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Kasich Signs 14 Bills and Four Executive Orders

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich signed the following pieces of legislation:

  • HB 56 (Schuring, K., Slesnick, S.) Prohibits public employers from including on an employment application any question concerning the criminal background of the applicant, while also prohibiting a felony conviction from being used against an officer or employee when a public employer is undertaking certain employment practices.
  • HB 71 (Roegner, K.) Prohibits certain indemnity agreements in motor vehicle carrier transportation contracts.
  • HB 124 (Johnson, T., Huffman, S.) Authorizes certain health care practitioners to prescribe without examination a drug for a sexual partner of a patient diagnosed with certain sexually transmitted diseases.
  • HB 131 (Pelanda, D.) Amends Ohio law to include additional diseases of concern within the scope of the Animal Diseases Law, and to make changes to the laws governing weights and measures, livestock dealers, auctioneers, the membership of the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board, and the pesticide licensing renewal process.
  • HB 142 (Hagan, C.) Designates the month of March as "Endometriosis Awareness Month."
  • HB 188 (Manning, N., Huffman, S.) Revises laws governing pharmacist consult agreements and the laws governing the circumstances under which a pharmacist may dispense or sell a drug without a prescription.
  • HB 237 (Duffey, M., Hackett, B.) Regulates transportation network companies and transportation network company services and exempts an insurer that provides motor vehicle liability insurance from the requirement of providing financial responsibility identification cards to a policyholder if the insurer provides the ability to use an electronic wireless communications device to provide proof of financial responsibility.
  • HB 259 (Ryan, S., Sears, B.) Regulates certificates of insurance prepared or issued to verify the existence of property or casualty insurance coverage, updates prompt payment requirements, and requires the administrator of Workers' Compensation to reduce the transfer of negative experience to a successor employer under certain circumstances.
  • HB 340 (Amstutz, R.) Extends operation of the Local Government Innovation Council until Dec. 31, 2019 and modifies political subdivision eligibility for the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program.
  • SB 10 (Burke, D., LaRose, F.) Establishes a process for identifying individuals who are medical assistance recipients that may be eligible to receive federal military-related health care benefits.
  • SB 11 (Eklund, J., LaRose, F.) Enacts the "Jason Gresko Act," creating the Volunteer Peace Officers' Dependents Fund to provide death benefits to survivors of volunteer peace officers killed in the line of duty and disability benefits to disabled volunteer peace officers.
  • SB 161 (Oelslager, S.) Authorizes probate judges to issue search warrants in criminal matters.
  • SB 190 (Gardner, R.) Designates a portion of United States Route 6 within the city of Sandusky as the “Army Specialist Charles E. Odums II Memorial Highway.”
  • SB 223 (Bacon, K.) Makes changes to the health coverage benefit limits and coverage exclusions for life and health insurance guaranty associations, amends the law relating to reinsurance contracts, updates prompt payment requirements, and makes changes to the effective date of a provision relating to subrogation.

Executive Orders:

  • Executive Order 2015-11K: Authorizes the expenditure of $1 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds through the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives designating $500,000 to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and $500,000 to Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. Read the full resolution here.
  • Executive Order 2015-12K: Allows the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to immediately amend rules related to the Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System, a national set of codes used in medical claims and billing to reflect the federal codes as updated for 2016. Read the full executive order here.
  • Executive Order 2015-13K: Allows the Ohio Department of Medicaid to immediately adopt rules to implement episode-based payments that have been developed with the input of medical care providers, health insurance plans and Medicaid Managed Care Plans to begin on January 1, 2016. Read the full executive order here.
  • Executive Order 2015-14K: Creates a seamless transfer of administrative rules for the Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation program from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in response to provisions within the recent state budget that reassigned authority of the program. Read the full executive order here.