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Ohio Poverty Law Journal

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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Senate Bill Undercuts Fair Housing Law Protections and Enforcement

July 2014

On June 24, 2014 Senator Bill Seitz introduced Senate Bill 349, which purpose is described by the Legislative Services Commission as “to make permissive actual damages and attorney’s fees, to limit certain punitive damages, to allow respondents to recover attorney’s fees in certain instances, to prohibit actual or punitive damages from being awarded to a […]

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