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Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement on the Ohio Supreme Court’s amendment to Criminal Rule 46 governing Ohio’s bail system, which takes effect today. Alt said in part, “Although this new rule is imperfect, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted a number of The Buckeye Institute’s recommendations to most effectively reform the defective cash bail system.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 3, which will make Ohio’s drug sentencing laws more effective, flexible, and just, saying in part, “Reclassifying low-level drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors ensures that judges have the flexibility to administer justice while steering those suffering from addiction into treatment instead of prison cells.”
The Buckeye Institute: Policymakers Should Resolve Differences and Immunize Businesses from COVID-19 Lawsuits
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on the policies in House Bill 606, which would provide businesses and workers with immunity from COVID-19 related lawsuits. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Andrew J. Geisler urged policymakers to resolve the differences between Senate Bill 308 and House Bill 606 as soon as possible, writing, “Waiting several more months to reconcile the bills will keep Ohio businesses in a state of uncertainty as they try to reopen and recover.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “May’s jobs report saw Ohio’s unemployment rate fall sharply from 17.6 to 13.7 percent, a sign that the state’s economy is beginning to recover from the mandated shutdowns due to the coronavirus.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued statements on the passage of House Bill 679, House Bill 669, and House Bill 673 by the Ohio House of Representatives. These Buckeye-championed policies will boost Ohio’s health care system and support Ohio’s workers, small businesses, and the economy. The bills now go to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 13, which would expand access to broadband internet service to underserved areas of Ohio. The testimony pointed out that “although many communities and households have multiple broadband providers…there are still many across Ohio—particularly in rural areas—that do not,” and “[w]ithout plans to deliver broadband service throughout the state” many communities and families will be left behind.
The Buckeye Institute Offers Warnings on Government Spending During Financial Crisis Due to COVID-19
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued a statement on Senate Bill 310, which includes Ohio’s capital re-appropriation budget, authorizes a pay freeze for state employees, and expands the use of prevailing wage on transportation projects. Hederman said, “Rather than spending millions of additional tax dollars on special interest pork projects..., policymakers would be wise to rein in government spending to address Ohio’s looming budget shortfall.”
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Insurance Committee on the policies in House Bill 679, which would improve access to health care and lower costs by permanently expanding telehealth. In the testimony, Buckeye urged policymakers to “expand telehealth access without hobbling its potential to improve outcomes, lower costs, and promote future innovations.”
The Buckeye Institute Thanks U.S. Sen. Portman for Leadership in Extending a Second Chance to Small Business Owners
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement praising United States Senator Rob Portman of Ohio for his leadership in introducing legislation that will fix the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program so that people who have a criminal record but have since turned their lives around and started small businesses can qualify.
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee on the policies in House Bill 669, which would permanently allow restaurants and bars to offer alcohol on their carryout and delivery menus. Adopting these commonsense policies will “go a long way toward helping local bar and restaurant owners maintain a revenue stream so that they can continue providing steady, well-paying jobs in our communities.”