Policy Tracker

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Legislative Tracking

The Chamber's Government Affairs staff closely monitors key legislation impacting the Cincinnati USA business community. See below for the current list of House and Senate bills in the 129th General Assembly that we are tracking.

House Bills

House Bill (HB) 

Title 

Summary 

Status 

Jobs Ohio

To authorize the Governor to create Jobs Ohio. 

Passed - Signed by Governor 2/18/11 

Estate Tax (SB 90 companion)

To repeal the estate tax for the estates of individuals dying on or after January 1, 2011. 

Voted out of House Ways & Means 2/16/11 

Sales/Use Tax

To increase the sales and use tax prompt remittance discount and to authorize a discount for prompt remittance of income tax withholding. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

10 

Contaminated Site Remediation

To authorize refundable tax credits through 2017 for the completion of a voluntary action to remediate a contaminated site and for the return of such sites to productive use and to exempt persons through 2017 who have been issued covenants not to sue under the Voluntary Action Program for certain fees and penalties for one year after the issuance of such a covenant. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

11 

Patient Protection

To prohibit state departments and agencies from implementing or enforcing a provision of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without meeting certain conditions. 

Pending in House Health & Aging 

12 

Medicaid Services 

To establish new requirements concerning services, providers, third-party liability, and reports for the Medicaid program. 

Pending in House Health & Aging 

17 

Withholding Credit

To authorize a $2,400 income tax withholding credit for an employer that hires and employs a previously unemployed individual. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

18 

Business Tax Credit

To authorize a nonrefundable tax credit for a business that increases payroll and expands into a vacant facility. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

43 

Tax Credits

To increase the annual and aggregate limit on the amount of tax credits the Ohio Venture Capital Authority may authorize. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

44 

Small Business Loans

To create the Small Business Working Capital Loan Program. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

48 

Corporation Law

To make changes to the law governing corporations including dissenting shareholders, the dissolution of a corporation, rights to indemnification or advancement of expenses, directors' fiduciary duties, and recording of corporate mortgages. 

Voted out of House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development 3/3/11 

61 

Compensatory Time

To give private sector employers the option to offer and employees the option to accrue and use compensatory time off in lieu of monetary overtime compensation. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

81 

Performance Budgets

To require performance budgeting by most state agencies. 

Pending in House State Government & Elections 

85 

Health Insurance

To prohibit requiring an individual to obtain or maintain health insurance. 

Pending in House Health & Aging 

86 

Corrections Law

To reform Ohio's criminal justice system. 

Passed House 5/4/11, Pending in Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice 

94 

Small Business Rules

To adopt a new small business rule review process. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

101 

Job Tax Credits

To provide for a six-year trial period in which taxpayers may include a limited number of the taxpayer's employees who work from home and whose rate of pay is at least three times the federal minimum wage as employees employed in the project for purposes of the job creation and retention credits if the recipient of the credit provides a specified level of capital investment, and to require the Director of Development to issue a report at the end of the six-year period. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

102 

Labor Requirements

To prohibit state agencies from requiring or prohibiting certain labor requirements as a condition of performing public works and to prohibit the appropriation of state funds for public works when political subdivisions require or prohibit certain labor requirements. 

Pending in House Commerce & Labor 

105 

Domestic Violence

To allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil action against that employee's employer if the employer terminates the employee as a result of the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement or have the tenant's name removed from the rental agreement under certain circumstances, to require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking to change the lock to the dwelling unit where the tenant resides under certain circumstances, to require a metropolitan housing authority to transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant requests such a transfer and provides the metropolitan housing authority with certain specified information, and to prohibit a county, municipal corporation, township, or law enforcement agency of such a political subdivision from charging any victim of domestic violence a fee for assisting the victim. 

Pending in House Judiciary & Ethics 

123 

BWC Budget

To allow the Administrator of Workers' Compensation to waive criteria certain public employers must satisfy to become self-insuring employers; to require bills for medical and vocational rehabilitation services in claims that are ultimately denied to be paid from the Surplus Fund Account under specified circumstances; to make other changes to the Workers' Compensation Law; to make appropriations for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and for the Workers' Compensation Council for the biennium beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013; and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of the Bureau's and the Council's programs. 

Passed - Signed by Governor 4/25/11 

131 

Employment Reports

To prohibit employers from using a consumer report or investigative consumer report for employment purposes. 

Pending in House Commerce & Labor 

134 

Capital Gains Tax

To reduce the income tax rate on capital gains reinvested in Ohio-based investments. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

137 

Employee Definition

 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 

Pending in House Commerce & Labor 

144 

Small Business Resources

To create an online small business resource center on the Department of Development's internet web site. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

150 

Transit Authorities

To create an additional procedure for subdivisions to join a regional transit authority that levies a property tax and that includes a county having a population of at least 400,000 and to allow a subdivision that is a member of such a regional transit authority to withdraw from the authority. 

Pending in House Local Government 

153 

Biennial Budget

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs. 

Passed House 5/5/11, Pending in Senate Finance 

156 

Nursing Home Rates

To revise the types of costs included in determining nursing facilities' Medicaid reimbursement rates. 

Pending in House Health & Aging 

176 

Public Contracts

To limit the magnitude of change orders on public improvements required to be competitively bid. 

Pending in House Commerce & Labor 

186 

Employer Organizations

To establish certain financial capacity requirements for professional employer organizations, clarify rights and liabilities of professional employer organizations and client employers, and make other changes to the professional employer organization law. 

Pending in House Commerce & Labor 

188 

Ohio Modernization Commission

To establish the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission and to make an appropriation. 

Pending in House State Government & Elections 

199 

State Budget Limit

To prohibit the Governor from proposing and the General Assembly from enacting a state budget with aggregate general revenue fund appropriations that exceed ninety-five per cent of the total money received in aggregate revenue 

Pending in House Finance & Appropriations 

200 

Capital Gains

To allow an income tax deduction of up to ten thousand dollars for net capital gains. 

Pending in House Ways & Means 

220 

Refundable Cat Credit

To allow a refundable commercial activity tax credit for investment losses recognized by foreign entrepreneur investors who invest in certain projects in Ohio. 

Pending in House Economic & Small Business Development 

225 

County Auditor Reviews

To vest in county auditors responsibility for reviewing and approving property tax exemption applications for some publicly owned property, to authorize county auditors and boards of township trustees to adopt a direct deposit payroll policy, and to authorize counties to increase the amount credited to "rainy day" reserve balance accounts to one-sixth of the expenditures made in the preceding fiscal year from the fund in which the reserve balance account is established. 

Introduced 5/11/11 

 

 
Senate Bills 

 

Senate Bill (SB) 

Title 

Summary 

Status 

Small Business Rules

To adopt a new small business rule review procedure. 

Passed - Signed by Governor 3/4/11 

Retirement Systems

To formally state the General Assembly's intent to make changes to the laws governing the state retirement systems as necessary to modernize, update, and improve the actuarial soundness of the systems. 

Pending in Senate Government Oversight & Reform 

Performance Audits

To require performance audits of most state agencies, to loan funds to state agencies and local public offices to pay for performance audits, and to make an appropriation. 

Passed - Signed by Governor 4/5/11 

Collective Bargaining

To make various changes to laws concerning public employees, including collective bargaining, salary schedules and compensation, layoff procedures, and leave. 

Passed - Signed by Governor 3/31/11 

Job Tax Credits

To authorize a refundable job retention tax credit. 

Pending in Senate Ways & Means & Economic Development 

10 

Criminal Laws

To reform Ohio's criminal justice system. 

Pending in Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice 

11 

Government Regulations

To enact the Common Sense Regulation Act to improve state agency regulatory processes, especially as they relate to small businesses, to require state departments to develop customer service training programs, and to require the Director of Environmental Protection to provide environmental regulatory compliance assistance to small businesses. 

Pending in Senate Government Oversight & Reform 

12 

Small Business

To generally require that state agencies set aside a certain amount of purchases for which only small business enterprises may compete. 

Pending in Senate State & Local Government & Veterans Affairs 

30 

Credit History

To specify that discrimination by an employer against any person because of the person's credit history is an unlawful discriminatory practice under the Ohio Civil Rights Law. 

Pending in Senate Judiciary - Civil Justice 

47 

Grocery Stores

To authorize a commercial activity tax credit for underserved community grocery stores. 

Pending in Senate Ways & Means & Economic Development 

58 

Employer Tax Credits 

To create a tax credit for the employment of individuals who have been convicted of felonies. 

Pending in Senate Ways & Means & Economic Development 

90 

Estate Tax 

To repeal the estate tax for the estates of individuals dying on or after January 1, 2011. 

Voted out of Senate Ways & Means & Economic Development 4/14/11 

112 

Health Care

To establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents. 

Pending in Senate Insurance Commerce & Labor 

125 

Local Governments

To generally authorize political subdivisions to enter into agreements to perform services for one another and to authorize a regional council of governments to enter into unit price contracts related to buildings on behalf of member political subdivisions. 

Pending in Senate State & Local Government & Veterans Affairs 

136 

Health Care Services

To make changes to the law regarding preapproval of and payment for health care services. 

Pending in Senate Insurance Commerce & Labor 

139 

Employer Organizations

To establish certain financial capacity requirements for professional employer organizations, clarify rights and liabilities of professional employer organizations and client employers, and make other changes to the professional employer organization law. 

Pending in Senate Insurance Commerce & Labor 

 

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