Week in Review
Friday, June 15, 2018
A majority of sitting judges on the
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday voted to vacate the previous ruling
of a three-person panel that upheld blocking an Ohio law that sought to divert
funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The full appellate
court will consider the case instead.
The top-rated nursing homes and
assisted living facilities, as judged by interviews with residents, were
identified Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Aging's (ODA) Office of the State
Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The statewide average score was 77.8 out of 100 for
nursing homes and 85.2 for assisted living facilities. The 2017 Long-Term Care
Resident Satisfaction Survey gauged satisfaction with an array of focus areas
related to care and everyday life, according to ODA.
The Ohio State Fair Homebrew
Competition celebrated its 23rd year with 539 judged entries from 153 entrants
in the divisions of beer, meads and ciders from Ohio homebrewers and
homebrewers from neighboring states who are active members of Ohio homebrew
clubs. The judges evaluated each entry based on five different criteria including
aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and overall impression. Craig Davis from
Columbus, OH took home the best of show award with his Czech premium pale lager
titled "I Ain't No BMC" in the Czech lager category.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture
(ODA) announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements
on 51 family farms representing 6,107 acres in 22 counties. Local sponsoring
organizations, which include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water
Conservation Districts, receive funding from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the
Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. The easement ensures farms remain
permanently in agricultural production.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine,
along with 41 other attorneys general, announced a $100 million settlement with
Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving the London interbank offered rate, or
Libor, a key interest rate with widespread impact on global markets. Most of
the settlement funds -- about $95 million -- will be used to reimburse
governments and not-for-profit organizations that were affected by the conduct
and had Libor-linked swaps and other financial contracts with Citibank.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Lawmakers should quit "dancing
around" the issue of criminal justice reform and pass legislation giving
Ohio judges clear policy goals to achieve, Hancock County Common Pleas Judge
Reginald Routson told members of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission (OCSC)
The Ohio Supreme Court announced
Friday that convicted killer Charles Lorraine will be executed on March 15,
2023. He joins 26 others on Death Row who have execution dates and is the
second now set for 2023: Antonio Franklin is set to be executed on Jan. 12, 2023.
JobsOhio is achieving "top-tier
performance outcomes" compared to other economic development organizations
in the surrounding region and "competitive peers" in a variety of
states including New York, Texas, California and the Southeastern U.S.,
according to a performance assessment by McKinsey officially released recently.
The U.S. Department of Education
(USDOE) recently launched the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) website
which brings together more than 700 resources developed by the 23 Comprehensive
Centers and information on over 200 projects currently underway in states
across the country. Information is also available by state.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Monday released the Drug Use Prevention Education Resource Guide aimed at
helping schools implement effective drug use prevention programming. The guide
builds on the 2017 report that said Ohio schools should provide consistent,
age-appropriate, evidence-based substance-use prevention education for all
students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Members of the State Board of
Education's Achievement and Graduation Committee discussed Monday how to stay
on the same page with a graduation requirements workgroup and the Legislature
as they try to design a new system for awarding diplomas. The committee is
discussing long-term changes to the graduation system for the classes of 2021
and beyond, and its efforts are being complemented by a workgroup convened by
Superintendent Paolo DeMaria to discuss the same topic. His workgroup is to
submit recommendations to the committee by October, in anticipation of a
December vote by the full board.
Reps. Keith Faber (R-Celina) and
Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) picked up Auditor Dave Yost's recommended changes to
e-school oversight in a new bill Tuesday, presenting it to the House Education
and Career Readiness Committee. House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) told
reporters ahead of Tuesday's committee hearing that the bill could see quick
Attorney General Mike
DeWine said Wednesday his office is expanding its offerings to help schools
plan for emergencies, including armed attacks. One initiative announced
Wednesday will offer use of six drones from the Bureau of Criminal
Investigation (BCI) for schools to supplement the building schematics in their
emergency plans with high-quality aerial photographs of building exteriors. The
Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, another arm of the attorney general's
office, had previously developed a training course to help educators prepare
for active shooter responses. DeWine said Wednesday his office is developing
videos for use by educators as well as parents, law enforcement and others in
the community on what do in response to an attack.
At Wednesday evening's
meeting of the Graduation Advisory Committee led by Superintendent of Public
Instruction Paolo DeMaria, education officials from around the state gathered
to discuss alternate pathways to graduation.
Local boards of elections officials
will have five opportunities to participate in cybersecurity training workshops
across the state this summer, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday.
"Those of you who will be attending one of these events can expect to
experience real-world scenarios that will enable you to respond in a way that
simulates a real situation," Husted told elections officials at the 2018
Ohio Secretary of State Summer Conference at Ohio State University.
Despite similar fundraising levels since
the pre-primary report, Attorney General Mike DeWine holds a $4.6 million lead
over opponent and former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, according to
new campaign finance reports filed Friday. The Republican caucus committees
lead their Democrat counterparts by $3.5 million in the Ohio Senate and $2.6
million in the Ohio House. Friday was the post-primary deadline to report all
campaign finance activity from April 19 to June 8 for candidates on the ballot
Among the other statewide candidates,
Democrat Steve Dettelbach far outraised Yost, $695,810 to $245,465, but spent
more than twice as much -- $178,016 to $82,355. Yost has $2.8 million on hand
while Dettelbach has nearly $2.7 million. Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) is the
only other statewide candidate to hold more than $1 million on hand, with
almost $1.2 million, though Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley) isn't far behind in
the secretary of state's race with $900,329. Ohio treasurer candidate Rob
Richardson has $609,421 on hand, while Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) has
$252,841 on hand after a primary challenge. Among the auditor candidates, Rep.
Keith Faber (R-Celina) holds $785,421 to former U.S. Rep. Zack Space's
Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Richard Cordray met Wednesday with Franklin County health professionals,
academics and community advocates to discuss Ohio's infant mortality rate,
which is the 11th highest in the nation, seeking solutions that the state could
implement to decrease the number of infant deaths statewide.
Secretary of State Jon Husted
released numbers Thursday on voters who affiliated with a political party by
voting in a partisan primary this year, finding Democrats added more voters
this year but Republicans have more voters overall.
Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman
Jane Timken told reporters Thursday that the party's statewide candidates are
ready for the job on day one and more qualified than their Democratic
opponents. Timken was joined on a press call by Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Pat
McDonald, the director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, to discuss
the upcoming election and promote Republican candidates for attorney general,
auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer.
Republican gubernatorial nominee
Mike DeWine's campaign announced Thursday that the Republican candidates for
statewide office will appear at his family's annual ice cream social to be held
Sunday, June 24, at the DeWine home in Cedarville.
The following endorsements were
made over the week:
- Emily's List endorsed Theresa
Gasper for Congress in Ohio's 10th District.
- The DeWine-Husted campaign
announced that the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT Ohio) and the Ohio
Conference of Plasterers & Cement Masons have endorsed its campaign for
governor and lieutenant governor.
- The Human Rights Campaign has
endorsed Richard Cordray for governor and Betty Sutton for lieutenant governor.
The state unemployment rate for May
remained at April's 4.3 percent, according to data released by the Ohio Department
of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Friday, but nonagricultural wage and salary
employment increased by 22,600. The number of unemployed workers also increased
from April to May, going from 249,000 to 250,000, but there has been a decrease
of 42,000 in the past 12 months. The May 2017 unemployment rate was 5.1
Rural Ohio property owners packed
the Senate Finance Hearing Room on Wednesday to express their ardent opposition
to provisions of HB114 (Blessing) reducing wind turbine setbacks.
Vice President Mike Pence Friday
told a Columbus crowd to go out and tell all of their neighbors, friends, and
fellow churchgoers about the accomplishments of the Trump administration at an event
to promote the tax cuts signed by President Donald Trump in December. The
event, which included protestors holding a "gay Pence party" outside
of the downtown hotel, and which saw a number of protestors ejected during
Pence's speech, also featured a panel discussion about the cuts that included
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Turner (R-Centerville). It was put
on by America First Policies, a nonprofit organization formed to promote
Following Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Mick Mulvaney telling a group of financial services
lobbyists and executives that he would soon "hide" the bureau's
consumer complaint database from the American people and the media, former Ohio
Attorney General and DannLaw founder Marc Dann announced his firm's plan to
continue to make the information available. "I am pleased to announce that
DannLaw has downloaded all the information in the CFPB database and uploaded it
into one that will remain accessible to the public and the media once Mulvaney
carries out his threat," Dann said.
Nearly two weeks after winning the
House speaker's gavel, Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) told reporters he's focused on
policy and was looking to get the chamber through its business before its
summer recess rather than launching any new initiatives. Smith sat down with
reporters Tuesday, taking questions for about 45 minutes on issues ranging from
healing the divide in his party to gun bills to charter schools.
Democrats in the
General Assembly Tuesday announced resolutions in the Ohio House and Senate to
oppose the Trump administration's "family separation immigration
policy," with sponsors issuing statements in a joint press release from
the two caucuses. SCR26
(Thomas-Yuko) was introduced Tuesday to "urge the Congress of the United
States to enact legislation to prohibit the practice of separating families at
our nation's border." It was co-sponsored by every member of the Ohio
Wednesday's House session saw the
seating of Shane Wilkin as the replacement for former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
(R-Clarksville), as well as passage of HB365 (Hughes-Boggs), regarding
sentencing and tracking of violent offenders; SB4 (Kunze-Oelslager), regarding
expungement for victims of human trafficking; HB2231 (Ginter-Sprague),
regarding lockable and tamper-evident pill containers; HB296 (Gavarone),
increasing penalties for drug trafficking near addiction treatment centers;
HB58 (Brenner-Slaby), requiring development of model curriculum for cursive
writing; HB139 (Perales-Keller), to lift exemptions
from public disclosure on permanently retained records 100 years after their
creation; HB342 (Merrin), which changes ballot language on local tax issues;
HB361 (Greenspan), which expands the timeframe for deciding local property tax
complaints; HB383 (Carfagna), which requires notice to parents when a child
care center is found to have created serious risks to children's health and
safety; HB402 (Hill), which changes telephone company regulation; HB406
(Lanese), which adds certain mental health professionals involved in criminal
justice matters to the list of those whose home addresses are exempt from
disclosure under public records laws; HB454 (Patterson-Arndt), addressing sold
but unused township cemetery plots; HB477 (Koehler), which repeals outdated
laws relevant to education; HB494 (Antani), specifying that franchisors are not
to be regarded as the joint employer for franchisees' workers; HB513
(Brenner-Ginter), expanding the homestead exemption for surviving spouses of
fallen first responders; HB522 (Lanese), allowing those with F liquor permits
to participate in outdoor refreshment areas; HB531 (Schuring-Greenspan),
regarding grants to promote major sporting events; HB541 (Patterson-LaTourette),
waiving license restrictions for short-term volunteer service by health
professionals from other states; HB548 (McClain), allowing motorcycle operators
to wear earplugs for hearing protection while riding; HB552 (LaTourette),
regarding chemical capture and euthanasia of animals; SB257 (Uecker-O'Brien),
updating hunting and fishing license laws; SB86 (Hackett), an omnibus highway
and bridge designation, license plate and awareness day measure; and the
House concurred with Senate amendments to HB111 (Carfagna), regarding advanced
practice nursing; and HB506 (Hill), regarding high-volume dog breeders.
The state would
potentially be required to establish and maintain a public registry with basic
information about individuals convicted of certain crimes against children
under legislation proposed by Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek). Providing
sponsor testimony on HB612 before the House Government Accountability and
Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Perales said "Jacob's Law" would
create the framework for a child abuse registry, similar to a sex offender
payday loan" will be eliminated in Ohio, Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said
Thursday, if his proposed changes to HB123 (Koehler-Ashford) are adopted.
Proponents of the original bill won't like the changes, he acknowledged, but he
called it "a complex, emotional, highly public issue" and compared it
to congressional redistricting. He also said it may not be ready to pass by
June 27 and that the Senate may have to come back in late July to keep working
on it, though he's working to have it done before the summer break.
In other action, the House Finance
Committee reported out a substitute version of HB643 (Arndt-Patterson), which
addresses the water quality of Lake Erie; the House Financial Institutions,
Housing and Urban Development Committee reported out HB386 (Henne-Kelly), which
addresses credit freeze fees; the House State and Local Government Committee
reported out HB40 (Dever-Greenspan), which codifies the treasurer's Ohio State
Government Expenditure Database; the House Ways and Means Committee reported
out HB155 (Sprague-Howse), which provides a tax credit for training commercial
drivers; the Senate Finance Committee reported out HB329 (Pelanda), which
modifies the law governing pyramid promotional schemes; House Transportation
and Public Safety Committee reported out HB570 (Brown-Lipps), a license plate
bill; HB573 (Hoops), a road naming bill; HB687 (Rogers), a bridge naming bill;
and HB634 (Stein), also a road naming bill;
Gov. John R. Kasich announced the
appointment of Mark E. Kuhn of Minford (Scioto County) to serve as a judge on
the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Kuhn will assume
office on Monday, July 9, 2018, and must run in the November 2018 election to
complete the remainder of the unexpired term which ends Dec. 31, 2020. Kuhn is
replacing Judge William T. Marshall, who resigned.
Bills signed by the governor on
June 14 included HB213 (Dever) which dealt with real estate appraiser licensing
changes; HB292 (Scherer) which addresses the state's residency test; and HB430
(Schaffer) which addressed the sales tax exemption for oil and gas production,
among other items. HB213 and HB292 went into effective immediately while HB430
goes into effect in 90 days.
Following a national television
appearance Monday morning where he told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle there's "a
disease in politics" because politicians are afraid of losing power, Gov.
John Kasich told Statehouse reporters that "breaking up families" is
counter to American values and is opposed "across the board" by
everyone from "Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders." President Donald Trump
is not exceeding his authority but his actions are "just not good."
Congress is also failing to use its authority to counter the president, he
said, out of fear of primary challenges.
With "so much doom and
gloom" in the national news, Gov. John Kasich said Monday that it's
important to celebrate victories such as the recent announcement that Ohio had
created 520,500 private-sector jobs since 2011. Kasich joined legislators,
state officials and business leaders in discussing the news at JobsOhio, which
was credited for the accomplishment. He also discussed a number of national
issues, including the divisive family separation policy and concerns over
pre-existing conditions, at the event.
Appointments made during the week
include the following:
- Mo M. Dioun of New Albany
(Franklin County) to the New Americans Advisory Committee for a term beginning June
14, 2018, and ending May 14, 2019.
Charchar of Sylvania (Lucas County), Sudarshan Pyakurel of Columbus (Franklin
County), and Maria Elena Galindo of Strongsville (Cuyahoga County) to the New
Americans Advisory Committee for terms beginning June 14, 2018, and ending May
- Guisselle Mendoza McDonald of
Toledo (Lucas County), Yonathan M. Kebede of Dayton (Montgomery County), Nadir
Abdi of Columbus (Franklin County), and Nadia Kasvin of Bexley (Franklin
County) to the New Americans Advisory Committee for terms beginning June 14,
2018, and ending May 14, 2021.
- Ava A. Harter of Ottawa Hills
(Lucas County) to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees for a
term beginning June 15, 2018, and ending May 17, 2027.
- Adam Smidi of Sylvania (Lucas
County) as a student member on the Bowling Green State University Board of
Trustees for a term beginning June 15, 2018, and ending May 17, 2020.
- Angela S. Tate of Xenia (Greene
County) to the Social Studies Academic Standards Review Committee for a term
beginning June 15, 2018, and continuing at the pleasure of the governor.
- Sharon K. Parsons of Columbus
(Franklin County) to the Dentist Loan Repayment Advisory Board for a term
beginning June 15, 2018, and ending Jan. 28, 2020.
- Vickie Eaton Johnson of Cleveland
(Cuyahoga County) to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission for a term
beginning June 15, 2018, and ending June 20, 2022.
- Rex A. Parrott of Marion (Marion
County) reappointed to the Marion Technical College Board of Trustees for a
term beginning June 15, 2018, and ending April 29, 2021.
- Michael P. Pell, II of West Union
(Adams County) reappointed to the Southern State Community College Board of
Trustees for a term beginning June 18, 2018, and ending May 11, 2024.
- Tracy O'Hara of Bethel (Brown
County) to the Southern State Community College Board of Trustees for a term
beginning June 18, 2018, and ending May 11, 2024.
- Cheryl Broadnax of Cincinnati
(Hamilton County) to the English Language Arts Academic Standards Review
Committee for a term beginning June 18, 2018, and continuing at the pleasure of
the governor. - Lt. Charles C. Chandler of Cardington (Morrow County) to the
Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission for a term beginning June 18, 2018, and
ending Aug. 21, 2020.
- Robert E. Stillion of Fayette
(Fulton County) to the State Fire Council for a term beginning June 21, 2018,
and ending Nov. 1, 2021.
The Ohio State University College of
Medicine announced recently a plan to hire 500 new biomedical sciences faculty
over the next five years. Under the plan, Ohio State will hire 350 clinicians
and 150 research scientists. With the recruitment process already in motion,
approximately 50 new research faculty are in the
pipeline to join the College of Medicine.
Robin Lightner, Ph.D., has been
appointed to serve as the next dean of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Blue
Ash College. Lightner has served as interim dean of the college for the past
year after the previous dean, Cady Short-Thompson, left for Hope College.
Lightner is a tenured professor of psychology and has been a faculty leader at
UC Blue Ash since joining the college in 2001, according to the university.
Prior to becoming interim dean, she served for one year as associate dean of
academic affairs at the college.
A green roof, a geothermal heating
and cooling system that is 300 percent more efficient than standard systems,
and a 15,000-gallon gray tank that recycles rainwater for irrigation and
flushing bathroom fixtures: these are just a few of the sustainability features
that helped Kent State University's Center for Architecture and Environmental
Design receive LEED Platinum recognition.
The University of Toledo (UT) Board
of Trustees extended the contract of President Sharon Gaber through June 2023,
calling the vote "a strong show of support" for her leadership. Her
original contract would have expired in June 2020.
Kent State University President
Beverly J. Warren announced this week that the university will be holding a
yearlong observance starting next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the May 4, 1970 tragedy in which four students were killed and nine others were
wounded by the Ohio National Guard. The university said the tragedy that
occurred during protests of the Vietnam War has had a lasting impact that
continues to resonate nearly a half-century later. Kent State noted that the
events of May 4, 1970, are viewed by many historians as the focal point of the national
student movement and the cultural turning point of America's view on the
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was
joined by the presidents of nearly 40 of Ohio's two-year and four-year public and
private colleges and universities Wednesday as part of his 11th annual College
Presidents Conference in Washington D.C.
Dozens of staff, students and alumni
of Western Governors University (WGU) gathered at the Statehouse Thursday to
celebrate the launch of a new partnership aimed at expanding post-secondary
education options for adult learners in the state. The new partnership
university, WGU Ohio, will provide online, competency-based bachelor's and
master's degree programs that are targeted toward working adults who did not
complete college, are looking to expand on a community college credential or
are looking to start a new career path.
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency
(OHFA) Tuesday awarded $2,885,000 to McBride Place, a Dayton affordable housing
development that will provide 59 units for seniors, with special preference
given to veterans. OHFA is providing $985,000 in housing tax credits, $650,000
in Housing Development Assistance Programs funds and a $1.25 million Housing Development Loan.
After adamantly maintaining for days
that congressional action was required to end the separation policy that saw
children taken from their families at the border, President Donald Trump on
Wednesday signed an executive order ending the practice -- this after a
crescendo of protests across the country and here in Ohio. On Tuesday,
Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly announced resolutions opposing the
practice, after Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday said "breaking up families"
is counter to American values.
The Ohio Legal Assistance
Foundation's latest voluntary pro bono report says the number of pro bono hours
provided by the attorneys who reported has increased by 15 percent, even though
fewer lawyers reported pro bono duty. According to the report, 3,543 attorneys
participated in voluntary pro bono reporting in 2017, which was
18 percent fewer attorneys than the year before.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on
Monday issued decisions in two closely-watched cases challenging partisan
gerrymandering, but avoided ruling on the constitutionality of the practice. In
Gill v. Whitford, the Court ruled 9-0
that the plaintiffs -- 12 Democratic voters -- lacked standing to challenge
Wisconsin's state legislative districts, which were drawn to favor Republicans.
In Benisek v. Lamone, where
Republican voters challenged a Democratic gerrymander of Maryland's Sixth
Congressional District, the Court affirmed the decision of the district court
to deny the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction.
The Board of Commissioners of the
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection awarded $141,440 to 22 victims of attorney
theft at its most recent meeting. Eight former or suspended Ohio attorneys were
found to have misappropriated client funds. Cases involving three deceased
attorneys were also among the claims presented to the Board of Commissioners.
Tom Smith, who is retiring at the
end of June after 42 years on Statehouse Square, was featured in Hannah News' latest "Faces on Capitol
Square" profile. He retires from the Ohio Council of Churches, where he
has spent 23 years of those years. He is a former clerk of the Ohio Senate.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled
Wednesday in Toledo v. State that a trial court could not block implementation
of the 2015 state law deducting funding to local governments that use traffic
cameras to collect fines without first declaring the law unconstitutional.
Ohio Department of Medicaid Director
Barbara Sears told Hannah News that the Ohio Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Manager
Performance Review released Thursday by her department is the first report of
its kind in the nation and provides data that the managed care plans and
pharmacies did not have before regarding the role of pharmacy middlemen -- the
pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). They will now have to decide whether they are
getting value from the PBMs' service equal to the 8.8 percent they are being
Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM)
Director Barbara Sears told members of the Medical Care Advisory Committee
(MCAC) Thursday that the department is ready to begin integration of behavioral
health care services into managed care on Sunday, July 1 as planned. She again
reiterated all the steps the department has taken to prepare providers and
managed care plans for this shift including weekly meetings and the creation of
rapid response teams to address issues. She said the readiness reviews of the
managed care plans have been completed.
Paul Greff took over Monday as the
new chief investment officer of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
(OPERS), replacing Rick Shafer, who is retiring after serving in the role for
about three years. Greff joined the retirement system in 2009 as senior
portfolio manager for global bonds and securities, then
was promoted to deputy chief investment officer in 2015. In his new position,
he will oversee 55 investment professionals who manage the nearly $100 billion
in assets for the retirement system.
The U.S. Fire Administration points
out that recent federal tax reform legislation -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act --
includes incentives that make it more affordable for small business owners to
install fire sprinklers. Fire sprinkler systems can reduce the spread of fire,
heat and smoke in a building and contain the fire until the fire department
arrives. More information about the available incentives provided in the tax
code can be found online at https://nfsa.org/taxreform/ .
SECRETARY OF STATE
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
said Friday that 12,082 new entities filed to do business in Ohio last month,
an increase of 1,370 when compared to the same month in 2017. The total makes May
2018 the third-best month on record for new business filings, Husted's office
said. This comes just one month after April 2018 set a state record for new
filings with 12,874 entities formed.
The latest version of legislation to
change how sales tax is collected for hotel bookings through the likes of
Expedia and Travelocity sparked debate in a House committee Tuesday on whether
it proposed simple parity among sellers or selective expansion of the tax to
service fees. In HB571, Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) is proposing that
online travel companies pay sales and lodging taxes based on the total price
the customer pays for the room, not the wholesale rate the companies pay to the
The U.S. Supreme Court narrowly
ruled Thursday to overturn a 26-year-old precedent preventing states from
requiring that out-of-state online sellers collect and remit sales taxes. In
the 5-4 ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, justices overruled the court's prior
holdings in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota and National Bellas Hess v. Department
of Revenue of Illinois. The precedent in those previous cases had prevented
states from requiring out-of-state sellers without a physical presence to
collect sales tax. The Trump administration and Ohio Attorney General Mike
DeWine, as well as the National Governors Association (NGA), National
Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and other representatives of government
jurisdictions had filed briefs urging justices to overturn Quill.
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure
Commission (OTIC) approved eight resolutions, including a nearly $6.3 million
contract for Suburban Maintenance and Construction Inc. of North Royalton. The
company will repair and rehabilitate the ramp bridge at milepost 218.7 and
replace the mainline bridges over Mill Creek Bikeway at milepost 223 in
Mahoning County. The commission also awarded a more than $5.5 million contract
to Columbus-based Kokosing Construction Company Inc. to replace the
Perrysburg-Holland Road Bridge at milepost 59 and repair and rehabilitate the
Hessville Road Bridge deck at milepost 84.4 over the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas and
for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) reports that during the first year of its
Workplace Initiative of Ohio (WIO), 818 OOD job seekers were placed with
employers across the state.
This is a 37 percent increase, or approximately 220 persons, over the
first-year goal, OOD noted. WIO is a three year partnership between OOD and the
Poses Family Foundation (PFF) with a goal of placing 2,100 OOD job seekers.