New Education Campaign, Vaping: Know the Facts, Now Available Nationwide

Washington, DC, Dec. 10, 2019 — Today, national nonprofit Addiction Policy Forum launched “Vaping: Know the Facts,” a campaign and toolkit with resources for teachers, school administrators, teens and parents that explains what science says about adolescent e-cigarette use; spoiler alert: vaping is not safe.

Brown Applauds Senate Passage Of Future Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6 – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded Senate passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bipartisan legislation to extend Title III mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Servicing Intuitions (MSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Brown, Senate Democrats Urge CMS To Publicize Medicare Special Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C., Dec. 6 – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge them to publicize the existence of a Special Enrollment Period for beneficiaries who enrolled in health care plans after using inaccurate information from Medicare’s newly redesigned Plan Finder tool.

Nursing Facility Patients’ Bill of Rights’ Summary Language Rejected

COLUMBUS, Dec. 5 — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today rejected the summary language for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would require certain staff-to-patient ratios in nursing facilities and require certain minimum daily amounts of direct care to nursing facility patients.

Cleveland Theft Ring Indicted on 116 Felony Counts

CLEVELAND, Dec. 5 — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced the indictments of seven individuals for their roles in an organized theft operation in northeast Ohio.

AG Yost Addresses Human Trafficking Commission

COLUMBUS, Dec. 5 — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today addressed his office’s Human Trafficking Commission during a meeting in Columbus.
“The selling of one human being by another for sex is an epic evil,” Yost said at the meeting. “My goal is for Ohio to be the first state in the union to say that it cannot be found within our borders.”

PUCO approves Dominion tax cut rate reductions

COLUMBUS, Dec. 4, 2019 – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today adopted an agreement that authorized Dominion Energy Ohio (Dominion) to establish a credit on gas customer bills to reflect the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 on its rates.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks Statement on Federal SNAP Attacks Media Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) remains under attack by state and federal policymakers. The Trump administration and the Agriculture Department today issued its final rule to stiffen work requirements for 700,000 Americans who turn to SNAP to help them purchase nutritious food for themselves and their families.