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Stay informed with OAJ's bimonthly e-newsletter containing information from the Ohio Statehouse, OAJ head quarters and newspapers from around the state. Look for the newsletter in your inbox on Thursday mornings every other week.


Medical negligence legislation headed for passage
A much watered-down medical negligence bill this week passed the Ohio Senate and will soon be sent to the Governor.  OAJ had great success in advocating for amendments to the bill, including one more amendment added in the Senate.  OAJ originally opposed the bill, but changed its position to neutral because of the many significant amendments that were added. 

Click here to link to HB 7

Ban on workers’ comp for undocumented workers
House-passed legislation that prohibits illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving workers’ compensation benefits was heard by a Senate committee.  OAJ opposes the legislation and is working to kill it. 

Click here to link to HB 380

Notary commission changes
Senate-passed legislation on notary publics emerged this week from a House committee and is expected to be enacted before the General Assembly adjourns.  The bill consolidates the commissioning of notaries under the Secretary of State’s office and authorizes electronic notarization.  Attorneys’ notary power is grandfathered, but new attorneys must enroll in some education classes.   The bill allows organizations, like county bar associations, to continue to offer training and testing in compliance with state-established guidelines.

Click here to link to SB 263  

M-Z: Your CLE deadline is approaching (December 31st)
Do you still need CLE credit before the year is over? We have you covered! There are 4 live webinars happening in December and we have over 30 webinars in our self-study library. Click here to view our webinar calendar. Click here to view our self-study library.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Punitive damage cap not apply
OAJ Board member Todd Petersen testified before a Senate committee in support of legislation that expands the exemption from the cap on punitive damages from felonies involving purposeful or knowing conduct to felonies for a strict liability offense.  The bill remains pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.      

Click here to download Todd Petersen’s testimony in support of SB 280

Click here to link to SB 280

Exempt victims of rape and sexual assault from cap
Rep. Kristin Boggs testified before a House committee to urge her colleagues to pass legislation suspending the cap on non-economic damages for victims of rape or sexual assault.  The bill is pending before the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. 

Click here to download Rep. Kristin Bogg’s testimony for HB 20

Click here to link to HB 20

Medical negligence bill amended
The sponsor of HB 7, Rep. Bob Cupp, testified before a Senate committee to explain his legislation.  He was followed by a witness who testified in support for the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Hospital Association.  At Rep. Cupp’s request, the Senate committee added two amendments to the bill, including one from the OAJ.  The bill is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Click here to link to HB 7

Turn out is key – not so much
The conventional wisdom in Ohio politics is that if more than 4 million Ohioans vote in a mid-term election, the statewide Democrat candidates are favored to win.  That didn’t happen in 2018.

Democrat Richard Cordray received the 5th highest number of votes ever cast for Ohio governor in the general election.  But the winner, Republican Mike DeWine, received the 3rd most votes in state history in an election that saw 4.4 million Ohioans vote, the most ever cast in a mid-term election. 

DeWine recorded 2.187 million votes while Cordray got 2.005 million.  By comparison, Cordray received more votes than Governor John Kasich did in either of his two elections.  

M-Z: Your CLE deadline is approaching
Do you still need CLE credit before the year is over? We have you covered! There are 5 webinars happening in December and we have over 30 webinars in our self-study library. Click here to view our webinar calendar. Click here to view our self-study library.