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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 Legislative Updates: August 26 – September 8, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 592 was introduced to subject small business investment companies to the commercial activity tax rather than the financial institutions tax.
  • HB No. 593 was introduced to permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 351 was introduced to require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.

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 Legislative Updates: July 29 – August 11, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 587 was introduced to require law enforcement officers to use dashboard cameras and body cameras during any time that they are interacting with any member of the public while in the performance of their duties, to provide for state financial assistance to local law enforcement agencies for the purchase of such cameras and related equipment.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 342 was introduced to grant municipal corporations the authority to impose a ban or restriction on the open carry or concealed carry of any firearm in a publicly secured area established by the municipal corporation during an event of regional or national significance being held in the municipal corporation.
  • SB No. 344 was introduced to enact the Consumer Protection Call Center Act of 2016 to require the Department of Job and Family Services to compile a list of all employers that relocate a call center to a foreign country and to disqualify employers on that list from state grants, loans, and other benefits.

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 Update: Ban The Box Legislation

Recently Governor Kasich signed HB 56 into law, making Ohio one of the many states to enact “ban the box” legislation. The new law prohibits public employers from including on employment applications any questions concerning the criminal background of the applicant. It applies to all public employers, even those whose ability to hire applicants with certain criminal backgrounds is restricted by other statutes. It does not affect private employers.

HB 56 enacts a new section of the Ohio Revised Code, Section 9.73. Under Section 9.73, form applications for public employment may no longer include any questions related to the criminal background of an applicant. Public employers must remove such questions from their applications for employment. However, public employers may include statements on applications notifying applicants of any laws that disqualify individuals with criminal histories from employment in particular positions. Public employers may also still inquire about an applicant’s criminal background later in the hiring process; the question just cannot be on the application itself.

In the wake of the new “ban the box” law, it is important for public employers to review their applications and hiring process to ensure compliance. If you are a public or private employer and have questions or concerns about your employment application forms and/or hiring processes, please contact MRR and we would be happy to review those with you.

 

MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: September 16 – October 1, 2015

Notes from the House of Representatives:

  • H.B. 334 was introduced to amend O.R.C. §§ 1901.20 and 1907.02 and enact section 4511.072 to specify the jurisdiction of municipal and county courts over municipal traffic ordinances and to establish requirements governing fines, fees, or other charges for traffic violations and infractions imposed by a municipal corporation that does not have authority to establish a mayor’s court. (Introduced 9-22-15)

Notes from the Senate:

  • H.B. 180 was referred to the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. H.B. 180 would enact O.R.C. § 9.49 and repeal sections 153.013 and 5525.26 to prohibit a public authority from requiring a contractor to employ a certain percentage of individuals from the geographic area for a construction or professional design of a public improvement. (Referred to committee 9-17-15)
  • S.J.R. 3 was referred to the Committee on Finance. S.J.R. 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 9-17-15)
  • H.B. 210 was referred to the Committee on State and Local Government. S.B. 210 would 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. (Referred to committee 9-17-15)

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

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus

Phone:440.424.0005
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

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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
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

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