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July 2017 Update:

July 18, 2017               

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.) 

Click here to download a PDF version of the July 2017 Bill Tracker

BUDGET

TAXATION

HOUSING/URBAN REVITALIZATION

TRANSPORTATION

WATER/SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE

miscellaneous

Budget Bills

HB49: State Main Operating Budget, FY2018-19 (Smith)

Introduced:                February 8, 2017

Current Status:         Signed by the Governor (with vetoes issued), effective July 1, 2017

Last Update:             July 6, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill provides funding for state government operations for the next two state fiscal years, which begin on July 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2019.

Comment: The governor signed the budget on June 30 and it became effective on July 1. On July 6, the House of Representatives voted to override 11 of the vetoes, and have reserved the right to vote on others (they have until December 31, 2018 to vote on any overrides). The Senate has not yet reconvened to vote on any of the 11 overrides approved by the Ohio House.  

Housing and Urban Revitalization Issues

HB127: Building Code Requirements - Welding (Perales, Dever)

Introduced:                March 14, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee

Last Update:             June 20, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill establishes in the Ohio Building Code requirements pertaining to structural steel welding and bridge welding.

Comment:

 

HB128: Building Inspection Regulations (Roegner)

Introduced:                March 14, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee

Last Update:             May 23, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill permits a general contractor or owner of specified buildings to enter into a contract with a third-party private inspector or a certified building department for building inspection and to make other changes relating to building inspections.

Comment:

 

HB148: State Home Improvement Board Creation (Patmon)

Introduced:                March 22, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             March 29, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill requires statewide registration of home improvement contractors and creates the state Home Improvement Board.

Comment:

 

HB164: Roofing Contractor Registration (Patton)

Introduced:                March 28, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee

Last Update:             May 16, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill requires commercial roofing contractors to have a license.

Comment: There is a companion bill pending in the Ohio Senate (SB115, sponsored by Sens. Bacon and Hackett).

 

HB299: Lead Safety and Uniform Regulations (Merrin)

Introduced:                June 28, 2017

Current Status:         Awaiting Committee Assignment

Last Update:              June 28, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill places the sole and exclusive authority to regulate lead abatement activities in Ohio with the Ohio Department of Health, prohibiting local ordinances regulating lead regulation and abatement activities.

Comment: This is similar to a provision that placed in HB49, but was removed by the legislature before being enacted.      

               

SB43: Building Inspection Regulations (Bacon)

Introduced:                February 9, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee

Last Update:             March 28, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill will require certain townships (those with limited home rule authority) to building codes.

Comment: The bill will permit the adoption of the building codes even if there are similar codes adopted by the county where the township is located.

Water/Sewer Infrastructure Issues

SB2: Environmental Protection Laws (Hite)

Introduced:                January 31, 2017

Current Status:         Signed by the Governor, effective October 5, 2017

Last Update:             July 7, 2017

Bill Summary: The bill specifically addresses issues related to water quality.

Comment: This is the re-introduced version of SB333 from the 131st General Assembly, which did not pass by the Senate before the expiration of the last session. Per the sponsor, the bill “covers a broad range of environmental issues and will proactively work to protect the environment and improve water quality in Ohio.”

 

SB51: Lake Erie Shoreline Special Improvement District (Skindell, Eklund)

Introduced:                February 14, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Last Update:             March 29, 2017

Bill Summary: The bill will authorize the creation of a special improvement district to facilitate Lake Erie shoreline improvement.

Comment: According to the bill sponsors, this inclusion will enable homeowners on shorelines adjacent to Lake Erie to undertake cost-effective measures to abate and prevent erosion on their property.

 

SB112: Green Infrastructure Fund (Schiavoni)

Introduced:                March 21, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Finance Committee

Last Update:             April 26, 2017

Bill Summary: The bill would create a specific funding source in the state budget dedicated to funding green infrastructure projects.

Comment: According to the bill sponsors, the program will be similar to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Surface Water Improvement Fund.

 

SJR4: Capital Improvement Funding – Water & Sewer Infrastructure (Schiavoni)

Introduced:                March 2, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Finance Committee

Last Update:             March 7, 2017

Bill Summary: This joint resolution proposes to enact Section 2t of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to permit the issuance of general obligation bonds to fund sewer and water capital improvements.

Comment: If the Ohio Senate and Ohio House were to pass this joint resolution, the issue would then be put before the voters of the state to decide if the amendment to the state constitution should be approved. 

Taxation Issues

HB70: Motor Fuel Tax Transparency (Merrin)

Introduced:                February 1, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:             March 15, 2017

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: The bill would require all gas pumps in the state to display stickers listing the state gas tax rate (28-cents-per-gallon for gasoline and diesel), the federal gas tax rate (18.4 cents-per-gallon for gasoline, 24.4 cents-per-gallon for diesel fuel). Texas is the only other state with a similar law, enacted in 2015.

 

HB118: Tax Complaint Dismissals (Merrin)

Introduced:                March 8, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:             May 17, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill would expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint solely due to the failure to correctly identify the property owner.

Comment: This will codify two Ohio Supreme Court cases from 2014 and 2015

Transportation Issues

HB9: Bicycle Regulations – Malfunctioning Traffic Lights (Koehler)

Introduced:                February 1, 2017

Current Status:         Signed by the Governor, effective April 30, 2017

Last Update:             April 30, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill seeks to clarify a provision of law that authorizes a vehicle to proceed through an intersection if the traffic control signal is malfunctioning. The bill specifies that this provision only applies to a bicycle and specifies that the bicycle may proceed through the intersection only if the signal is malfunctioning due to a failure of the vehicle detector to detect the bicycle.

Comment: The bill was needed because the previous legislation, HB154 (131st General Assembly), which was passed during lame duck session, was unintentionally vague and opened up the possibility that any vehicle, not just bicycles, could proceed through any red light, not just at an intersection where a vehicle detector failed to detect the vehicle. HB9, which was passed as an emergency measure, corrects this, and will take effect immediately upon the Governor’s approval.

 

SB113: Vehicle Registration Tax (Coley)

Introduced:                March 21, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:             June 7, 2017

Bill Summary: The bill would raise the registration fee for passenger or noncommercial motor vehicles to $149 (currently, the fee is $39.50) and issue to vehicle owners with cars registered in Ohio a card exempting them from the state motor fuel tax.  

Comment: The rationale is that this will raise revenue from more fuel-efficient automobiles and not increase the motor fuel tax (MFT). This quadrupling of the fee is expected to raise $1.9 billion, equal to what the MFT generates. Ohio would continue to generate MFT revenue from non-state residents purchasing fuel in the state.      

Miscellaneous Issues

HB3: DataOhio Board Creation (C. HaganDuffey)

Introduced:                February 1, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             February 8, 2017

Bill Summary: This bill will create the DataOhio Board, which will be required to make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding online access to public records and data sets of public records, and to recommend other standards for data.

Comment: This is the third attempt to enact the DataOhio Board, which has seen legislation seeking its creation in the past three General Assemblies. Past legislation has had the support of the Ohio Newspaper Association, the Ohio Auditor of State, the Ohio Municipal League, the state librarian, several economists and the national Data Coalition, as well as a letter of support for the principle of open government data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

 

SB97: Establish Economic Study Committee (LaRose, Yuko)

Introduced:                March 9, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee

Last Update:             June 21, 2017

Bill Summary: The bill creates a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances.

Comment: There is a companion bill pending in the Ohio House (See HB122, sponsored by Reps. Hambley and Rogers). HB122 was reported by the House State & Local Government Committee on May 9, 2017 by a vote of 13-0.