you imagine getting a letter from the State of Ohio telling you that
your tax refund has been given to your landlord? That's what is
proposed in Senate Bill 29, which Chairman Tim Schaffer (R-31) of
Lancaster has re-introduced in this session of the State Senate.
bill would allow landlords who have a judgement against a tenant to obtain a court order directing the Ohio Tax Commissioner to
take away your State tax refund! The bill puts tenants in the same
category as "dead beat dads". What other BUSINESS gets to
use the State of Ohio as its collection agency?
This bill is actually a revival of SB 172 from 2012.
from the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Ohio Student Legal Service and
advocates from the Cleveland Tenants Organization and COHHIO testified
in opposition to SB 172 last year. Copies of testimony are attached below.
What can you do?
Read SB 29 and analysis at the Legislative Service
Commission’s (LSC) website
Contact your State Senator: You can find
Senator's contact information here
Things you can do
1. Share information about Senate Bill 29 with tenants that you work with. 2. Research your files for examples of how SB29 will affect you and the people that you live and work with. 3. Do you have a connection to a committee member? Contact that member to tell him or her your feelings about SB 29. Members are:
Tim Schaffer (R) Chair
Bob Peterson (R) Vice Chair
Charleta B. Tavares (D) Ranking Minority Member
Bill Beagle (R)
Capri S. Cafaro (D) John Eklund (R)
Cliff Hite (R)
Larry Obhof (R)
Michael J. Skindell (D)
Chris Widener (R)
Find about the members here. Suggest good questions they can ask in upcoming hearings.