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Legislative Report June 14, 2024
Prepared by: Aaron Ockerman
Bill Information
MAY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
(TROY D)

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

  CURRENT STATUS

3/21/2023 - House Government Oversight, (Second Hearing)

FY24-25 OPERATING BUDGET
(EDWARDS J)

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Consideration of Governor's Veto; Senate Overrides Veto, Vote 24-8

PERMANENT ABSENT VOTER LIST
(SKINDELL M)

To create a permanent absent voter list.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2023 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

AUGUST SPECIAL ELECTION
(MANCHESTER S)

To allow a special election to be held in August for certain purposes and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/27/2023 - House Government Oversight, (Second Hearing)

POLITICAL PARTY REGISTRATION FOR PRIMARIES
(HALL T)

To require an elector to register as a member of a political party in order to participate in that party's primary election.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/11/2024 - House Government Oversight, (Third Hearing)

POLITICAL PARTY REGISTRATION FOR PRIMARIES - DEADLINE
(GROSS J, CLICK G)

To require an elector to register as a member of a political party by a certain deadline in order to participate in that party's primary election.

  CURRENT STATUS

12/5/2023 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

VIRTUAL MEETINGS FOR PUBLIC BODIES
(HOOPS J, CLAGGETT T)

To authorize certain public bodies to meet virtually.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2024 - Senate Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

ELECTED SBOE MEMBERS
(LOYCHIK M)

To provide for primary elections for state and school district board of education members and move the election for state and school district board members from the nonpartisan ballot.

  CURRENT STATUS

9/26/2023 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-2024, FOREIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, BALLOT ISSUE NUMBERING
(MATHEWS A)

To specify that state questions and issues appearing on ballots must be numbered consecutively based on the previous election and to respond to the Governor's proclamation calling a special session of the General Assembly by modifying the Campaign Finance Law and delaying the deadline for a major political party to certify its presidential and vice presidential candidates to the Secretary of State for the 2024 general election.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/28/2024 - PASSED BY SENATE; Amended on Floor, Bill Vote 21-8

REGULATE DEEPFAKE MEDIA
(MILLER J)

To regulate the dissemination of deepfake media for the purpose of influencing the results of an election.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/2/2024 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

PRIMARY ELECTIONS
(LEAR B, LORENZ B)

To require an elector to register as a member of a political party at least ninety days in advance in order to participate in that party's primary election and to require a primary candidate to have voted in that party's last primary.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/9/2024 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

MODIFY VOTER REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
(CLICK G)

To modify the voter registration forms and procedures for electors who have previously registered in another state or county.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/9/2024 - House Government Oversight, (First Hearing)

PAST NAMES EXEMPTION-PUBLIC OFFICE
(PICCOLANTONIO B, GRIM M)

To create an exemption to the requirement that candidates must provide all names used in the past five years.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/21/2024 - House Government Oversight, (Third Hearing)

CANDIDACY CHALLENGES - OTHER PARTIES
(CREECH R, KING A)

To allow an elector who is not a member of a political party to protest a person's candidacy for that party's nomination on certain grounds.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/4/2024 - House Government Oversight, (Third Hearing)

ELECTION LAW CHANGES-VOTING
(WILLIS B, PETERSON B)

To make changes to the Election Law related to voter registration, voting, and the certification of voting systems.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/22/2024 - House Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)

INCREASED PENALTY-ELECTION OFFICER INTIMIDATION
(TROY D)

To increase the criminal penalty for intimidating an election officer.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/21/2024 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

BALLOT WATERMARK REQUIREMENT
(GROSS J)

To require all ballots in Ohio elections to have an identifying watermark.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/21/2024 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

VOTER INFORMATION VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
(WIGGAM S, LEAR B)

To enact the Voter Verification Act to require election officials to verify certain information in voter registration records and to require electors to provide corrected information.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/21/2024 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

REQUIRE 60 PERCENT VOTE-CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
(STEWART B)

Proposing to amend Sections 1b, 1e, and 1g of Article II and Sections 1 and 3 of Article XVI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to require a vote of at least 60% of the electors to approve any constitutional amendment and to modify the procedures for an initiative petition proposing a constitutional amendment.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2023 - REPORTED OUT, House Constitutional Resolutions, (Third Hearing)

SOS-ELECTION INTEGRITY DIVISION
(GAVARONE T)

To establish the Election Integrity Division in the Office of the Secretary of State.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/16/2023 - Senate General Government, (Second Hearing)

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DATE REQUIREMENT
(DEMORA B)

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

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate General Government

DATA ANALYSIS TRANSPARENCY-ELECTIONS
(GAVARONE T)

To enact the Data Analysis Transparency Archive (DATA) Act to establish the Office of Data Analytics and Archives in the Office of the Secretary of State and to modify requirements for the Statewide Voter Registration Database and other election records.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/13/2023 - House Government Oversight, (Second Hearing)

ELECTIONS-STATE LEGAL HOLIDAY
(SMITH K)

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

  CURRENT STATUS

3/23/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate General Government

BIDEN BALLOT FIX
(MCCOLLEY R, GAVARONE T)

To modify the deadline for a political party to certify its nominees for President and Vice President to the Secretary of State.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/21/2024 - Re-Referred to Committee

PROHIBITS RANKED CHOICE VOTING
(GAVARONE T)

To generally prohibit the use of ranked choice voting and to withhold Local Government Fund distributions from a municipality or chartered county that uses ranked choice voting.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/24/2024 - Senate General Government, (Third Hearing)

VOTER REGISTRATION MODERNIZATION ACT
(REYNOLDS M)

To permit an elector to change party affiliation through the voter registration process and to name this act the Voter Registration Modernization Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

10/10/2023 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate General Government, (Second Hearing)

LAW CHANGES-ALCOHOL SALES
(DEMORA B, LANG G)

To alter the law relative to Sunday sales of beer and intoxicating liquor and make other specified changes to the liquor control law.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/15/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources

ADDRESS DISCLOSURE-ELECTION OFFICIALS
(DEMORA B, GAVARONE T)

To specify that election officials are designated public service workers for purposes of the public records law.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/8/2024 - Senate General Government, (Third Hearing)

VOTING-PROHIBIT BALLOT DROPBOXES
(ANTANI N)

To prohibit boards of elections from receiving absent voters ballots in outdoor receptacles.

  CURRENT STATUS

11/15/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate General Government

REVISE ELECTION LAW
(GAVARONE T, BRENNER A)

To make changes to the Election Law related to voter registration, voting, and the certification of voting systems.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/11/2024 - Referred to Committee Senate General Government

POLL WORKERS-HIGHER ED ACCOMMODATIONS
(DEMORA B, HICKS-HUDSON P)

To require state higher education institutions to provide academic accommodations to students who work as precinct election officials.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/11/2024 - Referred to Committee Senate Workforce and Higher Education

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE-60 PERCENT REQUIREMENT
(MCCOLLEY R, GAVARONE T)

Proposing to amend Sections 1b, 1e, and 1g of Article II and Sections 1 and 3 of Article XVI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to require a vote of at least 60% of the electors to approve any constitutional amendment.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/10/2023 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 26-7

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE-SAME-DAY REGISTRATION
(HICKS-HUDSON P)

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

5/17/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate General Government