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Income tax rates: Sponsored by Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield), Senate Bill 210 would provide for a permanent income tax rate reduction of four percent for all tax brackets beginning in 2014. The bill was introduced Tuesday, October 22.

Community foundations: Sponsored by Senators Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and Bob Peterson (R-Sabina), Senate Bill 211 would authorize an income tax credit for donations to the permanent endowment fund of an eligible community foundation. The bill is scheduled for sponsor testimony in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on October 29.

Electric recovery: Sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), House Bill 312 would permit a public utility electric light company to recover costs of an economic and job retention program from all public utility electric light customers in Ohio. The bill was introduced on October 24.

Medicaid: Sponsored by Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania), House Bill 317 makes various changes to the Medicaid program and increases civil penalties for defrauding the state. Additionally, the bill creates the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), a bipartisan panel of House and Senate members to regularly review Ohio’s Medicaid program. The bill was introduced on October 24.