COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) applauded the passage of Substitute House Bill 53 out of the Ohio House of Representatives today.


Sub. HB 53 is the state transportation budget, which allocates vital funding to improve Ohio’s infrastructure and economy. It provides more than $3.4 billion annually over the next two years for making improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure and safety services. Over the biennium, the bill appropriates $5.04 billion for highway construction and maintenance.


“Today’s action will make Ohio’s transportation system safer and more efficient,” Representative Scherer said. “As a parent and grandparent, making roadways and waterways less dangerous is a top priority. I applaud my fellow House members for guaranteeing funding that will ensure top-notch transportation infrastructure and safety services for Ohioans. I am especially pleased by the bill’s unanimous passage, which highlights the importance of bipartisanship.”


Among other provisions, Sub. H.B. 53:



  • Appropriates $450,000 per year for the Department of Public Safety to purchase driving simulators

  • Strengthens standards for Ohio’s driver-training schools and instructors

  • Requires deputy registrars to accept payment in the form of credit or debit cards by July 1, 2016, and prohibits any additional charges for a financial transaction device from being added to the total cost

  • Increases the project threshold for which a county engineer can utilize design-build from $1.5 million to $5 million

  • Provides an additional $114 million over two years for local transportation projects


Prior to clearing the House floor, HB 53 passed out of the Finance Committee unanimously. It will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. By law, the transportation budget must be signed into law by March 31st.

 
 
 
  
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