This week, lawmakers are back at it, with the logjam in the House expected to finally break with a Wednesday vote (scheduled for 1:30pm) to name a new House Speaker. Representatives are set to return on Thursday to vote on the backlog of bills that are awaiting action in the chamber.
That’s good news and bad news.
As we noted last week, it means important legislation–payday lending reform, campus sexual assault policies, textbook taxes and more–can finally move. It also means that some very harmful legislation may also be advanced to the Senate or even the Governor. Here’s a short list of what we’re watching for:
For a full list of bills and their status, view the Legislative status report
Committees will see a lot of activity, with several bills up for a committee vote:
The Senate Government Oversight and Reform committee will hold a hearing tomorrow at 9:45am on three gun safety reform measures, including SB279, a proposal from Senators Tavares and Sykes to require the safe storage of firearms when a person reasonably should know that a minor child is able to gain access to the weapon.
The Senate Energy and Environment committee will hear testimony on an amended version of HB114, a compromise that would retain but weaken Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency mandates. An alliance of 20 organizations sent a letter last week to the Senate President asking them to protect Ohio’s renewable standards
To see the full line-up of bills being heard this week, check out:
As was made painfully clear by the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, firearms need to be stored safely to prevent access by minor children. Ohio is one of just 23 states without a so-called Child Access Prevention law. Contact your lawmakers and urge them to support hearings and a vote on SB279 and its companion, HB33 which could help to prevent needless gun violence and harm.
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