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Legislative Report October 28, 2021
Prepared by: Alex Weingarth
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Bill Information
REGARDS CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT REPORTING
(PLUMMER P, MANCHESTER S)

Regarding county child abuse and neglect memorandums of understanding, cross-reporting of child abuse and neglect reports by public children services agencies to law enforcement agencies, notification of reporter rights, home assessor eligibility, and creation of the children service ombudsman office.

  RECENT STATUS

10/19/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

6/22/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

6/2/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary

MODIFY LAWS GOVERNING CERTAIN PROFESSIONS DUE TO COVID-19
(ROEMER B)

To amend Section 30 of H.B. 197 of the 133rd General Assembly to modify the laws governing certain health professionals and educator preparation programs due to COVID-19 and other circumstances and to modify the electric utility laws regarding energy efficiency programs; to amend the version of section 4729.92 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect on October 9, 2021, to continue the changes to that section on and after that date; and to declare an emergency.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. Immediately

5/12/2021 - Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 93-0; Emergency Clause 91-2

5/12/2021 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0, Emergency Clause 31-0

REQUIRE EMS / PEACE OFFICERS TO UNDERGO DEMENTIA-RELATED TRAINING
(PLUMMER P, WEST T)

To require emergency medical service personnel and peace officers to undergo dementia-related training.

  RECENT STATUS

10/19/2021 - Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (Fourth Hearing)

10/5/2021 - Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (Third Hearing)

6/15/2021 - Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (Second Hearing)

REGARDS STRETCHER VANS, MEDICAL VEHICLES
(WIGGAM S)

To establish requirements for the regulation of stretcher vans and to modify certain laws governing ambulances and other medical-related vehicles.

  RECENT STATUS

3/16/2021 - House Health, (Second Hearing)

3/9/2021 - House Health, (First Hearing)

2/9/2021 - House Health, (First Hearing)

INCREASE STATE MINIMUM WAGE
(KELLY B, JARRELLS D)

To increase the state minimum wage.

  RECENT STATUS

2/10/2021 - Referred to Committee House Commerce and Labor

2/9/2021 - Introduced

AUTHORIZE TAX CREDIT FOR CAREGIVER EXPENSES
(RUSSO A, BOYD J)

To authorize a refundable tax credit for certain expenses incurred by caregivers.

  RECENT STATUS

5/11/2021 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

2/10/2021 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

2/9/2021 - Introduced

OPERATING BUDGET
(OELSLAGER S)

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

  RECENT STATUS

7/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; effective 7/1/21

6/28/2021 - Consideration of Conference Committee Report; House Accepts Conference Committee Report, Vote 84-13

6/28/2021 - Consideration of Conference Committee Report; Vote 32-1

TELEHEALTH SERVICES
(FRAIZER M, HOLMES A)

To establish and modify requirements regarding the provision of telehealth services.

  RECENT STATUS

10/20/2021 - Senate Health, (Third Hearing)

9/29/2021 - Senate Health, (Second Hearing)

9/15/2021 - Senate Health, (First Hearing)

SCOPE OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
(BALDRIDGE B)

To amend the version of section 4765.11 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect October 9, 2021, regarding the scope of emergency medical services provided by emergency medical service personnel.

  RECENT STATUS

10/20/2021 - Senate Health, (Second Hearing)

9/29/2021 - Senate Health, (First Hearing)

6/23/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Health

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES LICENSES
(GINTER T, FRAIZER M)

To modify the laws governing expedited licensure inspections and reviewing plans for long-term care facilities and to license providers of home health services.

  RECENT STATUS

3/18/2021 - House Families, Aging and Human Services, (First Hearing)

3/9/2021 - Referred to Committee House Families, Aging and Human Services

3/4/2021 - Introduced

REQUIRE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE IF EXPERIENCED IN OTHER STATE
(POWELL J)

To require an occupational licensing authority to issue a license or government certification to an applicant who holds a license, government certification, or private certification or has satisfactory work experience in another state under certain circumstances and to amend the version of section 3319.22 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect on April 12, 2023, to continue the changes on and after that date.

  RECENT STATUS

10/27/2021 - BILL AMENDED, House State and Local Government, (Fourth Hearing)

6/9/2021 - BILL AMENDED, House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)

5/5/2021 - House State and Local Government, (Second Hearing)

EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN PROGRAM
(FRAIZER M, LISTON B)

To expand eligibility for the Program for Medically Handicapped Children to individuals up to age 26.

  RECENT STATUS

6/10/2021 - Re-Referred to Committee

6/8/2021 - Re-Referred to Committee

5/27/2021 - REPORTED OUT, House Families, Aging and Human Services, (Fourth Hearing)

BETTER ACCESS, BETTER CARE ACT
(BRINKMAN T, GROSS J)

To modify the laws governing the practice of advanced practice registered nurses and to designate these provisions as the Better Access, Better Care Act.

  RECENT STATUS

3/23/2021 - Referred to Committee House Health

3/17/2021 - Introduced

PROHIBIT MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINE
(CUTRONA A)

To prohibit mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and certain other actions relating to an individual's COVID-19 vaccination or health status and to declare an emergency.

  RECENT STATUS

6/22/2021 - House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)

6/16/2021 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice

6/15/2021 - Introduced

INDEX HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AMOUNTS
(STEPHENS J, LARE J)

To index the homestead exemption amounts to inflation.

  RECENT STATUS

10/12/2021 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

6/24/2021 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

6/21/2021 - Introduced

NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT
(ROEGNER K)

To enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact.

  RECENT STATUS

7/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

6/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 31-0

6/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments

PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT
(ROEGNER K, BLESSING III L)

To enter into the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

  RECENT STATUS

3/31/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/21

3/17/2021 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 96-1

3/17/2021 - Bills for Third Consideration

MEDICAL LICENSURE COMPACT
(ROEGNER K, HUFFMAN S)

To enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

  RECENT STATUS

7/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

6/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 31-0

6/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT
(ROEGNER K)

To enter into the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact.

  RECENT STATUS

3/31/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/21

3/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 33-0

3/24/2021 - Consideration of House Amendments

TAX CREDIT - PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
(SCHAFFER T)

To allow an income tax credit for law enforcement officials and volunteer firefighters who purchase safety or protective items to be used in the course of official law enforcement or firefighting activities.

  RECENT STATUS

10/5/2021 - Senate Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)

2/17/2021 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

2/9/2021 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

CULTURAL COMPETENCY-HEALTH CARE
(MAHARATH T, ANTONIO N)

To require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.

  RECENT STATUS

6/16/2021 - Senate Health, (First Hearing)

2/10/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Health

2/3/2021 - Introduced

INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE
(THOMAS C, CRAIG H)

To increase the state minimum wage and to allow municipalities, townships, and counties to establish higher minimum wage requirements.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2021 - Senate Workforce and Higher Education, (First Hearing)

2/10/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Workforce and Higher Education

2/9/2021 - Introduced

MEDICAID ESTATE RECOVERY-INFORMED CONSENT
(SCHAFFER T)

To require Medicaid applicants to certify that they have been notified about the Medicaid estate recovery program.

  RECENT STATUS

2/10/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Health

2/9/2021 - Introduced

MEDICAL TREATMENT OF CERTAIN INFANTS
(JOHNSON T)

To establish standards for the medical treatment of certain infants and to name the act Emery and Elliot's Law.

  RECENT STATUS

9/15/2021 - Senate Health, (Second Hearing)

6/2/2021 - Senate Health, (First Hearing)

4/21/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Health

HEALTH CARE BENEFITS-VETERANS
(O'BRIEN S)

To require certain entities to inform veterans about available health care benefits and to name this act the Veteran Information Act.

  RECENT STATUS

6/23/2021 - House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

6/16/2021 - Referred to Committee House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs

6/9/2021 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 33-0