General Assembly Prepares to Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

Ohio’s General Assembly will return to Columbus next week to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. Its unclear if they will meet in person or virtually. As many as three potential session days are scheduled for next week, according to a report by Gongwer News Service.

It is not clear what the legislative response package will contain, but OMA staff is monitoring developments closely and working to include provisions to support manufacturing.

Gov. DeWine plans to release his legislative wish list soon. He has already requested several legislative action items, including allowing online meetings by local government; suspending mortgage payments; providing a grace period to renew driver licenses due to the closure of most BMVs. Attorney General Dave Yost plans to seek a new anti-price gouging law. 3/19/2020