Statehouse Preview: Week of March 20


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AT THE STATEHOUSE

Wow! This might be our busiest week so far in 2017. Testimony on the state budget (HB49) continues in the subcommittees of House Finance:

Three proposals of note get a first hearing this week

On Tuesday, the House Criminal Justice committee will hear about HB97, legislation that would close Ohio’s legal loophole that permits spousal rape under certain circumstances.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee will hear testimony on SB99, a bill to stop enrolling new Medicaid patients under expanded eligibility rules of the Affordable Care Act if the Congress acts on current proposals to reduce federal reimbursements.

On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee will hear more about SB85, legislation to expand eligibility for Ohio’s private school voucher programs.

Other noteworthy bills on the move

Resolutions calling on Congress to hold a convention of the states to consider amendments to the Constitution will move forward in both chambers [see our earlier coverage]. HJR2 will be heard in the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee on Tuesday, while SJR1 may be up for a vote in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear sponsor testimony on HB1, a proposal to extend domestic violence protections to unmarried intimate partners, while the House State and Local Government Committee holds a second hearing on a proposal (HB84) to designate February “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.”

The House Public Utilities Committee holds its second hearing Tuesday on HB114, a proposal to again unwind the state’s renewable energy and efficiency targets, which only recently returned to force thanks to a veto by Governor Kasich during the lame duck session. The legislation is on the fast track in the House, and the hearing will feature both proponent and opponent testimony.

TAKE ACTION

In Congress, the House of Representatives are planning to vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, which also happens to be the 7 year anniversary of the ACA.

Between now and Thursday, reach out to your member of Congress and urge them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that actually covers people. Here’s some of our recent analysis to help you make your case:

  • AHCA will result in higher insurance costs for Ohio seniors (read more)
  • Cuts to Medicaid could eliminate treatment for over 200,000 Ohioans struggling with addiction (read more)