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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 37 items )  

American Chemistry Council: U.S. Chemical Production Rose for Third Month in June
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- 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 0.2 percent in June, following a 0.4 percent gain in May and a 0.3 percent gain in April. During June, chemical output was up in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Ohio Valley and Southeast regions. These gains were offset by lower production in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and West Coast regions. Chemical produ  more

American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio: City of Bedford Ceases Enforcement of Unconstitutional Nuisance Ordinance
BEDFORD, England, July 22 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: Today, as a result of litigation brought by the ACLU, the ACLU of Ohio, and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the City of Bedford has suspended enforcement of its unconstitutional Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinance while the litigation proceeds. The plaintiffs, the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research and Beverley Somai, filed a lawsuit on February 20, 2019 alleging that Bedford's  more

American Hospital Association: Hospitals and Health Systems Recognized for Improving Community Health
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- The American Hospital Association issued the following news release: * * * - Five Collaborative Programs Win 2019 AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award * * * The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that it will honor five programs with the AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award for their hospital-led collaborative efforts that improve community health. The winning programs are Stark County Toward Health Resiliency for Infant Vitality and Equality (THRIVE), Canton, Ohio; P  more

American Wind Energy Association: Ohio House Bill 6 Passage Will Lead to Higher Electric Bills, Fewer Jobs, and Lost Clean Energy Investment
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The American Wind Energy Association issued the following news release: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) expressed concern as the Ohio legislature took a major backwards step in its commitment to clean energy by passing House Bill 6 today. AWEA issued the following statement from Andrew Gohn, Director, Eastern State Policy, AWEA: "Ohio consumers and manufacturers want greater commitment to renewable energy, not less. Yet, while many states are expanding ac  more

Biden Is Only Leading Dem to Top Trump in Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
HAMDEN, Connecticut, July 25 -- The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute issued the following news release: Former Vice President Joseph Biden leads President Donald Trump 50 - 42 percent in the critical swing state of Ohio, the only leading Democratic candidate to top the Republican incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The other leading Democratic contenders each are locked in a dead heat with President Trump, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) Univ  more

Bill Ebert Elected to Ducks Unlimited's National Board
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 26 -- Ducks Unlimited issued the following news release: Bill Ebert, of Blanchester, Ohio, was elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors during the organization's 82nd annual national convention held recently in Hawaii. "Ducks Unlimited's board of directors provides the leadership we need to fulfill our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl," said DU Chairman of the Board Paul Bonderson Jr. "  more

Center for Biological Diversity: Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: A Senate committee today approved a bill that would side-step environmental review to fast-track large infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines and natural gas export terminals. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved S. 1976, the Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act, by a voice vote. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would exempt infrastructu  more

Ceres: Legislation to Weaken Ohio's Clean Energy Standards Will Move the State Backward
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world's largest companies and investors to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges, issued the following news release: The Ohio legislature approved legislation today to weaken the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency resource standards, a move that will effectively halt clean energy development in the Buckeye State, said the sustainabili  more

Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Welcomes Craig S. Diaz to Its Ohio Advisory Board
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22 -- The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio issued the following news release: The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio is proud to announce that Craig S. Diaz, Director of Development at Equitas Health, will join its Ohio Advisory Board. Mr. Diaz is a fervent supporter and advocate for health equity throughout our community. As a new parent, he is also a committed advocate for children and for adoption. It is this latest focus that connects Mr. Diaz with the mission of the Children's D  more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 25 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Study in Emergency Department Shows Automated Patient Screening Eases Enrollment * * * Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that difficulty finding the right volunteer subjects can undermine the effectiveness of these studies. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center designed and tes  more

Cleveland Clinic to Build New Neurological Institute Building, Expand Cole Eye
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 24 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: Cleveland Clinic announced plans today to build a Neurological Institute building and expand the Cole Eye Institute. The two new buildings, to be located on Cleveland Clinic's main campus, will accommodate expansion of patient care, research and education needs. The new facility for the Neurological Institute will centralize all outpatient neurological care on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. The proposed 400,00  more

Cybersecurity, #MeToo, Marijuana Legalization Among Business, Echnology Highlights at American Bar Association Meeting
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The American Bar Association issued the following news release: Emerging cyber-threats, workplace litigation in the #MeToo era and the issues involved with marijuana legalization are chief among business and technology issues that will be explored at the 2019 American Bar Association Annual Meeting Aug. 8-13 in San Francisco. High-profile speakers at the meeting include the general counsels for Lyft, Microsoft, 23andMe and Oracle (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.) on legal challenges pos  more

Ducks Unlimited Applauds Bills to Expand Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, Tennessee, July 26 -- Ducks Unlimited issued the following news release: * * * - Senate, House bills would reauthorize initiative for five years * * * Legislation introduced Thursday would reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), expanding federal funding to protect and improve Great Lakes water quality and wildlife habitat. Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetland habitat conservation, applauds the Senate and House bills. Senate Bill 2295 is sponsored by Ohio Se  more

Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center: Swimming at Beaches Across America Can Make You Sick
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - New report finds contaminated water at thousands of beaches, calls for action to prevent pollution * * * With summer in full swing, beachgoers should beware: It might not be safe to go in the water. Nearly 60 percent of 4,523 beaches tested nationwide had water pollution levels that put swimmers at risk of getting sick on at least one occasion last year, according to a new re  more

Environmental Defense Fund Issues Statement on FirstEnergy Bailout Bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement by Dick Munson, director of regulatory and legislative affairs: "The Ohio General Assembly today approved legislation known as HB 6 that bails out FirstEnergy Solutions' two nuclear reactors (costing $150 million annually), subsidizes two Ohio Valley Electric Corp. coal plants (one of which is located in Indiana), and guts the state's efficiency and renewable energy standards. Gov. Mike DeWine has suggeste  more

Environmental Working Group Issues Statement on Nuclear Bailout Bill
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Environmental Working Group issued the following statement by President Ken Cook: Ohio legislators today passed a bill giving a $1.1 billion bailout to two nuclear power plants. The bill, which was quickly signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, will slap a five-year surcharge on the electricity bills of all Ohioans, whether or not they are customers of FirstEnergy Solutions, owner of the plants. Figures compiled by EWG show that the Ohio bailout brings the total of   more

Feminist Criminology Journal Issues 5 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22 -- Feminist Criminology, a journal that says it features women, girls and crime within the context of a feminist critique of criminology from the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology, published five research articles on the following topics in its July 2019 edition: * Campus-Based Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy and Title IX: Revisiting Tensions Between Grassroots Activism and the Criminal Justice System * Invisible Pirates: Women and the G  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Report: Risk Factors Multiply for GE as California Power Plant Shutters--20 Years Early
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 25 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Lackluster demand for natural gas may continue to dampen revenues * * * The closure of a $1 billion natural gas power plant in southern California, only 10 years into its planned 30-year life cycle, spells trouble for GE, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, New Risk Factors Emerge a  more

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation Gives $23 Million to Cleveland Clinic's Global Leadership and Learning Institute
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 23 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Gift focused on developing future executive leaders in healthcare * * * A generous gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation will enable Cleveland Clinic to create a program focused on developing future leaders in healthcare, while expanding its focus on global leadership and learning. The $23 million gift will accelerate innovative leadership courses at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mand  more

Journal of Planning Literature Issues 3 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The Journal of Planning Literature, a journal that says it aims to give the reader an understanding of the state of knowledge for use in research or professional practice in planning and design from the Ohio State University, published three research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * Crystal Balls and Black Boxes: What Makes a Good Forecast? * On Time and Planning: Opening Futures by Cultivating a "Sense of Now" * Qualitative Comparative  more

MetroHealth System: Dr. Sherrie Williams is the New Chair of the 340B Health Board
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 22 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: Sherrie Williams, M.D., M.H.S, Past President of MetroHealth System Medical Staff in Cleveland, today became the new chair of the 340B Health Board of Directors, which represents nearly 1,400 hospitals and health systems that participate in the 340B drug pricing program. Dr. Williams will serve a two-year term as board chair, replacing outgoing chair Samuel Ross, M.D., M.S., who is the Chief Executive Officer  more

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation: Ohio Public Employee Files Appeal in Class-Action Lawsuit Seeking Return of Forced Union Fees
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 25 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Lawsuit seeks refunds of forced union fees seized from nonmembers by AFSCME union bosses before Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME decision * * * Today, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys filed an appeal in the class-action lawsuit against an Ohio affiliate of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union brought   more

National Taxpayers Union Issues Statement on Ohio Energy Bill
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 23 -- The National Taxpayers Union issued the following statement by Leah Vukmir, vice president of state affairs: Legislators in Ohio have agreed to pass energy legislation that amounts to little more than a large corporate handout for struggling energy companies. NTU advocated against the passage of the legislation and is distraught that both Republicans and Democrats agreed on this crony capitalist legislation. "It is disappointing to see Ohio lawmakers cave to sp  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: Ohio's HB 6 is Irresponsible Economic Policy
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law today the controversial nuclear and coal bailout legislation, HB 6, soon after the bill was voted out of the State House. The legislation has also drawn strong criticism for including significant cuts to the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. The following is a statement from Daniel Sawmiller, Ohio energy policy director for the Natural R  more

Nature Conservancy Issues Statement on Nuclear Powerplants Bill
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 23 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement by Ohio State Director Bill Stanley on General Assembly passage of a bill (H.B. 6) to provide bailout for nuclear powerplants and coal plants: "Today the General Assembly passed legislation 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 ou  more

Nature Conservancy Issues Statement on Passage of Legislation for Ohio Native Plant Month
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 23 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement by Ohio State Director Bill Stanley: "The Nature Conservancy applauds the recent passage of legislation designating the month of April as "Ohio Native Plant Month." "The designation increases public awareness of the importance of Ohio's native plants and animals and the benefits they provide to pollinators, Ohio's economy, and the health of Ohio's environment. "Of the approximately 3,000 plant species known  more

Ohio Becomes Most Regressive Energy State in the Midwest
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 -- The Sierra Club Foundation issued the following statement by Chapter Director Margaret Levin: Today, the Ohio Senate and House concurred on HB 6 in a 51 - 38 vote; a new energy tax on Ohio electric customers and a complete catastrophe for a balanced informed energy policy and good governance. HB 6 increases customer bills to bail out two uneconomic, 1950s era coal plants -- one of which isn't even in Ohio -- while also bailing out FirstEnergy's uncompetitive nuclear  more

Ohio Voters Oppose Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
HAMDEN, Connecticut, July 26 -- The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute issued the following news release: With little gender difference, Ohio voters oppose 52 - 39 percent banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Support for a fetal heartbeat abortion ban runs the religious gamut, from 55 - 38 percent among white evangelical Christians, to a divided 47 - 44 percent among Protestants, and a divided 48 - 44 percent among  more

Precision Metalforming Association: Business Conditions Report - July 2019
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 23 -- The Precision Metalforming Association issued the following news release: Metalforming companies remain concerned about near-term business conditions, according to the July 2019 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. Prepared monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 111 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. The July report reveals little change from the June report in predictions for bus  more

Puerto Rico Update: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Letter Urges U.S. Inspectors General to Scrutinize PREPA Contracting
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 22 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Latest scandals demand increased vigilance of the utility's use of public funds * * * In a letter to federal inspectors general (http://ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/LETTERS-TO-INSPECTORS-GENERAL-re-PREPA-contracts-July-2019.pdf), IEEFA director of finance Tom Sanzillo and energy analyst Cathy Kunkel urged increased scrutiny of any contracting involving the   more

R Street Institute Issues Statement on Ohio Energy Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The R Street Institute issued the following statement by Energy Policy Director Travis Kavulla on the Ohio energy legislation (H.B. 6): "The fast tracking of the new House Bill 6 is a net loss for Ohio's competitive power market model -- not to mention Ohio energy consumers. Instead of spurring competition between emissions-reducing power sources, legislators are fastening their constituents to one supplier for the foreseeable future. "To add insult to injury, this suppl  more

Retired NFL Players Five-Times More Likely to Have Atrial Fibrillation in Cleveland Clinic Study
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 24 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Former pro football players were eight-times more likely to have a pacemaker * * * Cleveland Clinic researchers found that a group of retired National Football League (NFL) players were more than five times as likely to have to atrial fibrillation (AFib) when compared to men in the general population. For the first time, Cleveland Clinic researchers show the effects of long-term cardiac conduction in  more

Shop! Environments Association: Ambius Earns 39 Honors at Plantscape Awards
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 23 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Ambius, the world's largest interior landscaping company, took home 39 awards at this year's AmericanHort's International Plantscape Awards, held July 14 in Columbus, Ohio, US. AmericanHort is North America's largest organization of landscaping and horticultural professionals. The organization hosts the International Plantscape Awards annually, honoring outstanding interior plantscaping across North Americ  more

The Buckeye Institute Calls on First Circuit Court of Appeals to End Forced Union Exclusive Representation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 25 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: On Thursday, The Buckeye Institute appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts, for oral arguments in Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the University of Maine, which calls for an immediate end to the laws that force public-sector employees to accept union representation. "In its Janus decision, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote that designating a union 'as the employees  more

Truckload Carriers Association: Three-Time Highway Angel Detains Suspected Drunken Driver
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25 -- The Truckload Carriers Association issued the following news: Christopher Lemaire of Erath, Louisiana, a professional truck driver for Revere Transportation of Akron, Ohio, has once again been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for his willingness to detain a suspected drunken driver involved in a hit and run. Lemaire is no stranger to the Highway Angels program. He's been nominated twice before for coming   more

United Steelworkers: District 1 Director Names New Assistant
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 26 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: United Steelworkers (USW) District 1 Director Donnie Blatt, who took office on July 15, this week named staff representative Teresa Hartley as the new assistant to the district director. Before becoming director on July 15, Blatt served as the assistant to his predecessor, David McCall, who last week left that post to become the USW's International Vice President (Administration). Hartley began her  more

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber: Ohio Governor DeWine to Keynote Chamber's 'Salute to Business' Breakfast
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, July 23 -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber issued the following news release: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will visit the Valley and join the Regional Chamber in honoring outstanding business leaders on Thursday, August 29, when he keynotes Salute To Business--his first major address in the region since taking office in January--at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. Anthony's in Boardman. On November 6, 2018, DeWine was elected to serve as the 70th Governor of the State of Ohio and has had  more