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About Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence is Vice-President of Weiss Movers and Storage. Wayne is WHACC's Board Chair and on the Advocacy committee

Legislative Updates: News from the State House – September 2019

ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE ABUSE Dublin, Ireland-based pharmaceutical company Endo announced that it has tentatively agreed to a settlement in the consolidated opioid lawsuit being litigated in federal court in Cleveland with both Cuyahoga and Summit counties. Another Ireland-based company, Allergan, also reportedly offered a settlement to Cuyahoga County. Citing the tobacco settlement as a cautionary tale, former […]

Legislative Updates: News from the State House – July 2019

The Ohio House recently passed its version of the state’s $69 billion operating budget. In an expression of bipartisanship not usually seen with massive policy bills like the state budget, the House passed the bill (HB166) by a vote of 85-9. Prior tothe floor vote, the bill underwent some significant changes, including a massive tax overhaul. The bill eliminates the income tax on income below $22,250 […]

Legislative Updates: News from the State House -June 2019

GAMING/GAMBLING Casinos and racinos offering sports betting under HB194 (Greenspan-Kelly) would be required to pay an application fee of $100,000, as well as an annual renewal fee of $100,000 or 1 percent of the sportsbook’s “handle” over the previous one-year period, whichever is less. During sponsor testimony before the House Finance Committee on Thursday, Rep. […]

Legislative Updates: News from the State House -March 2019

AGRICULTURE Hemp and hemp-derived products such as cannabidiol (CBD) could be legally produced and sold in Ohio under legislation to be proposed by Sens. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Brian Hill (R-Zanesville). The bill would create an industrial hemp program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODAg), Huffman told Hannah News, noting the department […]

Legislative Updates: News from the State House – April 2018

FY18-19 BUDGET Tax revenues were 2 percent ahead of estimates in March after stronger sales tax collections outstripped a shortfall in income tax collections, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the Office of Budget and Management. ENVIRONMENT The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has put forward a wide-ranging legislative proposal seeking to address […]

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