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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:
- Tuesday – Ways & Means will continue to take public testimony on all tax provisions in the budget, Health and Human Services will hear testimony on Medicaid and Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the State Government and Agency Review, Higher Education and Transportation subcommittees will take all public testimony.
- Wednesday – Ways & Means will continue to take public testimony on all tax provisions in the budget, Health and Human Services will take testimony on Developmental Disabilities, insurance and healthcare, and Job and Family Services, while the Primary & Secondary Education, Agriculture, Development and Natural Resources, State Government and Agency Review, Higher Education and Transportation subcommittees will field public testimony.
- Thursday – Health and Human Services will take public testimony on opioid addiction, public health, Medicaid, boards and Aging, while the Primary & Secondary Education and State Government and Agency Review subcommittees will continue to hear public testimony.
Three proposals of note get a first hearing this week
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.
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.
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: