Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many Ohio bills still need final action as end of term nears

The Columbus Dispatch has put together a list of bills that still need attention before the end of this lame-duck session. A few of the bills have already been passed by both the House and Senate and are now being sent to Governor Kasich for signature.  These include:

Ohio Senate Bill 342, which requires that a police officer be present at any intersection where traffic cameras are in use. Click for analysis.

Ohio House Bill 10, also known as the "Fiscal Integrity Act," which provides procedures to remove a fiscal officer who acts recklessly. Click for analysis.

Ohio Senate Bill 272, which designates February 21 as "Rascal Flatts Day." It also designates March as "Maple Syrup Products Month" and September as both "School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month" and "Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month." Click for analysis.

Other bills still need a vote in the House during their last session of the year tomorrow. These include:

Ohio House Bill 663, which mandates that the identities of manufacturers of execution drugs and other parties to the execution process in Ohio be kept confidential. Click for analysis.

Ohio Senate Bill 386, which provides regulations relating to consumer grade fireworks, including eliminating an existing law that requires people who purchase these fireworks to take them out of the state within 48 hours. Click for analysis.

Ohio Senate Bill 250, which shortens the adoption process in Ohio and makes changes to laws about notifying the father when a child is put up for adoption. It also allows adoptive parents to pay living expenses for the birth mother and increases the adoption tax credit. Click for analysis.

Ohio House Bill 131, which establishes consent requirements for children 16-17 and under 16 to use tanning facilities. It also makes requirements regarding what a mammography facility must tell a patient whose scan shows dense breast tissue. Click for analysis.

Ohio House Bill 178, which sets rules for school safety drills and requires the State Board of Ed. to establish a policy and standards on behavior intervention and the use of physical restraint and seclusion on children in Ohio schools. This would also require charter schools and STEM schools to comply with these rules. Click for analysis.

Ohio House Bill 247, which changes existing law to allow anyone to use automated external defibrillation and provides civil and criminal immunity to those who do, as long as they have acted in good faith. Click for analysis.

Ohio House Bill 290, which allows courts to set up temporary facilities for courts to function during disasters or other extraordinary circumstances, and limits claims related to medical, nursing or personal care provided in a home. Click for analysis.

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