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Toledo Legal News - News Senate committee hear from supporters of school anti-bullying measure


Members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee recently heard testimony in support of a Democrat plan to reduce incidents of bullying at Ohio schools through a multiple-tiered disciplinary response to the behavior.

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KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

Supreme Court of Ohio approves more than doubling of apartment complex value to $34.5 million

Although the county auditor originally determined that the fair market value of an apartment complex in the New Albany area of the Columbus city school district was $16 million for tax year 2015, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) properly increased the valuation to $34.5 million based on a sale of the property in 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: February 24, 2020

Understanding Ohio’s new driver licenses and state ID cards

Ohio’s driver licenses and state ID cards have changed and there are several things older adults need to know. The cards have a new look with greater security features to protect cardholders. Also, the process to get a new or replacement card may be different than it perhaps was the last time you got one.

Date Published: February 24, 2020

Treasurer Sprague names Compass Award honorees for February

Treasurer Robert Sprague recently announced Compass Award honorees for the month of February. The monthly recognition program shines a light on organizations, programs, and individuals across Ohio who are working to advance financial literacy and empowerment.

Date Published: February 21, 2020

Ohio weekly flu hospitalizations jump to highest of season

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports that the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations is the highest yet of the 2019-2020 flu season. The most recent data shows that from January 26 to February 1, a total of 832 people were newly hospitalized. This marks an increase of more than 36% over the previous week of flu reporting. The full report can be found here.

Date Published: February 19, 2020

Supreme Court of Ohio considers if an online posting ban violates the First Amendment

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 11th, heard four oral arguments, including one in which the Court will consider whether the addition of an online posting ban to a civil stalking protection order (CSPO) is an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech or a legal safeguard against further harassment by someone already deemed by a court to be stalking his victims.

Date Published: February 19, 2020

Debt settlement company fined $1,000 for the unauthorized practice of law

The Ohio Supreme Court recently clarified there is no blanket rule that deems a nonlawyer who negotiates the settlement of a debt on behalf of another as engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Those who are “rendering legal services” as part of the negotiation, however, are in violation.

Date Published: February 18, 2020

Man sentenced for intending to distribute fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone

Benjamin Ross, 28, of Youngstown, Ohio, was sentenced for his role in a scheme to distribute fentanyl pills, which were pressed, colored and stamped to look like 30 milligram oxycodone hydrochloride pills. Judge John R. Adams sentenced Ross to 144 months of incarceration, to be followed by ten years of supervised release.

Date Published: February 18, 2020

BWC offering $2 million in trenching safety grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced a new $2 million safety grant program recently to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their workers while working in trenching and excavating situations.