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Delay: The ACLU of Ohio, representing Preterm-Cleveland, Inc., has asked the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to deny the state’s request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit alleging lawmakers violate the state’s one-subject rule in approving a biennial budget (HB59, 130th General Assembly) in 2013. (Motion)
The group is challenging three abortion restrictions contained in the bill explained in their motion.
|HB 69||ABORTION (Hagan, C., Hood, R.) To generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/|
H.B. 78 Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) said Tuesday that he will reintroduce legislation that will allow Ohioans to register to vote and update their information on the Internet.
Stinziano introduced 130-HB78 in the last General Assembly to allow the secretary of state to create an online system for voter registration. It received two hearings but did not move.
Secretary of State Jon Husted has made online voter registration a top priority, pushing for it on multiple occasions in his first term and again listing it on his 2015 agenda when speaking with the Ohio Association of Elections Officials last week. (See The Hannah Report,
Stinziano said Tuesday that Ohio would join 25 other states offering some form of online voter registration or that have passed enabling legislation that will soon be implemented. He said the new bill would provide for an online process of voter registration through the secretary of state’s office and allow registered voters to update their address if they move. He said the process would involve crosschecking supplied information with data from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, “ensuring that the voter registration system is safe, secure and efficient.”
|HB 92||HIGHER EDUCATION CONDUCT (Hagan, C.) To prohibit an employee of a public or nonpublic school or institution of higher education who is not in a position of authority from engaging in sexual conduct with a minor at least four years younger than the employee who is enrolled in or attends that public or nonpublic school or who is enrolled in or attends that institution of higher education. (CONTINUED-AMENDED; 2nd Hearing-Proponent)|
|HB 103||WOMEN’S POLICY (Pelanda, D., Kunze, S.) To designate the second week of March as Ohio Women’s’ Week for Policy and Entrepreneurship, to create the Ohio Women’s’ Policy and Entrepreneurship Committee, and to require the state, in collaboration with the private sector, to conduct a two-day competition and forum each even-numbered year during the designated week. En. 5.2298, 125.66, and 125.67 https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-103|
|HB 117||ABORTION (Roegner, K., Cupp, R.) To prohibit the performance of an abortion on a pregnant woman when the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is twenty weeks or greater. Am. 2305.11 and 4731.22 and to enact sections 2307.54, 2919.20, 2919.201, 2919.202, 2919.203, 2919.204, and 2919.205|
|HB 132||CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE (Lepore-Hagan, M., Bishoff, H.) Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools. Am. 121.22, 2907.29, 3313.60, 3313.6011, 3314.03, 3326.11, 3328.24, 4729.16, 4729.18, and 4729.35 and to enact sections 1751.68, 3701.049, 3727.61, 3727.611, 3727.612, 3923.84, 4729.44, and 4729.45|
|HB 255||ABORTION (Brinkman, T., Hagan, C.) To expand the regulation of inducing an abortion with certain drugs. Am. 109.572, 2919.123, 2953.25, 4729.291, 4731.22, and 4731.223; to amend, for the purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated in parentheses, section 2919.123 (2919.201); and to enact sections 2919.20, 2919.202, 2919.203, 2919.204, 2919.205, 2919.206, 2919.207, and 2919.208. Visit for more information on the bill. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-255|
|HB 286 (As Introduced) Reps. Vitale, Becker, Brenner, Brinkman, Butler, Conditt, Derickson, Ginter, Hayes, Henne, Hill, Hood, Kraus, McClain, Patmon, Perales, Retherford, Roegner, Romanchuk, Ruhl, Sprague, Terhar, Thompson, Young, Zeltwanger, Schaffer BILL SUMMARY Specifies that no ordained or licensed minister and no religious society is required to solemnize a marriage or allow property to be used to host a marriage ceremony if the marriage does not conform to the minister’s or society’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Provides that a minister or society that refuses to solemnize a marriage or allow its property to be used to host a ceremony for that reason is immune from civil or criminal liability. Prohibits the state or a political subdivision from penalizing or withholding any benefit or privilege from such a minister or society, including any governmental contract, grant, or license. States that the bill must be known as the Ohio Pastor Protection Act.
HB 294 Federal Court Strikes Down Planned Parenthood Defunding Measure; State Plans To Appeal on August 13, 2016
WAS SIGNED BY Governor Kasich’s
Mostly along party lines, the House on Wednesday, FEBRUARY 10, 2016, concurred with Senate amendments to the bill (HB 294) that would require the Department of Health to ensure that state funds and certain federal funds are not allocated to entities that perform or promote abortions.
It redirects about $1.3 million annually that currently goes to Planned Parenthood to other entities eligible for those funds.
ABORTION HB 294 (sponsored by Patmon, B., Conditt, M.) To require the Department of Health to ensure that state funds and certain federal funds are not used either to perform or promote elective abortions, or to contract or affiliate with any entity that performs or promotes elective abortions. The bill would impact federal funds received through the:
HB 385 PAY DISPARITY (Driehaus, D., Howse, S.) To create the Gender Pay Disparity Task Force.https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-385
HB 389 DISCRIMINATION (Antonio, N., Driehaus, D.) To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio’s Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio Civil Rights Law. Am. 9.03, 124.93, 125.111, 153.59, 153.591, 340.12, 511.03, 717.01, 1501.012, 1751.18, 2927.03, 3113.36, 3301.53, 3304.15, 3304.50, 3314.06, 3332.09, 3721.13, 3905.55, 4111.17, 4112.01, 4112.02, 4112.021, 4112.04, 4112.05, 4112.08, 4117.19, 4735.16, 4735.55, 4757.07, 4758.16, 4765.18, 5104.09, 5107.26, 5123.351, 5126.07, 5165.08, 5515.08, and 5709.832
(HB 417 and HB 419) bills to specify how fetal remains from abortions could be disposed. Opponents said they were politically motivated and designed to add more regulatory burdens to abortion providers. Both bills were reported by party-line votes of 10-4. The substitute bills were designed in part to alleviate concerns opponents, including Democratic members of the committee, had expressed about whether the bills would create through fetal death certificates a public record of who had abortions. (HB417 Comp Doc, HB419 Comp Doc)
|SB 68||CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE (Tavares, C.) To require health insurers to provide coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and to prohibit employment discrimination under the Ohio Civil Rights Law on the basis of reproductive health decisions made by a person or a person’s dependent or on the basis of the employer’s personal beliefs about drugs, devices, and services related to reproductive health. Am. 4112.02 and to enact sections 1751.68 and 3923.84https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-68|
|SB 101||CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE (Cafaro, C.) Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools. Am. 121.22, 2907.29, 3313.60, 3313.6011, 3314.03, 3326.11, 3328.24, 4729.16, 4729.18, and 4729.35 and to enact sections 1751.68, 3701.049, 3727.61, 3727.611, 3727.612, 3923.84, 4729.43, and 4729.44 https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/|
|SB 127||ABORTION (Lehner, P., Hottinger, J.) To prohibit the performance of an abortion on a pregnant woman when the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is twenty weeks or greater. Am. 2305.11 and 4731.22 and to enact sections 2307.54, 2919.20, 2919.201, 2919.202, 2919.203, 2919.204, and 2919.205.https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-127
S.B. 262 (SB 262), (for copy of bill visit: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-SB-262 )the new child support guidelines bill, is now pending before the Senate Civil Justice Committee. The Committee will soon start holding hearings and taking testimony on SB 262. Our work group is focused on defeating, slowing, and/or getting major changes to the bill. The proposed changes to the basic child support schedule would result in large reductions in child support orders/payments for many lower-income custodial parents (mothers) and children. The impact of the reductions in the dollar amounts on the child support schedule would be further compounded by the automatic parenting time adjustment proposed in the bill (a 10% reduction in child support obligations in all cases where the obligor has a standard parenting time schedule). ((in some cases up The bill would further push many Ohio children into poverty or deeper poverty.
SB 268 As Introduced 131st General Assembly Regular Session S. B. No. 268 2015-2016 Senator Seitz Cosponsors: Senators Coley, Peterson, Eklund, Hite, Uecker A B I L L To amend sections 2305.07, 2305.09, 4112.01, 4112.02, 4112.04, 4112.05, 4112.051, 4112.08, and 4112.99; to amend, for the purpose of adopting new section numbers as indicated in parentheses, sections 4112.051 (4112.055) and 4112.052 (4112.056); to enact new sections 4112.051, 4112.052, and 4112.14 and sections 2305.071, 4112.053, and 4112.054; and to repeal section 4112.14 of the Revised Code to modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment and the statute of limitations for other specified claims against an employer.
SB 301 Employers-reasonable accommodations-pregnant/breastfeeding employees, To enact section 4113.12 of the Revised Code to enact the “Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act” to generally require employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Sponsors: Senator Shannon Jones, Senator Capri S. Cafaro Legislation Text : View Current Version