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Legislative Report May 13, 2021
Prepared by: Mary Wachtel
PCSAO Legislative Report

These are the bills that have been reviewed by PCSAO's Legislative Committee and a position has been confirmed by the Board of Trustees.
Bill Information
FOSTER CAREGIVERS
(MANCHESTER S, GALONSKI T)

Regarding foster caregiver training.

  RECENT STATUS

10/20/2020 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

9/23/2020 - Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 93-0

9/23/2020 - Consideration of Senate Amendments

HUMANE SOCIETY LAW
(HAMBLEY S, KICK D)

To make changes to humane society law, to make humane society agents subject to bribery law, to establish procedures for the seizure and impoundment of certain animals and livestock, to make changes to animal euthanasia and animal seizure laws, and to re-enact provisions of law governing animal fighting and bestiality.

  RECENT STATUS

12/29/2020 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

12/8/2020 - Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 85-0

12/3/2020 - PASSED BY SENATE; Amended on Floor, Bill Vote 32-0

COMMENTS

The relevant changes in this bill clarify that the humane society's purpose is to prevent cruelty to animals by deleting references regarding prevention of cruelty to children, a historical focus of the humane society.

Position

Monitor

ANIMAL ABUSE REPORTING
(LANESE L, CARRUTHERS S)

To establish animal abuse reporting requirements.

  RECENT STATUS

1/6/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

12/17/2020 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0

12/17/2020 - Bills for Third Consideration

COMMENTS

HB33 is similar to HB533 in the 132nd GA in that provisions of this bill require the report of animal abuse by child protective services workers and to establish animal control officers as mandated reporters of child abuse. Unlike HB533, this version does not include requirements for PCSAs to notify the Armed Services when a member is being investigated for alleged child abuse or neglect.

BALLOT LANGUAGE UNIFORMITY
(MERRIN D)

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

  RECENT STATUS

12/17/2020 - Senate General Government and Agency Review , (Sixth Hearing)

12/16/2020 - Senate General Government and Agency Review , (Sixth Hearing)

12/1/2020 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate General Government and Agency Review , (Fifth Hearing)

SCHOOL SAFETY TRAINING
(HOLMES A, MANNING G)

To enact the "Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act" regarding school security and youth suicide awareness education and training, to specify which public schools are eligible for school safety training grants, to establish, for fiscal year 2021, a pilot program to provide additional funding for students enrolled in grades eight through twelve in certain internet- or computer-based community schools in which a majority of the students were enrolled in a dropout prevention and recovery program for the 2019-2020 school year, to earmark an appropriation, and to declare an emergency.

  RECENT STATUS

12/21/2020 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately

11/19/2020 - Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 77-11; Emergency Clause, Vote 76-12

11/19/2020 - Consideration of Senate Amendments

Position

Monitor

DISABILITY-ADOPTION AND CUSTODY
(CRAWLEY E, CROSS J)

To generally prohibit a person's disability from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, visitation, adoption, or service as a guardian or foster caregiver, regarding a minor.

  RECENT STATUS

12/9/2020 - Referred to Committee Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid

12/2/2020 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 93-0

12/2/2020 - Bills for Third Consideration

Position

Monitor

PASS-THROUGH PAYMENTS
(LISTON B, LATOURETTE S)

Regarding the pass-through of support payments under the Ohio Works First program.

  RECENT STATUS

6/18/2019 - House Civil Justice, (Third Hearing)

6/11/2019 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Civil Justice, (Second Hearing)

5/28/2019 - House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)

Position

Monitor

ENHANCE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT
(STOLTZFUS R, BOYD J)

To enhance the tax credit awarded for family adoptions.

  RECENT STATUS

10/29/2019 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

10/15/2019 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

4/30/2019 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

STATUTE OF LIMITATION-CHILD ABUSE
(KENT B)

To modify the period of limitation for prosecution of offenses involving child abuse and neglect.

  RECENT STATUS

12/8/2020 - House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)

6/25/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

6/20/2019 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

INCLUDE CHILD ABUSE IN VIOLENT OFFENDER DATABASE
(PERALES R)

To include certain child abuse-related offenses in the violent offender database, to name the act Jacob's Law, and to make an appropriation.

  RECENT STATUS

12/15/2020 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Finance, (Second Hearing)

12/9/2020 - House Finance, (First Hearing)

11/17/2020 - Re-Referred to Committee

Position

Monitor

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
(LIPPS S, KELLY B)

With respect to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.

  RECENT STATUS

12/8/2020 - REPORTED OUT, House Primary and Secondary Education, (Fourth Hearing)

11/18/2020 - House Primary and Secondary Education, (Third Hearing)

5/20/2020 - House Primary and Secondary Education, (Second Hearing)

Position

Monitor

CHILD ADVOCATES-COMMUNICATION
(STEIN D, GALONSKI T)

To provide generally a privilege for communications between a qualified advocate rendering advocacy services and a victim of certain crimes, to exempt the nondisclosure of that privileged communication from the offense of failure to report a crime, and to generally require a qualified advocate to report child abuse or neglect of the victim.

  RECENT STATUS

2/20/2020 - House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)

9/24/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

9/17/2019 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

LINKED DEPOSIT PROGRAM
(CROSS J)

To create the adoption linked deposit program.

  RECENT STATUS

12/29/2020 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

12/9/2020 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 30-0

12/9/2020 - Bills for Third Consideration

CHILDREN'S CRISIS CARE FACILITIES
(MANNING G, PATTON T)

Regarding children's crisis care facilities.

  RECENT STATUS

2/18/2020 - House Health, (Second Hearing)

1/28/2020 - House Health, (First Hearing)

11/18/2019 - Referred to Committee House Health

Position

Monitor

MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE PARITY
(PLUMMER P, RUSSO A)

Regarding mental health and substance use disorder benefit parity.

  RECENT STATUS

11/10/2020 - House Health, (Third Hearing)

6/9/2020 - House Health, (Second Hearing)

1/14/2020 - House Health, (First Hearing)

Position

Monitor

MINOR CONVERSION THERAPY PROHIBITION
(LIGHTBODY M)

To protect minors by prohibiting certain licensed health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.

  RECENT STATUS

12/15/2020 - House Health, (First Hearing)

2/19/2020 - Referred to Committee House Health

2/12/2020 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

AUTHORITY ELIMINATION - RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
(BECKER J, CROSSMAN J)

To eliminate the specific authority of residential facilities to operate within residential zoning districts.

  RECENT STATUS

2/19/2020 - Referred to Committee House Health

2/12/2020 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

CHILD PLACEMENT - UNKNOWN RELATIVE
(MANNING G)

To prohibit, unless determined to be in a child's best interest, placement of the child with a relative the child does not know or has never met.

  RECENT STATUS

2/26/2020 - House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)

2/19/2020 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice

2/13/2020 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

VULNERABLE CHILD PROTECTION ACT
(HOOD R, DEAN B)

To enact the "Vulnerable Child Protection Act" regarding sexuality and identity counseling and prohibiting certain procedures and activities intended to change, reinforce, or affirm a minor's perception of his or her own sexual attraction, sexual behaviors, or identity.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2020 - Referred to Committee House Health

2/19/2020 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

CHILD SUPPORT LAWS - CARETAKERS
(RUSSO A, MANCHESTER S)

To make changes to child support laws with regard to caretakers.

  RECENT STATUS

6/10/2020 - House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)

5/5/2020 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice

3/16/2020 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

MILITARY FAMILIES - CHILD ABUSE
(ABRAMS C)

To require public children services agencies to report child abuse or neglect in military families to the appropriate military authorities.

  RECENT STATUS

12/9/2020 - Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary

12/2/2020 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 93-0

12/2/2020 - Bills for Third Consideration

Position

Monitor

HUMAN TRAFFICKING-JUVENILES
(FEDOR T)

To require a juvenile court to hold a delinquency complaint in abeyance in certain cases related to prostitution or human trafficking and to provide that the same elements for the offense of trafficking in persons that apply to a victim under the age of sixteen also apply to a victim who is age sixteen or seventeen.

  RECENT STATUS

2/13/2020 - House Criminal Justice, (Second Hearing)

11/7/2019 - House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)

9/24/2019 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

OHIO COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
(WILLIAMS S)

To qualify students in noncredit community college and career and technical programs for Ohio College Opportunity Grants and to require the awarding of academic credit for community colleges' career certification programs.

  RECENT STATUS

10/2/2019 - Senate Higher Education , (Third Hearing)

4/10/2019 - Senate Higher Education , (Second Hearing)

4/3/2019 - Senate Higher Education , (First Hearing)

PROHIBIT CONVERSION THERAPY
(MAHARATH T)

To prohibit certain health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.

  RECENT STATUS

9/18/2019 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (First Hearing)

5/1/2019 - Referred to Committee Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid

4/15/2019 - Introduced

Position

Support

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
(LEHNER P)

To require public schools to post signs with a child abuse reporting telephone number.

  RECENT STATUS

1/21/2020 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (First Hearing)

10/23/2019 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform

10/16/2019 - Introduced

Position

Support

CHILDREN'S CRISIS CARE FACILITIES
(ANTONIO N, DOLAN M)

Regarding children's crisis care facilities.

  RECENT STATUS

1/22/2020 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (First Hearing)

12/4/2019 - Referred to Committee Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid

11/20/2019 - Introduced

Position

Monitor

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFIT PARITY
(GAVARONE T, O'BRIEN S)

Regarding mental health and substance use disorder benefit parity.

  RECENT STATUS

2/12/2020 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Second Hearing)

1/29/2020 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)

1/22/2020 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)

Position

Monitor