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Law Journal

New Civil Rule 65.1 Will Change Domestic Violence Practice

June 2012

Ohio’s new Civil Rule 65.1 governing civil protection orders (CPO) for domestic violence victims will take effect on July 1, 2012. It reflects and incorporates nearly 2 years of work by the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and the Supreme Court Civil Rules Commission, including the participation of Mike Smalz of the Ohio […]

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Commentary: How Poverty Puts Our Democracy at Stake

June 2012

By:  Sarah Biehl, Staff Attorney The concentrations of power and wealth that we are seeing at the top and the sense of political exclusion and impossibility that we are seeing at the bottom threaten a new order that would hard to characterize as the animating ideal of our country. At the end of the day, […]

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Drug Testing Public Benefits Recipients is an Assault on the Poor

May 2012

The Ohio General Assembly recently proposed and later withdrew an amendment to the Midbiennium Budget Review, House Bill 487, requiring that all new applicants for Ohio Works First (OWF) for whom there is “reasonable cause to suspect . . . chemical dependence”, be tested, at their own expense, for illegal drug use.  If such drug use […]

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Collateral Sanctions Bills Will Help Ohioans Get Back on Their Feet

May 2012

“You want to give people a chance and help them get their lives back”        – John Kasich, Governor of Ohio Many advocates for the poor know what “collateral sanctions” are and how they impact our low-income client population, but many members of the general public might not realize what they are or […]

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Ohio Legal Aid Attorneys Submit Comments on Payday Lending to Federal Agency

April 2012

In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau‘s recent request for comments on payday lending, Ohio legal aid advocates, led by OPLC attorney Linda Cook, recently teamed up to write and submit comments on the state of payday lending in Ohio. Ohio advocates’ comments focused on Ohio’s failure to prevent payday lending, despite bipartisan legislation […]

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Testimony on HB 462 – Educational Stability of Foster Kids in Ohio

April 2012

OPLC attorney Sarah Biehl presented the below testimony in support of HB 462 to the Ohio House Education Committee on April 18, 2012.  To find out more about HB 462, including text of the bill, amendments, and Legislative Services Commission analysis, click here. House Bill 462 is an Important First Step Toward Preserving Educational Stability […]

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OPLC Urges Ohioans to Speak Out Against SB 271, Telephone Deregulation

April 2012

OPLC sent a letter to several Ohio newspapers last week urging them to speak out against SB 271, a bill that would deregulate telephone providers, releasing them from any obligation to provide landline phone service to all Ohioans.  This move could leave many Ohioans, especially in rural and impoverished areas, with NO reliable telephone service. […]

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