Posts Authored by Rachael N. Mains

DeWine announces new county-specific mask requirements, general business and social distancing and industry specific orders extended

At his July 7, 2020, press conference, Governor DeWine announced that the administration is taking additional steps to curb the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases. Utilizing the public health advisory alert system announced the week prior, DeWine said that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a new mask requirement for counties that reach Level 3 or higher. 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

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 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

FEC releases coordinated party expenditure limits for 2020

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has adjusted coordinated party expenditure limits for 2020. For presidential nominees, the limit is $26,464,700. For Senate nominees, the limits range from $103,700 to $3,175,100, based on their state’s voting age population. Limits for House nominees are $103,700 (states with only one U.S. House Representative) or $51,900 (state with more than one U.S. House Representative).

The limits “are calculated according to a statutory formula that accounts for the annual cost-of-living adjustment,” according to the FEC’s news release. For more, read the full release.

Campaign Finance, General News

Legislative review and 2020 legislative and electoral preview

With the start of a new decade, our team wants to share an overview of the past year and a look ahead to the coming months. Please click the link below for a review of relevant legislation that the General Assembly passed in 2019, a summary of predictions for 2020 legislative priorities and a political preview of the 2020 statewide election. Read more >>

General News

Federal judge blocks activist group’s plans to infiltrate opponents’ campaigns

A federal judge denied a preliminary injunction sought by Project Veritas “challenging Ohio’s prohibition against individuals going undercover on political campaigns,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. Project Veritas filed a lawsuit in July 2019 in U.S. District Court “arguing that state law violates its First Amendment rights,” comparing its “tactics of going undercover to record officeholders” and others to investigative journalism, the article reports. The group asked the court to “prohibit the Ohio Elections Commission from hearing complaints that it violated state law” after the Commission heard a case against the group, which took undercover recordings in an office for the combined 2016 campaign of U.S. Senate candidate former Gov. Ted Strickland and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Judge Edmund A. Sargus ruled against the request for a preliminary injunction. For more, read the full article.

Election Law