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Below are bills currently in the Ohio House of Representatives or Ohio Senate that are in the process of becoming law. The bills listed are those followed by the MHAC because they are related to the work we and our members do. We will update this page as more bills are introduced to the Ohio General Assembly (OGA). You may find more information on these bills and others in the OGA using the Legislative Search Tool. If you are interested in any of the legislation and would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our State Program & Policy Director.

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HOUSE BILLS

 

House Bill 4

HB 4 COCAINE OFFENSES (Cupp, R., Rogers, J.)
To provide that in determining the amount of cocaine for trafficking and possession offenses, it also includes a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing cocaine, and to declare an emergency.

 

House Bill 19

HB 19 DRUG PRODUCTION (Blessing, L., Landis, A.)
To include recklessly causing, by means of fire or explosion, physical harm to the offender's or another person's motor vehicle, house, building, or other structure, or to any other property of another person, while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, as a violation of the offense of arson.

 

House Bill 49

HB 49 BIENNIAL BUDGET (Smith, R.)
To provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

 

House Bill 72

HB 72 STEP THERAPY (Johnston, T., Antonio, N.)
To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.

 

House Bill 81

HB 81 DEATH PENALTY (Seitz, B., Antonio, N.)
To provide that a person convicted of aggravated murder who shows that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense cannot be sentenced to death for the offense and to provide a mechanism for resentencing to a life sentence a person previously sentenced to death who proves that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense.

 

House Bill 111

HB 111 MENTAL HEALTH COMMITMENTS (Carfagna, R., Ryan, S.)
To authorize certain advanced practice registered nurses to have a person involuntarily transported to a hospital for a mental health examination.

 

House Bill 112

HB 112 LEASE TERMINATIONS (Gonzales, A.)
To allow a tenant seeking inpatient treatment for substance abuse to terminate or fail to renew their lease.

 

House Bill 117

HB 117 OPIOID THERAPY (Huffman, S., Brenner, A.)
To establish a statewide pilot program for the provision of long-acting opioid antagonist therapy for offenders convicted of an opioid-related offense who will be released from confinement on supervised release, and to specify that the therapy is to be provided during both their confinement and their supervised release.

 

House Bill 167

HB 167 OPIOID MEDICATIONS (Edwards, J.)
Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.

 

House Bill 326

HB 326 PRESCRIBING AUTHORITY (Seitz, B., Gavarone, T.)
To authorize certain psychologists to prescribe psychotropic and other drugs for the treatment of drug addiction and mental illness. 

 

 

 SENATE BILLS

 

Senate Bill 40

SB 40 AGGRAVATED MURDER (Eklund, J., Williams, S.) 
To provide that a person convicted of aggravated murder who shows that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense cannot be sentenced to death for the offense and to provide a mechanism for resentencing to a life sentence a person previously sentenced to death who proves that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense.

 

Senate Bill 56

SB 56 (Lehner, P., Tavares, C.)
To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.

 

Senate Bill 119

SB 119 OPIOID MEDICATIONS (Hackett, B., Hottinger,J.)
Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.

 

Senate Bill 133

SB 113 STUDENT BEHAVIOR (LaRose, F.)
To require the Education Management Information System to include information regarding persons at whom a student's violent behavior that resulted in discipline was directed and to require the Department of Education to submit a one-time report to the General Assembly regarding that information.

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

 

House Concurrent Resolution 6

HCR 6 AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Goodman, W., Faber, K.)
To urge Congress to continue its efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and to recommend that future federal health care policies restore power to the states, fund the Medicaid program through block grants to individual states, and permit the sale of health insurance across state lines.

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