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    Ohio Public Sector Legislation 2017-2018

    Pending and Enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly
    Current as of November 14, 2018

    Listed below are the bills affecting local governments that are pending or were enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018.

    We include links to the full text of the legislation which include the most recently available analysis from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. The bills are listed by number from the most recently introduced to the earliest with House bills listed first, followed by Senate bills.

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    H.B. 740 - State Bonds
    Sponsored by Representative Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton)

    Authorizes the Treasurer of State to issue revenue obligations of the state for the purpose of making loans to port authorities, community improvement corporations, or community development corporations through the Treasurer's purchase of those authorities' and corporations' revenue obligations.
    Chronology
    October 10, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 736 - Tax Levy
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout)

    Require certain subdivisions governed by a board comprised of at least one unelected official to obtain the approval of the legislative body that created the subdivision before levying a tax.
    Chronology
    October 1, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    H.B. 727 - Opportunity Zones
    Sponsored by Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Authorizes an income tax credit for investments in an Ohio Opportunity Zone.
    Chronology
    August 29, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 720 - Sales Tax
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Requires voter approval of any increase in the rate of a county sales tax.
    Chronology
    August 14, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 715 - Water/Sewer Funds
    Sponsored by Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Authorizes a municipal corporation to use up to 5% of its water and sewer funds for sewerage or water system extensions in each fiscal year when the extension is for economic development purposes.
    Chronology
    July 25, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 712 - Prevailing Wage
    Sponsored by Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville)

    Repeals the Prevailing Wage Law.
    Chronology
    June 26, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2019 Referred to Federalism & Interstate Relations Committee


    H.B. 670 - Municipal Taxes
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Enacts the "Simplified Alternative Withholding Tax Compliance Act" authorizing an employer to enter into an agreement with a municipal tax administrator to prescribe, subject to certain parameters, the portion of nonresident employee wages that will be subject to the municipal corporation's income tax.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 668 - Public Facilities
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Authorizes state agencies, state institutions of higher education, counties, townships, municipal corporations, school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and college-preparatory boarding schools to enter into public-private initiatives with a private party through a public-private agreement regarding public facilities.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee


    H.B. 662 - Immigration Laws
    Sponsored by Representative Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)

    Clarifies a municipal corporation's authority to enact policies to effectively allocate its resources in order to satisfy municipal law enforcement needs and comply with federal immigration laws as appropriate.
    Chronology
    May 25, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 654 - Local Government Funding
    Sponsored by Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid)

    Makes a supplemental appropriation under the budget of the Auditor of State to make disbursements to political subdivisions appearing on the Auditor of State's fiscal caution, fiscal watch, or fiscal emergency list during the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium.
    Chronology
    May 15, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 653 - Participatory Budgeting
    Sponsored by Representative Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)

    Authorizes counties to engage in participatory budgeting.
    Chronology
    May 15, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 602 - Water Sewer Service
    Sponsored by Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington)

    Penalizes a municipal corporation for engaging in certain actions related to its provision of water and sewer services outside of its territory by reducing or withholding payments the municipal corporation receives from the Local Government Fund and rendering the municipal corporation ineligible for state water and sewer development funds.
    Chronology
    April 17, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 594 - Local Government Payments
    Sponsored by Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain)

    Provides for payments to municipalities or school districts for their lost income tax revenue after a business lays off 50 or more employees within their jurisdiction.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 500 - Township Laws
    Sponsored by Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp)

    Makes various changes to township law.
    Chronology
    November 21, 2017 Introduced in the House
    February 20, 2018 Referred to State & Local Government Committee
    May 24, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 81-0


    H.B. 422 - Water Sewer Acquisitions
    Sponsored by Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem)

    Governs acquisitions of municipal water-works and sewage disposal system companies by certain larger nonmunicipal water-works or sewage disposal system companies.
    Chronology
    November 21, 2017 Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee
    February 13, 2018 Reported out of committee
    February 28, 2019 Passed in House 93-1
    March 21, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 410 - Traffic Violations
    Sponsored by Representative Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)

    Grants municipal and county courts original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action concerning a traffic law violation, specifies that the court require an advance deposit for the filing of specified civil actions by the local authority bringing the civil action, and modifies the reporting requirements and LGF withholding that apply to subdivisions that operate traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
    Chronology
    November 7, 2017 Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    H.B. 343 - Property Values
    Sponsored by Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Twp)

    Requires local governments that contest property values to formally pass an authorizing resolution for each contest and to notify property owners.
    Chronology
    September 11, 2017 Introduced in the House
    September 19, 2017 Referred to Ways & Means Committee
    January 16, 2018 Reported out of commmittee


    H.B. 342 - Tax Levies
    Sponsored by Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Twp)

    Permits local tax-related proposals to appear only on general and primary election ballots and not on an August special election ballot and to modify the information conveyed in election notices and ballot language for property tax levies.
    Chronology
    September 11, 2017 Introduced in the House
    September 19, 2017 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee
    April 18, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 20, 2018 Passed in House 59-31
    November 14, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Ways & Means Committee


    H.B. 312 - Political Subdivision Spending
    Sponsored by Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Regulates the use of credit cards and debit cards by political subdivisions, modifies the duties and powers of the Auditor of State, specifies that electronic submission of a public record request entitles the requestor to damages if the public office fails to comply with the Public Records Act, makes changes to the law governing financial planning and supervision commissions, and authorizes a property tax abatement for certain property subject to a submerged land lease and held by a municipal corporation.

    Signed by the Governor on August 3, 2018; effective in 90 days

     


    H.B. 298 - Sick Days
    Sponsored by Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Twp)

    Makes changes with respect to the number of sick days provided to public employees.
    Chronology
    June 26, 2017 Introduced in the House
    September 12, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 291 - Government Insurance
    Sponsored by Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster)

    Authorizes counties, townships, and municipal corporations to purchase an employee dishonesty and faithful performance of duty insurance policy, instead of a bond, for protection from loss due to the fraudulent or dishonest actions of, and the failure to perform a duty prescribed by law by, an officer, official, employee, or appointee for which a bond is required by law.
    Chronology
    June 26, 2017 Introduced in the House
    September 12, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee
    November 29, 2017 Reported out of committee
    December 13, 2017 Passed in House 88-0
    March 21, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee


    H.B. 267 - Political Subdivision Liability
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (R-Cincinnati)

    Eliminates certain defenses to political subdivision liability for an employee's negligent operation of a motor vehicle and reduces damages recoverable against a political subdivision in such actions by the contributory fault of the plaintiff or other parties.
    Chronology
    June 12, 2017 Introduced in the House
    June 20, 2017 Referred to Civil Justice Committee


    H.B. 255 - Elections
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Authorizes a township officer who serves a population of greater than 5,000 to make arrests for specified traffic offenses on interstate highways within and adjacent to the officer's territory and prohibits townships from using traffic law photo-monitoring devices on interstate highways.
    Chronology
    May 31, 2017 Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Transportation & Public Safety Committee


    H.B. 251 - Subdivision Investments
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)

    Increases from five to ten years the maturity period of other political subdivision's bonds and obligations eligible for investment of a subdivision's interim moneys, a county's inactive moneys, and money in the county public library fund.

    Signed by the Governor on May 2, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 237 - Elections
    Sponsored by Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville)

    Requires a political subdivision with territory in more than one county that places an issue on the ballot to notify the board of elections of every county in which the political subdivision has territory, requires the Secretary of State to establish a database to facilitate communication between the boards of elections and the Secretary concerning local elections, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    May 23, 2017 Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    H.B. 210 - Photo Monitoring
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Prohibits a local authority from deriving more than 30 per cent of the total annual revenue of the local authority from the issuance of tickets for traffic law violations based on evidence recorded by traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
    Chronology
    May 9, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 16, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 209 - Photo Monitoring
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Prohibits a local authority, in any year, from issuing a total number of traffic tickets based on the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices that exceeds two times the population of the local authority.
    Chronology
    May 9, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 16, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 208 - Photo Monitoring
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Prohibits a local authority with a population of 200 or fewer from utilizing traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
    Chronology
    May 9, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 16, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 207 - Photo Monitoring
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Prohibits a municipal corporation or township that does not operate either a fire department or an emergency medical services organization from utilizing traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
    Chronology
    May 9, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 16, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 180 - Equal Pay
    Sponsored by Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)

    Requires a contractor or person submitting a bid or other proposal for a state contract or a business entity applying for a grant or other economic incentive from a state agency to obtain an equal pay certificate, requires state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities among classes of employees, and prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses the employee's salary or wage rate with another employee.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2017 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 179 - Immigration Laws
    Sponsored by Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown)

    Requires state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, prohibits a local government that fails to do so from receiving certain state funds, provides for the removal of officers of a local government that fails to do so, and declares an emergency.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2017 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 124 - Tax Levies
    Sponsored by Representative Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)

    Allows a county to propose as a single ballot question property taxes and a bond issue for the acquisition of, or permanent improvements to, criminal justice-related facilities and the operating expenses associated with such facilities and other criminal justice services, authorizes a joint vocational school district to submit the question of a renewal tax levy to voters who did not have an opportunity to vote on the levy at an election held in November of 2015 because the levy was only placed on the ballot in one of several counties in which the district has territory, and declares an emergency.

    Signed by Governor on June 28, 2017; effective immediately


    H.B. 122 - Economic Development
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Establishes a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances.

    Signed by the Governor on May 2, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 103 - Fiscal Planning Commission
    Sponsored by Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin)

    Modifies the composition and powers of the financial planning and supervision commission of a political subdivision that is in a state of fiscal emergency and clarifies the duties of that political subdivision.

    Signed by the Governor on July 17, 2017; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 69 - TIF Districts
    Sponsored by Representative Robert Cupp (R-Lima)

    Requires reimbursement of certain township fire and emergency medical service levy revenue forgone because of the creation of a municipal tax incremen financing district.

    Signed by the Governor on December 22, 2017; effective in 90 days


    S.B. 239 - Regional Councils of Government
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls)

    Modifies the law concerning regional councils of governments.

    Signed by the Governor on July 30, 2018; effective in 90 days


    S.B. 213 - Economic Programs
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Enhances economic and employment opportunities and improves 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 makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    October 5, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    November 15, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 203 - Municipal Taxation
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls)

    Reinstates the municipal income tax "throw-back rule" used in apportioning business income among municipalities.
    Chronology
    September 28, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    November 15, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 181 - Garbage Fees
    Sponsored by Senator Sean O'Brien (D-Bazetta)

    Authorizes all municipal corporations that charge a garbage collection fee to certify unpaid amounts to the county auditor, who must enter the fees on the property tax list to be collected in the same manner as real property taxes.
    Chronology
    August 16, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    September 6, 2017 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    S.B. 176 - Municipal Taxes
    Sponsored by Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander)

    Prohibits municipal corporations from levying an income tax on nonresidents' compensation for personal services or on net profits from a sole proprietorship owned by a nonresident.
    Chronology
    August 8, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    September 6, 2017 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    S.B. 162 - Immigration
    Sponsored by Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander)

    Withholds local government fund payments to municipal corporations that have enacted an ordinance, policy, directive, rule, or resolution that hinders or prevents municipal employees from cooperating with state or federal immigration services or from complying with executive orders pertaining to immigration.
    Chronology
    June 13, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    June 16, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 97 - Economic Development
    Sponsored by Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley)

    Establishes a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances.
    Chronology
    March 9, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    March 15, 2017 Referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee


    S.B. 88 - Fiscal Emergencies
    Sponsored by Senator Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati)

    Modifies the composition and powers of the financial planning and supervision commission of a political subdivision that is in a state of fiscal emergency and clarifies the duties of that political subdivision.
    Chronology
    March 2, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee
    March 29, 2017 Reported out committee
    April 5, 2017 Passed in Senate 33-0
    May 9, 2017 Moved to House and referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    S.B. 72 - Prevailing Wage
    Sponsored by Senator Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City)

    Allows political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
    Chronology
    February 27, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 43 - Building Codes
    Sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park)

    Enables limited home rule townships to adopt building codes regardless of any similar codes adopted by the county in which the township resides.
    Chronology
    February 9, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee
    June 27, 2017 Reported out of committee


    S.B. 31 - Sewage Systems
    Sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Twp)

    Authorizes a board of county commissioners or municipal legislative authority to elect to withdraw the county or municipal corporation from the application of any rule adopted by the Department of Health after January 1, 2014, that governs the design of household sewage treatment systems.
    Chronology
    February 6, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    February 8, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 17 - Local Government Funding
    Sponsored by Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

    Increases monthly allocations to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.68% of the total tax revenue credited to the General Revenue Fund each month.
    Chronology
    January 31, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    February 1, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee