Representatives Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Anne Gonzales recently sponsored a bill to designate a portion of Interstate 270 east and west between State Route 3 and Cleveland Avenue as the “Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering Memorial Highway.” The Westerville Police Officers died in the line of duty earlier this year.
Cosponsors were Representatives Green, Patton, Sheehy, DeVitis, Greenspan, Howse, Hughes, Kick, Lepore-Hagan, Manning, West.
Rep. Carfagna Announces Passage of Bill Addressing Authorities by Certain Ohio Townships
COLUMBUS — State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) today (June 27) commended the Ohio House for passing legislation he sponsored that makes a number of reforms regarding the responsibilities of 1,308 townships in Ohio.
House Bill 500, which has the support of the Ohio Township Association, empowers these townships by authorizing them to act on many items without seeking permission from the General Assembly. The bill makes a number of reforms, including:
· Requiring a board of township trustees to select a chairperson every year
· Allowing political subdivisions to file an issue on a ballot, beginning in 2021
· Authorizing townships to act on certain zoning issues
· Allowing political subdivisions to levy a property tax to fund capital improvements
· Prohibiting a board of county commissioners from adopting a resolution to vacate a public road that is a township road without approval
· Eliminating the requirement that a township’s annual inventory be filed with the county engineer
“As a former township trustee, I’m proud to carry House Bill 500 on behalf of Ohio’s 1,308 townships and grateful to my House colleagues for their support,” said Carfagna. “These measures will allow for improved service and operational flexibility at one of our most local, responsive, and effective levels of government.”
The bill ultimately allows townships to perform regular duties that other local governments are able to do without approval from the legislature.
House Bill 500 now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Ohio Bill Permitting APRNs to Hospitalize Individuals for Mental Health Treatment Heads to the Governor
House Bill 111 allows for faster, more efficient care
COLUMBUS — State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) announced that the Ohio House concurred on Senate changes to House Bill 111, legislation he sponsored along with Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township). The bill permits a clinical nurse specialist or certified nurse practitioner who is certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse to have an individual involuntarily hospitalized for mental health treatment in the case of an emergency.
By authorizing these health care professionals to have patients involuntarily evaluated for mental health evaluations in instances in which they could be potentially harmful to themselves or others, Ohio will be able to provide faster and more efficient care for our residents. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are typically among the first trained professionals to have contact with those struggling with mental illness, and their expertise would allow them to determine if an individual is in need of additional services.
“Ohio’s need for greater mental health resources is compounded by the scarcity of medical professionals that can deal with individuals in crisis,” Carfagna remarked. “By utilizing the expertise of this subset of APRNs, we can further help our most vulnerable citizens when time is of the essence.”
The Senate amendments included educational requirements for certain APRNs, licensing of all opioid treatment centers (OTCs) by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (as opposed to just methadone programs), and stipulated additional requirements for OTCs, among other changes.
House Bill 111 now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
Ohio House Passes Bill Supporting Accountability for Ohio Daycares
COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp) today (June 21) announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation he sponsored, House Bill 383, or “Chase’s Law.” This bill will require any child care providers licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to notify parents if ODJFS determines that the provider allowed serious risk to a child’s safety.
Chase Ward, the bill’s namesake, was only two years old when his caretakers left him behind after a field trip, accidentally abandoning him near a busy street in Westerville. Though he was recovered safely, the daycare did not inform his parents or the state of Ohio until three days post-incident. Current law does not require childcare providers to notify parents that an incident causing serious risk to a child occurred, even if ODJFS has investigated and made an official determination. This legislation seeks to ensure that Ohio parents will be made aware of unsafe behaviors or incidents at the place with which they have entrusted the care of their children.
“I’m grateful to my colleagues for their overwhelming bipartisan support of Chase’s Law,” said Carfagna. “Entrusting the care and safety of our children to others is a sacred commitment. When that trust is compromised in the most pronounced of circumstances, at minimum there should be a duty to inform the parents of other children under the same care so they can then make informed decisions.”
Specific requirements under House Bill 383 include that the notification must be provided to parents within 30 days of the official ODJFS determination. The bill endeavors to further support parents by making them aware of little-known ODJFS resources regarding individual risk determinations. Under the bill, notices sent to parents must include references to the ODJFS website, encouraging recipients to take advantage of the online information.
House Bill 383 strives to provide parents with peace of mind and with up-to-date information about their child’s wellbeing, as well as accountability and due process for childcare providers.
House Bill 383 is supported by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospitals in Dayton, Akron and Cincinnati, University Hospitals Cleveland and ProMedica. Having passed out of the House, the legislation now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.
Information for this story was provided by Carfagna’s office and the Ohio Legislature.