2016 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 5/1/2017
VETERANS SERVICE COMMISSIONERS (MILLER A, ANIELSKI M) To permit county veterans service commissions to elect to add two members to the commission, one who is a veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or subsequently in those theaters of operation, and one who is a military spouse.
DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION-FLU VACCINE (HAGAN C) To prohibit an employer from taking an adverse employment action against a person who has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza.
LICENSE PLATE-MILITARY SERVICE (JOHNSON T, CRAIG H) To establish a program for the issuance of special license plates related to military service and awards.
TRANSPORTING DISABLED PERSONS (INGRAM C, SEITZ B) To modify the provisions concerning the transport of persons who require the use of a wheelchair or other mobility aid in nonemergency circumstances.
MONTH DESIGNATION-CHIROPRACTIC AWARENESS (LIPPS S) To designate October as “Ohio Chiropractic Awareness Month.”
NONEMERGENCY EMT INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT (PATTON T) To provide for insurance reimbursement for EMT services in nonemergency situations.
LOTTERY SALES PURCHASE RESTRICTION (KOEHLER K) To prohibit a lottery sales agent from accepting a credit card for the purchase of a lottery ticket.
OHIO RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LENDING ACT (BLESSING III L) To create the Ohio Residential Mortgage Lending Act for the purpose of regulating all non-depository lending secured by residential real estate and to limit the application of the current Mortgage Loan Law to unsecured loans and loans secured by other than residential real estate.
OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CREATION (KOEHLER K) To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
CONCEALED HANDGUN REGULATIONS (HOOD R, BRINKMAN T) To allow a concealed handgun licensee to carry concealed all firearms other than dangerous ordnance or firearms prohibited by state or federal law; to repeal the requirement that a licensee stopped for a law enforcement purpose promptly inform an approaching officer if the licensee is carrying a firearm and provide for expungement of convictions based on a violation of the requirement; and to provide that a person age 21 or older and not prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm does not need a concealed handgun license in order to carry a concealed firearm and is subject to the same laws regarding concealed firearm carrying as a licensee.
DAY DESIGNATION-VETERANS SUICIDE AWARENESS (THOMPSON A) To designate the first Saturday of May as “Veterans Suicide Awareness Day.”
PAULDING COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT (HITE C) To create the Paulding County Municipal Court in Paulding on January 1, 2019, to establish one full-time judgeship in that court, to provide for the nomination of the judge by petition only, to abolish the Paulding County County Court on that date, to designate the Paulding County Clerk of Courts as the clerk of the Paulding County Municipal Court, and to provide for the election for the Paulding County Municipal Court of one full-time judge in 2018.
CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARMS (JORDAN K) To allow a concealed handgun licensee to carry concealed all firearms other than dangerous ordnance or firearms that state or federal law prohibits the person from possessing and to provide that a person 21 years of age or older and not prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm does not need a concealed handgun license in order to carry or have a concealed firearm and is subject to the same laws regarding concealed firearm carrying as a concealed handgun licensee.
DAY DESIGNATION-ATAXIA AWARENESS (EKLUND J) To designate September 25 as “International Ataxia Awareness Day” in Ohio.
STATE REHABILITATION SERVICES CONSOLIDATION (BURKE D) To abolish the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commission, Consumer Advisory Committee, and Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities and to establish a state rehabilitation services council known as the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council.
DISMEMBERMENT ABORTIONS BAN (HUFFMAN M, WILSON S) To criminalize and create a civil action for dismemberment abortions.
INTRASTATE EQUITY CROWDFUNDING (ARNDT S) To permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.
2/21/2017 – House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (First Hearing)
OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.
5/11/2017 – Senate Finance Higher Education Subcommittee, (Fourth Hearing)
STATE REVENUE OBLIGATIONS (BLESSING III L) 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.
3/15/2017 – Referred to Committee Senate Finance
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.
5/2/2017 – House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)
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.
5/9/2017 – House State and Local Government, (Sixth Hearing)
TAX COMPLAINT DISMISSAL (MERRIN D) To expressly prohibit the dismissal of a property tax complaint for failure to correctly identify the property owner.
4/25/2017 – REPORTED OUT, House Ways and Means, (Third Hearing)
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.
5/9/2017 – House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)
BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS-WELDING (PERALES R, DEVER J) To establish in the Ohio Building Code requirements pertaining to structural steel welding and bridge welding.
4/25/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)
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.
4/25/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)
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.
5/9/2017 – House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)
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.
3/28/2017 – Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs, (Third Hearing)
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.
3/15/2017 – Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform
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.
5/3/2017 – Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)