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November 2017 Update:

November 14, 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.) 

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BRoadband
Development

TAXATION

HOUSING/URBAN REVITALIZATION

TRANSPORTATION

WATER/SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE

miscellaneous

Broadband Development

HB281:  Broadband Expansion Program (Carfagna)

Introduced:                June 20, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             September 20, 2017 (First Committee Hearing)

Bill Summary: This bill establish a grant program to assist municipalities and townships fund the expansion of last mile broadband service for residential service.

Comment: The sponsor of the bill has publicly noted that there will likely be changes made to the bill to address issues that have been raised by interest parties, but generally the bill will provide a state grant towards 1/3 of the total cost of expansion of broadband service for residential consumers (the other 2/3 coming from local and county government funds).

 

HB378:  Broadband Grant Program (R. Smith, Cera)

Introduced:                October 10, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Finance Committee

Last Update:             October 17, 2017 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill would provide an annual grant program of $50 million per year to build broadband infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas of the state. 

Comment: Grants awarded under this program would have a maximum value of $5 million. Eligible recipients include businesses, non-profits, co-ops or political subdivisions (including municipalities, townships or counties). The grants can not cover more than half of the cost of the project. There is a companion bill pending in the Ohio Senate (see SB225).  

Housing and Urban Revitalization Issues

HB127: Building Code Req. - Welding (Perales,Dever)

Introduced:                March 14, 2017

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

Last Update:             October 24, 2017 (Third Committee Hearing)

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 (Third Committee Hearing)

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 (Referred to Committee)

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

Comment: At this point, it appears to be unlikely that the bill will see any significant movement through the committee process, outside of a single hearing as required by legislative rules.

 

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 (First Committee Hearing)

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:         Pending in the House Health Committee

Last Update:              September 12, 2017 (Referred to Committee)

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.      

 

HB368: Fair Lending Through Land Contracts Act (Lepore-Hagan)

Introduced:                October 2, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development Committee

Last Update:              October 24, 2017 (First Committee Hearing)

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

Comment: GOPC has strongly advocated for the introduction of this legislation and is working with Rep. Lepore-Hagan to seek its passage.       

 

HB390: Revised Eviction Timeline (Merrin)

Introduced:                October 24, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development Committee

Last Update:              October 31, 2017 (Referred to Committee)

Bill Summary: This bill clarifies how to calculate certain timelines under which a forcible entry and detainer action must occur under the law.

Comment: The bill seeks to clear-up ambiguities that exist under the current law about when the “clock starts” on an eviction order.       

 

SB43: Building Inspection Regulations (Bacon)

Introduced:                February 9, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Rules& Reference Committee

Last Update:             June 27, 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. The bill was approved by the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee by a vote of 9-0.

Water/Sewer Infrastructure Issues

SB51: Lake Erie Shoreline Special Improvement District(SkindellEklund)

Introduced:                February 14, 2017

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

Last Update:             September 27, 2017 (Fourth Committee Hearing)

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:             September 6, 2017 (First Committee Hearing)

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:             September 6, 2017 (First Committee Hearing)

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 (First Committee Hearing)

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:         Signed by the Governor, effective February 4, 2018

Last Update:             November 6, 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

SB113: Vehicle Registration Tax (Coley)

Introduced:                March 21, 2017

Current Status:         Pending in the Senate Ways & Means Committee

Last Update:             September 20, 2017 (Second Committee Hearing)

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:             September 20, 2017 (First Committee Hearing)

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.

 

HB122: Establish Economic Study Committee (Hambley, Rogers)

Introduced:               March 9, 2017

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

Last Update:             September 27, 2017 (Referred to Committee)

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: The bill was unanimously approved by the House State & Local Government Committee on May 9, and approved by the Ohio House on September 13 (91-6).