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Ohio Poverty Law Journal

Senior Attorney Mike Smalz Makes the News on Telephone Deregulation

February 2015

Telephone Deregulation is back before the Ohio Legislature with the introduction of Governor Kasic’s Budget.  Mike Smalz was interviewed by both Gongwer News Services and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. March 13 Update:  Mike Smalz was more recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch.  Check out Current Issues and Projects page for more information on telephone deregulation.

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What Will Happen to Ohio’s Safety Net Programs?

January 2015

As we begin the new 2015-2016 legislative session, the Ohio House has new leadership, with a larger majority of Republicans, the Senate has the same leadership, and the voters endorsed the same Governor, not to mention the same roster of other elected state officials. As a poverty law practitioner and advocate for low income Ohioans, […]

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OPLC is looking for a new Director! Click here for details

November 2014

OPLC is excited about the prospect of moving forward with a new Director. Here are the details: The Ohio Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization pursuing statewide policy and systemic advocacy to enforce, protect, and expand the rights of low-income Ohioans, is seeking a Director. The Center is committed to aggressive advocacy through the […]

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Utility Companies Allowed to Guess On Your Bill

October 2014

Senior Attorney Mike Smalz on Channel 10 News discussing the problems with utility submetering. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers say they’re restarting efforts Tuesday to keep utility bills under control. Apartment residents often pay their water and power bills to third-party companies. But when that meter breaks, it’s often the customer who pays big. The […]

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