OSBA's Weekly Legislative Report for Aug. 17, 2017


Aug. 17, 2017

Ready or Not​

Mark your calendars—the first debate of the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial election is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Belmont County. Democratic candidates, including former State Representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, Senator Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, former U.S. Representative Betty Sutton of Copley Township, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will all be participating. Still up in the air is whether former Ohio Attorney General and current director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray will enter the race. They'll have a podium waiting for him.


Meanwhile, on the Republican side, announced candidates, including Attorney General Mike DeWine of Cedarville, Secretary of State Jon Husted of Columbus, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor of Uniontown and Congressman Jim Renacci of Wadsworth have just agreed to participate in a forum​ on Oct.​ 8 in Westerville. While they won’t go head to head, each of the four candidates will be interviewed by pollster Frank Luntz on how they would lead the state and how their faith impacts their lives. The event is sponsored by the Citizens for Community Values and the Salem Media Group.

Fun fact: There's a 50% chance of having a lawyer in the Governor's mansion​​of the current announced candidates, Connie Pillich, Joe Schiavoni, Betty Sutton, and Mike DeWine are all JDs.​

Red Light. Green Light.​

Fresh off its ruling last month that a state law designed to quell the use of red light cameras is unconstitutional because it conflicted with cities' home rule authority, the Ohio Supreme Court will have to determine whether or not to take another case in which motorists have sued the cities of Dayton, West Carrollton and Trotwood saying the way red light camera tickets are issued violates their due process rights. The plaintiffs have appealed a ruling of the Second District Court of Appeals, which found no such violation.


Given the current legislature's strong dislike of red light cameras, another bill addressing the matter is widely expected. Stay tuned.

The Week Ahead: Senate to Take Up Veto Overrides

Though Governor Kasich and legislative leaders were united this week in celebrating an announcement that Facebook will build a $750 million data center in Central Ohio, there may be some "unfriending" next week as the Ohio Senate plans to take up potential veto overrides from the state budget. In early July, the Ohio House voted to override 11 of Governor Kasich's vetoes, many related to Medicaid policy. No word yet on which provisions the Senate will consider. 


However, neither chamber has determined if they will override the Governor to reinstate a provision they passed that would freeze enrollment in the Medicaid expansion starting in fiscal year 2019. They continue to keep an eye on the federal Obamacare debate and reserve the right to revisit the issue depending on how much funding Congress puts up to cover the Medicaid expansion in the future.


The Senate session is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.


For more information about the state budget bill, be sure to check out Todd Book's column in the current edition of Ohio Lawyer.​

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OSBA Director of Policy and Government Affairs Todd Book has been on the road, visiting local legal offices, county/municipal bars and other local organizations to provide updates on what the Ohio General Assembly has been up to. These presentations are not only informative and entertaining, but CLE credit worthy! If you would like to book Todd for an upcoming meeting or event, contact him directly at tbook@ohiobar.org or (614) 487-4464.

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