This Week in Public Policy: May 14 -18, 2018

In Ohio:

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee held a hearing on House Bill 332 (Discrimination in Organ Donation). The committee adopted changes to the bill that were requested by the Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The changes clarify that a lawsuit cannot be filed before a violation has occurred. Written testimony was submitted by Todd Pesavento, Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium and Kara Ayers, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital UCEDD. The chairman also added an appropriation line item to the bill to fund the Positive Education Program in Cuyahoga County.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2018, the House Aging and Long Term Care Committee held a hearing on House Bill 527 (Visitation Decisions Beyond Guardian). The bill would allow individuals to petition the court for visitation rights to an incompetent person or ward when a guardian does not approve visitation. The bill’s sponsor stated the bill was brought to her by the Area Agency on Aging advocates and that she is open to some changes following an interested party meeting with stakeholders. According to Rep. LaTourette, 11 states have passed similar laws and 33 are considering.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2018, the House Aging and Long Term Care Committee also held a hearing on House Bill 572 (PERS Service Credit for County Board School Employees). The bills sponsors explained that county board school employees have always been receiving a full year service credit, but that a recent audit of the Public Employees Retirement System discovered that PERS did not have authority to give a full year credit. The bill would correct the issue related to authority. The sponsors said that because it was already being done for 30 years, fixing the law would not have an increased cost.


NEXT Week in Public Policy: May 21 - 25, 2018

In Ohio:

On Tuesday, May 22, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on House Bill 271 (ADA Violation Notice). The bill creates a process to allow reimbursement of attorney’s fees in cases where an individual has given a business a chance to correct a violation but the business refuses to do so. The Ohio DD Council voted to become a neutral party to this legislation after amendments were made to make the notification permissive instead of mandatory. The hearing will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee will also hold PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 309 (Blindness-Guardianship and Adoption). The bill prohibits discrimination in the adoption or guardianship process due to the parent or guardian being blind. The hearing will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the House Aging and Long Term Care Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 572 (PERS – County Board School Employee). This bill was introduced earlier in this session, but was larded up with so many other things it caused the bill to die. The bill would fix a change in law that said that the school employees of a county board of developmental disabilities could not earn a full year credit in the Public Employees Retirement System because they only worked 9 months out of the year. All interested parties can testify on this bill on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing room 122 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington:

On Wednesday, Mary 23, 2018, the US House Committee on Appropriations will hold a full committee markup on the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building.