This Week in Public Policy - October 7 - 11, 2019

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

Turnover in the Ohio legislature continues. This week, the Ohio House of Representatives announced replacements for two legislative districts that had recent departures:

Cindy Abrams will be named as the replacement for Louis Blessing in the 29th Ohio House District. Blessing was selected to replace Lou Terhar in the Ohio Senate. Abrams is a former Cincinnati Police Office and is being appointed from her seat on the Harrison City Council.

Jason Stevens was named as the replacement for Representative Ryan Smith, who announced he would be departing the legislator to become the President of Rio Grande University. Stevens was serving as the Lawrence County Auditor.

On Thursday, October 10th, former state Representative Jon Peterson passed away. Peterson was a long-time champion and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Peterson was instrumental in creating and passing the Autism Scholarship Program. His efforts to expand the scholarship to all students with disabilities earned him the namesake of the scholarship program (Jon Peterson Special Education Scholarship) available to all students who are on an IEP.

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In Ohio

On Tuesday, October 145, 2019, the House Health Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 287 (HCBS Waivers for Military Families). The bill would require state agencies to hold in reserve a number of waiver slots specifically for military families who are transferred to Ohio for active duty military service and were receiving waiver services in another state. The hearing will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, the Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing to examine the prevention of falls, focusing on national, state and local solutions. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a hearing entitled, “Examining the Future of Transportation Network Companies: Challenges and Opportunities.” The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, will hold a hearing entitled, “Food and Nutrition Service: Policy and Program Overview.” The hearing will feature Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Program Brandon Lipps. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2362-A of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Facts That May Only Interest Me: According to OBM’s monthly financial report, home prices have increased for 89 straight months, and are now 13.5 percent above the highest point ever reached and 53.4 percent above the low recorded during the housing downturn.