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Grendell's Bill Ending E-Check Passes House Committee

May 27, 2021
Diane V. Grendell News

State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) announces that House Resolution 56 has passed out of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The resolution calls for the elimination of the E-Check program under the Federal Clean Air Act. The program requires Ohio citizens living within Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties to get their vehicles tested every two years to pass regulatory emissions requirements.

“I’m very pleased to see this resolution moving forward once again through our legislative process,” said Grendell. “It’s my hope we move it all the way up the ladder, this resolution has passed several times in the Ohio House and its time our state adopts the stance to end the burdensome and costly E-Check program.”

In previous testimony, Grendell has cited the excessive costs due to the implementation of E-check outweighing the environmental benefits, especially for those who cannot afford it, such as middle- and lower-income individuals that are more likely to own an older vehicle that fails emissions tests.

“Its cost has now exceeded $19,390,000 for Fiscal Year ‘20 and Partial Fiscal Year ’21, wasting valuable money in our state. Think of all that could be accomplished if this money were to be spent elsewhere,” Grendell added. “The ends simply must be not be permitted to justify the means. The poorest among us, elderly, students, and lower-class individuals, are consistently forced to make expensive repairs to their vehicles to meet these arbitrary standards.”

Additionally, regarding emissions, 74 percent of harmful emissions have dropped since 1970 and the push for newer vehicle models and computerized systems have reduced these pollutants.

Specifically, the resolution:

  • Calls for the U.S. Congress to reform the review and amend the Federal Clean Air Act; 
  • Calls for the U.S. EPA to find more effective alternatives to the program; and
  • Allows for companies to find innovative solutions to air quality issues and help our economy grow.

Grendell is a joint sponsor of the bill alongside Pavliga. The resolution currently has 15 cosponsors and now awaits a vote on the House floor.