Legislative Report Update
Prepared by: Steve
Report created on
January 4, 2013
bills assigned to this report.
Introduced Since 1/4/2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Ohio Department of Agriculture has released the official dates for the 2013
fair season, which includes Ohio's 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio
State Fair. The Paulding County Fair kicks off the 2013 fair season on Monday,
June 10, and the season wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 12 with the Fairfield County
included an extension to the 2008 Farm Bill in its last-minute fiscal cliff
deal. Agriculture advocates, including the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation,
criticized the extension for lacking reforms that would give farmer more
General Mike DeWine said more than 1,000 cold cases have been uploaded to the
new unsolved homicides database his office maintains.
Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Metro Chambers of Commerce are adding to
the work they have done since releasing a report they say is geared to
reforming government with 21st century ideas. The chambers' 2012 update to the
2010 report, "Redesigning Ohio: Transforming Government into a 21st Century
Institution," included recommendations for state leaders in continuing
efforts for a more effective and efficient government. They sent the report to
Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly to be considered in the budget
ninth round of tax credits through Ohio's Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Program has awarded $35.9 million to 23 owners and applicants across the state
who plan to rehabilitate 45 historic buildings in nine communities. Ohio's
FY12-13 biennial budget renewed the program. The Development Services Agency
(DSA) said this round of projects is expected to leverage more than $252
million in private investments.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said the state's index of leading
indicators rose 0.1 percent in November to 92.3, suggesting weak employment
growth through the winter months.
unions, school board officials and charter school proponents often differ over
policies affecting public schools, but on this point Ohio's leading education
advocacy groups agree: Teachers and administrators should not be inserted in
armed response to "active" shooters, as Attorney General Mike DeWine
described them Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.
Ohio chancellor and state superintendent are uniting behind common
"remediation-free" standards for high school graduates as the Ohio
Department of Education (ODE) and Board of Regents move forward as the state's
unofficial P-20 office at 25 S. Front St. in Columbus.
went to the Ohio Supreme Court to challenge Rep. Al Landis' (R-Dover)
eight-vote victory over former Rep. Joshua O'Farrell (D-New Philadelphia) in
the 98th House District race, arguing some rejected provisional and absentee
ballots should have been counted by the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections.
unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in November, down from 6.9 percent in
October, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported.
last-minute Congressional deal to avert the fiscal cliff also includes a
one-year extension of wind energy production tax credits, which the industry
said will save thousands of jobs and hundreds of projects.
Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force on
fighting gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings, and the
Pew Research Center for People and the Press said a survey of public attitudes
show 49 percent say it's more important to control gun ownership, while 42
percent say it's more important to protect the right to own a gun.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester) was re-elected by his colleagues
with 220 votes. Most of the U.S. House Democrats voted for former Speaker Nancy
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Thursday that he was selected to sit on the
Senate Finance Committee for the 113th Congress. That means both Portman and
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will represent the Buckeye State on the powerful
members of Ohio's congressional delegation voted in favor of the fiscal cliff
deal. They include Republican U.S. Reps. John Boehner (West Chester), Bill
Johnson (Marietta), Steve LaTourette (Bainbridge), Bob Latta (Bowling Green),
Steve Stivers (Columbus) and Pat Tiberi (Columbus); U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and
Sherrod Brown; and Democratic U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge (Cleveland), Marcy Kaptur
(Toledo), Dennis Kucinich (Cleveland), Tim Ryan (Youngstown) and Betty Sutton
Speaker William Batchelder (R-Medina) appointed Brad Young, a House employee
from 1995 to 2009, as the new House clerk, replacing Jennifer Woodring, who is
stepping down to spend more time with her family.
houses of the 130th General Assembly will convene their first sessions on
Monday, Jan. 4: the Senate at 1:30 p.m. and the House at 2 p.m.
John Kasich's spokesman told Hannah News
that the "State of the State" address will be delivered sometime in
mid-February although he does plan to deliver his budget to the Legislature on
the day it is due: Monday, Feb. 4.
HEALTH & HUMAN
Kasich administration announced it will mandate autism services for children as
part of the essential benefits package insurers will be required to offer under
the federal Affordable Care Act, and also will negotiate with unions to add the
coverage for children of state employees.
John R. Kasich and Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Michael B. Colbert authorized the release of $1 million in Temporary Assistance
to Needy Families (TANF) funds to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, for
distribution to Ohio's foodbanks before the holidays.
10th District Court of Appeals upheld a common pleas judge's decision to block
Amerigroup from intervening in a lawsuit over Ohio Medicaid's new managed-care
and Holly Young of Clermont County sued the Ohio Department of Health and the
Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. District Court,
alleging the state is not providing services for their 2-year-old autistic son
as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Cincinnati attorney Robert Schwartz has been permanently disbarred by the Ohio
Supreme Court for defrauding the estate of philanthropist Beverly Hersh of more
than $9 million in assets that had been assigned to Hadassah, the country's
largest Jewish women's charity, and other causes.
John Kasich appointed Bratenahl attorney Janet Colaluca to Cuyahoga County
Domestic Relations Court and Alliance attorney Kristen Farmer to the Stark County
Common Pleas Court.
Ohio Supreme Court Thursday reinstated the law license of Joshua Engel,
formerly the top lawyer for the Department of Public Safety (DPS). He had lost
his law license for six months for wrongly disclosing law enforcement investigatory
the fifth time, Ohio attorneys will be asked to voluntarily report their pro
bono activities to better identify gaps in the delivery of civil legal services
to low-income Ohioans. The joint project of the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio
Legal Assistance Foundation directs attorneys to a reporting website to answer
eight questions about their 2012 pro bono work that should take about five
minutes to complete.
O'Neill was officially sworn in Wednesday as the newest Ohio Supreme Court
justice, a day after new Justice Judith French took office. Former Justice
Alice Robie Resnick delivered the oath of office to O'Neill.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is starting a new career
following her last official day on the Court Monday. Leaving the Court two
years before the end of her elected term, Stratton said the change will allow
her to work full-time on the judicial reforms she hopes will be her legacy:
mental health and veterans courts.
Thomas Grady, a 24-year veteran of the Second District Court of Appeals,
retired at year's end, but will continue to serve as a visiting judge.
was announced Thursday that former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee
Brown will join the global law firm Jones Day. McGee Brown, who was also former
Gov. Ted Strickland's running mate in his re-election bid, will join the firm's
business and tort litigation practice.
Ohio Supreme Court will handle the first elected official tried in the Cuyahoga
County corruption probe this month when it hears the disciplinary case against
defrocked common pleas judge Bridget McCafferty, the onetime Ohio House
minority counsel who conspired with former county officials Frank Russo and
Jimmy Dimora while sitting on the bench.
Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) said Thursday that she continues to have
discussions on a bill that was introduced in the 129th General Assembly,
129-HB601, which would reform the municipal income tax structure in the state
to make it more uniform among cities. She said she hopes to reintroduce the
proposal early in the 130th General Assembly.
The Ohio Department
of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife named former Wildlife Management
Supervisor Scott Butterworth as district manager for Wildlife District Two in
northwest Ohio, and former Fish Hatchery Program Administrator Tim Parrett has
been named the district manager for Wildlife District Four in southeast Ohio.
Ohio Grocers Association hired Joe Ewig, former legislative aide to Sen. Tom
Patton (R-Strongsville), as its new communications and government affairs
Square Review and Advisory Board Deputy Director of Communications, Marketing
and Events Gregg Dodd will be leaving his role at the Statehouse to become the
marketing director for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Dodd's departure will
be effective Friday, Jan. 18 and his new role at the CML will begin Wednesday,
Jan. 23. His replacement at CSRAB will be named in the coming weeks.
Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health Partners in Dayton, will head the
Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Board of Trustees for 2013. Phillip Ennen,
president and CEO of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan Hospital,
was elected chair-elect for the upcoming year. Olas "Chip" Hubbs III,
president and CEO of Memorial Hospital of Union County, who was elected
secretary/treasurer. The five other selected trustees-at-large include Steven
Gabbe, M.D., CEO and senior vice president for health sciences, Ohio State
University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus; LeeAnn Lucas-Helber, president,
Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Logan; Tim Colburn, president and CEO,
Berger Health System, Circleville; Mel Fahs, president and CEO, Community Memorial
Hospital, Hicksville; Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO, Lake Health,
Ohio State Highway Patrol reported six people were killed on Ohio roads New
Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
new Ohio driver's licenses meant to comply with the federal REAL ID Act will
not be released this month as planned. The Ohio Department of Public Safety was
unable to secure legislative authority for the $3.25 license fee increase
during the lame-duck legislative session. The agency must also re-file its
guidelines for the licenses with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.
General Randy Meyer released his investigatory report on an Ohio Department of
Taxation (ODT) employee Friday after she was indicted in Franklin County on
charges of theft in office, records tampering and forgery. Kathleen S. Hyre, a
tax commissioner agent, tampered with and diverted credits and overpayments of
taxes by businesses so she could deposit them into her personal account,
Meyer's office said in its report.
Matters Ohio said in a report Wednesday that HB601 (Grossman-Henne), a recent
municipal income tax uniformity proposal, would allow tax avoidance activities
to continue and might even open up new avenues of avoidance.
TREASURER OF STATE
Josh Mandel's office agreed to pay $5,250 in legal fees and damages and hand
over documents to settle a public records lawsuit filed in the Ohio Supreme
Court by the liberal blog Plunderbund.
unemployment compensation benefits for jobless Ohioans will last for a shorter
amount of time even though Congress reauthorized the benefits through Dec. 28,
2013. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the maximum
time will drop Jan. 12 from 63 weeks to 54 weeks because Ohio's unemployment
rate averaged less than 7 percent in September, October and November.
people applied for the open Public Utilities Commission of Ohio seat of Cheryl
Roberto, who resigned. The seat must go to someone who is not a Republican, and
three Democratic lawmakers were among applicants. The commission Nominating
Council will pare the list to four finalists for Gov. John Kasich to consider
Cuyahoga County common pleas judge ruled the Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation illegally overcharged non-group rated businesses from 2001 to
2008, a decision the bureau vowed to appeal.
John Kasich Friday announced a new program aimed at helping Ohio's incumbent
workforce improve their skills while enhancing the state's economic
competitiveness. The governor's office said the new Ohio Incumbent Workforce
Training Voucher Program, administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency,
provides $20 million for training opportunities designed to enhance workers
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