Friday Bill Roundup: Veterinarians, Visas and More

Each Friday, we highlight some of the bills and resolutions introduced in the Ohio Legislature in the past week. For question about these bills, or to see the full list, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell.

Animals

HB 433-Spaying and Neutering Credits

House bill 433 would allow a licensed veterinarian to receive up to two continuing education credits per biennium for performing free spaying and neutering services.

Criminal Law 

HB 349-Pre-Trial Release 

This bill would require courts to use the results of a validated risk assessment tool in bail determinations; allow nonmonetary bail to be set; require courts to collect certain data on bail, pretrial release, and sentencing; require the state Criminal Sentencing Commission to create a list of validated risk assessment tools and monitor the policies and procedures of courts in setting bail and utilizing pretrial supervision services.

Immigration Law

HB 442-School Athletics-F1 Visa

House bill 442 allow authorize any student from a country or province outside the United States who attends an elementary or secondary school in Ohio and holds an F-1 visa to participate in interscholastic athletics at that school on the same basis as Ohio residents.

Sports

SR 342-Keep Crew Soccer in Columbus

This resolution urges the investor-operator and chairperson of Columbus Crew Soccer Club to keep the franchise in Columbus.

Tax

HB 441-Pre-Paid Cards for Tax Refunds

This bill would allow the Department of Taxation to provide taxpayers who file electronic returns the option of receiving their income tax refund in the form of a prepaid card.

Traffic

HB 346-Neighborhood Stop Signs and Speed Limits 

House bill 346 would permit a local resident, neighborhood association, or neighborhood organization to request the erection of a stop sign at an intersection and to support a request for a lower prima facie speed limit on certain streets and highways.