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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Recently Introduced Legislation

For the full text of any of the below, go the General Assembly's web site. Check out HB 60. It attempts to curtail the partisanship of a Secretary of State for either candidates or issues.

SB 56 SCHOOL FACILITIES COMMISSION To enact as a separate act the provision of law exempting employees of the Ohio School Facilities Commission from the collective bargaining law.

SB 57 OUTSOURCING EDUCATION To create the Outsourced Worker Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to outsourced individuals to enroll in postsecondary education programs and to make an appropriation.

SB 58 LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMISSION To create the Legislative Audit Commission and the office of Legislative Auditor to conduct program evaluations of state agencies and of specified state-funded or state-operated programs and activities and to make recommendations to the General Assembly on ways in which the agencies, programs, or activities can operate more efficiently.

SB 59 TAX REFUNDS To regulate under the Superintendent of Financial Institutions the facilitation of refund anticipation loans and refund anticipation checks; specifying loan or check transaction requirements; requiring that specified disclosures be made to consumers; and specifying civil remedies and administrative penalties.

SB 60 HISTORIC BUILDINGS To authorize nonrefundable, transferable tax credits for rehabilitating historic buildings

SB 61 SKI OPERATOR LIABILITY To modify duties and liabilities of ski operators and skiers, including duties and liabilities relating to the use of freestyle terrain and tubing parks in ski areas.

SB 62 LONG-TERM CARE To establish a program for providing long-term care consultations to residents and potential residents of nursing facilities and to require the identification of options for financing Medicaid long-term care services according to individual needs and preferences, including preferences for home and community-based services.

SB 63 CHILD PLACEMENTS To provide for voluntary placement agreements for children with mental illness, to prohibit a public children services agency from requiring that a parent or custodian relinquish legal custody in order to access services under a voluntary placement agreement, and to revise the law governing county families and children first councils.

SB 64 ESTATE TAXES To exempt from the estate tax certain contributions to a trust or fund attributable to a decedent's former employer.

SB 65 SPECIAL EDUCATION VOUCHERS To establish the Special Education Scholarship Program to provide scholarships for handicapped children to attend alternative public and nonpublic special education programs.

HB 57 WIRELESS PHONE DIRECTORIES To provide for wireless telephone number listings in wireline directories.

HB 58 AMUSEMENT PARK POLICE To the appointment and commissioning of amusement park police officers and to the training of those officers.

HB 59 LANDFILL SITING CRITERIA To require the Director of Environmental Protection to adopt rules establishing siting requirements applicable to construction and demolition debris facilities that are at least as stringent as siting criteria applicable to solid waste facilities.

HB 60 SECRETARY OF STATE To prohibit the Secretary of State from serving on the campaign committee of a candidate or a committee supporting or opposing a ballot issue or question, and from soliciting contributions, making contributions, and speaking in support of or opposition to any candidate or ballot issue or question.

HB 61 TAX EXPENDITURE REVIEW To provide for appraisal of the effectiveness of tax expenditures and for their expiration after appraisal if not renewed.

HB 62 RETIREMENT CREDIT To allow magistrates to purchase additional service credit in the Public Employees Retirement System.

HB 63 DOG SALES To require certain persons who sell dogs not older than fifteen months of age to provide remedies to a buyer of a dog that exhibits a congenital defect or common hereditary disorder, dies from a congenital defect or common hereditary disorder, or is discovered to be of a different registration status with a pedigree organization than the seller represented.

HB 64 AMUSEMENT RIDES To make changes in the Amusement Rides Law governing electrical grounding and connections of an amusement ride.

HB 65 INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION BUDGET To allow the Industrial Commission to make contracts concerning telecommunications and computer services and to make appropriations for the Industrial Commission for the biennium beginning July 1, 2005, and ending June 30, 2007, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of Commission programs.

HB 66 BIENNIAL BUDGET To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2005 and ending June 30, 2007, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

HB 67 BWC BUDGET To transfer the Public Employees Risk Reduction Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Act On-site Consultation Program from the Department of Commerce to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, to make appropriations for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for the biennium beginning July 1, 2005, and ending June 30, 2007, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of the Bureau's programs.

HB 68 ODOT BUDGET To make appropriations for programs related to transportation and public safety for the biennium beginning July 1, 2005, and ending June 30, 2007, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of those programs.



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