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Governor DeWine Signs New Legislation into Law


COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed several new bills into law, addressing a range of issues from healthcare to housing. The legislation, signed on June 22, 2024, includes Senate Bill 56, Senate Bill 81, and House Bill 50.

Senate Bill 56, sponsored by State Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), enables Ohio to join the Interstate Massage Compact (IMpact). This compact aims to streamline licensing and regulation processes for massage therapists across state lines, enhancing mobility and professional opportunities for practitioners.

Senate Bill 81, sponsored by State Senator Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario), brings several significant changes:

  • It authorizes certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) to sign documents related to psychiatric inpatients.
  • It revises the Board of Nursing’s monitoring procedures for impaired practitioners.
  • It modifies the regulations governing insurance navigators and ensures that these changes will remain effective even after September 30, 2024.

House Bill 50, sponsored by State Representatives Latyna Humphrey (D-Columbus) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), introduces crucial reforms in the housing sector:

  • It creates a mechanism for individuals facing collateral sanctions related to housing to obtain a certificate of qualification, potentially lifting certain barriers to obtaining housing.
  • It extends the Home Construction Service Suppliers Act to include repairs, improvements, remodels, or renovations of existing structures.
  • It modifies the application process for the residential development property tax exemption, simplifying procedures for homeowners and developers.

Governor DeWine’s signing of these bills reflects ongoing efforts to address diverse needs in Ohio’s healthcare and housing sectors, providing more flexibility and support for both professionals and residents across the state.