Highlights of an Ohio House panel's budget changes

7:02 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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Highlights of changes made Tuesday to the Ohio House's version of the state's two-year budget:

  • HEALTH EDUCATION: Prohibits teachers or organizations from distributing contraceptives on school property; requires them to endorse abstinence as the only way to remove all risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; bans the teaching of sexual education coursework that promotes "sexual gateway activity"; permits teachers or others to be sued for violating the instruction requirements; and allows a court to impose a civil fine of up to $5,000.
  • INMATE ASSAULT: Increases the penalty for assaulting a corrections officer from a fifth-degree to a third-degree felony if an inmate assaults an employee of the Departments of Rehabilitations and Corrections or Youth Services at a state correctional institution.
  • NURSING HOME PAYMENTS: Provides an additional $60 million for quality incentive payments to nursing facilities if they meet certain standards.
  • WORKFORCE TRAINING: Creates a $16 million job training pilot program for the economically disadvantaged.
  • GIFTED EDUCATION: Requires the Department of Education to create a study on gifted education funding.
  • LIMOUSINE FEES: Gives chauffeured limousines the ability to charge customers in a manner other than an hourly rate.
  • MOTORCYLE PARKING: Allows two motorcycles to back into an unmetered parking space located to the side of and parallel to a road or highway. Permits one motorcycle to do the same when the spot is metered.
  • STUDENT VOTERS: Specifies that a student who receives a utility bill issued by a state university to be used as proof of residency for voting purposes must be given residency status by the chancellor for purposes of receiving in-state tuition rates.
  • LOTTERY TICKETS: Bans lottery tickets from being sold by telephone, computer or fax.

Associated Press

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