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Legislative Report September 26, 2021
Prepared by: Aaron Ockerman
Bill Information
VOTING ID-HANDGUN LICENSE
(GREENSPAN D)

To specify that a concealed handgun license qualifies as photo identification for voting purposes.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/20/2019 - REPORTED OUT, House State and Local Government, (Fourth Hearing)

Position

Amend

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

Position

Neutral

VOTE ON COUNTY SALES TAX
(ANTANI N, SMITH J)

To require voter approval of any increase in the rate of a county sales tax.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/13/2019 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

Position

Undetermined

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES
(CERA J)

To require presidential primary elections to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/5/2019 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

Position

Support

OPERATING BUDGET
(OELSLAGER S)

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

  CURRENT STATUS

7/18/2019 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Operating appropriations and tax levy generally effective 7/18/19. Some provisions subject to special effective dates.

Position

Monitor

TAX ISSUES-AUGUST
(MERRIN D, WIGGAM S)

To prohibit local tax-related proposals from appearing on an August special election ballot.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/10/2019 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

Position

Undetermined

OMNIBUS MEASURES ON CORONAVIRUS
(POWELL J, MERRIN D)

To continue essential operations of state government and maintain the continuity of the state tax code in response to the declared pandemic and global health emergency related to COVID-19, to make appropriations, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2020 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Emergency: effective 3/27/20

PAPER BALLOTS-VOTING MACHINES
(GALONSKI T)

To require new voting systems to use paper ballots.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/22/2019 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

Position

Undetermined

GOVERNMENT BLOCKCHAIN USE
(CARFAGNA R)

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

  CURRENT STATUS

12/9/2020 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce

CAMPAIGN TREASURER STATEMENT APPOINTMENT
(LANG G)

To require an entity to include with the form to be filed with the Secretary of State when appointing a campaign treasurer a notarized signature of that treasurer acknowledging the appointment and to amend the version of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021, to continue the provisions of this act on and after that effective date.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2020 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

PREPAID POSTAGE - ABSENTEE BALLOTS
(GALONSKI T)

To require the Secretary of State to prepay postage for the return of completed absent voter's ballots.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/12/2019 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

GENERAL ELECTIONS - LEGAL HOLIDAY
(CRAWLEY E, SWEENEY B)

To establish the day of each general election as a legal holiday for which government employees receive paid leave.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/8/2020 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM
(LARE J, ABRAMS C)

To make changes to the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Secretary of State.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/16/2020 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs, (Fourth Hearing)

PARTY DESIGNATION - JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
(HAMBLEY S, SKINDELL M)

To allow a partisan judicial candidate to appear on the general election ballot with a political party designation.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/8/2020 - REPORTED OUT, House State and Local Government, (Fourth Hearing)

AUTOMATED VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM
(SWEENEY B)

To create an automated voter registration system.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/8/2020 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

VOTER REGISTRATION, VERIFICATION SYSTEM
(MANNING G)

To create an automated voter registration and verification system.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/11/2020 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

VOTER REGISTRATION, ELECTIONS
(LEPORE-HAGAN M, LISTON B)

To modify the law governing voter registration and the method of conducting elections.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/5/2020 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

MAIL VOTING-HEALTH EMERGENCY
(ABRAMS C)

To create a procedure to conduct an election entirely by mail in the case of a public health emergency, to modify certain deadlines for absent voting, and to direct the Secretary of State's use of federal CARES Act funds.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/23/2020 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Third Hearing)

CHANGE ELECTION LAWS
(HICKS-HUDSON P, SWEENEY B)

To make changes to the Election Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/3/2020 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

JOHN LEWIS VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
(CROSSMAN J, BRENT J)

To designate February 21 as "John Lewis Voter Registration Day" and to require the boards of elections to promote that day to encourage voter registration.

  CURRENT STATUS

8/31/2020 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

PROHIBIT VOTER INTIMIDATION
(MILLER A)

To prohibit any person from intimidating, threatening, or coercing a person for the purpose of interfering with that person's right to vote in an election.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/17/2020 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

INITIATIVE PETITION SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS
(KOEHLER K)

Proposing to amend Sections 1a and 1g of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to modify certain signature requirements for a proposed constitutional amendment by initiative petition.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/30/2019 - Referred to Committee House Civil Justice

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - VOTER REGISTRATION
(GALONSKI T)

Proposing to amend Section 1 of Article V of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to permit an elector to register to vote on Election Day and vote in that election.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/27/2020 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

JURY SOURCE LIST-INCLUDE BMV NAMES
(THOMAS C)

To require the names submitted by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the commissioners of jurors to be included on the annual jury source list compiled by the commissioners.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/19/2019 - Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

Position

Neutral

REDUCE MINIMUM PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIALS
(UECKER J)

To reduce the minimum number of precinct election officials in a multi-precinct polling location in which electronic pollbooks are used.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/22/2019 - House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)

Position

Support

UNCONTESTED RACES
(DOLAN M)

To require uncontested races to appear at the end of an election ballot.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/12/2019 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (First Hearing)

Position

Monitor

CIVILIAN CYBER SECURITY RESERVE FORCES
(GAVARONE T)

To create the civilian cyber security reserve forces, to make the Secretary of State a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, to require the Secretary of State to appoint a chief information security officer, to require the boards of elections to audit election results, and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

10/25/2019 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 1/24/2020; appropriations eff. 10/25/2019

Position

Support

FILE CAMPAIGN FINANCE STATEMENTS ELECTRONICALLY
(RULLI M)

To allow certain entities to file campaign finance statements electronically and to require the Secretary of State to make the information in those electronic statements available online.

  CURRENT STATUS

7/18/2019 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 1/1/2021; certain provisions eff. 10/17/2019

Position

Support

VOTER REGISTRATION
(MANNING N, SYKES V)

To create a voter verification and registration system, to modify the requirements for the administration of the statewide voter registration database, and to allow electors to register as affiliated with a political party.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/25/2020 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Second Hearing)

REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE
(GAVARONE T)

To authorize the Secretary of State to establish a secure online process for applying to vote by absent voter's ballots.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/9/2020 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Fourth Hearing)

VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEMS
(RULLI M)

To rename the Board of Voting Machine Examiners as the Board of Voting Systems Examiners, to require the Board to approve voter registration systems for use in Ohio, to require a board of elections to decide a protest against a candidate filing by a particular deadline, to allow veteran's and fraternal organizations to conduct electronic instant bingo, and to make other changes to the law governing bingo.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/31/2020 - Informally Passed

PRIMARY CANDIDATE-FILL BALLOT VACANCY
(MANNING N)

To allow a primary candidate to become a candidate at the general election by being appointed to fill a ballot vacancy.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/9/2020 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Sixth Hearing)

ABSENTEE VOTING, ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
(ANTONIO N, WILLIAMS S)

To modify the law governing absent voting and online voter registration, to make other changes to the Election Law, and to declare an emergency.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/10/2020 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform