The OSBA saw significant movement on two priority bills this week.
Senate Bill 33
, sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township), was reported by the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee. This legislation, conceived by the OSBA Traffic Law Committee would ensure defendants may have access to the same information from the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System) database as the prosecution regarding their record of convictions. Next stop the House floor.
In addition House Bill 292
, sponsored by Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville), which would modify and restore clarity to Ohio's bright-line residency test (determining residency for income tax purposes), is also on deck for a vote of the full House. The bill - a collaborative effort between the bill sponsor, the OSBA Tax Law Committee, the Ohio Association of CPAs and the Ohio Department of Taxation -- was favorably reported by the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee this week.
Ohio Senate Passes Electronic Legal Material Act
As big as the move from stone to papyrus, we've seen a significant shift from print to electronic publications. Senate Bill 139
-- the Ohio Electronic Material Act -- jointly sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) would provide a mechanism for authentication of the state's legal materials online. This includes the Constitution of the State of Ohio and the Session Laws of the Ohio General Assembly, which are electronically published by the Ohio Secretary of State; the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio's Administrative Code, published by the Legislative Services Commission; as well as other final agency rules not included in the Ohio Administrative Code that are published by that agency. Should the bill become law, Ohio would join 12 other states that have adopted the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, requiring Ohio electronic legal materials to be authenticated as not having been altered, preserved either in electronic or print form, and accessible for use by the public on a permanent basis. The OSBA is a proponent of this legislation, which now heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.
Oelslager Honored for Support of Legal Aid
In addition to being a big week for legislation, it's also "Pro Bono Week," and on Tuesday, legal aid organizations from around Ohio were at the Statehouse to meet with legislators. Congrats to State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), who was honored by the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation with the "Voice of Justice" Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable Ohioans who may need a legal voice to help them live stable, healthy and financially secure lives.
Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Changes to the Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts
The Ohio Supreme Court has posted proposed amendments
to the Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts and is accepting public comments between now and Nov. 22, 2017. Rule changes would impact Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure (3, 4.4, 5, 11, 35, 50, 59, 75, and Proposed Civil Form), the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure (4 and 6), the Ohio Rules of Evidence (807), and the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure (34).
Don't Forget to Vote
While the Senate has no voting sessions scheduled, the Ohio House is in voting session on Wednesday, Nov 1. Both of the aforementioned OSBA priority bills -- SB 33 and HB 292 could be taken up at that time.
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