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Legislative Update - December 2023

By Will Vorys

Remaining 2023 Timeline

  • The Ohio House and Senate have committees and sessions scheduled for the next two weeks of December before holiday recess. We expect legislative activity to conclude around December 13.

Remaining Issues in 2023

Issue 2 fix legislation

  • Governor DeWine, Speaker Stephens, and President Huffman all expressed publicly that the legislature should adopt reforms to Issue 2 (legalization of recreational marijuana). Modifications appear focused on tax distribution changes, increasing funding for addiction/recovery programs and law enforcement, addressing maximum THC content levels, and smoking in public.

  • Timeline is uncertain, though changes imminent.

House Bill 8 (Parental Bill of Rights)

  • Pending in Senate Education Committee

  • Sponsor Hearing next week

  • Passed House in June along party lines

House Capital Budget Community Project deadline

  • Ohio House has deadline of December 18th to submit applications. Ohio Senate deadline not until April of 2024.

2024 Legislative Calendar

  • Ohio House schedule currently has 9 session days planned before July 1 (2 if needed). Only 2 session days between now and March primaries

  • Ohio Senate schedule currently has 8 session days planned before July (no if needed). Only 2 session days between now and March primaries

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