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Are Changes Coming to Building Code Legislation in Ohio?

Published: Apr 03, 2017

Three bills introduced in the Ohio General Assembly will change current law relating to Building Codes, including allowing a township to adopt its own Code provisions. Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R, Columbus), would grant authority to townships to override the Ohio…


Two New Ohio Bills Introduced for Contractor Registration

Published: Apr 03, 2017

Two new bills would create state registration of Roofing Contractors and Home Improvement Contractors, initiatives that began in the prior General Assembly session. Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R, Columbus), would require any Roofing Contractor to register with the Ohio Construction Industry…


State Medical Board May Be Required to Expedite Applications

Published: Mar 28, 2017

House Bill 75 (HB 75) was introduced February 21, 2017. The sponsors, Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), recognize that Ohio has burdensome occupational licensing requirements, and often does not recognize licenses earned and issued in another state. In general, Ohio may…



Published: Mar 21, 2017

For a second time in less than a year, Senator Kris Jordan (R, Delaware) introduced legislation that would close each state agency unless affirmatively renewed, after a performance audit by the State Auditor. Former Senate President Keith Faber (R, Celina), now in the House of…


Ohio Pharmacy Board Amends Proposed Rules Still Seeking Comment

Published: Mar 17, 2017

In response to concerns from impacted individuals and consumer groups, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy has amended its proposed rules for the implementation of office-based opioid treatment. According to a review of the proposed rules by Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative Office: The Board determined that…


How Medical Marijuana Affects You

Published: Mar 14, 2017

On June 8, 2016, Governor John Kasich signed Substitute House Bill 523, making Ohio the twenty-fifth state to legalize marijuana for medical use. The law allows patients to use but not smoke marijuana with a physician’s prescription. House Bill 523 addressed more than just the…


What is the New Plastic Pipe Mandate Legislation in Ohio?

Published: Mar 07, 2017

For a third legislative session, Rep. Jay Edwards (R, Nelsonville) is set to introduce legislation that mandates design professionals to specify all materials for water. The legislation is supported by the Chemical Council in an effort to prevent professional engineers from specifying materials to the…