Friday Bill Roundup: Chickens, Child Support and more

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

Family Law

SB 125-Child Support Changes 

Senate Bill 125 makes many changes to the current child support calculations. Among the changes are new guidelines for different types of medical expenses, and a new child support schedule.

Health Care 

SB 126-Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors

This bill would ban the controversial conversion therapy in Ohio. Several cities such as Columbus and Cincinnati have already banned such therapy.

Real Estate/Property 

HB 175-Livestock on Residential Property 

Just in time for the Easter Bunny and spring chickens, House Bill 175 was introduced on Wednesday. This bill would allow homeowners to keep small livestock such as rabbits or chickens on their property and forbids zoning authorities from regulating non-commercial agricultural activities. But before you start a mini farm, beware! The amount of animals allowed is based on the size of the lot. You must make sure the animals don't create a "nuisance," and sorry, no roosters allowed. You can read more about the bill here.

 Tax 

HB 173-Home Based Employee Tax Credit 

HB 173 would mandate that compensation paid to certain home-based employees may be counted for purposes of an employer qualifying for, and complying with the terms of a Job Creation Tax Credit.

HB 177-Tax Exemption for Community Gyms 

House bill 177 would exempt non-profit gyms and recreation centers such as the YMCA and the JCC from sales tax on memberships. Ohio is one of only 5 states that does not have this exemption.

SB 123-Property Tax Complaint Process 

This bill would limit the right to initiate most types of property tax complaints to the property owner and the county recorder of the county in which the property is located.