Case Studies

Developing a Voice for Salon Owners

Ohio salon owners were frustrated that they had never had an organized voice in the public policy landscape. So, in 2013, we successfully allied salon owners throughout the state and established the Ohio Salon Association to give a voice to the job creators in the beauty industry. Since that time, the OSA has actively engaged the Governor’s office, executive agencies and the Ohio General Assembly to help reform the state’s growing beauty industry.

Since our government affairs team created the Ohio Salon Association, we have served as its legislative counsel. During this time, we have successfully blocked attempts of several groups that seek to add regulatory burdens on the ability of salon owners, licensees and schools to provide education to local populations. In addition, we successfully advocated for SB 213 in the 131st General Assembly that garnered unanimous, bipartisan votes out of the Ohio House and Senate. We are currently working on additional reforms to the beauty industry in the 132nd General Assembly. This has only been made possible by utilizing the latest grassroots technology to help OSA members and supporters contact legislators with letter writing, phone calls and social media outreach.

Developing Better Rules for Ohio SBAM Regulation

The General Assembly, in an attempt to thwart the rise of illegal casinos, authorized the Casino Control Commission to regulate skill-based amusement games. Because of the broad scope of games captured by the new law, the CCC’s rules regulated SBAMs traditionally operated within family entertainment venues patronized by children. Our client operated dozens of family entertainment centers, and the draft of new rules would have required thousands of dollars in registration fees, over-regulation and compliance issues as collateral damage. 

The purpose of the law was not to regulate SBAMs used by children of tender years who were clearly not gambling. On behalf of our client, we worked with the regulators to develop better rules, appropriate exemptions and reasonable fees to address a multitude of issues to narrow the scope to the regulator’s intended target.

Assisting in Rulemaking to Combat Opioid Crisis

After a change of law opened up to allow for-profit entities to assist in combating Ohio’s opioid crisis, we worked with the State regulators and our client, an operator of outpatient substance abuse treatment clinics, to incorporate best practices learned from 30 years’ experience in other states to influence the rulemaking.

Uniting a New Organization Around Common Policy Objectives

A disparate group of salon owners created an association believing that the legislative and regulatory environment for beauty-related industries is overly burdensome. The team at Kegler Brown worked with an organization that our firm helped to create -- the Ohio Salon Association -- to get its members to agree to a common set of policy goals and objectives. A Public Policy Agenda was written and was shared with legislators and regulators and an action plan to advocate these changes was prepared and implemented.

The Power of a Comma

Our client, Insurance Auto Auctions, had customers that were complaining that language in the law involving abandoned vehicles was ambiguous and could create a compliance trap for those seeking to dispose of vehicles in their possession that had been abandoned by their owners. The Kegler Brown government affairs team identified a legislative drafting solution and crafted an amendment that entailed the removal of a single comma from the law. Within 24 hours of drafting the solution, a fast moving bill was identified and a sponsor was recruited to offer the corrective amendment to the bill. Within 30 days, the bill and amendment were passed by the Ohio General Assembly and supported by the governor.

Formulating a Legislative Action Plan for MORPC

Our client had a lengthy and well-developed Public Policy Agenda that set forth all of the long-term policy goals and positions of the organization. However, there were no clear action steps for the organization’s government affairs team to follow to pursue these goals. Kegler Brown convened the senior leadership of the organization and facilitated a visioning session where participants articulated their long-term hopes and dreams for the organization and then identified those steps that the organization’s lobbyists could take in the next year to move closer to these goals. As a result, the lobbyist team at Kegler Brown has developed a succinct, actionable “to-do” list that is tightly tied into the organization’s long-term goals and is being implemented.