This Week in Public Policy: September 17 - 21, 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:

On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) Monday allowed a proposed Medicaid rule addressing eligibility for Medicaid providers with criminal records to move forward. The rule deals with screening of Medicaid providers with past criminal offenses. Some employees with low-level offenses would be able to work as a provider right away, while others convicted of violent offenses or those involving children would be permanently barred. 

In Washington:

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the US Senate voted 93-7 to approve the federal appropriations bill for the Departments of Defense and Labor, HHS, and Education. It is the first time in several years that congress has passed the Labor, HHS, Education appropriations bills before the fiscal year started. President Donald Trump hasn’t overtly threatened veto, but is demanding funding for a border wall. The bill passed both chambers with a veto-proof majority.

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In Ohio:

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 271 (ADA Notification Act). The bill would create a process by which an individual would notify a business of potential ADA violations and allow the business time to correct the violation before an individual would file a lawsuit alleging violation of the ADA. The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee will hold ALL testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution 18 (ADA Dynamic Access Symbol). The resolution urges congress to amend the ADA and adopt the international symbol of access that includes a dynamic character that leans forward. The hearing will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Statehouse.

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, there will be a rally on the Ohio Statehouse lawn to bring awareness to the workforce crisis related to lack of available direct support professionals. The event, dubbed “Bridge2Equality” is free to attend and will feature Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin as a speaker, along with individuals with disabilities. The event will begin at 11 a.m. on the Statehouse lawn, West Plaza (High Street Side). Registration is encouraged at

In Washington:

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing entitled, “The Every Student Succeeds Act: States Leading the Way.” The following individuals are slated to testify:

  • Matthew Blomstedt – Commissioner – Nebraska Department of Education
  • Susan Bunting – Secretary – Delaware Department of Education
  • Shavar Jeffries – President – Education Reform Now
  • Molly Spearman – Superintendent – South Carolina Department of Education

The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing will be streamed live here.