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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday June 30, 2019 ( 28 items )  

ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Gerrymandering Ruling
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has found that partisan gerrymandering cases are a political question, meaning the doors of the court have been closed to litigants. A federal court recently struck down Ohio's congressional map in an American Civil Libertie  more

Akron Community Foundation Celebrates New Grants, Family Philanthropy at Annual Meeting
AKRON, Ohio, June 26 -- Akron Community Foundation issued the following news release: Yesterday, Akron Community Foundation officials welcomed more than 450 fundholders, donors, grantees, professional advisor partners and other community leaders to celebrate its growth and success during its fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. Guests gathered at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn and learned that during the past fiscal year both contributions to the community foundation, and grants and distributions, nea  more

American Association of School Administrators: Ohio Superintendent Testifies on Capitol Hill at State and Local Tax Hearing
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 25 -- The American Association of School Administrators issued the following news release: Paul Imhoff, superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and a member of AASA, the AASA Executive Committee and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), testified today before the U.S. House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee. The hearing, entitled, "How Recent Limitations to the SALT Deduction Harm Communities, Schools,   more

American Chemistry Council: U.S. Chemical Production Continued to Gain in May
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following news: According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.4 percent in May, following a 0.2 percent gain in April and a 0.3 percent decline in March. During May, chemical output was up across all regions except the Ohio Valley, which posted flat growth. Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains in the production three-mont  more

American Council on Renewable Energy: Renewable Industry Urges Governor DeWine to Oppose House Bill 6
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The American Council on Renewable Energy issued the following news release: In a letter sent today to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) urges opposition to House Bill 6, which would establish an unfair township referendum process that discriminates against wind development and eliminate Ohio's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). According to a new analysis by members of ACORE's U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance progra  more

American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Safety Industry Division Turns 40
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The American Road and Transportation Builders Association issued the following news release: A landmark anniversary in the effort to improve traffic safety is being celebrated this year with the 40th anniversary of the creation of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) "Traffic Safety Industry Division" (TSID). The anniversary was commemorated at the division's recent annual summer meeting and social in Columbus, Ohio, held in conjunction with m  more

Buckeye Recommendations Improve House Bill 6, But Taxpayer-Funded Bailout Remains Bad Policy
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 27 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the Senate version of House Bill 6. "In its version of House Bill 6, the Ohio Senate wisely adopted two of The Buckeye Institute's recommendations: reducing the surcharges utility customers will be forced to pay to subsidize the failing Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants, and auditing FirstEnerg  more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Scientists Developing Way to Help Premature Babies Breathe Easier
CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 27 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Study Points to Possible Cell Therapy for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia * * * Researchers suggest a possible cell-based therapy to stimulate lung development in fragile premature infants who suffer from a rare condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), which in the most severe cases can lead to lifelong breathing problems and even death. Scientists at Cincinnati Chi  more

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Calls on IRS to Investigate Another Ohio Group
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued the following news release: By disregarding and failing to disclose $850,000 in political spending, Independence and Freedom Network (IFN), an Ohio nonprofit, appears to have violated federal tax law, according to a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) with the IRS. IFN's disclosure failures also raise serious questions about whether the group violated its tax-exempt stat  more

Cleveland Clinic: Adding Clinical Variables Improves Accuracy of Lung Allocation Score
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 25 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Improved scoring better identifies sickest cystic fibrosis and COPD patients * * * Implemented back in 2005, the lung allocation score is used to prioritize patients awaiting lung transplants in the United States. Sicker transplant candidates have a higher calculated score and are placed at the top of the list. But a recent study led by Maryam Valapour, M.D., MPP, director of Lung Transplant Outcomes   more

Cleveland Clinic: Using Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 27 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Newly published Cleveland Clinic-led research first to use medical scans to inform dose delivery * * * New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to personalize the dose of radiation therapy used to treat cancer patients. Published today in The Lancet Digital Health, the research team developed an AI framework based on patient co  more

Cleveland Foundation, Dunham Tavern Museum, MidTown Cleveland, Inc. Partner to Create a New Civic District in MidTown
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 28 -- Cleveland Foundation issued the following news release: The Cleveland Foundation board of directors today announced it has unanimously authorized the creation of a new home in the MidTown neighborhood for the world's first community foundation. The proposed relocation for the Cleveland Foundation, which is envisioned to include a significant amount of community space that is open and accessible to the public, marks the launch of a new civic district in MidTown. This   more

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Honors Military Families
POWELL, Ohio, June 28 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: In honor of those serving our country, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will host a "Military Family Free Dayz" promotion from June 29 through July 7, 2019. During this Fourth of July week, military personnel, both past and present, and their immediate family may enjoy free admission to the Zoo and discounted admission to Zoombezi Bay. Active-duty service members and veterans will need to present their milit  more

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Awards Over $625k in Educational Grants Awardees
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- The Global Down Syndrome Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Announced at the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention Include Twelve Organizations from the US and Abroad * * * Today, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) awarded $75,000 to twelve of its member organizations, bringing the total given through its Educational Grants program to over $625K. Since 2012, Global has awarded grants to 72 innovative educational pr  more

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: Travelers in 12 States Will Pay More in Gas Taxes Beginning Monday
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued the following news release: Drivers in 12 states who hit the road during this summer driving season will be paying more in gas tax beginning Monday, July 1. While the federal gas tax has remained stagnant for nearly 26 years, many states have stepped up and increased their taxes so they can raise revenue to fund infrastructure and other projects. California, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode I  more

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: Machinists Union Local Delegates Oppose General Electric Contract Offer
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued the following news release: IAM delegates from the General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC), coalition of 11 national unions representing 6,600 workers, opposes GE's proposed contract and will recommend that their IAM Locals reject the company's offer. The IAM represents four Locals involved in the GE proposed Master Agreement: IAM Locals 78 and 1916 in Milwaukee, Oak Creek, and Waukesha,  more

Keep, Cut, Change - The Buckeye Institute's Recommendations for Ohio's Budget Conference Committee
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: As the Conference Committee begins its work on Ohio's biennial budget, The Buckeye Institute issued its Keep, Cut, Change list to offer recommendations for which version of the budget--House or Senate--should be adopted by the Conference Committee, or whether the policy should be cut or changed. The list assesses tax cuts, spending, tax loopholes, health care reform, school choice, graduation requirements, and s  more

Knoer to Receive American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2019 John W. Webb Lecture Award
BETHESDA, Maryland, June 24 -- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following news: ASHP has named Scott J. Knoer, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP, as the recipient of the 2019 John W. Webb Lecture Award. Knoer is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic where he leads an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.1 billion drug budget and 1,410 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, Nevada; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; London, England; and Abu Dhabi, UAE.   more

National Wildlife Federation: Bipartisan Tax Bill Will Accelerate Investment in Offshore Wind Power
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: The Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, introduced today by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), will help spur the investment in and development of offshore wind power. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Angus King (I-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Elizabeth War  more

Ohio Environmental Council Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Opinions on Partisan Gerrymandering
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 27 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Communications Director Emily Bacha on the Supreme Court's decisions on multiple cases regarding gerrymandering and the 2020 census: "These two decisions not only impact the voices of Ohioans, but harm our environment and the long-term action needed to combat climate change. With unfair congressional districts and a potentially poor census process, elected leaders and federal resources will not be direct  more

Ohio Homecoming: Pheasants Forever Names John Wallace as Ohio Regional Representative
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, June 24 -- Pheasants Forever issued the following news release: Pheasants Forever recently named John Wallace, a nine-year veteran of "The Habitat Organization," as the new regional representative for Ohio. Wallace will provide support and guidance for volunteers in his native Buckeye State, home to 28 Pheasants Forever chapters, two Quail Forever chapters and more than 5,400 dedicated members. "John has built a reputation amongst volunteers and peers as one of the most de  more

PETA: Vegans to BBQ a 'Dog'
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 25 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Thought-Provoking PETA Protest Will Urge Passersby to Fight Speciesism by Leaving All Animals off Their Plates * * * Just ahead of July Fourth, one of the biggest grilling days of the year, a group of PETA supporters will serve up some food for thought about speciesism--a human-supremacist worldview--on Wednesday, when they'll barbecue a "dog" on a grill that reads, "If You Woul  more

Policy Matters Ohio: Workers' Comp Budget Could Affect Public Health
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 27 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: * * * - Policymakers must weigh health impacts of proposed legislation * * * The workers' compensation budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives includes policy changes that could impact public health, according to an analysis released today by Policy Matters Ohio. Provisions in the budget would increase coverage for first-responde  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Donors' Investment in Summer Adventure Is Investment in Future
CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 24 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: Summer Adventure is underway and thousands of people are reading and participating in events. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Library Foundation are grateful to all the corporate sponsors and community partners that help make this year's educational events possible. "We are fortunate in Cincinnati that local businesses and foundations realize the imp  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Writers Encouraged to Apply to Be the Next Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence
CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 27 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will accept applications for the 2020 Writer-in-Residence position beginning Monday, July 1. The author chosen for this prestigious honor serves as the Library's literary ambassador to the community. This person will receive a $10,000 stipend and promotion by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Libr  more

Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes New Member Mole Master
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Renewable Fuels Association issued the following news release: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that Mole-Master Services Corp. has recently joined the organization. Based in Marietta, Ohio, Mole-Master Services Corp. is a worldwide leader in industrial vessel cleaning services and equipment sales and rental. It specializes in silo/bin/bunker cleaning, pipe cleaning, CO2 blasting, fire suppression, hydro blasting, vacuum services, media/ic  more

Tire Manufacturers Association: New Ohio Law Prohibiting Installation of Unsafe Used Tires Takes Effect July 1
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association issued the following news: A new law aimed at protecting unsuspecting consumers from the installation of unsafe used tires will take effect on July 1, 2019. Ohio law already allows law enforcement to ticket motorists who drive on tires exhibiting specific unsafe conditions. However, the new law, which was endorsed by U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, adds an additional layer o  more

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Releases Statement Regarding Communication by Department of Defense on East Coast Missile Defense Site
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 27 -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber issued the following news release: The Under Secretary of Defense, Michael Griffin, communicated with several members of Congress yesterday regarding a third U.S. location for a Continental United States Interceptor missile defense site (CIS) in the eastern United States capable of protecting the homeland against threats from nations such as Iran and North Korea. The only other existing interceptors are on the west coast in Ala  more