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Attorney Mike Smalz testified on behalf of the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Ohio Consumers of Health Coverage in support of continuing Ohio’s Medicaid expansion and in opposition to work requirements that were included in Sub. HB 49.

May 2017

Attorney Mike Smalz testified on behalf of the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Ohio Consumers of Health Coverage in support of  continuing Ohio’s Medicaid expansion and in opposition to work requirements that were included in the House version of the budget bill, Substitute House Bill 49. Mike testified that the proposed work requirements are counterproductive […]

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Ohio Senate Bill 3 will improve job outlook for people with criminal records by streamlining CQE petition process

March 2017

Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs) increase the likelihood that people with criminal records will be considered for jobs, licensing, and certification. Senate Bill 3 will make the CQE petition process more usable for individuals by removing a technical and confusing step in the petition process, expanding eligibility to more jobseekers, and designating rulemaking authority […]

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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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