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May 8, 2020

OML UPDATE AT-A-GLANCE
 
Here are the top three things you need to know from this past week:
 
  • The U.S. Treasury has released an updated FAQ on how state and local governments can use the funds from the CARES Act. According to the document, the funds can be used to meet payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. You can read the full FAQ HERE.
  • Gov. DeWine has announced hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to open on Friday, May 15. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to open for outside dining on Friday, May 15, then for indoor dining on Thursday, May 21. The DeWine Administration is releasing best practices that these establishments are being encouraged to follow. You can read more in the article below.
  • The municipal lawsuit against the centralized collection of municipal net profit taxes has hearings scheduled for next week before the Ohio Supreme Court. Consolidated appeals have been scheduled for remote oral arguments starting on Wednesday, May 13.
 
OHIO UPDATES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE
 
  • As of Friday afternoon, Ohio is reporting 23,016 cases of coronavirus, 1,306 deaths, 4,218 hospitalizations and 1,188 ICU admissions.
  • Following the announcement that restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen, the DeWine Administration released a detailed lists of guidelines and best practices for those establishments to follow. 
  • The DeWine Administration also released a list of mandatory and recommended best practices for personal services facilities such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities. You can read those HERE.
  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 61,083 initial jobless claims last week. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last seven weeks (1,118,569) is 1,112 more than the combined total of 1,117,457 for the last three years. Over these last seven weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $1.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 536,000 Ohioans.
 
 
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES LAUNCHES "CITIES ARE ESSENTIAL" CAMPAIGN
 
The National League of Cities (NLC) has launched the "Cities Are Essential"  camp aign, a grassroots advocate campaign to ensure cities, towns, and villages are included in the next relief package. The intent of the campaign is to be  bold  and  direct  about the urgent need for direct federal support and the consequences the  American  economy will suffer without it. The ask is for $500 billion in federal aid over the next two years to help municipalities and counties, regardless of size, respond to and recover from COVID-19.  
 
As part of this campaign, the NLC is encouraging local leaders to submit a letter to Congress to ask for direct relief for local governments in the next federal aid package. You can access a letter template HERE . Local leaders are also asked to submit a letter to the editor sharing how COVID-19 and the ensuring economic fallout has specifically affected your community. You can find a template for a letter to the editor HERE .
 
The NLC has also released several helpful documents that effectively and succinctly outline the needs local governments are facing and why direct federal relief is necessary to ensure municipalities can continue to deliver critical services to their residents. The materials include a one-pager, an infographic, talking points and a "myths v. facts" handout .
 
We appreciate all the work our members have already done to contact their members of Congress and advocate on behalf of Ohio's cities and villages. We must continue to urge Congress to pass a fourth federal relief package to rebuild local economies and ensure economic recovery for both Ohio and the nation.
 

COMMITTEE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 10, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
HOUSE INSURANCE
Tue., May. 12, 2020, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 121
Rep. Brinkman: 614-644-6886
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COVID-19 - OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE (SOBECKI L, BOGGS K) To make COVID-19 an occupational disease under the Workers' Compensation Law under certain circumstances and to declare an emergency. 
 
First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
 
HOUSE CIVIL JUSTICE
Tue., May. 12, 2020, 3:00 PM, Hearing Room 121
Rep. Hambley: 614-466-8140
OR AFTER SESSION
Overflow in Hearing Room 122
 
STATUTORY IMMUNITY-HOSPITAL POLICE (SMITH J, BLAIR G) To provide a municipal corporation or county immunity from civil and criminal liability in any action that arises from a hospital police officer acting directly in the discharge of the person's duties as a police officer and that occurs on the premises of the hospital or its affiliates or subsidiaries or elsewhere in the municipal corporation or county. 
 
Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE
 
CIVIL IMMUNITY - COVID-19 TRANSMISSION (GRENDELL D) To grant civil immunity to a person who provides services for essential businesses and operations for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of COVID-19 during the period of emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D, issued on March 9, 2020, and to declare an emergency. 
 
First Hearing, Sponsor/All Testimony, SUBSTITUTE BILL

CHECK OUR WEBSITE MONDAY FOR ANY CHANGES TO THE COMMITTEE SCHEDULE. 
Ohio Municipal League Meetings & Trainings

Due to COVID-19 OML Meetings & Trainings are currently postponed. 

OML/OMAA Webinar

May 13, 2020 11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
"SOCIAL MEDIA - Exposure for Private Accounts "
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May 21, 2020 11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
"AN EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE - from Discrimination to COVID-19 to the First Amendment "
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