Today, state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) applauded the passage of Sub. H.B.197, legislation that will help Ohio respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are truly in uncharted territory. It was important that the legislature responded quickly and efficiently for the sake of all Ohioans,” said Williams. “We must continue to work together to overcome this pandemic.”
Key provisions of Sub. H.B. 197, originally an emergency tax conformity measure that was amended on the Senate floor to deal with the COVID-9 pandemic, include:
1. Extends absentee voting by mail for the March 17, 2020 primary election to April 28, 2020
2. Waives state education testing and report cards for the 2019-20 school year
• Allows local districts to use their discretion when determining whether a student should graduate.
• Local schools determine promotion for Third-Grade Reading Guarantee
3. Limits the number of EdChoice designated school buildings for the 2020-21 school year to those buildings that were eligible the previous year.
• Allows siblings of current scholarship recipients and other students who go to current EdChoice designated schools to choose a scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.
4. Prohibits public water disconnections during the pandemic
5. Codifies the governor's executive order relative to Unemployment Compensation
• Waives first-week waiting period
• Changes eligibility to include COVID-19 related unemployment situations
• Waives work search requirement
6. Extends the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15 The bill will now go to Governor DeWine for his signature.