Tax Legislative Report
132nd General Assembly

This legislative report is intended to keep section members up to date on legislation pending before the Ohio General Assembly.
Prepared by: Government Affairs Staff
Report created on November 29, 2021
HB11INCORPORATING FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES (SCHERER G) To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since February 14, 2016, into Ohio law.
 Current Status:   3/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/30/2017
HB27WORKERS' COMPENSATION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make changes to the Workers' Compensation Law, to make appropriations for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June
30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of the Bureau's programs.
 Current Status:   6/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/2017
HB28INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make appropriations for the Industrial Commission for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of Commission programs.
 Current Status:   6/28/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/28/17
HB35BANKING LAW (HUGHES J) To enact a new banking law for the State of Ohio.
 Current Status:   3/8/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)
HB49OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.
 Current Status:   8/22/2017 - Consideration of Governor's Veto
HB61TAX EXEMPTION-FEMININE PRODUCTS (JOHNSON G, KELLY B) To exempt from sales tax the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products associated with menstruation.
 Current Status:   10/10/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB70FUEL TAX TRANSPARENCY (MERRIN D) To enact the "Fuel Tax Transparency Act" requiring stickers to be placed on retail service station pumps displaying the rates of federal and state taxes applicable to gasoline and diesel fuel.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
HB74INCREASE COLLEGE TAX DEDUCTION (HUFFMAN S, GAVARONE T) To increase the maximum income tax deduction for contributions to the state's 529 college savings program from $2,000 to $3,000 per beneficiary per year.
 Current Status:   3/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB75PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE-ARMED FORCES (GAVARONE T, MERRIN D) To establish an expedited process to grant a professional license to an individual who is on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, or is the spouse of such an individual, and holds a valid license in another state.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)
HB78ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES (RETHERFORD W) To revise the laws governing the provision of adult protective services.
 Current Status:   3/9/2017 - House Aging and Long Term Care, (First Hearing)
HB82ADJUST PROPERTY TAX FEE (RYAN S) To adjust the fees allowed to county treasurers for collecting property taxes.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight
HB89AUGUST SALES TAX HOLIDAY (PATTERSON J, KELLY B) To provide for a three-day sales tax "holiday" in August 2017 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use taxes.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
HB93PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TAX RETURNS (CLYDE K) To require a candidate for President or Vice-President of the United States to submit copies of the candidate's five most recent federal income tax returns for publication on the Secretary of State's official web site.
 Current Status:   5/9/2017 - House Federalism and Interstate Relations, (First Hearing)
HB104TAX REFUND ON BAD DEBTS (SCHAFFER T) To allow vendors to receive a refund of sales tax remitted for bad debts on private label credit accounts when the debt is charged off as uncollectible by the credit account lender.
 Current Status:   4/17/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
HB116TAX EXEMPTION-GLASSES AND CONTACTS (MERRIN D) To exempt prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other optical aids sold by licensed dispensers from sales and use tax.
 Current Status:   10/25/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
HB118TAX COMPLAINT DISMISSAL (MERRIN D) To expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint for failure to correctly identify the property owner.
 Current Status:   11/6/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 2/5/18
HB162TAX CREDIT-SOUND RECORDING (SMITH K, LATOURETTE S) To authorize a refundable income tax credit for individual investors in a sound recording production company equal to a portion of the company's costs for a recording production or recording infrastructure project in Ohio.
 Current Status:   5/9/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB177TAX EXEMPTION-COMMUNITY GYMS (WEST T) To exempt memberships to gyms or other recreational facilities operated by charitable organizations from sales and use taxation.
 Current Status:   11/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
HB185POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TAX CREDIT (HAMBLEY S) To expand the scope of political contributions that qualify for the income tax credit for contributions to political campaigns to candidates for any state, county, municipal, or district office.
 Current Status:   6/6/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB186COLLEGE TAX DEDUCTION (ROGERS J, SCHERER G) To enact the "Blair Deduction" to allow an individual obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential from an eligible educational institution to claim an income tax deduction for qualified higher education expenses.
 Current Status:   1/23/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB216USED VEHICLE TRADE-IN CREDIT (HAMBLEY S, BRINKMAN T) To authorize a sales and use tax trade-in credit for purchases of used motor vehicles from a licensed dealer.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
HB243FIREWOOD SALES TAX (PATTERSON J, CERA J) To exempt from sales and use taxation the bulk sale of firewood and certain other heating fuels, and to reimburse the Local Government Fund and Public Library Fund and county and transit sales tax collections for the resulting revenue losses.
 Current Status:   6/20/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB292STATE OF RESIDENCE TEST (SCHERER G) To modify the test for determining an individual's state of residence for income tax purposes, to make appropriations and otherwise provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   6/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/14/18
HB304DISABLED ADULT ADOPTION TAX CREDIT (YOUNG R) To extend a personal income tax credit available for the adoption of a minor child to include a disabled adult adopted by the adult's stepparent.
 Current Status:   11/14/2017 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB312LOCAL GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARDS (SCHURING K, GREENSPAN D) To regulate the use of credit cards and debit cards by political subdivisions, to modify the duties and powers of the Auditor of State, to specify that electronic submission of a public record request entitles the requestor to damages if the public office fails to comply with the Public Records Act, to make changes to the law governing financial planning and supervision commissions, and to authorize a property tax abatement for certain property subject to a submerged land lease and held by a municipal corporation.
 Current Status:   8/3/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 11/2/18
HB333MARRIED COUPLES SEPARATE TAX FILING (BECKER J, LELAND D) To allow married couples to elect to file either separate state tax returns or a joint state return, irrespective of their federal filing status.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - BILL AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
HB337TEXTBOOK SALES TAX EXEMPTION (DUFFEY M) To exempt from sales and use tax textbooks purchased by post-secondary students.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
HB351NOAA AND PHS TAX EXEMPTION (PERALES R) To require municipal corporations to exempt from taxation the military pay of members of the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service.
 Current Status:   6/6/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
HB361PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINTS TIMEFRAME (GREENSPAN D) To increase the time within which boards of revision must decide property tax complaints.
 Current Status:   12/12/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, Senate Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
HB371TAXES ON UNSOLD PROPERTY (MERRIN D) To exempt from property taxation the increased value of land subdivided for residential development until construction commences or the land is sold.
 Current Status:   3/1/2018 - Re-Referred to Committee
HB382UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAW (SCHURING K) To modify terms describing payments made under the Unemployment Compensation Law, to increase the amount of wages subject to unemployment compensation premiums, to require qualifying employees to make payments to the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Fund, to allow the Director of Job and Family Services to adjust maximum weekly benefit amounts, to reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks, and to make other changes to the Unemployment Compensation Law.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)
HB430SALES TAX EXEMPTION-OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION (SCHAFFER T) To expand the scope of a sales and use tax exemption for certain kinds of property used in the production of oil and gas.
 Current Status:   6/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 9/13/18
HB441TAX RETURN-PREPAID CARD (LANESE L, DEVER J) To allow the Department of Taxation to provide taxpayers who file electronic returns the option of receiving their income tax refund in the form of a prepaid card.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)
HB458DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX PUBLICATION (LIPPS S, RYAN S) To provide that, once the initial publication of a county delinquent property tax list is made in a newspaper of general circulation, the second publication of that list may be done online.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB460RIPARIAN BUFFERS-TAX EXEMPTION (PATTERSON J, SHEEHY M) To exempt qualifying riparian buffers in the Western Basin of Lake Erie from property taxation, to reimburse local taxing units for resulting revenue losses, and to require soil and water conservation districts to assist landowners with the creation and maintenance of riparian buffers.
 Current Status:   2/13/2018 - House Energy and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)
HB469TAX CREDIT-MIXED USE PROJECTS (SCHURING K) To authorize a nonrefundable insurance company tax credit for contributions of capital to transformational mixed use development projects.
 Current Status:   12/12/2018 - Senate Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
HB470TAX LEVY-PUBLIC LIGHTING (EDWARDS J) To authorize a property tax levy specifically to fund lighting for roads and public places.
 Current Status:   2/20/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)
HB488PROPERTY TAX LEVY-BALLOT LANGUAGE (HOOD R) To modify the information conveyed in election notices and ballot language for property tax levies.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB507TAX CREDIT-STILLBORN CHILDREN (GONZALES A) To allow a refundable income tax credit for parents of stillborn children.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
HB513HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION-SURVIVING SPOUSES (BRENNER A, GINTER T) To enhance the homestead exemption for surviving spouses of peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty.
 Current Status:   11/28/2018 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB524529 CONTRIBUTIONS IN OTHER STATES (SCHERER G, PATTERSON J) To expand the income tax deduction allowed for contributions to Ohio's 529 college savings program to include contributions to 529 programs established by other states.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB525FILM TAX CREDIT-LIVE THEATER (SCHURING K) To extend eligibility for the motion picture tax credit to certain live stage theater productions, to increase the maximum amount of credits that may be awarded from $40 million to $100 million per fiscal year, and to make other revisions to the law governing administration of the credit.
 Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Sixth Hearing)
HB529CAPITAL APPROPRIATIONS (RYAN S) To make capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects and to make reappropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2020.
 Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/29/18
HB531SPORTS EVENTS GRANTS LIMIT (SCHURING K) To remove limitations on the amount of sports events grants that may be awarded in a fiscal year, to adjust the amount that may be awarded for a specific event, to modify eligibility requirements for such grants, and to make an appropriation.
 Current Status:   12/19/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days
HB538TAXES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND INCREASE (CERA J, ROGERS J) To increase the proportion of state tax revenue allocated to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.53% beginning July 1, 2019.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB545SALES TAX AFTER PURCHASE (ARNDT S) To authorize small retailers to remit sales taxes when the retailer receives payment from the purchaser if the payment is received after the purchased item is delivered or the service is provided and to exempt from sales and use tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products associated with menstruation.
 Current Status:   12/5/2018 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-1
HB550PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (BOYD J, BOGGS K) To establish family and medical leave insurance benefits to provide paid leave to allow an individual to address the individual's own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or to bond with a new child and to exempt those benefits from personal income tax.
 Current Status:   3/20/2018 - Referred to Committee House Community and Family Advancement
HB569SALES TAX-BUSINESS ELECTRONIC SERVICES (LIPPS S, REINEKE W) To modify the standard for determining when the sales and use tax applies to business-related electronic services that are provided together with other services.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB571LODGING TAX-PRICING (GREENSPAN D) To specify that, for the purposes of the sales and use tax and local lodging taxes, the "price" on the basis of which a hotel intermediary must collect and remit the tax is the total amount paid by the customer for the hotel lodging, as advertised by the hotel intermediary.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB575TAX CREDIT-VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER/EMS (KELLER C, REZABEK J) To grant income tax credits to persons who serve as volunteer firefighters or emergency medical service technicians.
 Current Status:   6/26/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Fourth Hearing)
HB584TAX DEDUCTION-MEDICAL PREMIUMS (CERA J, ROGERS J) To extend an existing income tax deduction for unsubsidized medical insurance premiums to Medicare premiums.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
HB586HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION-INCOME LIMIT (CERA J, ROGERS J) To remove the income limit that restricts eligibility for the homestead exemption and to increase the exemption amount from $25,000 to $30,000.
 Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
HB598TAX FORFEITED LAND SALES (WEST T) To increase from one to six years the interval within which county auditors must offer tax-forfeited land for sale, to give county auditors more discretion as to how and where such sales are conducted, to expressly immunize counties from civil liability in connection with such land, and to remove a requirement that property held by a land bank for more than fifteen years must be offered for sale at a public auction.
 Current Status:   11/28/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs
HB606TAX EXEMPTION-MAPLE SAP (PATTERSON J, LATOURETTE S) To authorize a property tax exemption for land used for commercial maple sap extraction and to reimburse, up to $3 million per year, local governments for revenue lost from the exemption.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
HB641FORKLIFT TAX EXEMPTION (ANTANI N) To exempt from sales and use tax things purchased by an interstate logistics business and used primarily to move completed manufactured products to the point from which they are shipped from a manufacturing facility and related power sources.
 Current Status:   6/26/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
HB666COLLEGE EXPENSE TAX CREDIT (RAMOS D) To authorize a refundable income tax credit for the amount of undergraduate higher education expenses paid by or on behalf of a student to attend a public Ohio institution of higher education.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
HB670MUNICIPAL TAX WITHHOLDING (BARNES, JR. J) To enact the "Simplified Alternative Withholding Tax Compliance Act" authorizing an employer to enter into an agreement with a municipal tax administrator to prescribe, subject to certain parameters, the portion of nonresident employee wages that will be subject to the municipal corporation's income tax.
 Current Status:   6/13/2018 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)
HJR3SCHOOL DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS REFUND (BRENNER A) To conditionally authorize the issuance of state obligations to refund pending school district obligations, to conditionally waive, beginning in 2020, the requirement that schools levy property taxes to pay debt charges on their obligations, and to conditionally authorize a treasury fund that is restricted exclusively to educational purposes.
 Current Status:   11/13/2018 - House Finance, (First Hearing)
HJR4UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BONDS (SCHURING K) To allow the General Assembly to provide by law for the issuance of bonds to pay unemployment compensation benefits when the fund created for that purpose is or will be depleted or to repay outstanding advances made by the federal government to the unemployment compensation program.
 Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)
SB35TAX CREDIT RESTRICTION REMOVAL (SKINDELL M) To remove the income restriction on the earned income tax credit and to make the credit refundable beginning in 2017.
 Current Status:   3/22/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
SB36AGRICULTURAL COMPUTATION (HITE C) To require that the computation of the capitalization rate for the purposes of determining CAUV of agricultural land be computed using a method that excludes appreciation and equity buildup and to stipulate that CAUV land used for a conservation practice or enrolled in a federal land retirement or conservation program for at least three years must be valued at the lowest of the values assigned on the basis of soil type.
 Current Status:   5/16/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
SB72PREVAILING WAGE LAW (HUFFMAN M) To allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
 Current Status:   11/27/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
SB123PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINT PROCESS (COLEY W) To limit the right to initiate most types of property tax complaints to the property owner and the county recorder of the county in which the property is located.
 Current Status:   6/14/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
SB131EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION-TAX CREDITS (DOLAN M) To provide that compensation paid to certain home-based employees may be counted for purposes of an employer qualifying for and complying with the terms of a Job Creation Tax Credit.
 Current Status:   6/6/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means
SB132TAX CREDIT-FOREIGN TRADE (DOLAN M, EKLUND J) To establish a five-year pilot program whereby taxpayers with facilities in this state with activated foreign trade zone status may claim a nonrefundable commercial activity tax credit equal to the amount redeployed by the taxpayer to job creation and renewable energy resources.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
SB147OHIO RURAL JOBS ACT (HITE C) To enact the "Ohio Rural Jobs Act" which authorizes a nonrefundable tax credit for insurance companies that invest in rural business growth funds, which are certified to provide capital to rural and agricultural businesses.
 Current Status:   9/27/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)
SB176MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX RESTRICTIONS (JORDAN K) To prohibit municipal corporations from levying an income tax on nonresidents' compensation for personal services or on net profits from a sole proprietorship owned by a nonresident.
 Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
SB186BUSINESS INCOME CLASSIFICATION (PETERSON B) To provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income.
 Current Status:   11/28/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
SB187DELINQUENT MUNICIPAL INCOME TAXES (EKLUND J, WILSON S) To allow municipal corporations to charge delinquent taxpayers the costs of collecting municipal income taxes regardless of whether the costs are incurred before or after a judgment is entered against the taxpayer.
 Current Status:   11/7/2017 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
SB203MUNICIPAL TAX RULE REINSTATEMENT (DOLAN M) To reinstate the municipal income tax "throw-back rule" used in apportioning business income among municipalities.
 Current Status:   11/13/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
SB209PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS-TIF (COLEY W, EKLUND J) To modify the conditions that determine the relative priority of property tax exemptions when a parcel subject to a tax increment financing arrangement concurrently qualifies for another exemption.
 Current Status:   10/25/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means
SB210AUXILIARY CONTAINER USAGE (COLEY W, EKLUND J) To authorize a person to use an auxiliary container for any purpose, to prohibit a municipal corporation from imposing a tax or fee on auxiliary containers, and to clarify that the existing antilittering law applies to auxiliary containers.
 Current Status:   6/5/2018 - Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Fourth Hearing)
SB213ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING PLAN (SCHIAVONI J) To enhance economic and employment opportunities and improve local infrastructure in Ohio by providing additional assistance to workforce development and employment programs; establishing a revolving loan program for small businesses seeking to expand operations; extending job tax credits to smaller businesses; enabling expanded participation in public sector contracting by smaller companies; enhancing support for child
care centers; funding additional local infrastructure and public transit; authorizing tax incentives for hiring military veterans, for donating money to local programs assisting distressed communities, or for improving distressed property; exempting the homes of disabled veterans from property taxation; terminating the income tax deduction and reduced tax rate for business income; and to make an appropriation.
 Current Status:   6/19/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
SB224GOODS TAXATION-FOREIGN DELIVERY (EKLUND J) To exempt from sales and use tax goods purchased by a foreign citizen or entity if the goods are in Ohio only temporarily for package consolidation before being delivered to a foreign address, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   11/28/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 30-0, Emergency Clause 29-1
SB226SALES TAX HOLIDAY-SCHOOL SAFETY (BACON K) To provide for a permanent three-day sales tax "holiday" each August during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use tax, to authorize a county school financing district property tax for school safety, security, and mental health services, and to declare an emergency.
 Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately
SB239REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS & DESIGNATIONS (DOLAN M) to modify the law concerning regional councils of governments to clarify that a municipal corporation eligible to designate a tourism development district may designate more than one district, to specify that the American Law Institute's approved "Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance" does not constitute the public policy of Ohio, to designate a portion of U.S. Route 33 in Meigs County as the "Steve Story Memorial Highway," to designate a portion of Interstate Route 270 in Franklin County as the "Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering Memorial Highway," and to designate the portion of U.S. Route 24 in Henry County as the "Henry County Veterans Highway."
 Current Status:   7/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 10/29/2018
SB266CAPITAL BUDGET (OELSLAGER S) To make capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects and to make reappropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2020.
 Current Status:   3/6/2018 - Senate Finance, (Third Hearing)
SB271SPORT EVENT GRANT LIMITATIONS (KUNZE S, EKLUND J) To remove limitations on the amount of sports events grants that may be awarded in a fiscal year or for a specific grant, and to fund the grant program by diverting state sales tax receipts to a custodial fund administered by the Director of Development Services.
 Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)
Week in Review

Week in Review

Friday, Sept. 24, 2018



More people died of drug overdoses in 2017 than the year prior, a trend driven by ultra-potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and their increased likelihood of being mixed into other street drugs like cocaine, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). In a press conference on the topic Thursday, Gov. John Kasich emphasized the report's findings of fewer deaths linked to prescription opioids and to heroin unadulterated by fentanyl, saying it shows the payoff from his administration's efforts to improve drug monitoring technology and institute prescribing guidelines to reduce patients' likelihood of developing addictions and ability to shop around for pills.

Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR) will hold a rally at Huntington Park Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the annual "Recovery Month" of September, the organization and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently announced.


Members of Congress should "put partisan differences aside" and pass a 2018 Farm Bill that can be signed into law before the 2014 Farm Bill expires on Sunday, Sept. 30, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) said Tuesday. In a letter to each member of Ohio's congressional delegation, OCWGA President Jed Bower and OCWGA Executive Director Tadd Nicholson wrote that such legislation would provide Ohio corn farmers with some certainty during challenging times for agriculture.


Ohio Uber drivers will receive more than $1.2 million or just over 20 percent of Ohio's share from a nationwide $148 million settlement between the states and the ridesharing company, accused of dragging its feet for a full year before notifying drivers about a 2016 data breach. Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the settlement among all 50 states and the District of Columbia Wednesday, saying Uber has agreed to maintain a comprehensive data security program and strengthen its corporate governance to protect riders and drivers' personal information. The $1.2 million will allow individual $100 payments to more than 12,000 Ohioans who drove or applied with Uber at the time of the breach.


A group composed of 23 statewide organizations representing Ohio's justice system, drug treatment community and business community has come together to oppose Issue 1, the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation amendment to the Ohio Constitution on Ohio's November ballot. The committee, "Vote No! Protect Ohio," promises to "stage a vigorous campaign to alert Ohioans to the dangers of Issue 1."

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) Wednesday blasted Issue 1, the constitutional amendment that would favor probation over prison sentences for drug offenders in Ohio. Obhof told reporters following Wednesday's nonvoting session that the issue doesn't do what its proponents are promising voters. He said it is his hope and anticipation that the ballot issue will fail in November.


Fighting off charges of partisan meddling, the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission (OCSC) voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose Issue 1 on grounds that amending the state constitution is not the proper way to reform low-level drug sentencing, expand earned inmate credits, and overhaul probation orders. The motion was opposed by Democratic lawmakers and three representatives of the Ohio Public Defender's Office, among others, and supported by a long list of attending judges, prosecutors, peace officers and representatives of the Kasich administration.


Service Employees International Union District 1199 has launched a six-figure radio ad campaign in support of Issue 1 that features musician John Legend, a native of Springfield.


Gov. John Kasich announced Monday the approval of assistance for eight projects set to create 1,929 new jobs and retain 5,548 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $100 million in payroll and spur more than $470 million in investments across Ohio.


Columbus City Schools outpace the rest of the state as part of $12 million in new safety grants awarded by the Ohio Attorney General's Office Friday to 1,755 schools and school districts across Ohio. All public school districts and community schools, chartered nonpublic or private schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities will receive the greater of $2,500 or $5.65 per student to spend toward programs and training on safety and security.

Career Technical Planning Districts (CTPDs), the organizational units that oversee regional career tech education (CTE) around the state, vary in structure and size, and often incorporate many different school districts across multiple counties. That leads some CTE stakeholders to wonder how best to evaluate them with a standard report card. At a recent meeting of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) CTPD Report Card Workgroup, stakeholders debated whether or not the current CTPD report card accurately reflects the work being done at these various career and vocational centers around the state and discussed what adjustments are necessary in light of upcoming changes in federal reporting requirements.

The current superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools will be moving south to lead the state's largest school district as Columbus City Schools' (CCS) next superintendent/CEO. Columbus' Board of Education voted unanimously to select Talisa Dixon as the 21st CCS superintendent.


Two school districts filed arguments in court this week asking for the right to join Ohio's lawsuit against Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) founder William Lager, saying Attorney General Mike DeWine isn't an "adequate representative" of their interests given his political history with Lager and his office's track record in other charter school litigation. DeWine's office rebuts the claims, saying the schools' filing misunderstands charter school case law and that the attorney general has been "aggressive" in charter enforcement lawsuits.


East Cleveland City Schools is suing the state to ward off creation of an Academic Distress Commission, which is soon set to take operational control of the district after the latest round of state report cards.

With an overall grade of F on the report cards earlier this month, East Cleveland got its third strike and triggered the state law that requires creation of the commission. The five-member oversight panel is to be named within 30 days of the report card rating and will hire a CEO who'll take the reins of district operations. The district is the third to fall under distress commission authority, after Lorain and Youngtown.

Officials at Whitehall City Schools and Columbus State Community College explained Wednesday their efforts to more quickly and effectively get students through remedial coursework and into coursework that can earn them college credit or work credentials. They told the Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC) that a big part of that effort is use of ALEKS, or Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces, software from McGraw-Hill Education that adapts questioning based on student responses, highlights knowledge gaps and identifies the topics students are most ready to tackle next.

The Ohio Department of Education announced Wednesday that Toledo Early College High School's Mona Al-Hayani is Ohio's 2019 Teacher of the Year. Al-Hayani teaches history, advises the National Honor Society and Women for Change student groups and is a two-time awardee of the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays award. She was named in August as State Board of Education District 2 Teacher of the Year and will now go on to represent Ohio at the 2019 National Teacher of the Year contest sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.


Seeking more information on the reasons why school related services employees -- individuals like school nurses, psychologists and occupational therapists -- choose to work and stay working in schools, the Related Services Personnel Workgroup intends to conduct an online survey of professionals on their priorities in the coming months.


A coalition of voting rights groups in Ohio Wednesday urged lawmakers and statewide officeholders to adopt new reforms including automated voter registration, increased voting opportunities and improvements to the online voter registration system. The groups said Ohio has made some improvements to give voters access to the ballot but it can do much more.


Reacting to reports that a record number of Ohioans suffered fatal drug overdoses in 2017, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray says that Ohio needs new, innovative policies to stem the tide of opioid-related overdoses. Speaking on a conference call with reporters Monday, Cordray said the 20 percent rise in overdose deaths in 2017 was evidence the state is "losing the fight against the opioid epidemic."

Democratic attorney general nominee Steve Dettelbach released the first television ad of his campaign on Tuesday as part of a media buy in the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati markets. The 30-second spot, titled "Got Your Back," highlights Dettelbach's work as a federal prosecutor and features law enforcement officials from around Ohio praising his work.


A new poll released Wednesday by NBC News/Marist College shows Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray tied in the governor's race. The poll of 564 likely voters showed both candidates getting 47 percent, with 6 percent undecided. The number falls to 44 percent for both when Libertarian Travis Irvine and Green candidate Constance Gadell-Newton are included. In the U.S. Senate race, Sherrod Brown leads Jim Renacci 52 percent to 39 percent, with 7 percent undecided. Brown's lead

falls to 49 percent and Renacci gets 35 percent when Libertarian Bruce Jaynes is included.

Republican secretary of state nominee Frank LaRose's campaign Wednesday proposed three debates with Democratic opponent Kathleen Clyde.

The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) said that it has reached a tentative labor agreement with organizers on its "Campaign for Ohio." If the agreement is ratified, ODP said it will be the first state party in the nation to finalize an organizers contract with the Campaign Workers Guild.


While both major party gubernatorial candidates generally agreed that children's services deserve more funding and attention from state policymakers during the "Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum" on Thursday, Democrat Richard Cordray emphasized the need for a state government culture change to ensure young families and business leaders choose to make Ohio home.

The following endorsements were made over the week:

- Cincinnati Nuns on the Bus endorse passage of Issue 1.

- The Columbus Dispatch endorsed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and election of Dave Yost as attorney general.

- Teamsters Local 957 in Dayton endorsed Zach Dickerson for the Ohio House District 42 seat.

- Vice President Rob Walgate says the American Policy Roundtable opposes passage of Issue 1.

- The County Commissioners Association of Ohio opposes passage of Issue 1.

- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund endorsed Mike DeWine for governor and Jon Husted for lieutenant governor.

- The campaign of Ohio Senate candidate Louise Valentine announced the endorsement of former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch.

- LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed Taylor Sappington for the Ohio House.

- The Ohio Manufacturers' Association and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced their opposition to Issue 1.


Ohio's unemployment rate in August was unchanged from July's 4.6 percent even as the state added 13,900 jobs over the month, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) on Friday. The August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.0 percent in August 2017. The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 3.9 percent, unchanged from July, and down from 4.4 percent in August 2017. Ohio is one of 24 states with an unemployment rate significantly higher than the national rate.


Appalachian Ohio will become home to one of the first three solar energy fields approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) as a "major utility facility," a $150 million project of Chicago-based Invenergy that is expected to generate 125 megawatts (MW) on 1,950 acres near McArthur in Vinton County.

The Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) asked the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday to stop bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions from unloading more than $268 million owed to the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation's (OVEC) redundant coal plants on the state's other regulated utilities, and ultimately on millions of Ohio ratepayers who are "captive" to OVEC subsidies.


Six Ohio organizations will receive environmental education mini grants totaling $27,000, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) announced Tuesday. The projects focused on habitat restoration, storm water management and environmental careers, the agency said.


In a jointly signed letter, Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, called on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to pursue a "forward looking" trade policy rather than current tariffs that are creating uncertainty and damage to their respective states, with Kasich tweeting further that "this administration's trade war is holding our nation back from true economic prosperity." The letter acknowledges the desire for "updated, fair and equitable trade agreements" but calls on Lighthizer and his team to not close markets, impose tariffs or enact government regulations that could negatively affect manufacturers, agricultural producers and businesses and rural communities that are heavily reliant on them.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) celebrated the expected passage of what he said were two major legislative victories Wednesday, one that would expand health care options for babies affected by opioids and another that would end "gag orders" on pharmacies that prevent them from informing consumers of cheaper avenues of purchasing medications.


Dominic Paretti, a long-time Democratic staffer in the Ohio House of Representatives and aide to Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) as well as a sitting Columbus School Board member, abruptly resigned both positions Friday amid reports that two female House co-workers filed sexual harassment complaints against him. He is accused of sending graphic text messages to the two women on two separate weekends in June and August.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said Tuesday the GOP caucus is now taking applications for the 20th District seat recently vacated by Troy Balderson, the victor in August's special congressional election. The district covers Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan and Muskingum counties and parts of Athens and Pickaway counties. Applications, including a resume, letters of recommendation and other supporting material applicants feel relevant, are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The Senate unanimously passed SB259 (Hackett) addressing physician assistants while HB353 (Reineke), addressing exemptions under the Unclaimed Funds Law passed with Sens. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) voting against it. Also passing was HB405 (Perales), legislation that creates an offense of counterfeiting and includes counterfeiting within the definition of "corrupt activity" under the Corrupt Activities Law.


After Tuesday's session, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said "how long or how intense lame duck will be" is partly dependent on the outcome of the November election. He said he expects they will be working on unemployment compensation and energy issues.


Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) Wednesday told reporters following Wednesday's nonvoting session there is a "good chance" the Senate will take up a veto override of SB221 (Uecker), which addressed agency rule-making and legislative review. He said he believes they could have a bipartisan vote to override Gov. John Kasich's veto.


Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) told attendees of the Legislative Cancer Caucus' Wednesday meeting that she is confident in passage of HB286, her bill to create palliative care programs, before the end of the term as it is a top priority for her, and a personal one. The bill passed the House in November and is currently in the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee. LaTourette said she's discussed it repeatedly with committee chair Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), who is also hoping to see the bill pass before year's end.


In other legislative action, the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee reported out SCR18 (Yuko) which urges Congress to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act and adopt an international symbol of access.


Appointments made during the week include the following:

- Mary E. "Beth" Hammond of Findlay (Hancock County) reappointed to the Owens Community College Board of Trustees for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2018 and ending Sept. 21, 2024.

- Barbara Mattei-Smith of Newark (Licking County) to the Early Childhood Advisory Council for a term beginning Sept. 21, 2018 and continuing at the pleasure of the governor.

- David L. Cox of Middletown (Butler County) reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors for a term beginning Sept. 25, 2018 and ending Sept. 24, 2023.

- Barbara A. Turner of Liberty Township (Butler County) to the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees for a term beginning Sept. 25, 2018 and ending Aug. 31, 2022.

- Lee A. Alexakos of Sandusky (Erie County) and Ellen A. Grinsfelder of Logan (Hocking County) reappointed to the TourismOhio Advisory Board for terms beginning Sept. 28, 2018, and ending Sept. 27, 2021.


Citizens and organizations can now directly invest in the Erie P Market, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced. For each credit purchased through the Erie P Market, one pound of phosphorus will be prevented from entering the lake, GLC said. The commission announced the water quality trading initiative in July 2016 and performed a "soft launch" of the program earlier this summer.


Gov. John Kasich signed a pair of executive orders Monday to make "permanent" his National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) workgroup and to shore up gaps in NICS reporting on mental health adjudications, felony indictments, arrest warrants and protection orders. The second order implements emergency rules requiring participating agencies to enter all relevant data into Ohio's Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) for reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


Throughout October, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) will be holding five regional forums on behalf of the Ohio Department of Health seeking input for the 2019 State Health Assessment (SHA) and State Health Improvement Plan. HPIO is inviting stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, including local health departments, hospitals, health insurance plans, local government, criminal justice, education, nonprofits and job and family services departments to attend.


The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) this week launched a new campaign aimed at helping high school students through the college application process ahead of Ohio College Application Month, which begins on Monday, Oct. 1. The "3 to Get Ready" campaign highlights the process of applying for financial aid, submitting applications and selecting an institution to attend.


Ohio State University (OSU) could save more than $6.4 million annually with some simple optimization and efficiency improvements, according to a performance audit released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's office Tuesday. The 181-page audit shows that small improvements regarding the use of printers and copiers, hiring practices and computer server location can add up to significant savings.


While community colleges are increasingly in demand due to their affordability compared to public four-year institutions, Ohio's community college system fared poorly in a recent study by personal finance site WalletHub. The study, which did not rank eight states, placed the Buckeye State as fifth-last out of 42 states and ahead of only South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. The top five states were South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Arkansas and New York.


The estate of a deceased Youngstown State University (YSU) alumnus has donated $1.9 million to create a scholarship for students attending YSU's Beeghley College of Education. Ned Kaufman earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from YSU and taught English in local schools for over 20 years before passing away in February 2018 at the age of 89. The Donald and Ann Kaufman Scholarship, named in honor of Ned's parents, will provide $80,000 a year in assistance to YSU students.


Wright State University (WSU) has received over $500,000 in state funds to purchase virtual reality equipment to be used to train students using 3D, walkable simulations. The workforce development grant totaling $538,562 will allow students at WSU to see and interact with things like the inner workings of automobiles or human anatomy.


The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Thursday launched a new online tool allowing university staff and students, researchers and the business community to freely access publications, patents and other resources from some of Ohio's largest research universities. The Ohio Innovation Exchange can be accessed at


Ohio University (OU) President M. Duane Nellis Thursday announced the creation of the new Ohio University Capital Internship Program, to be based in Washington, D.C., starting in Spring 2019. This program seeks to provide students who have an interest in government and public policy with the opportunity to participate firsthand in public service by observing and contributing to the legislative process.


The media battle over official records in the 2016 Pike County mass murder has produced little new information in the latest Ohio Supreme Court victory for major newspapers around the state. Following  Wednesday's ruling that preliminary autopsy notes and coroner's photographs in the Rhoden/Gilley family massacre may be inspected by journalists, Ohio's major media outlets are reporting only that Christopher Rhoden Sr. was shot through a door among nine total bullet wounds to his body.

Following 15 months of legal briefs, a divided Supreme Court of Ohio has decided it will not hear the state's appeal of a 2nd District holding that students are under police custody and entitled to their Miranda rights when a school safety director who is not a peace officer detains them with law enforcement present. A case involving a confessed bomb threat, In re L.G., was originally filed with the Court in June 2017 and accepted for briefing last January; on Thursday, justices moved 4-3 to dismiss the case as improvidently accepted. Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, who led the ruling joined by Justices Patrick Fischer, R. Patrick DeWine and Mary DeGenaro, had dissented along with Fischer when the case was originally accepted.

Decades of industry practice and a half dozen friends of court including the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) were unable to convince the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday that landmen who negotiate mineral leases are not obligated to hold real estate licenses under the plain language of R.C. 4735.01. The Court ruled 7-0 that owner Thomas Dundics of Ibis Land Group had no standing to sue Eric Petroleum Corp. of

Youngstown for unpaid lease commissions because Dundics was not a real estate agent as defined by the law.



Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs requested the FBI Public Corruption Task Force take over investigations regarding the division's Vice Section, saying Thursday that "recent high profile incidents have brought forward a variety of allegations against the Vice Section."



The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) marked Friday's effective date of SB257 (Uecker-O'Brien) with a news conference Thursday, saying the new law would bolster the "customer service" side of the hunting and fishing licensing process and generate additional revenue for the department through attracting additional participants to the sports.




A Native American site to be acquired by the Ohio History Connection and opened to the public for viewing could become the state's first World Heritage site, of which there are currently only 23 in the United States. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in spring that the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, including the Octagon Earthworks, will be nominated as a World Heritage site once it is fully open to public and research access, putting it among the world's greatest cultural wonders, including the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and Statue of Liberty. Worldwide, there are a total of 1,092 World Heritage sites.




The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) Board Wednesday announced that it hired Christina O'Keeffe, the current director of energy and air quality at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), as the authority's new executive director.


Attorney Sophia Chang was hired by the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) this week, where she'll work with the Supreme Court, state and metro bar associations and other groups to grow pro bono legal resources in Ohio. Chang comes to OLAF from the Ohio Court of Claims, where she served as a staff attorney and then a magistrate. She previously worked as an attorney with American Electric Power.


Bill Stanley of Grandview Heights has been named state director of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Ohio. Stanley has served as the environmental organization's assistant state director and director of conservation for the last 10 years, TNC Ohio said in a news release. Previously, he directed TNC's climate change program out of its Arlington, VA headquarters. He has been with the organization for nearly 20 years.




The Ohio Inspector General's Office (IG) issued findings of a "wrongful act or omission" by three state agencies as part of a $1.3 million government contracting scheme under the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) programs and masterminded by a full-time employee of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.


The Controlling Board issued blanket approval for all 48 items on the agenda Monday, as there were no holds or discussion of specific requests. The agenda included a $2.5 million request from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to fund the Opioid Workplace Safety Program.




The Senate Tuesday passed legislation that establishes requirements for the use of electric bicycles, with one senator telling his colleagues that the bill does not address electronic scooters seen on the streets of Columbus and other cities around Ohio. Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley) said he anticipates the General Assembly will address regulations for electric scooters at some point, but HB250 (Brinkman) is not the bill to do that. Instead, it would make Ohio the 31st state to establish rules for the use of electric bicycles, updating Ohio laws for the low-speed bikes.


Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L) will double its corporate rate of return and hike its fixed distribution charge by 65 percent under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Wednesday and joined in full by a diverse group of stakeholders including the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), Ohio Energy Group, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy, and others. The city of Dayton, Ohio Manufacturers' Association Energy Group, and Industrial Energy Users-Ohio limited their support as "non-opposing" parties. DP&L, whose operating income was $23,424,847 for the test period of June 1, 2015 - May 30, 2016, will increase

distribution rates by $29.78 million annually for a 7.27 percent rate of return. The commission says DP&L's new rate plan will cost the average residential customer $2.64 more per month for 1,000 kilowatts of usage.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Wednesday approved this week's Duke Energy Ohio wholesale auction results, which ultimately will determine default retail generation rates under its standard service offer (SSO) for June 2019 to May 2022. At the Sept. 25 auction, three suppliers submitted winning bids for a three-year product at an average clearing price of $47.66 per megawatt hour for the service period June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2022.


AEP Ohio has filed a settlement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that outlines $607 million in customer benefits from the tax savings created by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. AEP Ohio, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, PUCO staff, and several groups representing industrial and commercial customers have signed onto the agreement.


More than 5,500 rebate checks issued to Ohio employers by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) remain uncashed, the bureau said Wednesday. The checks total $10.8 million and will expire in October, as part of a $1.5 billion rebate earlier this year. There are 44 outstanding checks expiring Oct. 3, worth $143,241, BWC said. On Friday, Oct. 12, 665 checks worth more than $2.2 million will expire, followed by 782 checks worth more than $1.5 million on Tuesday, Oct. 16; 1,291 checks worth more than $2.4 million on Thursday, Oct. 18; 1,611 checks worth more than $3 million on Monday, Oct. 22; and 1,154 checks worth more than $1.5 million on Wednesday, Oct. 24.


The Ohio Business Leadership Network (OBLN) and its national parent nonprofit organization have worked to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, but that mission wasn't always clear from the organization's name. Going forward, OBLN is rebranding to put that work front and center as Disability:IN Ohio, reflective of the national organization's matching name change.

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) recently released a report on ways to increase self-sufficient employment, saying that many Ohioans are not prepared for it and most jobs with the highest number of openings do not pay self-sufficient wages to cover basic needs or offer health insurance benefits.

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