March 5, 2020 •

Cincinnati Council Member Resigns After Arrest on Federal Charges

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Cincinnati City Council member Tamaya Dennard resigned Monday. Her resignation comes less than a week after being arrested on federal charges accusing her of trading votes for cash on a development deal. Dennard, a Democrat, was not required to resign under […]

Cincinnati City Council member Tamaya Dennard resigned Monday.

Her resignation comes less than a week after being arrested on federal charges accusing her of trading votes for cash on a development deal.

Dennard, a Democrat, was not required to resign under the city’s charter.

However, if she did not, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters stated he would take action.

Deters claims he would have filed a petition with the Ohio Supreme Court seeking to remove her from office.

Dennard’s replacement will be selected by Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, a fellow Democrat.

Dennard, like all council members when they take office, had to name a fellow council member to select her replacement in the event she would be unable to complete her term.

 

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December 12, 2019 •

Ohio Accepts Electronic Payment for Registration Renewals

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For the first time, the Ohio Lobbying Activity Center (OLAC) will accept electronic payment for registration renewals, meaning lobbyists who pay electronically will not have to print and mail anything to OLAC. A lobbyist may pay individually, by client, or […]

For the first time, the Ohio Lobbying Activity Center (OLAC) will accept electronic payment for registration renewals, meaning lobbyists who pay electronically will not have to print and mail anything to OLAC.

A lobbyist may pay individually, by client, or simply by selecting the “add all pending items to cart” from the agent homepage and pay for renewals at one time.

Lobbyists may begin renewing registrations for executive and retirement engagements in OLAC on December 1. Legislative registrations do not expire until December 31, 2020.

The renewal option closes on January 15, 2020. Registrations submitted after this date will require a signature page signed by both the lobbyist and the employer.

For lobbyists who wish to still pay by check, the Office of the Legislative Inspector General must receive an invoice and filing fee no later than January 31 for each 2020 engagement.

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November 7, 2019 •

Ohio Gov. Signs Bill Restoring Tax Exemption for Attorneys

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 26 into law on November 6, repealing a state budget amendment that would have caused many Ohio attorneys to pay higher income taxes beginning in 2020. Under Senate Bill 26, attorneys who derive their […]

Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 26 into law on November 6, repealing a state budget amendment that would have caused many Ohio attorneys to pay higher income taxes beginning in 2020.

Under Senate Bill 26, attorneys who derive their income from entities such as LLCs and LLPs qualify to pay no tax on the first $250,000 of income and will pay a flat 3 percent tax rate on income above that threshold.

Senate Bill 26 also allows educators to claim an income tax deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

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October 14, 2019 •

Ohio Passes Bill Restoring Tax Exemption for Attorneys, Lobbyists

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The House passed legislation on October 10 to reverse the state budget bill, restoring a business tax exemption for attorneys and lobbyists. Senate Bill 26 was originally introduced to allow educators to claim an income tax deduction for out-of-pocket classroom […]

The House passed legislation on October 10 to reverse the state budget bill, restoring a business tax exemption for attorneys and lobbyists.

Senate Bill 26 was originally introduced to allow educators to claim an income tax deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

The House Finance Committee approved amendments to restore the deduction for attorneys and lobbyists excluded in the two-year state operating bill tax policy of House Bill 166.

Since 2013, the state business income deduction (BID) has allowed those deriving income from any pass-through entity (e.g., LLCs, LLPs) to pay no tax on the first $250,000 of income and a flat 3% on any income above the threshold.

House Bill 166 excluded otherwise eligible income from legal services provided by an attorney or income from legislative, executive agency, or retirement system lobbying activity beginning in 2020.

Senate Bill 26 has been re-referred to the Senate for final approval.

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August 19, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – August 19, 2019

Four more states making changes to lobbying and ethics laws. Find out which jurisdictions in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

Four more states making changes to lobbying and ethics laws. Find out which jurisdictions in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

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August 6, 2019 •

Ohio Budget Bill Removes Tax Exemption for Attorneys and Lobbyists

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

The state budget bill signed by Gov. DeWine includes a provision removing a tax exemption for attorneys and lobbyists beginning in 2020. Since 2013, the state business income deduction (BID) has allowed those deriving income from any pass-through entity (e.g., […]

The state budget bill signed by Gov. DeWine includes a provision removing a tax exemption for attorneys and lobbyists beginning in 2020.

Since 2013, the state business income deduction (BID) has allowed those deriving income from any pass-through entity (e.g., LLCs, LLPs) to pay no tax on the first $250,000 of income and a flat 3% on any income above the threshold.

House Bill 166 excludes otherwise eligible income from legal services provided by an attorney or income from legislative, executive agency, or retirement system lobbying activity.

A professional coalition including the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) is beginning a grassroots campaign to reverse the exclusion.

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July 30, 2019 •

Ohio Gov. Signs Campaign Finance Bill

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a campaign finance bill into law, promoting transparency for campaign finance reports. Senate Bill 107 allows certain local political candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically. The bill further requires the Secretary of State to […]

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a campaign finance bill into law, promoting transparency for campaign finance reports.

Senate Bill 107 allows certain local political candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically.

The bill further requires the Secretary of State to make the information in the electronic statements available online.

Senate Bill 107 will take effect January 1, 2021.

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May 6, 2019 •

Federal Judges Rule Ohio Congressional Map Unconstitutional

Ohio's Current Congressional Map

A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled Ohio’s gerrymandered congressional district map unconstitutional under the First and 14th Amendments. On behalf of the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed the suit. The suit claimed the […]

A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled Ohio’s gerrymandered congressional district map unconstitutional under the First and 14th Amendments.

On behalf of the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed the suit.

The suit claimed the congressional map disfavored democratic voters on the basis of their political affiliation.

The court ordered the state to create a new map by June 14 to prepare for the 2020 election.

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March 14, 2019 •

Ohio Senator Introduces Bill to Allow Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports

State Sen. Michael Rulli introduced legislation to promote greater transparency in local elections by allowing local candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically. Senate Bill 107 would remove the paper-only filing requirements for individuals who file with local boards of […]

State Sen. Michael Rulli introduced legislation to promote greater transparency in local elections by allowing local candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically.

Senate Bill 107 would remove the paper-only filing requirements for individuals who file with local boards of elections.

The bill would also require the secretary of state to make the information in those electronic statements available online.

If passed, the bill would take effect on the first day of January that occurs at least 180 days after the act is filed with the secretary of state.

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February 25, 2019 •

Ohio Releases New Campaign Contribution Limits

The Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, released new campaign contribution limits adjusted for inflation each odd-numbered year. The changes include an increase in the amount PACs and individuals may contribute to statewide candidates from $12,707.79 to $13,292.35 per election […]

The Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, released new campaign contribution limits adjusted for inflation each odd-numbered year.

The changes include an increase in the amount PACs and individuals may contribute to statewide candidates from $12,707.79 to $13,292.35 per election period.

The new limits are effective today, February 25, 2019, through February 24, 2021.

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November 29, 2018 •

Columbus Officials Propose Campaign Finance Reform

Mayor Andrew Ginther and the City Council announced plans to limit contributions to municipal elections for the first time in city history. The proposal seeks to limit annual contributions to municipal candidates by following state contribution amounts of $12,707.79. The […]

Mayor Andrew Ginther and the City Council announced plans to limit contributions to municipal elections for the first time in city history.

The proposal seeks to limit annual contributions to municipal candidates by following state contribution amounts of $12,707.79.

The proposal also requires anyone issuing an advertisement in an election period to disclose contributions, expenditures, and debt. Additionally, all campaign finance filings must be audited.

Officials will host a presentation and hear public feedback on the proposal on Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in City Council chambers.

City Council will vote on the proposal at the December 10 council meeting. If passed, the proposal will take effect for the 2019 municipal elections.

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November 19, 2018 •

Toledo to hold Special Election for County Jail

The city of Toledo will hold a special election to maintain a jail in Lucas County. The ballot initiative to keep the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo will appear before voters in a special election on February 26, 2019. […]

The city of Toledo will hold a special election to maintain a jail in Lucas County.

The ballot initiative to keep the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo will appear before voters in a special election on February 26, 2019.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor to place the issue of a proposed jail on the ballot.

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November 8, 2018 •

Akron Voters Approve Primary Date Change

A majority of Akron voters approved Charter Amendment Issue 9, moving the city’s primary date from September to May. The date change is expected to save the city money, boost voter turnout, and bring the Board of Elections into compliance […]

A majority of Akron voters approved Charter Amendment Issue 9, moving the city’s primary date from September to May.

The date change is expected to save the city money, boost voter turnout, and bring the Board of Elections into compliance with state law by enabling it to meet a deadline to get ballots to overseas voters 45 days before the November general election.

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November 7, 2018 •

U.S. Senator Brown Holds Senate Seat Against Rep. Renacci

On November 6, Democrat incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown handily won re-election for a third term as U.S. Senator from Ohio. Brown faced off against three-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci. Before becoming a member of the U.S. House, Renacci was […]

On November 6, Democrat incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown handily won re-election for a third term as U.S. Senator from Ohio.

Brown faced off against three-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci. Before becoming a member of the U.S. House, Renacci was the mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.

Renacci originally was campaigning to be the next governor of Ohio. However, after being asked by the White House to run against Brown for the U.S. Senate, Renacci left the governor’s race and began his campaign for senate.

Brown won with 53.2% of the vote compared to Renacci’s 46.8% of the vote, according to the New York Times.

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