Policy Research & Reports
The Buckeye Institute: Policies in Senate Bill 3 Would Make Ohio’s Drug-Sentencing Laws More Effective, Flexible, and Just
The Buckeye Institute released its newest policy brief, Evidence-Based Sentencing Reform: The Right Policy for Ohio, which outlines the significant strides the policies in Senate Bill 3 take in making Ohio’s drug-sentencing laws more effective, flexible, and just. “Patterned after the Recodification Committee’s recommendations…, Senate Bill 3 restores sentencing flexibility so that judges can secure just results for every defendant under the unique facts and circumstances of each case.”
The Buckeye Institute: Targeted Assistance to Local Governments Should Prioritize Public Health and Safety
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Targeted State Assistance for Local Governments, The Buckeye Institute outlines how the state should target assistance to local governments to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing state taxpayer dollars on meeting essential public health and safety demands created by the pandemic. “As Ohio’s local governments and municipalities struggle to survive the economic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the state should provide communities with targeted, financial aid to spend on essential public health and safety services.”
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Medical License Reciprocity Should be Permanent, The Buckeye Institute calls on Ohio to make permanent policies that recognize out-of-state medical licenses for doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals. “By making these new rules permanent, Ohio will be able to attract more highly trained care providers, which will benefit patients across the state.”
On Thursday, The Buckeye Institute released its newest policy brief, Giving Families Certainty: Enhancing Education with Education Savings Accounts, which outlines how federally funded education savings accounts (ESA), can stabilize educational routines for families during future epidemics, natural disasters, or other unanticipated disruptions. “A federally funded ESA initiative—funded using existing tax dollars and with states in the lead—would give families the tools they need to continue their child’s education during future epidemics or natural disasters.”
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Remove Barriers to Mental Health Services, The Buckeye Institute outlines why Ohio should permanently remove barriers that prevent out-of-state mental health professionals from treating Ohioans and practicing in the state. “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only Ohioans physical health, but also our mental health, and any increase in mental illness or difficulties will require more treatment from therapists and mental health providers.”
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Related Lawsuits, The Buckeye Institute calls on policymakers to provide businesses and workers with immunity from COVID-19 related lawsuits as long as they are taking reasonable steps to keep Ohioans healthy and safe. “As Ohio begins to safely reopen, policymakers must ensure that workers and businesses that take reasonable precautions to protect customers from COVID-19 do not become victims of needless lawsuits.”
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Bail Reform Will Keep Our Communities Safer, The Buckeye Institute calls on the Ohio Supreme Court to enact a temporary bail reform rule to take immediate effect that includes a presumption against cash bail and provisions that ensure judges base pretrial detention decisions on a defendant’s threat to the community and risk of non-appearance for trial. The General Assembly should then make the court’s emergency rule permanent.
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Expanding Broadband to Underserved Areas, The Buckeye Institute calls on Ohio to offer targeted state grants to deploy high-speed broadband service to underserved areas of the state, writing, “We have recommended expanding Ohio’s telehealth services for routine medical care and bolstering education savings accounts to help families afford the unanticipated costs of distance learning online for their now ‘home schooled’ children. Both recommendations require high-speed broadband internet access.”
In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Roadmap to Reopen Ohio Safely, The Buckeye Institute outlines several principles that should guide policymakers along the “road back to normal.” In the memo, Buckeye offers policy solutions on how to protect public health, how to jumpstart a dormant economy, how to balance Ohio’s budget, and how to prepare Ohio for tomorrow.
On Tuesday, The Buckeye Institute released its newest policy brief, Reforming Bail Reform, in which it urges the Ohio Supreme Court to rescind a last-minute change to Ohio’s new proposed bail rule (Criminal Rule 46) that threatens to “undermine the pro-liberty and pro-safety reforms” included in the original proposed rule. In the brief, Geisler writes, “Ohio’s over-reliance on cash bail fails to keep our communities safe and perpetuates injustice in our criminal justice system.”