Rep. Stautberg Releases Statement On The Creation Of 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati
GE announces plan to build Global Operations Center in Ohio
April 10, 2014
Cincinnati - 

With today’s announcement that GE has selected Greater Cincinnati for its new U.S. Global Operations Center, a project that is expected to create 1,400 new local jobs, State Representative Peter Stautberg (R-Anderson Township) released the following statement:

“This is very exciting news for the Cincinnati area and our communities that are striving for opportunities, investment and economic growth. I applaud GE, JobsOhio and Regional Economic Development Initiative Cincinnati for their collaboration to make this investment possible and to help build our local economy. Providing these jobs for the people of Greater Cincinnati will continue to strengthen our communities.”

According to a joint press release from GE and JobsOhio, GE will break ground this summer and anticipates that the facility will be operational by 2017. The investment was secured by JobsOhio, which worked with GE to provide information on suitable sites for the center as well as economic development assistance. Ohio was one of a number of other locations that were in competition for the investment.


State Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) today announced that House Bill 485 has been passed by the Ohio House. The legislation would establish the Office of Human Resources Innovation within the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). It is a part of the mid-biennium review (MBR) package as suggested by Governor Kasich’s administration.

The new office would examine state government assistance programs that are run by ODJFS, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) boards, and other departments to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of unemployed Ohioans in order to get them back to work.

It would also centralize and streamline the complexities and defects of the numerous and varied systems of public assistance currently in place in Ohio. With county JFS offices overwhelmed by such processes, the Office of Human Resources Innovation seeks to remove the additional workload and ensure a stronger case management system for local offices.

Rep. Smith said, “This bill seeks to lift up Ohioans who are out of work, while updating our current systems of government assistance to make them more efficient and better able to serve the unemployed. Less bureaucracy at the local level will foster better relationships between county JFS offices and their constituent cases.”

Furthermore, the director of ODJFS must establish the new office’s organizational structure, reassign staff and resources to the office, and is responsible for its operations under the bill.

“The creation of this office will make for an easier process for those who are struggling to find employment and have their basic needs met. It will provide citizens with the assistance they need to better themselves and find steady employment,” said Rep. Johnson.

House Bill 485 will now go to the Ohio Senate for deliberation.


State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation requiring every county to have the full spectrum of opioid addiction recovery treatment and recovery housing. Rep. Sprague was the chair of the House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Committee, which traveled around Ohio last summer learning about and studying drug abuse and addiction.

Sub. H.B. 369 was introduced into the legislature in December of 2013, but its provisions were incorporated into House Bill 483 as part of the mid-biennium budget review (MBR) process. The bill requires that each county board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services (ADAMHS) establish of full spectrum of care, resources, and treatment services for opioid and co-occurring drug addiction.                                    

The complete range of recovery treatments are required to include the following under the legislation:

  • Ambulatory and sub-acute detoxification

  • Outpatient services that are both intensive and non-intensive

  • Peer mentorship

  • Residential care

  • 12-step programs

  • Medication-assisted treatment

  • Sober housing for recovery

In addition, the bill provides funding for case managers in specialty docket drug courts.

“House Bill 369 is a critical part of the legislative package that was introduced after our traveling legislative study committee,” said Rep. Sprague. “Currently, the majority of funding goes to the eight biggest counties in Ohio. So, for example, a person in a rural county might have to travel to Lucas County for detox or residential treatment, only to return home and find that there isn’t proper integrated treatment available, often resulting in relapse. With drug overdose being the number one cause of accidental death in Ohio, this issue needs to be addressed.”

Sub. H.B. 369, and its provisions in H.B. 483 as a part of the MBR, now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Ohio House Passes Veterans MBR Bill
Increases College Access and Occupational Licensure for Veterans
April 09, 2014

State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Al Landis (R-Dover) today announced passage of House Bill 488, the veterans component of the Mid-biennium Budget Review (MBR).                  

House Bill 488 is designed to create a uniform, effective process for awarding college credit to veterans for military training.  In addition, the legislation requires state institutions of higher education to establish policies regarding the support and assistance the institution will provide to veterans. 

“As our veterans re-acclimate to civilian life after their service to our state and our nation, many elect to attend college,” said Rep. Dovilla.  “This legislation not only allows the critical skills learned in the military to be translated into college credit, but it also establishes a support system for our veterans to transition back to the civilian world and succeed at our state institutions of higher education.”

Furthermore, H.B. 488 streamlines occupational licensure and workforce development initiatives for service members. 

“Ohio has a large veteran population, and the 98th House District is home to many of them,” said Rep. Landis. “Veterans in my district have told me ‘We just want a chance.’ House Bill 488 goes beyond giving them a chance; it gives them an opportunity to continue their education and move into their careers. With House Bill 488 we are making veterans our priority.”

While in committee, H.B. 488 saw additional changes, including military identity theft protections authored by Rep. Dovilla.  The changes are designed to give victims of identity theft the means to address the financial implications of having their identity stolen by providing an opportunity to recover damages for their losses.  In addition, the bill includes enhanced criminal penalties for committing these crimes against active-duty service members.

House Bill 488 will now advance to the Senate for further consideration.


State Representative Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 487, part of the Mid-Biennial Review pertaining to primary and secondary education.

“HB 487 improves on many of the reforms already initiated by this General Assembly,” said Brenner, who sponsored the legislation. “It opens dual enrollment to more students and it prevents bad community schools from reopening.”

Primarily, HB 487 creates the “College Credit Plus” (CCP) program, which was previously known as Postsecondary Enrollment Options. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, public high schools and public colleges will be required to participate in CCP, with participation by private institutions being voluntary.

The bill establishes a formula under CCP for payments to colleges and universities based on where the course is taught and the individual instructor. The formula creates a cost range per credit hour per pupil.

Under the new guidelines, all college instructors of CCP courses must meet existing credential requirements, and school districts, except under limited circumstances, may not prohibit students from participating in the program.

An amendment was added to the bill that delays the requirement that school districts provide career technical programs to students in seventh and eighth grades to permit districts more time to plan.

Finally, an omnibus amendment was added, containing several provisions, including:

  • Allowing eligible students to use EdChoice Scholarships if the Cleveland Scholarship Program is over-subscribed

  • Requiring a peer evaluation every five years of the Department of Education Office of Community School Sponsorship

  • Implementing additional accountability measures for community schools, including requiring educational service centers (ESCs) to receive approval from the Ohio Department of Education to become a statewide sponsor or to sponsor a school outside of its service area or counties and requiring sponsors to ensure financial controls are in place and enrollment has been verified prior to flowing funds to a new community school.

  • Prohibiting discrimination against home-schooled students educated in nonchartered nonpublic schools regarding admission to a public college or university

House Bill 487 will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


State Representatives Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) today announced the passage of House Bill 484, legislation that modifies laws regarding the state’s colleges and universities, from the Ohio House of Representatives.

One of the many bills within the governor’s Mid-Biennial Review, House Bill 484 authorizes community colleges to create a tuition guarantee program, where schools establish a tuition cost for incoming freshmen with the promise that the costs will not increase over the course of the student’s time at the college. This bill includes new performance based funding formulas for both Ohio Community Colleges and Ohio Technical Centers that are based on student outcomes and attainment.

“HB 484 was a collaborative effort of the Higher Education Community,” said Rosenberger, who joint-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Brown. “It represents a benchmark that Ohio is trying to set for higher education as a whole. We continue in our attempt to provide greater access and attainment for all Ohioans.

“This bill encourages schools to strive for student success by rewarding student achievement. It also provides a framework to use innovative strategies to allow families to better prepare for the cost of higher education. Furthermore, we recognize the need for continued conversation and evaluation of our current programs with recommendations from the Higher Education Student Financial Workgroup.”

Additionally, the bill creates the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Workgroup to examine the range of student financial aid in Ohio and submit recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by the end of this year. The workgroup consists of the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, members from several associations representing universities and community colleges, state legislators, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Officers.

"I am pleased to co-sponsor a bill with such broad collaborative partners,” Brown said. “We worked with the governor's office, our community colleges, the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, and others to formulate initiatives that will benefit both students and our colleges and universities.  Our overall focus is on greater student graduation rates and outcomes, and this bill certainly helps."

HB 484 also repeals existing enrollment limits for the central campuses of Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University.

Finally, the legislation requires each state university, as well as the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), to issue a report of its faculty workload policy and practices, and to submit recommendations to the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to modify those policies by June 30, 2017.

House Bill 484 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Columbus - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today voted to pass House Bill 493, a component of the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) package that makes various revisions to Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.

Among other provisions in the legislation, House Bill 493:

  • Requires the Administrator of Workers’ Compensation to calculate workers’ compensation premiums for most employers on a prospective, rather than retrospective, basis

  • Requires most employers to pay premiums on an annual basis, rather than semi-annually as under current law

  • Makes other changes to conform the Workers’ Compensation Law to the prospective payment of premiums

  • Allows the Administrator to provide limited other-states’ coverage to provide workers’ compensation coverage for Ohio employees who are temporarily working in another state in addition to other-states’ coverage

  • Prescribes procedures the Administrator must follow to secure a vehicle through which to provide limited other-states’ coverage, which is similar to how the Administrator selects the vehicle for other-states’ coverage under continuing law

  • Eliminates the requirement that an employers that has other-states’ coverage segregate payroll on the employer’s annual payroll report based upon whether an employee is covered under other-states’ coverage

  • Allows the Administrator to adopt rules with respect to the information to be excluded from the calculation of an employer’s state fund premium when the employer obtains other-states’ coverage through the Administrator, rather than requiring the information to be excluded as under current law

“I am pleased with the passage of this BWC legislation,” said State Representative Barbara Sears, (R-Monclova), who sponsored House Bill 493 with State Representative Mike Henne (R-Clayton). “Ohio continues to prioritize the needs of our injured workers with the need to continue to improve the quality and the competitiveness of our Workers’ Compensation program.”

“We have addressed some of the concerns that Ohio businesses have regarding Workers’ Compensation,” said Rep. Henne. “House Bill 493 is a huge step in the right direction toward making Ohio’s system more workable and fair.”

House Bill 493 has received the support of BWC Director Steve Buehrer, Jason T. Stevenson of Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, NFIB Ohio, Ohio Pharmacists Association, Associated General Contractors of Ohio, Ohio State Chiropractic Association, Ohio Home Builders Association, Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, and Ohio School Boards Association.

House Bill 493 will move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Columbus - 

State Representatives Nan Baker (R-Westlake) and Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 486, legislation that makes changes to the coordination of workforce development and economic development programs.

Specifically, House Bill 486 focuses on a number of issues including the evaluation of workforce programs by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation; compliance incentive programs; innovation financial assistance or research and development financial assistance; and synchronization of economic development report due dates.

“There is no greater opportunity than the opportunity for employment,” said Rep. Baker. “A job provides the ability to support yourself, your family and contribute to your community.  House Bill 486 continues to focus on the importance of workforce training.  As I continue to say, ‘It’s all about the jobs!’”

House Bill 486 is a component of the Mid-Biennium Review, a package of bills that addresses recommendations from the Kasich Administration and cabinet directors on how to better administer and improve the programs they oversee.

House Bill 486 passed with unanimous support and will now undergo consideration in the Ohio Senate.

Columbus - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 483, legislation that makes appropriation changes and minor policy changes as part of the Mid-Biennial Review (MBR), a package of bills that strives to initiate reforms to state spending, agency operations, and state policies and programs.

House Bill 483 includes provisions that deal with a variety of issues, from shared services and autism intervention training to Clean Ohio Conservation Grants and the Tobacco Use Prevention Fund. These provisions were included at the request of a number of state agencies and organizations through recommendations to improve their operations.

“House Bill 483 focuses on helping our communities lift more of our struggling Ohioans to a better place, to help them help themselves to a better place, where they are less dependent on the taxpayers for public services,” said Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster).

During the committee process, the House Finance and Appropriations Committee included a provision to require Ohio’s counties to have the full spectrum of integrated opioid addiction recovery treatment—which includes peer mentoring, residential care, outpatient services, 12-step programs, and other services—and recovery housing. These are components of Rep. Robert Sprague’s (R-Findlay) House Bill 369, which was amended into House Bill 483.

A measure was also included to specify that college athletes are not employees of the university, a proactive response to Northwestern University football players being granted the right unionize.

Other components of House Bill 483 include but are not limited to:

• $10 million to protect vulnerable older Ohioans

• $10 million to protect Ohio’s children

• $3 million for the Workforce Training Program that strives to help economically disadvantaged Ohioans

• Provides flexibility in staffing and shared services for county boards of developmental disabilities

• Provides the Board of Pharmacy more resources to upgrade the OARRS system to fight the opiate epidemic

• Provides better access to quality childcare and early learning opportunities for low-income youth

• $2.5 million for the Adult Opportunity Pilot Program, which will permit an eligible community college, state community college, technical college, or Ohio Technical Center to offer a program to allow eligible students to obtain a high school diploma

• Requiring the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to develop and implement a data match program to intercept child support from lottery prize awards and casino winnings if an individual is determined to be in default.

• Requiring the administrator of a long-term care facility to search an individual’s name in the Attorney General’s sex offender database before admitting the individual as a resident of the facility and follow certain protocols if the individual is found to be a sex offender.

• Enabling a chemical dependency counselor to achieve a pathological and problem gambling endorsement on the counselor’s license to enable the counselor to address gambling addiction disorders.

• Requiring the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to establish a voluntary training and certification program for individuals who provide evidence-based interventions to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

• Requiring tattoo parlor operators to ensure that all equipment used to apply tattoos or body piercings is disinfected and sterilized according to Ohio law and regulations.

• Creating the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency within the scope of the Office of Health Transformation law.

• Requiring that repayment of a Clean Ohio Conservation grant be deposited into the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund for return to the natural resource assistance council that approved the original grant application and to be used for the same purpose that a grant was originally approved for.

House Bill 483 will undergo further consideration in the Ohio Senate.

Columbus - 

State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 492, legislation that streamlines and simplifies the administration of taxes in the state of Ohio.

A component of the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) package of bills, House Bill 492 addresses a variety of tax and compliance issues, including:

  • Shifting the duty of selling cigarette tax stamps and receiving cigarette tax returns from the Treasurer of State to the Tax Commissioner

  • Renaming the tax levied on the basis of gross receipts from the first sale of motor fuel in the state from the “motor fuel receipts tax” to the “petroleum activity tax” (PAT)

  • Authorizing vendors and others required to hold a sales or use tax license whose business and home address is the same to apply to the Tax Commissioner to keep the address confidential

  • Ensuring that a petroleum activity tax (PAT) taxpayer may claim on its first PAT filing on November 10, 2014 the Job Retention/Job Creation tax credits

“I was happy to be a sponsor of this bill. It has been my goal since taking office to simplify Ohio’s laws and remove burdensome regulations,” said Rep. Scherer. “I believe that House Bill 492 does just that.”

House Bill 492 has received the support of the Ohio Department of Taxation Commissioner Joe Testa, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler, and Ohio Development Services Agency Chief of Business Services Daryl Hennessy.

House Bill 492 passed with unanimous support and now awaits further consideration in the Ohio Senate.


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