Legislation sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon that updates Ohio’s insurance laws to reflect recent changes in federal law was signed today by Governor John Kasich. Senate Bill 9 suspends the Open Enrollment Program, the Ohio Health Reinsurance Program, and the conversion of health insurance policies/contracts option. These programs will be rendered unnecessary beginning in 2014 due to changes in federal law.
"For the last three years we have been able to help families keep more of their hard earned money as they purchase the materials to prepare their children for success in the classroom," said Bacon. "This legislation provides Ohioans the opportunity to save money on essential clothing and school items, reducing the financial strain on families while increasing sales for local businesses."
“I am honored to recognize the commitment and diligence of Warden Ronette Burkes," said Senator Bacon. “It is because of her dedication, compassion and hard work that she was rightly named the Warden of the Year by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.”
"Renewing Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday will help families as they prepare to send their kids back to school in August," said Senator Bacon. "Tax savings on essential clothing and school items reduces the financial strain on consumers and boosts sales for local businesses."
“In many cases current law does not allow for prosecution of individuals who intentionally avoid and knowingly violate protection orders,” said Bacon. “This legislation prevents people who knowingly violate protection orders from taking advantage of loopholes in the law.”