118th United States Congress

Railway Safety Act of 2023

This bipartisan bill, introduced by Ohio’s Senators Sherrod Brown and JD Vance is in direct response to the derailment in East Palestine on February 3, 2023. It includes a number of safety provisions related to the shipment of hazardous materials by rail.

OSLB Position: Support

Railroad Employer Equity and Fairness (REEF) Act:

This bill permanently exempts payments made from the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Account from sequestration. Sequestration is a process of automatic, usually across-the-board spending reductions under which budgetary resources are permanently cancelled to enforce specific budget policy goals.

Currently, this exemption ends 30 days after the termination of the COVID-19 national emergency period.

OSLB Position: Support

Rail Worker and Community Safety Act

This bill includes a wide variety of rail safety improvement language including crew size, certifications, inpsections, earned sick time, and more.

OSLB Position: Support

H.R. 5871

House Language

Freight First Act

Removes the “right of preference” enjoyed by Amtrak since its creation in 1970 as part of the Rail Passenger Service Act, allowing host railroads to run freight trains ahead of passenger trains.

OSLB Position: Oppose

H.R. 3893

House Language

135th Ohio General Assembly

Resolution to Create a National Infrastructure Bank

To urge the United States Congress to create a National Infrastructure Bank to finance urgently needed infrastructure projects.

OSLB Position: Support

Ohio Health Care Plan

To amend section 109.02 and to enact sections 3920.01, 3920.02, 3920.03, 3920.04, 3920.05, 3920.06, 3920.07, 3920.08, 3920.09, 3920.10, 3920.11, 3920.12, 3920.13, 3920.14, 3920.15, 3920.21, 3920.22, 3920.23, 3920.24, 3920.25, 3920.26, 3920.27, 3920.28, 3920.31, 3920.32, and 3920.33 of the Revised Code to establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.

OSLB Position: Support

High Hazard Training Certification (HHTC) Act

To amend sections 121.083 and 121.084 and to enact sections 4145.01, 4145.02, 4145.03, 4145.04, 4145.05, 4145.06, 4145.07, 4145.08, 4145.09, 4145.10, 4145.11, and 4145.12 of the Revised Code to enact the Protect Ohio Workers Act regarding construction services performed under a contract at a stationary source.

OSLB Position: Of Interest

STAND UP Act

To amend section 4141.29 and to enact sections 4141.294 and 4141.295 of the Revised Code to enact the Strike Term Access to Negotiation Duration Unemployment Protection Act (STAND UP Act) regarding unemployment benefits during labor disputes.

OSLB Position: Of Interest

Stop, Look, and Listen

To amend sections 4511.62, 4511.63, 4511.64, and 4511.712 of the Revised Code to require vehicle operators to watch, listen, and stop for ontrack equipment that may be approaching a railroad crossing.

OSLB Position: Support (Sponsor)