- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A look at some legislative activity Wednesday as state lawmakers looked to wrap up work this week before breaking for the summer:


Bills headed to the governor would:

- Require the state to notify businesses and taxpayers when they overpay their taxes; allow Ohio’s tax commissioner to give automatic refunds or provide credit toward future taxes (SB 263).

- Target the demand for human trafficking by increasing penalties for those soliciting a minor or a person with a developmental disability, among other changes (HB 130).

- Require hospice programs working in patients’ homes to create a policy to help prevent prescription drugs from being abused during or after care is completed; require the hospice patient or family to relinquish any painkillers that are no longer needed (HB 366).

- Allow public schools to let students be excused to attend certain religious instruction off school property during school hours; permit districts to grant high school credit for the religious instruction (HB 171).


Bills that cleared the House would:

-Set certain consent requirements for users of tanning facilities; for children under 16, parents or guardians would have to sign a consent form and be present for each tanning session (HB 131).

- Require any state plan for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in an effort to meet a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to protect electric affordability and reliability and to minimize harm to industrial, commercial and residential consumers (HB 506).

-Create the “Ohio State Beekeepers Association” license plate (HB 474).

-Create the Ohio Economic Council on Women (HB 575).


Bills passed by the Senate would:

- Let rape victims request that a court terminate or deny their offenders’ parental rights over a child conceived as a result of the attack (SB 207).

-Establish Feb 21. of each year as “Rascal Flatts Day” to commemorate the group’s Ohio roots (SB 233).




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