment Loan Act.
  • Sub SB No. 227 was passed on third consideration to make various changes to the laws governing the duties and functions of the Attorney General and to modify judgment dormancy law.
  • HB No. 627 was introduced to specify that certain products, services, and supplies, to be purchased by the state through competitive selection, are eligible to be set aside for competition by only minority business enterprises and to clarify that plans prepared by an architect or engineer are not required for such purchases.
  • Sub. SB No. 331 was passed on third consideration to, among other items, prohibit political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates different from the rate required by state law, and to generally grant private employers exclusive authority to establish policies concerning hours, and location of work, scheduling, and fringe benefits, unless an exception applies.
  • Sub. SB No. 27 was passed on third consideration to enact the “Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr. Act” to provide that a firefighter who is disabled as a result of cancer under certain circumstances is presumed for purposes of the laws governing workers’ compensation and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to have incurred the cancer while performing official duties as a firefighter.
  • SB No. 273 was passed on third consideration to enact the Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Act.
  • Sub. SB No. 235 passed on third consideration to authorize political subdivisions to exempt from property taxation the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned for up to six years, to make changes to Ohio’s unemployment compensation law, and to modify laws governing other state and local government authority and operations.
  • Sub. SB No. 463 was passed on third consideration relative to the Ohio Uniform Commercial Code, real property foreclosure and escrow transactions, certain partial property tax exemptions, and local ballot initiatives; to require the coverage of autism services; to reimburse child abuse and child neglect regional prevention council members for expenses and prohibit conflicts of interest; and to amend the statutory procedure for recalling certain municipal officials to include a deadline for filing a petition for recall.
  • Sub. SB No. 505 was passed on third consideration to regulate biological products and the substitution of interchangeable biological products, to revise certain deadlines related to prior authorization requirements, to establish an exemption from the laws governing health insuring corporations, and to delay the expiration of certain supervision agreements between physicians and physician assistants.
  • HB No. 628 was introduced to replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.

Notes from the Senate

  • Sub. HB No. 463 was passed upon third consideration relative to the Ohio Uniform Commercial Code, real property foreclosure and escrow transactions, certain partial property tax exemptions, and local ballot initiatives; to require the coverage of autism services; to reimburse child abuse and child neglect regional prevention council members for expenses and prohibit conflicts of interest; and to amend the statutory procedure for recalling certain municipal officials to include a deadline for filing a petition for recall.

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

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: November 18 – December 1, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • SUB HB No. 520 passed upon third consideration to revise the law governing the state’s public retirement systems.
  • HB No. 620 was introduced to increase the taxable wage base under the Unemployment Compensation Law, to temporarily freeze the maximum amount of weekly unemployment benefits a claimant may receive, to revise the amount of dependent unemployment benefits a claimant may receive, and to make other changes to Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Law.
  • HB No. 476 was passed on third consideration to prohibit a state agency from contracting with a company that is boycotting Israel or disinvesting from Israel.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 367 was introduced to revise the laws governing the state’s workforce development system, programs that may be offered by primary and secondary schools, and certificates of qualification for employment.
  • SB No. 371 was introduced to prohibit prosecuting attorneys of counties with a population of 400,001 or more from engaging in the private practice of law.
  • SB No. 322 was passed upon third consideration to require the Ohio peace officer training commission to develop and conduct a chief of police training course for newly appointed chiefs of police appointed on or after January 1, 2017, and to require newly appointed chiefs of police of villages, cities, and townships to attend the training course within six months of appointment as a chief of police.

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

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: November 4 – November 17, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 612 was introduced 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.

Notes from the Senate

  • HB No. 362 was introduced to exempt certain personal information of former and retired peace officers from public records requests and to allow such officers to use a former business address on their driver’s licenses and motor vehicle registrations.
  • HB No. 365 was introduced to allow disclosure of information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to a defendant in a traffic or criminal case.

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

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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