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What Ohio lawmakers will likely focus on this fall

Written on Sep 17, 2021

Redistricting, sports betting, COVID-19 vaccines and critical race theory were high on some Ohio legislators’ priority lists when the General Assembly reconvened Sept. 15. That was one of the key takeaways of interest to OSCPA members this week in a report from the Dayton Daily News.

The top priority, Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, told the paper, is “ to bring solvency into the unemployment system.”

The state was able to use federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to make up some of the current deficit, Hackett said. But that may not be available again.

“Otherwise, starting the next year, businesses would have to pay $1.5 billion to build that (trust fund) up again,” he said.

Other Republican priorities include codifying local tax authority on people working from home, and addressing the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.

State and congressional redistricting top Senate Democrats’ priorities, along with stronger measures against COVID-19, improving employee safety, requiring a living wage, and gun control.

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