OSBA's Weekly Legislative Report for Oct. 19, 2017

Oct. 19, 2017

Last week, we discussed the Nov. 7, 2017 general election, this week there is much news surrounding the 2018 general election – who’s in and who’s out.

Secretary of State’s Race​

In the open race for Ohio Secretary of State, State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) this week called for party unity in announcing that she will no longer be seeking the Republican nomination. This essentially clears the field for State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley).
Pelanda practiced law for more than 30 years prior to coming to the Ohio General Assembly, and earlier this year, received our 2017 Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award.
State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), also an attorney, is the only announced Democrat running for the position. 

State Treasurer's Race

​In similar fashion, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo also ended his bid for statewide office, clearing the field for State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) who is seeking the Republican nomination for State Treasurer.

Attorney and former University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees chairman Rob Richardson is seeking the Democratic nomination. 

Ohio Supreme Court

While the Ohio Republican Party has already endorsed its candidates for two open seats on the Ohio Supreme Court -- Youngstown Judge Mary DeGenaro of the 7th District Court of Appeals and Newark Judge Craig Baldwin of the 5th District Court of Appeals, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman says the Democrats won't likely endorse candidates until later this year. He did note that Judge Melody Stewart of the 8th District Court of Appeals is strongly considering a bid.

But First Things First...

Have you voted in the Nov. 7, 2017 Ohio general election? There are two important statewide issues on the ballot, not to mention local candidates and issues, including 108 municipal judicial elections. Visit the OSBA's 2017 General Election page for all you need to know to be an informed voter.
In State Issue 1 news, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio this week announced its opposition to the crime victims' rights amendment, saying the issue "threatens the fundamental rights of the accused in the criminal justice system." 
The OSBA Board of Governors has also taken a position in opposition to State Issue 1, noting that protections already exist in and are better addressed in the Ohio Revised Code, as opposed to expanding the language in the state constitution. You can read the OSBA's position as well as arguments for and against both statewide issues on the aforementioned elections page.

Worth Watching

Policy makers on both the state and federal level are all talking about Sunday's powerful "60 Minutes" and Washington Post joint story, which highlighted the drug distribution industry's role in fueling the opioid crisis by pumping hundreds of millions of pills into rogue pharmacies and pain clinics, as well as legislation passed by Congress that weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's effort to combat the problem. If you missed it, you can stream it on the 60 Minutes website. These revelations have already led the sponsor of the congressional legislation, Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania, to withdraw his name from consideration as President Trump's drug czar, and it will likely lead to further legislative action.

Tracking OSBA Legislation

As always, track OSBA priority bills via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.

Week Ahead

The House is scheduled to be in voting session on Tuesday, Oct. 24, with an as-needed day slated for Oct. 25. The Ohio Senate is in session on Wednesday, Oct. 25.



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