New laws are, in fact, scheduled to take effect next month in a Midwest state. Below is a list of what to expect come January 1st, 2022. The laws affect various sectors of government including state’s congressional districts, business, technology, and more.
New Laws – Updating State Congressional District
SB258: Has been described as a piece of legislation that will update the state’s Congressional districts. In fact, the SB 258 is a map that is going to keep local counties in Ohio, as well as other regional areas, whole within single congressional districts. It would be for the first time in many decades. It will also keep the other cities including Cleveland all whole within the same congressional map for the first time since the 1840s.
HB215: “The Business Fairness Act,” will reinforce safety standards. The act is developing in coordination with many business and industry leaders. This ensures that businesses and employers actually follow safety protocols that do remain in operation during health emergencies.
Ledge Technology, Blockchain
HB177: Allowing the government to use distributed ledger technology and the blockchain is the piece of legislation. In fact, this technology is for record-keeping. The other uses are to both increase privacy and security and save taxpayer dollars.
SB36: Revising eligibility for crime victim reparations is what this soon-to-be law is about. In fact, there are two additional types of victims that may receive an award of reparations. Also, it modifies the information that the Attorney General must include in the finding of fact. Plus the decision when making an award of reparations to increase transparency.
SB54: This particular upcoming law does strengthen telecommunications fraud laws. In fact, it did provide that the Attorney General has the authority to pursue robo callers in state court. Also in federal court. Moreover, it does also establish a safe harbor with the significant telecommunications providers to protect the “good actors.” It would encourage the best practices which are recommended by the FCC. Moreover, it does criminalize “spoofing.” Then it does increase the penalties in the cases where it can be showing that the spoofer or robo caller is intentionally targeting particularly vulnerable individuals. These include the elderly, disabled, and a veteran or their spouse.