Gov. Mike DeWine
Friday announced that RecoveryOhio, the Addiction Policy Forum and the Ohio
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are teaming up to
host a free, statewide training to help those affected by addiction on Tuesday,
Nov. 9. The program, called enCompass, is a comprehensive resource for
navigating substance use disorder. Funded by OhioMHAS,
family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction while
helping loved ones achieve recovery and others on the frontline.
New research out
of Ohio State University (OSU) suggests that access to naloxone, a medication
used to reverse an opioid overdose, doesn't make people see drug use as safer. Naloxone
is so effective at saving the lives of opioid overdose victims that it raised
concerns drug users might be inclined to think heroin and related drugs are no
longer risky, researchers said. However, the study found increased access to
lead Americans, even drug users, to think heroin was less risky, the findings
The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA)
announced that Jennifer Carlson has joined the agency as assistant director
where she will serve as chief adviser to ODA Director Ursel McElroy and will
drive the development of innovative policy and programs to improve the health,
wellness and safety of older Ohioans. Carlson previously was associate vice
president for government affairs at Ohio State University's Office of Health
Sciences. Her other experience includes serving as chief of staff to former Lt.
Gov. Maureen O'Connor, chief policy adviser over five cabinet agencies for
former Gov. Bob Taft and director of federal relations and health policy for
former Attorney General Betty Montgomery.
Students can apply
to the Ohio Scholars in Aging program through the Ohio Department of Aging and
the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. The program provides
scholars of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about
aging-related policymaking, establish professional contacts, and gain career
knowledge and skills in the field of aging. It is open to undergraduate and
who are enrolled in an accredited educational institution in Ohio and to
emerging professionals in a variety of careers. The application deadline is Sunday, Oct. 31. Find more information
Due to a late
harvest and adverse weather conditions, the Ohio Department of Agriculture
(ODAg) extended the 2021 H2Ohio program deadline for planting cover crops and
incorporating manure. H2Ohio producers enrolled in the 24-county area will now
have until Monday, Nov. 1 to plant their overwintering cover crops and complete
all manure incorporation requirements, the department said.
Dave Yost redoubled his critique of police defunding Tuesday in a 2021 Law
Enforcement Conference address highlighting "buyers' remorse" in a
number of cities that downsized police and reassuring officers who've remained on
the job that most Ohioans and Americans, Black or White, support the people in
blue. "The past 18 months have been especially difficult for everyone in
law enforcement, and we all know how widespread demonization of the blue has
boosted retirements and impeded recruitment," Yost told the virtual
gathering, saying undeserved criticism has only deepened the naturally hostile
environment of policing. "Like every other institution, law enforcement
has always adapted to circumstances as society changes and expectations evolve.
And we've continually gotten better, year after year, decade after decade. And
now we have a new period where we're going to raise the level of officer
training and weed out the very few people who have a badge but shouldn't. Bad
cops don't just
hurt the people they mistreat. The anger and distrust they create in the
community makes the job that much harder and that much more dangerous for the
vast majority of good cops -- all of you who are dedicated to protecting their
communities. ... The vast majority of Americans trust and support law
enforcement, especially when they experience the alternative. Our job is to
make sure that we continue to merit that trust and support."
Manufacturers' Association (OMA) will hold its annual Workforce Summit in two
virtual half-day sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27 and 28. The year's
theme is "Attracting the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce," and OMA
called the event Ohio's "most recognized gathering of manufacturers and
their workforce suppliers and partners."
The number of children suffering
from lead exposure in Ohio has decreased in recent years, though the state is
still well above the national average, according to panelists at Monday's Ohio
Legislative Children's Caucus meeting. New research recently published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that over half of all children nationwide have detectable
lead levels in their blood and that Ohio's levels are more than twice the
national rate. The research found that Ohio has the second highest proportion
of children with lead in their blood compared to all 50 states. The full study
can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/457n5cxt. In 2019, over 3,500 Ohio children were diagnosed with elevated
blood lead levels, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Caucus
co-chair Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) said also that for most this lead
exposure was caused by lead-based paint and dust and chips in older homes. She
said lead pipes that deliver water are also a major factor with the state's
having more than 650,000 lead pipes still in use.
From mid-August to
mid-September, nursing home deaths from COVID in Ohio increased from 0.04 per
100 to 0.2 per 100, with national trends also rising, according to AARP. The
AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard showed more than 2,000 deaths nationwide. Infections
among staff and residents of nursing homes also increased, from 0.6 per 100 to
1.92 per 100 among residents, and among staff from 1.2 per 100 to 2.95 per 100.
The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) late Wednesday took action to expand the use of a
booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations. According to a
release from the agency, it has amended its emergency use authorizations (EUA)
for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose as follows:
* The use of a
single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at
least six months after completion of the primary series to individuals
- 65 years of age
- 18 through 64
years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19.
- 18 through 64
years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to
* The use of a
single booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may be
administered at least two months after completion of the single-dose primary
regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
* The use of each
of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a "mix and match" booster dose
in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a
different available COVID-19 vaccine.
* To clarify that
a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be
administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to
individuals 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or
occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
Saying he likely
watches the numbers as closely as anyone in the state, Gov. Mike DeWine told
reporters Thursday that around 6,000 to 7,000 Ohioans are receiving their first
vaccination each day, with the rate of booster doses much higher than that.
DeWine continued that he would like that number to be higher but said there is
a shrinking number of unvaccinated people who could receive a first dose. Of
those age 12 and up, 64.25 percent have started vaccination and 60 percent have
completed it, under Ohio Department of Health (ODH) definitions. ODH also
reported 432,383 Ohioans have received an additional dose, including 15,105 in
the last 24 hours.
The Supreme Court of Ohio has
unanimously rejected Death Row inmates' attempt to quash the state execution
protocol as a violation of Ohio's rulemaking process. Clearing up some judicial
confusion over rulemaking laws, the Court said Tuesday that the five-year-old
protocol is neither an "internal management" rule that requires
filing with the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) and Ohio Secretary of
State (SOS) nor a "general" rule that must be filed with the Joint
Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) in addition to LSC and SOS. Death Row
inmate James O'Neal challenged the lethal injection protocol as an unvetted
rule in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 2018. Cleveland Jackson,
convicted of fatally shooting a teenager and 3-year-old during a 2002 robbery,
intervened in the case several months later. They claimed the Ohio Department
of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) had violated its rulemaking duties under
R.C. 115.15, Ohio's general rules statute, and R.C. 5120, the code section
Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) named Cleveland Clinic the Governor's Inclusive
Employer Award winner for 2021 based on its commitment to employing individuals
taking the oath of office, Gov. Mike DeWine had signed Executive Order 2019-03D
to establish Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and a Model Employer of
Individuals with Disabilities. Reinforcing this commitment, budget bill HB110
(Oelslager) calls for an awards presentation during October's National
Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to employers meeting criteria for
hiring individuals with disabilities.
A new survey of
Ohio's academic economists shows that not a single respondent thought coal
subsidies would improve the state economy. The survey published by Scioto
Analysis found that of the 22 economists who responded, 21 disagreed that
"subsidies for coal plants paid for through state-mandated rate increases
such as those in [133-HB6] have economic benefits that outweigh their
costs" with 13 disagreeing strongly. The remaining economist was uncertain
about the effect of such subsidies. Among those who disagreed, the problem of
the negative external cost of coal pollution was raised in comments multiple times.
While Ohio's state
report cards lacked A-F school ratings because of legislation passed in light
of pandemic disruptions to education, the underlying data reveal important
trends, according to advocacy groups on education and child welfare. The
Children's Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio) said the data highlight the need to
focus on equity in education, but contrasted that message to the State Board of
Education's vote the day before the report card release to repeal a resolution supporting
equity and condemning racism in education. Groundwork Ohio said dropping
enrollment, attendance and performance data raise concerns about long-term
student attainment and Ohio's workforce and economy. The Fordham Institute
noted that while low-income and minority students lost more ground academically
amid the pandemic, performance data from the Big Eight districts show the drop
in the Performance Index was slightly smaller among charter schools in those
districts, with a 28.6 percent decrease from the charters versus 32.2 percent
for the districts.
Ohio State Highway
Patrol (OSHP) troopers were "highly visible" along bus routes and in
school zones this week for the observance of National School Bus Safety Week. The
patrol noted the requirements for drivers near a stopped school bus: Motorists
approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at
least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is receiving or discharging students.
When a road is divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the
same direction as the bus must stop. Drivers may not resume their travels until
the bus resumes traveling.
The Ohio STEM
Learning Network (OSLN), which supports the work of STEM schools in the state,
announced a leadership transition Monday. Heather Sherman, director of the
network, will move on to lead STEMx, a multi-state STEM advocacy coalition
that, like OSLN, is also affiliated with Battelle. Kelly Gaier Evans, also with
Battelle, will become the new OSLN director.
The Board of Professional Conduct
announced judicial campaign conduct seminars for 2022 candidates Tuesday. The
Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires incumbent judges and other candidates to
attend a two-hour seminar on campaign practices, finance and ethics. Judicial
candidates must complete the required course from one year prior to 60 days
after they are certified to appear on the ballot. The seminar features
presentations by Board of Professional Conduct staff and the Ohio Secretary of
State's Office along with a question-and-answer segment.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod
Brown (D-OH) on Monday endorsed Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in the race for Ohio
governor. Brown called Whaley "a fighter for all of Ohio" and lauded
her leadership through tough times.
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth), a
candidate for governor, welcomed Lara Trump to the Republican Party of Medina
County's annual finance dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The event also featured
special guests like Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, former Trump
campaign manager Brad Parscale and Women for Trump spokesperson Madison
The following endorsements were made over the week:
- The gubernatorial campaign of
John Cranley announced the endorsement of the International Association of Fire
Fighters Local 67.
- The U.S. Senate campaign of Josh
Mandel announced the endorsement of retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
The Ohio Power
Siting Board (OPSB) approved another round of solar projects Thursday, giving a
green light to Clearview Solar I in Champaign County and Ross County Solar,
Gov. Mike DeWine
and Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson announced Friday that $3.7 million in
H2Ohio grants will go to several local communities to help improve drinking
water quality and to repair or replace aging water and wastewater
Members of the
Capital Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) on Thursday unanimously
approved a capital budget request of nearly $20.2 million for FY23-24. That is
the largest capital request since the Ohio Statehouse renovation, which took
place from 1990 to 1996, CSRAB Executive Director Laura Battocletti told Hannah News. The proposal seeks to spend more than $6.4
million to replace mechanical equipment such as the air handling unit, controls,
exhaust/ventilation fans, piping supports/sump and air quality control
retrofit; nearly $4.6 million on electrical upgrades such as repairing or
replacing transformers, secondary power lines and panels; $4 million on repairs
and renovations to the elevators; and $2 million on security improvements to
For the first time
in more than two decades, both chambers of the Legislature adopted a concurrent
resolution invalidating a rule from the executive branch. The Senate voted 30-0
to adopt HCR35 (Callender), which nullifies the Ohio Department of Education's
(ODE) rule that would have removed requirements for all schools to provide
courses in personal safety and assault prevention, foreign
technology, family/consumer science and business education. The Joint Committee
on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) had recommended the General Assembly invalidate
the rule following opponent testimony from educators and business groups. That
recommendation was introduced by JCARR Chair Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord)
as HCR35, which was then adopted unanimously by the House. Sen. Theresa
Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), vice chair of JCARR, said state agencies normally
work with lawmakers on the oversight panel when there is an issue with a rule.
That didn't occur in this case, she said, noting nobody from ODE testified in
support of the rule at the JCARR hearing.
After Wednesday's session,
Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) told reporters that he expects the
Conference Committee on HB29 (Wiggam-Miller) to complete work on sports
gambling legalization in the next 10 days.
In other action,
the Senate passed bills on knife rights [SB156 (Roegner)] and gun rights [SB185
(Schaffer)] by votes of 23-7. The chamber also passed an emergency pandemic
blended learning bill [SB229 (Blessing)] by a vote of 30-0.
The Law Enforcement Training
Funding Study Commission enacted by budget bill HB110 (Oelslager) is
approaching full membership and its first gathering to develop a predictable,
annual funding system for peace officer training in Ohio. The commission must
issue recommendations by March 1, 2022 to allow the General Assembly 10 months
to adopt a stable funding system before the $15 million pilot program created
by HB110 and administered by the Ohio Attorney General's Office concludes at
the end of next year. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has appointed
Sens. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Sandra O'Brien (R-Rome) and Frank Hoagland
(R-Adena) to the commission, with the governor adding Muskingum County Sheriff
Matthew Lutz, Middletown Mayor Nicole Anne Condrey, Delaware Police Chief Bruce
Pijanowski and President Gary Allen Wolske (Cuyahoga County) of the Fraternal
Order of Police of Ohio.
A lack of certainty is one of the
dominant issues corporate executives face in regard to government, Ohio
Business Roundtable President and CEO Pat Tiberi told the legislative Business
First Caucus Tuesday.
Citing the issue of vaccine
mandates, Tiberi said he was troubled by both federal efforts to require many
businesses to ensure their staff is vaccinated or undergoes weekly testing and
attempts by some state governments to prohibit private businesses from having
the option to require their employees be vaccinated. He also said they should
be free to require masks on their premises. Tiberi thanked the caucus members
for helping voice business leaders' frustrations regarding the Biden administration
mandate as well, saying that if policymakers can think through the lens of
business leaders, then Ohio will be able to grow more jobs.
In other action, the Senate
Financial Institutions and Technology Committee reported out HB177
(Carfagna-Fraizer) which permits governments to use blockchain; and the House
Criminal Justice Committee reported out HB226 (Pavliga-A. Miller) which expands
intimidation offenses to include guardians ad litem and court appointed special
advocates; SB36 (Manning-S. Huffman) to address crime victims reparations
standards; and HB3 (Boyd-Carruthers) which enacts Aisha's Law addressing
strangulation in domestic violence circumstances.
Appointments made during the week include the following:
- Richard C. Perry
of Solon (Cuyahoga County) to the Central State University Board of Trustees
for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending June 30, 2027.
- Sam D. Bassitt
of Lima (Allen County) reappointed to the James A. Rhodes State College Board
of Trustees for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Aug. 31, 2024.
- Cynthia Booth of
Cincinnati (Hamilton County) to the Cincinnati State Technical and Community
College Board of Trustees for a term beginning on Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Aug.
- Terri W. Meldrum
of New Albany (Franklin County) reappointed to the Columbus State Community
College Board of Trustees for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Aug.
- Matthew T.
McAlear of Whitehouse (Lucas County) to the Owens Community College Board of
Trustees for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Sept. 21, 2026.
- Lucinda D.
Erickson of McConnelsville (Morgan County) to the Washington State Community
College Board of Trustees for a term beginning Oct. 20, 2021 and ending Feb.
- Cheryl Ann Rice
of Grove City (Franklin County), Leah R. Amstutz of Richwood (Union County) and
Rachel Marie Johanson of Columbus (Franklin County) to the Joint Legislative
Study Committee Regarding Career Pathways and Post-Secondary Workforce Training
Programs in Ohio for terms beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending upon completion
of the duties of the committee.
- Melinda Sykes
Haggerty of Upper Arlington (Franklin County) to the Children's Trust Fund
Board for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending July 2, 2024.
- Dorsey Lee
Hager, Jr. of Milford Center (Union County) to the Unemployment Compensation
Modernization and Improvement Council for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and
ending Feb. 4, 2023.
- Catherine Rose
Cline of Woodsfield (Monroe County) to the Credit Union Council for a term
beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Sept. 22, 2024.
- Joy Darlene
Davis of Logan (Hocking County) to the Tax Credit Authority for a term
beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Jan. 12, 2023.
- Michael R.
Bertolone of Concord (Lake County) to the Governor's Executive Workforce Board
for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and continuing at the pleasure of the
- Russell Matthew
Demagall of Columbia Station (Lorain County) to the Board of Building Appeals
for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Oct. 13, 2025.
- Anthony Sabo of
Marysville (Union County)to the Advisory Board on Amusement Ride Safety for a
term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Jan. 1, 2023.
- J. Richard Lumpe
of Columbus (Franklin County) reappointed to the State Employment Relations
Board for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Oct. 6, 2027.
- Robin E. Judd of
Bexley (Franklin County) to the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education
Commission for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Oct. 14, 2024.
- Lesley Annette
Linn of Galloway (Franklin County) and Rachel C. Mounts of Cuyahoga Falls
(Summit County) to the Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for terms
beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Dec. 23, 2023.
- Donna C.
Alexander of Hudson (Summit County) reappointed to the Board of Executives of
Long-term Services and Supports for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending
May 27, 2024.
- Kierra S. Branch
of Grove City (Franklin County) to the Ohio Statewide Independent Living
Council for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending March 14, 2024.
- Jeffrey D.
Fishel, Jr. of Delaware (Delaware County) to the State Board of Emergency
Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021
and ending Nov. 12, 2023.
- Clayton A.
Harris of Solon (Cuyahoga County), Richard Stephen Fambro of Powell (Delaware
County) and Michael E. Heldman of Findlay (Hancock County) reappointed to the
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for terms beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and
ending Sept. 20, 2024.
- Charles T.
McConville of Mount Vernon (Knox County) and Brooke Marie Burns of Columbus
(Franklin County) reappointed to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission for
terms beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Aug. 21, 2025.
- Frederick E.
Lampe of Cincinnati (Hamilton County) and Larry R. Dinkins, Jr. of Uniontown
(Summit County) reappointed to the Ohio Rail Development Commission for terms
beginning Oct. 21, 2021 and ending Oct. 20, 2027.
- Thomas G.
Stephenson of Hamilton (Butler County) reappointed to the Petroleum Underground
Storage Tank Release Compensation Board for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and
ending July 10, 2024.
- Randle Evan
Solganik of Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County) to the Small Business Stationary
Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Council for a term
beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending July 30, 2025.
- Jonathan Daniel
Bernstein of Columbus (Franklin County) to theSewage Treatment System Technical
Advisory Committee for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Dec. 31, 2022.
- James F.
McGregor of Gahanna (Franklin County) to the Oil and Gas Land Management
Commission for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Sept. 29, 2025.
- Brian J. Buschur
of Tipp City (Miami County) reappointed to the Environmental Education Council
for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021 and ending Oct. 1, 2023.
Ohio Department of
Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz was named vice chair of the Great Lakes Commission
(GLC) at the group's annual meeting. "I am truly honored to be given this
opportunity to help protect these beautiful bodies of water," Mertz said
in a prepared statement. "I look forward to working more closely with the
commission to implement our shared passion for the lakes and using that to keep
them clean and safe for future generations to enjoy."
College also recently announced that Sharon Bommer has been appointed as the
new dean of business and applied technologies. Bommer joins Clark State
following years of industry and educational experience including most recently
as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems,
and Technology at the University of Dayton.
University (WSU) and Sinclair Community College renewed a partnership meant to
provide affordable, efficient pathways for students pursuing bachelor's
degrees. Wright State President Sue Edwards and Sinclair President Steve
Johnson signed a new Wright Path agreement that introduces expanded services
for students and 25 new associate and bachelor's degree pathways in high-demand
career fields, including computer engineering, crime and justice studies,
information technology, cybersecurity and more. The partnership provides a more
affordable and seamless transition into a Wright State bachelor's program for
students who earn an associate degree at Sinclair.
County Workforce Center, which officially opened late last month, offers training
programs for high-demand industries including manufacturing, skilled trades,
and health care. It is a collaborative partnership between the Fairfield County
Commissioners, Ohio University (OU) Lancaster, the Russ College of Engineering and
Technology, and Hocking College.
The Ohio Supreme
Court acknowledged the passing of several members of the state judiciary,
announcing Thursday that Judge T. Mark Beetham of Harrison County Court had
died from complications of COVID-19. He followed Judges Nancy McDonnell and
Joseph Russo of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, whose deaths were
announced one week after Judge Larry Jones' of the 8th District Court of
The Commission on
Continuing Legal Education's (CLE) latest sanction of 146 attorneys are its
lowest since the commission began imposing penalties in 2008. Eleven of those
sanctioned for CLE noncompliance also were suspended from the practice of law
-- two for failing to complete New Lawyers Training in their initial compliance
Counsel Joseph Caligiuri is hosting the state's first continuing legal
education (CLE) on Ohio Supreme Court rules for client fund management of
Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA). IOLTAs function similarly to
homeowner escrow accounts, he notes. Lawyers safeguard client funds, including
legal retainers and settlement funds, by depositing them in the trust account
for subsequent disbursement. "Trust Accounting 101: Basic Management
Skills and Best Practices," an in-person, interactive course, will address
related sections of the Ohio Rules of
Professional Conduct. Lawyers will
learn about different kinds of legal fees, how to account for them, and how to
perform required monthly reconciliation. Offering 3.5 hours of CLE, the seminar
is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3. The course is limited to 30 people, and the
$75 cost can be paid by check or money order to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
The Ohio Supreme
Court announced final adoption of amendments adding "Child Welfare
Law" as a legal specialty in the Rules
for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.
Rule changes to Appendix VI provide the following definition of the new field
of specialization: "Child Welfare Law is the practice of law representing
children, parents or the government in all child protection proceedings
including emergency, temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, foster care,
permanency planning, termination, guardianship and adoption. Child Welfare Law
does not include representation in private custody and adoption disputes where
the state is not a party." The rule language becomes effective on Monday, Nov.
The Ohio Supreme
Court's Republican majority upheld retroactive registration of violent
offenders under "Sierah's Law" 4-3 Thursday, when Democrats accused
them of befuddling Ohio's constitutional standard for retroactivity for the
last 20 years. The Court could not even agree whether the overarching "Crimes
- Procedure" in Title 29 of the Revised Code or "Penalties and
Sentencing" in R.C. 2929 signals a criminal rather than civil enactment,
or whether the ex post facto test developed under the U.S. Constitution
determines whether an Ohio statute is substantive and criminal or remedial and
NFIB Ohio announced
Friday that it had promoted Cameron Garczyk from member services coordinator to
member benefits program manager. He will also work on workers' compensation and
unemployment compensation reform efforts at the Ohio Statehouse.
College in Springfield announced its agriculture program has added a new
cannabis course to be offered in the spring of 2022. The course will cover
various topics such as historical and modern uses of cannabis, use in modern
society, economy, politics, medical effects of cannabis, evolution, classification,
and growth of the cannabis plant.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is receiving
feedback on its draft implementation plan for the federally mandated transition
to a "988" three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention
Hotline by July 16, 2022. The plan was released on Sept. 30, and feedback will
be taken through December according to the executive summary. OhioMHAS will
also continue development of the needed regulatory and financing structure and
any necessary legislation. The draft plan will be revised and finalized in
Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that 17 Ohio community mental
health centers would receive a total of $54,029,734 in funds to expand access
to mental and behavioral health support for Ohio communities. A full list of recipients is available at https://tinyurl.com/yc4rztrk.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod
Brown (D-OH) joined youth mental health experts Wednesday to discuss
legislation meant to address the trends in suicide deaths and attempts among
youth, particularly children of color.
In his weekly
teleconference with reporters, Brown invited comments from Arielle Sheftal,
principal investigator in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at
Nationwide Children's Hospital, and LaToya
Logan, executive director of Project LIFT, which specializes in services for
Black children in Cleveland. Brown is co-sponsor of the Child Suicide
Prevention and Lethal Means Safety Act in the Senate. Introduced by U.S. Sen. Brian
Schatz (D-HI), the legislation would establish a grant program for initiatives
offering youth suicide prevention and lethal means safety education, training
and resources to health care professionals, and integrate such training into
the curriculum for health care providers in training.
Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Dam Safety Enforcement Team has received
the 2021 Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety
Officials (ASDSO) for outstanding contributions to dam safety.
pheasants will be released at wildlife areas and other public hunting locations
during Ohio's youth hunting season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24,
according to ODNR Division of Wildlife. Pheasant releases will continue into
late October and November on the following dates:
- Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 30-31 (second youth weekend).
- Friday, Nov. 5 (opening
- Saturday, Nov.
- Thursday, Nov.
25 (Thanksgiving Day).
Ohio's 2021 white-tailed deer
archery hunting season is off to a decent start with 16,095 deer harvested
through Sunday, Oct. 17, according to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The average
harvest total for the same date during the past three years is 20,112 deer.
Deer archery season began on Saturday, Sept. 25 and is open until Sunday,
Feb.6, 2022. Ohio's top 10 counties for deer harvested during the
first 23 days of the 2021-22 deer season include the following: Coshocton (643
deer taken), Trumbull (535), Tuscarawas (529), Ashtabula (522), Holmes (489), Licking
(466), Knox (411), Guernsey (403), Muskingum (372) and Richland (328).
ODNR selected Mark
Jones as the new chief of its Division of Geological Survey. As chief, Jones
will oversee the division's efforts to provide geologic information and
services needed for responsible management of Ohio's natural resources.
Dedicated to researching and mapping Ohio's geology, the division is the
state's permanent archive and public access point for geologic data that
supports industry, commerce, environment, safety and public education.
the structural completion of the new marina building at Alum Creek State Park. On
Tuesday, ODNR Director Mary Mertz and guests were given an update on progress
and invited to sign a piece of steel that will be part of the new building,
according to the department. The new marina building will include retail and
boat rental space, food service, public restrooms, public shower facilities and
outdoor gathering spaces. The facility will complement the recently renovated
docks and fuel system installed at the main marina.
Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) named Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin
Falls) and Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) as its legislators of the year
for "outstanding leadership and action" on issues affecting children
and families supported by the children services system.
President Joe Biden's approval
rating in the latest national Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday is at
37 percent, versus 52 percent disapproval, about the same as the 38-53 rating
in a poll earlier this month. Among registered voters, his approval rate is slightly
better but also negative, 40-51. Approval ratings for both parties in Congress
are also negative -- 30-60 for Democrats, 23-65 for Republicans.
Asked about the prospect of former
President Donald Trump's running again in 2024, 58 percent of respondents do
not want him to run and 35 percent do. Democrats oppose a repeat run 94-4;
independents, 58-35. But Republicans are more enthusiastic about a run than in
the spring, saying 78-16 they want him as a candidate, versus 66-30 in a May
poll. Fifty one percent of respondents said Trump had a mainly negative effect
on American politics, versus 41 percent who see a mainly positive effect.
Gov. Mike DeWine
announced Wednesday that the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
(GOFBCI) is partnering with Operation Warm and other community organizations to
distribute new shoes and coats to underserved children living in Ohio. Ohio
First Lady Fran DeWine has worked with Operation Warm to distribute coats in
Ohio State Highway
Patrol (OSHP) Col. Richard S. Fambro joined Ohio Traffic Safety Office Director
Felice Moretti Wednesday to launch a new educational program for youth -- DRIVE to Live -- and to encourage parents to discuss the importance
of driving safety with their young drivers. DRIVE to Live is a new educational program
intended "to positively impact our youth and engage in conversations about
good decision making." It is geared to meeting teens where they are and
building relationships between students and those in public safety. To schedule
a presentation, call 614-752-2792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Budget and Management
(OBM) announced that Ben Bruns recently joined the office as secretary of the
Controlling Board and OBM legislative liaison. He is a native of St. Henry and
graduate of the University of Dayton. His experience includes work for U.S.
Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
Lt. Gov. Jon
Husted announced Monday that the state will accept Broadband and 5G Sector
Partnership grant applications starting Monday, Oct. 25 through Friday, Dec.
17, with the award announced in January. The grant is open to Ohio colleges and
universities that identify a nonprofit telecommunications industry partner to
lead the effort, according to his office. This follows the unveiling of a
"Strengthening Ohio's Broadband and 5G Workforce" strategy in
September. Speaking at Youngstown State University (YSU), Husted said the
DeWine administration is working to expand broadband access around Ohio but
needs a trained workforce to build that infrastructure.
Ohio Turnpike facilities will soon
be monitored by a new camera system. Ohio
Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) members approved a $1.7 million
contract with Northwestern Ohio Security Systems Inc. to purchase hardware,
software and services to provide improved monitoring of buildings and service
The Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Turnpike have been busy preparing and inspecting
equipment for the upcoming winter season, according to the agencies. ODOT is
also looking to fill around 500 seasonal plow driver positions, the department
said. ODOT has more than
3,300 drivers who often work 12 hour shifts during snow events. While most are
full-time drivers, ODOT also uses auxiliary drivers. These auxiliary drivers
are ODOT employees who normally do other tasks and only plow snow when needed.
A third group of drivers are hired seasonally. In addition to
trucks and manpower, ODOT has more than 770,000 tons of salt on hand.
The new standard
license plate design, "Sunrise in Ohio," will be offered to Ohioans
beginning Wednesday, Dec. 29, Gov. Mike DeWine and Bureau of Motor Vehicles
(BMV) Registrar Charlie Norman announced Thursday. It is the first update since
the "Ohio Pride" design was released in 2013. DeWine said it is meant
to represent "the beauty of Ohio" and the state's geographic
diversity. Norman also commented that this is the 76th standard plate design,
with the first offered in 1908. The design includes a sunrise at the center,
with a state outline in the style of the "Ohio. Find It Here."
marketing campaign and the Wright Flyer at the top with a banner that says
"Birthplace of Aviation." The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)
later issued a statement that the direction of the plane has been corrected,
following a Cincinnati
Enquirer report that the banner was attached to plane's
front end. Also included on the plate -- which was inspired by the state seal
-- are city skyscrapers, a body of water, a wheat field and a girl on a swing
with a dog under a tree. DeWine acknowledged in response to press questions
that the dog did resemble a Springer Spaniel, such as his family's Dolly, but
can represent all pets.
For the week
ending Oct. 16, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported
7,554 initial traditional unemployment claims to the U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL). That number is lower than last week, when the state reported 9,851
traditional jobless claims. The eight-week average is 10,725, according to
ODJFS. Ohioans filed 45,750 continued traditional unemployment claims last week,
which was 4,983 fewer than the previous week. The total number of traditional
claims filed from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 was 53,304.
Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) suffered another defeat when the Ohio
Supreme Court unanimously rejected its "barebones" certification of
FirstEnergy Advisors as a violation of commissioners' basic statutory duty. It
said PUCO's green light to the electric marketer had ignored the Office of Ohio
Consumers' Counsel's (OCC) valid objections to the commission's failure to
examine FirstEnergy rule compliance and "corporation separation" from
the competitive retail electric service (CRES). The settlement agreement signed
by PALMCo Energy Ohio, PALMCo Power Ohio, PUCO staff, and the Office of Ohio Consumers'
Counsel (OCC) and adopted 5-0 by commissioners also requires the retail
marketer to donate all remaining cash and assets from its Ohio operations and
all deposits and securities returned by the state's electric distribution
utilities (EDU) to a charity of OCC's choosing.
Gov. Mike DeWine
recognized 12 of the 20 members of this year's Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame class
Monday, while also paying tribute to former U.S. Secretary of State and retired
Gen. Colin Powell following the news of his death that morning. The induction
included an event at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), and NVMM
President Michael Ferriter -- one of the inductees -- noted in his remarks that
Powell was a keynote speaker when the museum opened. "I served in the
United States Senate when he was [U.S.] Secretary of State and had the
opportunity to work with him in regard to helping people with AIDS,
particularly [in] Haiti, and so I had a lot of good memories of my relationship
with him. We've lost a true American hero today," DeWine told reporters.
The Ohio Bureau of
Workers' Compensation (BWC) announced Thursday that it has begun sending
dividend checks to 3,000 newly eligible employers to ease the impact of
COVID-19 on Ohio's business community and economy. In September, the BWC Board
of Directors approved the expansion of the agency's December dividend to approximately 3,000
additional employers who did not originally meet eligibility requirements. BWC
began mailing checks on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. At DeWine's request, BWC's board
has authorized more than $9.2 billion in dividends to Ohio employers since