Friday Bill Roundup: Cemeteries, Workers’ Comp and More

For more info on these bills, or to see a full list of legislation introduced this week, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell. 

Cemeteries 

HB 168-Cemetery Maintenance and Registration

This bill would make changes to the duties of the Division of Real Estate in the Department of Commerce regarding cemetery registration, specify cemetery owners must reasonably maintain cemeteries, and establish the Cemetery Grant Program. The grants would be funded by money from burial permits and would be used for cemetery maintenance and cemetery staff training.

Civil Rights

HB160-Ohio Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law. You can read more about it here. 

Education

HB 170-Computer Science Education

House bill 170 would adopt new standards for computer science education in Ohio schools and revise educator qualifications regarding computer science. It would also create a competitive technology grant program for the 2018-2019 school year. The grant money would be used for computer science programs and related professional development.

Employment and Labor 

HB 161-Workers Compensation-PTSD

This bill would expand coverage of workers' comp for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical workers to cover post traumatic stress disorder, without an accompanying physical injury. The current law will cover PTSD, but only if it is induced by a physical injury. Similar bills have been introduced in the last couple of sessions, but failed. The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio is pushing for a change in the law.

Tax

HB 162-Tax Credit Sound Recording 

House bill 62 would offer a tax credit for individual investors in a sound recording production company equal to a portion of the company's costs for a recording production or recording infrastructure project in Ohio.