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Toledo Legal News - News Regulators lack authority to impose cost-recovery cap on utilities’ energy efficiency plan

 

State law does not give the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) authority to preemptively cap the costs FirstEnergy can recover in its plan for energy efficiency and energy demand reduction programs, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

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Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

Debt collection and COVID-19

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused financial hardship for many Ohioans, especially those facing debt collection.

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Ohio Long-Term Care Ombudsman among 25 experts chosen for national commission to assess nursing home response to COVID-19 public health emergency

Beverley Laubert, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Ohio, was among 25 experts and advocates selected to serve on the national, independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. The commission will review and help inform current and future responses to COVID-19 and potential infectious disease outbreaks within nursing homes.

Date Published: July 9, 2020

AG Yost urges Ohioans to exercise their rights

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is urging all Ohioans who have received notices regarding overpayment of unemployment compensation benefits to appeal their cases if they believe the notices were sent in error.

Date Published: July 8, 2020

Labor trafficker sentenced for encouraging the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States

Justin E. Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that Pablo Duran Ramirez, age 52, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and ordered to pay a $67,232 fine after pleading guilty to one count of encouraging illegal entry for financial gain on September 17, 2018. According to court documents, Ramirez encouraged the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States, knowing that the individuals had been smuggled into the United States through coercion or threat.

Date Published: July 8, 2020

Suspected poacher stopped in Tennessee with illegal Ohio walleyes

Wildlife officials in Ohio and Tennessee combined in early June to apprehend a suspected poacher who reportedly took an over limit of walleye on Lake Erie, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The investigation is ongoing with multiple state agencies involved in the case; charges have yet to be filed.

Date Published: July 8, 2020

Do the math: Buying a home now may be more affordable and save some cash

(BPT) At a time when the strength of the U.S. economy and personal finance is on most renters' minds, low down payment mortgage options are more appealing than ever. With mortgage interest rates being at historic lows, it is possible to qualify for a home loan while keeping a rainy day fund.

Date Published: July 7, 2020

Mental health court, participants resilient during pandemic

Mental health matters are a major concern for people given the vast changes in everyday life due to the coronavirus. Some of those adjustments have resulted in mental health court innovations, and a greater sense of community for its participants.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Ohio Auditor of State provides local governments pandemic relief resource page

After hearing the concerns and needs of local governments through teleconferences over the last two months, Auditor Faber recently announced the launch of a COVID-19 fiscal relief resources page on the Auditor’s website. The available webpage will provide guidance and information to assist local governments navigate the evolving fiscal landscape created by the pandemic.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Ohio tax relief for COVID-19 crisis

On March 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197 into law to provide relief to Ohioans for the coronavirus pandemic. With authority from this new legislation, the Ohio Department of Taxation has taken steps to provide relief for Ohio taxpayers.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Donated PPE shipped to Area Agencies on Aging

Fifty-five pallets of donated hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) have been shipped to Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) around the state to protect home and community-based providers and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among older Ohioans, Governor Mike DeWine announced recently.

Date Published: July 3, 2020