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On Thursday, December 27, 2018, the Senate did pass House Bill 300 (Identification Expiration Date) and the House did concur in the Senate amendments. The bill will make Identification Cards issued by the state of Ohio last for 8 years, instead of 4, for individuals who are permanently or irreversibly disabled. The bill also exempts the fee for an ID Card for any eligible individual who is also unemployed. The bill will now go to the Governor for signature.
A partial government shutdown continues, with neither side blinking.
NEXT Week in Public Policy: December 31, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Expect the report of the Technology First Council to be made public. The Council was created by an Executive Order of Governor John Kasich and charged with examining how to make technological supports for people with disabilities a priority, much like the Employment First EO stated that community employment should be a priority.
Advocates at the federal level continue to raise alarm over a Notice of Proposed Rule Making issued by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It is believed that the proposed rule would open up the definitions of the WIOA program and advocates are arguing that the perceived problems with WIOA can be fixed without altering agreed upon definitions. Keep your eye out in 2019 for updates on this issue. The proposed rule has not been made public yet, but is expected in January.