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Testimony & Public Comments

The Buckeye Institute: Eliminate Ohio’s ‘Notoriously Flawed’ Energy Subsidies

Greg R. Lawson February 23, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 44, which would eliminate the taxpayer-funded subsidies included in the “notoriously flawed” House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, told lawmakers that eliminating the “notoriously flawed” taxpayer-funded subsidies included in House Bill 6 was an “important course correction” that would end one of the worst examples of crony capitalism. 

The Buckeye Institute: Allow Pharmacists to Help Care for Ohioans

Greg R. Lawson February 17, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 6, which would allow pharmacists to test for COVID-19 and administer COVID-19 vaccines—a recommendation that Buckeye made in the early days of the pandemic. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson urged lawmakers to remove “obstructive regulatory red-tape” to help fight the pandemic, which is “essential for Ohio’s long-term success.”

The Buckeye Institute: Expanding Broadband is Vital for Ohio’s Future

Greg R. Lawson February 17, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 2, which would expand access to broadband internet service to underserved areas of Ohio. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson, told lawmakers that with many areas across Ohio lacking access to broadband the “economic gap between those communities with broadband access and those without will likely continue to widen,” and that “[w]ithout adequate plans to deliver broadband service throughout the state, Ohio risks leaving many communities and families behind…"

The Buckeye Institute: Reducing Red Tape Will Help Ohio’s Economy

Greg R. Lawson February 10, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform 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.” In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson applauded the Senate 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 Senate Bills 3 & 6 Welcome Medical Professionals to Come Make a Living in Ohio

Greg R. Lawson February 10, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Health Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 6, which would make it easier for licensed medical professionals to come make a living in Ohio. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson noted that while the policies in Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 6 can “make Ohio a more attractive place to live and work,” “[u]niversal recognition of occupational licenses remains the ideal” policy.

The Buckeye Institute: Time to Decouple Ohio’s Unfair Utility Deal

Greg R. Lawson February 09, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 10, which would repeal House Bill 6’s egregious decoupling provisions. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson noted that Ohio’s energy policy has made “energy more expensive than it needs to be for Ohio families and businesses,” and said that “Ohio needs a comprehensive energy-market restructuring to fully undo the damage that House Bill 6 and other misguided energy policies have caused.”

The Buckeye Institute: Expand Access to Broadband to Help Ohio Schools and Families

Greg R. Lawson February 09, 2021

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 8, which would expand access to broadband internet service to underserved areas of Ohio. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson, urged lawmakers to adopt a “limited, targeted grant program that supports private-sector broadband expansion, which The Buckeye Institute outlined in Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Expanding Broadband to Underserved Areas.

The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt to Ohio House Committee on Senate Bill 3: Join the Side of Second Chances and Sleigh Bells

Robert Alt December 16, 2020

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, provided expert testimony before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee in favor of Senate Bill 3, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen of the Ohio General Assembly, let this be your legacy... If you are unsure which way to go on SB 3, let me strongly suggest you vote the right way: Take the side of second chances and sleigh bells. They both ring out with the sound of hope this holiday season.”

The Buckeye Institute: House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 3 are Complementary Pieces for Holistic Reform

Andrew J. Geisler December 09, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on the policies in House Bill 1, which, along with Senate Bill 3, offers a holistic approach to drug sentencing reform. In his testimony, Andrew J. Geisler, a legal fellow with Buckeye’s Legal Center, noted that “House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 3 offer complementary, not competing proposals. Paired together, these two bills will remove some barriers that Ohio law creates for those on recovery’s road to employment and redemption.” 

The Buckeye Institute: Connecting Ohio to Broadband is Essential for the Future

Greg R. Lawson December 01, 2020

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in House Bill 13, which would expand access to broadband internet service to underserved areas of Ohio. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson noted that the pandemic has “highlighted the importance of high-speed broadband access” for telehealth, online learning, internet commerce, and teleworking. Unfortunately, many areas across Ohio—particularly rural areas—do not have access to this vital tool.