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On Monday, January 14, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed six new executive orders. By now, you should have received notification that the third executive order that was signed established Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities. The order creates a new position within state government (ADA Coordinator) and charges the coordinator with working with all state agencies, boards, commissions, etc. to identify and eliminate barriers to employing people with disabilities, and to develop and require training for all staff in the state of Ohio on disability awareness and etiquette. There are other duties included, which can be found here.
On Friday, January 18, 2019, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued a notice to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. The notice advises recipients that the February benefit was issued early due to the federal government shutdown, and that recipients do not need to exhaust the benefit by January 20th, but rather to try and spread the benefit out for as long as possible. A benefit will not be issued in February as long as the federal shutdown continues.
The National Council on Disabilities website reports that the American Dental Association has agreed to amend their Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. The changes would add people with disabilities to the list of protected classes that could not be denied services. The changes will also stipulate that a dentist that does not have the skills, knowledge, equipment or expertise should not deny services to a patient, but rather refer the patient to a dentist with the ability to serve a person with a disability.
On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Schumer reintroduced S. 117, the Disability Integration Act. The bill prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities who are seeking long term services and supports in community settings. More information can be found online at www.disabilityintegrationact.org. At introduction, the bill included neither US Senator from Ohio.
Committee appointments are continuing to be made for members of congress, with new member Troy Balderson being appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (joining Bob Gibbs as a member on the committee from Ohio), and Anthony Gonzalez being appointed to the House Committee on Financial Services (joining Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers as a member on the committee from Ohio). Additionally, Tim Ryan has been named Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
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