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Legislative Report February 22, 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

10/24/2023 - House Government Oversight, (Second 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

12/6/2023 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight

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

BALLOT ISSUE NUMBER ORDER
(MATHEWS A, PETERSON B)

To specify that state questions and issues appearing on ballots must be numbered consecutively based on the previous election.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/16/2024 - BILL AMENDED, House State and Local Government, (Second Hearing)

REGULATE DEEPFAKE MEDIA
(MILLER J)

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

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - Introduced

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

AUGUST SPECIAL ELECTION, APPROPRIATION
(MCCOLLEY R, GAVARONE T)

To allow a special election to be held in August for certain purposes, to require a special election to be held on August 8, 2023, and to make an appropriation.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/3/2023 - House Government Oversight, (Third Hearing)

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

2/21/2024 - 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

12/12/2023 - BILL AMENDED, Senate General Government, (First 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

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