COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced that Kimberly Zianno Hartman was selected to fill the Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Human Resources position. This hiring stems from Speaker Householder’s promise to bring on staff a qualified and tenured Human Resources professional for the Ohio House.


Prior to this selection, Speaker Householder formed a bi-partisan work group to study the human resources needs of the House. This group worked together to develop the position description and screen candidates.


“I’m pleased to have Ms. Hartman join us at the House,” said Speaker Householder. “She has extensive senior leadership experience in human resources, legal and operations in the public and private sectors. She will serve our chamber well.”


Kimberly Hartman is coming to the House from Nationwide Insurance where she served as the Director of HR Compliance, Policy Governance and ADA/FMLA. Additionally she worked for the State of Ohio at various agencies in both attorney and labor relations roles for more than two decades, most recently at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.


Hartman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University.  She also obtained her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


Hartman will assume her position on July 1, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 8, Foster Caregiver Training legislation. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) revises the requirements for foster caregiver training in Ohio so that these potential foster parents can be trained, licensed, and approved in a more effective manner.


House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said House Bill 8 is an important part of the House’s efforts to help foster children.


“Our foster care system is experiencing an unprecedented strain as a result of the drug addiction crisis,” said Speaker Householder. “We’ve done a lot to help those suffering from addiction. It’s important that we help those impacted by this addiction crisis, especially children.”


House Bill 8 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“We made a promise to families—that they come first, and HB 8 keeps that promise by giving more Ohio children a shot at a better life and a brighter future,” said Leader Sykes. “It’s important that we continue working together to move our state forward and restore Ohio’s promise so that every child can live out their American dream right here at home, in Ohio.”


“I am thrilled to see House Bill 8 pass out of the House with overwhelming support,” Rep. Manchester shared. “As a result of the opioid epidemic, our foster care needs have increased by 25 percent in recent years. This bill will ensure more qualified parents are equipped to lend helping hands to our kids in the foster care system. Addressing the shortage of foster caregivers in Ohio is long overdue and I am deeply humbled to sponsor this legislation with Representative Galonski.”


“This legislation will cut back the red tape so that those who are on the frontlines of Ohio’s foster care crisis can act swiftly and effectively,” said Rep. Galonski. “It is our job as legislators to protect our most vulnerable population: our children. HB 8 alleviates a heavy burden on Ohio’s foster care system while also prioritizing the well-being of our children. I am proud to spearhead this bipartisan effort and delighted that we were able to move it through the House quickly.”


HB 8 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 4, legislation that streamlines Ohio’s process for creating new job training certificates and industry-recognized credential programs. House Bill 4 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“House Bill 4 reduces burdens for our employers and helps Ohioans.” said Speaker Householder (R-Glenford). “Our sponsors, Representatives Richardson and Robinson, put a lot of work into this bill to make it work for Ohio. I thank them for their diligence and time. This bill will make a difference and help Ohioans compete in the 21st century workforce.”


“Cutting red tape and better connecting businesses with a skilled workforce keeps our promise to everyday Ohioans, that if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be able to get ahead and save for the future,” said Leader Sykes. “Expanding opportunity and building an economy that works for everyone moves our state forward and restores our promise as an opportunity state.”


This legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon) streamlines the process for businesses to create new workforce certificate programs. This will enable the state to more quickly respond to changes in job training needs.


“House Bill 4 is a huge step forward for both Ohio’s business community and its workers,” said Rep. Richardson. “With its passage, more new businesses will want to locate in Ohio to employ the skilled workforce found here, and current Ohio businesses will be able to cut through red tape around industry recognized credentials and certificates and spend more time focused on their core missions. Ultimately, Ohioans will benefit because they will be well prepared and trained to meet our changing workforce needs.”


Under the bill, businesses who believe a new job training certificate program is needed would be able to work directly with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, which would then vet the proposal and work with state education officials to develop curriculum, standards, or materials necessary for the credential or certificate program.


“While affordable access to college is important for our children’s future, workforce training and certification are equally important ways for Ohioans to live their American dream,” said Rep. Robinson. “HB 4 will help expand workforce development options for workers looking to make a better life for themselves and their families. Ohioans don’t want a hand out, they want a leg up, and more training options means better paying jobs and careers.”


HB 4 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today approved the budget for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.


A highlight of the budget is a provision that would allow peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.


Currently, PTSD benefits are permitted only when there is an accompanying physical injury.


House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said the change is long overdue.


“We have first responders who are getting post-traumatic stress disorder because of their job. We also know they can’t get the support they need under Ohio’s current workers’ comp law. That changes under the legislation the House approved today,” Householder said. “It’s the right thing to do for people who are putting their lives on the line for us every single day."


Other provisions of the workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 80, include language requiring the state’s superintendent of industrial compliance to establish a test, consistent with that used by the Internal Revenue Service, to determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under Ohio’s workers’ comp, unemployment and income tax laws.


The legislation also includes $11 million to assist 25 counties in Southeast Ohio that received disaster declarations following a pair of floods over the past 18 months. 


The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is the largest state-fund workers’ compensation system in the United States, and also one of the 10 largest underwriters of workers’ compensation in the country. The agency receives no state general revenue funding; workers’ comp coverage and the agency’s operations are funded through employers’ assessments.


The BWC budget now moves to the Senate for further consideration. It must be signed into law by June 30.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Bills to expand access to drug treatment, improve college credit transfers and help behavioral health are among the bills announced today by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs.


Householder (R-Glenford) said that while the topics of this latest round of House priority legislation, like the bills proposed last week, are diverse, they share the common theme of lawmakers working together to solve problems.


“I think it sends a pretty powerful message to our constituents and our country that Ohio is a place where people roll up their sleeves, work together and get things done,” Householder said.


“Many of these commonsense, bipartisan proposals before you today will move our state forward by expanding opportunity and giving everyday Ohioans a real shot at living the American Dream right here at home, in Ohio,” said Boggs (D-Columbus).


The bills proposed today are:


Treatment in Lieu of Conviction (House Bill 1) – Expands access to treatment in lieu of conviction and sealing of low-level, non-violent, non-sex offenses. The goal is to expand opportunity for those who have made a mistake to right a wrong and become a productive member of society. Sponsored by Representatives Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo).


Addressing the Shortage of Public Defenders (House Bill 5) – Creates the Public Defender State Loan Repayment Program to help recruit and retain attorneys to serve as public defenders. This is similar to what Ohio already does to help encourage physicians, dentists and dental hygienists to serve in areas facing a shortage of those professionals. Sponsored by Representatives Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) and David Leland (D-Columbus).


Improving Credit Transfers (House Bill 9) – The legislation contains common sense reforms to improve credit transfers from one public school to another and help students who have left school determine if, with the coursework they have completed, they are eligible for an associate’s degree or job training certificate. Sponsored by Representatives Don Jones (R-Freeport) and Bride Sweeney (D-Cleveland).


Behavioral Health (House Bill 12) – The legislation creates the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network. This will bring together a diverse group of experts to develop evidence- and outcome-based solutions to improve the mental health of children and young adults, and reduce suicides. Half of all mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults. Sponsored by Representatives Don Manning (R-New Middletown) and Thomas West (D-Canton).

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, along with House leadership and members from both parties, today unveiled a series of bills to address issues related to domestic violence, infant mortality, economic development and drug addiction.


“Our job is to solve problems,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “We believe these bills, along with other legislation our members are working on, will make a difference in the lives and communities of Ohio.”


“Many of our priorities, like Aisha’s law, are critical to the safety and security of all Ohioans,” said Sykes (D-Akron). “No one should have to live in fear for themselves or their family, and more people should have more tools to build better lives and brighter futures in our state.”


The bills introduced today are:


Aisha’s Law (House Bill 3) – The legislation aims to reduce domestic violence by increasing support for victims, advancing preventative measures and toughening domestic violence penalties. The legislation is named for Aisha Fraser, who was killed Nov. 17, 2018. She was a victim of domestic violence prior to her death. Sponsored by Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton).


Prenatal Care (House Bill 11) – The goal of the legislation is to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of the mother and child. Mothers receiving Medicaid-funded services consistently face lower health outcomes, and Ohio’s infant mortality rate among African-Americans is three times that of white children. The bill would expand tobacco cessation and oral healthcare, increase lead education and support group prenatal healthcare programs to improve the health of the mother and decrease the chances of infant illness or death. Sponsored by Reps. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland).


Job Training (House Bill 4) – The legislation would streamline the process for businesses to create new workforce certificate programs. This will enable the state to more quickly respond to changes in job training needs. Businesses continually need growing and changing skillsets in the workforce, but need a team to help navigate the state’s education systems just to propose the creation of new job training certificate programs. Under the bill, businesses who believe a new job training certificate program is needed would be able to work directly with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, which would then vet the proposal and work with state education officials to develop curriculum, standards, or materials necessary for the credential or certificate program. Sponsored by Reps. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon).


Broadband Expansion (House Bill 13) – Approximately one million Ohioans lack access to broadband services. These gaps are typically in rural or low income areas of the state. House Bill 13 would create the Residential Broadband Expansion Program, which would provide grants to municipalities and townships to help fund projects that provide broadband to residential areas within their boundaries that are without broadband access. Sponsored by Reps. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren), along with co-sponsor Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville).


Governor’s Office of Drug Policy (House Bill 10) – Ohio is one of the states hardest hit by the drug crisis. The bill would create a permanent, centralized office within the governor’s office to coordinate the state’s drug-related efforts and help support local efforts, including sharing best practices that have made a difference and helping facilitate mutual aid across communities. Sponsored by Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva).

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today unveiled a series of bills to improve foster care and job training, and protect Ohio’s water.


The package builds on the work done in the state budget bill, which passed the House last week by a wide, bipartisan margin.


“By working together we can strengthen Ohio families, give our children a brighter future and create a strong foundation for economic growth,” said Sykes (D-Akron).


One of the major tenets of the House budget plan was to invest in Ohio’s foster care system, which is being stretched to the limit by the drug crisis. The number of kids in foster care has increased 25 percent in recent years to more than 15,000.


“The state’s done a lot to help those struggling with addiction. What we’re trying to do is make sure we’re also helping others who have been impacted by the addiction crisis,” Householder said.


Two of the bills proposed today, House Bills 8 and 14, continue the House’s work on foster care.


House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) would improve Ohio’s foster caregiver training so potential foster parents can be trained, licensed and approved more effectively.


House Bill 14, sponsored by Rep Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) would create the Kinship Navigator Program. The program would help kinship caregivers locate support services that are available to them, and expands the definition of kindship so more family members can qualify.


The other two priority bills introduced Monday are:



  • Tech Cred job training grant and reimbursement program – House Bill 2, sponsored by Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) would create funding mechanisms to support training for in-demand jobs. The Tech Cred program would be geared toward the incumbent workforce and individuals looking to enter an in-demand field. Businesses and individuals would be eligible to apply.

  • H2Ohio – House Bill 7, sponsored by Haraz Ghanbari (R-Bowling Green) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and creates the H2Ohio Endowment Board and establishes a state trust to fund the preservation and restoration of Ohio’s lakes and rivers. The measure will provide a long-term plan for Ohio, creating a secure, sustainable funding stream for the protection of water quality. The state budget bill approved last week, House Bill 166, included $86 million for the first two years of H2Ohio, as well as language creating an advisory board for the program.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today passed its version of the two-year state budget, a plan that cuts taxes, invests in our schools and supports at-risk youth.


House Speaker Larry Householder said the plan invests in Ohio’s future and protects Ohio’s most vulnerable. It received strong bipartisan support, passing 85-9.


“We had some really good debates and good ideas, and I think this budget will make a difference for Ohioans,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “Some of the ideas we talked are going to become separate bills in order to build them out a bit more. We’re just getting started.”


The budget bill, House Bill 166, is the product of extensive work by members of the Ohio House. The Finance Committee and its five subcommittees collectively heard 135 hours of testimony. The House plan builds on the budget Gov. Mike DeWine proposed earlier this year.


Key provisions of the bill include:



  • Meaningful personal income tax relief for all Ohioans. The House plan completely eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Record funding for Ohio’s schools. The legislation builds on Gov. Mike DeWine’s blueprint and adds $125 million more over the next two years, with more being provided to areas with higher poverty.

  • Major investments in foster care, which has been a priority of many lawmakers. The House package doubles funding for foster care above what had been proposed by the governor. In addition to supporting local Jobs and Family Services operations, funding in House Bill 166 would be used to help at-risk youth and support recruiting additional foster care parents.

  • Medicaid reform, including increasing pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) transparency and accountability within the Medicaid program.


The budget bill now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


A new two-year state budget must be signed into law by June 30, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House Finance Committee today approved a major package of tax relief, record investments in education and support for at-risk kids in its version of the two-year state budget.


The $68.85 billion spending plan contained in House Bill 166 is the result of 135 hours of testimony from nearly 600 witnesses by the committee as well as its five subcommittees.


“This is a sustainable, responsible budget plan that is structurally balanced,” said Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). “It provides meaningful personal income tax relief for all Ohioans, especially for low income Ohioans, while investing in our schools and helping at-risk youth.”


Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said this budget is about expanding opportunity, protecting vulnerable Ohioans and investing in Ohio’s future. He said he is especially pleased with the bill’s major investment in foster care.


“We’ve done a lot in recent years to help those suffering from addiction,” Householder said. “This budget takes an important additional step by helping those impacted by the addiction crisis, in particular children.”


He praised the work of Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager, and subcommittee chairs Rick Carfagna, Robert Cupp, Dave Greenspan, James Hoops and Mark Romanchuk for their leadership in crafting the budget.


“The members of the committee, and frankly the House as a whole, really took their charge seriously,” Householder said. “They rolled up their sleeves, rose to the challenge and crafted a really good budget for the people of Ohio.”


Changes made to the bill Wednesday include:



  • Expanding the House personal income tax relief plan. The budget eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Increasing the minimum teacher base salary in Ohio, for an individual with a bachelor’s degree, from $20,000 to $30,000.

  • Permitting school districts to propose a school safety and security levy that would provide funding to local chartered non-public schools in addition to the district.

  • Creating a study committee to examine whether Ohio would benefit from the creation of a maritime commission, something that has been done in other states.

  • Creating a series of K-12 education-related studies to be undertaken primarily by the Ohio Department of Education or the legislature’s Joint Education Oversight Committee. These reviews would cover a range of topics, including special education best practices and funding, gifted education (including incentives for rural schools to serve identified gifted children), preschool, educational service centers and alternate methods for funding community schools. Additionally, a legislative task force would study the transportation of community school and non-public school students, with an eye toward greater efficiency.


Highlights of the bill include:



  • Providing meaningful personal income tax relief. The budget completely eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Record funding for Ohio schools, with the House adding $125 million to Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed K-12 education budget.

  • $60 million over the biennium for foster care, double what had been proposed in the governor’s budget. The funding will help support local efforts, at-risk youth and recruiting additional foster parents.

  • Medicaid PBM reform to increase transparency and accountability, and protect tax dollars.


The Ohio House is scheduled to be in session beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, with lawmakers expected to consider the budget bill. The measure would then go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


The two-year spending plan is for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS - Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and the Ohio House today unveiled its rewrite of the proposed two-year state budget, with an emphasis on meaningful tax relief for working families, targeted investments in education and Medicaid reform.


“We live in a time of prosperity,” said Speaker Larry Householder. “But for too many Ohioans, that prosperity remains out of reach. That’s especially true in our urban and rural communities alike. One of our top priorities in this budget has been to empower all Ohioans, regardless of their ZIP code or circumstances.”


Householder said the House plan builds on the work of Gov. Mike DeWine, who has spent his career fighting for kids and better opportunities for all Ohioans.


The $68.7 billion two-year budget is structurally balanced.


Meaningful Tax Relief: The House budget plan provides $300 million in real tax relief for low- and moderate-income Ohioans. The plan eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,500, meaning the income tax rate for Ohio’s three lowest tax brackets is now zero. For those earning between $22,500 and $88,800, their state income tax rate will be cut 4.7 percent. The net tax cut contained in the legislation is $100 million.


Record Funding for Schools: The House also provides record funding for Ohio schools, targeting those resources to support at-risk students. The House budget builds on Governor DeWine’s proposal by adding an additional $125 million over the biennium for the Student Success and Wellness initiative, which is designed to fund services that address non-academic barriers to student success, including mental health, family engagement and support services, and mentoring.


Medicaid PBM Reform: The House plan includes several government reform measures designed to increase accountability, transparency and protect tax dollars. Included is significant legislation to increase pharmacy benefit manager transparency and accountability within the Medicaid program.


Under the bill, the state’s Medicaid pharmacy benefits manager would be bid as a standalone contract, rather than the PBM contracting with a Medicaid managed care organization. The selected PBM would act as a fiduciary to the state and be required to pursue the lowest drug costs from manufacturers on behalf of the state.


“Medicaid PBM reform is long overdue and I believe this legislation will help ensure the selected PBM is working in the best interests of the taxpayers,” Householder said.


Other highlights of the House substitute bill include:


Jobs



  • Re-establishes the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program, providing $25 million for loans and loan guarantees for the development and improvement of industrial parks in rural areas of Ohio.

  • Creates the Ohio Maritime Assistance Program, which would allow ports to seek grants to construct and improve cargo terminals. The bill provides $10 million in each of the next two fiscal years for the initiative.

  • Increases funding for the Appalachian New Economy Partnership to $2.5 million over the biennium. The initiative promotes economic development in Appalachia Ohio through investments designed to improve the region’s IT and knowledge infrastructure. Led by Ohio University, the initiative supports public-private technology partnerships within the 32-county Appalachian region. The funding will enable the ANEP to draw down additional federal dollars.

  • Provides $5 million in each of the next two years to be distributed to community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges and Ohio Technical Centers for non-credit job-related workforce training programs.


Education



  • Requires the Ohio Department of Education to establish a program requiring schools where more than 70 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced price breakfasts to offer breakfast to all students. The program would be phased in over three years. Many schools have successfully drawn down federal funding to pay for their school breakfast programs.

  • Directs the state auditor to, in consultation with the Joint Education Oversight Committee, conduct a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Education.

  • Establishes a new program at the Facilities Construction Commission, in partnership with the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Public Safety, to help school districts replace old and unsafe school buses. The legislation provides $20 million for the initiative.


Higher Education



  • The House plan provides increased support for Ohio’s colleges and universities, including mirroring the governor’s proposed increases for the following programs:


    • State Share of Instruction – This is the state’s primary financial support for public colleges and universities, accounting for nearly 75 percent of the Department of Higher Education’s budget. It would receive an additional $21.8 million in FY 2020 and $20 million in FY 2021, an increase of 1 percent each year.

    • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) – This is the state’s main needs-based financial aid for higher education students. The House plan would increase funding for this program by 21 percent in each of the next two fiscal years to $122 million in FY 20 and $148 million in FY 21.

    • Choose Ohio First – This program, which provides scholarships to students pursuing STEMM or STEMM education degrees, as well as scholarships for Patient Centered Medical Home education, would be increased by approximately $12 million in each of the next two years.

    • Ohio Technical Colleges – The budget proposes an increase of 39.7 percent over the biennium (from $16 million to $23 million) for OTCs, the most significant funding level since 2003. OTCs provide postsecondary career and technical education at 54 sites across Ohio, in collaboration with secondary career centers, high schools, and joint vocational schools. OTCs are positioned to respond quickly to the needs of business and industry by providing customized training and business consultation services to companies to assist with meeting Ohio’s workforce goals.


  • This fall, all incoming freshmen at four-year public universities in Ohio will have their tuition and general fees frozen – guaranteed – so what they pay for their first year will be the same for their fourth year.



  • Creates a new $6 million grant program to help community and technical college students with the purchase of textbooks and other instructional material.


Medicaid PBM Reform



  • Creates one uniform pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) contract for Medicaid managed care, ensuring that the PBM works for the State of Ohio and in the best interests of the taxpayers.


    • This contract will go through the procurement process under the Department of Administrative Services and be managed by the Department of Medicaid. The contract must be in place by July 1, 2020.

    • The selected PBM will be required to submit to the Department of Medicaid, on a quarterly basis, all conflicts of interest in subsidiary or sister companies, all costs pertaining to drug purchasing from manufacturers, costs paid to pharmacies, any rebate dollars, and formulary changes. ODM will then be required to furnish a report to the General Assembly within 60 days and testify at the request of the Speaker and/or Senate President on such findings.

    • Establishes that the chosen PBM will act as a fiduciary to the state and be required to pursue the lowest drug costs from manufacturers on behalf of the state.

    • Requires all data submitted by the PBM to flow directly to the Department of Medicaid and not through a Medicaid managed care organization.



Health and Human Services



  • Creates new quality incentives for Managed Care Plans to decrease costs to the Medicaid Program where they will earn dollars for averaging a lower cost for per member per month than neighboring states.

  • Provides $2 million in each fiscal year to support grants to reduce infant mortality.

  • Changes the age to buy tobacco and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.

  • Requires the director of the Department of Developmental Disabilities to establish a workgroup regarding adult day support and non-medical transportation services provided under the Medicaid waivers.

  • Requires managed care organizations to establish an employment connection incentive program to assist Medicaid recipients in obtaining and maintaining employment.

  • Establishes the Health and Human Services Efficiencies and Alignment Study Committee to examine the state’s health and human services agencies.

  • Requires the Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council to develop a comprehensive multi-system youth action plan.


Tax Changes



  • Changes the Business Income Deduction to cover the first $100,000 of business rather than the first $250,000. Eighty-six percent of taxpayers utilizing this deduction will see no change.

  • Closes a loophole in current law under which a filer using the Business Income Deduction can claim state tax benefits intended for low-income Ohioans.

  • The House plan eliminates the motion picture tax credit and a tax credit for contributing to a political campaign.

  • The legislation also eliminates sales tax exemptions for sales to motor racing teams, the purchase of gold coins and bullion, the purchase of flight simulators, aviation repair and maintenance as well as services to maintain and repair fractionally-owned aircraft.

  • Makes changes relative to the collection of sales taxes on online purchases to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision.

  • Directs ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to collect and remit sales taxes on behalf of the drivers.


H2Ohio



  • Funds the H2Ohio initiative at the governor’s requested level for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 at a combined $85 million. The House is continuing its work on a long-term plan for a secure, sustainable funding source for the protection of Ohio’s bodies of water and to preserve this valued natural resource for future generations.


Miscellaneous



  • Provides additional resources to Ohio Government Television and requires them to broadcast committee hearings.

  • Provides $8.9 million for rape crisis centers and $2 million to help victims of domestic violence.

 
 
  
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Representative Larry Householder Elected Speaker

 

COLUMBUS – On January 7th, Representative Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was elected Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 133rd General Assembly. Householder represents the 72nd House District, encompassing all of Coshocton and Perry counties, as well as parts of Licking County. Representative Householder, currently serving his second consecutive term in the Ohio House, previously served as Speaker from 2001 to 2004.



 
 

Speaker Householder Announces Several Appointments

 

COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder made several appointments today to the following special committees, the Controlling Board, and the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting. 



 
 

Speaker Householder Announces Ohio House Communications Director

 

COLUMBUS –Speaker Larry Householder today announced the selection of Gail Crawley as Communications Director for the Ohio House of Representatives.



 
 

Representative Hambley Appointed To Co-Chair Of Newly Created Economic Development Committee

 
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State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) this week was appointed by Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to serve as Co-Chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee.