Rep. Anielski Announces Ohio House Passage Of Transportation Budget
Budget bill will create jobs, fix Ohio's roads, stimulate the state's economy

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed Substitute House Bill 51, the state transportation budget that allocates vital funding to improve Ohio’s infrastructure and contribute to a healthy economy. The transportation budget provides more than $2.5 billion annually for upgrading Ohio’s road infrastructure and issues bonds that will generate an additional $1.5 billion in funding for road projects over the next six years.

“I am pleased that Sub H.B. 51 was passed by the 130th General Assembly," Rep Anielski said. “It allocates vital funding to improve our northeastern Ohio infrastructure and will address sound and water mitigation issues for my constituents."

Among other provisions, Sub. H.B. 51:
• creates the Turnpike Mitigation Program to help communities through which the Turnpike passes resolve issues created by its presence;
• enhances nexus language and requires 90 percent of bond revenue to be used within 75 miles of the Turnpike;
• requires that stop signs be erected at railroad highway grade crossings when upgrades are made or when new crossings are constructed;
• freezes tolls for E-Z Pass trips for passenger cars of fewer than 30 miles at the current rate for the next 10 years;
• clarifies that license plates may be made from aluminum, plastic or other suitable materials, in addition to the standard steel; and
• enhances penalties for theft involving scrap metal and prohibit scrap dealers from buying from individuals identified as a thief or receiver of stolen property by law enforcement.

Sub. H.B. 51 passed with bipartisan support and will now move to Governor Kasich for his signature.

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