Bad bills progress, some disasters avoided

From Policy Matters Ohio

With Ohio’s General Assembly returning to Columbus next week, many Ohioans face significant threats to their well-being. That includes the possibility that the legislature could override Governor Kasich’s veto of legislation freezing enrollment in Medicaid expansion, which could cause hundreds of thousands of Ohioans to lose health insurance.

Second chances are smart policy

Michael Shields of Policy Matters Ohio writes:

Today, in collaboration with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and the Fund for Our Economic Future, Policy Matters released a report on the employment barriers faced by Ohioans with past criminal convictions.

Joyce Applauds the EPA’s Re-Establishment of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-establishing the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The EPA created the Board to ensure transparent, credible and diverse views in guiding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s (GLRI’s) investments.

Lame duck lottery: Slew of dangerous bills loom as General Assembly winds down

December 13, 2018 - As Ohio’s General Assembly closes out its work for the two-year session, there is plenty to keep an eye on—and be concerned about. Beyond those issues that get a lot of public attention, others that affect the quality of life for Ohioans – as well as their democratic rights and their pocketbooks – can slip through in a lame-duck session. Here is a list of just some of the bills that could be approved in this legislature’s waning days – or inserted into a “Christmas tree” bill that originally had little or nothing to do with many of the provisions added on to it:

Rogers’ Bipartisan Revenge Porn Ban Headed to Governor’s Desk

COLUMBUS, Dec. 13, 2018 — State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced the concurrent passage of House Bill 497, which prohibits the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, often referred to as “revenge porn,” by setting penalties to punish those who distribute sexually explicit images with the intent to harass the victim.