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OHIO HOUSE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 122

Chair:  Rep. Terhar: 614-466-8258

 

HB134 FORECLOSURES-VACANT PROPERTIES (GROSSMAN C, CURTIN M) To establish summary actions to foreclose mortgages on vacant and abandoned residential properties, to expedite the foreclosure and transfer of unoccupied, blighted parcels, to make other changes relative to residential foreclosure actions, and to terminate certain provisions of this act on December 31, 2019, by repealing sections of the Revised Code on that date.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB149 ATTORNEY'S FEES-ACTUAL DAMAGES (DEVER J, PATTERSON J) To make permissive actual damages and attorney's fees, to limit certain civil penalties, to allow respondents to recover attorney's fees in certain instances, and to exempt certain landlords from the housing provisions of the Ohio Civil Rights Law.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

 

OHIO SENATE FINANCE - GENERAL GOVERNMENT SUBCOMMITTEE

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015, 10:00 AM, Senate Finance Hearing Room

Chair:  Sen. Jordan: 614-466-8086

Committee will hear a presentation on efficiency in state government.

 

HB64 OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

            First Hearing, Invited Testimony  

 

OHIO HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015, 11:00 AM, Hearing Room 116

Chair:  Rep. Hill: 614-644-6014

 

HCR11 GOVERNOR-WATER QUALITY EFFORTS (HALL D) To commend Governor John Kasich on his efforts to improve the water quality of Lake Erie and to affirm the Governor's ability to form an interstate compact with other states in furtherance of this objective.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB131 ANIMAL DISEASES LAW-PESTICIDE LICENSING (PELANDA D) To include diseases of concern within the scope of the Animal Diseases Law, and to make changes to the laws governing weights and measures, livestock dealers, and auctioneers, the membership of the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board, and the pesticide licensing renewal process.

            Second Hearing, Proponent Testimony

HB80   AGRITOURISM-ZONING (BURKLEY T) To limit the authority of a board of county commissioners or board of township trustees to prohibit agritourism through zoning, to apply current agricultural use valuation to land used for agritourism for property tax purposes, and to establish immunity in a civil action for agritourism providers.

            Second Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/SUBSTITUTE BILL

 

OHIO HOUSE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015, 1:30 PM, Hearing Room 114

Chair:  Rep. Brown: 614-466-8104

 

SB38   STATE-ATTORNEY CONTRACTS (SEITZ B) To provide transparency in contracts between the state and private attorneys.

            Second Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

HB37   BEER-LIQUOR MARKET PERMIT (STINZIANO M, DUFFEY M) To allow a person to possess beer or intoxicating liquor on the premises of a market if the beer or intoxicating liquor has been purchased from a D liquor permit holder that is located in the market.

            Fifth Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

 

OHIO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015, 1:30 PM, Hearing Room 121

Chair:  Rep. McClain: 614-644-6265

 

HB91   CEMETERIES-PROPERTY TAX (GREEN D) To lengthen the maximum term of a property tax levied for the purpose of operating a cemetery.

            Second Hearing, Proponent Testimony

HB133 NONPROFIT DEGREE-TAX CREDIT (SCHAFFER T, ASHFORD M) To authorize an income tax credit for individuals that earn a nonprofit management degree or certain professional designations and to allow a sales tax exemption for out-of-state nonprofit corporations that relocate jobs to Ohio.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB102 VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES (CRAIG H, ANTANI N) To provide a bid preference for state contracts to a veteran-owned business and to authorize a personal income and commercial activity tax credit for a business that hires and employs a veteran for at least one year.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

OHIO SENATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

Wed., Apr. 29, 2015, 9:00 AM, South Hearing Room

Chair:  Sen. Peterson: 614-466-8156

Testimony on HB64 from Department of Taxation and Board of Tax Appeals.

 

SB6     JOINT COMMITTEE ON OHIO COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY (JONES S, EKLUND J) To increase the maximum income tax deduction for college savings contributions to $10,000 annually for each beneficiary.

            Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

HB64  OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

            First Hearing, Invited Testimony

 

OHIO HOUSE HEALTH AND AGING COMMITTEE

Wed., Apr. 29, 2015, 9:30 AM, Hearing Room 116

Chair:  Rep. Gonzales: 614-466-4847

 

HCR12 INFANT MORTALITY-PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS (LATOURETTE S, ANTONIO N) To declare Ohio's rate of infant mortality a public health crisis and urge comprehensive preterm birth risk screening for all pregnant women in Ohio.

            Second Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

HB142 ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH (HAGAN C) To designate the month of March as "Endometriosis Awareness Month."

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB124 VENEREAL DISEASES-PRESCRIPTION AUTHORITY (JOHNSON T, HUFFMAN S) Regarding the authority to prescribe without examination a drug for a sexual partner of a patient diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis.

            Second Hearing, Proponent Testimony

HB89   MEDICAID SCHOOL PROGRAM (DEVITIS A) Regarding the Medicaid School Program.

            Third Hearing, Opponent Testimony, SUBSTITUTE BILL

HB95   DENTAL INSURERS-NO FEE SCHEDULE (DEVITIS A) To prohibit a health insurer from establishing a fee schedule for dental providers for services that are not covered by any contract or participating provider agreement between the health insurer and the dental provider.

            Third Hearing, Opponent Testimony

HB116 PARTIAL-PRESCRIPTION REFILLS (BROWN T, GINTER T) To provide for partial drug prescription refills for the purpose of synchronizing multiple prescriptions for one patient.

            Second Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

 

OHIO HOUSE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMITTEE

Wed., Apr. 29, 2015, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 121

Chair:  Rep. Schaffer: 614-466-8100

 

HCR9  SUSTAINABLE ENERGY-ABUNDANCE PLAN (BAKER N, BOOSE T) To establish a sustainable energy-abundance plan for Ohio to meet future Ohio energy needs with affordable, abundant, and environmentally friendly energy.

            Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE 

 

OHIO HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

Wed., Apr. 29, 2015, 2:00 PM, Hearing Room 121

Chair:  Rep. Maag: 614-644-6023

OR AFTER SESSION

 

HB141 HISTORICAL SOCIETY NAME CHANGE (HAMBLEY S, BOYCE K) To change the name of the Ohio Historical Society to the Ohio History Connection.

            Second Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

HB130 PUBLIC RECORDS-DATA BOARD (HAGAN C, DUFFEY M) To create the DataOhio Board, to specify requirements for posting public records online, to require the Auditor of State to adopt rules regarding a uniform accounting system for public offices, to establish an online catalog of public data at data.Ohio.gov, to establish the Local Government Information Exchange Grant Program, and to make an appropriation.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB143 STATE HISTORICAL STRUCTURE (GONZALES A) To designate the barn as the official historical architectural structure of the state.

            First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

OHIO SENATE FINANCE - CORRECTIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Thu., Apr. 30, 2015, 10:00 AM, North Hearing Room

Chair:  Sen. Uecker: 614-466-8082

Testimony from the following:

- Attorney general

- Department of Natural Resources

 

HB64 OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

            First Hearing, Invited Testimony

 

OHIO SENATE MEDICAID COMMITTEE

Thu., Apr. 30, 2015, 1:30 PM, Senate Finance Hearing Room

Chair:  Sen. Burke: 614-466-8049

The committee will take public testimony, anticipated to begin at 6 p.m., after hearing from the following agencies:

- Department of Health

 

HB64 OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

            First Hearing, All Testimony

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

 

OHIO ENERGY MANDATES STUDY COMMITTEE

Thu., May. 7, 2015, 10:00 AM, Senate Finance Hearing Room

Chair:  Sen. Troy Balderson: 614-466-8076

Agenda TBA