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State budget enacted
The Ohio legislature passed the biennial state budget on July 17.  The final budget bill contains several changes of interest to trial attorneys.  When the final budget becomes available electronically, OAJ will share the relevant sections. 

Tax on lawyers
The state budget bill denies lawyers and lobbyists a business income deduction and a special 3% flat tax rate that is available to pass-through entities and other similarly-situated professionals.  OAJ joined with the Ohio State Bar Association to oppose the repeal and urge the Governor to veto it. 

Click here to link to the OSBA-OAJ letter to Gov. DeWine urging veto

Positive changes dropped from BWC budget bill
The Ohio legislature agreed to pass the BWC budget bill, but first removed all the OAJ-supported changes that are positive for injured workers.   Lawmakers pledged to introduce these positive changes this fall in separate legislation.  

Click here to link to a Summary of major provisions that were removed from HB 80

Bills impacting your clients and practice
OAJ advocated on these bills that remain pending.  After summer recess, the Ohio General Assembly will reconvene in mid-September to consider these bills.

  • Reduces the statute of limitations for contracts from eight to three years (HB 215) – OAJ opposes – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Punitive damages, no cap for strict liability offenses (SB 46) – OAJ supports – pending in Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee
  • Eliminates sovereign immunity for cities for negligence of emergency vehicle drivers (HB 27) – OAJ supports – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Expands Ohio’s long-arm statute (HB 272) – OAJ supports – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Commercial credit reporting (HB 38) – OAJ supports – pending in House Financial Institutions Committee
  • Statute of limitations exception for OSU abuse victims (HB 249) – OAJ supports --pending in House Civil Justice Committee

If you have questions or comments on legislation, please contact John Van Doorn, OAJ’s Director of Government Affairs, at jvandoorn@OAJustice.org

Save the date!
The 2019 Winter Convention is November 6th-8th. We will be returning to the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Click here to preview the lineup.

July 24th: A Nitty, Gritty, Down and Dirty Discussion of Depositions and Cross-Examination Webinar
This one-hour webinar is jam-packed with practical advice on taking detailed and thorough depositions. It will cover both discovery depositions and evidentiary depositions. It will also include a discussion of what it takes to effectively cross-examine adverse witnesses and expert witnesses. This webinar is $99 for OAJ members. Click here to register.

 

BWC budget bill goes overtime
The Ohio legislature sent the BWC budget bill to a conference committee after the Senate stripped all the amendments that the House had added to the bill.  Unable to meet the June 30 deadline to pass a BWC budget, the legislature passed a resolution authorizing the BWC to continue operations for 30 days while the House and Senate hammer out a deal.

OAJ supports the positive amendments that the House added and is urging the Senate to agree to those House amendments. 

Click here to link to HB 80 – BWC budget bill

State budget bill also misses deadline
The Ohio Senate and House were unable to agree on the state budget bill by June 30, which ends the state fiscal year.  The legislature passed a continuation budget resolution, which keeps state government operating and gives lawmakers seventeen days to find a middle ground on a host of issues.

Click here to link to HB 166

WC for first responders with PTSD
Police, firefighters and EMTs diagnosed with PTSD would qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, if recently introduced legislation is enacted.  OAJ has concerns because the bill offsets workers’ comp benefits against disability payments and limits medical treatment to one year.   The bill awaits referral to House committee.

Click here to link to HB 308

A new Quarterly is out!
The July Quarterly is now available to view online. Click here to read.

July 24th: A Nitty, Gritty, Down and Dirty Discussion of Depositions and Cross-Examination Webinar
This one-hour webinar is jam-packed with practical advice on taking detailed and thorough depositions. It will cover both discovery depositions and evidentiary depositions. It will also include a discussion of what it takes to effectively cross-examine adverse witnesses and expert witnesses. This webinar is $99 for OAJ members. Click here to register.