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A bill under consideration by the Ohio House Finance Committee would require the governor to organize and maintain a state civilian cybersecurity reserve force. Senate Bill 52 tasks the Ohio Cyber Reserve with educating and
The state Senate could soon consider a bill that aims to simplify how Ohio businesses can create new job training certificates and industry-recognized credential programs. House Bill 4 positions the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
Ohio’s state House has given its approval to a two-year $644.6 million budget for the state’s Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). House Bill 80 includes a last-minute addition aimed at making it harder for workers
A proposed bill pending before a state Senate committee would allow Ohioans to take a personal income tax deduction for contributions to and earnings stemming from a first-time homebuyer savings account. If approved, Senate Bill
The state plans to pay Deloitte more than $1.9 million to develop federal healthcare waivers for Georgia’s Medicaid program and a private health insurance marketplace. The state allocated $2.6 million in funding for healthcare waiver
Increasing the hourly pay rate for direct support staff will help retain the talent necessary to care for Ohio residents in need, lawmakers working on the budget this week were told. “An average hourly wage
A state House committee approved a bill allowing emergency personnel in Ohio who suffer job-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to file a workers’ compensation claim even if they do not have an accompanying physical injury.
A proposed loan repayment program could help alleviate the shortage of public defenders in Ohio, but questions remain on how to fund it. House Bill 5 would create the Ohio Public Defender State Loan Repayment
Ohio lawmakers are weighing a push to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, a move that could send additional resources to help the state fight the influx of drugs. House Concurrent Resolution 10
Emergency personnel in Ohio who suffer work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim even if they do not experience an accompanying physical injury. Current law prohibits workers’