The House and Senate passed a variety of bills before the summer recess.
HB165 – Originally written to address student religious expression and then expanded in the Senate Education Committee, the legislation addresses 18 topics, from telehealth services, to assignment of teachers outside their scope of licensure, to freezing the third grade reading cut score, to addressing funding challenges of districts where power plants closed. It now goes to the Governor.
HB11 – Aims to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health by expanding tobacco cessation programs, increasing lead education and supporting prenatal health care programs. The Senate amended the bill to accommodate the greater share of Medicaid funding being provided due to the pandemic. It now goes to the Governor.
SJR4– Would authorize issuance of bonds as an alternative to borrowing from the federal government when the state's unemployment compensation fund is exhausted, as happened in the prior recession and is likely to happen in the current pandemic-induced economic contraction. The bonds would not be backed by taxpayers, but by fees levied on employers. It now goes to the House.
HB669– Would permanently allow Ohio establishments to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout or delivery, or to drink in adjacent parking lots. The argument given in favor of the measure was that it would help dining establishments that have been financially crippled by the coronavirus crisis. It now goes the Senate.
HB673– Would allow Ohio pharmacists to administer coronavirus and antibody tests, as well as any future COVID-19 vaccine. It would also suspend continuing education requirements for any occupation until Dec. 1. It now goes to the Senate.
HB674– Would allow Ohio bars and restaurants to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends, sell liquor on Sundays without a special permit, make it easier to establish or expand outdoor drinking areas, permit voters to allow 24-hour liquor sales, and ban authorities from revoking the liquor license of a bar or restaurant that violated Ohio’s coronavirus orders before June 1. It now goes to the Senate.