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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday July 21, 2019 ( 38 items )  

ACLU of Ohio Files Motion for Summary Judgment in Case Alleging Excessive Force by Columbus Police Officers
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: Today, July 15, the ACLU of Ohio filed a motion for summary judgment in the Southern District of Ohio asking the Court to rule that two Columbus Police officers used excessive force against the Plaintiffs Ellen Abdur-Rahim and Harrison Kallner. The officers unconstitutionally pepper sprayed Abdur-Rahim and Kallner at close range on January 30, 2017 while the activists were peacefully demonst  more

ACLU of Ohio to Attorney General Yost: Preserve Ohioans' Privacy Rights in Thorough Review of Facial Recognition Database
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to Attorney General David Yost stating the organization's support of a review of federal law enforcement access to Ohio's facial recognition database, while also encouraging the attorney general to examine additional ways Ohioans' personal information is accessed by the federal government via the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHL  more

Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute Supports Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 18 -- The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute issued the following news release: The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today offered its support for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced today by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "This bill would implement several energy efficiency measures across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors," said AHRI Vice Presi  more

Alliance to Save Energy Issues Statement on Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The Alliance to Save Energy issued the following statement by President Jason Hartke on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire: "Senators Portman and Shaheen have revamped their bill to use some of the best tools available to use energy more efficiently. These policies would strengthen the economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions." "It's a better-than-ever plan to accelera  more

American Chemistry Council Issues Statement on Reintroduction of Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement by President and CEO Cal Dooley: The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed the reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "We applaud Senators Portman and Shaheen for continuing to champion this important, bipartisan legislation. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act includes m  more

American Council on Renewable Energy Issues Statement on Pro-Renewable, Pro-Consumer Policies
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The American Council on Renewable Energy issued the following statement by President and CEO Gregory Wetstone: With the legislative session in Ohio scheduled to end on Wednesday, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is respectfully urging state legislators to support pro-renewable polices and reject any legislation that would stymie renewable energy growth in the state. "We remain deeply concerned about any potential rollback of Ohio's Renewable Portfolio St  more

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Fall Regional Meetings Focus on Preparedness
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association issued the following news release: * * * - Three meetings provide best-practice education, networking and add-on training opportunities * * * The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has opened registration for its regional meetings today. "Being prepared" is the theme of ASLRRA's series of regional meetings to be held in San Antonio, Texas (Central/Pacific Region, September 11-13), Col  more

Battelle's Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Predict Modeling Program Helps Determine Location of PFAS in Groundwater
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 15 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: Battelle is focused on the human health and environmental impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and has invented a new digital tool to determine where these substances are going once they have been introduced into groundwater. Battelle researchers have combined their knowledge of PFAS chemical characteristics gained from their unique analytical capabilities  more

Buckeye Institute Issues Statement on Passage of Ohio's Biennial Budget
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following statement by President and CEO Robert Alt on the passage of the state's biennial budget (H.B. 166): "The General Assembly passed a budget that contains a number of good policies that will help grow Ohio's economy, including an income tax cut for all Ohioans and strong regulatory reform. Lawmakers also took steps to expand meaningful school choice for Ohio's families, adopted more rigorous graduation requirements, and increas  more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Human Pancreas on a Chip Opens New Possibilities for Studying Disease
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 16 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Organoids Grown in Microfluidic Device May Help CF Patients with Diabetes * * * Scientists created human pancreas on a chip that allowed them to identify the possible cause of a frequent and deadly complication of cystic fibrosis (CF) called CF-Related Diabetes, or CFRD. It may be feasible to also use the small two-chambered device, which features bioengineered human pan  more

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Rep. Marcy Kaptur July 2019 Porker of the Month
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Citizens Against Government Waste issued the following news release: Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) July 2019 Porker of the Month for trying to expand the financially challenged United States Postal Service (USPS) into banking. A lot has changed in the past 11 years, but one constant has been the USPS's annual losses, totaling $69 billion. That does not even include its $143 billion in unfunded liabilities. The USPS's poo  more

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine Issues 5 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
LYNDHURST, Ohio, July 15 -- The Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal from the Cleveland Clinic that provides clinical information relevant to internal medicine and cardiology, published five research articles on the following topics in its July 2019 edition: * Ambulatory ECG monitoring in the age of smartphones * Giant cell arteritis: An updated review of an old disease * Infertility: A practical framework * Pediatric cholestatic liver disease: Successful tra  more

Communities in Schools: Huntington's 13th Annual Backpack Index Spotlights the Role of Technology in Rising Back-to-School Costs
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 -- Communities in Schools issued the following news release: * * * - Huntington donates 1,000 tablets, computers and other connected devices to K-12 students * * * COLUMBUS, Ohio, and ARLINGTON, Va. - The 13th annual Huntington (Nasdaq: HBAN; www.huntington.com) Backpack Index, a barometer for household spending on school supplies and related fees, reports a significant increase in costs for American families with children attending elementary, middle and high school.  more

Environmental Law & Policy Center Issues Statement on Ohio Energy Bill
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 17 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following statement by Senior Attorney Rob Kelter on condemning passage Ohio energy legislation (H.B. 6) by Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee: * * * - "House Bill 6 will Cause Higher Bills and Higher Pollution for Ohio" * * * "The passage of House Bill 6 out of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today represents a giant leap backwards for Ohioans, moving the state away from a potential   more

Foundation for Excellence Issues Statement on Signing of Ohio's Comprehensive Education Budget
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 19 -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education issued the following statement by CEO Patricia Levesque on the signing of Ohio's education budget, which includes funding for expanding quality public charter schools, private education choice and industry certification incentives: "This investment in students gives working-class families and underserved communities access to outstanding educational opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. "We applaud Govern  more

In Amicus Brief, Buckeye Institute Calls on Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of Government Contractors
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 16 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: After filing the first post-Janus First Amendment labor law challenge in the United States Supreme Court, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in support of a related challenge, Miller v. Inslee, that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that laws forcing recipients of government benefits to accept union representation are unconstitutional. As it did in its brief in Bierman v. Dayton, Buckeye argu  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Fracking Companies in Appalachia Struggle Financially
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 17 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Turbulence and desperation are roiling the struggling industry * * * Differences among leaders at EQT, the nation's largest independent producer of natural gas, highlight the dilemma faced by those looking to drill, drill, drill versus those seeking to rely on traditional supply-and-demand strategies. Neither approach offers much promise, according to a briefing n  more

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: Sales Tax Holidays Are Outdated Gimmicks That Have Run Their Course
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued the following news release: Nearly 40 years ago, lawmakers in Ohio and Michigan sought to give the automobile industry a boost by exempting car purchases from sales tax. There's no definitive research on whether this temporarily boosted carmakers' fortunes, but research abounds on how the industry struggled throughout the 1980s as it faced a recession, shifting consumer preferences and competition from Japanese car manu  more

MetroHealth System: National Institute on Aging Awards $4.23 Million to Establish Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 15 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: * * * - New center to be one of 31 NIH-funded centers in the nation * * * The National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $4.23 million grant to establish the Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. The two-year award will support the development of a multi-institution collaborative focused on accelerating research for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. T  more

Nature Conservancy Issues Statement on Passage of Bill for Nuclear Powerplant, Coal Plants
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 17 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement by Ohio State Director Bill Stanley on Senate passage of a bill (H.B. 6) to provide bailout for nuclear powerplants and coal plants: "Today House Bill 6 was passed by the Ohio Senate to provide a bailout for two nuclear powerplants in Ohio and two coal plants (one in Ohio and one in Indiana). The passage of House Bill 6 is a missed opportunity for the legislature to develop a comprehensive energy policy for o  more

North High Brewing Supports Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 16 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: A $5,000 contribution from North High Brewing to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation expands a unique partnership between two organizations with shared values. The North High Brewing/Farm Bureau relationship began last year when the two partnered on the release of Cover Crop beer, created to help celebrate Ohio Farm Bureau's 100th anniversary. The beer features locally grown farm products, which was a pri  more

Ohio Energy Bill Is a Loss for Taxpayers and a Bailout for Big Business
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 17 -- The National Taxpayers Union issued the following news release: After the Ohio Senate passed the misleadingly-named "Ohio Clean Air Program," National Taxpayers Union Vice President for State Affairs Leah Vukmir condemned the bill as a energy bailout for the benefit of big business that will cost Ohio taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars without doing anything to address energy costs for Ohioans. "It is extremely disappointing that Ohio policymakers caved   more

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Partners Unveil Redesigned 2019 Land and Living Exhibit at Ohio State Fair
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 19 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: One of this year's 'must see' attractions at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4, will be the newly redesigned, highly interactive Land and Living exhibit featuring agriculture education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors to the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building will get in-depth, hands-on lessons about farming, food and high-tech agriculture. Visitors to the exhibit will learn  more

Ohio Legislature Poised to Allocate $5 Million to Deceptive Crisis Pregnancy Centers Despite Campaign for Accountability's Call for Investigation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Campaign for Accountability issued the following news release: Tomorrow, the Ohio Legislature is expected to pass a state budget bill that allocates $5 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs are fake medical clinics that deliberately mislead pregnant women seeking to have an abortion. Last year, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, called on then-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to investi  more

PETA Issues Statement on Nationwide Children Hospital's Violation of Animal Protection Laws
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 19 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following statement by veterinarian Ingrid Taylor on Nationwide Children's Hospital's violation of animal protection laws: "Federal documents obtained by PETA show that Nationwide Children's Hospital can't be trusted to do something as simple as follow its own approved procedures. "In violation of federal law, Nationwide deviated from its own experimental protocol and subjected an animal to two surgical procedure  more

Policy Matters Ohio Issues Statement on Ohio Equal Pay Act
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 16 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following statement by Project Director Hannah Halbert: * * * - Support raising the minimum wage and the Ohio Equal Pay Act * * * Over the weekend, Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced that it has joined the equal pay movement moment generated by the U.S. Women's Soccer team's World Cup Championship with a full-page New York Times advertisement and a $  more

Policy Matters Ohio Issues Statement on Raise the Wage Act
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following statement by Project Director Hannah Halbert on the Raise the Wage Act: COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following statement by Project Director Hannah Halbert on Raise Wage Act would help 1.8 million Ohioans: * * * - The Act would raise the federal minimum wage  more

Policy Matters Ohio Issues Statement on State Budget
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following statement by Senior Project Director Wendy Patton on the state budget approved by the conference committee: * * * - Conference committee misses opportunity to slash an unproductive loophole * * * "The budget passed by the conference committee resumes a failed strategy of tax cuts, reducing revenue by nearly $700 million over two years that could have gone  more

Printing Industries of America Seeks Speakers for 2020 Continuous Improvement Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 17 -- The Printing Industries of America issued the following news: Printing Industries of America (PIA) is currently seeking speakers for its 2020 Continuous Improvement Conference to be held April 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Conference organizers invite printing, packaging, and converting professionals to submit speaking proposals on best practices, strategies, and case studies in implementing and sustaining continuous improvement. Of particular interest are real-wor  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Honor Book Collection From Library Available at OhioMeansJobs Center
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 18 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is committed to supporting residents looking for work or aspiring to a better, more financially and emotionally fulfilling career. To this end, the Library is in a longstanding partnership with OhioMeansJobs (OMJ). Starting July 17, the Library expanded this partnership to a new place: the OhioMeansJobs Center at 1916 Central P  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Spend an Evening With Ohio Innocence Project Ahead of Stern Lecture Event
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 15 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: Ahead of the Stern Lecture event this fall, the public is invited to hear attorneys and exonerated individuals talk during "Wrongfully Convicted: Stories from the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP)." The guest speakers are telling their stories and about OIP's efforts to free innocent people in prison and prevent wrongful convictions."Wrongfully Convicted" starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Ju  more

Report Projects India Will Overachieve Its Paris Agreement Targets by 60%
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 18 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Central Electricity Authority predicts renewables will provide 63% of installed capacity and 44% of India's power generation by 2029-30 * * * India is likely to obtain 63% of its installed power capacity from non-fossil fuel sources (including hydro) by 2029-30, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). This would significantly exceed the country's Pari  more

Sierra Club Issues Statement on Coal, Nuclear Bailout Bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 -- The Sierra Club Foundation issued the following statement by Neil Waggoner, campaign representative for the Beyond Coal campaign, on the coal and nuclear bailout bill (H.B. 6): * * * - Passage of HB 6 would spit in the eye of Ohio electric customers and coherent energy policy * * * Today, the Ohio Senate voted 19 - 12 to move HB 6 back to the House; a new energy tax on Ohio electric customers and a complete catastrophe for a balanced informed energy policy and good  more

Sierra Club: American Electric Power Commits to Retire Largest Coal Unit in Beyond Coal Campaign History
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. District Judge Approves Settlement retiring 1,300 MW of coal burning power at Rockport Plant. * * * AEP Corp. has agreed to install more effective pollution controls sooner on its Rockport Super Polluting coal plant while also committing to retire Unit 1 by December 2028, under a legal agreement signed by a federal judge today. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus approved the fifth joint modification to  more

Teamsters Score Critical Legal Victory as First Step in Reversing Rising Tide of Deadly Opioid Crisis
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 15 -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release: A U.S. District Court order takes strong first steps to address the opioid crisis, setting common sense lower limits for opioid prescriptions offered by the nation's three largest pharmacy benefit plan managers: Optum, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts. Together the three pharmacy benefit plan managers (PBMs) combined control over 90% of the U.S. opioid market. The reforms are aimed at drama  more

The Buckeye Institute: Job Creation Continues Its Summer Vacation in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 19 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute's Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. "Job creation is continuing its summer vacation in Ohio with the June jobs report, which saw Ohio add only 400 new private sector jobs. This followed a downward revision of May's jobs numbers, which saw a loss of 7,100 private  more

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Richard Pates, Appoints Rev. William Joensen as Bishop Elect of Diocese of Des Moines
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following news release: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Revered Richard Pates from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Des Moines. The Pope has appointed as Bishop-Elect of the same see the Rev. William Joensen of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on July 18, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Father Joensen   more

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Applauds State Leaders for Addressing Valley Priorities
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, July 18 -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber issued the following news release: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber applauds the Valley's state-elected delegation for securing funds advancing the region's priorities. State Sens. Sean O'Brien, D-Bazetta, and Michael Rulli, R-Leetonia, along with State Reps. Michael O'Brien, D-Warren; Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield; and Don Manning, R-Boardman, approved a budget with more than $3.6 million for the Valley. The governor signe  more