Local lawmakers look to 2022

Lawmakers say the spring session is also expected to see further overhauls to gun laws and property taxes, and more trials to oppose COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

State Representative Rodney Creech, R-West Alexandria, touted recent work on Bill 435, the latest in several attempts to stop schools and businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, and offering to broad exemptions if they do. It’s now in the House Rules and References committee.

He also looks forward to action on Bill 227, which passed the House in November. This bill and a similar bill passed by the Senate would allow people to carry concealed firearms without a permit or concealed carrying training, and stipulate that those arrested by law enforcement do not have to inform the police of a concealed weapon, unless specifically requested.

Brain Lampton State Representative R-Beavercreek agreed that the final adoption of concealed porting without a license is important, but said his top priority was to push for constitutional portering – the complete end of license-free porting. ‘fire arms.

House Speaker Bob Cupp R-Lima expects to “finish the job” on reconciling bills for concealed transportation without a permit.

“Our members also have a wide variety of broader political issues and local priorities that they are also working on, including issues related to agriculture and elections,” he said. “Efforts on this include bills recently passed by Ohio House, both on modernizing our farm lease laws to help farmers and to save taxpayer dollars by eliminating special elections in the country. ‘August. “

Senate slate

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce wants to be involved in local spending decisions for federal infrastructure and COVID-19 relief money, said Stephanie Keinath, the chamber’s vice president of strategic initiatives. This spring, the group is also backing Senate Bill 105, which would establish reciprocal certifications for minority-owned businesses, women and veterans in Ohio municipalities, she said.

“It was a big priority in 2021, and we hope to be able to cross the finish line this year,” said Keinath.

State Senator Bob Hackett, R-London, who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee, hopes to pass Senate Bill 256 soon, which updates travel insurance regulations and adds help to the insurance sector. He personally works on the problem of civil liability cover for high-risk adolescents placed in foster care.

Hackett co-chairs the unemployment task force and said there will be legislation coming up on this topic – particularly regarding unemployment fraud, which has been a major problem in Ohio and across the country.

He and State Senator Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, want to speed up a bill to improve the state association that protects life and health insurance policies.

Antani said he is introducing several bills to lower taxes, one to put voyeurism on par with other sex crimes and one to “make Ohio the most military-friendly state in the nation.” .

Huffman, whose “born alive” abortion bill and telehealth expansion both passed final in the fall, is looking forward to getting passage to the expanded medical marijuana chamber as well.

“Another thing to look forward to would be Senate Bill 277, which would temporarily repeal the gasoline tax increase for five years,” Huffman said.

State Representative Willis Blackshear D-Dayton hopes the Senate will pass House Bill 3, “Aisha’s Law.” In October, the House passed the bill named in honor of Aisha Fraser, a Shaker Heights woman murdered by her ex-husband, former judge and state representative Lance Mason, in 2018. That would oblige the police to assess the risk of murder of a victim in cases of domestic violence. appeals, improve referrals to victim support services and modify related criminal penalties.

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Lipps plans to push for Senate passage of House Bill 105, “Erin’s Law,” which he is co-sponsoring with State Representative Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati. Age-appropriate education is needed to prevent child sexual abuse. The bill has already been passed by the House.

“Thirty-seven states have passed this bill, and I think Ohio needs to do it,” Lipps said.


This spring, Creech is hoping for an easy passage of Bill House 508, a parental equality bill he is co-sponsoring with State Representative Thomas West, D-Canton. Fifty-nine members of the House had signed when the bill was introduced, Creech said.

The bill aims to reduce child custody disputes in cases of domestic violence and child abuse, he said.

“That’s where all of my energy is going right now,” Creech said.

State Representative Kyle Koehler R-Springfield is the sponsor of three bills he hopes to see passed this spring: Bill 383, which would increase penalties for illegal possession of a weapon; House Bill 443, to offset required health insurance costs with tax credits for small and medium-sized businesses; and House Bill 496, to create a professional license for midwives.

Lampton’s priorities include House Bill 283, which would ban the use of most electronic devices while driving; House Bill 161, adding domestic abusers or child molesters to the violent offender database; House Bill 51, providing property tax relief to disaster victims; and many others.

Lipps and State Representative Mark Fraizer R-Newark are the sponsors of Bill 236, which would establish purity and processing rules for kratom and ban its listing as a controlled substance.

Kratom, which has properties similar to opioids and stimulants, is currently largely unregulated. Lipps said the kratom industry has asked for help setting standards.

Lipps also wants Medicaid to cover chiropractic assessments, require employers to provide pay stubs, and add autism spectrum disorders to qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

White said several bills aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on student emotional health, academic progress and financial loss are expected to advance this spring.

She will co-chair the state child care review committee, established under the current two-year operating budget.

“We will assess access, funding and long-term sustainability of publicly funded child care and explore ways to improve Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program to ensure access to early learning. quality for our children, ”White said.

Some of the bills introduced by White herself or co-sponsored include Bill 343, which further expands the rights of victims of crime under the 2017 state constitutional amendment known as the “Marsy’s law”; House Bill 427, which states that coercing someone into prostitution with drugs is considered human trafficking; and House Bill 333, requiring specific job descriptions for school counselors.

Blackshear wants to work on mental health legislation for high school students, but is still working on a bill he had planned for last fall.

“My first priority is to have my bill enacted – the law on the protection of neighborhoods -” he declared. “This bill would require owners of vacant property to file updated contact information with the county auditor’s office.”

Recently adopted invoices

In the fall, lawmakers approved a new United States House district map proposed by Republicans, but it immediately faced court challenges and charges of gerrymandered to increase party dominance.

Several competing attempts to ban COVID-19 vaccination requirements have failed, but lawmakers have addressed some major issues, such as legalizing sports betting and distributing $ 4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

“The fall was disjointed. Obviously, I think COVID played a big role in causing this, ”State Representative Scott Lipps, R-Franklin said. The House Health Committee, which he chairs, has been “dominated” by lengthy testimony on four vaccination bills; but these matters should be in the hands of the Senate this spring, he said.

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This spring, however, many committee hearings could be disrupted by the absence or concern of House members, Lipps said.

“You will have important members of the House in the primaries,” he said.

Lampton said he was proud of the passage of Bill 244, which he co-sponsored with Representative Andrea White, R-Kettering. This new law requires public schools to let children of military personnel use distance learning when their families are transferred between military bases, and to let children of active-duty soldiers relocate to Ohio to enroll as the residents.

Lampton approved a Senate addition to the bill, which prohibits public schools and colleges from requiring “a vaccine that is not yet fully approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration” – language similar to several bills stranded opposing COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

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