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Bill Could Kill Access to Basic Phone Service

April 2012

OPLC fights bill that would allow phone companies to drop landline phone service. OPLC’s Mike Smalz and Joe Maskovyak are participating in a consumer coalition to fight SB 271, which will deregulate landline phone services and could lead to many mostly rural Ohioans being left with no or unreliable access to phone service. Mike Smalz […]

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Ohio Still Needs Payday Reform

April 2012

Jack D’Aurora, op-ed columnist for the Columbus Dispatch and friend of OPLC, explains why Ohio still needs payday lending reform. OPLC’s Linda Cook provided information and data to author Jack D’Aurora, which he uses here to explain why payday lending reform isn’t working in Ohio.

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Zero Tolerance Policies Bleed Education

January 2012

Columbus Dispatch op-ed columnist Jack D’Aurora spoke with OPLC’s Sarah Biehl about the school to prison pipeline and came away with an idea for this op-ed column. This piece does a great job of highlighting why zero tolerance policies and the overuse of suspension and expulsion in schools harms kids and communities. In addition to […]

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Preserve Ohio’s Pro-Consumer CSPA

December 2011

The Ohio Poverty Law Center’s Linda Cook recently wrote a letter to the editor explaining why proposed legislation (HB 275) in Ohio that would provide businesses a “right to cure” under Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA) is dangerous for consumers and bad for good business. See the letter as published at Cincinnati.com Text of […]

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Improper Garnishments Harm the Poor

December 2011

Senior Attorney Linda Cook was quoted recently in a US Banker article about unlawful garnishments, explaining that unlawful garnishments harm the poor by cutting off access to food, medicine, and other life essentials.

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Ohio Kills Its Plan to Collect Welfare Overpayments

November 2011

Thanks to advocacy by the Ohio Poverty Law Center and others, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that it will no longer seek to collect very old welfare overpayments from current and former Ohio welfare recipients. Read the story in the Columbus Dispatch here.

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OPLC Urges Ohioans to Speak Out on SB 271 – Telephone Deregulation

September 2011

OPLC Senior Attorney Mike Smalz sent a letter to several Ohio newspapers last week urging them to speak out and editorialize 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 with NO reliable telephone service. […]

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