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Ohio Business Groups Urge Federal Action to Address Chip Shortage

November 12, 2021

With reports that the global microchip shortage could linger until 2023, the OMA — along with other Ohio business groups and JobsOhio — have urged the state’s federal delegation and congressional leaders to help address the chip supply crisis.

The group is calling for expanded federal support to boost domestic semiconductor production — adding that Ohio offers a “premier location for future semiconductor investments.” Currently, the U.S. is responsible for just 12% of global chip production. 11/11/2021

Trucker Shortage a Key Driver of Supply Disruption

November 12, 2021

A key ingredient of the supply chain disruption appears to be the wave of retirements hitting the trucking industry. A recent report by the American Trucking Associations estimates the industry is short 80,000 drivers, a record number — and that figure could double by 2030. 11/11/2021

OMA Government Affairs Committee to Meet Nov. 18

November 12, 2021

The OMA Government Affairs Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Members may attend in person at the OMA’s Columbus office or via Zoom. Catch up on the latest legislative activities from the Statehouse while gaining insight into the OMA’s legislative priorities for 2022. Register online or call (800) 662-4463. 11/10/2021

What’s in the $1.2T Infrastructure Bill?

November 12, 2021

Late last week, Congress passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending plan, which will make historic investments in roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, and broadband. The National Association of Manufacturers lauded the bill’s passage.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who was a champion of the measure, provided this summary of the measure, which includes a bridge investment program.

For a deeper dive, read this interview with Sen. Portman as published by OMA Connections Partner Roetzel. 11/10/2021

OMA Supports Bill to Curtail Organized Retail Crime

November 12, 2021

This week, the OMA provided support for Senate Bill 184, which would require online marketplaces to collect basic information from third-party sellers using their platforms in an effort to stop the sale of counterfeit or stolen goods. Supporters of SB 184, including the OMA, contend the measure would help protect manufacturers and their brands, and safeguard intellectual property. 11/11/2021

Webinar: Helping Small Businesses Find Export Markets

November 12, 2021

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Ohio Small Business Development Centers will host its one-hour “Research Markets for Exports” webinar. The free event aims to help smaller companies identify optimal foreign markets, while providing customized exporting solutions. 11/10/2021

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard

November 5, 2021

Yesterday, OSHA released its vaccinate-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19. Under the ETS, Jan. 4 is the deadline for workers of companies with 100 or more employees (firm or company-wide) to be fully vaccinated (or face weekly testing).

To assist employers with compliance, OSHA offers this webinar, fact sheet, FAQ page, and these other compliance materials.

Read our COVID-19 Update from yesterday for additional details. 11/4/2021

Ohio Manufacturer Challenges OSHA Vaccine Mandate

November 5, 2021

Partnering with legal counsel from the Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank, OMA member Phillips Tube Group filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the OSHA emergency temporary standard (ETS). The lawsuit came hours after the Biden administration released the ETS. The manufacturer contends that the vaccine mandate on private business will create hardships on employers in an already tight labor market. 11/4/2021

No Surprises in Ohio’s Congressional Races

November 5, 2021

In unofficial results, Democrat Shontel Brown beat Republican Laverne Gore 79% to 21% for the unexpired term of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge in the 11th Ohio Congressional District.

Also in unofficial results, Republican Mike Carey bested Democrat Allison Russo 58% to 42% for the unexpired term in the Ohio 15th Congressional District, formerly represented by Steve Stivers, now president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. 11/3/2021

House and Senate Republicans Unveil Congressional District Maps

November 5, 2021

This week, Ohio Republicans unveiled their proposals for the new congressional district maps. While the House and Senate GOP outlined separate proposals, both show a disadvantage to Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, merging her current democratic district with GOP-heavy counties. (See House-proposed map and Senate-proposed map.)

Neither proposal is likely to become the final map as hearings continue on each one. Lawmakers have until November 30 to approve a new map. They need 60% of the General Assembly plus 33% of the Democrats to vote for a map to last 10 years. Otherwise, the map will only be in effect for fours years. 11/4/2021