Ohio Legislation – 131st General Assembly 2015-2016

Selected Pending Legislation of Interest To Community Colleges

House Bill 64 — FY 16- FY 17 Executive Budget Bill

Read the bill here.

Read the Analysis by the Legislative Service Commission here.

House Bill 1 — Workforce Grants

Read the bill here.

Read the Analysis by the Legislative Service Commission here.

Other House Bills:

HB 27 COLLEGE COMPLETION (Ramos, D.) To create the Finish Fund and the Finish Reserve Fund to provide grants to students who are nearing completion of their associate or bachelor’s degrees and display financial need or hardship and to make an appropriation. Am. 3333.27 and 3333.271

 

 

HB 48 FIREARMS (Maag, R.) To extend to handguns affirmative defenses to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon or having or transporting a firearm in a motor vehicle, and to modify the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, places of worship, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals and police stations, and school safety zones. Am. 2923.12, 2923.122, 2923.126, and 2923.16

 

HB 76 PUBLIC RECORDS (Patmon, B.) To include in the definition of public record records kept by a police department established by a qualified nonprofit corporation or a campus police department established by a private college or university. Am. 149.011 and 149.43

 

HB 92 HIGHER EDUCATION CONDUCT (Hagan, C.) To prohibit an employee of a public or nonpublic school or institution of higher education who is not in a position of authority from engaging in sexual conduct with a minor at least four years younger than the employee who is enrolled in or attends that public or nonpublic school or who is enrolled in or attends that institution of higher education. Am. 2907.03.

 

Senate Bills:

SB 4 HIGHER EDUCATION COSTS (Faber, K.) To require each state institution of higher education to develop a plan to reduce in-state student cost of attendance by five per cent for the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

SB 6 COLLEGE SAVINGS (Jones, S.Eklund, J.) To increase the maximum income tax deduction for college savings contributions to $10,000 annually for each beneficiary, to create the Joint Committee on Ohio College Affordability, and to declare an emergency. Am. 5747.70

 

SB 12 TAX CREDITS (Hottinger, J.) To grant an income tax credit to individuals who earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math-based fields of study. Am. 5747.08 and 5747.98 and to enact sections 3333.51 and 5747.82

 

SB 19 HIGHER EDUCATION (Sawyer, T.) To make changes to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, to limit state university over load fees, and to make an appropriation. Am. 3333.122 and to enact sections 3333.072 and 3345.38

 

SB 24 HIGHER EDUCATION (Williams, S.) To qualify students in noncredit community college programs for Ohio College Opportunity Grants and to require the awarding of academic credit for community colleges’ career certification programs. Am. 3333.122 and 3333.20 and to enact section 3333.165

 

Ohio Legislation – 130th General Assembly 2013-2014

Selected Enacted Ohio Legislation of Interest to Community Colleges

House Bill 59 — FY 14- FY 15 Executive Budget Bill

Read the final analysis here.

Read the Senate Finance Committee’s omnibus amendment summary here.

Read the comparison document of the Senate version of the bill (compiled by Legislative Service Commission) here.

Read the OACC’s testimony before the Ohio Senate Education: Finance Subcommittee here.

Read the analysis of the House-passed bill here.

Read the Ohio House of Representatives Substitute Bill here.

Read Gov. Kasich’s “Blue Book” here.

Read the “As Introduced” bill here.

Read the OACC’s testimony before the Ohio House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee here.

Spreadsheet of appropriation amounts. Board of Regents begins on Pg. 67.

House Bill 1 – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT  (Derickson) – To require a local workforce investment area to use OhioMeansJObs as the local workforce investment area’s job placement system, to rename county one stop systmes and to make other changes to Ohio’s Workforce Development Law. 

Read the enacted bill here.

Read the final analysis here.

Senate Bill 1 – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ( Beagle, Balderson) — To create the OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Fund, to create the OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Program, to allocate a portion of casino license fees to finance the loan program, and to make an appropriation.

Read the enacted bill here.

Read the final analysis here.

Mid Biennium Budget Review

HB 483 — MBR General — Please view the bill here.

  • Includes a $3.1 million increase for community colleges in State Share of Instruction.

HB 484 — Higher Education Reform Issues. Please view the bill here.

Includes these issues:

  • Community College Funding Formula
  • Tuition Guarantee for Community Colleges
  • Course and Program Share
  • Workforce Program Inventory
  • Reciprocity — Online Distance Education
  • Bonding or Insurance for state community college treasurers.
  • Globalization/International Student Issues

HB 487 – Education Reform Bill. Please view the bill here.

Includes College Credit Plus

OACC opposes College Credit Plus amendment connected to “Floor” for reimbursement of institutions of higher education. Read the OACC letter here

HB 488 — Issues Surrounding Veterans. Please view the bill here.

Includes recommendations surrounding education for veterans including:

  • The Ohio Board of Regents developing a set of standards for credit transfer.
  • Priority registration for veterans.
  • A specific contact person on campus for veterans.
  • Development of a dispute resolution appeals process.
  • No charge for credit.

HB 486 — Workforce Development Issues. Please view the bill here.

Includes these issues:

  • High school equivalency to career study/recommendations
  • Development of evaluation criteria for workforce development programs.
  • A single state plan for ABLE, Perkins and WIA
  • $2.5 million for adult dropout recovery pilot program for community colleges and Ohio Technical Centers.

HB 497 — Capital Bill. Read the bill here.

Selected Pending Ohio Legislation of Interest To Community Colleges

Other House Bills

HB 40 — STATE FUNDS (Foley) — To require the Treasurer of State to investigate whether state treasury funds, custodial funds or funds of state institutions of higher education were lost as a result of fraudulent manipulations to the LIBOR and to declare an emergency.

HB 96 — COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (Strahorn) — To eliminate an exemption from the Public Employee’s Collective Bargaining Law for specified educational employees

HB 111 — STUDENT TRUSTEES (Duffey, Stinziano) — To grant student members of the boards of trustees of state universities and the Northeast Ohio Medical University voting power and the authority to attend executive sessions.

HB 136 — DATA CENTERS (Schuring) — To authorize the Third Frontier Commission to award grants related to the establishment and operation of data centers and the development of a high speed fiber optic network in the state, and to authorize a kilowatt-hour excise tax reduction for electric distribution companies supplying such centers at a discounted rate.

HB 168 — PSEO PROGRAM (Hagan, C.) — To create a subprogram of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program that permits students to participate in certified apprenticeship programs.

HB 193 — HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS (Brenner) — To revise current high school diploma requirements including state-administered assessments.

HB 197 — ABDUCTION SURVIVORS (Barnes) — To award at least $25,000 per year from court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition to any survivor of abduction at any state university or college.

HB 209 — DEGREE COMPLETION (Ramos) — To create the Finish Fund and the Finish Reserve Fund to provide grants to students who are nearing completion of their bachelor’s degree and display financial need or hardship and to make an appropriation.

HB 231 – CONCEALED HANDGUNS (Maag) — To extend handgun affirmative defenses to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon or having or transporting a firearm in a motor vehicle, to modify the prohibitition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, places of worship, day care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals and police stations, and school safety zones, and to amend the version of section 2923.126 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2014, to continue the provisions of this act on and after that effective date.

HB 236 – CONCEALED WEAPONS (Becker) — To generally authorize a person who is a state or local government official and has a valid concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed into any publicly owned facility that is not a secure facility.

HB 237 – COMMON CORE (Thompson) — With respect to the Common Core Initiative academic standards and the distribution of student information.

HB 242 – COLLEGE TUITION (Hagan, R., Foley) — To require the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to consider creating a pilot program called “Pay Forward, Pay Back” to replace the current tuition system at state institutions of higher education.

HB 254 – INSTATE TUITION (Lynch, Retherford) — To prohibit state institutions of higher education from providing instate residency status to undocumented alients.

HB 321- GOVERNMENT RECORDS (Duffey, Hagan) — To create the DataOhio Board and to specify requirements for posting public records

HB 322 –  UNIFORM ACCOUNTING (Duffey, Hagan) — To require the Auditor of State to adpt rules regarding a uniform accounting system for public offices.

HB 323  -PUBLIC DATA ( Duffey, Hagan) –To establish an online catalog of public data at data.ohio.gov.

HB 324 – LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION (Duffey) — To establish the Local Government Information Exchange Grant Program and to make an appropriation.

HB 403 — CONCEALED HANDGUNS (Becker) — To generally authorize a person who has a valid concealed carry handgun license to carry a handgun concealed into any publicly owned facility that is not a secure facility, to limit this general access  with respect to a nonsecure school building so taht it applies only if the person is a government official, and to amend the versions of sections 2923.126 and 2923.1212 of the Revised Code that are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, to continue the provisions of this act on and after that effective date.

HB 405 — TAX CREDITS (Budish) — To grant an income tax credit to indivduals who earn degrees in science, technology, engineering or math-based fields of study.

Senate Bills

SB 2   — WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (Lehner, P., Beagle, B.) –To require a local workforce investment area to use OhioMeansJobs as the local workforce investment area’s job placement system, to rename county one-stop systems, and to make other changes to Ohio’s Workforce Development Law.

SB 12  –OIL GAS EMPLOYEES (Cafaro, C.) –To require three-year employment of oil and gas training program graduates who are Ohio residents, and to make appropriations to support oil and gas training programs, including employee training grants to oil or gas well owners.

SB 13    — VETERAN SERVICES (Gentile, L.) –To enhance support and services for veterans at state institutions of higher education and to require each institution to develop a policy for awarding academic credit to veterans for training received while in the military.

SB 65 — COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (Turner) —  To eliminate an exemption from the Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Law for specific educational employees.

SB 69 — COURSE SHARE NETWORK (Beagle, B) —  To Establish a Course and Program Sharing Network and to make an appropriation.

SB 72 — TRIO PROGRAMS (TAVARES) — To make an appropriation for the provision of state matching funds for federal TRIO programs at Ohio institutions of higher education for FY 2014.

SB 136 — MINORITY BUSINESS SET ASIDE (Tavares) — To require community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges, and university branches to comply with minority business enterprise set-aside requirements, and to require the Director of Administrative Services to establish guidelines for these entities and the Northeast Ohio Medical University to establish procurement goals for contracting with EDGE business enterprises.

SB 164 — SCHOLARSHIP CHECK-OFF (Tavares) — To authorize an income tax refund “check-off” to support scholarships to attend Central State University.

SB 168 – LOGISTICS PROGRAM (Hughes) – To establish the Columbus State Logistics Program and to make an appropriation.

SB 220 — OPEN ENROLLMENT (Gardner) — To remove the prohibition on charging students fees for participating in dual enrollment programs or in alternative funding arrangements under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program.

Ohio Legislation – 129th General Assembly 2011-2012

Selected Enacted Legislation of Interest to Community Colleges

FY13-FY14 Capital Appropriations – HB 482

Please click here to view the as adopted bill.

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges was a PROPONENT of HB 482. Please click here to read testimony offered by Dr. Paul Brown, President of Zane State College.

FY12-FY13 State Budget – HB 153

Spreadsheet of Final Appropriation Amounts (Board of Regents Begins on Pg. 63)

Education Mid Biennium Budget Review – SB 316

Please click here to view the bill as introduced.

Please click here to view the analysis prepared by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

Please click here to view the announcement that Gov. Kasich issued on signing the measure.

Mid Biennium Budget Review – HB 487

Please click here to view the bill as introduced.

Please click here to view the Comparison Document as passed by the Ohio House.

Please click here to view the Comparison Document as passed by the Ohio Senate

Please click here to view the Comparison Document as passed by the House-Senate Conference Committee.

Please click here to view the analysis, as passed by the Ohio Senate, prepared by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

Cybersecurity Council Creation — HB 331

Please click here to view the enacted legislation.

Pension Reform Bills (Enacted)

SB 341 – SCHOOL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM – REVISE LAWS (Niehaus-Kearney) – Makes changes to SERS retirement system.

SB 342 – STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM – REVISE LAWS (Niehaus-Kearney) – Makes changes to STRS retirement system.

SB 343 – PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM – REVISE LAWS (Niehaus-Kearney) – Makes changes to PERS retirement system.

Ohio National Guard/War Orphans Scholarship — HB 280

Please click here to view the enacted legislation.

Selected Pending Ohio Legislation of Interest to Community Colleges

House Bills

HB 258– BACCALAUREATE TAX CREDITS (Grossman) – Allows an income tax deduction for five years for an individual who obtains a baccalaureate degree and has income tax liability in Ohio in an amount equal to the individual’s compensation and net earnings from self employment; Allows deferral of the baccalaureate deduction while a graduate pursues a more advanced degree.

HB 323– RETIREMENT BENEFITS FORFEITURE  (Dovilla) – Adds felony offenses of extortion and perjury to the crimes committed by a public retirement system member or alternative retirement plan participant while serving in a “position of honor, trust or profit” that may result in forfeiture of a future retirement or disability benefit or termination of an existing disability benefit.

HB 374– MBE CERTIFICATION (Reece) – To amend section 123.151 of the Revised Code to provide that the state certification for minority business enterprises satisfies any similar minority business certification requirement imposed by a political subdivision.

HB 377– STUDENT TRUSTEE VOTING (Duffey and Stinziano) – Grants student members of state university boards of trustees voting power, considers them in determining whether a quorum of a board is present, and entitles them to attend executive sessions of the boards on which they serve; prohibits a student from being disqualified as a student trustee if the student receives financial aid or is employed in certain student employment positions.

HB 381– RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL (Slaby ) — Requires a school district board, which it decides to dispose of real property, to offer the right of first refusal to a state university, having its main or branch campus located within the district, to purchase the property (prior to offering that property to community schools as required under current law)

HB 534 – DATA CENTERS (Schuring) — To authorize the Third Frontier Commission to award grants related to the establishment and operation of data centers and the development of a high speed fiber optic network in the state, and to authorize a kilowatt-hour excise tax reduction for electric distribution companies supplying such centers at a discounted rate.

HB 539 – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY BOARD REVISION (Derickson-Thompson) – Makes changes to the workforce development policy board composition and responsibilities.

Other House Concurrent Resolutions

HCR 33 – CONGRESS -ENACT WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (Derickson, Newbold) – Urging Congress to reathorize the federal Workforce Investment Act

Other Senate Bills

SB  266STUDENT TRUSTEE VOTING (Widener, Sawyer) – To amend sections 3335.02, 3335.09, 3337.01, 3339.01, 3341.02, 3343.02, 3344.01, 3350.10, 3352.01, 3356.01, 3359.01, 3361.01, 3362.01, and 3364.01 of the Revised Code to grant student members of the boards of trustees of state universities and the Northeast Ohio Medical University voting power and the authority to attend executive sessions.

SB 359 — UNIVERSITY FEES (Sawyer) — To limit state university overload fees and to make an appropriation.

Ohio Legislation – 128th General Assembly
2009-2010

Selected Enacted Legislation of Interest to Community Colleges

FY10-FY11 State Budget – HB 1

Spreadsheet of Final Appropriation Amounts (Board of Regents begins on page 66)

Chancellor’s Statement on Conference Committee Report, including additional Regents budget information

SB 131 – Bioproducts Purchasing (signed Feb. 27, 2010)

Final Bill Analysis (Legislative Service Commission)

Selected Pending Ohio Legislation of Interest to Community Colleges

House Bills

HB 7 – BUILDING STANDARDS (Harris, Pillich) – To require a building or structure erected or constructed using state capital moneys to adhere to certain sustainability standards.

HB 12 – CREDIT CARD MARKETING (Lundy, Schneider)To prohibit campus credit card marketing activities and to prohibit institutions of higher education from releasing student directory information to any person or group for use in a profit-making plan or activity.

HB 30 – RETIREMENT INCENTIVES (Combs) To require an analysis of each proposed retirement incentive plan for Public Employees Retirement System members and to prohibit a member who participates in such retirement incentive plan from being re-employed by the same employer.

HB 74 – NURSING PROFESSION (Weddington) – Regarding tuition reimbursement for nursing education and tax credits for nursing professors, and other nursing-related provisions.

HB 123 – GRADUATE TAX CREDITS (Goyal, Mandel) To grant an income tax credit to individuals who earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math-based fields of study and to authorize municipal corporations to grant a credit to individuals qualifying for the state credit.

HB 147 – TEXTBOOK PRICING (Miller) – To require publishers to disclose the price of college textbooks to faculty and others upon request, to prohibit faculty and others from receiving certain gifts in exchange for adopting specific course material for course instruction, and to impose other requirements and prohibitions related to college textbook pricing.

HB 253 – ETHICS EDUCATION (DeBose, Hite) – Regarding leadership character ethics in public schools and public institutions of higher education.

HB 365COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (Chandler) – To eliminate an exemption from the Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Law for specified educational employees.

HB 381 – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (S. Williams) – To create the Workforce Development Intermediary Committee.

HB 419 – COLLEGE LOANS (Derickson, Mallory) – To authorize an income tax deduction for the otherwise taxable portion of a federal Pell grant used to pay room and board for a post-secondary student. Meal plans at community colleges are included in this legislation as introduced.

HB 423 – WORKFORCE TRAINING (S. Williams) – To create the Industry Sector Strategy Training Program, to require the awarding of academic credit to individuals who complete the program, and to require the Department of Job and Family Services to streamline core services provided under the federal Workforce Investment Act.

HB 424 – OCOG GRANTS (S. Williams) – To qualify students in non-credit community college programs for Ohio College Opportunity Grants and to require the awarding of academic credit for community colleges’ career certification programs.

HB 472 – COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS (Lundy, Patten) – To enact the “Textbook Affordability Act” with respect to college textbook sales.

HB 519 – CASINO IMPLEMENTATION (Yuko, Book)

Senate Bills

SB 16 – CREDIT CARD MARKETING (Patton) – To prohibit credit card marketing activites on the grounds of state institutions of higher education.

SB 83 – RETIREMENT BENEFITS (Faber) To exclude certain compensation when determining retirement benefits under the Public Employees Retirement System.

SB 84 – UNIVERSITY BUSES (Wagoner) To require all buses purchased, leased, rented, or charted by universities and colleges to transport students and employees be equipped with occupant restraining devices for all passengers, to permit buses that currently are owned by universities and colleges and are not equipped with occupant restraining devices for all passengers to shuttle students or employees indefinitely, and to permit such buses to transport students or employees on trips other than shuttle trips for a period of three years before such buses are required to be equipped with occupant restraining devices for all passengers.

SB 129 – PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BARGAINING (Strahorn) To eliminate an exemption from the Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Law for specified educational employees.

SB 146 – MINORITY SET-ASIDES (Miller, R.) To require community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges, and university branches to comply with minority business enterprise set aside requirements.

SB 224 – LOTTERY/TURNPIKE OPERATION (Coughlin) – To authorize the sale or lease of the State Lottery and Ohio Turnpike and to require the proceeds to be paid to the newly established Ohio Promise Scholarship Program Fund.

SB 249 – COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PROPERTY (Seitz) – To permit the board of trustees of a state institution of higher education to enter into an agreement to convey property used for student housing or parking to a conduit entity which will enter into a lease-leaseback arrangement with an independent funding source.

SB 256 – WORKFORCE TRAINING (Carey, Turner) – To establish the Career Training Workforce Development Grant Program and to allocate a portion of the casino license fees to finance the program.

SB 263 – CASINO IMPLEMENTATION (Faber)

 

Helpful Resources

All Introduced Legislation:

A complete list and status report of all legislation currently introduced by the Ohio General Assembly is available through the Ohio Legislative Service Commission at:

http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/status128/srl128.pdf

Complete Bill Text and Analysis:

If you know the bill number, or keywords, for the bill you are looking for you can access the complete text of the bill and any available bill analyses on the Ohio General Assembly’s website at:

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/