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Toledo Legal News - News Equality Ohio opens free LGBTQ legal aid clinic


Phones seem to be ringing constantly at Ohio’s first legal aid clinic offering free services to members of the LGBTQ community.

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Anne Yeager, Supreme Court of Ohio

Free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests available for Ohioans

Ohioans who are concerned about possibly contracting COVID-19 after a recent exposure can get free, rapid COVID-19 tests at many local libraries around the state. During August, 246 library locations provided more than 53,000 tests statewide.

Date Published: September 17, 2021

Justice Department announces first federal agents to use body-worn cameras

The Department of Justice recently announced the launch of the first phase of its Body-Worn Camera Program that requires department law enforcement personnel use body-worn cameras (BWCs) during pre-planned law enforcement operations. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Phoenix and Detroit Field Divisions began using BWCs today during these pre-planned operations. Over the course of the next several weeks, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) will begin the first phase of their BWC programs. The department’s plans include a phased implementation of BWCs, and rely upon Congress to secure the necessary funding to equip agents nationwide with BWCs.

Date Published: September 17, 2021

Supreme Court of Ohio again enlists attorneys as poll workers

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an order allowing Ohio attorneys to receive continuing legal education credit by serving as poll workers at general election sites on Nov. 2. The Supreme Court has issued such an order in two previous elections.

Date Published: September 17, 2021

New ABA book captures the 30-year development of historic, ongoing rule of law initiative

The history of what has been called a “rule of law Marshall Plan” is vividly captured in a remarkable new book filled with both historical detail and dozens of personal accounts. The 67-chapter story, “Building the Rule of Law: Firsthand Accounts from a Thirty-Year Global Campaign,” begins with the fall of the Berlin Wall and documents the beginnings, challenges and successes of more than 5,000 volunteers and the growth of this initiative into a global campaign that has, to date, reached more than 100 countries.

Date Published: September 16, 2021

Ohio pays off federal unemployment loan, saving employers from unemployment tax increase

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced recently that the State of Ohio has initiated the repayment of nearly $1.5 billion borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits to eligible Ohioans during the pandemic. This repayment will prevent future tax increases for Ohio employers that would have been needed to pay off the loan.

Date Published: September 16, 2021

#FreeBritney movement and alternatives to conservatorship

The publicity around the battle to remove Britney Spears’ father as conservator of her estate has uncovered age-old problems and overuse of the conservatorship/guardianship system, legal experts say.

Date Published: September 14, 2021

COVID: Catalyst for court change

Imagine that every courthouse in Ohio offered free Wi-Fi, and courts and government partners installed computer workstations in communities so more people could “go to court” remotely. Envision people using their smartphones to schedule mutually beneficial times for basic proceedings, such as eviction hearings, dissolutions, and minor traffic violations.

Date Published: September 14, 2021

Ohio Department of Education awards Purple Star Schools for demonstrating commitment to military families

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria recently announced that 68 Ohio schools will be honored with the Purple Star Award this school year. The award recognizes a school’s commitment to serving and supporting students and families connected to the United States armed forces and Ohio National Guard. The list of honorees is available on the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star webpage.

Date Published: September 14, 2021

Proposal to extend last year's dividend

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has requested that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors expand the agency’s December 2020 $5 billion dividend to approximately 3,000 employers who did not originally meet eligibility requirements.

Date Published: September 14, 2021

New projects expected to create more than $281 million in investments

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced the approval of assistance for eight projects set to create 1,105 new jobs and retain 912 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $57 million in new payroll and spur more than $281 million in investments across Ohio. Projects approved by the TCA include:

Date Published: September 13, 2021

Use technology to get into a new back-to-school routine

(BPT) Heading back to school is an exciting time for students, but after over a year of being flexible with home, hybrid and in-person study, your family might feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea of having an everyday routine again. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help your crew have positive and productive school days - whether they happen at home or in the classroom.

Date Published: September 13, 2021