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Legislative Summaries

Senate Bill 11 - SB 11 would formally recognize March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day in Ohio each year. The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs is proud to have partnered with Senator Charleta Tavares to initiate this legislation.. Cesar Chavez is the most recognized Latino civil rights leader in the United States, and dedicated his life to improving the wages and working conditions for farm workers across America. Ohio is home to 43,250 migrant or seasonal farm workers that have helped make food production and agriculture the leading industries in Ohio. OCHLA is a strong proponent of this bill and will continue to advocate for its passage. SB 11 has been referred to the Senate Local Government Committee, and has received one hearing where Senator Tavares presented sponsor testimony.

House Bill 50 - HB 50 institutes requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. New requirements would include stipulations for the EBT cards used in the program. A color photo of an adult member residing in the household would be required on the front of the ID. The back of the card would also contain a telephone number to call in the event of suspected fraud. New requirements would not apply to households without adult members, nor to households where each member is “sixty years of age or older; is blind, disabled, a victim of domestic violence; or has religious objections to being photographed.” This legislation was referred to the Community and Family Advancement Committee and thus far, there have been four hearings.

House Bill 179 - HB 179 would “require state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, prohibit a local government that fails to do so from receiving certain state funds, provide for the removal of officers of a local government that fails to do so, and to declare an emergency.” Under this proposal, law enforcement agencies would be required to immediately report the identity of any arrestee whom a peace officer has reasonable cause to believe is unlawfully present in the United States to ICE, and to detain a person who is unlawfully present, upon receiving a lawful federal request or order to do so, until the person is transferred into federal custody. Local governments would not be able to adopt policies that restrict a public official or employee from inquiring about a person’s citizenship or immigration status in the course of investigating or prosecuting a violation of any law or ordinance.

A county, township, municipal corporation or law enforcement agency that fails to comply with these requirements would lose any local government fund distributions from the state as well as homeland security funding. Additionally, public officers in the legislative or executive branch of government could be removed from their post if a complaint is filed and a judge or jury orders their removal from office. This bill was referred to the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.