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Legislative Report July 25, 2021
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)

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

4/28/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

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

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

6/22/2021 - BILL AMENDED, House Health, (Fifth 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 prohibit school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and state agencies from teaching, advocating, or promoting divisive concepts.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/23/2021 - House State and Local Government, (Second Hearing)

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

3/24/2021 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

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

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)