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OCTOBER 12, 2017

OAJ has no position on State Issue 1 or 2
Issue 1 would repeal and replace Ohio’s second amendment with Marsy’s Law, which is intended to provide crime victims with certain new rights, including a right to a prompt conclusion of a case, a right to refuse an interview at the request of the accused, and a right to be notified about release or escape of the accused.  The initiative is named after Marsy Nicholas who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend.  There is no organized opposition, while the supporters are funded primarily by Marsy’s brother, a wealthy California businessman.

Issue 2 calls for the state to pay no more for pharmaceuticals than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays. In support is the Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, which gets the vast majority of its funding from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a California-based organization providing AIDS treatment worldwide.  Opponents organized as Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue have raised their money from the pharmaceutical industry.  The opposing sides disagree over whether the issue would actually lower drug prices, whether it would save the state millions and whether it even is workable.

Click here to link to Statewide Issues 1 and 2 on Ohio Secretary of State’s website

Municipal liability
OAJ expressed support for legislation that eliminates sovereign immunity for political subdivisions when an employee’s negligent action causes an injury, unless the plaintiff was fleeing the police at the time.  The legislation is pending in the House Civil Justice Committee.

Click here to link to HB 267

Hospitals determine patient medical records
Legislation giving hospitals the power to designate what is, or is not, a medical record received its first hearing in the House Health Committee this week.  The bill would reverse a 2016 Supreme Court ruling in which the court ordered the hospital to turn over all patient medical records, not just those the hospital retained in its medical records department (Griffith v Aultman Hospital 2016-Ohio-1173).  OAJ opposes the bill.

Click here to link to HB 172

More self-insured employers
The House committee adopted a substitute version of a bill that is intended to lower the bar and create a new sub-category of self-insured employers for purposes of workers’ comp coverage.  OAJ opposes the bill.  The bill remains in the House Insurance Committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.

Click here to download Sub HB 268

PTD awards reduced for retirees
A state lawmaker from North Dakota testified about that state’s workers’ comp system, which according to the Oregon’s rate study has the lowest premiums of any state.  His testimony came at the request of Ohio Rep. Mike Henne, the sponsor of the bill renaming the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and reducing PTD benefits for some retirees.  OAJ opposes the name change and PTD reduction, but supports other parts of HB 269.  When the time is right, OAJ will call on OAJ members to communicate with lawmakers.

Click here to link to ND Rep. George Keiser’s presentation

Click here to link to HB 269

Get your tickets for Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets!
Join OAJ and fellow members on Thursday, October 19th at Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00pm. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks in the Sky Terrace. Each member is eligible for two tickets. Limited number of tickets available. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.

3 weeks until the 2017 Winter Convention!
Our Winter Convention is only 3 weeks away! You won't want to miss this year's great line-up of speakers, especially our plenary speakers, Benedict Morelli and Steve Gursten. Make sure to register today! Click here to register & view this year's line-up.

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