This Week in Public Policy: April 5 - 9, 2021

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.

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In Ohio

The House and Senate were on Spring Break.

In Washington

The House and Senate were on Spring Break.


NEXT Week in Public Policy: April 12 - 16, 2021

In Ohio

The House Finance Committee has scheduled two hearings in preparation for the release of a substitute version of the state operating budget. The first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 313 of the Ohio Statehouse. The committee is also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 313 of the Ohio Statehouse.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the House Civil Justice Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on House Bill 182 (Rental Housing Discrimination). The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against a tenant of rental housing based on the source of the individual’s income. For example, if a person was using housing vouchers or SSI to help pay their rent, a landlord would be prohibited from refusing to rent or lease or require different terms for the individual. The hearing will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Room 121 of the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio Senate has also scheduled two hearings for next week on the state operating budget (House Bill 110). On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hear from Ohio Budget and Management Director Kimberly Murnieks and Legislative Service Commission Director Wendy Zahn. On Wednesday, the committee will also hear from the Governor’s office, the House and Senate, and the Departments of Education and Higher Education. This hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. On Thursday, the committee will take testimony from Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Interim Director Matt Damschroder, and from other statewide officeholders. The Thursday hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the House Families, Aging and Human Services Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on House Bill 212 (BCMH Eligibility). The bill would expand eligibility for participation into the program for medically handicapped children to individuals up to age 26. The hearing will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the House Rules Committee will consider HR 1195 (Workplace Violence Prevention for Health care and Social Service Workers Act). The committee can consider amendments, for which 7 have been submitted. The hearing will take place at 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing entitled, “Build Back Better: Investing in Equitable and Affordable Housing Infrastructure.” Invited witnesses will testify, however, they have not been named at this time. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. via Cisco WebEx.

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Transportation. The hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m.


Facts That May Only Interest Me:

According to a 2019 Study conducted by the Aspen Institute and Utah State University, ice hockey is the most expensive youth sport that families could participate in, averaging a cost of more than $2,500 per child. Also topping more than $2,000 spent per child were skiing/snowboarding and field hockey. Youth sports programs with the lowest reported average cost per child included track and field ($191), flag football ($268), and skateboarding ($380). The study also indicated that participants in lacrosse and swimming were more likely to have a family income of more than $100,000 per year.