Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Today in the Ohio Senate
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The Senate will recognize the following during today's Session:
  • Honoring President George H.W. Bush: The Senate will hold a moment of silence in memory of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who passed away on November 30, 2018.

  • Champion High School Softball Team: Senator Sean O'Brien (D-Bazetta) will honor the Champion High School Softball Team as the 2018 OHSAA Division III State Champions.

  • 2018 Airport Business of the Year: Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) will honor Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services for being named the "Airport Business of the Year" at the Ohio Aviation Association's Annual Conference.

  • Farewell to Outgoing Senators: The Senate will recognize Senators Frank LaRose and Michael Skindell for their years of faithful service to the people of Ohio.

  • High School Girls Golf Championship: Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) will recognize the Lima Central Catholic High School Girls Golf team on their OHSAA state championship.
The Senate will consider concurring on House amendments to the following bill during today’s Session:
  • Strengthening Penalties for Violent Offenses: Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Senator Bob Hackett (R-London), will impose harsher mandatory penalties against offenders who cause permanent disabling harm to their victims. The legislation is named in honor of Destiny Shepherd, who suffered permanent brain damage when she was only 16 months old after being violently attacked while under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend.
​The Senate will consider the following bills during today’s Session:
  • Reducing Barriers to Patient Care: Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), will modernize Ohio's Step Therapy procedures and improve patient care by giving doctors greater discretion over what treatment options to prescribe for their patients.

  • Prohibiting Genital Mutilation of a Minor: Senate Bill 214, sponsored by Senators Lou Terhar (R-Green Township) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), will prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation on a minor. This practice is currently banned by federal law as well as 26 other states.

  • Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault in their Pursuit of Justice: Senate Bill 323, sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), will require the Attorney General to develop and maintain a statewide system where victims of sexual assault can anonymously check the status of their rape kit to see if it has been tested and analyzed throughout the criminal justice process.

  • Raising Awareness for Tardive Dyskinesia: Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Westerville) will designate the first week of May as Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week. Tardive Dyskinesia is a muscle condition caused by certain medications.

  • Enhancing Liability Protections for Medical Responders in Disasters: House Bill 7 will grant qualified civil immunity to certain first responders in disaster situations.

  • Public Safety and Military Protection Act: House Bill 38 seeks to improve protections for our public safety forces by strengthening penalties against those who commit violence against peace officers, firefighters, EMT's and military personnel.

  • Protecting Stability of Military Families: House Bill 158 seeks to keep families together by allowing military spouses to qualify for unemployment compensation if they are forced to quit their job due to their spouse's transfer.

  • Expanding Options for School Bus Drivers' Required Examinations: House Bill 338 will expand the list of medical professionals who are eligible to complete the required physical examination for a school bus driver to include licensed chiropractors, which falls within the scope of their qualifications and training.

  • Improving Economic Opportunity for Ohio Sporting Events: House Bill 531 will improve Ohio's competitiveness with other states and our ability to host large sporting events by creating the Sports Event Grant Fund.
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Release Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
John Fortney
Senate Majority Communications
Phone: (614) 995-1280
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