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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: November 13, 2015 – December 3, 2015

Notes from the House of Representatives:

  • H.B. 378 was referred to the Committee on Local Government. H.B. 378 would authorize law enforcement officers of township police districts and joint police districts, and township constables, serving specified small populations to make arrests for motor vehicle-related violations committed on an interstate highway in the same manner as township law enforcement officers serving larger populations. (Introduced 10-22-15; Referred to Committee 11-16-15)
  • H.B. 380 was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. H.B. 380 would require each law enforcement agency to adopt a written policy regarding the investigation of firearms-related officer-involved deaths that involve an officer serving the agency; to provide for investigations into officer-involved deaths by investigatory panels of law enforcement officers; to require an investigatory panel to provide a report of its investigation findings to the prosecutor and the officer’s law enforcement agency; to provide for public access to the report, except for information that is not public record, if the prosecutor determines there is no basis to prosecute or a grand jury enters a no bill regarding the involved officer; and to require an investigatory panel to inform the deceased individual’s family members of contact information for the office of the prosecutor handling the case. (Introduced 10-22-15; Referred to Committee 11-16-15)
  • H.B. 389 was referred to the Committee on Community and Family Advancement. H.B. 389 would 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 Civil Rights Law. (Introduced 11-5-15; Referred to Committee 11-16-15)
  • H.J.R. No. 5 was introduced to propose enacting Section 2t of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to permit the issuance of general obligation bonds to fund sewer and water capital improvements. (Introduced 12-1-15)
  • Sub .H.B. No. 2017 was passed by the House of Representatives. The bill proposes amending sections 4123.93 and 4123.931 and enacting section 4123.932 of the Revised Code to allow a state fund employer to have a workers’ compensation claim that is likely to be subrogated by a third party paid from the surplus fund account in the state insurance fund rather than charged to the employer’s experience. (Passed by House of Representatives 12-1-15)

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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