Legislation introduced: The following are primary sponsored legislation from 2011-2018 grouped by General Assembly terms 129th ( Antonio 1st term) GA- 132nd ( present term)

Antonio Primary Sponsored Legislation in the 132nd GA as of January 2017:

HB 72—(Antonio, Johnson) Reforms the practice of step therapy to provide better outcomes for patients and give doctors more freedom to treat as they see fit.

HB 90—(Antonio, Patton) Designates Interstate Route 90 in Cuyahoga County as “Officer David Fahey Memorial Highway”

HB 81—(Antonio, Seitz) Prohibits the death sentence if the defendant can prove they had a serious mental illness at the time they committed the crime.

HB 160(Antonio) The Ohio Fairness Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protections to Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws, including in housing and employment. Has had 2 historic hearings.

HB 248—(Antonio, Lepore-Hagan) Creates the “Ohio Prevention First” bill, which will offer comprehensive, abstinence-inclusive sex education for teens. The bill also increases access to birth control, including emergency contraception for rape survivors.

HB 302—(Antonio, Boggs) Allows pregnant minors to consent to their own maternal healthcare

HB 305—(Antonio, Boyd) Requires those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served a civil protection order (CPO) to temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement with judicial discretion at the time that a CPO has been ordered.

HB 464- (Antonio-Lipps) Concerning the classification of hospitals with regards to their level of care for victims of a stroke.

HB 389—(Antonio) Abolishes the death penalty in Ohio and replaces it with life without parole.

HB 486-  (Antonio) Allow EMS workers to retire after 25 years in the field.

HR 69—(Antonio, Anielski, Patmon, Patton) Honors Crile Hart on winning a 2017 Division II State Swimming Championship

HR 74—(Antonio, K. Smith) Calls on legislators at the state and federal level and other communities and jurisdictions to support an amendment to the United States Constitution that would abolish corporate personhood and the doctrine of money as speech

HR 124—(All Representatives) Recognizes the memory of the Honorable Lawrence Carter

HR 151—(All Representatives) Recognizes the memory of the Honorable Irene Balogh Smart

HR 193—(Antonio, Strahorn) Urges Congress to award the late Senator John Glenn and Mrs. Annie Glenn with a Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian honor

The Following are Antonio Bills introduced and Actions taken for GAs 129-131

 

131st General Assembly (2015-2016)

Bill Number and Sponsor(s)

Description

Last Action Taken

H.B. 109 (Stinziano & Antonio) To create the Ohio Health Benefit Exchange. Referred to House Insurance Committee 3/16/2015
H.B. 184 (Dovilla & Antonio) To require the licensure of music therapists and to require the State Medical Board to regulate the licensure and practice of music therapists. Referred to House Commerce and Labor Committee 5/12/2015
H.B. 248 (Sprague & Antonio) To prohibit certain health care plans and the Medicaid program from denying coverage for opioid analgesic drugs with abuse-deterrent technology based solely on cost. Re-referred to House Health & Aging Committee 5/23/16
H.B. 289 (Antonio & Antani) To abolish the death penalty. Referred to House Judiciary Committee 10/1/2015
H.B. 360 (Celebrezze & Antonio) To repeal the prohibitions against including abortion coverage in insurance plans purchased through the federal health insurance exchange and in health insurance policies, contracts, or plans offered to public officers and employees.
Referred to House Community & Family Advancement Committee 10/26/2015
H.B. 389 (Antonio & Driehaus) To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio’s Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio Civil Rights Law.
Referred to House Community & Family Advancement Committee 11/16/2015
H.B. 443 (T. Johnson & Antonio) To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid. Referred to House Insurance Committee 2/10/2016
H.B. 479 (Antonio) To designate a portion of State Route 2 in Cuyahoga County as the “Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.” Referred to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 4/13/2016
H.B. 494 (Antonio & Boyd) To require a court that issues a protection order to determine if the respondent is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, to require a court to determine whether an offender who has been convicted of specified offenses is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, and to require a respondent or offender who the court determines is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm to transfer all firearms in the person’s possession to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer. Referred to House State Government Committee 4/13/2016
H.B. 569 (Antonio) To rename the offense of ethnic intimidation to bias-motivated crime; to expand the scope of the offense to include specified crimes committed based on a person’s actual or perceived ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability; to require peace officer training on bias-motivated crime; and to require law enforcement agencies to submit data on bias- motivated crime to the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and provide for the annual public release of the data. Introduced 5/17/2016
H.B. 588 (Antonio & Boccieri) To enact the Consumer Protection Call Center Act of 2016 to require the Department of Job and Family Services to compile a list of all employers that relocate a call center to a foreign country and to disqualify employers on that list from state grants, loans, and other benefits. Introduced 8/16/2016
H.C.R. 12 (LaTourette & Antonio) To declare Ohio’s rate of infant mortality a public health crisis and urge comprehensive preterm birth risk screening for all pregnant women in Ohio. Adopted 6/30/2015
H.C.R. 16 (Sears & Antonio) To encourage the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise survey measures included in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems that relate to patient pain management. Adopted 4/12/2016
H.C.R. 21 (Romanchuk & Antonio) To urge the Congress of the United States to request that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revise its guidance on employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities to maintain their right to participate in programs offered by facility-based day programs, training centers, and sheltered workshops. Referred to Senate Medicaid Committee 4/12/2016

130th General Assembly (2013-2014)

Bill Number and Sponsor(s)

Description

Last Action Taken

H.B. 61 (Pelanda & Antonio) Regarding access to adoption records.
Passed House Third Consideration 4/10/2013; referred to Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee 4/17/2013
H.B. 66 (Antonio & Patmon) To designate a portion of State Route 2 in Cuyahoga County as the Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.
Reported from House Transportation, Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee 5/22/2013
H.B. 92 (Antonio & Sears) To authorize the establishment of syringe exchange programs.
Passed House Third Consideration 10/2/2013; referred to Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee 10/8/2013
H.B. 113 (Antonio & Henne) Regarding the excusal of students from the high school physical education requirement.
Passed House Third Consideration 1/29/2014; reported from Senate Education Committee 12/11/2014
H.B. 124 (Antonio) To ban the taking or removal of oil or natural gas from and under the bed of Lake Erie. Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee 4/17/2013
H.B. 125 (Carney & Antonio) To permit the Medicaid program to cover the eligibility expansion group authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to make an appropriation. Referred to House Finance & Appropriations Committee 4/17/2013
H.B. 163 (McGregor & Antonio) To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, to create an exception for unlawful discriminatory practices concerning admission to or membership in certain Referred to House Commerce, Labor & Technology Committee 5/15/2013
religious organizations, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission must attempt to induce compliance with Ohio’s Civil Rights Law before instituting a public hearing, and to amend the version of section 5104.09 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014, to continue the provisions of this act on and after that effective date.
H.B. 257 (Antonio & Schuring) Concerning parental rights regarding a child conceived as a result of rape or sexual battery.
Passed House Third Consideration 1/15/2014; referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee 1/22/2014
H.B. 300 (Antonio) To expand the offense of “ethnic intimidation” to also prohibit conduct currently specified in the offense when the conduct is committed by reason of another person’s gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Referred to House Judiciary Committee 10/17/2013
H.B. 309 (Pelanda & Antonio) To prohibit the taxation of interpreter’s fees as court costs if the party to be taxed is indigent and require payment of the fees by the county or municipal corporation in which the court is located, to eliminate the requirement that a court evaluate the qualifications of an interpreter for a mentally retarded or developmentally disabled person before appointing the interpreter, and to provide that no fee, cost, deposit, or money may be charged to a person who seeks a protection order for the modification, enforcement, dismissal, or withdrawal of a domestic violence, anti-stalking, sexually oriented offense, or other type of protection order or consent agreement or for the service of a witness subpoena. Effective 9/17/2014
H.B. 332 (Wachtmann & Antonio) To establish standards and procedures for opioid treatment of chronic, intractable pain resulting from noncancer conditions and to require that professional disciplinary action be taken for failing to comply with those standards and procedures. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 11/6/2013
H.B. 384 (Antonio & Smith) To decrease the minimum age of the patients for whom a pharmacist may administer certain immunizations. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 1/14/2014
H.B. 385 (Antonio & Ramos) To abolish the death penalty. Referred to House Judiciary Committee 1/14/2014
H.B. 394 (Smith & Antonio) To modify the authority of pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer immunizations; to require the inclusion of certain information in mammography report summaries; to revise the law governing the licensure of recreational vehicle parts, recreation camps, combined park-camps, and temporary park- camps; to generally require immunizations for children enrolled in child care; to create the Commission on Infant Mortality and require the establishment of infant safe sleep procedures and policies; to modify the offense of “corrupting another with drugs”; to require the State Board of Pharmacy to prepare semiannual reports on opioid prescriptions; to revise the laws governing the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System and opioid prescriptions issued for minors; to require under certain conditions the reinstatement of licenses to practice certain radiologic professions; to eliminate patient notice requirements concerning Lyme disease testing; to revise certain laws on nursing facility admission policies and exclusions from Medicaid provider agreements; to amend the versions of sections 4715.30, 4715.302, 4723.28, 4723.487,
Effective 12/19/2014; Sections 3 and 4 effective 4/1/2015; certain provisions effective other than those dates
4725.092, 4725.19, 4730.25, 4730.53, 4731.055, and 4731.22 of the Revised Code that are scheduled to take effect April 1, 2015, to continue the provisions of this act on and after that effective date; and to declare an emergency.
H.B. 534 (Antonio) To prohibit an employer from requiring the employer’s employees to participate in a tip pool. Referred to House Commerce, Labor & Technology Committee 5/27/2014
H.B. 535 (Antonio) To establish the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. Referred to House Judiciary Committee 5/27/2014
H.B. 536 (Smith & Antonio) To require children enrolled in licensed child care facilities to be immunized against specified diseases, subject to certain exceptions.
Passed House Third Consideration 12/4/2014; referred to Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee 12/10/2014
H.B. 546 (Dovilla & Antonio) To require the licensure of music therapists and to require the . . . to regulate the licensure and practice of music therapists. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 5/27/2014
H.B. 628 (Celebrezze & Antonio) To authorize the Inspector General to investigate the Office of the Attorney General to determine whether wrongful acts or omissions have been or are being committed and to declare an emergency. Referred to House Policy & Legislative Oversight Committee 11/6/2014
H.B. 653 (Sprague & Antonio) Regarding the practices of chemical dependency counseling and prevention services. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 11/18/2014
H.B. 660 (Henne & Antonio) To require the statewide emergency services Internet protocol network steering committee to update the operational standards for public safety answering points.
Referred to House Transportation, Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee 11/12/2014
H.C.R. 13 (Antonio) To declare the third Friday in April the National Day of Silence in Ohio to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools. Referred to House Education Committee 4/17/2013
H.C.R. 57 (Sears & Antonio) To encourage the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise survey measures included in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems that relate to patient pain management.
Passed House Third Consideration and adopted 12/2/2014; referred to Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee 12/4/2014

129th General Assembly (2011-2012)

Bill Number and Sponsor(s)

Description

Last Action Taken

H.B. 160 (Celeste & Antonio) To abolish the death penalty and to declare an emergency. Referred to House Criminal Justice Committee 3/17/2011
H.B. 182 (Foley & Antonio) To authorize the establishment of syringe exchange programs. Reported from House Health & Aging Committee 2/8/2012
H.B. 208 (Stinziano & Antonio) To require that school anti-bullying policies prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying that is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of a student. Referred to House Education Committee 5/3/2011
H.B. 271 (Antonio & Foley) To create the Ohio Works Progress Administration, and to require the General Revenue Fund surplus revenue to be used for operation of the Ohio Works Progress Administration. Referred to House Finance & Appropriations Committee 6/22/2011
H.B. 281 (Antonio) Regarding assistance for pregnancy prevention and hospital services for victims of sexual assault. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 6/28/2011
H.B. 304 (Antonio) To ban the taking or removal of oil or natural gas from and under the bed of Lake Erie. Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources 9/13/2011
H.B. 335 (Antonio & McGregor) To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Referred to House Commerce, Labor & Technology Committee 11/9/2011
H.B. 351 (Antonio & Fedor) To establish requirements governing well stimulation, brine disposal, and water that is used in the drilling and operation of oil and gas wells, including a requirement that oil and gas permittees pay a 7% overriding royalty for each well that is stimulated. Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee 11/9/2011
H.B. 397 (Antonio) To specify that school districts and chartered nonpublic schools may excuse from high school physical education students who play rugby in a school club. Referred to House Education Committee 1/19/2012
H.B. 412 (Antonio & Carney) To establish the Ohio Health Benefit Exchange Agency and to establish the Ohio Health Benefit Exchange Program consisting of an exchange for individual coverage and a Small Business Health Options Program. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 1/19/2012
H.B. 419 (Antonio & Garland) To establish the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act regarding hospital services provided to victims of sexual assault. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 1/24/2012
H.B. 531 (Antonio & Johnson) To designate September 10 as “Gift of Life Hero Day.” Reported from House Health & Aging Committee 6/12/2012
H.B. 551 (Garland & Antonio) To prohibit a health plan issuer from considering gender when determining premium rates. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 5/22/2012
H.C.R. 34 (Antonio) To recognize the week of January 22-28, 2012 as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week to encourage public awareness, conversation, and support for reproductive rights and justice. Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 1/24/2012
H.C.R. 39 (Antonio) To recognize March 15, 2012, as “Women and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.” Referred to House Health & Aging Committee 3/20/2012

 For more information go to: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/nickie-j-antonio 

I am very proud to report that a bill I introduced (HB 61) that was passed out of the House was signed into Law in December of 2013, was the companion to HB61, Sub SB23 as described below:

COLUMBUSAn estimated 400,000 Ohioans adopted between 1964 and 1996 would have access to their original birth certificates after having been largely blocked by state law from that information absent a court order, under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the House on Wednesday.

The measure unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month. With the 88-2 vote in the House, the bill heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk. (HB61)

“This is unlocking the door to their original birth certificate, providing an essential piece of the puzzle of someone’s own personal history,” Rep. Nickie Antonio (D., Lakewood) said. “They have been living in an unfair limbo up to this point, because they couldn’t access that essential document.”

A primary sponsor of Senate Bill 23 is Sen. David Burke (R., Marysville), whose 26th District stretches north to Sandusky Bay. He was adopted at the age of 3 months.

Under the bill, those adopted between January, 1964, and September, 1996, or their adult direct descendants, may request their adoption files from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics and pay a $20 fee in much the same way those adopted before and after those dates can.

“The birth certificates prior to 1964 were public record,” said Betsie Norris, executive director of Adoption Network Cleveland and co-chairman of the Ohio Adoption Planning Group. “Anybody could go and get the original and amended birth certificates. … Nobody was advocating that these are open to the public, but [lawmakers in 1964] went further than anyone had expected.”

When the law was changed again in 1996, it was not made retroactive to those caught between the two laws.

The bill will take effect one year and 90 days after the governor signs it into law.

Biological parents will have the opportunity to place a form in the adoption file indicating whether they want to be contacted by those they put up for adoption. The law also would allow them to have their names redacted from the birth certificate, if they wish.

But it also provides for a medical history form to be placed in the file and requires the state to develop a system in which the adoptee can ask a medical history question of his biological parent through the Ohio Department of Health. 

“Time and time again, we’ve heard testimony from people who truly needed that medical information,” Ms. Antonio said. “It’s a critical part as they establish and create their own families to know the medical history so, as they go forward, they’re better equipped and better informed.”

In 1996, anti-abortion groups fought the change in the law to loosen some restrictions on adoption records, fearing fewer women would opt for adoption over abortion if they believed the information would not be kept private. Anti-abortion groups supported this bill this time.

Contact Jim Provance at:  jprovance@theblade.com or 6

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2013/12/12/Ohio-nears-law-to-help-adopted-find-records.html#LmTOKoDSLHzFsw7U.99

 

* A  Bill to address hate crimes in Ohio.  The Bill is HB 300 and will amend section 2927.12 of the Revised Code to expand the offense of “ethnic intimidation” to also prohibit conduct currently specified in the offense when the conduct is committed by reason of another person’s gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

*I am proud to report that we introduced important Anti-Bullying legislation! We must work to make our schools safe zones for all of our children!

State Representatives Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) on April 18th,2012  introduced anti-bullying legislation that would prohibit harassment, intimidation and bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Every child, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or gender, deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education in a safe environment,” Rep. Stinziano said. “Recent tragic events have raised awareness to an issue that has gone on unaddressed in our schools for years. This legislation builds upon the belief that differences between us, our background, heritage, and opinions are what make our community great. ”

“It is the right of all our children to have full access to education in an atmosphere free from fear and intimidation. We must make our schools safe for all,” Rep. Antonio said.

The bill defines age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, gender, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, and familial status as traits commonly exploited by bullies, and calls for these characteristics to be specifically mentioned in anti-bullying policies in Ohio schools.

Thirteen states have passed legislation that specifically protects students from bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

These states are:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • and Washington

The bill was  assigned to a House committee for further consideration -no further action was take after sponsor testimony.