Ohioans Protecting Ohioans order issued

On May 20, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a revised Director’s Order that rescinded or amended parts of the “Stay Safe Ohio Order” that has been in effect since April 30. Dr. Acton also signed an “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans.”

Governor Mike DeWine, while previewing these actions in his May 19 press conference, stated, “we are now moving from orders to strong recommendations. This is a new phase in our battle against the virus.” For a summary of the impact of collective actions taken by the administration, read the full article

General News

DeWine announces more Ohio reopenings

On May 14, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced that childcare providers may reopen on May 31. Childcare providers will have increased cleaning and sanitizing requirements, and class sizes will be reduced. Playground and outdoor activities will be permitted, but field trips will not be allowed. Additionally, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced several other reopenings, including that day camps are permitted to open on May 31, with new safety guidelines and protocols being announced on May 15. Ohio BMVs will reopen on May 26, but the administration is still urging Ohioans to utilize online BMV services. Campgrounds may reopen on May 21. Horse racing may resume on May 22, but spectators are prohibited. However, the administration noted that racinos and casinos cannot yet reopen. For more, read the full article

General News

RestartOhio in full swing

RestartOhio, the state’s reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, is in full swing, and Governor DeWine announced reopening dates for restaurants, bars, hair salons, nail salons and barber shops. In addition, the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate held session on May 6, 2020, and continue to introduce COVID-19-related legislation. Read the full article for some highlights of recent announcements.

General News

Gov. DeWine announces 2020 fiscal year reduction in budget expenditures

On May 5, 2020, Governor DeWine announced a reduction of $775 million in General Revenue Fund (GRF) expenditures for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year. Tax receipts were lagging due to declining economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more, read the full article

General News

Ohio COVID-19: Stay Safe Ohio order

On April 30, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed and extended Ohio’s stay-at-home order until May 29, 2020, called the “Stay Safe Ohio Order.” The order keeps the stay at home order in effect but permits certain business sectors to resume operations. Under the guidelines provided by the order, different sectors of the economy are scheduled to resume operations, provided they follow additional protocols and guidelines as applicable to the business. Even businesses originally defined as essential in the previous order, must follow the new set of guidelines. For more, read the full article.

General News

2020 Ohio Primary Election: Results and summary

Ohio’s primary election cycle concluded on April 28, 2020. Here are election results for the U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Supreme Court, and key Ohio Senate and Ohio House races.  Read more >>

Election Law, General News

Governor DeWine outlines Responsible Restart Ohio plan

On April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine outlined his administration’s plan for a phased reopening of Ohio’s economy. The plan provided protocols that apply to all businesses and industry-specific operating requirements.

(Note that at the time of publication, the authors do not have a copy of any formal Executive Orders or Ohio Department of Health Director’s Orders or associated language formally modifying the April 2 Stay at Home Order.)

Currently, Ohio is under a Stay at Home Order that allows essential businesses and operations to continue operating. The order, initially signed by Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, expires May 1, 2020. Under the updated guidelines provided during the April 27 press conference, different sectors of the economy are scheduled to resume operations, provided they follow additional protocols and guidelines as applicable to the business. For more, read the full article

General News

Governor DeWine looks to reopen Ohio amid COVID-19

On April 16, 2020, Governor DeWine began outlining his expectations for how Ohio may begin to allow nonessential businesses to resume operating when the current stay at home order expires on May 1. Governor DeWine stated he is optimistic that things can slowly reopen after May 1, but he and his team will continue to monitor the data and determine the safest date. The governor and his team have been working with a group of economic advisors, composed of currently-operating businesses, learning best practices for a safe workplace. He said that prior to lifting or easing the order, the administration will develop those guidelines and best practices so Ohio businesses can reopen and be safe for employees and customers. The governor also said that the state won’t risk having another large spike of COVID-19 cases. On April 15, 2020, Governor DeWine mentioned that he has requested the Ohio Hospital Association to work on protocols to allow some elective surgeries to begin again while keeping in mind the need of PPE for medical professionals caring for COVID-19 patients. Read the full story

General News

Ohio extends Stay At Home order

On April 2, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s Stay At Home Order is extended until May 1, 2020. The new order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020. Read the full story.

General News

Ohio Ethics Commission extends filling deadline

On March 27, 2020, the Ohio Ethics Commission announced the extension of the filing deadline for 2019 Financial Disclosure Statement forms to July 15, 2020, the same as federal and state tax filing dates. The full press release can be read here

Ethics
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