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Child Support Guidelines Bill will cause hardships for low-income families.

June 2016

OPLC senior attorney Mike Smalz, while acknowledging that there are some positive changes in the bill,  presented opponent testimony to the Senate Civil Justice Committee on SB 262, the child support guidelines bill. Mike (and other legal aid witnesses) pointed out that the child support tables in the bill would reduce the child support received […]

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Drug testing unemployed Ohioans – HB 298

April 2016

Drug testing applicants and recipients of unemployment compensation and applicants for Ohio Works First cash assistance benefits costs more money than it saves and stigmatizes people struggling to survive due to unemployment.  OPLC submitted written testimony opposing House Bill 298 (HB 298), which would require a pilot drug testing program.   In addition to lacking any […]

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Utility Submetering charges unfair to renters.

April 2016

In an article on unfair utility submetering charges and related legislation, the Columbus Dispatch quotes OPLC Senior Attorney Mike Smalz on legislation designed to favor the utility companies at the expense of tenants and mobile home park residents.

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Joint Reply Comments Filed Opposing the Weakening of Telephone Consumer Protection Rules

November 2015

Joint reply comments have been filed by OPLC, OCC, ABLE/Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition,  Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services. These comments oppose the efforts of the telephone companies, the Ohio Telecom Association, and other business interests to greatly weaken the consumer protection rules proposed by the PUCO staff for the implementation of […]

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Legal Aid Society of Columbus Files Medicaid Termination Suit Against State

March 2015

UPDATE:  On Wednesday April 1, 2015 the Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint adding an additional organizational plaintiff.  The Court held a hearing on the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, which was subsequently granted on April 2.  The State was ordered to reinstate the Medicaid benefits of the named individual plaintiffs, and was enjoined from terminating […]

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