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Political parties: Sponsored by Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), Senate Bill 193 would eliminate intermediate political parties and revise the processes for determining political party status and for establishing new political parties. The bill passed the Senate on October 8.

Tax credits: Sponsored by Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), Senate Bill 203 would authorize an income tax credit for individuals that earn a nonprofit management degree. Additionally, it would allow a sales tax exemption for out-of-state nonprofit corporations that relocate jobs to Ohio. The bill was introduced on October 8.

Veteran concealed weapons: Sponsored by Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mt. Vernon), House Bill 288 would eliminate the time limit within which retired and honorable discharged members of the Armed Forces of the United States are exempt from the requirement to complete firearms training as a prerequisite to obtaining a concealed handgun license. The bill was introduced on October 8.

Driver’s licenses: Sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati), Senate Bill 204 proposes to allow for driver’s license renewal online every other renewal period, to exempt such renewals from the vision screening and photograph requirements. The bill was introduced on October 9.

Dental services: Sponsored by Representatives Bob Hackett (R-London) and Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), House Bill 159 would prohibit a health insurer from establishing a fee schedule for dental providers for services that are not covered by any contract or participating provider agreement between the health insurer and the dental provider. The bill is scheduled for a possible vote in the House Insurance Committee on October 15.

Medicaid revisions: Sponsored by Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville), Senate Bill 206 would require implementation of certain Medicaid revisions, reform systems and program oversight.

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