The Ohio Senate passed House Bill (HB) 299 by a vote of 32-0 this week. This legislation would allow the guardian of a qualified child to apply for the Autism Scholarship Program. The bill also revises the law regarding the testing and graduation requirements for students attending a chartered nonpublic school.
The Senate also passed Senate Bill (SB) 252, regarding sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletic activities by a vote of 32-0.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee met and heard sponsor testimony on HB 113 from Reps. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City). This bill would require instruction in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators.
The committee heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) on HB 425. This legislation deals with student religious expression.
The final bill before the committee was SB 297, which addresses the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee met Wednesday and passed HB 137. This bill would require the health curriculum of each school district to include instruction on the positive effects of organ and tissue donation.
Reps. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) offered sponsor testimony on HB 524 to review the Value-Added Student Growth Measure on the state report cards. The Ohio Department of Education provided a presentation on the value-added measure.
The committee also heard sponsor testimony on HB 487 from Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson). This legislation would create a Seal of Biliteracy to be placed on high school diplomas.
The final bill before the committee was HB 481, regarding students who opt out of state assessments. Reps. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) offered sponsor testimony.
House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education
The subcommittee held a hearing on HB 474, regarding coordination and administration of higher education programs and the College Credit Plus program. The committee heard testimony from John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Senate Ways and Means Committee
The Senate Ways and Means Committee met and heard testimony on SB 235. The bill would exempt from property tax the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned until construction of new facilities begins on the property. The committee passed the bill after adding an amendment to cap the freeze period at 10 years.
The committee also heard testimony on SB 246. This legislation would make changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) tax rate
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