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New Ohio Tax Credit for Multifamily and Single-Family Housing

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With economic growth ahead, Ohio’s new biennium budget addressed an expected growing demand for housing within the state.

On July 5, 2023, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the 2024-2025 state budget, which created a state low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) to be overseen by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). The credit has a $100 million annual cap and will be claimed over a 10-year period by eventual recipients. The OHFA expect first reservations to be made in early 2024.

The creation of this credit comes at a time when Ohio is poised for continued economic and job development activity with the notable arrival of an Intel large chip plant in Central Ohio. With this economic growth comes increased demand for affordable housing. The credit itself is expected to be used in tandem with other offered state and federal credits to further extend development dollars and create additional units for Ohioans.

LIHTCs provide tax incentives to construct or rehabilitate affordable rental housing for low-income households. LIHTCs were first offered by the federal government in 1986, with an estimated 100,000 affordable rental units being supported through the federal program each year. While program details still need to be developed by the OHFA, the ability for developers to combine state and federal LIHTCs should incentivize development and growing the availability of affordable, low-income housing.

For questions regarding these new low-income housing tax credits or assistance in securing these credits, please do not hesitate to contact BMD Member Jason Butterworth at or Attorney Jacob Davis at

“In for a Penny, in for a Pound” is No Longer the Case for Florida Lawyers

On April 1, 2024, newly adopted Rule 1.041 to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedures goes into effect which creates a procedure for an attorney to appear in a limited manner in civil proceedings.  Currently, when a Florida attorney appears in a civil proceeding, he or she is reasonable for handling all aspects of the case for their client.  This new rule authorizes an attorney to file a notice limiting the attorney’s appearance to particular proceedings or specified matters prior to any appearance before the court.  For example, an attorney can now appear for the limited purpose of filing and arguing a motion to dismiss.  Once the motion to dismiss is heard by the court, the attorney may file a notice of termination of limited appearance and will have no further obligations in the case.

Enhancing Privacy Protections for Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized updated rules to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”) for the protection of Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patient records. The updated rules reflect the requirement that the Part 2 rules be more closely aligned with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy, breach notification, and enforcement rules as mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020.

Columbus, Ohio Ordinance Prohibits Employers from Inquiries into an Applicant’s Salary History

Effective March 1, 2024, Columbus employers are prohibited from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history. Specifically, the ordinance provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice to:

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board’s Latest Batch of Rules: What Providers Should Know

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board has introduced new rules and amendments, covering various aspects such as CDCA certificate requirements, expanded services for LCDCs and CDCAs, remote supervision, and reciprocity application requirements. Notable changes include revised criteria for obtaining a CDCA certification, expanded services for LCDCs and CDCAs, and updated ethical obligations for licensees and certificate holders, including non-discrimination, confidentiality, and anti-sexual harassment measures.

Governor Mike DeWine and The Ohio State University Introduce the SOAR Study on Ohio Mental Illness

On January 19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and The Ohio State University announced a new research initiative, the State of Ohio Adversity and Resilience (“SOAR”) study, which will investigate all factors influencing Ohio’s mental illness and addiction epidemic.