Last Burst of Legislative Activity


Today, may turn out to be the final day of active voting session before session closes for the two years.

Here is the calendar of bills for consideration today:


Am. H. J. R. No. 2 — Representatives Sayre, Ruhl  

Cosponsors: Representatives Adams, J., Adams, R., Amstutz, Bacon, Balderson, Batchelder, Blair, Boose, Brown, Bubp, Burke, Carney, Coley, Combs, Daniels, DeBose, Derickson, Dodd, Domenick, Dyer, Evans, Goodwin, Grossman, Hackett, Hall, Heard, Hite, Hottinger, Huffman, Jones, Jordan, Lehner, Letson, Luckie, Maag, Mandel, Martin, McClain, McGregor, Mecklenborg, Morgan, Murray, Newcomb, Oelslager, Okey, Phillips, Pryor, Slesnick, Snitchler, Stautberg, Stebelton, Szollosi, Uecker, Wachtmann, Wagner, Weddington, Yuko, Zehringer  Senators Buehrer, Carey, Gibbs, Gillmor, Grendell, Hughes, Schaffer, Strahorn, Wilson, Morano, Seitz, Patton, Faber, Niehaus, Harris, Cates 

Proposing to enact Section 1 of Article XIV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. 

(Informally passed to December 8, 2010, see House Journal, December 10, 2009, p. 2205)
(Informally passed to December 10, 2009, see House Journal, September 10, 2009, p. 1875)
(Informally passed to September 10, 2009, see House Journal, July 20, 2009, p. 1852)
(Informally passed to July 20, 2009, see House Journal, July 7, 2009, p. 703)
(Senate recommends adoption, see Senate Journal, July 6, 2009, p. 854)
(House recommends adoption, see House Journal, June 24, 2009, p. 634)
(House committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends amended resolution for passage,
see House Journal, June 24, 2009, p. 628)
This measure is being informally passed on a procedural vote.
Sub. HB 495 Prepresentatives Boo, Dodd   

Cosponsors: Representatives Gerberry, Mallory, Belcher, Williams, B., Daniels, Adams, J., Grossman, Hite, Jordan, Stebelton, Bacon, Bolon, Boose, Carney, Combs, DeGeeter, Derickson, Domenick, Driehaus, Dyer, Evans, Foley, Garland, Garrison, Hackett, Hall, Harris, Harwood, Hottinger, Letson, McClain, McGregor, Moran, Morgan, Newcomb, Oelslager, Patten, Phillips, Pillich, Pryor, Wagner, Weddington, Winburn, Yuko, Zehringer  Senator Wilson 

To amend section 5701.11 of the Revised Code to expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since October 16, 2009, into Ohio law; to suspend the operation of sections 101.82, 101.83, 101.84, 101.85, 101.86, and 101.87 of the Revised Code and Section 6 of Am. Sub. H.B. 516 of the 125th General Assembly to postpone operation of the sunset review law until July 1, 2011; and to declare an emergency.
This bill was passed unanimously.


Am. S. B. No. 51 — Senator Morano  

Cosponsors: Senators Sawyer, Miller, D., Turner, Kearney, Smith, Fedor, Hughes, Schuler, Goodman, Schuring, Gibbs, Wilson, Cafaro, Carey, Gillmor, Harris, Miller, R., Patton, Schaffer, Wagoner, Jones, Schiavoni 

To enact section 5.2239 of the Revised Code to designate the last week of May as "Ohio Turfgrass Week." 

(House committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends passage, see House Journal, October 28, 2009, p. 2003)
(Senate recommends passage, see Senate Journal, September 29, 2009, p. 2071)
(Senate committee on Agriculture recommends amended bill for passage, see Senate Journal, April 29, 2009, p. 391)

Sub. S. B. No. 235 — Senators Fedor, Grendell  

Cosponsors: Senators Cafaro, Miller, R., Schaffer, Jones, Smith, Hughes, Wagoner, Goodman, Strahorn, Sawyer, Widener, Carey, Schuring, Patton, Husted, Morano, Schiavoni, Turner, Wilson, Buehrer, Miller, D., Kearney, Stewart, Gibbs, Niehaus, Coughlin, Gillmor, Harris 

To amend sections 2901.01, 2905.01, 2905.02, 2907.21, 2923.01, 2923.31, 2929.01, and 2933.51 and to enact sections 2905.31, 2905.32, and 2905.33 of the Revised Code to create the offenses of trafficking in persons and unlawful conduct with respect to documents; to revise the involuntary servitude-related elements of, and the penalty for, the offense of kidnapping; to increase the penalty for the offense of abduction based on involuntary servitude; to clarify an element of the offense of compelling prostitution that relates to the compelling of another to engage in specified conduct; to include abduction and trafficking in persons within the offense of conspiracy; to include trafficking in persons in the definitions of "offense of violence" and "corrupt activity" and the list of offenses that are subject to the Communications Interception Law; and to include involuntary servitude and trafficking in persons within the definition of "human trafficking." 

(Pending Committee Report)

Sub. H. B. No. 301 — Representative Foley  

Cosponsors: Representatives Celeste, Skindell, Hagan, Stewart, Letson, Murray, Harris, Pryor, Yuko, Domenick, Ujvagi, Yates, Harwood, Winburn, Williams, S., Evans, Pillich, Phillips 

To amend sections 4928.58, 4928.61, and 4928.62 of the Revised Code to extend the imposition of the current Advanced Energy Fund revenue rider on retail electric distribution service rates by three years and to clarify how Advanced Energy Fund grant amounts are to be determined. 

(Committee on Alternative Energy recommends substitute bill for passage, see House Journal, December 1, 2010, p. 2958)
This bill would extend for three more years the energy tax that is being added onto the monthly electric bills on we, the consumers, in order to subsidize an alternative enegy and energy conservation constituency. While these are important sectors and energy goals, the program involved here has not been effective and has multiple problems. I concluded that this should be allowed to expire.
The bill passed 52-44, with my "no" vote. There is no expectation that the Ohio Senate will take up this bill in the final hours of the session, meaning the bill is likely to die.

Sub. H. B. No. 331 — Representative Hagan  

Cosponsors: Representatives Yuko, Stewart, Foley, Ujvagi, Boyd, Domenick, Koziura, Skindell, Phillips, Brown, Harris, Murray, Gerberry, Belcher, Lundy, Mallory 

To enact section 5101.87 of the Revised Code regarding annual reports about certain employers of public assistance recipients.

(Committee on State Government recommends substitute bill for passage, see House Journal, March 18, 2010, p. 2486)
This bill was defeated by a vote of 47-47. 

H. B. No. 523 — Representatives Phillips, Driehaus  

Cosponsors: Representatives Patten, Murray, Weddington, Letson, Hagan, Szollosi, Brown, Okey, Domenick, Dodd, Walter, Pillich, Garland, Skindell, Foley 

To amend sections 121.083, 1349.61, 4111.02, 4111.14, 4113.15, 4115.03, 4121.01, 4123.01, 4123.026, 4141.01, and 5747.01 and to enact sections 4175.01 to 4175.18 and 4175.99 of the Revised Code to create a generally uniform definition of employee for specified labor laws and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer. 


Sub. S. J. R. No. 5 — Senator Husted  

Cosponsors: Senators Patton, Niehaus, Wagoner, Goodman, Widener, Schuring, Stewart, Schaffer, Seitz, Grendell, Faber, Jones 

Proposing to amend Sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15 of Article XI, to amend, for the purpose of adopting new Section numbers as indicated in parentheses, Sections 5 (4), 6 (5), 7 (6), 8 (7), 10 (8), 11 (9), 12 (11), 13 (12), and 15 (13) of Article XI, to enact new Section 10 of Article XI, and to repeal Sections 4, 9, and 14 of Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to revise the redistricting process for General Assembly and Congressional districts. 

This resolution was defeated by a vote of 47 to 49. It required a super-majority of votes to pass and would have also required a Senate vote, since dates were changed in the House version.