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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

Application to the Congress of the United States for a Convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution of the United States that is limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and Members of Congress.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (3/28/2017; CONTINUED)

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Application to the Congress of the United States for a Convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution of the United States that is limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and Members of Congress.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (3/22/2017; CONTINUED)

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

Proposing to amend the versions of Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9 of Article XI that are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021; to amend, for the purpose of adopting new section numbers as indicated in parentheses, the versions of Sections 1(2), 2(3), 3(5), 4(6), 5(7), 6(8), 7(9), 8(10), 9(11), and 10(12) of Article XI that are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021; and to enact new Sections 1 and 4 of Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to revise the redistricting process for congressional districts.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/7/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

DATING PROTECTION ORDERS

To authorize the issuance of dating violence protection orders with respect to conduct directed at a petitioner alleging dating violence, to provide access to domestic violence shelters for victims of dating violence, and to require the Attorney General's victim's bill of rights pamphlet to include a notice that a petitioner alleging dating violence has the right to petition for a civil protection order.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/13/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS

To modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor (5/9/2017; REPORTED-SUBSTITUTE (See separate story))

CRIMINAL RECORDS

To prohibit a person who publishes or disseminates criminal record information from soliciting or accepting a fee to remove, correct, modify, or refrain from publishing or otherwise disseminating the information and to provide criminal and civil remedies for a violation of the prohibition.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/13/2017; CONTINUED)

JURY SERVICE

To permit a prospective juror who is a mother who is breast-feeding her baby to be excused from jury service.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (5/17/2017; CONTINUED)

VOTER REGISTRATION

To require that eligible persons in certain government and school databases be automatically registered to vote or have their registrations updated automatically unless those persons decline and to expand how a voter may register or update their registration through the online voter registration system.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/8/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

COMPENSATORY DAMAGES

To remove the cap on the amount of compensatory damages that represents damages for noneconomic loss that is recoverable in a tort action when the tort action is brought by a victim of rape, felonious assault, aggravated assault, assault, or negligent assault.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/8/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Regarding verification of community school enrollments.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (6/20/2017; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

To adopt the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/8/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

HB 26

(Enacted)
TRANSPORTATION BUDGET

To make appropriations for programs related to transportation and public safety for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of those programs.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (3/31/2017; Signed: March 31, 2017)

HB 27

(Enacted)
BWC BUDGET

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.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/30/2017; Signed: June 30, 2017; earlier Delivered to the Governor)

FIREARM STORAGE

To prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in the person's residence unless the firearm is secured in safe storage or rendered inoperable if the person knows or reasonably should know that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties if a minor gains unauthorized access to a firearm not so stored or rendered inoperable.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/8/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

MARRIAGE CEREMONIES

To provide that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society is not required to solemnize a marriage and a religious society is not required to allow any building or property of the religious society to be used to host a marriage ceremony if the marriage does not conform to the ordained or licensed minister's or religious society's sincerely held religious beliefs, to provide that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society is not subject to civil or criminal liability for such a denial, and to provide that the state and political subdivisions may not penalize or withhold benefits to an ordained or licensed minister or religious society for such a denial.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (2/28/2017--Canceled)

SCHOOL FACILITIES

To require the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (5/23/2017; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE (No testimony))

VOTER REGISTRATION

To modify the law concerning challenges to voter registrations, the appointment of observers, and the procedures for processing absent voter's ballots and for casting absent voter's ballots in person.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/28/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

COUNTY INVESTMENTS

To modify the qualifications regarding notes eligible for investment of county inactive moneys.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/15/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

To enact the "Students to Soldiers Support Act (S3A)" regarding the participation of students who are serving in the uniformed services in extracurricular activities at public and nonpublic schools and public and private colleges.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (5/9/2017; CONTINUED)

BIENNIAL BUDGET

To provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/30/2017; Signed: June 30, 2017; Effective: With Line Item Vetoes; earlier Delivered to the Governor)

EBT CARDS

To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (6/7/2017; REPORTED-AMENDED (No testimony))

AGENCY REVIEWS

To require standing committees of the General Assembly to establish a schedule for the periodic review and sunset of state departments that are currently in the Governor's cabinet, and to require that Auditor of State performance audits be scheduled to coincide with the periodic review.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House State & Local Government (5/16/2017; REPORTED-AMENDED)

UNION DUES

To remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization, and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/14/2017; Finance)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

To permit a person who is found not guilty or is the defendant in a dismissed case to apply for an expungement of the person's records in the case if the complaint, indictment, or finding of not guilty resulted from the applicant having been a victim of human trafficking, to permit a person convicted of certain prostitution-related offenses to apply for the expungement of any record of conviction of an offense, with certain exceptions, if the person's participation in the offense was a result of having been a victim of human trafficking, and to authorize intervention in lieu of conviction for persons charged with committing an offense while a victim of compelling prostitution.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (5/16/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED)

CURSIVE HANDWRITING

To require instruction in cursive handwriting.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Higher Education & Workforce Development (6/21/2017; REPORTED (No testimony))

SALES TAX

To exempt from sales tax the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products associated with menstruation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Ways & Means (5/2/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

WATER QUALITY

To require the Director of Agriculture to adopt rules establishing the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program, to exempt land enrolled in the Program from taxation, and to reimburse local taxing units for revenue lost due to that exemption.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Agriculture & Rural Development (5/10/2017; CONTINUED)

HB 63

(Enacted)
PRISON TERMS

To require an additional prison term for felonious assault of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20 years if the offender also is convicted of a specification that charges that the harm caused by the violation resulted in a permanent, serious disfigurement or substantial incapacity or that the offender used an accelerant in committing the violation and to name the act's provisions "Judy's Law."
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (7/17/2017; Signed: July 17, 2017)

RECORD EXPUNGEMENT

To provide for the expungement of official records related to the apprehension, arrest, criminal charging, or trial of a person based on mistaken identity.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (6/7/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

VOYEURISM

To include an impaired person as a potential victim of voyeurism, to include conduct involving an impaired person within the offenses of pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, and to prohibit an owner, operator, administrator, or employee of a care facility from creating, sharing, reproducing, or publishing any image of a care facility resident without a proper purpose and without prior written consent from the resident.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/15/2017; Judiciary)

COLLEGE SAVINGS

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.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Ways & Means (3/14/2017; CONTINUED)

CHILD CARE CENTERS

To provide for the licensure of sick-child care centers.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor (6/6/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

FIREARMS TRAINING

To provide for firearms training for tactical medical professionals; to permit such a professional who has received that training and has been authorized by the law enforcement agency to carry firearms while on duty; and to grant such a professional the same right to carry a concealed handgun in this state as a concealed handgun licensee.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

To require school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/5/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

DEATH PENALTY

To provide that a person convicted of aggravated murder who shows that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense cannot be sentenced to death for the offense and to provide a mechanism for resentencing to a life sentence a person previously sentenced to death who proves that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (6/6/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

HEALTH CARE COMPACT

To enter into the Health Care Compact.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (3/7/2017; CONTINUED)

MINIMUM WAGE

To increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/28/2017; Economic Development, Commerce & Labor)

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (5/17/2017; CONTINUED)

TAX RETURNS

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.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (5/9/2017; CONTINUED)

MONTH DESIGNATION

To designate February as "Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/3/2017; Judiciary)

SEX OFFENSES

To increase the penalty for sexual imposition when the offender previously has been convicted or pleaded guilty three or more times of any of several specified sex offenses and to repeal the corroboration requirement for a sexual imposition conviction.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

SEX OFFENSES

To eliminate the spousal exceptions for the offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, importuning, and public indecency and to permit a person to testify against the person's spouse in a prosecution for any of those offenses.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

SCHOOL FUNDING

To replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student's choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Finance (6/20/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

UNION DUES

To prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/14/2017; Economic Development, Commerce & Labor)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

To revise the provisions governing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction and to alter funding allocations under the Home Energy Assistance Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Energy & Natural Resources (6/14/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

OPIOID THERAPY

To establish a statewide pilot program for the provision of long-acting opioid antagonist therapy for offenders convicted of an opioid-related offense who will be released from confinement on supervised release, and to specify that the therapy is to be provided during both their confinement and their supervised release.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (3/28/2017; CONTINUED)

SNAP

Regarding eligibility and benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program and the Medicaid program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (5/17/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

BUILDING INSPECTIONS

To permit a general contractor or owner of specified buildings to enter into a contract with a third-party private inspector or a certified building department for building inspection and to make other changes relating to building inspections.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor (5/23/2017; CONTINUED)

EDUCATION EXTERNSHIP

To require the Governor to complete a forty-hour externship consisting of on-site work experience in city, local, and exempted village school districts in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House State & Local Government (3/28/2017; CONTINUED)

WAGE DISCRIMINATION

To require the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to establish a system for individuals to make anonymous complaints regarding employers discriminating in the payment of wages.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/29/2017; Economic Development, Commerce & Labor)

CONCEALED WEAPONS

To eliminate the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun when stopped.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (7/5/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

ABORTION

To expand the crime of abortion trafficking and to increase the penalty.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (6/7/2017)

DISCRIMINATION

To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (6/7/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

PREVAILING WAGE

To allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor (5/9/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

OPIOID MEDICATIONS

Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (5/17/2017; CONTINUED)

SCHOOL TESTING

With to regard to state achievement assessments, statewide academic content standards and model curricula, and teacher and administrator evaluations.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (5/31/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

NUCLEAR ENERGY

Regarding the zero-emissions nuclear resource program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Public Utilities (5/16/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

IMMIGRATION LAWS

To require state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, to prohibit a local government that fails to do so from receiving certain state funds, to provide for the removal of officers of a local government that fails to do so, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/1/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

EQUAL PAY

To require a contractor or person submitting a bid or other proposal for a state contract or a business entity applying for a grant or other economic incentive from a state agency to obtain an equal pay certificate, to require state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities among classes of employees, and to prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses the employee's salary or wage rate with another employee.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/1/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

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.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Ways & Means (6/6/2017; CONTINUED)

SCHOOL CHOICE

To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (6/20/2017; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

CONCEALED WEAPONS

To allow a concealed handgun licensee to carry concealed all firearms other than dangerous ordnance or firearms prohibited by state or federal law; to repeal the requirement that a licensee stopped for a law enforcement purpose promptly inform an approaching officer if the licensee is carrying a firearm and provide for expungement of convictions based on a violation of the requirement; and to provide that a person age 21 or older and not prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm does not need a concealed handgun license in order to carry a concealed firearm and is subject to the same laws regarding concealed firearm carrying as a licensee.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (7/5/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

ABORTION

To prohibit a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/16/2017; Health)

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

To prohibit institutions of higher education from requiring students to disclose disciplinary actions on their applications for admission.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Higher Education & Workforce Development (5/31/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

With regard to the use of funds by community schools and nonpublic schools.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Education & Career Readiness (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

VOTER ID

To specify that a concealed handgun license qualifies as photo identification for voting purposes.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (6/21/2017; CONTINUED)

GUN LAWS

To assign to the prosecution the burden of disproving a self-defense or related claim, to expand the locations at which a person has no duty to retreat before using force under both civil and criminal law, and to modify the Concealed Handgun Licensing Law regarding a licensee's duty to keep the licensee's hands in plain sight, the penalties for illegally carrying a concealed firearm or improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and the posting of warning signs regarding the possession of weapons on specified premises.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

FIREARMS

To enact the "Decriminalization Effort For Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND)" to provide an opportunity for a concealed handgun licensee or qualified military member to avoid guilt for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited place if the person leaves upon request, and to penalize as disorderly conduct failing to leave upon request or returning with a firearm.
Text/Analysis
Passed in House (7/6/2017; 64-31)

REPRODUCTIVE CARE

To criminalize impeding access to reproductive health care and to create a cause of action for harassment or intimidation of one or more employees of a health care facility.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (6/6/2017; Criminal Justice)

MONTH DESIGNATION

To enact the "Respect Your Date Act" to designate the month of April as "Respect Your Date Month" and to require each state institution of higher education to adopt a policy regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and rape on campus and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Higher Education & Workforce Development (6/21/2017; CONTINUED)

RETIREMENT BENEFITS

Regarding School Employees Retirement System annual cost-of-living adjustments.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Aging & Long Term Care (6/20/2017; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE (No testimony))

CALL CENTERS

To enact the Consumer Protection Call Center Act of 2017 to require the Department of Job and Family Services to compile a list of all employers that relocate a call center to a foreign country and to disqualify employers on that list from state grants, loans, and other benefits.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

DRUG COVERAGE

Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives to adults without a prescription, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (6/6/2017; Health)

ABORTION

To generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (6/6/2017)

DRUG OFFENSES

To enhance penalties for certain drug offenses committed in the vicinity of a community addiction services provider.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (6/29/2017)

SICK DAYS

To make changes with respect to the number of sick days provided to public employees.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (6/29/2017)

LEAD SAFETY

To enact the Lead Safety and Uniformity Act to provide that the state, acting through the Department of Health, has the sole and exclusive authority to compel, prohibit, license, or regulate lead abatement activities in Ohio.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (6/29/2017)

PREGNANT MINORS

To authorize a pregnant minor to consent to receive health care to maintain or improve her life or the life of the unborn child she is carrying.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (7/5/2017)

PROTECTION ORDERS

To require a court that issues a protection order to determine if the respondent is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, to require a court to determine whether an offender who has been convicted of specified offenses is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, and to require a respondent or offender who the court determines is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm to transfer all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (7/18/2017)

CONCEALED WEAPONS

To permit an elected officeholder of this state or a political subdivision of this state who holds a valid concealed handgun license to carry a concealed handgun in a government facility of this state or a political subdivision of this state.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (7/24/2017)

DRUG OFFENSES

To increase penalties for drug trafficking violations, drug possession violations, and aggravated funding of drug trafficking when the drug involved in the offense is a fentanyl-related compound, to revise the manner of determining sentence for certain violations of the offense of permitting drug abuse, and to add lisdexamfetamine to the list of schedule II controlled substances.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/9/2017; Criminal Justice)

SB 2

(Enacted)
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

To revise specified laws relating to environmental protection.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (7/7/2017; Signed: July 7, 2017)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

To allow a person who is found not guilty of an offense or who is the defendant named in a dismissed criminal charge to apply for a court order to expunge the person's official records in the case if the charge or not guilty finding was the result of the applicant having been a human trafficking victim, to allow a person convicted of certain prostitution-related offenses to apply for the expungement of the conviction record of any offense, other than a specified disqualifying offense, the person's participation in which was a result of having been a human trafficking victim, and to allow intervention in lieu of conviction for persons charged with committing an offense while a victim of compelling prostitution.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

To increase the maximum income tax deduction for contributions to college savings accounts and disability expense savings accounts to $4,000 annually for each beneficiary, to create the Joint Committee on Ohio College Affordability, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate (6/15/2017; Bill: 33-0; Emergency: 32-1 (Skindell))

SB 7

(Enacted)
PROTECTION ORDERS

To provide the circumstances when service of a protection order or consent agreement upon a person is not necessary for the person to be convicted of the offense of violating a protection order.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/28/2017; Signed: June 28, 2017)

SB 9

(Enacted)
SALES TAX HOLIDAY

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 and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/13/2017; Signed: June 13, 2017)

PRIMARY ELECTIONS

To expand the circumstances under which a board of elections or the secretary of state is not required to hold a primary election.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/21/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

DAY DESIGNATION

To designate March 31 as "Cesar E. Chavez Day" in Ohio.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs (2/14/2017; CONTINUED)

DEATH PENALTY

To provide that a defendant cannot be executed if the defendant's race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose the death penalty, to permit a defendant to file a motion alleging that the defendant's race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose the death penalty, and to specify the procedure for determining if the defendant's race was the basis of that decision.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (2/8/2017; CONTINUED)

LAW ENFORCEMENT RECORDINGS

To grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person's consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs)

DOMESTIC WORKERS

To require that domestic workers be paid the higher of the minimum wage provided in Section 34a of Article II, Ohio Constitution, or the minimum wage provided in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to require that domestic workers be paid overtime wages, to make certain conduct directed toward a domestic worker an unlawful discriminatory practice, and to require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

SET-ASIDE PROGRAMS

To require community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges, and university branches to comply with minority business enterprise set-aside requirements, and to require the Director of Administrative Services to establish guidelines for these entities, and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, to establish procurement goals for contracting with EDGE business enterprises.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (3/1/2017; CONTINUED)

CULTURAL COMPETENCY

To require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/7/2017; CONTINUED)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING

To increase monthly allocations to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.68% of the total tax revenue credited to the General Revenue Fund each month.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Finance)

PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS

To prohibit prosecuting attorneys of counties with a population of 400,001 or more from engaging in the private practice of law.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (2/22/2017; CONTINUED)

FELONY SENTENCES

To require an additional prison term of 3 to 8 years for an offender who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony offense of violence if the offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a specification that the victim suffered permanent disabling harm.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

ELECTION PROCEDURES

To reduce the minimum number of precinct election officials in a precinct in which electronic pollbooks are used and to eliminate the requirement that a board of elections send a notice to a person's residence address when the board cancels the person's voter registration because it received a report of the person's death.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (2/15/2017; CONTINUED)

TAX LAWS

To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since February 14, 2016, into Ohio law.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/14/2017; Ways & Means)

SB 24

(Enacted)
LOAN ACT

To create the Ohio Consumer Installment Loan Act.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/13/2017; Signed: June 13, 2017)

SB 25

(Enacted)
PERRY COUNTY COURT

To create the Perry County Municipal Court in New Lexington on January 1, 2018, to establish one full-time judgeship in that court, to provide for the nomination of the judge by petition only, to abolish the Perry County County Court on that date, to designate the Perry County Clerk of Courts as the clerk of the Perry County Municipal Court, and to provide for the election for the Perry County Municipal Court of one full-time judge in 2017 and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/13/2017; Signed: June 13, 2017)

ROAD NAMING

To designate a portion of State Route 205 and United States Route 62 in Knox County as the "Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Memorial Highway."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

ABORTION

Regarding final disposition of fetal remains from surgical abortions.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (2/15/2017; CONTINUED)

BANKING LAW

For the purpose of enacting a new banking law for the State of Ohio.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development (3/28/2017; CONTINUED)

ACADEMIC YEAR

To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Education (4/25/2017; CONTINUED)

TAX CREDIT

To remove the income restriction on the earned income tax credit and to make the credit refundable beginning in 2017.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Ways & Means (3/22/2017; CONTINUED)

MINIMUM WAGE

To raise the minimum wage; to eliminate the prohibition against political subdivisions establishing a different minimum wage; to raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law; and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/8/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Regarding community school operator contracts, the operation of Internet- and computer-based community schools, and performance metrics for blended learning schools.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Education (3/1/2017; CONTINUED)

TESTIMONIAL PRIVILEGE

To provide generally a testimonial privilege for communications between a qualified advocate rendering advocacy services and a victim of sexual violence, menacing by stalking, or domestic violence, to exempt the nondisclosure of that privileged communication from the offense of failure to report a crime, to require a qualified advocate to report knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect of the victim except for privileged communications, and to specify circumstances in which the victim is considered to have waived the privilege.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/15/2017; Judiciary)

DRUG OFFENSES

To expressly provide that drug offense penalties that refer to a particular type of drug also apply to a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing a detectable amount of that drug and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

To allow certain campaign committees and other entities to file campaign finance statements electronically and to require the Secretary of State to make the information in those electronic statements available online.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/29/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

To prohibit private employers from including on an employment application any question concerning whether an applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/15/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

LAKE ERIE DRILLING

To ban the taking or removal of oil or natural gas from and under the bed of Lake Erie.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Energy & Natural Resources (2/22/2017; CONTINUED)

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAMS

To require school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (6/6/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

STEP THERAPY

To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/7/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Related to public transportation.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/22/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

DELINQUENT CHILDREN

To revise the procedures for determining the delinquent child confinement credit.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/22/2017; Judiciary)

CRIMINAL LAWS

To modify criminal sentencing and corrections law by including rehabilitation as a purpose of felony sentencing, removing the one-year minimum for presumptive fourth or fifth degree felony community control sanctions, modifying sanctions for a violation of a community control condition, modifying the manner of calculating confinement credits, modifying eligibility criteria and procedures for granting intervention in lieu of conviction, making offenders convicted of certain multiple fourth or fifth degree felonies eligible for conviction record sealing, revising procedures for the Adult Parole Authority to grant a final release or terminate post-release control, and modifying the criteria for considering a prison term sanction for a post-release control violation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

OFFENDER REGISTRY

To require the Attorney General to establish a violent offender registry and to name this act "Sierah's Law."
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/13/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

CHILD SUPPORT

To amend the child support laws.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate (6/28/2017; 33-0)

AGENCY REVIEWS

To require standing committees of the General Assembly to establish a schedule for the periodic review of state departments that are currently in the Governor's cabinet, and to require that Auditor of State performance audits be scheduled to coincide with the periodic review.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (6/28/2017; 24-9 (Earlier REPORTED-AMENDED))

EBT CARDS

To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEATHS

To establish the duties and authority of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute cases relating to the death of a person caused by a peace officer.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/7/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

RACIAL PROFILING

To require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop a course to train peace officers in performing their duties without biased policing or status-based profiling; to prohibit law enforcement officers and officials from engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to require each law enforcement agency to develop and provide annually to its officers an educational training program on how to perform law enforcement duties without engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to create the racial and identity profiling advisory board; to provide a civil cause of action for an individual who is a victim of biased policing or status-based profiling; and to permit the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief against a law enforcement agency served by an officer who commits biased policing or status-based profiling.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/7/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

SCHOOL CHOICE

To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Education (4/25/2017; CONTINUED)

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

To establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

DEATH PENALTY

To abolish the death penalty and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/15/2017; Judiciary)

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Regarding eligibility and benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program and the Medicaid program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT

To prohibit the Medicaid program from newly enrolling individuals as part of the expansion eligibility group.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

DISCRIMINATION LAWS

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission must attempt to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to eliminate certain religious exemptions from the Ohio Civil Rights Law.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/15/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

To regulate certain employment practices of formula retail establishment employers, food services establishment employers, and contractors and to require the purchaser of a formula retail establishment or food services establishment to retain certain employees of the establishment on transfer of ownership.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

HEALTH CARE IDENTIFICATION

To require a health care professional to wear identification when providing care or treatment in the presence of a patient.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

FUEL TAX

To levy an additional registration tax on passenger cars, noncommercial motor vehicles, and commercial cars and trucks beginning on January 1, 2020; to authorize a per-gallon motor fuel retail price reduction for consumers that is equal to the state per-gallon motor fuel tax of $.28; and to exempt each gallon of motor fuel that is sold at the reduced retail price from the state motor fuel tax.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Ways & Means (6/7/2017; CONTINUED)

OPIOID MEDICATIONS

Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (6/27/2017; CONTINUED)

MAMMOGRAM COVERAGE

To include tomosynthesis as part of required screening mammography benefits under health insurance policies.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Insurance & Financial Institutions)

CONCEALED WEAPONS

To permit concealed handgun licensees to carry concealed handguns in the statehouse and on its grounds.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Judiciary)

CONVERSION THERAPY

To prohibit certain health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

NUCLEAR ENERGY

Regarding the zero-emissions nuclear resource program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Public Utilities (6/8/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

VOTING EQUIPMENT

To make supplemental operating appropriations for the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium and supplemental capital appropriations for the FY 2017-FY 2018 biennium to implement a voting machine and equipment acquisition program.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Finance)

FIREARMS

To allow a concealed handgun licensee to carry concealed all firearms other than dangerous ordnance or firearms that state or federal law prohibits the person from possessing and to provide that a person 21 years of age or older and not prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm does not need a concealed handgun license in order to carry or have a concealed firearm and is subject to the same laws regarding concealed firearm carrying as a concealed handgun licensee.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/3/2017; Judiciary)

ABORTION

To criminalize and create a civil action for dismemberment abortions.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate (6/28/2017; 24-9)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

To prohibit a person convicted of domestic violence or assault of a family member, or a person subject to certain protection orders, from having a firearm; to establish a procedure for surrendering all firearms in the person's possession; and to name the act the "Domestic Violence Survivors Protection Act."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/17/2017; Judiciary)

RETIREMENT BENEFITS

To permit, rather than require, the School Employees Retirement System to grant annual cost-of-living adjustments to retirement, disability, and survivor benefit recipients and to reduce the maximum amount of the adjustment.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)

OPIOID ADDICTION

To provide for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, to make an appropriation, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/24/2017; Finance)

ABORTION

To prohibit a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (6/27/2017; CONTINUED)

MEDICAID EXPANSION

To prohibit the Medicaid program from covering the expansion eligibility group and to require aggregate General Revenue Fund appropriations for state agencies to be reduced by specified amounts for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/28/2017; Finance)

PROTECTION ORDERS

To increase the penalty that applies to the offense of violating a protection order under certain circumstances and to require electronic monitoring of those convicted of violating certain protection orders to be carried out by probation agencies.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in Senate (7/6/2017)

REDUCED PRICE MEALS

To establish the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act to require schools to provide certain services to students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in Senate (7/13/2017)

IMMIGRATION

To urge the Congress of the United States to enact legislation rescinding the January 27, 2017, presidential executive order regarding immigration and limiting the authority of the President of the United States to prohibit classes of persons from entering the United States.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

CORPORATE PERSONHOOD

To call on legislators at the state and federal level and other communities and jurisdictions to support an amendment to the United States Constitution that would abolish corporate personhood and the doctrine of money as speech.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in Senate (2/15/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

WOMEN'S DAY

Designating International Women’s Day in Ohio, March 8, 2017.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/15/2017; Government Oversight & Reform)

HEALTH CARE

To urge the Congress of the United States, and in particular the Ohio Congressional delegation, to support the preservation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in House (2/28/2017; Insurance)

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

To urge Congress to continue its efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and to recommend that future federal health care policies restore power to the states, fund the Medicaid program through block grants to individual states, and permit the sale of health insurance across state lines.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in House (3/7/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)

IDENTIFICATION CARDS

To urge municipal corporations throughout the state to adopt a Municipal Identification Card Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs (2/14/2017; CONTINUED)

PETE ROSE

To urge the Commissioner of Major League Baseball to remove Peter Edward 'Pete' Rose from Major League Baseball’s permanently ineligible list as soon as possible, and to urge the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the National Baseball Hall of Fame to include Rose on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs (2/28/2017; CONTINUED)

HEALTH LAW

To urge Congress to continue its efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and to recommend that future federal health care policies pursue free market solutions, restore power to patients, health care providers, and the states, fund the Medicaid program through block grants to individual states, and permit the sale of health insurance across state lines.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

HEALTH CARE

To urge the Congress of the United States, and in particular the Ohio Congressional Delegation, to vote against the American Health Care Act of 2017.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/15/2017; Insurance & Financial Institutions)

CANNABIS CLASSIFICATION

To urge the United States Congress, the Attorney General of the United States, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana, or cannabis.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in Senate (7/19/2017)

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