Ohio Bill Aims for Transparency on Property Tax Levies

  In November 2018, the Sylvania School District placed a property tax levy on the ballot. Information shared in the media and other advertisements said the 0.9 mill levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $2.63 per month. But the ballot language read: “An additional tax for…

Read More

Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission Focusing on 2020 Census

  Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission (NAIC) is turning its attention to the 2020 census to ensure new immigrants from the African sub-Saharan region are counted. As an update to the Sunset Review Committee, Ibrahima Sow, one of the 11 appointed members of the commission, said NAIC is heavily invested in…

Read More

Ohio House Approves Criteria to Ease College Transfers, Grant Associate Degrees

  The Ohio House passed a bill to make transferring colleges easier, but not without first adding more details on the criteria for doing so. Substitute House Bill 9 also adds provisions for determining if students who have left school without a bachelor’s degree are eligible for an associate’s degree…

Read More

Business Groups Oppose Ohio Bill Allowing Anonymous Wage Discrimination Complaints

  Should employees in Ohio be able to make anonymous complaints about wage discrimination? Two members of the House believe so, but the lack of details over how such complaints would be handled may doom their current legislation. House Bill 221 is co-sponsored by Representatives Janine Boyd (D-9) and Erica…

Read More

Ohio House Bill Aims to Streamline College Transfers, Help Students Graduate On Time

  A new bill in the Ohio House aims to make it easier for college students to transfer schools and graduate on time. State Reps. Don Jones (R-95) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-14) are sponsors of House Bill 9, the Higher Education Degree Attainment Reform bill. They say it contains common…

Read More

Ohio Bill Allowing Plastic Bags Runs Into ‘Home Rule’ Issue

  The issue of home rule was center stage Wednesday as a House committee debated a ban on taxing plastic bags and containers. House Bill 242 would create a state-wide law allowing the use of “auxiliary containers” and prohibiting any local government from imposing a tax, fee or charge on…

Read More

Ohio Seeks to Regulate Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing

  A new bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would impose regulations on the growing peer-to-peer car-sharing industry in the state. Senate Bill 161 is sponsored by State Sens. Jay Hottinger (R-31) and Matt Dolan (R-24).  It was introduced Monday and referred to the Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee where it…

Read More

Ohio House Approves PTSD, Citizenship Question in Workers’ Compensation Budget Bill

  The Ohio House passed a $645 million Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget Wednesday, including new coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder for first responders and a citizenship question for claimants. The two-year budget passed by a vote of 56 to 38, after adding an amendment to require citizenship information on the…

Read More