Weekly Legislative Report: Your chance to brush up on the new federal tax bill

Jan. 4, 2018 

Your chance to brush up on the new federal tax bill​...

...and earn CLE credit. President Trump signed the new $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Job Act on Dec. 22, 2017. If you didn't get a chance to study the significant changes on the horizon over the holidays, the OSBA has got you covered. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., an OSBA expert panel, including Katherine Dodson, Kelvin Lawrence and Robert Malone will host a special webcast to provide an overview of the bill and its impact on individuals, corporations, international businesses, LLCs, as well as on state and local taxes. You can register here, or call the friendly folks in OSBA member services at (800) 232-7124. And for a quick, initial overview of the bill, check out our previous weekly report on the topic. 

Governor Kasich signs SB 33—OSBA priority legislation—into law 

Governor Kasich also had his bill-signing pen in motion on Dec. 22nd, signing Senate Bill 33 into law. As previously reported, this is legislation conceived by the OSBA Traffic Law Committee, which will ensure defendants have access to the same information from the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System) database as the prosecution regarding their record of convictions. Congrats to the members of the Traffic Law Committee and a BIG thank you to bill sponsor (and OSBA member) Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township)!

New Developments in the 2018 General Election

Finally, a few quick updates on the 2018 General Election: 
Senator Joe Schiavoni has selected Stephanie Dodd, District 9 representative to the State Board of Education, to be his running mate as he seeks the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2018. A resident of Hebron (Licking County), she is currently serving her second term on the Board, representing 13 counties spanning parts of Franklin County as well as in eastern and southeastern Ohio. Schiavoni is the third candidate for Governor (and the first on the Democratic side) to announce a running mate. Previously Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted teamed up in their pursuit of the Republican nomination, and Republican Congressman Jim Renacci selected Amy Murray, a current member of the Cincinnati City Council, as his running mate. The other candidates in the race, including Democrats former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, former State Representative Connie Pillich, former U.S. Representative Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; and Republican Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, have yet to announce who will join their tickets.  
In addition, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael P. Donnelly became the first to announce that he will seek the Democratic nomination for one of two open seats on the Ohio Supreme Court in 2018. Donnelly is a former assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor and has served on the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court since 2005. The Ohio Republican Party has already endorsed Seventh District Court of Appeals Judge Mary DeGenaro and Fifth District Court of Appeals Judge Craig Baldwin for the high court.  
And, of special interest to practitioners in Franklin County, since Governor Kasich also signed House Bill 174 into law on Dec. 22nd with an emergency clause, there will be an election for one of two newly-created judgeships on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas - Domestic Relations Division in 2018. The other seat will be up in 2020.

Week Ahead   

With the Ohio Senate cancelling its "if-needed" session slated for Jan. 10, neither chamber will be back in business until Jan. 17.

Tracking OSBA Legislation   

In the meantime, you can always track OSBA priority bills and bills we are watching via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.  





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