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Legislative Report May 17, 2022
Prepared by: Jay Smith
Bill Information
REGARDS BROADBAND EXPANSION
(CARFAGNA R, STEWART B)

Regarding broadband expansion, including access to electric cooperative easements and facilities, to make an appropriation, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately

INCREASES THE PUBLIC LIBRARY FUND; ALLOCATES FUNDING
(SOBECKI L, MILLER A)

To increase the Public Library Fund, to allocate the increase to libraries equally, and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/4/2021 - Referred to Committee House Finance

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)

AUTHORIZE CERTAIN PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES
(PATTON T)

To authorize certain public entities to enter into public-private initiatives with a private party through a public-private agreement regarding public facilities.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/29/2021 - House Infrastructure and Rural Development, (Third Hearing)

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

COMMERCE/PROPERTY TAX VALUATION COMPLAINTS
(HILLYER B)

Relating to commerce, to repeal the version of section 1322.24 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect October 9, 2021, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/2/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. Immediately

MODIFY ELECTION NOTICES, BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR PROPERTY TAX LEVIES
(MERRIN D)

To enact the "Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act" to modify the form of election notices and ballot language for property tax levies.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/21/2021 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

MODIFY MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX RULES - COVID WFH
(JORDAN K, EDWARDS J)

To amend Section 29 of H.B. 197 of the 133rd General Assembly to modify municipal income tax employer withholding rules for COVID-19-related work-from-home employees.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/2/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

ALLOW GOVERNMENTS TO USE BLOCKCHAIN
(CARFAGNA R, FRAIZER M)

To allow a governmental entity to utilize distributed ledger technology, including blockchain technology.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/2/22

COVID-19 VACCINE - QUALIFIED IMMUNITIES
(CUTRONA A)

To address medical requirements for employees and students; to address qualified civil immunity regarding certain coronaviruses; to authorize emergency medical technicians to administer COVID-19 tests; to expressly cover COVID-19 vaccine injuries under the workers' compensation system; and to repeal sections 3792.05, 3792.07, and 3792.08 of the Revised Code on September 30, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/7/2021 - Senate General Government Budget, (Second Hearing)

VACCINE CHOICE ACT
(GROSS J)

To authorize an individual to decline a vaccination and to name this act the Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

8/24/2021 - House Health, (Sixth Hearing)

EXPAND POLITICAL SUBDIVISION JOINT PURCHASING AUTHORITY
(LAMPTON B)

To expand political subdivision joint purchasing authority to expressly include purchases for construction services.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/12/2021 - House Commerce and Labor, (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)

STOP TEACHING OF DIVISIVE CONCEPTS
(GRENDELL D, FOWLER S)

To enact "The Promoting Education, Not Indoctrination Act" regarding the promotion of divisive concepts by primary and secondary schools, state institutions of higher education, political subdivisions, and state agencies.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2022 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House State and Local Government, (Fifth Hearing)

OHIO PERSONAL PRIVACY ACT
(CARFAGNA R, HALL T)

To enact the Ohio Personal Privacy Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - Re-Referred to Committee

CORONAVIRUS LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY
(HALL T, SWEARINGEN D)

To amend Section 220.11 of H.B. 168 of the 134th General Assembly to make an appropriation related to coronavirus local fiscal recovery.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS
(CARFAGNA R, SEITZ B)

To address COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees and students; to extend certain timelines for qualified civil immunity and expand immunity to include hearing aid dealers and hearing aid fitters; to authorize emergency medical technicians to administer COVID-19 tests; to expressly cover COVID-19 vaccine injuries under the workers' compensation system; and to repeal sections 3792.05, 3792.06, 3792.07, and 3792.08 of the Revised Code on June 30, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

10/13/2021 - Bills for Third Consideration; (Pending Committee Report)

GROUP HEALTH PLAN TAX CREDIT
(KOEHLER K)

To authorize a refundable tax credit for a portion of employer group health plan premiums.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/8/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)

AVOID CHARGES FOR CARRYING WEAPON INTO CERTAIN PLACES
(STOLTZFUS R)

To provide an opportunity for a concealed handgun licensee or qualified military member to avoid charges for carrying a deadly weapon into a prohibited place if the person leaves upon request and to penalize failure to leave upon request or returning with a firearm.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - House Government Oversight, (Third Hearing)

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)

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION LIABILITY
(INGRAM C)

To eliminate certain defenses to political subdivision liability for an employee's negligent operation of a motor vehicle and to reduce damages recoverable against a political subdivision in such actions by the contributory fault of the plaintiff or other parties.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - House Civil Justice, (Second Hearing)

EXPULSION, TERMINATION BASED ON VACCINATION STATUS
(RICHARDSON T)

To prevent expulsion from school and termination from employment based on COVID-19 vaccination status.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/1/2021 - Introduced

MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX FILINGS
(ROEMER B, LANESE L)

To modify the law regarding extensions for filing municipal income tax returns and to limit penalties for late filings.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/6/2022 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

ALLOW VIRTUAL MEETINGS
(KOEHLER K, KELLY B)

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

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

TEACHING OF DIVISIVE CONCEPTS
(LOYCHIK M, SCHMIDT J)

Regarding the promotion and teaching of divisive or inherently racist concepts in public schools.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2022 - Introduced

BROADBAND-ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE EASEMENTS
(MCCOLLEY R)

Regarding broadband expansion, including access to electric cooperative easements and facilities, and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2021 - Referred to Committee House Finance

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)

FISCAL OFFICERS-LIABILITY
(WILSON S)

To change the circumstances in which certain fiscal officers may be held liable for a loss of public funds.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/6/2022 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 96-0

LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT-PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
(JOHNSON T, MCCOLLEY R)

To establish legislative oversight of orders issued by the executive branch, including by establishing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/24/2021 - Consideration of Governor's Veto; House Overrides Veto, Vote 62-35

OVERTIME PAY-EXEMPTIONS
(BRENNER A, PETERSON B)

To except traveling to and from a worksite and performing certain routine tasks from the overtime pay requirement and to prohibit opt-out class actions for overtime violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/6/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

INDEMNITY-DESIGN CONTRACTS
(BLESSING III L)

To regulate the use of indemnity provisions in professional design contracts related to public improvements, to modify the definition of "emergency call," to provide for the allocation of damages in certain provisions of the Political Subdivision Sovereign Immunity Law,and to provide a municipal corporation or county immunity from liability in any action arising from a hospital police officer acting in the discharge of duties in specified locations.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2022 - Senate Appoints Managers; L. Blessing, R. McColley & C. Thomas Named as Senate Conferees

PROHIBIT MANDATORY VACCINATIONS
(BRENNER A)

To prohibit mandatory vaccinations against the coronavirus, to prohibit requiring proof of vaccinations generally, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/26/2021 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate Health, (First Hearing)

PASS-THROUGH ENTITY TAXES
(RULLI M, LANG G)

To levy a tax on a pass-through entity's income apportioned to Ohio and to authorize a refundable income tax credit for an owner for such tax paid.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

ESTABLISH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
(MCCOLLEY R)

To establish congressional district boundaries for the state based on the 2020 decennial census and to delay certain deadlines related to the 2022 congressional primary election.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/20/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 2/19/22

LOCAL PURCHASING AUTHORITY-CONSTRUCTION
(LANG G)

To expand political subdivision joint purchasing authority to expressly include purchases for construction services.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (Third Hearing)

NALOXONE, NARCOTIC TESTING ACCESS
(MANNING N, HUFFMAN S)

To revise the laws governing access to naloxone and certain narcotic testing products.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/6/2022 - Senate Health, (Fourth Hearing)

LAW CHANGES-PUBLIC NOTARIES
(WILSON S)

To amend the law regarding notaries public.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/17/2022 - Senate General Government Budget, (Third Hearing)

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

4/6/2022 - Introduced