Ohio General Assembly Updates

Jul 21, 2022 | Advocacy

Jeffry D. Harris
Bricker & Eckler LLP

 

HB 377 LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY (Hall, T., Swearingen, D.) Introduced on July 15, 2021, this bill seeks to amend just-enacted HB 168 to appropriate the entirety of the U.S. Treasury’s allocation of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds ($844MM) to nonentitlement units of local government (NEUs), to be distributed by Ohio OBM.

This measure was fast-tracked for hearings in the House Finance Committee and cleared the entire House on May 18 in a 75-9 vote.

On June 1, this bill’s appropriations more than doubled as the State’s $500MM in funding for Appalachian-area initiatives was inserted by the Senate Finance Committee. That same day, the Senate passed the amended measure 31-1 and the House concurred in those Senate amendments in an 80-10 vote. The bill was signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 28, 2022.

HB 430 PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT (Cross, J.) Introduced on September 21, 2021, this bill enacts new R.C. 713.28 related to property development adjacent to natural gas transmission pipelines. Specifically, this measure would require a pipeline operator to provide certain information to a public authority if a public improvement is located within 660 feet of the center point of natural gas pipelines, as well as require developers to include such information in their project plans. Further, a public authority would be authorized to withhold project approval until the bill’s requirements have been met.

This measure was reported out by the House Energy & Natural Resources Committee in February 2022, and the full House passed the legislation unanimously on March 2.

On June 1, 2022, the entire Senate voted to approve the bill, which was amended and reported out by the Energy & Public Utilities Committee (with one such change related to landline telephone service cessation by telecommunications companies). The House concurred in those changes on the same day. The bill was signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 24, 2022.

SB 354 FORECLOSURE SALES (Blessing, L.) Introduced on July 14, 2022, this bill seeks to restrict owners of rental housing – who themselves owe outstanding fines for building code violations or own housing units that are in active violation of building codes – from bidding on properties in judicial foreclosure sales; the bill also seeks to create the Ohio Housing Study Committee.

JobsOhio Releases Annual Report, 2021 Marked As Landmark Year

JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development corporation, released its 2021 Annual Report and 2022 Strategic Plan, which showed 2021 to be a landmark year. In 2021, more than 29,000 new jobs were committed, and companies planned more than $6.9 billion in capital investment in Ohio.

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Hanna Greer-Brown, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

When Ohioans bring their recyclables to the curb or to a community drop-off location, they might not give much thought as to where materials like soda and water bottles go from there.

When we recycle, we aren’t only protecting the environment by diverting trash from the landfill; we are also supporting jobs, consumers and Ohio’s economy.

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Making Way for People: The Future Is Now

When the MLK Interchange opened in 2017, the vision for Uptown Cincinnati as a district that will incubate talent and attract businesses officially began. Fast forward five years and the four quadrants at MLK and Reading Road in The Cincinnati Innovation District® (CID), a mixed-use development supporting Uptown’s medical, research and innovation industries, is quickly coming to life as construction finishes on the highly anticipated University of Cincinnati Digital Futures building, the centerpiece of the Digital Futures Complex. Over the next decade, there are plans for an additional two million square feet of mixed-use development with 7,500+ people working, visiting, and living there each day.

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