Ohio lawmakers look to push forward a flurry of non-coronavirus bills


By Jeremy Pelzer - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



COLUMBUS, Ohio —When Ohio lawmakers convene at the Statehouse this week, they’ll be handling a lot more than coronavirus-related issues.

Ohio House and Senate committees are set to take action on a wide number of bills, ranging from senators’ first look at legislation prohibiting local bans on plastic bags to potential committee votes on bills to increase penalties for assaulting sports referees and lowering the statute of limitations for employment discrimination claims.

The House and Senate are also each set to hold floor votes on Wednesday. The House will also hold floor votes Thursday. The lists of bills up for consideration hadn’t yet been released as of Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold their first hearing on House Bill 242, which forbids local governments from banning single-use plastic bags. The House passed the measure last December.

Committee members have already been considering a Senate version of a bag-ban ban bill, but so far they haven’t taken any action on it.

Also on Wednesday, the Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee may vote on a second House-passed bill: House Bill 285, which would make permanent a program low-income Ohioans convicted of certain driving-related violations to waive or delay paying the fee to reinstate their driver’s licenses.

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By Jeremy Pelzer

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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