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Legislative Report August 12, 2022
Prepared by: Aaron Ockerman
Bill Information
PUBLIC BODIES - ELECTRONIC MEETINGS
(SOBECKI L, HOOPS J)

To authorize public bodies to meet via teleconference and video conference.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/11/2021 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

VALUATION ADJUSTMENTS, OPEN MEETINGS
(LAMPTON B)

To amend the law governing valuation adjustments for destroyed or injured property, to expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since March 31, 2021, into Ohio law, to provide temporary authority, expiring July 1, 2022, for members of a public body to meet by means of teleconference or video conference, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. Immediately

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

DESIGNATE JOHN LEWIS VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
(CROSSMAN J, BRENT J)

To designate February 21 as "Congressman John Lewis Voter Registration Day" and to require the boards of elections to promote that day to encourage voter registration.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/24/2021 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES-PARTY BALLOT DESIGNATION
(SWEARINGEN D, STEWART B)

To require certain judicial candidates to appear on the ballot with a party designation.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/28/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Local Government and Elections

BALLOT DROP BOXES
(SWEENEY B, LEPORE-HAGAN M)

To require boards of elections to provide secure ballot drop boxes and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/4/2021 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

OHIO ELECTION SECURITY, MODERNIZATION ACT
(SEITZ B, RAY S)

To enact the Ohio Election Security and Modernization Act to create an automated voter registration and verification system, to modify the law governing absent voting, and to make other changes to the Election Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/17/2021 - House Government Oversight, (Second Hearing)

MODIFY VOTER REGISTRATION
(LEPORE-HAGAN M, LISTON B)

To modify the law governing voter registration and the method of conducting elections.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/12/2021 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

CORONAVIRUS LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY
(HALL T)

To amend Section 220.11 of H.B. 168 of the 134th General Assembly, Section 5 of H.B. 175 of the 134th General Assembly, Section 7 of S.B. 9 of the 134th General Assembly, and Section 7 of S.B. 11 of the 134th General Assembly to establish the Appalachian Community Grant Program, to specify certain election workers are excluded from PERS membership, expand the category of first responders of certain townships who are considered part-time for health coverage purposes, convey state-owned land, correct an outdated reference to state treasury warrants, and to make appropriations.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/28/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/28/22

ELECTION ENGAGEMENT RESTORATION ACT
(SWEENEY B)

To enact the Election Engagement Restoration Act to repeal provisions of law regarding court settlements that conflict with the Revised Code and private entities' involvement in election-related activities.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/16/2021 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

CHANGE ELECTION LAW
(DEAN B)

To make changes to the Election Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/16/2021 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

ELIMINATE AUGUST SPECIAL ELECTIONS
(HALL T)

To limit when a political subdivision or taxing authority may hold an August special election.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/15/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (First Hearing)

ESTABLISH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
(OELSLAGER S)

To declare the General Assembly's intent to enact legislation establishing congressional district boundaries for the state based on the 2020 decennial census.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/12/2021 - , (Second Hearing)

CHANGE BIDDING PROCESS FOR BALLOT PRINTING
(YOUNG T)

To change the bidding process for contracts for ballot printing, to eliminate the requirement that all contracts for ballots for Ohio elections are rewarded to vendors within the state and printed within the state, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/18/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (Second Hearing)

DELAY 2022 PRIMARY
(SOBECKI L, WEST T)

To repeal Section 4 of S.B. 258 of the 134th General Assembly to delay the 2022 primary election to June 7 and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

PART-TIME TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEES
(KOEHLER K)

To permit certain public officials to collaborate with or accept money from a nongovernmental person or entity for using a building to train precinct election officials, to temporarily expand the category of first responders of certain townships who are considered part-time for purposes of health coverage, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/31/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (First Hearing)

POLL WORKER RECRUITMENT DAY
(RAY S, SWEENEY B)

To designate January 25 as "National Poll Worker Recruitment Day."

  CURRENT STATUS

4/27/2022 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW
(SEITZ B)

To make changes regarding the Ohio Elections Commission and the campaign finance law.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/22/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

ELECTRONIC BALLOTS
(MILLER A, HICKS-HUDSON P)

To allow certain uniformed services and overseas absent voters to submit their voted ballots electronically to the boards of elections.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/22/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

SUPREME COURT - PRIMARY ELECTION
(FERGUSON R)

To reduce appropriations for the Supreme Court of Ohio in the amount of any costs incurred to hold a primary election other than on May 3, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - Referred to Committee House Finance

PERMANENT ABSENT VOTER LIST
(SKINDELL M)

To create a permanent absent voter list.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

REVISE ELECTION LAWS
(WIGGAM S, YOUNG T)

To require photo identification to vote, to make other changes to the Election Law, and to require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to provide free state identification cards to persons seventeen and older.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

ACQUISITION OF ELECTRONIC POLLBOOKS,EQUIPMENT
(RAY S, SWEENEY B)

To provide for the acquisition of electronic pollbooks and ancillary equipment for county boards of elections and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/18/2022 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

URGE CONGRESS NOT TO ADOPT HR1
(HALL T)

To urge the United States Congress not to adopt H.R. 1 of the 117th Congress.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/23/2021 - ADOPTED BY SENATE; Vote 24-8

CA: LOCAL ELECTIONS
(EDWARDS J, SEITZ B)

Proposing to amend Section 1 of Article V, Section 3 of Article X, and Section 3 of Article XVIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit local governments from allowing persons who lack the qualifications of an elector to vote in local elections.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/1/2022 - ADOPTED BY SENATE; Vote 32-0

REDUCE REGULATIONS, ELECTION FUNDING
(MCCOLLEY R, ROEGNER K)

To limit regulatory restrictions in administrative rules, to make various technical and corrective changes to the liquor laws, to amend the version of section 111.15 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect September 30, 2024, to continue the limitations on and after that date, and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Appropriations language eff. 3/10/22, Statutory language eff. 90 days

VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEMS
(RULLI M)

To require state approval of voter registration systems for use in Ohio and to modify the law governing protests against candidate filings.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2021 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (Second Hearing)

BALLOT VACANCIES
(MANNING N)

To allow a primary candidate to become a candidate at the general election by being appointed to fill a ballot vacancy.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/26/2022 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

JUDGES-PARTY DESIGNATION ON BALLOT
(GAVARONE T, CIRINO J)

To require certain judicial candidates to appear on the ballot with a party designation.

  CURRENT STATUS

7/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 9/30/21

LEGISLATIVE INTENT-CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING
(MCCOLLEY R)

To declare the General Assembly's intent to enact legislation establishing revised congressional district boundaries for the state based on the 2020 decennial census.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2022 - Senate General Government Budget, (First Hearing)

JURY SOURCE LISTS
(THOMAS C)

To require the names submitted by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the commissioners of jurors to be included on the annual jury source list compiled by the commissioners.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/31/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (First Hearing)

DELAY 2022 PRIMARY ELECTION
(THOMAS C, MAHARATH T)

To amend Section 4 of H.B. 93 of the 134th General Assembly to delay the 2022 primary election to June 28, 2022, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - Referred to Committee Senate Local Government and Elections

VOTING-PHOTO ID REQUIREMENT
(GAVARONE T)

To require photo identification to vote, to make other changes to the Election Law, and to require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to provide free state identification cards to persons seventeen and older.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/24/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (First Hearing)

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE-ELECTOR REQUIREMENTS
(BLESSING III L)

Proposing to amend Section 1 of Article V, Section 3 of Article X, and Section 3 of Article XVIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit local governments from allowing persons who lack the qualifications of an elector to vote in local elections.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/24/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (Second Hearing)