September 2019 Update

September 20, 2019               

The following is a list of bills that GOPC is tracking in the Ohio Legislature. Status of bills is updated as warranted. If you have any questions or concerns about a particular bill, please be sure to contact Jason Warner, Manager of Government Affairs at jwarner@greaterohio.org or by calling 614-224-0187, ext. 306. (Note: inclusion of a bill on this list does not indicate endorsement/support.) 

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Capital Investments

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Housing

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Capital Investments

HB7:  H2Ohio Program (Ghanbari, Patterson)

Introduced:                May 13, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Finance Committee

Last Update:             July 17, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill creates the H2Ohio Trust Fund for the protection and preservation of Ohio’s water quality, to create the H2Ohio Advisory Council to disburse money from the Fund for water quality programs, and to create the H2Ohio Endowment Board to make recommendations to the Treasurer of State regarding the issuance of securities to pay for costs related to the purposes of the Fund.

Comment: The H2Ohio program was originally proposed by Governor Mike DeWine as part of his two year budget proposal. The program is designed to ensure safe and clean water across Ohio by providing resources to plan, develop, and implement targeted, long-term water solutions. The Ohio House of Representatives decided to separate the H2Ohio program from the budget and introduce the issue as a stand-alone measure to provide time for more careful consideration of the proposal.

 

HB48:  Local Government Road Improvement Fund (Greenspan)

Introduced:                February 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             February 13, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill would provide for a new Local Government Road Improvement Fund for local governments to fund roadway improvements.

Comment: Under the bill, fifty percent of any funds that remain in the state surplus revenue fund at the end of the fiscal year (i.e. if the state collects more tax revenue than the legislature appropriated funding for) would be directed to the new Local Government Road Improvement Fund, with funds distributed to political subdivisions (counties, cities and townships) each August to help fund local road improvements.  

HB72:  Capital Improvements Fund (Rogers, Cera)

Introduced:                February 14, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             February 20, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill would create the Supplemental State Capital Improvements Pilot Program funded by a temporary transfer from the Budget Stabilization Fund and to make an appropriation.

Comment:  

HB84:  Capital Improvements - Sewer Laterals (Holmes, G.)

Introduced:                February 19, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House State and Local Government Committee

Last Update:             March 27, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: This bill would create the Supplemental State Capital Improvements Pilot Program funded by a temporary transfer from the Budget Stabilization Fund and to make an appropriation.

Comment:  Rep. Glenn Holmes resigned from the legislature on April 30, 2019 to accept an appointment on a state board. The future of HB84 is up in the air with his absence from the legislature.

Budget and Taxation Issues

HB54: LGF Tax Revenue Increase (Cera, Rogers)

Introduced:                February 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             February 12, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill would increase the proportion of state tax revenue allocated to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.53% beginning July 1, 2019.

Comment: The bill aims to increase the percentage of sales tax revenue that is set aside from the top of all sales tax revenue collected by the state to its highest rate since FY2010 (when the rate was 3.68%).

 

HB110: Motor Fuel Tax Transparency (Merrin, Romanchuk)

Introduced:                February 27, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:             March 5, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill requires stickers to be placed on retail service station pumps displaying the rates of federal and state taxes applicable to gasoline and diesel fuel.

Comment: A provision was added to the state budget (see HB62 above) requiring stickers to be placed on retail service station pumps displaying the rates of federal and state taxes applicable to gasoline and diesel fuel no later than September 1, 2020.

 

HB149: Affordable Homebuilding and Housing Act (Merrin)

Introduced:                March 19, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee

Last Update:             April 10, 2019 (Second Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: This bill temporarily exempts from property tax the increased value of land subdivided for residential development.

Comment: A provision was inserted into HB166, the state main operating budget (see below) similar to HB149, but with a six year maximum tax freeze, as opposed to an eight year maximum as provided for under HB149. Governor DeWine vetoed this provision on July 18, 2019.

 

HB255: Property Tax Exemption Review (Hoops)

Introduced:                May 23, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:              May 28, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill requires the state Tax Commissioner’s biennial tax expenditure report to include information on property tax exemptions and to require the Tax Expenditure Review Committee to periodically review each property tax exemption.

Comment: 

HB273: Delinquent Taxes - Online Notice (Ryan, Lipps)

Introduced:                June 4, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:              June 5, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill permits the second publication of a county delinquent property tax list to be made online instead of in a newspaper.

Comment: 

SB8: Tax Credits - Ohio Opportunity Zones (Schuring)

Introduced:                February 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee

Last Update:              May 8, 2019 (Second Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill authorizes tax credits for investments in an Ohio Opportunity Zone.

Comment: The new Opportunity Zone Investment tax credit is equal to 10% of an individual’s investment in an Opportunity Zone investment fund, up to $1 million over two years. There will be $50 million set aside to cover these nonrefundable tax credits. The bill was approved by a 31-0 vote in the Ohio Senate on April 9. The language from SB8 was amended into HB166 (see above) by the Ohio House.

SB39: Tax Credits - Mixed Use Development Projects (Schuring)

Introduced:                February 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic & Workforce Development Committee

Last Update:              June 30, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill authorizes an insurance premiums tax credit for capital contributions to transformational mixed use development projects.

Comment: The bill authorizes a nonrefundable tax credit to insurance carriers of up-to 10 percent of the total cost of the project and is intended to incentivize insurance companies to invest in significant new construction projects in Ohio’s downtowns. Total cost of projects involved must exceed $50 million and include a combination of retail, office or residential space and have either 15 stories in height or 350,000 square feet or more in size.

Housing Issues

HB103: Fair Lending Through Land Contracts Act (Lepore-Hagan, Manning)

Introduced:                February 26, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Civil Justice Committee

Last Update:              May 21, 2019 (Second Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: This bill makes changes to the law relating to land installment contracts.

Comment: GOPC has strongly advocated for reform to the state land installment contract law.     

HB252: Land Reutilization (Greenspan)

Introduced:                May 21, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             June 30, 2019 (Re-referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill creates the Land Reutilization Demolition Program and makes an appropriation.

Comment: The bill would provide $50 million per year in funding through the Ohio Development Services Agency to provide grants to a county land bank to fund the demolition of structures on blighted property.    

Because HB252 includes an appropriation, the bill has been re-referred to the House Finance Committee for review and approval before it is referred to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

SB36: Federally Subsidized Rental Property Valuation (Huffman, M.)

Introduced:                February 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee

Last Update:              April 2, 2019 (Third Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill prescribes how federally subsidized residential rental property must be valued for property tax purposes.

Comment: The bill amends the Ohio Revised Code to require the tax commissioner to adopt rules such that a subsidized residential rental property is valued according to its market rental rate income capacity, and not upon the property’s contract restricted rent as determined by the government.

SB96: Cleveland Housing Court (Dolan, Yuko)

Introduced:                March 11, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in Senate Local Government Committee

Last Update:              April 9, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill grants the Cleveland Housing Court jurisdiction in any review or appeal of a final order of an administrative body that relates to a local building, health, or safety code.

Comment: The bill would create the same shared jurisdiction as the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and the Franklin County Municipal Court Environmental Division, and would free up the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas to devote greater time to handling serious violent crimes.

Brownfield Issues

HB168: Affirmative Defense - Hazardous Substances (Arndt)

Introduced:                March 26, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

Last Update:             June 26, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill would establish an affirmative defense to a release or threatened release of hazardous substances from a facility for certain bona fide prospective purchases.

Comment: GOPC has worked with Rep. Arndt in the development and advocacy for HB168.

Transportation Issues

HB93: Public Transit Investment (Skindell, Upchurch)

Introduced:                February 21, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             March 5, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill makes an appropriation related to public transportation.

Comment: Under the bill, $100 million in annual funding would be appropriated for public transportation from the state General Revenue Fund (GRF) in addition to $50 million in funding each year for public transportation from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) ‘flexible funding’ the state receives each year, for a total investment of $150 million each year.

Note: The state Transportation Budget appropriates $70 million in GRF funds in each of FY2020 and FY2021. There is no appropriation of funds from the FHWA flexible funds.

HB295: Electronic Scooter Regulations (Hoops)

Introduced:                June 19, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Transportation & Public Safety Committee

Last Update:             September 17, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill establishes requirements for low-speed electric scooters .

Comment: The state has previously attempted to introduce statewide standards for e-scooters through the state transportation budget.

HB309: Assault - Transit Operator (Denson, Perales)

Introduced:                July 2, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Ohio House of Representatives

Last Update:             July 2, 2019 (Introduced)

Bill Summary: The bill increase the penalty for assault when the victim is an operator of an Ohio transit system bus or rail car, in addition to authorizing transit systems to post a sign regarding abuse or assault of staff. The bill further increases the penalty for evading payment of the known fares of a public transportation system.

Comment: .

SB161: Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing (Hottinger, Dolan)

Introduced:                June 10, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Transportation, Commerce & Workforce Committee

Last Update:             June 13, 2019 (Second Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill outlines requirements related to peer-to-peer car sharing in Ohio.

Comment: The bill represents an effort to outline guidelines for this emerging industry in the state.

SB179: Require Two License Plates (Hottinger, Uecker)

Introduced:                July 29, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Transportation, Commerce & Workforce Committee

Last Update:             September 11, 2019 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: The bill would require Ohioans to continue to display a front and rear license plate for most motor vehicles.

Comment: The state transportation budget mandates that the display of two license plates will no longer be required after July 1, 2020. This would eliminate that change and continue to require the display of both license plates. (While two plates would no longer be required, the transportation budget did not reduce the cost of annual motor vehicle license registration).

Miscellaneous Issues

HB264: Water Development - Loan Refinancing (Wilken, O’Brien)

Introduced:                May 28, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House State and Local Government Committee

Last Update:              June 19, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill will allow the Ohio Water Development Authority to provide for the refinancing of loans for certain public water and waste water infrastructure projects.

Comment: 

HB288: Eminent Domain (D. Manning)

Introduced:               June 18, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the House Civil Justice Committee

Last Update:              September 10, 2019 (Second Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill would amend the law regarding eminent domain to prevent a park district from taking property via eminent domain for a recreational trail.

Comment:  The bill analysis notes: “The edges of the bill’s reach are undefined. The bill plainly prohibits the use of eminent domain for the sole purpose of providing a recreational trail. What is not plain, however, is whether the bill’s prohibition applies to a taking with many purposes, one of which is a recreational trail. For example, it is unclear whether the bill will permit a taking to provide land for a park with several amenities, including a recreational trail.”

SB103: Grant Concurrent Jurisdiction - Pollution (Dolan, Yuko)

Introduced:                March 12, 2019

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee

Last Update:              April 10, 2019 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: The bill grants the Housing Division of the Cleveland Municipal Court concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Common Please in criminal cases related to environmental pollution.

Comment: The bill would expand the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Housing Court to include the right to hear appeals of criminal and civil cases arising from environmental crimes. The Cleveland Housing Court’s jurisdiction in these matters would run concurrent with the jurisdiction of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.