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Speaker Batchelder, House Republicans Urge Prompt Delivery of Benefits for Military Veterans

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) today were joined by members of the House veterans caucus in demanding that veterans’ disability benefits be administered by Washington in a significantly more timely fashion, an issue that has continued to worsen over the past several years.

 
 
Rep. Dovilla and Treasurer Mandel Discuss Proposal to Provide Real Government Accountability to Ohio Taxpayers

State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) was joined by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel at a press conference today to unveil legislation seeking to establish “Open Ohio,” a state government expenditure database showing taxpayers exactly where their money is being spent.

 
 

A Chief Executive Magazine survey of CEOs about the best states in which to do business has revealed that Ohio is the most improved state, with a jump of 13 spots from 35 in 2012 to 22 in 2013. In 2010, Ohio was ranked number 44 in terms of business climate.

 
 
By Rep. Ross McGregor (R-Springfield)
May 6, 2013
New Website Helps Ohioans Monitor Regulations

As a person who has been involved in a family-run business for much of my life, I know how important it is for businesses to keep up with changing regulatory requirements. While I firmly believe that regulations should be limited and easy to understand, at the same time business must adapt in order to remain in compliance when things do change.

 
 
Governor Kasich Signs Health Insurance Navigators Legislation

State Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) attended Governor Kasich’s executive signing of Substitute House Bill 3. The legislation, which was jointly sponsored by Rep. Kunze and Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Twp.), gives the State of Ohio the authority to regulate health insurance navigators.

 
 
Rep. Duffey Announces Passage of Bill to  Make the Adena Pipe Ohio's Official State Artifact

The Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously passed Senate Bill 33 to adopt the Adena pipe as Ohio’s official state artifact. The bill is headed to Governor Kasich’s desk, completing a multiple-year effort by students and teachers at the Columbus School for Girls that finally achieved success with support from State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and John Carney (D-Columbus).

 
 

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Nicholas Celebrezze (D-Parma) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 77 by a vote of 94–2, which designates the month of October as “Manufacturing Month” in the state of Ohio.

 
 
RuleWatch Ohio designed to make it easier for the public and interested parties to monitor state rules and regulations
April 29, 2013
Lawmakers Unveil New Website for Tracking State Rules

Looking to make Ohio’s rule-making process easier to follow for both business owners and the public, State Representative Ross McGregor (R- Springfield) and State Senators Frank LaRose (R-Copley) and Bob Peterson (R- Sabina) today unveiled the new RuleWatch Ohio website. McGregor, LaRose and Peterson all serve as members of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), which is responsible for ensuring state agencies do not exceed their statutory authority through rules.

 
 
By Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster)
April 26, 2013

Whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage is the hot topic in developing state governments' next budget.

 
 

State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 95, which revises Ohio law to provide the issuance of a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” for stillborn babies.