NFIB's Ohio Legislative Update Page

Date: March 29, 2021

Keep Current On Your Elected Officials & Legislation

If you have any questions on the information contained on this page, please contact NFIB’s Legislative Director for Ohio, Chris Ferruso. He can be reached at [email protected] or 614-221-4107.

Follow NFIB’s Legislative efforts on behalf of our 22,000 members in the state on social media on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nfib_oh and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NFIB.OH/ it is the best way to stay current with the most up-to-date news on the goings on at the capitol.

Meet NFIB’s Lobbying team for Ohio:

                  Roger Geiger                             Chris Ferruso                         Jared Weiser 

The 133rd Ohio General Assembly – Review 

NFIB tracked over 100 pieces of legislation in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly. 133rd General Assembly – Final

As always we like to report back to our members on how their elected officials voted the 132nd Ohio General Assembly Voting Record for NFIB Key Votes can be found here: 133rd Ohio Voting Record

The 134th Ohio General Assembly – Current Issues

NFIB is proud to have 25 members of the organization serving in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate this session. The list of members can be found here: NFIB Members in 134th Legislature

The NFIB Small Business Agenda for Ohio’s 134th General Assembly: NFIB 134th GA Small Business Agenda

To read the detail of any piece of legislation introduced in the 134th Ohio General Assembly, click here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/search-legislation?0

Ohio’s Minimum Wage is indexed to the Consumer Price Index, you can get the poster to display in your business here: 
 

Testimony offered / Statements by NFIB on legislation introduced in the 134th Ohio General Assembly:

Senate Bill 8 Letter of Support – NFIB along with five other business groups submitted this letter in support of Senate Bill 8 which would expand broadband access to communities across Ohio.
 
Senate Bill 13 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso on Senate Bill 13 which reduces Ohio’s statute of limitations (SOL) on written contracts from 8 years to 6 years, bringing Ohio more in line with the national average. 
 
Senate Bill 9 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso on Senate Bill 9 which continues the work of Senate Bill 1 from the 133rd General Assembly and builds upon those regulatory reform efforts.
 
Senate Bill 18 – Written testimony by Chris Ferruso on Senate Bill 18 which conforms Ohio’s tax law to changes in federal tax law since March 27, 2020, and also includes an amendment accepted last week to ensure the second round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP) are not subject to Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). 
 
House Bill 48 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso on House Bill 48, companion legislation to Senate Bill 18, which conforms Ohio’s tax law to changes in federal tax law since March 27, 2020. 
 
House Bill 126 –  A letter sent to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on how this legislation will provide greater transparency to the process of property valuation challenges.  
 
Senate Bill 109 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso in favor of the newly proposed Ohio Business Grant Relief program. 
 
Senate Bill 108 – Written testimony by Chris Ferruso on Senate Bill 108, legislation aimed at providing financial relief to bars, restaurants, and the lodging industry. 
 
Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council – Testimony by Chris Ferruso sharing some of the experiences NFIB and our members experienced with Ohio’s unemployment compensation system in 2020. 
 
Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council – Testimony by NFIB Leadership Council member Clara Osterhage, owner of RLO, Inc. in Dayton on her and her employees’ experiences with Ohio’s unemployment compensation system in 2020. 
 
NFIB member Clara Osterhage testifies before the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council.

House Bill 168 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso on House Bill 168 that builds upon the Small Business Relief Grant program from 2020 by providing an additional $150 million of grants to those businesses that attempted to access the initial program but were unable to because of depleted funds.

House Bill 169 – A letter of support by Chris Ferruso on House Bill 169 that is aimed at providing financial relief to bars, restaurants, and the lodging industry.  

NFIB Key Votes in the 134th Ohio General Assembly:

VOTE YES on Senate Bill 13 Senate Bill 13 reduces Ohio’s statute of limitations (SOL) on written contracts from 8 years to 6 years, bringing Ohio more in line with the national average. Senate Bill 13 also reduces contracts not in writing from 6 years to 4 years.  Senate Bill 13 builds upon Ohio’s progress from several years ago in reducing our statute of limitations from 15 years to the current 8.  We believe this is the next logical step in ensuring Ohio is not an outlier by having a longer SOL.
 
VOTE YES on Senate Bill 8 – Senate Bill 8 establishes the Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program. This important bill creates a public-private partnership to deliver broadband internet service to unserved and underserved areas of Ohio. 
 
VOTE YES on Amended Senate Bill 18 – Small businesses were hit especially hard as a result of the COVID pandemic. The federal government made some substantial changes to tax law to provide needed assistance and relief in an attempt to keep businesses open and their workers employed. Senate Bill 18 (SB 18) will update Ohio’s tax law to conform with federal law tax changes made after March 27, 2020. 
 
VOTE YES on House Bill 2 – House Bill 2 is the companion piece to Senate Bill 8, an earlier Key Vote for NFIB, that establishes the Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program. This important bill creates a public-private partnership to deliver broadband internet service to unserved and underserved areas of Ohio. 
 
VOTE YES on Senate Bill 9 – Senate Bill 9 extends the prohibition, included in the last operating budget, on adding new regulatory restrictions without removing two, through June 30, 2025, and further requires state agencies to reduce regulatory restrictions 30 percent by that same date.  
 
VOTE YES on Senate Bills 108 and 109 – Senate Bill 108 provides grants to bars, restaurants, and lodging businesses on a sliding scale based upon revenue loss, number of employees, and occupancy rates. Senate Bill 109 provides additional funding for the Small Business Grant Relief Program.  
 

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