On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted 97-0 to pass House Bill 300 (ID Cards). The bill would create 15 year ID Cards for individuals who are permanently disabled and would exempt the fee in some instances. The bill will now go to the Ohio Senate will it will be referred to a committee for additional hearings.
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the House Civil Justice Committee held a hearing on House Bill 271 (ADA Notification). The bill would require notification of ADA violations to a business before a lawsuit could be filed. The committee adopted a substitute version of the bill that made the notification process voluntary. Saying that the notification is voluntary, the bill’s sponsor did clarify that individuals who did follow the new notification process would be eligible to recover attorney’s fees. The substitute bill passed out of committee by a vote of 11-0.
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on House Bill 115 (Communications Disability Database). The bill would create a voluntary database within the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) for individuals with communication disabilities. The committee adopted two amendments to the bill. The first would allow individuals to remove themselves from the list if they change their mind and the second amendment would allow individuals with PTSD to seek inclusion on the voluntary database.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 was a national call-in day in support of S. 2227 (EMPOWER Cares Act). The bill, introduced by Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, would reauthorize the Money Follows the Person Program and provide $450 Million each year through 2022. The bill was introduced in December of last year and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, US Senator Sherrod Brown signed on as a cosponsor of the bill.
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On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee will hold PROPONENT and OPPONENT Testimony on House Bill 413 (PERS for County Board Staff). The bill would allow staff working at a county board of developmental disabilities school who opt to receive pay on a 12-month schedule to receive a full year of credit in PERS. The hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the Ohio Statehouse.
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