This Week in Public Policy - February 28 - March 4, 2022

This Week in Public Policy, written by DD Council staff person Paul Jarvis, provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level that is of interest to people with disabilities.

To subscribe to these weekly updates, send an email to Paul Jarvis at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov.


In Ohio

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the House Health Committee held PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 242 (Autism Acceptance Month). The bill designates the month of April as Autism Acceptance Month, renaming it from Autism Awareness Month. Written testimony in support of the bill was sent in by: Cynthia Johnson (Cleveland Clinic) and Laurie Cramer (Autism Society of Greater Akron/Autism Society of Ohio).

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, Governor Mike DeWine signed Executive Order 2022-01D. The order is intended to speed up American Rescue Plan Act funding intended for waiver providers and residential care facilities. The order waives the rules process that would have been required following the passage of House Bill 169, speeding up the payment process for providers of services.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, advocates, family members, county board representatives and staff, provider staff and organizations participated in the Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day event at the Ohio Statehouse. Early estimates have in-person attendance at more than 350 people and online participants at nearly 400. The program included presentations from Lt. Governor Jon Husted, DODD Director Kim Hauck, Self-Advocate and Family Advocate Panel Members Michael Richards, Dara Walburn and Karen Kerr, and a keynote address by Kevin Flynn, Chairman of the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council. The program featured opening and closing performances by Zayne Harshaw and attendees also received video welcomes from Treasurer of State Robert Sprague and OOD Director Kevin Miller. The event can still be viewed on the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Facebook Page and on the Ohio Channel.

In Washington

No pertinent congressional hearings related to disabilities were held this week.


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In Ohio

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the House Health Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 242 (Autism Acceptance Month). The bill proposes to change Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month. The bill is slated for possible amendments and a possible vote. The hearing will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 121 of the Ohio Statehouse.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the House Civil Justice Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 488 (Guardianships). The bill makes multiple changes to Ohio’s Guardianship Laws as recommended by the Ohio Association of Probate Judges Modernization Committee.. The bill is slated for possible amendments. The hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Room 121 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington

No pertinent congressional hearings related to disabilities have been scheduled for this week.


Facts That May Only Interest Me

Cruise lines use software that predicts what passengers will eat based on their home state or nation, their age and other factors to help them with their provisioning. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class Cruise Ships are acknowledged as the largest cruise ships in the world. Provisioning for a typical Oasis Class Cruise Ship includes:

  • 18,314 lbs. of beef
  • 19,723 lbs. of chicken
  • 7,070 lbs. of fish
  • 46,800 eggs
  • 7,397 lbs. of cheese
  • 2,622 gallons of milk
  • 9,000 lbs. of lettuce
  • 14,800 lbs. of potatoes
  • 21,000 ice cream cones
  • 10,680 hot dogs