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    Ohio Public Sector Legislation 2019-2020

    Pending and Enacted in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly
    Current as of July 16, 2019

    Listed below are the bills affecting local governments that are pending or were enacted in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2019 and will conclude in December 2020.

    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. 163 - Water/Sewer Service
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati)

    Creates a process for withholding local government funds and state water and sewer assistance from municipal corporations that engage in certain water and sewer practices with respect to extraterritorial service.
    Chronology
    March 25, 2019 Introduced in the House
    April 2, 2019 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 153 - County Vacancies
    Sponsored by Representative John Becker (R-Union Twp)

    Modifies the law regarding declaring a county office vacant for failure to perform duties, including failure to appear at the officer's principle office location, and designates this act the "Working Officials Requirements Key Act" or "WORK Act."
    Chronology
    March 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 26, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 152 - Tax Levies
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati)

    Requires certain subdivisions to obtain the approval of the body that created the subdivision before levying a tax.
    Chronology
    March 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 26, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 119 - Traffic Violations
    Sponsored by Representative Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva)

    Grants municipal and county courts original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action concerning a traffic law violation, modifies certain requirements governing the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices by a local authority, and makes corrective changes to the distracted driving and texting-while-driving law.
    Chronology
    March 5, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Criminal Justice Committee


    H.B. 92 - Sales Tax
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Requires voter approval of any increase in the rate of a county sales tax.
    Chronology
    February 21, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 5, 2019 Referred to State & Local Government Committee


    H.B. 78 - Prevailing Wage
    Sponsored by Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance)

    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 15, 2019 Introduced in the House
    February 19, 2019 Referred to Commerce & Labor Committee


    H.B. 75 - 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
    February 15, 2019 Introduced in the House
    February 19, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    H.B. 54 - Local Government Fund
    Sponsored by Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire)

    Increases the proportion of state tax revenue allocated to the Local Government Fund from 1.66% to 3.53% beginning July 1, 2019.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 50 - Charter Hospitals
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)

    Requires that all rights to and interests in charter county hospital employee discoveries, inventions or patents are the property of the charter county hospital.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019
    Introduced in the House
    February 12, 2019 Referred to Civil Justice Committee
    March 12, 2019 Reported out of committee


    S.B. 95 - Business Investments
    Sponsored by Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina)

    Enhances state and local tax inducements for businesses making substantial fixed asset and employment investments and their suppliers.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    S.B. 90 - Minimum Wage
    Sponsored by Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati)

    Increases the state minimum wage and to allow municipalities, townships, and counties to establish higher minimum wage requirements.
    Chronology
    March 6, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee


    S.B. 38 - Water Sewer Funds
    Sponsored by Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Revises the law governing municipal corporation use of water and sewer funds.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 13, 2019 Referred to Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee


    S.B. 12 - Photo Monitoring
    Sponsored by Senator Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus)

    Makes changes to the laws governing traffic law photo-monitoring devices, other civil traffic violations, and related fines and fees.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 13, 2019 Referred to Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee


    S.B. 8 - Opportunity Zones
    Sponsored by Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Authorizes tax credits for investments in an Ohio Opportunity Zone.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 19, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee
    April 2, 2019 Reported out of committee
    April 3, 2019 Passed in Senate 31-0