|Advocacy - 5.18.16|
ADVOCACY and POLICY
Sub. HB 276: The OSCA was very successful in getting Sub. HB 276 passed out of the House of Representatives unanimously (91-0) and now the bill moves onto the Senate where it has been assigned to the State and Local Government Committee. The OSCA plans on meeting with several members of the committee; including the chairman and vice chairman, to help educate them on the need for this legislation to move swiftly through the committee.
Scope Consistency: The OSCA continues to work with the Lt. Governor’s office on making the Ohio Administrative Code consistent with how DC’s are views within the Bureau of Workers Compensation. The OSCA has also reached out to the state licensing board to assist the Association and LG’s office on this matter.
Workers Compensation: Governor Kasich recently named Sarah Morrison the new Chief Executive Officer/Administrator of the bureau. Recently, she served as interim administrator and, before that, had the position of Chief Legal Officer. The OSCA will be meeting with Ms. Morrison later this week to brief her on Association issues and to start building a relationship with her.
Senate Bill 329 (Jordan/Faber): This bill was introduced to abolish the Sunset Review Committee and to revise Sunset Review Law. It will also schedule periodic reviews of state departments that are currently in the Governor’s cabinet, and to permit the review of other state departments and boards. The Association will be watching this bill very closely as it may be a vehicle to consolidate certain boards and commissions. Over the last year there have been significant discussions on consolidating all health boards and commissions and making one super-board. Should that happen the chiropractic examiners board may be intertwined with the medical board, nursing board, and others.