This Week in Public Policy - January 25 - 29, 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

On Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, the Ohio Home and Community Based Services Coalition held an Advocacy 101 Panel. Featured speakers included Connie Nolder (CRN Consultants), Gina Wilt (Coalition for Homelessness & Housing) and Susan Kohler (Disability Rights Ohio). If you were unable to participate, but would still like to view the training, you can visit here.

In Washington

Nothing to report.


NEXT Week in Public Policy: February 1 - 5, 2021

In Ohio

On Monday, February 1, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine is expected to release his budget blueprint for the state’s two-year operating budget. The governor is expected to present the budget at a noon press conference, however, most insiders are suggesting the document won’t be available until later in the evening. We will see in Monday.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Ohio Home and Community Based Services Coalition will hold a second online training. This training will feature how to use social media in your advocacy efforts. Featured speakers include Kelsey Bergfeld (Advocates for Ohio’s Future), Shari Cooper (Self-Advocate Extroadinaire), and Celine Coming (ACLU of Ohio). Participation is free, but registration is required. The event is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on Senate Bill 17 (Medicaid/SNAP ID and Work Requirements). The bill would implement photo identification requirements and some work requirements for certain recipients of Medicaid (Ohio Families and Children and Medicaid Group VIII). The bill intends to exempt the ABD Group of Medicaid form these requirements. The hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking public input on their proposed 5-Year Plan on Developmental Disabilities. Anyone can offer public comment on the plan. The Council has created a page on its website that includes plain-language descriptions of the projects in their plan, and has links to official plan language for review. Interested parties are able to comment on all or select parts of the state plan. The deadline to submit comments is Sunday, February 28th, 2021.

In Washington

The US Congress is starting to show signs of life in the committee settings. Many House Committees are scheduling organization meetings for this week, with a few announcing additional hearings on COVID vaccines and stimulus packages. The US Senate continues with confirmation hearings.


Upcoming Dates/Events

The DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is scheduled to be a VIRTUAL event on March 2, 2021. The event will still have a formal program beginning at 10:00 a.m. and offer advocates from across the state an opportunity to meet with their legislator via video chat throughout the day. Registration can be found here.


Facts That May Only Interest Me: The state of Connecticut has a regulation that requires pickles to bounce. And a city in Illinois has a law on its books that prohibits “fancy bike riding”, requiring riders to keep both hands on the handlebars. The top prize for “I wonder what prompted them to pass this law” is a Missouri law that makes it illegal to “swing upon” another person’s car and honk their horn for them.