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General Assembly Approves Redistricting Reform Compromise

December 19, 2014

The Ohio House and Ohio Senate engaged for several weeks in bi-partisan negotiations to reform the redistricting process for General Assembly districts with a compromise reached in the early morning of December 12.  The Ohio Senate approved the measure 29-1 at just after 4:00 a.m. on December 12.

On December 17, the Ohio House concurred 80-8 with Senate amendments on House Joint Resolution 12, the resolution.  OMA counsel, Christopher Slagle, of Bricker & Eckler sums up the agreement here.

H.J.R. 12 does not impact Congressional District maps.

H.J.R. 12 will be voted on by the voters of Ohio during the November 3, 2015 general election.  If H.J.R. 12 is approved, the new Ohio legislative redistricting process – the Ohio Redistricting Commission – will become effective January 1, 2021, with new Ohio House and Ohio Senate District maps to be draw in 2021.

Brown’s Manufacturing Bill Goes to President’s Desk

December 19, 2014

The “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act,” sponsored by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, was placed into the bipartisan omnibus spending bill that passed the U.S. House and Senate and was sent to the president for signature.

The act will create a national network of manufacturing hubs that aim to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications.  The act was supported by the National Association of Manufacturers and by the OMA.

Civil Justice: TiPAC Bill Doesn’t Get a Vote

December 19, 2014

On the final day of the 130th General Assembly, the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts Act (TiPAC), a bill to impose transparency and guidelines in certain attorney general outside counsel contracts, failed to make it through the legislative process.

The fate of SB 344 (Sen. Seitz R-Cincinnati) was sealed when the House Rules Committee declined to place the bill on the House calendar without any stated reason.

“TiPAC has been an OMA priority for several years and we will pursue it again in the next General Assembly,” said OMA’s managing director, Public Policy Services, Ryan Augsburger.

NAM Releases Advocacy App

December 19, 2014

From NAM:  “Nearly 60 percent of American adults own a smartphone. At the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), we know that a majority of our potential advocates for good manufacturing policy do not have consistent, daily access to a computer – most are working on the shop floor – but all of us live in an increasingly mobile-enabled world.

As part of our ongoing effort to create a 21st Century advocacy program that is useful and accessible to all manufacturers, the NAM is proud to introduce a new way to connect with Capitol Hill right from the palm of your hand.

The MFGWorks app is now available through the Apple iTunes Store for iPhone and iPad! This free app gives America’s manufacturing employees, families and friends the power to take action in support of manufacturing while they are on the go!

Download it and share it with co-workers, employees, family members, friends and neighbors today.” 

An Android app is under development.

OMA Board Elects New Directors

December 12, 2014

This week the OMA board of directors elected four new directors.  The Nominating & Governance Committee of the board, the body that considers and recommends board nominations, determined that these candidates well represent the breadth and depth of Ohio manufacturing.  The OMA board seeks qualified candidates from small, medium, and large companies, in all types of manufacturing, from all parts of Ohio.

The newly elected directors are:  Pamela R. Butcher is the President and COO of Pilot Chemical Company in Cincinnati; Jeff Fritz is Manager, Government Affairs for DuPont Corporation; Dean G. Jetter is Chief Operating Officer and part owner of Fort Recovery Industries, Inc., headquartered in Fort Recovery, Ohio; and Elia Esperanza Lopez is the Plant Manager, Fabric Care Plant, Procter & Gamble, in Lima.

OMA chairman, Bill Sopko, President, Wm. Sopko & Sons Co., Inc., Cleveland said, “The incredible experience of these directors strengthens the OMA to execute its mission which is to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing.  We’re honored to have these directors join our very talented volunteer board.”

Steel Pipe Monitoring Program Proceeds on Original Timeline

December 12, 2014

In 2013 the Ohio House passed an important steel pipe monitoring program.

Unfortunately, an amendment attached to HB 490 in the House would have delayed by two years the beginning date by which an owner of a well must file with the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management a country of origin disclosure form under the law.

In a victory for Ohio manufacturers of oil country tubular goods,  HB 490 died in the Senate in the lame duck session.  Thus, the monitoring program will be effective March 2015, as originally specified in law.

The steel pipe monitoring program is important to responsible development of the Utica and Marcellus Shale in Ohio.

Bill to Limit Attorney General Outside Counsel Advances

December 12, 2014

The Ohio Senate this week approved SB 344, the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts Act (TiPAC), and sent the bill to the House where it is expected to pass before the General Assembly adjourns sine die next week.

Like its House companion, HB 238, the bill sets caps on contingency fees that a private attorney may receive when working on behalf of the Attorney General and generally limits contingency fees from exceeding $50 million, except in certain circumstances.

The goal of the legislation is to provide accountability and increased transparency in the Attorney General’s office so that the public can better understand when, why, and how public dollars are used to contract with private sector attorneys.

The OMA supported the legislation.

2015 State of Manufacturing

December 12, 2014

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons will be in Cleveland on February 6 to deliver his 2015 State of Manufacturing luncheon address to The City Club of Cleveland.  Details and registration.

Schneider Downs Surveys Manufacturers for Economic Study

December 12, 2014

The Manufacturing Industry Group of OMA Connections Partner, Schneider Downs, invites participation in its 2014 Annual Economic Survey of the Manufacturing Industry.  This is the fourth year for the survey; its purpose is to provide manufacturers with a snapshot of the industry’s performance over the last year.

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes and responses are anonymous.  By filling out the survey, you may win one of three VISA gift cards.

Speaker-elect Rosenberger Visits with OMA Members

December 5, 2014

Pictured: Jill Jansen, Procter & Gamble, Government Relations; OMA President Eric Burkland; Speaker of the House-Elect Cliff Rosenberger; and Chris Hess, Manager, Government Affairs, Eaton Corp., and Chair, OMA Government Affairs Committee


Speaker-elect Cliff Rosenberger (R – Wilmington) visited with members of the OMA Government Affairs Committee Tuesday.  The Speaker-elect outlined his vision for policy-making in the upcoming 131st General Assembly.

Rep. Rosenberger is a good friend of manufacturing and of the OMA.  His dad supported his family through a career in manufacturing.   The Speaker-elect told committee members that manufacturing is the economic backbone of Ohio and the country, and must be supported by good public policy.