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September 7, 2018


Here are the top three things you need to know from this past week:

  • Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that 9,652 new businesses have filed to do business in Ohio in July. That is an increase from the 852 businesses that filed in July of 2017. This new number brings the total of new businesses in Ohio since January to 76,130.

  • Only four of the 26 businesses that have been selected to grow medical marijuana in Ohio have passed inspections and been approved for planting seeds, the first of which were planted July 31st. This means the medical marijuana program will not meet its legislated deadline of Sept. 8th.

  • U.S. Senator Rob Portman announced that 25 Ohio organizations have received $125,000 in grants through the Drug-Free Communities Act. These organizations will use the funds for evidence-based anti-drug programs throughout their local communities.

The League's 2018 Annual Conference will be here before we know it! The conference will be taking place in downtown Columbus at the Renaissance Hotel from Wednesday, Oct. 31st through Friday, Nov. 2nd. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers, attend meaningful workshops and network with other municipal leaders from across the state. It is an incredible opportunity you don't want to miss!

Information about the Annual Conference, including the agenda, was sent out last week. Additionally, registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in now open - just click HERE.

The Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ohio will be holding their annual conference concurrently with the League from Wednesday, October 31st through Thursday, November 1st. Attendees will participate in general sessions, round table discussions and workshops and will have access to the exhibitor's hall hosted by the League's Annual Conference. To register, click HERE

We are excited about these upcoming opportunities and look forward to seeing you there!

The Ohio Board of Building Standards is seeking stakeholder input for residential code and certification rules changes. All state agencies are required to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community, and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules. 

On July 19, 2018, the board issued a notice of its intent to amend the Certification Rules and the proposed update to the Residential Code of Ohio based on the 2018 International Residential Code with Ohio amendments as summarized below.  The board sought input on these amendments and conducted a stakeholder meeting on August 17, 2018.  Based on the comments received during this process, the board has modified the proposed rules.  The board conducted a business regulatory impact analysis of the proposed rules and has documented its findings and summarized the changes in Business Impact Analysis (BIA) reports. 

The proposed new rules and Business Impact Analysis reports can be found at the following link:

Comments regarding these proposed amendments should be submitted by September 30, 2018.  You may submit your comments via email or U.S. Mail at Ohio Board of Building Standards, 6606 Tussing Rd, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, Attn: Regina Hanshaw.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

OML/OMAA Webinar
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September 20, 2018 

 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m.
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Online Registration Now Available
OML Annual Conference
October 31 ~ November 2
MFOA Annual Conference
October 31 & November 1
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