Ohio

Business - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

OH Senate Approves HB 123 The OHIO Senate approves HB 123 , which would, among several things limit payday loans to no more than $1,000 and no longer than 12 months. The bill returns to the House (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER). CA Governor Signs AB...

Governors in Brief - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

DUCEY DECRIES ‘RECKLESS’ CALLS TO ABOLISH ICE In an op-ed in USA Today last week, ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said calls from a growing number of Democratic officials to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were “reckless”...

Insurers Resist Arming Teachers | 07-06-2018

Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, at least a dozen states have introduced bills dealing with the arming of teachers and other school employees, the majority of which have failed. The most...

Legislative Efforts to Arm Teachers Bog Down in States in 2018 | 07-06-2018

At least 20 bills dealing with the arming of teachers and other school employees have been introduced in 12 states since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, according to legislative information...

Business - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

OH House Approves HB 263 The OHIO House gives final approval to HB 263 , which would allow dogs to accompany their owners on a restaurant patio if the eatery is okay with it. The measure is now with Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (SANDUSKY...

Supreme Court Okays OH Voter Purge | 06-15-2018

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute et al last week giving Ohio and other states the go ahead to remove inactive voters from their voter rolls. While all states have procedures...

Business - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

CA Department of Insurance Approves The CALIFORNIA Department of Insurance approves the state’s first-ever insurance coverage for legal cannabis businesses. The new policies will cover both property and liability coverage (CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT...

More States Considering ACA Medicaid Expansion | 05-18-2018

Thirty-two states have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act but letting states decide whether or not to implement the Medicaid expansion provided for by the federal law. A budget proposal...

Kasich Signs EO to Help OH Immigrants | 05-18-2018

Saying he is frustrated with federal inaction, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) issued an executive order last week that will create a state office tasked with helping immigrants find jobs, health care and education. Ohio was built by immigrants and to...

Takeaways From May 8 Primaries | 05-11-2018

Primary elections were held in four states - Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia - on May 8 and, as FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver pointed out , both Democrats and Republicans managed to “mostly avoid self-inflicted damage.”...

More Than Half of States Allow Marijuana Use | 05-04-2018

Twenty-nine states have passed laws broadly legalizing the use of marijuana. Twenty of those states allow the use of the drug for medical purposes, such as pain relief or the control of nausea. Nine states have legalized recreational use of marijuana...

Politics in Brief - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

REDISTRICTING REFORM BOUND FOR OH BALLOT OHIO voters will consider a single statewide question on their May 8 ballots, asking their approval to establish rules for congressional redistricting. No such rules exist currently, making the process inherently...

Some State Progress in Deadly Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Thirteen states have made progress in battling the deadly opioid epidemic while eight states have notably failed to deal with the crisis, according to a report issued this month by the National Safety Council (NSC). It comes on the heels of a report earlier...

Most States Not Doing Enough to End Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Only 13 states are currently taking five or all six of the key actions needed to end the opioid crisis, according to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate preventable deaths. The six actions are: educating...

Many States Considering Bans on Pharmacy ‘Gag Clauses’ | 03-30-2018

As of March 22, at least 27 states had introduced bills this year prohibiting pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) or health insurer contracts that prevent pharmacists from informing customers about alternatives to medications they’ve been prescribed...

The Rewards and Perils of Redistricting | 03-16-2018

In democracies, voters are supposed to choose their legislative representatives. Increasingly, however, U.S. courts have found that representatives choose their voters through partisan gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts. With...

Half of States Use Commissions for Redistricting | 03-16-2018

Commissions, rather than legislatures, have primary responsibility for drawing state legislative and/or congressional districts in 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In another 12 states, commissions either assist legislators...

Social Policy - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

MO House Approves HB 1443 The MISSOURI House gives initial approval to HB 1443 , which would, among several things, bar welfare recipients from cashing out benefits at an ATM machine and more clearly identify items that are may not be bought with those...

Over Half of States Seeking to Maintain ‘Net Neutrality’ | 03-02-2018

At least 29 states have introduced legislation this year aimed at reinstating the requirement that internet service providers treat all content the same in terms of price and accessibility, which was eliminated last year with the Federal Communications...

Govs Form Multistate Gun Task Force | 03-02-2018

Decrying a lack of federal action, several Northeastern governors have formed a multi-state partnership to address gun violence. The “States for Gun Safety” coalition is the brainchild of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who was joined by...

Politics in Brief - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

US SUPREME COURT REJECTS PA CONGRESSIONAL REMAP DELAY: A request from PENNSYLVANIA Republicans to delay redrawing the state’s congressional districts was rejected by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who fields emergency appeals from that...

GOP Govs Issue Opioid Plans | 02-02-2018

A trio of GOP governors have issued plans to combat ongoing opioid abuse epidemics in their states. Last week, the West Virginia Senate Health Committee reviewed but did not take action on SB 273 , legislation sponsored by Gov. Jim Justice (R) that...

Social Policy - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

PA HOUSE APPROVES SB 3 The PENNSYLVANIA House approves SB 3 , which would bar doctors from performing abortions on women who are past their 20 th week of pregnancy. The measure moves to Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who has vowed to veto it (MORING CALL [ALLENTOWN...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Majority of Ballot Measures Win Passage | 11-10-2017

Voters in seven states considered a total of 22 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 7. Texas voters weighed seven of those measures, the highest number of the seven states. All seven measures passed, which isn’t too unusual in the Lone Star State...

Another Slow Year for Ballot Measures | 11-03-2017

On Nov. 7 voters in 7 states will consider a total of 22 statewide ballot measures, bringing the count for the year - with measures on the ballot last month in two states - to 27. That continues a downward trend in the number of measures on the ballot...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Congressional Redistricting Reform Coming to OH? | 09-15-2017

In 2015 Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure reforming the state’s highly partisan legislative redistricting process, but congressional redistricting was left untouched. Now there’s talk around the Statehouse of remedying that...

Republican Govs Differ On DACA | 09-08-2017

Most GOP governors chose to tread lightly in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last week. The program, implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2012, grants temporary...

Govs Pitch Obamacare Fixes | 09-01-2017

With Congress preparing to hold hearings to weigh reforming the Affordable Care Act, a small bipartisan group of governors has put together its own list of suggestions for lawmakers to consider. Led by Ohio Gov. John Kasich a Republican, and Democratic...

Politics In Brief - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

JUDGE GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR AZ LAW RESTRICTING CITIZEN INITIATIVES Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled last week that a new ARIZONA law making it more difficult for citizen initiatives to qualify for the state ballot can take effect...

Potpourri - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

Potpourri In the U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholds a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not have the legal power to strip gray wolves in the Great Lakes Region of their protection under...

Health & Science - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Oregon Approves HB 3391 The OREGON House approves HB 3391 , which would require health insurers to cover abortion and post-natal services at no cost and ensure all health policies include the 10 essential health benefits currently required under the...

Bevin Seeks KY Medicaid Changes | 07-07-2017

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has asked the Trump administration for a Medicaid waiver that would allow the Bluegrass State to require able-bodied adults without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for coverage. The request is...

OH Lawmakers Weighing Renewal Of Business Tax Cuts Nearly Half Benefit From | 06-16-2017

This month the Ohio House voted to renew over $1 billion in business tax cuts initially approved in 2013 and expanded in 2015. The Senate is expected to vote on the tax cuts before the end of the month. Many of the state’s lawmakers have something...

More Govs Join Climate Alliance | 06-09-2017

Nine more states last week joined the newly-created U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition to uphold the tenets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, an international coalition aimed at combatting the impacts of global climate change. The coalition was formed...

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Obamacare Replacement Bill | 05-19-2017

States would face demanding fiscal challenges, especially with Medicaid, if the pending Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becomes law. Proposed heavy cutbacks in Medicaid could potentially doom the American Health Care Act (AHCA...

Kasich Wants Oversight of OH Manufactured Homes | 05-12-2017

Citing data showing that people living in manufactured homes in Ohio are far more likely to die in a fire than those living in other dwellings, Gov. John Kasich (R) is urging lawmakers to give the Buckeye State direct oversight of the industry. That oversight...

Opioid Overdose Rates Up and Rising in States | 03-31-2017

Between 2014 and 2015 death rates due to opioid overdose rose by over 25 percent - more than twice the national average (11 percent) - in five states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the highest opioid death rates in 2015 were West Virginia...

States Anticipating Slower Revenue Growth | 03-31-2017

States are projecting income tax revenue growth of 3.6 percent and sales tax growth of 3.1 percent this fiscal year, down from 4 percent and 3.6 percent respectively last fiscal year and well below annual averages prior to the Great Recession, according...

Some GOP Govs Unhappy With Proposed ACA Changes | 03-10-2017

Some GOP governors have expressed disappointment at the changes to the Affordable Care Act proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said governors had asked House lawmakers to work with them on changes, but that...

OH Gov’s Office Identifies More Non-Citizen Voters | 03-03-2017

The office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a news release last month stating that a recent review of the Statewide Registered Voter Database identified 385 non-citizens registered to vote in the state, 82 of whom voted in at least one recent...

Not Mentioning Any Names | 02-10-2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich may or may not make another run at the White House, but he is certainly setting himself up as the antidote for that building’s current inhabitant. As the Washington Post reports , Kasich has a new book coming out – titled...

Dayton, Brown Undergo Cancer Treatment | 02-03-2017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said he is evaluating options for treatment for prostate cancer. Dayton revealed last month he had the disease after he collapsed while giving his annual State of the State address to lawmakers. Dayton said he is weighing...

Governors In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

LA Seeking Private Help for Roads Transportation officials in LOUSIANA said last week they will for the first time seek help from private firms in fast tracking road congestion mitigation projects in the Pelican State. The work would take place along...

Energy - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Energy in OH OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoes Substitute House Bill 554 , which would have extended a freeze on renewable-energy standards for the past two years by making them voluntary for 2017 and 2018 (CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER).

Budgets in Brief - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

KS Gov Proposes Budget: KANSAS Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has proposed a budget calling for tax increases, borrowing and the use of one-time sources - but not the repeal of the so-called LLC loophole exempting over 330,000 farmers and business owners from...