COLUMBUS – A proposed state law that would prohibit park districts from using eminent domain to create bike paths is on its way to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk, State Representative Al Cutrona announced tonight.
The legislation is part of the new two-year state budget, which was given final approval by the legislature this evening.
The eminent domain issue was advanced by Cutrona (R-Canfield) in response to concerns from local residents. He said it’s protects residents from government overreach.
“This is a common sense proposal, it’s been debated and it’s time to get it done,” Cutrona said. “This will better protect property rights and it’s the right thing to do.”
The legislation prohibits a park district in Mahoning County from using eminent domain to appropriate property for recreational trails.
“I came to the Statehouse to fight for the Valley and fight for my constituents and that’s what this legislation is about: Taking a stand and fighting for what is right,” Cutrona said.
The eminent domain issue is one of several highlights included in House Bill 110, the state budget bill. The two-year state budget also includes a 3 percent across the board income tax cut, funding to support veterans, first responders and law enforcement, including $15 million for police training, and a series of measures to help keep and create jobs in the Valley and across Ohio.
Other highlights of the budget include the Fair School Funding Plan, which is the result of three years of work by educators and policymakers to reform school funding; and $250 million for broadband.
The new state budget must be in place by June 30.