COLUMBUS – Bills to expand access to drug treatment, improve college credit transfers and help behavioral health are among the bills announced today by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs.


Householder (R-Glenford) said that while the topics of this latest round of House priority legislation, like the bills proposed last week, are diverse, they share the common theme of lawmakers working together to solve problems.


“I think it sends a pretty powerful message to our constituents and our country that Ohio is a place where people roll up their sleeves, work together and get things done,” Householder said.


“Many of these commonsense, bipartisan proposals before you today will move our state forward by expanding opportunity and giving everyday Ohioans a real shot at living the American Dream right here at home, in Ohio,” said Boggs (D-Columbus).


The bills proposed today are:


Treatment in Lieu of Conviction (House Bill 1) – Expands access to treatment in lieu of conviction and sealing of low-level, non-violent, non-sex offenses. The goal is to expand opportunity for those who have made a mistake to right a wrong and become a productive member of society. Sponsored by Representatives Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo).


Addressing the Shortage of Public Defenders (House Bill 5) – Creates the Public Defender State Loan Repayment Program to help recruit and retain attorneys to serve as public defenders. This is similar to what Ohio already does to help encourage physicians, dentists and dental hygienists to serve in areas facing a shortage of those professionals. Sponsored by Representatives Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) and David Leland (D-Columbus).


Improving Credit Transfers (House Bill 9) – The legislation contains common sense reforms to improve credit transfers from one public school to another and help students who have left school determine if, with the coursework they have completed, they are eligible for an associate’s degree or job training certificate. Sponsored by Representatives Don Jones (R-Freeport) and Bride Sweeney (D-Cleveland).


Behavioral Health (House Bill 12) – The legislation creates the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network. This will bring together a diverse group of experts to develop evidence- and outcome-based solutions to improve the mental health of children and young adults, and reduce suicides. Half of all mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults. Sponsored by Representatives Don Manning (R-New Middletown) and Thomas West (D-Canton).

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, along with House leadership and members from both parties, today unveiled a series of bills to address issues related to domestic violence, infant mortality, economic development and drug addiction.


“Our job is to solve problems,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “We believe these bills, along with other legislation our members are working on, will make a difference in the lives and communities of Ohio.”


“Many of our priorities, like Aisha’s law, are critical to the safety and security of all Ohioans,” said Sykes (D-Akron). “No one should have to live in fear for themselves or their family, and more people should have more tools to build better lives and brighter futures in our state.”


The bills introduced today are:


Aisha’s Law (House Bill 3) – The legislation aims to reduce domestic violence by increasing support for victims, advancing preventative measures and toughening domestic violence penalties. The legislation is named for Aisha Fraser, who was killed Nov. 17, 2018. She was a victim of domestic violence prior to her death. Sponsored by Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton).


Prenatal Care (House Bill 11) – The goal of the legislation is to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of the mother and child. Mothers receiving Medicaid-funded services consistently face lower health outcomes, and Ohio’s infant mortality rate among African-Americans is three times that of white children. The bill would expand tobacco cessation and oral healthcare, increase lead education and support group prenatal healthcare programs to improve the health of the mother and decrease the chances of infant illness or death. Sponsored by Reps. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland).


Job Training (House Bill 4) – The legislation would streamline the process for businesses to create new workforce certificate programs. This will enable the state to more quickly respond to changes in job training needs. Businesses continually need growing and changing skillsets in the workforce, but need a team to help navigate the state’s education systems just to propose the creation of new job training certificate programs. Under the bill, businesses who believe a new job training certificate program is needed would be able to work directly with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, which would then vet the proposal and work with state education officials to develop curriculum, standards, or materials necessary for the credential or certificate program. Sponsored by Reps. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon).


Broadband Expansion (House Bill 13) – Approximately one million Ohioans lack access to broadband services. These gaps are typically in rural or low income areas of the state. House Bill 13 would create the Residential Broadband Expansion Program, which would provide grants to municipalities and townships to help fund projects that provide broadband to residential areas within their boundaries that are without broadband access. Sponsored by Reps. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren), along with co-sponsor Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville).


Governor’s Office of Drug Policy (House Bill 10) – Ohio is one of the states hardest hit by the drug crisis. The bill would create a permanent, centralized office within the governor’s office to coordinate the state’s drug-related efforts and help support local efforts, including sharing best practices that have made a difference and helping facilitate mutual aid across communities. Sponsored by Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva).

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today unveiled a series of bills to improve foster care and job training, and protect Ohio’s water.


The package builds on the work done in the state budget bill, which passed the House last week by a wide, bipartisan margin.


“By working together we can strengthen Ohio families, give our children a brighter future and create a strong foundation for economic growth,” said Sykes (D-Akron).


One of the major tenets of the House budget plan was to invest in Ohio’s foster care system, which is being stretched to the limit by the drug crisis. The number of kids in foster care has increased 25 percent in recent years to more than 15,000.


“The state’s done a lot to help those struggling with addiction. What we’re trying to do is make sure we’re also helping others who have been impacted by the addiction crisis,” Householder said.


Two of the bills proposed today, House Bills 8 and 14, continue the House’s work on foster care.


House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) would improve Ohio’s foster caregiver training so potential foster parents can be trained, licensed and approved more effectively.


House Bill 14, sponsored by Rep Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) would create the Kinship Navigator Program. The program would help kinship caregivers locate support services that are available to them, and expands the definition of kindship so more family members can qualify.


The other two priority bills introduced Monday are:



  • Tech Cred job training grant and reimbursement program – House Bill 2, sponsored by Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) would create funding mechanisms to support training for in-demand jobs. The Tech Cred program would be geared toward the incumbent workforce and individuals looking to enter an in-demand field. Businesses and individuals would be eligible to apply.

  • H2Ohio – House Bill 7, sponsored by Haraz Ghanbari (R-Bowling Green) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and creates the H2Ohio Endowment Board and establishes a state trust to fund the preservation and restoration of Ohio’s lakes and rivers. The measure will provide a long-term plan for Ohio, creating a secure, sustainable funding stream for the protection of water quality. The state budget bill approved last week, House Bill 166, included $86 million for the first two years of H2Ohio, as well as language creating an advisory board for the program.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today passed its version of the two-year state budget, a plan that cuts taxes, invests in our schools and supports at-risk youth.


House Speaker Larry Householder said the plan invests in Ohio’s future and protects Ohio’s most vulnerable. It received strong bipartisan support, passing 85-9.


“We had some really good debates and good ideas, and I think this budget will make a difference for Ohioans,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “Some of the ideas we talked are going to become separate bills in order to build them out a bit more. We’re just getting started.”


The budget bill, House Bill 166, is the product of extensive work by members of the Ohio House. The Finance Committee and its five subcommittees collectively heard 135 hours of testimony. The House plan builds on the budget Gov. Mike DeWine proposed earlier this year.


Key provisions of the bill include:



  • Meaningful personal income tax relief for all Ohioans. The House plan completely eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Record funding for Ohio’s schools. The legislation builds on Gov. Mike DeWine’s blueprint and adds $125 million more over the next two years, with more being provided to areas with higher poverty.

  • Major investments in foster care, which has been a priority of many lawmakers. The House package doubles funding for foster care above what had been proposed by the governor. In addition to supporting local Jobs and Family Services operations, funding in House Bill 166 would be used to help at-risk youth and support recruiting additional foster care parents.

  • Medicaid reform, including increasing pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) transparency and accountability within the Medicaid program.


The budget bill now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


A new two-year state budget must be signed into law by June 30, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House Finance Committee today approved a major package of tax relief, record investments in education and support for at-risk kids in its version of the two-year state budget.


The $68.85 billion spending plan contained in House Bill 166 is the result of 135 hours of testimony from nearly 600 witnesses by the committee as well as its five subcommittees.


“This is a sustainable, responsible budget plan that is structurally balanced,” said Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). “It provides meaningful personal income tax relief for all Ohioans, especially for low income Ohioans, while investing in our schools and helping at-risk youth.”


Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said this budget is about expanding opportunity, protecting vulnerable Ohioans and investing in Ohio’s future. He said he is especially pleased with the bill’s major investment in foster care.


“We’ve done a lot in recent years to help those suffering from addiction,” Householder said. “This budget takes an important additional step by helping those impacted by the addiction crisis, in particular children.”


He praised the work of Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager, and subcommittee chairs Rick Carfagna, Robert Cupp, Dave Greenspan, James Hoops and Mark Romanchuk for their leadership in crafting the budget.


“The members of the committee, and frankly the House as a whole, really took their charge seriously,” Householder said. “They rolled up their sleeves, rose to the challenge and crafted a really good budget for the people of Ohio.”


Changes made to the bill Wednesday include:



  • Expanding the House personal income tax relief plan. The budget eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Increasing the minimum teacher base salary in Ohio, for an individual with a bachelor’s degree, from $20,000 to $30,000.

  • Permitting school districts to propose a school safety and security levy that would provide funding to local chartered non-public schools in addition to the district.

  • Creating a study committee to examine whether Ohio would benefit from the creation of a maritime commission, something that has been done in other states.

  • Creating a series of K-12 education-related studies to be undertaken primarily by the Ohio Department of Education or the legislature’s Joint Education Oversight Committee. These reviews would cover a range of topics, including special education best practices and funding, gifted education (including incentives for rural schools to serve identified gifted children), preschool, educational service centers and alternate methods for funding community schools. Additionally, a legislative task force would study the transportation of community school and non-public school students, with an eye toward greater efficiency.


Highlights of the bill include:



  • Providing meaningful personal income tax relief. The budget completely eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.

  • Record funding for Ohio schools, with the House adding $125 million to Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed K-12 education budget.

  • $60 million over the biennium for foster care, double what had been proposed in the governor’s budget. The funding will help support local efforts, at-risk youth and recruiting additional foster parents.

  • Medicaid PBM reform to increase transparency and accountability, and protect tax dollars.


The Ohio House is scheduled to be in session beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, with lawmakers expected to consider the budget bill. The measure would then go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


The two-year spending plan is for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS - Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and the Ohio House today unveiled its rewrite of the proposed two-year state budget, with an emphasis on meaningful tax relief for working families, targeted investments in education and Medicaid reform.


“We live in a time of prosperity,” said Speaker Larry Householder. “But for too many Ohioans, that prosperity remains out of reach. That’s especially true in our urban and rural communities alike. One of our top priorities in this budget has been to empower all Ohioans, regardless of their ZIP code or circumstances.”


Householder said the House plan builds on the work of Gov. Mike DeWine, who has spent his career fighting for kids and better opportunities for all Ohioans.


The $68.7 billion two-year budget is structurally balanced.


Meaningful Tax Relief: The House budget plan provides $300 million in real tax relief for low- and moderate-income Ohioans. The plan eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,500, meaning the income tax rate for Ohio’s three lowest tax brackets is now zero. For those earning between $22,500 and $88,800, their state income tax rate will be cut 4.7 percent. The net tax cut contained in the legislation is $100 million.


Record Funding for Schools: The House also provides record funding for Ohio schools, targeting those resources to support at-risk students. The House budget builds on Governor DeWine’s proposal by adding an additional $125 million over the biennium for the Student Success and Wellness initiative, which is designed to fund services that address non-academic barriers to student success, including mental health, family engagement and support services, and mentoring.


Medicaid PBM Reform: The House plan includes several government reform measures designed to increase accountability, transparency and protect tax dollars. Included is significant legislation to increase pharmacy benefit manager transparency and accountability within the Medicaid program.


Under the bill, the state’s Medicaid pharmacy benefits manager would be bid as a standalone contract, rather than the PBM contracting with a Medicaid managed care organization. The selected PBM would act as a fiduciary to the state and be required to pursue the lowest drug costs from manufacturers on behalf of the state.


“Medicaid PBM reform is long overdue and I believe this legislation will help ensure the selected PBM is working in the best interests of the taxpayers,” Householder said.


Other highlights of the House substitute bill include:


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  • Re-establishes the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program, providing $25 million for loans and loan guarantees for the development and improvement of industrial parks in rural areas of Ohio.

  • Creates the Ohio Maritime Assistance Program, which would allow ports to seek grants to construct and improve cargo terminals. The bill provides $10 million in each of the next two fiscal years for the initiative.

  • Increases funding for the Appalachian New Economy Partnership to $2.5 million over the biennium. The initiative promotes economic development in Appalachia Ohio through investments designed to improve the region’s IT and knowledge infrastructure. Led by Ohio University, the initiative supports public-private technology partnerships within the 32-county Appalachian region. The funding will enable the ANEP to draw down additional federal dollars.

  • Provides $5 million in each of the next two years to be distributed to community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges and Ohio Technical Centers for non-credit job-related workforce training programs.


Education



  • Requires the Ohio Department of Education to establish a program requiring schools where more than 70 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced price breakfasts to offer breakfast to all students. The program would be phased in over three years. Many schools have successfully drawn down federal funding to pay for their school breakfast programs.

  • Directs the state auditor to, in consultation with the Joint Education Oversight Committee, conduct a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Education.

  • Establishes a new program at the Facilities Construction Commission, in partnership with the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Public Safety, to help school districts replace old and unsafe school buses. The legislation provides $20 million for the initiative.


Higher Education



  • The House plan provides increased support for Ohio’s colleges and universities, including mirroring the governor’s proposed increases for the following programs:


    • State Share of Instruction – This is the state’s primary financial support for public colleges and universities, accounting for nearly 75 percent of the Department of Higher Education’s budget. It would receive an additional $21.8 million in FY 2020 and $20 million in FY 2021, an increase of 1 percent each year.

    • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) – This is the state’s main needs-based financial aid for higher education students. The House plan would increase funding for this program by 21 percent in each of the next two fiscal years to $122 million in FY 20 and $148 million in FY 21.

    • Choose Ohio First – This program, which provides scholarships to students pursuing STEMM or STEMM education degrees, as well as scholarships for Patient Centered Medical Home education, would be increased by approximately $12 million in each of the next two years.

    • Ohio Technical Colleges – The budget proposes an increase of 39.7 percent over the biennium (from $16 million to $23 million) for OTCs, the most significant funding level since 2003. OTCs provide postsecondary career and technical education at 54 sites across Ohio, in collaboration with secondary career centers, high schools, and joint vocational schools. OTCs are positioned to respond quickly to the needs of business and industry by providing customized training and business consultation services to companies to assist with meeting Ohio’s workforce goals.


  • This fall, all incoming freshmen at four-year public universities in Ohio will have their tuition and general fees frozen – guaranteed – so what they pay for their first year will be the same for their fourth year.



  • Creates a new $6 million grant program to help community and technical college students with the purchase of textbooks and other instructional material.


Medicaid PBM Reform



  • Creates one uniform pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) contract for Medicaid managed care, ensuring that the PBM works for the State of Ohio and in the best interests of the taxpayers.


    • This contract will go through the procurement process under the Department of Administrative Services and be managed by the Department of Medicaid. The contract must be in place by July 1, 2020.

    • The selected PBM will be required to submit to the Department of Medicaid, on a quarterly basis, all conflicts of interest in subsidiary or sister companies, all costs pertaining to drug purchasing from manufacturers, costs paid to pharmacies, any rebate dollars, and formulary changes. ODM will then be required to furnish a report to the General Assembly within 60 days and testify at the request of the Speaker and/or Senate President on such findings.

    • Establishes that the chosen PBM will act as a fiduciary to the state and be required to pursue the lowest drug costs from manufacturers on behalf of the state.

    • Requires all data submitted by the PBM to flow directly to the Department of Medicaid and not through a Medicaid managed care organization.



Health and Human Services



  • Creates new quality incentives for Managed Care Plans to decrease costs to the Medicaid Program where they will earn dollars for averaging a lower cost for per member per month than neighboring states.

  • Provides $2 million in each fiscal year to support grants to reduce infant mortality.

  • Changes the age to buy tobacco and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.

  • Requires the director of the Department of Developmental Disabilities to establish a workgroup regarding adult day support and non-medical transportation services provided under the Medicaid waivers.

  • Requires managed care organizations to establish an employment connection incentive program to assist Medicaid recipients in obtaining and maintaining employment.

  • Establishes the Health and Human Services Efficiencies and Alignment Study Committee to examine the state’s health and human services agencies.

  • Requires the Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council to develop a comprehensive multi-system youth action plan.


Tax Changes



  • Changes the Business Income Deduction to cover the first $100,000 of business rather than the first $250,000. Eighty-six percent of taxpayers utilizing this deduction will see no change.

  • Closes a loophole in current law under which a filer using the Business Income Deduction can claim state tax benefits intended for low-income Ohioans.

  • The House plan eliminates the motion picture tax credit and a tax credit for contributing to a political campaign.

  • The legislation also eliminates sales tax exemptions for sales to motor racing teams, the purchase of gold coins and bullion, the purchase of flight simulators, aviation repair and maintenance as well as services to maintain and repair fractionally-owned aircraft.

  • Makes changes relative to the collection of sales taxes on online purchases to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision.

  • Directs ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to collect and remit sales taxes on behalf of the drivers.


H2Ohio



  • Funds the H2Ohio initiative at the governor’s requested level for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 at a combined $85 million. The House is continuing its work on a long-term plan for a secure, sustainable funding source for the protection of Ohio’s bodies of water and to preserve this valued natural resource for future generations.


Miscellaneous



  • Provides additional resources to Ohio Government Television and requires them to broadcast committee hearings.

  • Provides $8.9 million for rape crisis centers and $2 million to help victims of domestic violence.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – To boost the state’s commitment and investment in clean energy, Representatives Jamie Callender (R-Concord Township) and Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) today introduced a bill creating the Ohio Clean Air Program (OCAP) designed to provide incentives to build and maintain zero and reduced carbon emissions generation facilities in the state while lowering customers’ electric utility bills.


“We all have a duty to be stewards of the environment,” said Speaker Larry Householder. “We can all agree that we need to improve the quality of our air, water and ground.  We must ensure these are as clean as practical and we leave our environment healthy for our children and grandchildren. This program will steer our state in the right energy and clean air direction for 11.6 million Ohioans.”


OCAP will provide incentives to electric power generators that produce zero-carbon emissions, reduce emissions or invest in clean energy. The program seeks to offer an alternative way to encourage cleaner energy production in Ohio.


Currently, Ohio’s residential, commercial and industrial energy customers, through mandates on their bills, pay monthly charges for renewable and energy efficiency/peak demand services. The new bill proposes to make those programs still available to customers as options but replaced with the new, OCAP program. The OCAP would appear on customer bills – for most customers it will be lower than the amount charged by the mandates and programs.


Currently, the average residential customer pays $4.39 in mandates.  The bill proposal will save on average $1.89 under this new program.


The new statewide rate for the Clean Air Program is:



  • $2.50 per month for residential customers;

  • $20 per month for commercial customers;

  • $250 per month for industrial customers;

  • $2,500 per month for very large users (45 million KWh a year).


The bill would create a fund and program, administered by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, (OAQDA) which will certify Clean Air Resources and Reduced Emissions Resources. Certified Clean Air Resources, which produce zero-carbon emissions, will report each month to the OAQDA their megawatt hours generated and will receive credits based on a formula. The OAQDA will also develop a program for generators who reduce their emissions.


It is expected that the OCAP will collect approximately $300 million per year.


“The good news for electric customers is that for many, their bills will actually go down,” Said Rep. Callender, chair of the House Public Utilities Committee and co-sponsor of the bill. “This is because there are already charges on their bills in the form of a Renewal Portfolio Standard and Energy Efficiency Standard/Peak Demand. The new program seeks to offer an alternative way to encourage cleaner energy production in Ohio.“


“This legislation looks to Ohio’s energy future by investing in clean energy,” said Rep. Wilkin, co-sponsor of the bill. “It addresses the global need of generating power and balancing it with a portfolio of supporting cleaner resources to meet the state’s demand.”


The bill will be assigned to the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and will be considered by the Sub-committee on Energy Generation.


Watch the press conference held today here: http://www.ohiochannel.org/video/press-conference-4-12-2019-ohio-clean-air-program


Supporting documents can be found here: https://ohiolis.sharefile.com/d-s57d92e3d6a54ea7a

 
 
  

COLUMBUS — The process of hiring a human resources professional for the Ohio House of Representatives has begun and will remain open until the position is filled.


When Speaker Larry Householder was elected Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, one of his priorities was professionalizing the House’s human resources operations. With this posting and subsequent hiring for the position that promise will be fulfilled. He formed a bi-partisan work group to study the human resources needs. As a result of this several-week study, the work group developed a description of requirements needed for the position.


Serving on the work group, were Representatives Kristin Boggs, Tracy Richardson, Tavia Galonski and Don Manning. “I am grateful to this work group for their time and dedication to this process,” Speaker Householder added.


The new position of Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Human Resources (CAO/DHR) facilitates all administrative functions for the Ohio House of Representatives under the direction of the Speaker of the House. CAO/DHR is a supervisory position responsible for the management of the House Administrative Department and personnel. CAO/DHR creates, implements, and ensures compliance with all human resource functions including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, benefits administration, compensation, employment relations, training, and policy. CAO/DHR must embrace and utilize these HR guiding principles; integrity, consistency, and quality.


Additional specific duties and responsibilities for the position are included in the job posting available on several major career sites including the Ohio Hiring Management System, Ohio Means Jobs, Monster, Indeed and LinkedIn, among others. To view the full position description and related job duties and tasks, please visit: https://dasstateoh.taleo.net/careersection/oh_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=19000213&tz=GMT-04%3A00


Qualifications for the position include six years management and four years public sector human resources experience, a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or an equivalent discipline and a master’s degree is preferred. Compensation for the full-time position is commensurate with experience.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS—Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the passage of House Bill 62, legislation that makes appropriations for programs related to transportation and public safety for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of those programs.  This budget totals $7.94 billion over the biennium.


HB 62 increases Ohio’s motor fuel tax on gasoline by 10.7 cents and diesel fuel by 20 cents. These increases yield approximately $872 million and would be gradually increased over the span the phase-in period. The motor fuel tax on gasoline would be phased-in by 7 cents in 2019 and 3.7 cents in 2020. The motor fuel tax on diesel would be phased-in over a three year period.  This tax would increase by 10 cents in 2019, 6 cents in 2020, and 4 cents in 2021. The increases will be divided 55/45 between the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments, increasing local revenue to approximately $390 million per year.


Additionally, electric vehicles will be charged $200 and hybrid vehicles will be charged $100 yearly in registration fees to contribute to Ohio’s transportation improvements. The House plan also increases investment in public transit to $100 million annually per year.


The transportation budget will create Ohio’s Road to the Future Committee to study Ohio’s infrastructure needs. This committee will report back to the Ohio General Assembly by October 1, 2019.


“Chairman Oelslager and the Ohio House Finance Committee worked tirelessly to fund Ohio’s transportation needs,” stated Householder. “The House plan fulfills Ohio’s immediate transportation and public safety needs, and looks toward the future. It provides innovative ways to enhance Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, and ensures that we as a legislature have oversight and accountability over the Ohio Department of Transportation.”


The bill passed with 71 affirmative votes and 27 negative votes and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder announced today the standing committee and standing subcommittee assignments for the 133rd General Assembly.


 


“Members of the Ohio House have a great wealth of knowledge and expertise,” said Speaker Householder. “The work of the committees will be essential to us in the 133rd General Assembly as we begin enacting our policy agenda to improve the lives of Ohioans.”


 


The committee assignments are as follows:





















AGING AND LONG-TERM CARE 


Arndt, Chair


 


Howse, Ranking Member


Reineke, Vice Chair


Boyd


Antani


Clites


Brinkman


Liston


Ginter


Russo


Green


West


Scherer


 


Powell


 


Ryan


 


 























AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT


Koehler, Chair


 


Brent, Ranking Member


Smith, T., Vice Chair


Cera


Jones


Clites


Kick


Hicks-Hudson


Manchester


Lightbody


Manning, D.


Patterson


Powell


Weinstein


Schaffer


 


Seitz


 


Stoltzfus


 


 



















ARMED SERVICES AND VETERANS AFFAIRS


Perales, Chair


 


Weinstein, Ranking Member


Hood, Vice Chair


Brown


Dean


Crawley


Holmes, A.


Miller, A.


Keller


Sheehy


Kick


 


Lanese


 


Richardson


 


 



















ARMED SERVICES AND VETERANS AFFAIRS


Hambley, Chair


 


Brown, Ranking Member


Patton, Vice Chair


Crossman


Butler


Galonski


Callender


Hicks-Hudson


Cupp


Skindell


Hillyer


 


Lanese


 


Seitz


 


 



















CRIMINAL JUSTICE 


Lang, Chair


 


Leland, Ranking Member


Plummer, Vice Chair


Crossman


Butler


Galonski


Cupp


Rogers


LaTourette


West


Manning, D.


 


Seitz


 


Smith, T.


 


 









CRIMINAL SENTENCING SUBCOMMITTEE


LaTourette, Co-Chair


 


Galonski, Co-Chair


Plummer


Rogers


Smith, T.


 


 





















COMMERCE AND LABOR 


Manning, G.,  Chair


 


Lepore-Hagan, Ranking Member


Dean, Vice Chair


Brent


DeVitis


Lightbody


Edwards


Sheehy


Hood


Smith, K.


Jones


Sweeney


Patton


 


Riedel


 


Stein


 


 





















ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 


Zeltwanger, Chair


 


Sobecki, Ranking Member


Powell, Vice Chair


Ingram


DeVitis


Liston


Holmes, A.


Miranda


Lang


Skindell


McClain


Upchurch


Reineke


 


Riedel


 


Vitale


 


 



















ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES 


Vitale, Chair


 


Denson, Ranking Member


Kick, Vice Chair


Holmes, G.


Baldridge


Leland


Cross


O’Brien


Hillyer


Weinstein


Jordan


 


Stein


 


Wiggam


 


 









ENERGY GENERATION SUBCOMMITTEE 


Stein, Co-Chair


 


O’Brien, Co-Chair


Baldridge


Holmes, G.


Jordan


 


 



















FEDERALISM 


Becker, Chair


 


Miller, A., Ranking Member


Stoltzfus, Vice Chair


Kelly


Brinkman


Kennedy-Kent


Dean


Miller, J.


Green


Strahorn


Hood


 


Koehler


 


Smith, R.


 


 













































FINANCE 


Oelslager, Chair


 


Cera, Ranking Member


Scherer, Vice Chair


Crawley


Baldridge


Hicks-Hudson


Blessing


Howse


Butler


Kelly


Callender


Miller, A.


Carfagna


O’Brien


Carruthers


Patterson


Cross


Rogers


Cupp


Skindell


Edwards


Sweeney


Greenspan


West


Hambley


 


Hoops


 


Lipps


 


Plummer


 


Perales


 


Richardson


 


Roemer


 


Romanchuk


 


Wilkin


 


 









FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, DEVELOPMENT, AND
NATURAL RESOURCES


Hoops, Chair


 


 


Hicks-Hudson, Ranking Member


Baldridge


O’Brien


Richardson


 


 









FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Romanchuk, Chair


 


West, Ranking Member


Lipps


Kelly


Roemer


 


 









FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION


Carfagna, Chair


 


Sweeney, Ranking Member


Edwards


Miller, A.


Perales


 


 









FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION


Cupp, Co-Chair


 


Patterson, Co-Chair


Blessing


Crawley


Hambley


 


 









FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION


Greenspan, Chair


 


Skindell, Ranking Member


Carruthers


Howse


Cross


 


 



















FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 


Jordan, Chair


 


Smith, K., Ranking Member


Hillyer, Vice Chair


Crossman


Carfagna


Denson


Cross


Leland


Greenspan


Russo


Lanese


 


Lang


 


Roemer


 


 

























HEALTH 


Merrin, Chair


 


Boyd, Ranking Member


Manning, D., Vice Chair


Clites


Antani


Lepore-Hagan


Butler


Liston


Carruthers


Russo


Ginter


Upchurch


Keller


West


LaTourette


 


Lipps


 


Plummer


 


Romanchuk


 


 



















HIGHER EDUCATION 


Keller, Chair


 


Ingram, Ranking Member


Riedel, Vice Chair


Galonski


Edwards


Lightbody


Holmes, A.


Miller, J.


Manning, G.


Miranda


Perales


 


Richardson


 


Smith, R.


 


 



















INSURANCE 


Brinkman, Chair


 


Boggs, Ranking Member


Antani, Vice Chair


Brown


DeVitis


Holmes, G.


Lang


Sweeney


LaTourette


Upchurch


Merrin


 


Patton


 


Ryan


 


 






















PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION 


Blessing, Chair


 


Robinson, Ranking Member


Jones, Vice Chair


Crawley


Carruthers


Ingram


Cupp


Miller, J.


Koehler


Patterson


Manchester


Sobecki


Manning, G.


Strahorn


Smith, R.


 


Smith, T.


 


 































PUBLIC UTILITIES 


Callender, Chair


 


Holmes, G., Ranking Member


Wilkin, Vice Chair


Boggs


Antani


Crossman


Blessing


Denson


Brinkman


Miller, A.


Cross


Robinson


DeVitis


Rogers


Edwards


Sheehy


Patton


Smith. K.


Schaffer


 


Seitz


 


Stein


 


Vitale


 


Wiggam


 


 

















RULES AND REFERENCE 


Householder, Chair


 


Sykes, Ranking Member


Butler, Vice Chair


Boggs


Callender


Hicks-Hudson


DeVitis


Smith, K.


Edwards


 


Lanese


 


Seitz


 


 





















STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 


Wiggam, Chair


 


Kelly, Ranking Member


Ginter, Vice Chair


Kennedy Kent


Arndt


Russo


Becker


Skindell


Greenspan


Sobecki


Hambley


Strahorn


Smith, R.


 


Smith, T.


 


Wilkin


 


 





















TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY


Green, Chair


 


Sheehy, Ranking Member


McClain, Vice Chair


Brent


Arndt


Howse


Hoops


Lepore-Hagan


Jones


Miranda


Manchester


O’Brien


Manning, G.


 


Patton


 


Stoltzfus


 


 





























WAYS AND MEANS 


Schaffer, Chair


 


Rogers, Ranking Member


Lipps, Vice Chair


Boyd


Becker


Cera


Carfagna


Denson


Green


Leland


Hoops


Robinson


McClain


Sobecki


Merrin


Upchurch


Powell


 


Reineke


 


Roemer


 


Ryan


 


Scherer


 

 
 
  
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