Neither the Ohio House nor the Senate wrapped up work this week, so it appears we are in for at least one more week of fun and excitement. Once the General Assembly adjourns, OSBA’s Division of Legislative Services will host a webinar in conjunction with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials to provide an overview of all the legislative changes made during the lame-duck session.
This week the Senate passed the three pieces legislation listed below. These bills are now headed to the House for concurrence.
• House Bill (HB) 367
, sponsored by Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay), would require the health curriculum of each school district to include instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention. This bill has been loaded up with several provisions in committee. It remains unknown if the House will concur on the bill. Once more information is available about what the final outcome will be, OSBA’s legislative staff will prepare a report to share the details.
• HB 178
, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany), makes changes to the law dealing with school safety drills in public and private schools.
• HB 290
, sponsored by Rep. Gerald L. Stebelton (R-Lancaster), allows for the use of school district premises by members of the public and immunity from civil liability for a school district and schools when permitting members of the public to use school premises.
The Senate also concurred with the changes made by the House to Senate Bill (SB) 42
, which makes changes to the laws governing Ohio’s public retirement systems. The bill’s sponsors are Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green).
The House passed SB 96
, sponsored by Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township), which would require one-half unit of world history in the high school social studies curriculum. This bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence. The House Education committee loaded this bill up with its wish list. It remains unknown if the Senate will concur next week. OSBA’s legislative staff will also report on the details and outcome of this bill in a subsequent report.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee passed two bills this week that are now waiting for potential floor votes.
• HB 113
, sponsored by Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton), makes changes related to excusing students from the high school physical education requirement.
, sponsored by Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati), would authorize school districts and community schools to initiate a community learning process to assist and guide school restructuring.
Common Core repeal update
Some members of the Ohio House made attempts this week to amend HB 597
— which would repeal the Common Core State Standards — into other bills being considered on the floor. Fortunately, the amendments were either blocked or ruled out of order each time they were offered. It is anticipated that HB 597 supporters may try again to force a vote on the Common Core repeal next week. Please continue to share your support of the Common Core State Standards with your legislators.
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