COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 509, legislation sponsored by State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) that provides residential care facilities the option to pay a fee of $2,250 to receive an expedited inspection for licensing of new additions within an allotted timeframe.
Under current law, only new facilities have the option to pay this expedited fee, House Bill 509 further offers existing facilities the opportunity to pay a fee for service to the Department of Health when making expansions to their facilities.
“With the increasing population of elderly citizens we are seeing in Ohio, it is important to plan and encourage expansions within existing facilities, while removing unnecessary barriers to occupying completed facilities,” said Fraizer.
House Bill 509 would allow residential care facilities to become operational at a faster rate and will encourage future developments with existing facilities to help care for our growing aging and disabled population.
The legislation unanimously passed with a vote of 91-0. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Mark Fraizer is currently serving his first term as state representative for the 71st Ohio House District, which includes portions of Licking County.
For more information, contact Rep. Fraizer’s office at (614) 466-1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org