An Ohio House Resolution calling for the elimination of the state’s E-Check program passed through committee and awaits a vote on the House floor.
The E-Check program requires residents of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties tested every two years to pass regulatory emissions requirements. The bill, a resolution calling for the elimination of the program under the Federal Clean Air Act, passed the Ohio House’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“I’m very pleased to see this resolution moving forward once again through our legislative process,” Ohio Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chester Township, said in a statement. “It’s my hope we move it all the way up the ladder, this resolution has passed several times in the Ohio House and it's time our state adopts the stance to end the burdensome and costly E-Check program.”
Grendell is sponsoring the legislation along with Portage County Republican Rep. Gail Pavliga.
The resolution calls on U.S. Congress and the President to eliminate the requirement of the E-Check program. It calls on them to direct the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin new rule-making procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act to repeal and replace the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
The resolution calls on the U.S. EPA to "find more effective alternatives to the program.” Congress and the president are also called on to “pass legislation to achieve improvements in air quality more efficiently while allowing companies to innovate and help the economy grow.”
Grendell told House committee members during sponsor testimony that the “arbitrary, arduous, and obsolete program” wastes millions of dollars that could be spent elsewhere.