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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
The 134th Ohio General Assembly – In Progress
Pro-small Business Bills that NFIB Key Voted (No opposed bills passed the 134th Ohio General Assembly) can be viewed here: Key Votes Passed
You can find our updated list of all bills we are tracking here: 134th General Assembly – Latest
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: 134th Small Business Agenda (Updated)
The 2021 NFIB Ohio Annual Report can be viewed here.
Updated Ohio Legislative Directory with contact information for all elected state and federal offices can be found here.
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
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Testimony offered / Statements by NFIB on legislation introduced in the 134th Ohio General Assembly:
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.
House Bill 215 – Testimony by Chris Ferruso in support of the Business Fairness Act, which would allow any Ohio business that can meet safety protocols to remain open in the future, all small business owners deem their business as essential.
Amendment added to House Bill 110 – A letter to the Ohio House Finance Committee pointing out an added amendment is a health insurance mandate.
House Bill 201 – A letter in support of House Bill 201 which ensures our member small businesses have certain, reliable fuel sources to meet their energy needs. to the Ohio House Energy & Natural Resources Committee.
House Bill 229 – A joint letter from NFIB and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in support of House Bill 229 which provides qualified immunity from civil liability to owners of campgrounds for injuries resulting from a well-delineated and defined list of risks inherent to camping.
House Bill 157 – A letter in support of House Bill 157 which provides certainty concerning municipal income tax withholding and net profits obligations for our employer members.
House Bill 110 – A letter to support several provisions in House Bill 110, the state’s operating budget. NFIB applauds the Ohio Senate for continuing the good work of the Ohio House by recognizing the importance of the success of small businesses to Ohio’s economic vibrancy.
House Bill 153 – It puts restrictions on the utilization of prior authorization, increasing individual cost-sharing for a drug, moving prescription drugs to a more restrictive tier, and removal of a drug from a health insurers’ formulary during a coverage year.
Letter of support for House Bill 146 – This empowers local governments and state higher education institutions, charged with being good stewards of taxpayer dollars, to make decisions on how to progress on public improvement projects.
Letter in support for House Bill 126 – This will require a school board or legislative authority of a political subdivision to pass a resolution approving the filing of a property valuation complaint with the board of revision (BOR) at a public meeting.
Senate Bill 9 – Testimony on regulatory reform as the builds upon previous efforts to establish a regulatory environment that is responsive to those being regulated: our members.
Senate Bill 246 – Testimony on a bill that ensures that Ohio pass-through entity businesses, which is how most small businesses are structured, will not face a higher tax liability.
House Bill 443 – Testimony on how it allows businesses subjected to state-imposed health insurance mandates financial relief by offsetting some costs attributable to those mandates.
Senate Bill 105 – Testimony on a bill that streamlines the process for businesses that have already been certified by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) as meeting the criteria for MBE, WBE, and/or VBE designations.
House Bill 277 – Testimony on a bill that takes a proactive step in modernizing Ohio’s licensure system for the barbering and cosmetology industry.
Senate Bill 251 – Testimony on legislation that will allow minors under 16 years old to work until 9 pm on school nights with the permission of a parent or guardian.
House Bill 235 – Letter to urge the Ohio Commerce & Labor Committee to jettison the bill as it is an unnecessary government intrusion into the hiring practices of private-sector employers, and sets a troubling precedent that may lead to government assuming the role of hiring manager for all private-sector employers.
House Bill 447 – Testimony on a proactive measure ensuring Ohio’s workers’ compensation system continues to provide adequate and fair treatment for injured employees while also granting certainty to Ohio businesses with work-from-home employees.
House Bill 277 – Testimony on a proactive step in modernizing Ohio’s licensure system for the barbering and cosmetology industry.
House Bill 515 – A letter of support on a bill that will clarify when the sale of business ownership interest is considered business income, creating certainty and predictability for sellers, and allowing for the benefits of the business investor deduction (BID) and lower tax rate on business income to apply.
House Bill 451 – Testimony on legislation that places limits on health insurance plans utilizing a practice known as white bagging. NFIB has some concerns with the legislation as currently drafted, specifically that costs to our members’ health insurance premiums will likely increase if the bill were to pass as currently drafted.
Senate Bill 302 – Testimony on a bill that aims to ensure unemployment compensation claimants are legitimate and eligible for benefits, allows employers to help identify recipients who are no longer meeting the work search requirements, and makes an appropriation for the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (JFS) for a new unemployment benefits system.
Interested party comments on House Bill 270 – legislation that will alter the claims process for emergency services for health insurance plans regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Letter of support for House Bill 246 – this important bill will allow pass-through entity (PTE) owners to deduct the full amount of their state and local tax (SALT) liability. Ohio will join other states in restoring this deduction, which was capped at $10,000 in the federal 2017 Tax and Job Cuts Act.
Letter of support for House Bill 515 – which will clarify when the sale of business ownership interest is considered business income, creating certainty and predictability for sellers, and allow for the benefits of the business investor deduction (BID) and lower tax rate on business income to apply.