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COVID-19 Response Legislation
Before passing House Bill 197 through both chambers on Wednesday March 25, the Ohio General Assembly added 27 amendments to the bill. The omnibus amendment, posted here titled Synopsis of Committee Amendments, includes amendment G-0393-2 tolling civil and criminal statutes and administrative rules and an emergency clause that will require the bill become effective immediately. 

The Governor is expected to sign the bill as soon as possible. 

Early Voting Continues 
Based on an amendment in House Bill 197, linked and described above, Ohio’s primary election will continue until April 28th. However, voting will now be vote-by-mail only.  

A Message from OAJ's CEO
The words “uncertain” and “unprecedented” seem to appear in every communication these days. Among this chaos, here is a dose of certainty: OAJ will continue to be a pillar of support for its members through this most turbulent and trying time.

  • Staff continue to work remotely without any loss of functionality or decrease in their ability to support you. Our operations are now remote, but are 100% intact. 
  • We continue to be in communication with our elected officials, fighting for you at the capital (albeit by phone and text) and communicating to you every piece of relevant information in this rapidly changing legislative landscape.
  • We are rescheduling events like Annual Convention, fundraisers, happy hours and other meetings rather than cancelling them so that you don’t miss any opportunities to earn CLE credits and connect with your colleagues.
  • We have implemented remote conferencing tools to maintain OAJ’s ability to govern itself.

2020 Annual Convention - Rescheduled
The 2020 Annual Convention has been rescheduled for August 12-14. If you have already registered, your registration is still valid. If you have already booked your hotel room at the Hilton, you will need to cancel your May room and rebook for August.

Earn CLE credit online
View our selection of online webinars here.

Practicing Remotely During COVID-19: Client Communication, Case Management And More - Webinar
Get your remote law office up and running quickly and efficiently, keep your practice going and stay connected to your clients. Register here.

Supreme Court Rules

Proportionality-in-discovery amendment to Civil Rule 26
The Senate Judiciary Committee is in the process of hearing testimony on the Ohio Supreme Court’s revisions to the Rules for Process and Procedure, including the addition of proportionality-in-discovery amendments in Civil Rule 26. The Court testified with an explanation of their changes on March 4, 2020, and Republican and Democratic Senators asked why proportionality continues to move forward despite overwhelming opposition from OAJ and OSBA.

OAJ will be testifying in opposition to the changes to Rule 26 in the coming weeks.

Click here to watch the hearing from March 4, 2020.

New Legislation

Securing a load on a vehicle (HB 510 - Patton)
Representative Patton (R-Strongsville) introduced this bill recently to increase the criminal penalties for failing to secure a load on a vehicle. This bill is designed to keep motorists safe by reducing the more than 2,791 unsecured load violations from the past 4 years. OAJ supports the bill.

Click here to link to HB 510

Distracted Driving (SB 285 – O’Brien and Kunze)
Senators O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Kunze (R-Hilliard) introduced a bill to make handling a wireless device while driving a primary offense. Nicknamed the Hands-Free Ohio bill, the goal of the bill is to reduce distracted driving to improve safety and reduce crashes. OAJ is reviewing the bill now.

Click here to link to SB 285

Early Voting Continues
Ohio’s primary election will be held on March 17, but no-fault absentee voting began on February 19. You can vote by mail or at your local Board of Elections.

Regardless of where you live or your political affiliation, please vote in the March election.

Check your voter registration and/or find your voting precinct and polling location here

Click here to download an absentee ballot request form.

Earn CLE credit online
On March 26, Texas attorney Julian Gomez will present a webinar on robot cars. Mr. Gomez will review where robot cars are today, where they are going, how to identify their defects and more. The webinar is $99 for members and will run from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Click here for more information and to register.

Save on registration for the 2020 Annual Convention
Time is running out to save $50 on registration for the 2020 Annual Convention. The price goes up in two weeks! Click here to register.

New Ohio Trial
A new issue of Ohio Trial is out and available to view online. A printed version will be hitting your mailbox any day. Click here to view online.

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