COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville) today announced the unanimous passage of the Disaster Relief Act, legislation he sponsored that will exempt out-of-state businesses and employees from certain taxes when they come to Ohio for disaster-related work.


 


In the event of a declared disaster by the United States President or the Governor of Ohio, House Bill 133 will exempt communications and infrastructure companies, utilities, and other qualifying entities from state and municipal income taxes, state and local use taxes, the commercial activity tax, and occupational licensing requirements during a declared disaster. This exemption will allow businesses to deploy resources faster and more quickly make repairs.


 


“Although we have worked on this bill for approximately 18 months, recent unfortunate events in Texas and Florida illustrate the need for us to be ready,” said Ryan. “Just today, I was told of a relief company that was forced to leave Texas and head for Florida due to unnecessary government bureaucracy.”


 


House Bill 133 will eliminate red tape for out-of-state companies looking to help in disaster work should a disaster occur in Ohio.


 


The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.


 
 
 
  
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