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This section is intended to keep our readers up-to-date with key legislation moving through the Ohio State House. Read about which bills you should be keeping an eye one.

New Legislation:Below are the bills that were introduced mid-September that we need to watch in the coming months:

Senate Bill 202 (Thomas, Craig) – Local Authority – Restores local authority to regulate firearms-related conduct.

House Bill 335 (Lepore-Hagan, Boyd) – Domestic Violence – Require a person who is subject to a civil or criminal domestic violence temporary protection order to surrender the person’s firearms.

House Bill 336 (Sobecki, Robinson) – Education Committee – Reinstate the Joint Education Oversight Committee, make an appropriation, and declare an emergency.  

Committee Hearings To Watch:

Sub HB154 (Academic Distress Commissions) – Senate Education Committee – Dissolve the academic distress commissions and instead require improvement plans for certain low-performing school buildings.

HB1 (Criminal Sentencing) – Senate Judiciary Committee – Modify the requirements for intervention in lieu of conviction and for sealing records of conviction.

HCR11 (Israel) – House Federalism Committee – recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

SB91 (Paid Family Leave) – Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee– Establish family and medical leave insurance benefits

SB116 (Maternity Coverage) – Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee– require that health benefit plans provide coverage for maternity services.

SR303 (Affirm ACA Support) – Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee – reaffirm the Ohio Senate’s support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

SB194 (Voting Equipment Board) – Senate General Government and Agency Review– rename the Board of Voting Machine Examiners as the Board of Voting Equipment Examiners, to require the Board to approve voter registration systems for use in Ohio, and to require a board of elections to decide a protest against a candidate filing within ten days.

SB33 (Critical Infrastructure) – House Public Utilities Committee -modify certain criminal offenses with respect to critical infrastructure facilities and to impose fines and civil liability for damage to a critical infrastructure facility.

TAKE ACTION:

House Leadership continues to refuse to schedule hearings on gun safety legislation, and opponents are pushing hard to keep it that way. Supporters of reform need to be just as aggressive in their advocacy.

Call House Speaker Larry Householder at (614) 466-2500:

“Hello, my name is ___________. I am calling Speaker Householder to ask that he urgently schedule hearings on House Bill 317 to enact universal background checks and House Bill 316 to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders so that we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.”

Find more resources for action on gun safety legislation at dosomethingohio.com.

Compiled and edited by: Marian Jacques