Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Today in the Ohio Senate
Thursday, December 6, 2018
The Senate will recognize the following during today's Session:
  • 2018 World Masters Athletics Champion: Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) will recognize Bob Arledge for being named the 2018 World Masters Athletics Champion in the pole vault. Bob is 85 years old and cleared 70 inches to claim the gold medal.

  • Farewell to Outgoing Senators: The Senate will recognize Senators Scott Oelslager and Charleta B. Tavares for their years of faithful service to the people of Ohio.
The Senate will consider concurring on House amendments to the following bill during today’s Session:
  • Sierah's Law: Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), establishes a violent offender registry system to help law enforcement identify previously convicted violent offenders in order to aid in their investigation of violent crimes.
​The Senate will consider the following bills during today’s Session:
  • Guarding Critical Infrastructure Against Criminal Acts: Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), recognizes the essential role critical infrastructure plays in our communities and takes steps to ensure it is protected. 

  • Reviving the Art of Cursive Writing: House Bill 58 requires the Ohio Department of Education to include cursive handwriting instructional materials in the English language arts model curriculum for grades K-5. Use of the curriculum is optional for schools.

  • Protecting Vulnerable Ohioans: House Bill 68 expands protections for victims of voyeurism to include those who are considered impaired. Current law includes protections for minors, but not those who are of legal age but do not have the ability to resist or consent.

  • Expanding Mandatory Reporters of Abused Children: House Bill 137 will identify all county and municipal peace officers as mandatory reporters in cases of child abuse and neglect to better protect Ohio's children.

  • Affirming the Right to Self-Defense: House Bill 228 reinforces an individual's right to self-defense. The bill shifts the requirement for an individual to prove they are innocent in a self-defense situation to instead require the prosecution to prove they are guilty.

  • Improving Palliative Care for Ohioans: House Bill 286 creates the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council and establishes the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program.

  • Modernizing County Treasurers' Insurance Options: House Bill 291 gives county treasurers greater flexibility to obtain an 'employee dishonesty and faithful performance of duty' insurance policy, which is more efficient and flexible than the current requirement to purchase bonds for protection of loss.

  • Clarifying Pathways to High School Graduation: House Bill 491 re-establishes temporary alternative graduation pathways to ensure students have a fair opportunity to meet the minimum high school graduation requirements. Additionally, the bill requires the State Board of Education to develop substitute licenses for speech therapists, occupational therapists and other professionals to enable them to work as substitutes in schools.

  • Encouraging Economic Development at Community Events: House Bill 522 will allow events such as a temporary, charitable festivals, to apply for the designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) exemption to open container laws.

  • Ensuring Reasonable Service Credits for School Employees: House Bill 572 ensures that non-teaching developmental disability board employees receive a full year of retirement credits for performing full-time services.
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Release Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
John Fortney
Senate Majority Communications
Phone: (614) 995-1280
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