Friday Bill Roundup-Equal Pay, Common Core, Immigration and More

For more info on these bills, or a complete list of bills and resolutions introduced this week, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell. 

Health Care

HB 184-the Ohio Dental Care Optimization Act of 2017 

House Bill 184 is an attempt to provide more dental care across Ohio. The bill would allow teledentistry in underserved areas, increase capacity in the Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program, and provide more scholarships for dental students.

Education

HB 181-Student and Teacher Liberty Act

House Bill 181 says " The state board shall not adopt academic content standards that are developed at the national level or by a multistate consortium." In essence, this bill would undo common core and many of the current tests. You can read more about the highlights here. 

Employment and Labor

HB 180-Equal Pay Act

House Bill 180 would require businesses who contract with the state of Ohio to obtain an Equal Pay Certificate, which would certify that the employer offers the same opportunities to its employees, regardless of gender. The bill would also prohibit gag orders on employees that keep them from discussing their salaries with each other. Finally, the Ohio Equal Pay Act would also require government entities to evaluate their pay scales to ensure compensation is similar across job categories for positions requiring similar skills, responsibilities and working conditions.

Immigration

HB 179-Immigration Law Compliance 

Sure to be contentious, this bill would require state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, prohibit a local government that fails to do so from receiving certain state funds, and provide for the removal of officers of a local government that fails to do so, and to declare an emergency.  The bill was introduced in reaction to "sanctuary cities," such as Cincinnati. 

Tax

HB 181-Expand Political Contribution Tax Credit 

House bill 181 would expand the types of political contributions eligible for tax credit. Under current law , credit is available for contributions to "governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state board of education, chief justice of the supreme court, justice of the supreme court, or member of the general assembly." This bill would expand that list to include other state offices, as well as county, municipal, and district offices.