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Legislative Report October 28, 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)

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

10/19/2021 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Financial Institutions and Technology, (Fourth 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

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

OHIO PERSONAL PRIVACY ACT
(CARFAGNA R, HALL T)

To enact the Ohio Personal Privacy Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

10/28/2021 - House Government Oversight, (Second 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)

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

10/26/2021 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

ELIMINATE AUGUST SPECIAL ELECTIONS
(HALL T)

To eliminate August special elections except when held to nominate or elect candidates for the United States House of Representatives.

  CURRENT STATUS

10/26/2021 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

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)