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October 5, 2018


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

  • Gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray (D) and Mike DeWine (R) took part in a second debate on Monday at Marietta College. Topics included algae blooms in Lake Erie, right-to-work and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). You can watch the debate in full HERE.
  • Ohio will be the recipient of approximately $5.6 million from Uber in a settlement over a data breach in 2016, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine. The money is part of a $148 million settlement payment nationally. Each Uber driver who applied to drive before November 2016 will receive a $100 payment.
  • Forbes magazine declared Columbus as the top rising city for start-up businesses in the nation. Cincinnati was ranked in sixth place on the same list.


Here is a piece of legislation introduced this week that would have an impact on Ohio's municipalities:
  • HB 736 - TAX VOTES. Sponsored by Rep. Brinkman (R - Cincinnati), would require certain subdivisions governed by a board comprised of at least one unelected official to obtain the approval of the legislative body that created the subdivision before levying a tax.


Last week, the League announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had issued a declaratory ruling and order that largely preempts how municipalities regulate the rollout of small cell wireless infrastructure, the actual ruling has been made public. You can read it HERE.

The order effectively overrides sections of HB 478, a compromise that both municipal leaders and the telecommunications industry agreed upon that became law earlier this year. Many of the provisions in HB 478 that allowed municipalities to provide for the safety of their communities as well as protect the aesthetics of their rights-of-way have been rendered obsolete.

One of the provisions that will prove difficult for most municipalities is the establishment of a "shot clock" regarding the processing of applications for small cell deployment on municipal infrastructure. If the infrastructure is existing, municipalities will only have 60 days to process applications from telecommunications companies. If new infrastructure must be constructed, that deadline only extends out to 90 days. For many local governments, this is not an adequate timeframe for processing applications - especially when they receive multiple applications from multiple telecommunications companies. HB 478 had established a shot clock that would change to accommodate a greater influx of applications from telecommunications companies. Under the new ruling, municipalities may find themselves without adequate staffing to meet the new deadlines.

Additional new provisions include limiting what a municipality can charge as an application fee. This new limit is substantially lower than what most municipalities charge currently. There are no provisions within the order that mandate telecommunication companies must extend services to unserved areas within a municipality's jurisdiction. This could make it difficult for municipalities to incentivize the closing of the existing and detrimental digital divide.

As new information becomes available regarding this order and ruling, we will make it available to our members.


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. 31 st through Friday, Nov. 2  nd . 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 month. 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 31 st through Thursday, November 1 st . 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

Vendor Information can be found  HERE


CareWorksComp, the League's third-party BWC provider, has released a newsletter for the month of October detailing important deadline for estimated annual premiums, deferred payment options and applications. The newsletter also includes a helpful article detailing the difference between third-party administrators (TPAs) and managed care organizations (MCOs). To access this important newsletter, please click HERE.

Ohio Municipal League

Legislative Inquires:
Kent Scarrett, Executive Director
Edward Albright, Deputy Director
Ashley Brewster, Director of Communications
Rachel Massoud, Legislative Advocate

Website/Bulletin Issues:
Zoƫ Wade, Office Manager