Weekly Legislative Report: House Bills we're watching closely

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​Jan. 25, 2018

Legislative Tracking Alerts 

Some bills we are watching were on the move this week...

Following its near unanimous passage in the Ohio House a few weeks back, OSBA Taxation Law Committee Chair Rich Fry testified in the Ohio Senate Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday, urging Senators to pass House Bill 292, sponsored by Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville). As we've covered in previous weeks, this OSBA priority bill would establish a new and improved brightline test for determining Ohio residency for tax purposes.

On Tuesday, the House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development Committee favorably reported House Bill 182, legislation which would allow debt settlement companies to operate in Ohio. As previously reported, the OSBA opposes this legislation because it would authorize third-party businesses to engage in the practice of law, including negotiating and drafting debt settlement agreements, without being properly licensed to do so. This is a bad development for consumers, and we will continue to make the case to House members why this bill should be shelved.

The Ohio House Civil Justice Committee also reported House Bill 407. For those just tuning in, that's the bill that would abolish the estate of dower in Ohio. No word yet on when it will go the floor for a full House vote. Though the OSBA is not taking a formal position on this legislation, we have some family law, real estate, and estate, trust & probate practitioners who are watching this very closely. Read more about HB407 in our previous weekly report

Ohio Representative Dever to head CFPB? 

It was reported this week that State Representative Jonathan Dever (an OSBA member in good standing) is being considered as the next head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  As you may recall, its previous director, Richard Cordray, stepped down in November to run for Ohio Governor. Though it's a relatively new agency—created in the aftermath of the financial crisis—wouldn't it be nifty if both permanent directors in the agency's history were Ohioans?

Gubernatorial tickets set 

This week Democratic gubernatorial candidates Connie Pillich and Dennis Kucinich both announced their running mates for the May Primary Election. Pillich has selected Scott Schertzer, the mayor of Marion, for her ticket, and Dennis Kucinich will run alongside Akron Councilwoman Tara Samples. By our accounting, all Republicans and Democrats who have announced thus far, now have full dance cards just in time for the filing deadline on Feb. 7. Here's the rundown:

Republican tickets: Mike DeWine/Jon Husted and Mary Taylor/Nathan Estruth. 

Democratic tickets: Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton; Joe Schiavoni/Stephanie Dodd; Bill O'Neill/Chantelle Lewis; Connie Pillich/Scott Schertzer; and Dennis Kucinich/Tara Samples.  

Mark your calendars for the State of the State

It's official: Governor Kasich's last State of the State Address will take place on March 6 at 7 p.m. in his hometown of Westerville at the Fritsche Theatre—Otterbein University. The Ohio House and Senate officially approved the venue this week via House Joint Resolution 13. The theatre seats about 1,000 people, but for those who cannot score tickets—it will be broadcast live on the Ohio Channel

Week Ahead   

The Ohio Senate has scheduled voting sessions for both the 30th and 31st. Will Redistricting Reform be on the floor? We'll see. The Ohio House will be in session on the 31st, with an "if needed" day scheduled for the 1st.

And don't forget: tomorrow, Jan. 26, is the day Justice Bill O'Neill has said he would resign from the Supreme Court to devote full time to his candidacy for Governor. 

Tracking OSBA Legislation   

You can always track OSBA priority bills and bills we are watching via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.

 
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