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Bill Status Report Terra Goodnight
Tracking group: Women

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))

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)

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)

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)

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 (10/10/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

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)

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (11/14/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED)

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))

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)

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)

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)

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))

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)

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 Senate (11/15/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

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 (9/20/2017; SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD)

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
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (11/1/2017; CONTINUED)

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 (10/25/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

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
Committee Hearing in House Health (11/1/2017; CONTINUED)

SICK DAYS

To make changes with respect to the number of sick days provided to public employees.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (9/12/2017; State & Local Government)

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
Referred in House (9/12/2017; Health)

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
Referred in House (9/12/2017; Health)

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
Referred in House (9/12/2017; Federalism & Interstate Relations)

IMPORTUNING

To amend the penalties for the offense of importuning.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (10/24/2017; CONTINUED)

SEXTING

To generally prohibit sexting by a person under 21 years of age.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (10/10/2017; Criminal Justice)

PAROLE MONITORING

To provide for indefinite prison terms for first or second degree felonies and specified third degree felonies, with presumptive release of offenders sentenced to such a term at the end of the minimum term; to generally allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration; to allow the Department to rebut the release presumption and keep the offender in prison up to the maximum term if it makes specified findings; to require the Department to establish a reentry program for all offenders released from prison who it intends to have reside in a halfway house or similar facility but who are not accepted by any such facility; to require the Adult Parole Authority to establish maximum work-load and case-load standards for its parole and field officers and have enough trained officers to comply with the standards; to require that GPS monitoring used for offenders released from prison under such monitoring specify restrictions, including inclusionary zones and necessary exclusionary zones; to require the Department to establish system requirements for GPS monitoring of such offenders by the Department or third-party contract administrators; to require the Department to operate a statewide database for law enforcement use containing specified information about such offenders; to require that third-party administrators for GPS monitoring under a new contract with the Department provide and use a law enforcement-accessible crime scene correlation program; and to name the act's provisions the Reagan Tokes Act.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (11/1/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

CHILD CARE

Regarding parental notice of serious risks to the health or safety of children receiving child care.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (11/1/2017; CONTINUED)

WAGE INFORMATION

To prohibit a state agency from preventing an employee from discussing the employee's own wages or another employee's wages, to prohibit a state agency from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history, to prohibit retaliation against an employee who discusses wages or opposes a prohibited act or practice, and to create the Wage Disparity Study Committee.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (10/31/2017; Economic Development, Commerce & Labor)

EQUAL PAY

To create the Gender Pay Disparity Task Force.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (11/1/2017)

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 (9/19/2017; CONTINUED)

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)

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)

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)

ABORTION

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

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)

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)

CONVERSION THERAPY

To prohibit certain health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (9/26/2017; CONTINUED)

ABORTION

To criminalize and create a civil action for dismemberment abortions.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (11/14/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (10/3/2017; CONTINUED)

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)

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
Passed in Senate (11/15/2017; 20-12)

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (11/14/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED (See separate story))

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Education (9/20/2017; CONTINUED)

WAGE REQUIREMENTS

To enact the "Fair and Acceptable Income Required (FAIR) Act" and to revise the enforcement of the prohibitions against discrimination in the payment of wages.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (9/6/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)

AWARENESS WEEK

To designate the last week of September as "Diaper Need Awareness Week."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (11/15/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

MARRIAGE AGE

To make changes to the laws governing the ages for which persons may marry.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (10/25/2017; Judiciary)

PRISON TERMS

To provide for indefinite prison terms for first or second degree felonies and specified third degree felonies, with presumptive release of offenders sentenced to such a term at the end of the minimum term; to generally allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration; to allow the Department to rebut the release presumption and keep the offender in prison up to the maximum term if it makes specified findings; and to name the act's provisions the Reagan Tokes Law.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (11/1/2017; CONTINUED-See separate story)

STRANGULATION

To expand the offense of felonious assault to include knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another person by means of strangulation or suffocation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (11/14/2017; CONTINUED)

GENITAL MUTILATION

To prohibit female genital mutilation.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (10/18/2017; Judiciary)

WOMEN'S DAY

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

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