OSBA's Weekly Legislative Report for Aug. 31, 2017

Aug. 31, 2017​

As we approach Labor Day weekend, in this week's report we are looking ahead to the fall when the OSBA has a special Council of Delegates meeting and when all Ohioans will go to the polls to weigh in on two statewide issues in addition to local candidates and issues. ​

OSBA supports Hurricane Harvey Victims

Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Yesterday, OSBA President Randall Comer called on the legal community to support relief efforts. Learn more about what the OSBA is doing and how you can get involved.​

Mark your calendars

On Oct. 6, the OSBA Council of Delegates will be meeting in a special session to take up the OSBA Futures Commission Report, to set dues for 2018 and to consider changes to the OSBA's membership structure starting in 2019.

 

If you have not done so already, take a look at what the Futures Commission has put together. More than a year in the making, the report provides a good overview of where we are as a profession and makes recommendations to guide us when it comes to responding to emerging new business models (like AVVO, Rocket Lawyer and other internet legal service providers), preparing and supporting the next generation of lawyers, getting the most out of our CLE requirements, and helping to close the access to justice gap by better connecting clients in need with attorneys who can help them. ​

Ballot-Ready

This week Secretary of State Jon Husted assigned titles to the two statewide issues that will be on the ballot this fall, as they will appear on the ballot.

 

Issue 1 is simply "Rights for Crime Victims," while Issue 2 is a bit more of a mouthful—"To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law" (whew!).

 

In addition to the titles, you can find the ballot language and the official summaries, arguments for and against on the Secretary of State's website. The OSBA will also be providing additional information related to each issue in advance of the election. Election Day is November 7, with vote by mail or in-person early voting kicking off on October 11. ​

Week ahead

Though a schedule has not yet been released, Senate committees are expected to meet next week, gearing up for the second full week of the month when both chambers will resume voting sessions.

Track OSBA priority legislation

As always, you can get up to speed on OSBA priority legislation via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.


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