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Cities and counties from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the most recent report from the Apollo Alliance. Four Ohio municipalities: Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, are highlighted in the national report. Policy Matters Ohio, Apollo’s Ohio partner, is thrilled that New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth. The mission of Ohio Apollo is to work with Ohio’s cities to adopt these policies and create jobs through environmentally sound and energy efficient solutions.
This act establishes high-performance building standards that require the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of building projects; a green building incentives program that includes an expedited construction documents review program; a Green Building Fund; the Green Building Advisory Council. The act also amends the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986 to provide for the revision of the Construction Codes and to include green building practices and amends the Office of Property Management Establishment Act of 1998 to require priority leasing of buildings that meet certain green building standards.
This ordinance establishes rules regarding the development and resale of properties within city limits which caps the amount of appreciation which may be gained by an individual upon resale of a domestic residential property. This ordinance also increases the supply of mixed and middle-income properties through standards and requirements which are applied to developers.
This initiative requires that employees earn paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked; provides that new employees begin to earn sick leave after 3 months on the job; allows employees who work in businesses with fewer than 10 employees to accumulate up to 40 hours of paid sick leave; and allows employees who work in businesses with 10 or more employees to accumulate up to 72 hours of paid sick leave. This initiative passed and became law in 2007.
This ordinance requires grocery employers to retain employees for 90 days upon change in control of the store; prohibits grocery employers from terminating employees during those 90 days without cause; requires grocery employers to conduct a performance evaluation of the employees at the conclusion of the 90 days and consider for continued employment employees with satisfactory performance; requires public notice of a change in control of the grocery store; and provides judicial remedies, including hiring and reinstatement rights, from and back pay, and the value of benefits lost, for violation of the ordinance, along with an award of reasonable attorneys\' fees to a successful plaintiff.
Requires job placement agencies to provide applicants for domestic worker positions with a written statement of rights and obligations under state and federal law, including information on minimum wage, overtime, and unemployment insurance. Job placement agencies must also provide applicants with a written statement describing the nature of the work, including the kinds of services that will be performed in the position.
The report lays out the Apollo Alliance's four-part plan: invest in renewable power, create high-performance buildings, drive toward energy independence, build high-performance cities.
This ordinance requires licensing for the purpose of regulating certain payday lending practices to minimize the detrimental effects of such practices on the city\\\\\\\'s residents. The ordinance requires payday lenders to apply for city permits on an annual basis. The ordinance creates regulations concerning the renewal, cancellation, and payment plans for payday loans. The Director of the Revenue Bureau has the right to enforce this ordinance and investigate any complaints regarding violations of this ordinance. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by civil penalties.
An ordinance requiring large retailers operating in the city to pay a wage established in the ordinance and also to provide their employees benefits
This ordinance creates the Commission on Human Rights that can refer complaints of discrimination in housing to administrative law judges employed by the county. The Commission staff enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in housing through investigations, conciliation, mediation, or hearings.