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Rep. Ginter Applauds House Passage of Transportation Budget

March 4, 2015
Timothy E. Ginter News

State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) applauded the passage of Substitute House Bill 53 out of the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday.

Sub. HB 53 is the state transportation budget, which allocates vital funding to improve Ohio’s infrastructure and economy. It provides more than $3.4 billion annually over the next two years for making improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure and safety services. Over the biennium, the bill appropriates $5.04 billion for highway construction and maintenance.

“I am pleased to announce support for House Bill 53, a strong bill that received bipartisan support,” Ginter said. “This bill encourages business-friendly and public safety-oriented policies as well as securing the vital funding necessary to maintain and improve our infrastructure.”

Among other provisions, Sub. H.B. 53:

  • Appropriates $450,000 per year for the Department of Public Safety to purchase driving simulators
  • Strengthens standards for Ohio’s driver-training schools and instructors
  • Requires deputy registrars to accept payment in the form of credit or debit cards by July 1, 2016, and prohibits any additional charges for a financial transaction device from being added to the total cost
  • Increases the project threshold for which a county engineer can utilize design-build from $1.5 million to $5 million
  • Provides an additional $114 million over two years for local transportation projects

Prior to clearing the House floor, HB 53 passed out of the Finance Committee unanimously. It will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. By law, the transportation budget must be signed into law by March 31st.