Rep. Ramos Offers Amendment To Require Country Of Origin Label On Steel
Lawmaker attempted to overturn provision to postpones label requirement
November 24, 2014
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) recently offered an amendment to House Bill 490, Ohio’s agriculture and environment budget bill, that would have reinstated a 2015 start date for the labeling of steel used for fracking with the country of origin. Earlier this year, the Governor signed legislation to require labeling beginning in 2015, but HB 490 includes a provision that would postpone the requirement until 2017.

“There is no reason to postpone the labeling requirement as companies can still use foreign steel -- so long as they’re proud to say it,” said Rep. Ramos. “As it stands, no other country has developed the same process for making the same high-quality, high-strength steel tube as we have in the United States. We have to protect our industries here.”

Rep. Ramos’ amendment was immediately tabled by the House Republican Leadership preventing debate by the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 490 passed out of the House with the 2017 provision and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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