DECEMBER 8, 2016
Ohio legislature adjourns today
State lawmakers are expected to adjourn today, thus concluding the 131rst session of the Ohio General Assembly. Legislation that has not passed must be reintroduced next year when the next General Assembly begins.
Here is what happened with the major bills on which OAJ was advocating:
- No pay, no play” (HB 279): denies an uninsured driver the right to recover noneconomic damages. +++ Died in the Senate Insurance Committee +++
- WC for firefighters who incur cancer (SB 27): establishes a presumption that a firefighter who is disabled as a result of cancer is presumed for workers’ comp and pension disability program to have incurred the cancer while working. +++ passed legislature, awaits Governor’s signature +++
- Medical negligence tort reform (HB 559): makes a physician’s statement of fault inadmissible as evidence; eliminates liability for loss of chance claims; and eight other “reforms.” +++ Died in the House Judiciary Committee +++
- Sexual predator protection act” (SB 268): rolls back Ohio civil rights laws related to employment and the statute of limitations for other specified claims against an employer. +++ Died in the Senate Civil Justice Committee +++
Pfeifer to lead Ohio Judicial Conference
Justice Paul Pfeifer, who must step down at year’s end from the Court, has been tapped to serve as Executive Director of the OJC, a statewide organization of judges. Established by statute, the Conference is separate from the Supreme Court and consists of all Ohio judges and representatives of the six judicial associations. The Conference has been lauded by state jurists for its work but also was targeted for elimination in the last budget bill.
Click here to view OJC press release
4 day webinar series: David Ball and Artemis Malekpour on Trials
OAJ is excited to announce that attorney David Ball and his partner, Artemis Malekpour, will be presenting a 4 day webinar series from January 23-26, 2017. Each webinar will run from 1:00pm - 2:30pm and each webinar is worth 1.5 CLE credit hours. The cost per webinar is $125 or you can purchase the 4 day bundle package for $400. Click here for more information and to register.
Save the date for this year's 2017 Annual Convention
This year's Annual Convention will be held May 3rd-5th at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus, Ohio. Book your room early to receive the room rate of $193. Use code OAJ when booking your room. You can click here to reserve your room online or call the Hilton at (614) 414-5000.