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Chronology of Welfare Reform in Ohio
 
  • Aug. 1995 - Governor Voinovich signs House Bill 167 into law
  • Aug. 1996 - Congress passes Personal Responsibility & Work Opportunity Act
  • Oct. 1996 to Mar. 1997 - ODHS visits counties and holds public meetings
  • Mar. 1997 - ODHS submits Welfare Reform Plan to Ohio legislature
  • Apr. 1997 - Rep. Joan Lawrence introduces House Bill 408
  • June 5, 1997 - House passes H.B. 408 (95-0)
  • June 26, 1997 - Senate passes H.B. 408 (32-0); House concurs with Senate
  • July 2, 1997 - Governor Voinovich signs H.B. 408
  • Oct. 1, 1997 - Law takes effect (e.g. time limit clock starts ticking)
  • Jan. 1, 1998 - Phase one counties sign Partnership Agreements with ODHS
  • Jan. 1, 2000 - All counties must have entered into Partnership Agreements