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2021 Tax Policy

Federal tax policy should align with the economics of real estate development and investment, promote capital formation, and support job creation and economic development. Lower capital gains tax rates are a critical factor in ensuring sufficient investment for...

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Tax/Finance

Basel III Capital Accords The Basel III standards could have a significant negative impact on lending by banks to the commercial real estate sector. Several aspects of the standards would have harmful effects on the availability and cost of credit to commercial,...

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Bills Introduced Since 10/3/2022

 

HB726

PROPERTY TAX FREEZE AUTHORIZATION (PATTON T) To allow certain counties to authorize a property tax freeze for certain owner-occupied homes.

HB727

AGRICULTURAL SEED LAW EXEMPTIONS (LANESE L, WHITE A) To exempt the seed of certain native plant species from the agricultural seed law when used for specified purposes.

HB728

NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE SCHOLARSHIPS (MILLER A, STEIN D) To expand eligibility for the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program and to rename that program as the Ohio National Guard and United States Armed Forces Reserve Scholarship Program.

HB729

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE COMMISSIONS (STEWART B) To require county veterans service commissions to include two members whose military service commenced on or after September 11, 2001, and to require one member of the commission to be appointed by the board of county commissioners.

HB730

LICENSE MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANTS (PAVLIGA G) To license certified mental health assistants.

HB731

DESIGNATE SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN EPILEPSY DAY (SMITH M) To designate October 26th as “Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Awareness Day” and to name this act Brenna’s Law.

HB732

EMERGENCY COMPENSATION-CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS (LEPORE-HAGAN M, GALONSKI T) To permit emergency compensation awards to be granted to child victims of sexual abuse.

HB733

ESTABLISH SCHOOL FACILITIES PROGRAMS (EDWARDS J, WILKIN S) To establish the Accelerated Appalachian School Building Assistance Program, the Classroom Facilities Re-Entry Program, and the Capital Improvement and Replacement Program, and to make an appropriation.

HB734

BIOSOLID LAGOONS, BIODIGESTION FACILITIES (MILLER K, LAMPTON B) To establish procedures and requirements governing biosolid lagoons and biodigestion facilities, including granting county and township zoning authority over those lagoons and facilities, and to modify the CAUV eligibility requirements for certain land used to produce biofuels.

SB360

STATE EMPLOYEES-PARENTAL LEAVE (GAVARONE T) To expand paid parental leave benefits for certain state employees.

SB361

VETERANS-TEACHING ELIGIBILITY (HOAGLAND F) To expand eligibility for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to be employed as teachers without licenses.

SB362

MILITARY LICENSE PLATE REGISTRATION (HOAGLAND F) To authorize a permanent motor vehicle registration option with a waiver of specified fees and taxes for retired military veterans under the Military License Plate Program.

SB363

OIL, GAS ENERGY EDUCATION PLATE (SCHAFFER T) To create the “Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program” license plate.

SB364

MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANT LICENSURE (GAVARONE T) To license certified mental health assistants.

Tracked Bills

 

HB53

LEGAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS (HILLYER B) To shorten the period of limitations for actions upon a contract; to make changes to the borrowing statute pertaining to applicable periods of limitations; and to establish a statute of repose for a legal malpractice action.

 

Current Status:   

2/4/2021 – Referred to Committee House Civil Justice

 

HB110

OPERATING BUDGET (OELSLAGER S) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

 

Current Status:   

7/1/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; effective 7/1/21

 

HB123

COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AREAS (FRAIZER M, CROSS J) To modify the law governing community reinvestment areas and the terms under which property may be exempted in such areas.

 

Current Status:   

4/5/2022 – Senate Ways and Means, (Fifth Hearing)

 

HB126

REGARDING PROPERTY VALUES (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:   

4/21/2022 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

HB143

REGARDS THE CLEAN OHIO PROGRAM (HILLYER B) Relating to the Clean Ohio Program and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

2/24/2021 – Referred to Committee House Finance

 

HB167

PROVIDE RENT, UTILITY ASSISTANCE (OELSLAGER S) To provide rent and utility assistance and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

5/11/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately

 

HB175

DEREGULATE EPHEMERAL WATER FEATURES (HILLYER B) To deregulate certain ephemeral water features, make other changes to various water pollution control laws, to authorize a property tax exemption for certain private wetlands, and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

4/21/2022 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

HB218

COVID-19 VACCINE – QUALIFIED IMMUNITIES (CUTRONA A) To address medical requirements for employees and students; to address qualified civil immunity regarding certain coronaviruses; to authorize emergency medical technicians to administer COVID-19 tests; to expressly cover COVID-19 vaccine injuries under the workers’ compensation system; and to repeal sections 3792.05, 3792.07, and 3792.08 of the Revised Code on September 30, 2025.

 

Current Status:   

12/7/2021 – Senate General Government Budget, (Second Hearing)

 

HB435

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS (CARFAGNA R, SEITZ B) To address COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees and students; to extend certain timelines for qualified civil immunity and expand immunity to include hearing aid dealers and hearing aid fitters; to authorize emergency medical technicians to administer COVID-19 tests; to expressly cover COVID-19 vaccine injuries under the workers’ compensation system; and to repeal sections 3792.05, 3792.06, 3792.07, and 3792.08 of the Revised Code on June 30, 2023.

 

Current Status:   

10/13/2021 – Bills for Third Consideration; (Pending Committee Report)

 

HB560

TAX CREDIT FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING (HOOPS J, PAVLIGA G) To authorize a nonrefundable tax credit for the construction or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing.

 

Current Status:   

5/26/2022 – House Families, Aging and Human Services, (Second Hearing)

 

HB646

PACE LOANS (CUTRONA A, ROEMER B) Regarding residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans.

 

Current Status:   

5/31/2022 – House Civil Justice, (Second Hearing)

 

SB13

SHORTEN PERIOD OF LIMITATIONS-CONTRACTS (LANG G) To shorten the period of limitations for actions upon a contract; to make changes to the borrowing statute pertaining to applicable periods of limitations; and to establish a statute of repose for a legal malpractice action.

 

Current Status:   

3/11/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/16/21

 

SB19

REGARDING PROPERTY TAXATION (SCHAFFER T) To modify the law regarding property taxation and sales and use tax.

 

Current Status:   

2/7/2022 – House Appoints Managers; D. Merrin, R. Stoltzfus & L. Sobecki Named as House Conferees

 

SB83

BROWNFIELDS (WILLIAMS S, RULLI M) To require the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study to determine where brownfield sites are located in this state and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

1/25/2022 – Re-Referred to Committee

 

SB84

CLEAN OHIO REVITALIZATION FUND (WILLIAMS S, RULLI M) To make changes to the law relating to the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund.

 

Current Status:   

3/23/2021 – Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)

 

SB97

MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX-WORK FROM HOME (ROEGNER K) To modify municipal income tax employer withholding rules for COVID-19-related work-from-home employees

 

Current Status:   

5/12/2021 – Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

 

SB110

RENT, UTILITY ASSISTANCE (O’BRIEN S, WILSON S) To provide rent and utility assistance and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

3/24/2021 – Referred to Committee House Finance

 

SB225

TAX CREDITS – TEMPORARY MODIFICATION (SCHURING K) To modify the historic rehabilitation and the opportunity zone investment tax credits, to adjust the applicability of certain recently enacted provisions related to tax increment financing and downtown redevelopment districts, and to authorize the City of Canton to distribute moneys in the Hartford-Houtz Poor Fund to the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association or any other charitable organization.

 

Current Status:   

6/14/2022 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days