Timeline of Gender-Affirming Care Legislation in Ohio

An overview of legislative actions impacting gender-affirming care in the state.

DEC 29, 2023

Gov. DeWine vetoed House Bill 68 (HB 68), a dangerous measure that would ban lifesaving gender-affirming care for Ohioans under age 18.

JAN 5, 2024

DeWine followed up his announcement by signing an emergency executive order that bans gender-affirming surgeries for Ohioans under age 18. This order went into immediate effect even though no hospital or healthcare facility in Ohio currently performs gender-affirming surgeries on minors.

DeWine also rolled out proposed administrative rule changes that would greatly restrict access to gender-affirming care for both trans youth and adults.

Of the 22 states that have restricted gender-affirming care for trans youth, only one has restrictions that seek to restrict access to transgender people of all ages: Florida.

JAN 10, 2024

The Ohio Senate voted to override DeWine’s veto of HB 68.

JAN 19, 2024

The deadline closed to submit public comments opposing DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules to MHAS.

JAN 24, 2024

The Ohio Senate voted to override DeWine’s Veto.

JAN 29, 2024

The ACLU of Ohio announced it will file a lawsuit challenging HB 68 before it takes effect.

FEB 5, 2024

The deadline closed to submit public comments opposing DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules to the ODH.

FEB 8, 2024

Both MHAS and ODH released updated versions of their proposed administrative rules. The updated proposals still restrict access to care for youth. Restrictions to adult care were removed, but reporting requirements for both youth and adults are still included. MHAS opened another public comment period for their updated proposal. ODH submitted their proposal to the Joint Committee for Administrative Rule Review (JCARR).

FEB 14, 2024

MHAS’s second deadline closed to submit public comments opposing DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules.

FEB 15, 2024

Both MHAS and ODH filed their draft rules with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) ahead of their public hearings in March. JCARR’s jurisdiction over the proposed rules ends on Apr. 20, 2024.

FEB 16, 2024

Both MHAS and ODH announced that they would host a public hearing on DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules. Hearings for mid-March were announced by each department.

MAR 19, 2024

MHAS hosted an in-person public hearing. All verbal testimonies given were AGAINST the proposed, anti-trans administrative rules.

MAR 21, 2024

ODH hosted an online public hearing on Microsoft Teams. Again, all verbal testimonies given were against these rules.

MAR 26, 2024

The ACLU of Ohio filed a lawsuit challenging HB 68, citing that it violates four sections of the Ohio Constitution.

APR 15, 2024

JCARR reviewed rules from both MHAS and ODH proposals. Two anti-trans rules were validated and can be implemented by ODH as early as Apr. 25. One rule was marked as TBR (to be refiled) for potential consideration by JCARR at a future date.

APR 16, 2024

Ohio Court temporarily blocked House Bill 68, the ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth, from taking immediate effect.

APR 20, 2024

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review’s (JCARR’s) jurisdiction over the administrative rules proposed by MHAS and ODH ends.