COLUMBUS - 

Recently, it seems our country has been impacted over and over again by natural disasters. Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are still reeling from the number of hurricanes that hit the Caribbean over the past several weeks. And now, California is waging a war against wildfires that have already racked up too many deaths.


These events sparked the House’s passage of legislation that had already been in the works for months, the Disaster Relief Act. House Bill 133 will exempt out-of-state communications, utilities, infrastructure companies and other qualifying entities from certain taxes during a declared disaster. These tax exemptions include state and municipal income taxes, state and local sales taxes, the commercial activity tax, and occupational licensing requirements.


This exemption will eliminate red tape, allowing businesses to deploy resources faster and more quickly make repairs should a disaster occur in Ohio. While our state is typically out of the impact range for hurricanes and wildfires, we are still susceptible to natural disasters like tornados, floods, and blizzards. In these circumstances, it is important that our communities get needed help as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Ohio has done its part to help other regions of our country in their rebuilding process after these disasters. Our National Guard has been deployed to aid in rescue efforts and contractors statewide have left to return power to people’s homes and rebuild roads and buildings. I’m proud that Ohio has been able to help our fellow citizens, and should we be in a similar situation, the Disaster Relief Act will help other states do the same for us.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Greenspan Sworn In As State Representative Of The 16th House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 16th Ohio House District, which includes Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.