On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the Senate agreed to amendments made in the House of Representatives on Senate Bill 144 (State Rehabilitation Council). The bill consolidates the Consumer Advisory Council, the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commission into a single Council comprised of 15 individuals, a majority of whom would be individuals with disabilities.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee held SPONSOR Testimony on Senate Bill 107 (ID Card Expiration Date). The bill proposes to allow identification cards issued to veterans who are blind or disabled and to individuals with a developmental disability who are not drivers to last for eight years instead of four. The committee adopted a substitute version of the bill to include individuals with developmental disabilities.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed House Bill 115 (Communications Disability Registry). The bill would create a voluntary registry within the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) that would identify individuals who have a communication disability. The committee adopted an amendment that would permit individuals to remove their name from the registry. Michael Kirkman, executive director of Disability Rights Ohio provided interested party testimony.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Representatives Thomas West and Darrell Kick introduced House Bill 519 (Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations). The bill creates the Ohio Council on Transportation Technology to make recommendations regarding state policies related to driverless vehicles. The bill has not been referred to a committee yet.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Representatives Gary Scherer and John Patterson introduced House Bill 524 (ABLE Account Tax Deductions). The bill allows for a tax deduction from Ohio income tax for contributions to an ABLE account that may be located in another state. Current law only permits a tax deduction for contributions made to an ABLE account established in Ohio. The bill has not been referred to a committee.
No committees this week in Washington. As promised last week, an update on the federal budget. Again, the Trump Administration proposes cuts to programs like DD Councils and University Centers of Excellence. A complete overview of these and other program changes can be found in the HHS Budget Overview.
NEXT Week in Public Policy: February 26, 2018 – March 2, 2018
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 195 (Transporting People with Disabilities). The bill would change the certification requirements of transportation agencies to transport individuals with mobility impairments in non-emergency situations. Amendments and a possible vote are scheduled. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on House Bill 332 (Transplants – Person with a Disability). The bill makes it illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability eligible to receive an organ donation. The hearing will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.
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