Friday Bill Roundup

Check out some of the bills and resolutions introduced by the Ohio Legislature this week. For more information on any of these bills, or to see a full list, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell.

Criminal/Traffic

HB 109-Crimes Against Disabled or Elderly

HB 109 would increase penalties for offenders who commit the offense against an elderly or disabled person.

HB 115-Database-Persons With Communication Disability

This bill would create a database for law enforcement use of people who voluntarily register as having a communication disability, or are registered by their parents or guardians. The registration would be handled through the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, who would then send the information to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

HB 117-Opioid Therapy for Drug Offenders

HB 117 would start a statewide pilot program to use opioid antagonist therapy for addicts convicted for opioid related offenses. The program would begin in July 2018 and treat offenders with the therapy for 30 days prior to release from jail or other supervision. Upon release, they would be referred to their county's board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services.

Health Care

HCR 6-Repeal Affordable Care Act 

House Concurrent Resolution 6 urges full repeal of the ACA. It also recommends funding Medicaid through block grants to states, allowing health insurance sales across state lines, and restoring health care policy decisions to the states.

SB 91-Ohio Health Care Plan 

SB 91 would provide universal health care coverage to all Ohioans.

Look for more health care related legislation as the Obamacare repeal battle wages on.