This Week in Public Policy - November 19 - 23, 2018

This Week in Public Policy 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 and Washington

Nothing to report for this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Next Week in Public Policy: November 26 - 30, 2018

In Ohio

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee will hold its FIRST HEARING, SPONSOR TESTIMONY on House Bill 572 (PERS – County Board School Employees). The bill fixes an issue created for school employees working at a county board of developmental disabilities school whereby the employees were not receiving a full year of pension service credit when employees in other public schools receive the credit. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee will hold its SECOND HEARING, PROPONENT TESTIMONY on House Bill 300 (State ID Expiration Date for PWD). The bill would provide that identification cards issued to individuals with disabilities would have an expiration period of 15 years, instead of 4, making them last longer. People who support this bill can testify before the committee. The hearing will take place at 9:45 a.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building. Witnesses wishing to testify should contact the Chairman’s office on Monday to obtain a witness slip and to provide an advance copy of any written testimony. 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its THIRD HEARDING, ALL TESTIMONY on House Bill 271 (ADA Notification). The bill would create a process to notify a business of a potential ADA violation and provide the business an opportunity to correct the violation before an individual could file a lawsuit and recover attorney’s fees in state court. The hearing will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building. The bill is scheduled for amendments and a possible vote. Witnesses wishing to testify should contact the Chairman’s office on Monday to obtain a witness slip and to provide an advance copy of any written testimony. 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Senate Health Human Services and Medicaid will hold its FIFTH HEARING, ALL TESTIMONY on House Bill 286 (Palliative Care Programs). The bill would create the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council, to establish the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program, and require health care facilities to identify patients and residents who could benefit from palliative care. The bill is schedule for amendments and a possible vote. The hearing will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building. Witnesses wishing to testify should contact the Chairman’s office on Monday to obtain a witness slip and to provide an advance copy of any written testimony.

In Washington

No pertinent committees identified at this time.