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Testimony & Public Comments

The Buckeye Institute: Eliminating Needless Regulations Expands Opportunities for Ohio’s Small Businesses

Greg R. Lawson September 22, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on the policies in House Bill 669, which would permanently allow restaurants and bars to offer alcohol on their carryout and delivery menus. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson wrote, “By permanently allowing Ohio restaurants and bars to offer alcohol on their carryout and delivery menus, House Bill 669 throws a needed lifeline to the small, local businesses and their employees struggling to survive COVID-19’s economic shutdown.”

The Buckeye Institute: Policymakers Should Resolve Differences and Immunize Businesses from COVID-19 Lawsuits

Andrew J. Geisler June 24, 2020

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.”

The Buckeye Institute: Expanding Broadband is Critical for Ohio

Greg R. Lawson June 10, 2020

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: Telehealth Can Improve Access to Health Care and Lower Costs

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. June 09, 2020

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: Lifting Unnecessary Regulations is a Lifeline to Many Small Businesses

Greg R. Lawson June 04, 2020

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.”

The Buckeye Institute: Eliminating Government Burdens Will Help Fight COVID-19

Greg R. Lawson June 03, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 673, which would take “commonsense steps in the right direction” by paring back unnecessary occupational license restrictions and allow more trained medical professionals to help patients.

The Buckeye Institute: COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Threaten Ohio’s Economy

Andrew J. Geisler May 13, 2020

In written testimony to the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 308, The Buckeye Institute urged the Committee to define “reasonable conduct” in the COVID-19 context using either the state’s or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for workplace safety as Buckeye recommended in its recent policy memo

The Buckeye Institute: Businesses and Workers Need Immunization from COVID-19 Lawsuits

Andrew J. Geisler May 12, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives Civil Justice Committee on the policies in House Bill 606, which would provide businesses and workers with immunity from COVID-19 related lawsuits, writing, “Ohio should provide businesses and individuals clear safety guidelines that give them the confidence to reenter the marketplace without fearing virus-related lawsuits.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Should Allow Pharmacists to Provide the Medical Care They Are Trained to Provide

Greg R. Lawson May 06, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 303, which would allow pharmacists to care for those with chronic conditions. Noting that the policies in Senate Bill 303 are a “step in the right direction,” Buckeye urged policymakers to “build on Senate Bill 303’s foundation with policies that will help Ohioans access the sort of drug treatment already offered in Florida and other states.”

The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt Testifies Before the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission

Robert Alt April 24, 2020

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, testified to the prestigious and influential National Coronavirus Recovery Commission offering his advice as the Commission considers public policy recommendations to address the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of “saving lives and livelihoods.”