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January 21, 2022
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Morrow County Commissioner Tom Whiston testifies in support of House Bill 405 in the House State and Local Government Committee.

CCAO testifies in support of county hospital board clarity
CCAO this week provided testimony in support of House Bill 405, which would clarify the appointment process for county hospital boards of trustees. Sponsored by state Reps. Brian Stewart and Mark Johnson, the legislation explicitly states that the hospital board appointing authority is comprised of three county commissioners each having one vote, the senior Common Pleas Judge having one vote, and the Probate Judge, if they are separate people, having one vote.
The need for this legislation arose out of Morrow County, where there was a dispute over whether the three county commissioners each had their own vote, or whether the board possessed a singular vote. The litigation eventually rose to the Ohio Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the commissioners having three votes on the appointing authority. This legislation codifies the court’s ruling.
Also testifying in support of the legislation was Morrow County Commission and CCAO First Vice President Tom Whiston.
CCAO thanks Reps. Stewart and Johnson for their sponsorship of this legislation.

Work begins on state legislative redistricting following Supreme Court order
Following the Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling last week invalidating Ohio’s state legislative district maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission reconvened this week to attempt to draw new maps in compliance with the court’s order.
In the court’s ruling, it held that the new maps must comply with voter preferences over the past 10 years, which are approximately 54 percent Republican and 46 percent Democratic.
One of the pressing issues for the commission is the 10-day deadline to produce new maps, which legislative leaders interpret to mean Saturday, September 22nd. The commission is also up against rapidly approaching candidate filing deadlines and other statutory requirements for county boards of elections. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a member of the Redistricting Commission stated, “Without finality on maps, that starts to become mechanically impossible quite soon,” referencing the looming statutory deadlines.
In terms of delaying candidate filing deadlines, House Speaker Bob Cupp indicated that lawmakers were not inclined to delay the deadline, but certain statutory deadlines indicated by Secretary LaRose.
On Thursday, the Redistricting Commission met again to consider changes to the legislative maps. The commission considered changes on a regional basis, with changes being proposed for the Franklin and Hamilton County areas.
The Redistricting Commission met once again Friday morning, but as of publication, no resolution on maps had been reached.

US Treasury to host ARPA briefing for Ohio local elected officials

On Wednesday, January 26, at 2:15 PM, officials from the US Department of the Treasury will hold a virtual session for Ohio local elected officials regarding the ARPA final rule. Since this session will be open to only Ohio officials, it will be valuable to hear what other communities across the state are planning to utilize their funds for and benefit from questions posed by different communities.

The registration link is included below. During registration, you will have an opportunity to submit questions ahead of time. You will also be able to ask questions during the session. 

We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the ARPA rules directly from the federal department administering the program and hear from other communities across the state.

You can register through this link:
Ohio Office of Budget and Management to hold ARPA Briefing

In light of the recently-released American Rescue Plan Act Final Rule by the US Department of the Treasury, the Ohio Office of Budget and Managment will hold a webinar on January 24th at 2:00PM to discuss the latest developments to the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Click here to register

Also this week, the National Association of Counties released its latest legislative analysis of the ARPA Final Rule, which is accessible here.
Legislative Schedule

Tuesday, January 25
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Hearing Room, 2:00PM
HB 101 STEPHENS J, EDWARDS J) To establish new processes for funding the construction, acquisition, improvement, operation, and maintenance of jail facilities. 
Second hearing, proponent testimony
Wednesday, January 26
Ohio House Session
Ohio Senate Session
House State and Local Government Committee
Room 121, 3:00PM
HB 405 (STEWART B, JOHNSON M) To clarify the nature of the appointing authority for boards of county hospital trustees. 
Third hearing, all testimony
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