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Tracking Status Report Erin Ryan
Tracking group: WPPN 134 GA

Domestic Violence

To make changes to civil and criminal law regarding domestic violence, to address State Highway Patrol arrest authority, to name the act Aisha's Law, and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (5/20/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Housing

To prohibit foreclosure activity and the eviction of residential and commercial tenants during the state of emergency declared regarding COVID-19, to refer such proceedings caused by the state of emergency to mediation, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Civil Justice (3/23/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Birth Equity

To enact the "Save Our Mothers Act" for the purpose of establishing continuing education requirements for birthing facility personnel and an initiative to improve birth equity, reduce peripartum racial and ethnic disparities, and address implicit bias in the healthcare system.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in House (2/4/2021; Health)

Minimum Wage

To allow municipalities, townships, and counties to establish minimum wage requirements higher than the state minimum wage.
Text/Analysis
Withdrawn in House (2/5/2021)

Legislative Meetings

To allow committee meetings and general sessions of the House of Representatives to be conducted virtually and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Oversight (3/25/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Tax Credit

To make the earned income tax credit partially refundable.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Ways & Means (5/25/2021; CONTINUED)

Women's Sports

To enact the “Save Women’s Sports Act” to require schools, state institutions of higher education, and private colleges to designate separate single-sex teams and sports for each sex.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Primary & Secondary Education (6/24/2021; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE (See separate story))

Minimum Wage

To increase the state minimum wage.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (2/10/2021; Commerce & Labor)

Caregiver Tax Credit

To authorize a refundable tax credit for certain expenses incurred by caregivers.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Ways & Means (5/11/2021; CONTINUED)

Address Confidentiality

To make changes to the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Secretary of State and to make changes to county recorder fees.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Local Government & Elections (3/31/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

HB 110

(Enacted)
State Budget

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/30/2021; Signed: June 30, 2021, Effective: July 1, 2021)

Spousal Exceptions

To eliminate the spousal exceptions for the offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, and importuning 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 (5/26/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Telehealth

To establish and modify requirements regarding the provision of telehealth services.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/21/2021; Health)

Health Insurance

Regarding health insurance premiums and benefits.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Insurance (2/24/2021; CONTINUED)

Doula Services

Regarding doula services.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Families, Aging & Human Services (6/10/2021; CONTINUED)

Child Care

Regarding eligibility for publicly funded child care.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Families, Aging & Human Services (4/15/2021; 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 Commerce & Labor (6/23/2021; CONTINUED)

Food Workers

To regulate employment practices of formula retail and food services establishment employers and contractors and to require the purchaser of a formula retail or food services establishment to retain certain employees.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/3/2021; Commerce & Labor)

HB 167

(Enacted)
Housing Support

To provide rent and utility assistance and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (5/11/2021; Signed: May 11, 2021, Effective: in 90 days)

Rental Housing

To prohibit discrimination in rental housing based on lawful source of income.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Civil Justice (4/27/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Earning Statements

To require an employer to provide earnings and deductions statements to each of the employer's employees.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/23/2021; Small Business & Economic Opportunity)

Sexual Assault

To remove the cap on damages for noneconomic loss when a victim of rape or assault brings a tort action.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Civil Justice (4/27/2021; CONTINUED)

Discrimination

To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation as an informal method that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/17/2021; Commerce & Labor)

AAPI Affairs

To create the Ohio Asian-American and Pacific Islander Affairs Commission and the Office of Asian- American and Pacific Islander Affairs and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House State & Local Government (6/15/2021; CONTINUED)

Wage Disparities

To enact the Ohio Equal Pay Act to address wage disparities in public and private employment.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Commerce & Labor (6/22/2021; CONTINUED)

Civil Rights Commission

To require the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to establish a system for individuals to anonymously report wage discrimination.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (4/14/2021; Commerce & Labor)

Sex Education

To enact the Parents Right to Know Act to enforce school district compliance with venereal disease or teen pregnancy prevention instruction requirements.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Primary & Secondary Education (6/28/2021--Canceled)

Domestic Violence

To provide for the establishment of domestic violence fatality review boards and to amend the versions of sections 121.22 and 4731.22 of the Revised Code that are scheduled to take effect on October 9, 2021, to continue the changes to those sections on and after that date.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Families, Aging & Human Services (6/24/2021; CONTINUED)

Rental Agreements

To allow a tenant to terminate a rental agreement if the tenant is a victim of a specified crime and to authorize an income tax credit for landlords who rented to such tenants.
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Referred in House (4/15/2021; Civil Justice)

Protection Orders

To enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to allow family members, household members, and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily restricts a person's access to firearms if that person poses a danger to themselves or others.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (4/15/2021; Government Oversight)

Rape

To eliminate the period of limitation for the criminal prosecution of a person for rape and for a civil action brought by a victim of conduct that would constitute rape, to extend the period of limitations for a civil action by a victim of childhood sexual abuse other than rape, and to eliminate the spousal exception for the offense of rape.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (4/22/2021; Criminal Justice)

SNAP

To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/12/2021; State & Local Government)

Virtual Testimony

To require that a committee of the General Assembly establish a means of hearing virtual testimony.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/19/2021; Government Oversight)

Bail

To make changes regarding bail.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (5/26/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Human Trafficking

To allow a victim of human trafficking to expunge certain criminal records and to name this act the Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (5/25/2021; Criminal Justice)

Legislative Service Commission

To require the Director of the Legislative Service Commission to prepare a human impact statement concerning a bill or resolution that proposes to amend criminal justice law.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (6/16/2021; Criminal Justice)

Pregnancy

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 (6/24/2021; Families, Aging & Human Services)

Benefit Eligibility

Regarding eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid, work and education requirements for certain Medicaid recipients, requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program electronic benefit transfer cards, and eligibility for and overpayments of unemployment compensation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (5/6/2021; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

Overtime Pay

To except traveling to and from a worksite and performing certain routine tasks from the overtime pay requirement.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Ways & Means (5/12/2021; CONTINUED-AMENDED)

Cultural Competency

To require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health (6/16/2021; CONTINUED)

Conversion Therapy

To protect minors by prohibiting certain licensed health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/10/2021; Health)

Minimum Wage

To increase the state minimum wage and to allow municipalities, townships, and counties to establish higher minimum wage requirements.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Workforce & Higher Education (3/10/2021; CONTINUED)

African Americans

To establish a committee to study the progress and challenges of African Americans in Ohio and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Finance (3/16/2021; CONTINUED)

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Workforce & Higher Education (3/10/2021; CONTINUED)

Salary History

To prohibit employers from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Small Business & Economic Opportunity (3/17/2021; CONTINUED)

Asian-American Commission

To create the Ohio Asian-American and Pacific Islander Affairs Commission and the Office of Asian- American and Pacific Islander Affairs and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (6/2/2021; CONTINUED)

Domestic Violence

To expand the offense of domestic violence to also prohibit a person from knowingly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of a family or household member by applying pressure to the family or household member's throat or neck or blocking the family or household member's nose or mouth.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/22/2021; CONTINUED-AMENDED)

Week Designation

To designate the first week of May as "Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/3/2021; Health)

Month Designation

To designate the month of May as "Maternal Mortality Awareness Month."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/3/2021; Health)

Housing Support

To provide rent and utility assistance and to make an appropriation.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (3/24/2021; Finance)

Discrimination

To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation as an informal method that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/10/2021; Government Oversight & Reform)

Abortion

To enact the Human Life Protection Act to prohibit abortions based upon a condition precedent.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/10/2021; Health)

Month Designation

To enact the Save Our Mothers Act regarding birth equity, peripartum racial and ethnic disparities, and implicit bias in the health care system and to designate May as "Maternal Mortality Awareness Month."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/10/2021; Health)

Nurse Overtime

To prohibit a hospital from requiring a nurse to work overtime as a condition of continued employment.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/17/2021; Health)

Women's Sports

To enact the"Save Women's Sports Act" to require schools, state institutions of higher education, and private colleges to designate separate single-sex teams and sports for each sex.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/17/2021; Workforce & Higher Education)

Maternal Morbidity

To modify the laws governing the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Board and to require birthing facilities to report data on severe maternal morbidity.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/24/2021; Health)

Protection Orders

To enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (3/24/2021; Judiciary)

Bias-Motivated Crime

To rename the offense of ethnic intimidation to bias-motivated crime; to expand the scope of bias-motivated crime; to require peace officer training on bias-motivated crime; and to require data collection and reporting on bias-motivated crime
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/21/2021; Judiciary)

Abortion

To require reports to be made after a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion and to establish certain civil or criminal penalties for failing to preserve the health or life of such a child.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (6/23/2021)

Eviction Cases

To expungement of eviction case court files.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (4/21/2021; Judiciary)

Pregnant Workers

To enact the Ohio Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to generally require employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/12/2021; Workforce & Higher Education)

Virtual Testimony

To require that a committee of the General Assembly establish a means of hearing virtual testimony.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (5/19/2021; Government Oversight & Reform)

Bail

To make changes regarding bail.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/16/2021; CONTINUED (See separate story))

Human Trafficking

To allow a victim of human trafficking to expunge certain criminal records and to name this act the Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/22/2021; CONTINUED)

Week Designation

To designate the week including March 22nd as Ohio Doula Week.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/2/2021; Health)

Month Designation

To designate the month of June as "Pride Month."
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/16/2021; Government Oversight & Reform)

Rape

To eliminate the period of limitation for the criminal prosecution of a person for rape and for a civil action brought by a victim of conduct that would constitute rape.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/23/2021; Judiciary)

Parenting

To generally prohibit a person's disability from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, visitation, adoption, or service as a guardian or foster caregiver, regarding a minor.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (6/23/2021; Judiciary)

Racism

To declare racism a public health crisis and to ask the Governor to establish a working group to promote racial equity in Ohio.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House State & Local Government (6/23/2021; CONTINUED)

Right to Organize

To urge the Congress of the United States to enact the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in House (4/14/2021; Commerce & Labor)

Board Members

To encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards and in senior management of Ohio companies and institutions.
Text/Analysis
Introduced in House (4/22/2021; Commerce & Labor)

Pandemic Discrimination

To denounce all forms of stigmatization, racism, and discrimination occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in House (5/4/2021; State & Local Government)

Policing Act

To urge the United States Congress to enact H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.
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Introduced and Referred in House (5/18/2021; State & Local Government)

Pandemic Discrimination

To denounce all forms of stigmatization, racism, and discrimination occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Referred in Senate (3/24/2021; Health)