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Testimony & Public Comments

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.” 

Buckeye Institute-Championed Policies Would Enable ‘Fintech’ Companies to Develop New and Better Services for Customers

Logan Kolas November 16, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Financial Institutions and Technology Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 249, which would make Ohio a more attractive place for financial technology companies to move to or expand by cutting red tape and complicated regulations that impede companies from developing and offering innovative products to customers. This new “regulatory sandbox” approach to oversight would enable fintech companies to develop new and better services for customers.

The Buckeye Institute: Making Telehealth Permanent Will Increase Access to Care

Greg R. Lawson November 10, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Health Committee on the policies in House Bill 122, which would permanently expand access to telehealth for all Ohioans. With Ohio’s current emergency COVID-19 rules on telehealth access set to expire on December 31, 2021, many Ohioans are at risk of losing access to this vital service unless lawmakers act and give all Ohioans “equal telehealth access to their healthcare providers.”

Buckeye Institute-Championed Universal Occupational Licensing Recognition Will Open Ohio’s Doors to Skilled Workers

Greg R. Lawson June 09, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 131, which would adopt universal occupational license recognition for people moving to Ohio. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, outlined the solution to Ohio’s unnecessarily burdensome occupational license regime—universal occupational license recognition.

The Buckeye Institute: Joining Nursing Compact Would Make it Easier for Nurses to Work in Ohio

Greg R. Lawson June 08, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Health Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 3, which would make it easier for nurses to work in Ohio by joining the Nursing Licensure Compact. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that the best policy for Ohio is universal occupational license recognition, which would make “Ohio a national licensing reform leader,” and “avoids the complexity and complications associated with multi-state compacts, including higher and unnecessary barriers to employment in Ohio.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Needs a Better Higher Education System

Greg R. Lawson June 02, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 135, which would improve Ohio’s higher education system and “help thousands of Ohioans obtain the skills and education they need at prices they can afford.” In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that Senate Bill 135 “may well be the most significant higher education reform legislation in recent memory.”

The Buckeye Institute: House Bill 175 Would Assert Ohio General Assembly’s Constitutional Policymaking Duties

Andrew J. Geisler May 25, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Agriculture and Conservation Committee on the policies in House Bill 175. In his testimony, Andrew J. Geisler, legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute, outlined why properly defining “waters of the state” is important and why, as the elected representatives of the people of Ohio, it is important that the General Assembly is the body to set the definition. 

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Burdensome Cosmetology Requirements Need to be Trimmed

Greg R. Lawson May 19, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 133, which will reduce the hours of education required to obtain a cosmetology license. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, recognized that Ohio needs to do much more work to eliminate or reduce unnecessary occupational license restrictions, but that Senate Bill 133 will “remove at least some of the occupational licensing obstacles faced by Ohio’s working men and women.”