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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday February 17, 2019 ( 21 items )  

$15 Minimum Wage Would Help 2 Million Ohioans
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: A bill being introduced in the Ohio legislature to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023 would raise wages for about 2 million Ohio workers, according to a report released today by Policy Matters Ohio. They include 1.6 million workers now earning less than the current value of the wage, and 450,000 workers who already earn a li  more

Bipartisan Ohio Fairness Act Introduced in State Senate
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 -- The Human Rights Campaign issued the following news release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Equality Ohio, the statewide group working to advance equality, released the following statements on the introduction of the Ohio Fairness Act -- crucial legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, h  more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Ends Use of Cats in Medical Course After PETA Appeal
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Feb. 13 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: After PETA urged the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to stop using live animals for training exercises in its annual Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Postgraduate Course--which has used hundreds of cats over approximately 20 years--the hospital wrote to PETA earlier this week, stating that instructors teaching this course "will no longer use animals." The landmark mo  more

Cleveland Clinic Adds IndusHealth to Bundled Payment Program for Employers
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 11 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Program delivers access to nation's top heart care to eligible employers * * * Cleveland Clinic's Center of Excellence Program is now offering access to complex cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute for select employers of IndusHealth, a medical travel program administrator, at little to no cost. For 24 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clin  more

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Opens New Electrophysiology Lab
AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 11 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Suite doubles capacity for outpatient heart procedures * * * Cleveland Clinic Akron General has opened a newly renovated Electrophysiology Lab, bringing state-of-the-art care to patients for irregular heart rhythms, implants, and cardiac testing. The $2.8 million renovation includes a two-room electrophysiology suite that doubles Akron General's capacity to perform highly complex cases. It includes a rob  more

Cleveland Clinic Research Shows 'Estimated Age' From Exercise Stress Test is Better Indicator Than Actual Age of How Long You Live
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: Cleveland Clinic researchers have developed a tool to calculate a person's physiological age based on their exercise performance during a stress test and found this is a better predictor of how long they'll live compared to their actual age. Researchers studied 126,356 patients who were referred for an exercise treadmill testing at Cleveland Clinic between Jan. 1, 1991, and Feb. 27, 2015, to evaluate whether a   more

Demos to Testify Before Congress in Support of Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform and Election Security
NEW YORK, Feb. 13 -- Demos issued the following news release: In testimony before the Committee on House Administration Thursday morning, Demos will express strong support of H.R.1 - the For the People Act - a bold bill that addresses systemic racial, political, and economic inequities that continue to restrict full participation in American democracy. Alongside other civil rights and election reform advocates, Demos' Director of Legal Strategies Chiraag Bains will raise disturbing examples o  more

Lyons Joins Farm Bureau Senior Leadership Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 11 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: Paul Lyons of South Charleston has been named vice president of membership for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. As a member of Executive Vice President Adam Sharp's cabinet, Lyons will be responsible for developing and leading comprehensive membership strategies; managing services that are essential to members; overseeing field operations, membership sales efforts and health benefits programs; and managing  more

Nationwide Children's Hospital Appoints Tim Robinson as CEO
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer chosen following national search to replace retiring CEO Steve Allen, MD * * * The Board of Directors of Nationwide Children's Hospital has announced Tim Robinson, the organization's current executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer, as the new chief executive officer of Nationwide Children's  more

OCLC Partners With Couperin.org to Add Analytics Features to EZproxy Authentication Software
DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 13 -- The Online Computer Library Center issued the following news release: * * * - Partnership will help expand use of Couperin's ezPAARSE software outside of France * * * Couperin.org Consortium logoOCLC is partnering with the Couperin.org Consortium, the French non-profit that developed ezPAARSE software with the CNRS Institute for Scientific Information, to enhance OCLC's EZproxy authentication software with analytics features and to expand the use of ezPAARSE outside   more

Ohio Cut Funding, Eliminated More Than Half Its Civil Rights Enforcement Staff Since 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: Although hate crimes are on the rise and more Ohioans are filing civil rights complaints, two decades of funding cuts have reduced enforcement capacity at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) to meet rising demands, according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio. Since 2000, state policymakers cut funding for the OCRC by $1.4 million in  more

Reaction From the Ohio Environmental Council to the US EPA's Announcement of Their PFAS Action Plan
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement: On Thursday, February 14, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released its PFAS Action Plan, designed to address the historical, continual, and emerging challenges associated with perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Action Plan comes ten months after the Ohio Environmental Council submitted its Petition for Rulemaking Regarding PFAS to the federal agency. The following statement may be att  more

RMA Advances Midwest Efforts With Addition of Thomas J. Parker
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The Risk Management Association issued the following news release: The Risk Management Association is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas J. Parker, Midwest Relationship Manager, as part of an expansion that will allow it to provide valuable RMA support to more financial institutions throughout the heartland. Parker will be based in the Chicago area and support RMA's member banks with assets of between $1 billion to $60 billion in the following sta  more

RRB Announces Spring 2019 Pre-Retirement Seminars
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following news: The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced its schedule of Pre-Retirement Seminars for the spring of 2019. Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years, Pre-Retirement Seminars will familiarize attendees with the retirement benefits available to them, and also guide them through the   more

Shull to Manage Ohio Farm Bureau Events
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 11 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: Julie Shull of Chillicothe has been named events program specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will plan, coordinate and execute major OFBF events including the organization's annual meeting, the Ohio State Fair Land and Living Exhibit, Farm Science Review, the Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation's fundraising events including Cultivating a Cure  more

Statement From the Ohio Environmental Council on Proposed Changes to the Waters of the U.S. Rule
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement: Today, the US EPA proposed a rule that changes the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS), putting numerous wetlands and miles of streams in Ohio at risk, some of which are drinking water sources for Ohioans. This rule submission begins a public comment period, lasting for a minimum of 60 days. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Peter Bucher, Water Resources Direct  more

The Buckeye Institute: Policymakers Must Maintain User-Fee Funding for Infrastructure and Look for Long-Term Solutions
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 15 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement reacting to the Governor's Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure report. "Maintaining and improving Ohio's transportation infrastructure is a critical function of state government. And while user fees--such as the gas tax--are more transparent and fair, any increase in the gas tax can only be seen as a short-t  more

Top MLL Prospect Chris Sabia
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- Major League Lacrosse issued the following news: Major League Lacrosse (MLL) takes a look into draft prospect and Penn State defender, Chris Sabia. Penn State is a major, public, research-I university serving Pennsylvania and the global community. The Penn State Nittany Lions men's lacrosse team was founded in 1921. The Nittany Lions have competed in the NCAA tournament 4 times. Their current coach is Jeff Tambroni. Preseason active rosters in Major League La  more

U.S. PIRG Praises Sen. Brown for Including Unpaid Caregivers in the Earned Income Tax Credit
SEATTLE, Washington, Feb. 15 -- The Washington Public Interest Research Group issued the following statement by Evan Preston, senior director of new economy campaigns: Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio proposed a change to the Earned Income Tax Credit today that would allow unpaid caregivers to benefit from this program designed to increase Americans' economic security. "Technological progress means that many jobs that provide the income to support a family are vulnerable to disruption. Moving forwar  more

U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors Elect Officers for 2019/20
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Wheat Associates issued the following news release: The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected new officers for the 2019/20 (July to June) fiscal year at their meeting Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn., as Secretary-Treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore., as Vice Chairman; and Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, as Chairman. These farmers will begin their new leadership roles at th  more

Witten Expands Role at Ohio Farm Bureau
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 11 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: Melinda Witten of Beverly has been named senior director, leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau. She will manage the leadership development team that operates AgriPOWER, Young Ag Professionals, Youth Pathways, Ag Literacy programs, other leadership development activities and plans and manages events. Witten interned with Farm Bureau while attending Ohio State University. Upon graduation in 2007,  more