Author: Benjamin Luftman

Ohio Prison Reform Bill (HB 86) to be signed this week

27.06.2011 in DUI & Traffic Defense, Misc, News

Senate passes “smart on crime” bill that sends fewer to prison. Awaiting action of the governor.

House Bill 86 is making a number of reforms to Ohio’s criminal justice system. The bill is designed to put low-level offenders in community correction programs rather than sending them to prison. Some say the new criminal sentencing bill is putting crime back on the streets while others say that the prison population is too high as it is, especially for non-violent crimes. The dramatic changes are expected to save the state more than $46 million over the next four years, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. How do you feel about the new bill?

Track House Bill 86 here.
Read bill text here.

Standardized Field Sobriety Test Seminar

24.06.2011 in DUI & Traffic Defense, Misc

Luftman, Heck & Associates recently sponsored a three day legal seminar (CLE) in Columbus, Ohio.

Led by renowned instructor Robert La Pier, the twenty attorneys attending the seminar were qualified after successfully completing the same training required for law enforcement officers to conduct roadside standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s). Among the attorneys qualified to conduct the SFST’s were Luftman, Heck & Associates attorneys Dan Sabol and Chase Mallory.

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Columbus attorneys and friends, Keith Schneider and Chase Mallory

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Attorneys Robert La Pier and Daniel J. Sabol

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Instructor Robert La Pier

 

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Instructor Robert La Pier

 

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau May Not Protect Consumers Quite Yet

09.05.2011 in Consumer Law, Misc

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created under the Obama administration to protect consumers from problems relating to credit cards, mortgages and other financial products or services that may be difficult to decipher on their own. The mission of this new government agency is to help American families make smart financial decisions and ultimately help eliminate the economic hardships that many people are facing every day.

Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law school professor, was selected by the President to run this agency until a suitable director is appointed. So far, she has made it her priority to help working-class citizens by creating new bills to send to Congress eliminating deceptive or abusive practices. The bureau is said to launch officially on July 21, 2011 but if a new director isn’t appointed by that time, it will limit the chance to succeed before it even begins.

Forty-four Senate Republicans wrote a letter to Obama stating that they will not confirm anyone for this position because it lacks accountability and gives too much power to a single person. Warren believes that re-structuring the agency will eliminate or delay the bureau and give more power to bankers and finance companies that swarm Wall Street.

The CFPB asks that Congress oppose H.R. 1121 and S.737 and give the bureau a chance to succeed before making changes to its structure.

More articles relating to this post:
Overview of the Key Provisions written by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

New York Times: Foes Revise Plan to Curb New Agency

Wall Street Journal: Consumer Agency Stymied by GOP

Help the Community!

22.04.2011 in Misc, News

All full time employees at LHA are awarded 20 hours of paid time off in exchange for community service to a non-profit organization to create a more Eco-friendly and community driven environment.

Some of the most recent changes to the company policies at Luftman, Heck & Associates are now offering time off to employees who wish to donate their hours to help others in need. Some of the most recognizable organizations that employees are encouraged to volunteer for are groups such as GoodwillFurniture Bank of Central Ohio Mid-Ohio FoodbankBoys & Girls Clubs of Columbus and United Way.

Columbus Gives Back is a great site if you wish to contribute to the community but you aren’t sure where to go, who to go with or how to approach it. Columbus Gives Back offers meetup-style events in which you experience the gift of giving while meeting new people in the area.

With Earth Day approaching quickly, there are many other opportunities to help the community in a bright green way! There are worksites all over Columbus that people can volunteer for shifts on Saturday and Sunday, April 16th & 17th. Sign up today for Earth Day 2011: Lighten Up!