Weekly Legislative Report: President Weaver to honor Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Akron Municipal Court Judge Annalisa S. Williams

​Sept. 13, 2018

OSBA President Robin Weaver has the honor today of presenting the OSBA’s Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio Maureen O’Connor (pictured right), and the Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee’s Innovative Court Practices Award to the Akron Municipal Court Peace of Mind program, founded and led by Judge Annalisa S. Williams. You can read more here.

And while he's with the judges, he'll also have a word to say about State Issue 1. Be on the look out for more information on that later today.

New and improved brightline residency test takes effect TO-DAY 

Be sure to thank your favorite OSBA Taxation Law Committee member when you see them. Thanks to their hard work, Ohio now has a new and improved brightline test to determine who is a resident of Ohio for tax purposes. House Bill 292, sponsored by Representative Gary Scherer (R-​Circleville) took effect TO-DAY. It also clarifies w​here to file appeals to Board of Tax Appeals decisions now that a direct appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court is no longer an option. Read our previous coverage of the bill here

State misses deadline to get medical marijuana program up and running 

Speaking of dates, the Sept. 8, 2019 deadline for Ohio to have its new medical marijuana program “fully operational” has come and gone. The delay was expected. And though it’s no solace to those who have been waiting for access to medical marijuana, two years was a pretty aggressive timeline to get a new, highly regulated industry off the ground.  

As you will recall, the Ohio General Assembly passed a House Bill 523 legalizing medical marijuana in 2016 to head off a ballot issue pushed by proponents. The bill set up the two-year implementation timeline and gave three state offices share responsibility for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program — the Commerce Department and the state medical and pharmacy boards.

There’s a great breakdown of where the breakdowns occurred in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, courtesy of reporter Jackie Borchardt. She notes that though state regulators have not set a new estimated start date, the first cultivators to pass inspection and begin growing expect initial harvests in October or near the end of the year. Then there will need to be a cure and processing period before the product can be available in dispensaries, potentially in January with a limited supply.

Cordray and DeWine to debate 

You can bet taxes and drugs will be among the issues debated by Ohio’s major party gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Mike DeWine and former Ohio Attorney General and Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray when they face off for the first time this Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton.  

The nearly 1-hour debate will be available to air on TV and radio stations statewide and Cox Media Group Ohio online and social media platforms, here and here, as well as on Facebook live on the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio Facebook pages. Check your local listings for the stations in your area broadcasting the debate. 

Oh, and be sure to tune in and mark your calendars for the other two: Oct. 1 at Marietta College, and Oct. 8 at Cleveland State University.​ 

Week ahead  

No legislative sessions are scheduled for next week, but if you are planning ahead, the Ohio Senate expects to report for duty on Tuesday, Sept. 25. And that will be it until after the Nov. 6 election for both the House and Senate.

Tracking OSBA legislation    

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

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