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Weekly Ohio Legislative Report

Ohio Tax Reform

2017 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

We are pleased to report that House Bill 463, which contains our EDI language, was passed by the Senate 26-5, and was concurred on by the House 72-21.  The language under went a last minute modification when the County Auditors raised concerns to several provisions in the bill.  After several discussion between Scott Ziance, Rep. Dever’s office, and the Auditors, we were able come to a compromise where the Board of Revision provision was removed and the Auditor’s would remain neutral on the bill.

Senate Bill 257 (Seitz and Skindell) which reduces the curative period for records of real property from 21 years to 4 years passed the House 88-2, the Senate with a vote of 30-1.

Senate Bill 235 (Senator Beagle and Coley) which will freeze the taxable value of property as it is readied for commercial or industrial use, was amended to include a wide range of provisions.  Of relevance to the Board, it does include a fix to Rep. Schuring’s Downtown Redevelopment District language.  It also contains the legislature’s stop-gap measure on the State’s unemployment compensation system.

 

Bills Introduced Since 12/18/2017

HB452
HIGHWAY DESIGNATION-MARC COLE (HUFFMAN S) To designate a portion of State Route 55 as the “PFC Marc L. Cole Memorial Highway.”
HB453
CHARTER COUNTY HOSPITAL RIGHTS (GREENSPAN D) To require that all rights and interests in discoveries, inventions, or patents made by employees using charter county hospital facilities are the property of that charter county hospital.
HB454
UNUSED CEMETERY LOTS-TOWNSHIPS (PATTERSON J, ARNDT S) To require a township to compensate the owner of certain unused cemetery lots and rights which the township reenters after lack of response from the owner.
HB455
DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSES (WIGGAM S) To provide that in determining the amount of cocaine for trafficking offenses, it also includes a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing cocaine, to increase penalties for certain drug trafficking offenses, and to name this act the Drug Trafficking Deterrence Act.
HB456
OVERTIME REQUIREMENT-NURSING (SPRAGUE R) To prohibit a hospital from requiring a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to work overtime as a condition of continued employment.
HB457
OPIATE USE-PAROLE & COMMUNITY CONTROL (ANTANI N) To require that an offender serving a community control sanction or a parolee who fails a drug test for heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil be held in jail or admitted to a residential treatment program for up to 30 days.
HJR7
PUBLIC SECTOR UNION PROHIBITIONS (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 22 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit laws, rules, and agreements that require employees of public sector employers to join or pay dues to an employee organization and to prohibit employee organizations from representing nonmember public sector employees in employment-related matters.
HJR8
PRIVATE SECTOR UNION PROHIBITIONS (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 22 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit laws, rules, and agreements that require employees of private sector employers to join or pay dues to an employee organization and to prohibit employee organizations from representing nonmember private sector employees in employment-related matters.
HJR9
PUBLIC CONTRACTOR WAGE PROHIBITIONS (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 43 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit a public authority from requiring a contractor on a public improvement to pay the contractor’s workers the prevailing rate of wages for work performed on the public improvement.
HJR10
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS-REQUIREMENT PROHIBITIONS (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 2 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit certain requirements or prohibitions regarding labor agreements in government contracts.
HJR11
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 12 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to subject any public employee collective bargaining representative to an annual election to remain certified as the exclusive representative.
HJR12
PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS-LABOR DUES (BECKER J, RIEDEL C) Proposing to enact Section 12 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit dues and other fees payable to an employee organization from being deducted from the payroll check of a public employee and to prohibit those dues and fees from being used for political purposes unless authorized by the public employee.
SB242
ELIMINATING PROHIBITION-CERTAIN WEAPONS (LAROSE F) To eliminate the prohibition against manufacturing, possessing for sale, selling, or furnishing certain weapons other than firearms or dangerous ordnance.
SB243
REGARDING MEDICAID COPAYMENT REQUIREMENTS (DOLAN M) Regarding Medicaid copayment requirements.
SB244
PROMOTING PROSTITUTION PENALTIES (DOLAN M, MANNING G) To amend the penalties for promoting prostitution.
SB245
EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK (YUKO K) To designate “Eating Disorders Awareness Week.”
SB246
STUDENT SAFETY ACT (LEHNER P, MANNING G) To enact the “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, to prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades prekindergarten through three, to require each public school to implement a positive behavior intervention and supports framework in accordance with state standards, and to make an appropriation.

Tracked Bills

HB10
INTRASTATE EQUITY CROWDFUNDING (ARNDT S) To permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.

Current Status:
12/13/2017 – Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (Second Hearing)

HB49
OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.

Current Status:
8/22/2017 – Consideration of Governor’s Veto

HB54
STATE REVENUE OBLIGATIONS (BLESSING III L, GAVARONE T) To authorize the Treasurer of State to issue revenue obligations of the state for the purpose of making loans to qualifying public entities for their acquisition of permanent improvements through the Treasurer of State’s purchase of public obligations of those qualifying entities.

Current Status:
9/26/2017 – BILL AMENDED, Senate Finance, (Fourth Hearing)

HB67
JUDGMENTS-DISPUTE SETTLEMENT (YOUNG R) To prohibit a person from obtaining a confession of judgment from another person except in connection with the settlement of a dispute.

Current Status:
5/2/2017 – House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)

HB69
LEVY REVENUE REIMBURSEMENT (CUPP B) To require reimbursement of certain township fire and emergency medical service levy revenue forgone because of the creation of a municipal tax increment financing district.

Current Status:
12/22/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 90 days

HB118
TAX COMPLAINT DISMISSAL (MERRIN D) To expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint for failure to correctly identify the property owner.

Current Status:
11/6/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 90 days

HB122
ESTABLISH ECONOMIC STUDY COMMITTEE (HAMBLEY S, ROGERS J) To establish a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances.

Current Status:
12/12/2017 – Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (First Hearing)

HB127
BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS-WELDING (PERALES R, DEVER J) To establish in the Ohio Building Code requirements pertaining to structural steel welding and bridge welding.

Current Status:
11/28/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

HB128
BUILDING INSPECTION REGULATIONS (ROEGNER K) To permit 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.

Current Status:
5/23/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

HB163
PREVAILING WAGE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (ROEGNER K, RIEDEL C) To allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.

Current Status:
9/19/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

HB343
PROPERTY VALUE CONTEST-RESOLUTIONS (MERRIN D) To require local governments that contest property values to formally pass an authorizing resolution for each contest and to notify property owners.

Current Status:
12/12/2017 – BILL AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (Fifth Hearing)

HB361
PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINTS TIMEFRAME (GREENSPAN D) To increase the time within which boards of revision must decide property tax complaints.

Current Status:
12/5/2017 – REPORTED OUT, House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Fourth Hearing)

HB407
ABOLISH ESTATE BY DOWER (DEVER J, SEITZ B) To abolish the estate by dower.

Current Status:
12/6/2017 – House Civil Justice, (First Hearing)

SB43
TOWNSHIP BUILDING CODES (BACON K) To enable limited home rule townships to adopt building codes regardless of any similar codes adopted by the county in which the township resides.

Current Status:
6/27/2017 – REPORTED OUT, Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs, (Fourth Hearing)

SB97
REGIONAL STUDY COMMITTEE CREATION (LAROSE F, YUKO K) To establish a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances.

Current Status:
6/21/2017 – Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (First Hearing)

SB123
PROPERTY TAX COMPLAINT PROCESS (COLEY W) To limit the right to initiate most types of property tax complaints to the property owner and the county recorder of the county in which the property is located.

Current Status:
6/14/2017 – Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

SB209
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS-TIF (COLEY W, EKLUND J) To modify the conditions that determine the relative priority of property tax exemptions when a parcel subject to a tax increment financing arrangement concurrently qualifies for another exemption.

Current Status:
10/25/2017 – Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

SB213
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING PLAN (SCHIAVONI J) To enhance economic and employment opportunities and improve local infrastructure in Ohio by providing additional assistance to workforce development and employment programs; establishing a revolving loan program for small businesses seeking to expand operations; extending job tax credits to smaller businesses; enabling expanded participation in public sector contracting by smaller companies; enhancing support for child care centers; funding additional local infrastructure and public transit; authorizing tax incentives for hiring military veterans, for donating money to local programs assisting distressed communities, or for improving distressed property; exempting the homes of disabled veterans from property taxation; terminating the income tax deduction and reduced tax rate for business income; and to make an appropriation.