This Week in Public Policy - January 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

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 300 (Identification Expiration Date). The law will take effect in 90 days.

On Thursday, January 10, 2019 Governor-elect Mike DeWine named 13 additional Cabinet appointments. A complete list of all nominees to date appears below. 

  • Adjutant General – John Harris
  • Administrative Services – Matthew Dramschroder
  • Aging – Ursel McElroy
  • Agriculture – Dorothy Pelanda
  • Budget and Management – Kimberly Murnieks
  • Commerce – Sheryl Maxfield
  • Development Services Agency – Lydia Mihalik
  • Developmental Disabilities – Jeff Davis
  • Environmental Protection Agency – Laurie Stevenson
  • Health
  • Higher Education – Randy Gardner
  • Insurance – Jillian Froment
  • Job and Family Services – Kimberly Hall
  • Medicaid – Maureen Corcoran
  • Mental Health and Addiction Services – Lori Criss
  • Natural Resources – Mary Mertz
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities – Kevin Miller
  • Public Safety – Thomas Stickrath
  • Public Utilities
  • Rehab and Corrections – Annette Chambers-Smith
  • Taxation – Jeff McClain
  • Transportation – Jack Marchbanks
  • Veterans Services – Major General Deborah Ashenhurst
  • Workers’ Compensation – Stephanie McCloud
  • Youth Services – Ryan Gies

In Washington

Federal shutdown continues.

NEXT Week in Public Policy January 14 - 18, 2019

On Monday, January 14, 2019, Governor-elect Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor-elect Jon Husted, Treasurer-elect Robert Sprague, Attorney General-elect Dave Yost, Auditor-elect Keith Faber and Secretary of State-elect Frank LaRose all will complete ceremonial swearing in ceremonies. The Governor’s inaugural ball is slated for the evening activities.

In Washington

A number of Senate committees are scheduled to conduct confirmation hearings and a variety of other hearings. Nothing specific to disability-related issues, but the Senate Aging Committee will be holding a hearing to examine efforts to fight elder fraud. That hearing will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen Room 562.