COLUMBUS— State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) yesterday voted in favor of House Bill 197, which enacts key measures to address issues related to the coronavirus public health crisis. Scherer cosponsored the legislation, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, and now awaits Governor DeWine’s signature.


“The public health crisis that we find ourselves in today is new for all of us – all of our nation, all of Ohio and all of us legislators,” said Scherer. “I am proud to cosponsor legislation where we lawmakers were able to work together across aisles and across chambers to do what’s best for all of Ohio, and that’s providing support and reassurance and acting quickly.”


The emergency legislation passed under House Bill 197 addressed several issues, including:


- Testing & Accountability – Eliminates state-mandated K-12 student assessments for the 2019-20 school year. It eliminates Ohio’s school district and school building report cards for the 2019-20 school year, prohibits ODE from assigning letter grades to buildings or districts, prohibits rankings based on report card data and creates “safe harbor” for schools and districts to ensure data from the 2019-20 school year will have no effect in determining sanctions or penalties. The proposal directs ODE to seek a waiver from federal testing requirements.


- EdChoice Scholarship – The bill freezes the 2019-20 performance-based EdChoice building eligibility list at 517 buildings for the 2020-21 school year. The legislation allows siblings of current voucher students to participate. Under continuing law, the EdChoice application portal will open for 60 days beginning April 1, 2020, to process income-based EdChoice vouchers, renewals of existing performance-based vouchers, and new students attending the 517 buildings already on the list. The bill prohibits expansion of the building list to 1,227 buildings.


- 2020 Primary Election – The primary election in-person voting was cancelled due to the public health crisis. Ohioans that were eligible to vote on March 17, 2020, will be able to cast their ballot by mail on or before April 28, 2020. Those Ohioans that cast their ballot early will have their vote count. The Ohio Secretary of State will mail all voters a postcard informing them on how they will be able to request their ballot by mail from their local county Board of Elections. The board will send them their ballot and a postage paid return envelope.


- Tax Year Changes – Ohio’s tax filing deadline will be the same as the federal filing deadline, July 15. The legislation enables the tax commissioner to change due dates and payment dates for state tax filing to match the federal changes


The legislation also addressed other areas of concern including unemployment compensation, health care workforce support, child care access, and more.


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State Representative Gary Scherer is currently serving his fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed to the 129th General Assembly. He represents the 92nd House District, which includes Fayette County, as well as portions of Pickaway and Ross counties.


For more information, contact the office of Rep. Scherer at (614) 644-7928 or Rep92@ohiohouse.gov.

 
 
 
  
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