Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Today in the Ohio Senate

At today’s session (1:30 pm), the Senate will consider the following legislation: Common Sense EPA Reforms: Sponsored by State Senator Tim Schaffer (R – Lancaster), Senate Bill 294 will provide Ohio’s EPA tools to protect the environment and human health by imposing criminal tampering with public water supplies, prohibit solid waste and aluminum waste co-mingling and increases scrap tire enforcement and removal. It also makes it easier for health care professionals to comply with infectious waste packaging and transportation regulations by simplifying the system. Streamlining Regulatory Process: Senate Bill 302, Sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) improves the way background checks are conducted for employees of solid, hazardous and infectious waste industries. Currently, it can take up to 18 months for criminal checks to reach the Ohio EPA; this legislation will enlist the use of the Ohio Attorney General’s “rap back” technology which can turn the information around in 24 hours. Updating Ohio’s Military Code: Looking to bring Ohio’s Code of Military Justice more in line with the federal Uniform Code, State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) sponsored Senate Bill 288. Currently the Governor has the authority to convene military courts marshal; this bill would enable the commander and administrative head of the Ohio National Guard to handle such crime matters. Homeland Security: House Bill 158, Sponsored by Ohio Representative Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster) to better help save lives, this bill removes antenna height restrictions so amateur radio or “ham” operators can better transmit and receive communications in time of emergency.