The Latest Legislative Information
April 19, 2021
FREE ENTERPRISE INDEX: PRO-BUSINESS VOTING RECORD ACCOUNTABILITY
We often hear political candidates or legislators offer platitudes on supporting small business and job creators, but how do you know if they follow through when they are voting on bills as one of your elected representatives?

Learn more about the Ohio Chamber's Free Enterprise Index by clicking here.
HOUSE PASSES PROPERTY VALUATION APPEAL PROCESS
On April 15, the Ohio House passed House Bill 126. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce made HB 126 a key vote because it addresses a portion of a tax administration public policy priority of the Ohio Chamber.

To learn more about HB 126, click here.
CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILLS CLEAR OHIO HOUSE
The Ohio House unanimously passed House Bill 168 and House Bill 169 on April 15. The bills bring about much-needed assistance to adversely impacted industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continue reading about the bills by clicking here.
INCOME TAX CUT AMONG INITIAL HOUSE CHANGES TO STATE BUDGET
The Ohio House of Representatives delivered its first changes to the two-year operating budget for Ohio on Tuesday. The House offered a two percent across the board rate cut on all non-business income.

Read more abut the House's proposed budget by clicking here.
EMPLOYMENT LAW UNIFORMITY ACT GOES INTO EFFECT
 
On April 15th, the Ohio Chamber's longstanding Employment Law Uniformity Act took effect. This new law provides employers with much needed relief from Ohio's previous workplace discrimination law that was overly burdensome and exposed employers across the state to prolonged liability. Major provisions of Ohio's new law include:
 
  • A two year statute of limitation for workplace discrimination actions
  • A requirement that all workplace discrimination claims start at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission 
  • An affirmative defense employers can assert in hostile work environment actions
  • A modified age discrimination statute that aligns its remedies and procedures with all other protected classes.

You can read more about the new law on our All For Ohio blog. 
Contact Ohio Chamber Lobbyists

Keith Lake, Vice President, Government Affairs
Kevin Boehner, Director, Small Business & Workforce Policy
Kevin Shimp, Director, Labor & Legal Affairs
Tony Long, Director, Tax & Economic Policy
Stephanie Kromer, Director, Energy & Environmental Policy