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Rep. Fraizer's Bill Becomes Law

June 19, 2020
Mark Fraizer News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) today announced that House Bill 481 was signed into law by Governor DeWine.

House Bill 481, sponsored by Fraizer, authorizes local governments to convey certain under-utilized plots of land owned by the state to outside purchasers. The bill encourages collaboration between state government and corresponding jurisdictions to encourage revitalization of these properties to better serve the needs of Ohioans.

The Department of Administrative Services will be involved in the conveyance of properties to ensure that they are in the best interests of the state. Under House Bill 481, the real estate will be conveyed under an “as-is, where-is, with all faults” condition.

The Senate passed the bill with amendments that add provisions to the bill including the following:

  • A full capital reappropriations bill for fiscal years 2021-22
  • The allocation of $350 million in CARES Act funding to provide payments to state and local governments to pay for expenses accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Corrects language and a veto impacting nursing homes from our last budget bill, House Bill 166;
  • Gives the Governor one-time, fiscal year 2021, permissive authority to freeze steps and a pay increase of classified exempt state employees
  • Authorizes a county, township, or municipal corporation in FY2021 to establish a mandatory cost savings program, up to 160 hours, for exempt employees because of a fiscal emergency or lack of work due to COVID-19
  • Explicitly states that if a business received a forgivable Paycheck Protection Loan that loan is not subject to the Commercial Activity Tax

“All in all, House Bill 481 is a land conveyance bill that will save the taxpayers money, and a bill that allocates $350 million in CARES Act funding and reappropriates nearly $1.28 billion in capital funds for Fiscal Year 2021-2022,” said Fraizer. “I applaud Governor DeWine for signing this legislation today so constituents can immediately reap the benefits from the bill.”


For more information, contact Rep. Fraizer’s office at (614) 466-1482 or