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Patton Announces Passing of House Bills 27 and 88

March 2, 2022
Thomas F. Patton News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) announces this week that House Bill 27 and House Bill 88 passed the Ohio House of Representatives today. 

House Bill 27 was voted out of the Ohio House Wednesday. This legislation strives to increase the penalty for failing to secure a vehicle load. 

Under current law, failure to secure a vehicle load is a minor misdemeanor along with a fine up to $150. This legislation would increase that penalty to $500 if no physical harm were caused by the violation. Should there be harm to a person or property because of the violation, it would be a third degree misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,500 fine and any other penalty that may be imposed for a third degree misdemeanor.

“We must do everything we can to ensure that motorists in Ohio are safe and properly securing there cargo, House Bill 27 if enacted, will keep our roads safe and clear,” said Patton. 

House Bill 88 was also voted out of the Ohio House Wednesday. This legislation would add a commercial roofing license section to the existing specialty contractors licensing structure.

This bill is a simple way to license commercial roofing contractors in the same effective and efficient way that other specialty contractors are currently licensed while providing needed protections for public and private owners and helping to regulate the independent contractor abuse that is undermining Ohio’s economy.

The Professional Firefighters Association, The Northeast Ohio Fire Fighters Association, and the Fire Chiefs Association have supported this legislation. 

“House Bill 88 is a simple piece of legislation that will efficiently enact licensures while also protecting the general public. 

House Bill 27 and House Bill 88 will now head to the Ohio Senate.