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Testimony & Public Comments

Buckeye Institute-Championed ‘Fintech’ Regulatory Sandbox Policies Invite Innovation to Ohio

Logan Kolas June 01, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Financial Institutions Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 249, which would make Ohio a more inviting place for financial technology, or fintech, companies to move to or expand by eliminating and reducing complicated regulations that impede the development of innovative products. The policies in Senate Bill 249 would remove “outdated and complicated regulatory obstacles currently impeding fintech companies looking to innovate safely and cost-effectively.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio Lawmakers to Provide Businesses with Flexibility to Build a Talented Workforce

Logan Kolas May 31, 2022

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee on the policies in House Bill 235, which would add unnecessary government regulations and labor quotas to oil refinery job requirements, preventing employers from “training and equipping their employees with the skills needed to do the job.” Buckeye urged lawmakers to “seek market-driven solutions to make on-the-job training more affordable and useful.” 

The Buckeye Institute: Smart Bail Reform Will Strengthen Public Safety in Ohio

May 19, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on the policies in House Bill 315, which would “help Ohio fix a broken cash bail system and take significant steps toward protecting the public from violent offenders.” Urging lawmakers to adopt “[r]esponsible bail reform,” The Buckeye Institute noted that House Bill 315 would “improve Ohio’s pretrial criminal justice system by retaining adequate protection for public safety, enhancing fairness across economic classes, and reducing unnecessary costs for taxpayers.”

The Buckeye Institute: Let All Ohioans Reap Benefits of Online Property Rental

Logan Kolas May 10, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 563, which would allow Ohio homeowners to take financial advantage of new online rental options such as Airbnb and Vrbo. In his testimony, Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute, noted that efforts to regulate rental properties and online businesses such as Airbnb and Vrbo limits homeowners’ ability to “make business and financial decisions that are right for them and their families.”

The Buckeye Institute: HJR2 Does Not Provide Meaningful Guarantee of Public Safety

Robert Alt April 06, 2022

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on House Joint Resolution 2, which “does not provide a meaningful guarantee of public safety.” In his testimony, Alt reminded lawmakers that “[c]hanging the state constitution to expand cash bail in the name of public safety would be an unfortunate and tragic mistake that distracts from the serious business of keeping Ohioans safe.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio Lawmakers to Modernize State’s Occupational Licensing Requirements

Greg R. Lawson March 22, 2022

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the recommendations in House Bill 509, which would help make Ohio more economically competitive by eliminating and modernizing the state’s burdensome occupational licensing requirements. To assist lawmakers in their review, The Buckeye Institute identified 63 licenses that Ohio should eliminate or reform, many of which were adopted by the committee in its 2021 Occupational License Review Report. 

Buckeye Institute-Championed Universal Occupational License Recognition Would Ease Worker Shortages

Greg R. Lawson March 22, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 131, which would ease worker shortages and encourage skilled workers to pursue their careers and professions in the Buckeye State—an integral component to modernizing Ohio’s outdated economic system. “Would-be Ohioans with similar licenses in good standing should not have to pay additional fees or take expensive, extraneous classes that do not make them any more qualified for or capable of doing their jobs.”

The Buckeye Institute: Cut Unnecessary Regulations, Keep Ohio’s Economy Growing

Greg R. Lawson December 08, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 9, which would “cut through unnecessary restrictions and red tape that strangle Ohio’s economy, entrepreneurs, and workforce.” Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, applauded the General Assembly for “continuing regulatory reform and cutting bureaucratic red tape,” and urged lawmakers to “eliminate many of the unnecessary regulations that strangle our businesses and keep our citizens from working.”

The Buckeye Institute: Policies in House Bill 376 Offer a Smarter Way to Protect Consumer Data

Logan Kolas December 08, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in House Bill 376, which would protect consumer data and is “among the best state data privacy laws already implemented or being considered.” Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst with the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute, noted that House Bill 376 “takes a consumer-oriented approach to data privacy” and would help businesses provide better services by harnessing the free market to determine what privacy services customers prefer.

The Buckeye Institute: University Endowments Must Adhere to Donor Intent

Greg R. Lawson December 07, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Higher Education and Career Readiness Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 135, specifically those policies that would “safeguard donors and their generous gifts to Ohio’s institutions of higher education.” Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that the policies in the bill would “ensure that colleges and universities spend education endowment funds according to the endowment’s terms and consistent with donor intent.”