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  • Governor's Office Update | June 28, 2021

    Governor's Office Update | June 28, 2021

    Below are the latest updates from Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted.  
    • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed Executive Order 2021-10D to allow any student athlete enrolled in Ohio colleges and universities to earn compensation from their name, image, and likeness.
    • Based on S.B. 187, sponsored by State Senator Niraj Antani (Miamisburg), this order allows student athletes to obtain professional representations and enter contracts for endorsements.
      • They will be required to inform their college or university of any contracts they enter. The order also prohibits those colleges or universities from preventing a student from participating in athletics or otherwise punishing them as a result of earning such compensation.
    • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced the launch of four grant programs to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • The programs will provide $155 million in grant funding to businesses that opened in 2020, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and lodging venues. The funds were made available by the Ohio General Assembly as part of Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109, both of which Governor DeWine signed into law in May.
      • All four programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (Development).
      • Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation for all four programs are available now at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov.
    • The Food and Beverage Establishment Grant will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drink businesses.
      • The total funding available for this program is $100 million.
      • To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.
    • The Entertainment Venue Grant will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues.
      • The total funding available for this program is $20 million.
      • To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $150,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.
    • The Lodging Grant will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations.
      • The total funding available for this program is $25 million.
    • The New Small Business Grant will provide grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.
      • The total funding available is $10 million.
    • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Laurie Stevenson announced last week that a new H2Ohio project will target aging lead pipes at daycare facilities in Cleveland. 
    • H2Ohio is awarding the city a $500,000 grant for the removal and replacement of city-owned lead service lines that supply water to daycares. 
      • The Cleveland Water Department estimates that more than 440 area daycare centers are connected to lead pipes.
    • This project is the second H2Ohio lead pipe removal project targeting daycares.
      • In 2020, a similar H2Ohio project launched in Cincinnati to remove and replace lead services lines leading to nearly 200 daycare facilities. 
    • Lead enters drinking water primarily through the corrosion of materials containing lead in water lines and household plumbing. 
      • Though lead in water is not usually the cause of childhood lead poisoning cases in Ohio, even small amounts of lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children.
      • According to the Ohio Department of Health, lead replaces iron and calcium and affects many parts of the body, especially the nervous system.
    • Lead is most harmful to children under the age of six, because a child's growing body takes up lead easily.
      • Infants who drink formula prepared with lead‐contaminated water are highly at risk because their brains are rapidly developing and because they consume large volumes of formula relative to their body size. 
      • Even at low levels, lead can lower IQ, cause attention disorders, make it difficult for a child to pay attention in school, delay growth, impair hearing, and more.
    • Governor DeWine launched H2Ohio in 2019 as a water quality initiative to provide clean and safe water to Ohio.
      • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Lake Erie Commission each have a significant role in H2Ohio through the creation of wetlands, the reduction in nutrient runoff, and the improvement of drinking water and sewer systems.
      • To learn more, visit h2.ohio.gov.

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