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RuleWatch Ohio designed to make it easier for the public and interested parties to monitor state rules and regulations
April 29, 2013
Lawmakers Unveil New Website for Tracking State Rules

Looking to make Ohio’s rule-making process easier to follow for both business owners and the public, State Representative Ross McGregor (R- Springfield) and State Senators Frank LaRose (R-Copley) and Bob Peterson (R- Sabina) today unveiled the new RuleWatch Ohio website. McGregor, LaRose and Peterson all serve as members of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), which is responsible for ensuring state agencies do not exceed their statutory authority through rules.

By Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster)
April 26, 2013

Whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage is the hot topic in developing state governments' next budget.


State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 95, which revises Ohio law to provide the issuance of a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” for stillborn babies.

Tax on medical devices would kill jobs, hurt businesses, and deter innovation
April 24, 2013

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 6, which urges Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the new medical device tax that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

By Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina)
April 23, 2013

After a very time-consuming and deliberative process, the Ohio House of Representatives passed its version of the state operating budget. But our work continues. Not only must we have further conversations on certain topics as the Senate works on its version of the budget, but we will also likely need to work out the differences between the two bodies before Governor Kasich ultimately agrees to sign it at the end of June.

Am. Sub. H.B. 59 increases funding for schools, cuts income taxes, and begins to transform health care in Ohio
April 18, 2013
Ohio House Passes Biennial Budget with Bipartisan Support

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan, comprehensive state operating budget that provides crucial assistance to schools and community programs, while at the same time reducing the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers.

Paperless hearings saved nearly half a million pages; live streaming improved transparency
April 18, 2013
Speaker Batchelder Applauds Finance and Appropriations Committee Efficiencies, Live Streaming

With the state operating budget slated for a vote in the House, Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today commended the efforts of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee to craft a responsible budget while at the same time instituting many substantial improvements to the committee process.


The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 83, which modernizes Ohio’s psychology and school psychology licensing law.

Rep. Dovilla Applauds Passage of Keystone Pipeline Resolution

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today applauded the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 by the Ohio House of Representatives. The resolution urges the United States Department of State to approve the permit application necessary to allow construction and operation of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline that runs between the U.S. and Canada.

"Shared Work" Program Passes Ohio House

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Sub. House Bill 37,, legislation sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to help prevent layoffs across the state. The bill is now headed to the Ohio Senate where a companion bill has already passed, indicating a likelihood of bill passage in the near future.