Governor activity
Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill (HB) 177. The bill would permit school districts, among others, to use blockchain technology.

Senate General Government Budget Committee
The committee held sponsor testimony on HB 218,…

State Board of Education
The State Board of Education voted 14-3 to elect Charlotte McGuire as president. Additionally, the board voted 11-7 to elect Steve Dackin as vice president.

Congressional redistricting
The General Assembly sent Senate Bill (SB) 258 to Gov. Mike DeWine for his approval. The bill establishes the congressional district boundaries. The approved map did not receive bipartisan support, which makes the approved map effective…

Senate activity
The Senate passed House Bill (HB) 177 by a vote of 33-0. The bill would permit school districts, among others, to use blockchain technology.

The Senate voted not to concur on House changes to Senate Bill (SB) 19 by a vote of 32-1. The bill would establish a property tax exemption for…

House Criminal Justice Committee
The committee held a fifth hearing on House Bill 99, which would expressly state that the intent of the bill is to overrule the decision of the Ohio Supreme Court in Gabbard v. Madison Local School Dist. Bd. Of Edn. The bill would also require a school district to provide public notification if the school district authorized one or more…

Governor activity
Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1. The bill requires students who enter the ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2022, to complete at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of financial literacy in either an elective course or in lieu of one-half unit of a mathematics course. The mathematics course cannot be Algebra II, or its equivalent, or a course for which the State Board of Education requires an end-of-course…

Senate activity
The Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 35. The bill would invalidate the proposed amendments to rule 3301-35-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review recommended to invalidate the rule. Last week, the House adopted HCR 35. The rule is now invalidated.

The Senate unanimously passed…

House activity
The House passed House Continuing Resolution 35 by a vote of 95-0. The bill would invalidate the proposed amendments to rule 3301-35-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The proposed amendments to the rule would remove the requirement for a school to offer courses in personal safety, foreign language, technology, family and consumer sciences, and business education and,…

General Assembly activity
The General Assembly sent Senate Bill (SB) 1 to Gov. Mike DeWine for his approval. The bill would require students who enter the ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2022, to complete at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of financial literacy in either an elective course or in lieu of one-half unit of a mathematics course. The mathematics course cannot be Algebra II, or its equivalent, or a course for which the State…

General Assembly activity
The General Assembly sent House Bill (HB) 176 to Gov. Mike DeWine for his approval. The bill would revise the law governing the practice of athletic training by requiring an athletic trainer to practice under a collaboration agreement with a physician or podiatrist. The legislation would allow athletic trainers who have preexisting arrangements with chiropractors to continue these arrangements.

Governor activity
Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program. It will provide 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education. The program is open to Ohioans ages 12 to 25. Click here for additional information.

Additionally, DeWine indicated that he spoke with Attorney General Dave Yost who agreed to prioritize required background…