Legislative Updates from the Governmental Affairs Project Team
Project Team members are tasked with looking at public and political issues at the local, state and national levels that may affect doing business in our area as outlined in the Public Policy Agenda. They will also be responsible for hosting the State of the City and State of the County Addresses and holds a forum for Legislative Updates.
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On Wednesday, the Ohio House Insurance Committee, unanimously reported the BWC budget (HB 31) from its committee. Before voting on the bill, an amendment was adopted that eliminated the proposed name change for the agency. Under the as-introduced version of the bill, the agency was renamed from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to the Department of Workforce Insurance and Safety. In testimony, Administrator John Logue said the name change would better reflect the various missions of the agency and could bolster employee recruitment efforts.
The Ohio Chamber took no position on the name change, but the proposal faced strong head winds from members of the committee who thought the new name could result in confusion for injured workers and employers.
House Bill 31 will now head to the House Finance Committee for what is likely a single hearing and a vote on the bill. Following its quick stop in Finance Committee, we anticipate the House will complete its work on the BWC budget with a vote on the House floor upon their return in late April.
Ohio’s two-year transportation budget (House Bill 23), containing billions for road and highway projects, is heading to a legislative conference committee and expected to emerge and land on Governor Mike DeWine’s desk for his signature by the end of March.
House Bill 23 originally cleared the Ohio House as a $12.6 billion measure on March 1 with a 74-21 vote. Among proposals inserted by the House to the Governor’s original introduced version were:
- A $1 billion rural highway fund designed to improve worker commutes in rural communities
- A reduction to the annual registration fee for owners of hybrid plug-in vehicles
- A ban on township and counties from instituting traffic camera programs to issue tickets for speeding or running red lights
- Permission for the DeWine Administration to enter into an agreement with the federal government to allow for enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards to enter Canada, Mexico or Caribbean countries without need a passport
- Provisions designed to improve rail safety in the wake of the East Palestine train derailment.
The Ohio Senate considered a number of their own changes to the budget, including a measure debated but ultimately not included that would have increased from 55 mph to 60 mph the maximum speed limit on two-lane highways. The Senate’s version also increases total spending to $13.5 billion, and removed the House’s rural highway fund provision, the traffic camera ban, the enhanced driver’s licenses/ID cards provision, and the registration fee cut for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Senators also agreed on House language to give Amtrak the statutory authority to expand rail service in Ohio, and agreed with, but altered, the House measure requiring all trains in Ohio to have a crew of at least two people.
Another major difference in the Senate version relates to force account thresholds, or the levels at which local governments must competitively bid public projects. The House version set the thresholds based upon the scope of work, while the Senate version changed this to allow local governments to set their own force account limits or use an increased limit indexed to inflation.
Other key provisions of the budget include: $10 million for a transformative transportation improvement study, increased funding to municipalities, townships, and counties, $3.6 billion for replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati and to help build a second nearby bridge, and language allowing for permanent registrations for non-commercial trailers.
The Senate version of HB 23 passed that chamber unanimously 30-0 before returning to the Ohio House where they voted to not concur on the Senate changes 79-16. House Bill 23 now goes to a conference committee comprised of majority and minority members from both the House and Senate to resolve all differences between the two versions.
This past Friday the Ohio Chamber participated in a briefing from the US Chamber of Commerce on the soon to be announced rule for drinking water MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level) for PFOS and PFOA. The rule would impact water utilities. The public comment period on the proposal will end on May 30, 2023. The Ohio Chamber will review the US Chamber coalition letter and seek input from Ohio Chamber members before signing onto the letter.
House Bill 64 seeks to modify the current procedures used in eminent domain proceedings. House Bill 64 received two hearings earlier this month. Ahead of a third hearing the bill sponsors convened an interested party meeting. The Ohio Chamber attended that meeting this past Thursday. The meeting lasted an hour and elicited comments from many attendees at the meeting. Those comments will be compiled by the sponsor and may become the content of amending language or creation of a substitute bill. It is too early to say for certainty which direction the sponsors will take on the alternatives suggested by the interested parties. The Ohio Chamber will continue to monitor the bill and participate in future interested party meetings.
The Ohio General Assembly has introduced several bills impacting the Ohio tax code. These bills will receive hearings in the future, and a few may end up in the operating budget. These bills impact municipal income tax penalties; safe harbor for reporting apportionment for municipal net profit tax; allowance for immediate recognition of bonus depreciation expenses; and definitional clarity for guaranteed payments. The Ohio Chamber is monitored the bills and will keep Ohio Chamber members updated as the bills move through the process.
On Thursday, March 16, the Ohio Chamber’s Healthcare Committee hosted a healthcare lunch & learn for the members of the 135th General Assembly. The discussion focused on three industry perspectives: the pharmaceutical industry, the hospital industry, and the health insurance industry. To kick off the discussion, PhRMA, Amgen, and Boehringer Ingelheim provided an overview on the biopharmaceutical contribution to Ohio’s economy, the implications of the federal Inflation Reduction Act, and overall policies impacting their business.
Switching gears to the hospital industry, leaders from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic explained the workforce challenges they face, innovative ways to address behavioral health, access to care, and preventative care, and offered suggestions on how to reduce regulatory burdens on the hospital systems.
To wrap up the event, the Ohio Association of Health Plans, the Buckeye Health Plan, and OptumRX discussed the utilization of the managed care model for Medicaid services, Medicaid redetermination, and the role pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) serve in the healthcare delivery system.
Ohio Chamber Director of Healthcare Policy Meredith Craig provided testimony last week in support of Senate Bill 60 (Gavarone), legislation aimed at addressing the current behavioral health workforce shortage. It will create a new license called a certified mental health assistant (CMHA) and will provide training necessary for identifying and managing mental health and substance use disorders. This ultimately will increase patient access to affordable, high quality behavioral health care.
The Chamber’s Blueprint for Ohio’s Economic Future highlights the need to increase access to addiction treatment, harm reduction, and mental health services. Senate Bill 60 aligns with the Chamber’s focus on ensuring access to treatment by addressing the shortage of personnel in behavioral health and recovery support services. Investing in mental health and safety is critical to building solid workplaces, a strong workforce, and strong communities. This legislation is one of our top policy priorities for the 135th General Assembly.
House Bill 3 the state tax credit to draw down additional federal money used for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) received its second hearing.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce continues to support the effort and provided proponent testimony this week. The six-year program provides nonrefundable tax credit certificates to eligible developers. The actual credit is used over ten years for each approved project. Therefore, the foregone tax revenue per year is $50 million. This program is estimated to provide over 4,300 housing units each year of the program and estimated to generate nearly $4 billion in tax revenues over the useful life of the housing units.
In proponent testimony before the House Civil Justice Committee, the Ohio Chamber highlighted how Senate Bill 21 removes legal barriers to businesses appealing decisions made by state agencies. Under current law, nearly every appeal of a business license denial, order from an administrative law judge, or operating permit issued by the state of Ohio has to be appealed to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. This structure increases the cost of legal bills and the administrative burden associated with appealing agency decisions because many businesses will have no connection to Franklin County, yet are required to bring litigation in a court outside their home county. These higher costs and burdens serve as a barrier to appealing an agency decision for many businesses.
Senate Bill 21 seeks to address these issues by expanding the number of courts that can hear an agency appeal. In Senate Bill 21, all 88 county courts of common pleas have the jurisdiction to handle appeals of state agency decisions. As a result, businesses can more easily access the courts and have a judge review the decision of the administrative agency. Additionally, Senate Bill 21 helps promote judicial efficiency in Ohio, by creating a structure where the jurisdiction for hearing agency appeals rests in every county court of common pleas rather than vesting the sole exclusive jurisdiction in a single county.
Senate Bill 21 remains in House Civil Justice Committee following a party line vote out of the Ohio Senate earlier this year.
The Ohio Chamber provided written support for the wholesale tobacco bad debt tax credit. Last legislative session the measure almost crossed the finish line but was vetoed when an amendment was added to it during the lame duck session. House Bill 66 has received two hearings now in the House Ways & Means Committee and may find its way into the budget. As a standalone bill it is the same language that went to the Senate during the 134th General Assembly.
The Ohio Chamber Tax Committee is finishing a preliminary review of the August 2023 Ohio Tax Conference Agenda. A final agenda will be ready by April to prepare for the opening of registration. The event will be held over two days in Columbus starting on August 23.
The Ohio Chamber lent its support to Senate Bill 31 last week in the Senate Insurance Committee. The bill, which would establish legislative oversight of agreements between the federal government and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), aims to prevent a repeat of the havoc the federal pandemic unemployment compensation (FPUC) program wrecked on Ohio’s labor market. The FPUC program provided claimants with an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits during the early stages of the pandemic. However, despite the programing shrinking before being terminated in 2021, its effects are still being felt on Ohio’s labor market. In fact, there are more than 100,000 fewer Ohioans working today than before the pandemic and Ohio’s labor force participation rates have still not reached pre-pandemic levels.
Under Senate Bill 31, the legislature will be able to force ODJFS to exit any supplemental unemployment benefit program that either expands weekly benefit payments or increases the maximum total benefit amount by passing a concurrent resolution from both chambers. Importantly, the legislation does not limit the authority of the governor or ODJFS to enter into these agreements. Instead, it only grants the legislature with oversight authority and an ability to rescind an agreement if it becomes apparent a federal supplemental unemployment benefit is negatively impacting the Buckeye State.
Senate Bill 31 awaits a third hearing and a potential vote in the Senate Insurance Committee.
Before the Senate Insurance Committee, the Ohio Chamber gave proponent testimony on Senate Bill 63 because it seeks to stop the overnaming of businesses in asbestos lawsuits. Overnaming is a litigation tactic employed by trial lawyers that brings dozens and even a hundred businesses into a single lawsuit alleging an asbestos exposure. This harmful practice is problematic because countless businesses that have no connection to the alleged exposure have to utilize their insurance coverage or pay an attorney to get their business removed from the lawsuit, when the business should have never been named in the first place.
The Ohio Chamber supports Senate Bill 63 because the legislation calls for plaintiff attorneys to provide information about the nature of the alleged asbestos exposure at the outset of the litigation. This pre-discovery disclosure will result in fewer businesses being named in asbestos lawsuits since the plaintiff is required to show the factual basis for why the party was named as a defendant. This requirement will not allow the responsible party or parties to escape liability and the plaintiff’s available remedies remain the same under Senate Bill 63, so the bill does not diminish a plaintiff’s right to seek redress for their injury or limit the monetary award they may receive because the pre-discovery disclosures.
Joining the Ohio Chamber in support of the legislation was the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice, and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.
Senate Bill 63 remains in Senate Insurance Committee where a third hearing is expected in the weeks to come.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce offered proponent testimony last week on House Bill 12, a companion bill to Senate Bill 1, which restructures both the Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education to provide stronger emphasis on workforce skills and career readiness. Both House Bill 12 and Senate Bill 1 are priority bills in their respective legislative chambers, and one of the Ohio Chamber’s top priorities for the 135th Ohio General Assembly.
Rick Carfagna, SVP of Government Affairs for the Chamber, testified before the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee in favor of the legislation. As noted by Carfagna, 2022 state snapshot reports for Grade 8 mathematics and reading both show that average proficiency scores for Ohio students are lower than previous average scores in 2019. Additionally, scores for Black students and Hispanic students were each significantly lower compared to white students.
Carfagna also shared data from Ohio’s 2021 Remediation Report, produced by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education, which illustrates preparedness issues among high school graduates. As of 2020, the percentage of Ohio public high school graduates attending an Ohio public college or university and needing remediation in math or English was 19.3%. For Ohio adults over age 25 enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time, the overall remediation in 2020 was even higher at 24.87%.
“Continuing on the path we have right now is clearly not working,” remarked Carfagna. “Will this new system work? We think it will, but we’re confident that the current system is not working and we need a structural change in K-12 in this state. We are not cultivating a technology-proficient workforce, and our education system is not equipping students with the skill sets to fill current job openings, the jobs in the pipeline that have been announced, and the jobs in the coming decade that have yet to be invented.”
Under both House Bill 12 and Senate Bill 1, the Ohio Department of Education will become a state-level agency called the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) with a dual focus on primary and secondary education and preparing students for the workforce. The department will be led by a Director who is appointed by the Governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. The Department will consist of two divisions: the Division of Primary and Secondary Education, and the Division of Career Technical Education. The Ohio Chamber believes that elevating Career Tech Education to the same levels as K-12 is long overdue and will greatly help eradicate stigmas surrounding skilled trades, while also supplying our state’s business community with a talented, homegrown employee base.
The Ohio Chamber recently submitted a letter of support for the funding of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
The Ohio Chamber supports the $46.5 million funding over the biennium for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline because it serves as an important resource for employers and employees. The 988 line is saving lives. It connects Ohioans in a mental health or addiction crisis with an appropriate behavioral health response.
The Ohio Chamber Healthcare Committee met this past week. The group discussed upcoming events including the Healthcare Lunch & Learn planned for state legislators on March 16.
In addition, the group discussed pending legislation at the Ohio General Assembly. The committee welcomed special guest Representative Carruthers who chairs the Finance Health and Human Services Subcommittee in the Ohio House. She previewed the work the subcommittee may include in the state budget and fielded questions from the group.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce hosted a robust day of panel discussions and advocacy meetings as part of its Chamber Day – a free event to convene local chambers and members around Ohio. From the Youngstown-Warren to Sylvania, from Highland County to Brown County, chamber leaders across the state converged in Columbus along with many local business members.
The morning discussions featured a panel on the biennial budget, featuring Senate Finance Chairman Matt Dolan, House Finance Chairman Jay Edwards, and their respective ranking members Sen. Nickie Antonio and Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney. The legislators debriefed the group on the state’s economic climate and their respective budget priorities. Following the panel, Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens provided a keynote address on the House’s priority bills and how local chambers can best engage throughout the legislative process. After a boxed lunch provided by the Ohio Chamber, the crowd heard a panel discussion on political updates and grassroots organizing moderated by Columbus Dispatch Political Reporter Anna Staver.
The afternoon consisted of 10 different groups of attendees assigned to meet with assorted state representatives and state senators. In between meetings, attendees visited the Ohio House gallery to witness deliberations over the state transportation budget, and the Ohio Senate floor to see debate over Senate Bill 1, which overhauls the Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education.
At the conclusion of the afternoon, attendees met at the Athletic Club of Columbus where they were able to enjoy drinks, food, and bowling on behalf of the Ohio Chamber as a well-earned reward for such a long day of engagement. In all, it was an exciting day of hearing from pivotal government and political leaders, witnessing significant legislative activity, and conducting one-on-one visits with elected officials to share real stories of what Ohio’s business community is doing in their districts.
On March 1 the House passed Senate Bill 10. Senate Bill 10 creates conformity with the federal tax code by incorporating changes from two pieces of federal legislation adopted late in 2022. Senate Bill 10 contains an emergency clause and will go into effect as soon as the governor signs the measure.
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday finalized a $12.6 billion, two-year transportation budget on a 74-21 vote. The measure, House Bill 23, represents the largest investment in highway infrastructure in state history. Of the several provisions within the transportation budget, significant areas include:
- $2.2 billion for paving projects, $717 million for bridges, $360 million for dedicated safety upgrades, and $1.5 billion for large, capacity-adding projects such as reconfiguring urban interstates.
- Creation of what is being called the “Rural Highway Fund”, consisting of $1 billion in new money focused solely on projects adding capacity or reducing commute times to employment centers in counties without a municipality over 65,000 residents.
- Funding of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project, a critical supply chain route for the United States and spanning from the Western Hills Viaduct in Ohio to the Dixie Highway in Kentucky.
- $14 million to establish the Ohio Workforce Mobility Partnership Program, allowing one or more regional transit authorities (RTA) to work together to provide service for the workforce between the territories and supporting the employment needs of economically significant employment centers.
- Reduction of the registration fee a plug-in hybrid vehicle from $200 to $100 effective January 1, 2024.
- Finding faster ways to connect areas of the state by funding the Strategic Transportation and Development Analysis to study links between Columbus and Sandusky and Columbus and Toledo.
- In response to the East Palestine derailment situation, a requirement that a train must have a two-person crew related solely for safety.
- Requiring the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the Environmental Protection Agency to create and submit a report to the General Assembly within 90 days of the effective date on the transportation of hazardous materials and waste in the state.
- Allowing for the permanent registration of noncommercial trailers.
House Bill 23 now heads to the Ohio Senate, where it will likely undergo further changes. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce will continue to monitor this bill and the other two-year operating budgets for issues of interest to the statewide business community.
The Ohio Chamber hosted U.S. Congressman Troy Balderson this week. A crowd of nearly 40 members of the Ohio Chamber and Allied Business Group listened to an update of federal legislation, his priorities as a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, and his lead on expanding telehealth access. He then opened the roundtable up for a question and answer session.
The Ohio Chamber Energy & Environmental Committee met on Thursday. The group discussed recent administrative action taken by the Ohio Chamber on behalf of several Ohio Chamber member companies. The group also discussed pending legislation at the Ohio General Assembly and started a conversation for the October Energy Summit. The committee also welcomed special guest Representative Kick who chairs the Energy & Natural Resources Committee in the Ohio House. He previewed the work the committee may take this coming session and fielded a couple of questions from the group.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has posted its Top Ten list of policy priorities for Ohio’s 135th General Assembly. The list, which can be found here, is a diverse array of budget initiatives, legislative concepts, and reintroduction of bills which would greatly enhance the state’s economic competitiveness and provide opportunity for Ohioans.
These concepts, while certainly not exhaustive of the Chamber’s numerous legislative ideas and priorities, were developed after extensive discussions with Chamber members, policymakers, and staff. The list will be updated quarterly though-out the 135th General Assembly, as bills are passed.
Each of these priorities also has a stated nexus to the Ohio Chamber’s Blueprint for Ohio's Economic Future, our comprehensive, long-range policy vision that focuses on key areas for economic growth and improvement for the state of Ohio. The Blueprint identifies six strategic areas of opportunity to increase Ohio’s competitiveness, including:
- Education & Workforce
- Sense of Place
- Taxes & Costs
- Business Friendliness
- Innovation & Collaboration
The Ohio Chamber’s Government Affairs team is actively discussing these policy priorities, along with a number of additional legislative concepts, with both chambers of the Ohio Legislature and the DeWine/Husted Administration. As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions, and suggestions as to how the state can better accommodate the business community. Please do not hesitate to contact our Government Affairs Team below:
- Rick Carfagna, Senior Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justin Barnes, Director, Workforce, Small Business & Technology Policy, email@example.com
- Meredith Craig, Director, Healthcare Policy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tony Long, General Counsel, email@example.com
- Sherry Heffner, Government Affairs Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday, lawmakers got their first preview of the workers’ compensation and Industrial Commission budgets for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. Testifying before the Ohio House Insurance Committee was BWC Administrator John Logue and Industrial Commission Chairman Jim Hughes. Administrator Logue highlighted aspects of the BWC budget bill – House Bill 31 – including the proposed agency name to the Department of Workforce Insurance and Safety. He also highlighted the BWC’s safety grant programs which makes available $35 million to employers for investments in equipment and other technologies that help reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries. Additionally, he focused portions of his testimony on the BWC’s continued investments in research and development of personal protective equipment through the agency’s Workforce Safety and Innovation Center.
In all, the BWC budget proposes spending approximately $755 million over the next biennium which represents a less than 2% increase from the current year.
Industrial Commission Chairman Jim Hughes shared highlights from the Industrial Commission budget bill – House Bill 32 – and how the Commission is responsible for hearing appeals of workers’ compensation claims from both employees and employers alike. The Industrial Commission budget proposes spending a total of $111.11 across the next two years which is an increase of slightly more than 2% from the current year. Operating expenses such as of employee salaries, information technology infrastructure, and rental costs account for a vast majority of the Commission’s budget
Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) was joined last Wednesday by several members of the House Majority Caucus to unveil priority bills for the 135th General Assembly. Under the theme “Ohio is Our Home”, the House announced 12 priority bills under the banner of “growing our economy, protecting Ohio families, and educating our communities.” Details on each of the bills are as follows:
House Bill 1 – A measure to “lower and flatten” state taxes involving an end to the state-funded 10% rollback on local property taxes while also lowering the taxable value of those properties. General Revenue Fund dollars freed up through this elimination would then be used to lower state income taxes.
House Bill 2 - Invest in projects across the state to foster economic growth and community development.
House Bill 3 – The creation of a workforce housing state tax credit program to develop new housing units and allow Ohio to draw down additional federal funds for multifamily development. This measure is also one of the Ohio Chamber’s Top Ten Policy Priorities.
House Bill 4 – Legislation designed to prevent financial institutions or other businesses from boycotting or discriminating against certain companies or customers, primarily through environmental, social or governance standards.
House Bill 5 - Makes adoption more accessible and affordable for Ohio families.
House Bill 6 – Also known as the “Save Women’s Sports” bill in the last general assembly, HB 6’s stated intent is to “protect the integrity of girls’ sports and make certain that biological males cannot compete in female-only athletics.”
House Bill 7 – A bolstering of the state’s infant and maternal health efforts in their first 1,000 days to address mortality rates.
House Bill 8 – A codification of parental rights in K-12 education.
House Bill 9 - Address the K-12 teacher retention crisis through the creation of a loan repayment program.
House Bill 10 - Secure commitment for the ‘Fair School Funding Plan’ that is based on the cost of providing a quality education. This bill reaffirms the state’s intent to continue phase-in of the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan.
House Bill 11 – A reintroduction of the “Backpack Bill” from the last general assembly, which allows students to have their state educational funding follow them to the school that best suits their needs, including towards private school tuition.
House Bill 12 – Companion legislation to Senate Bill 1, which restructures both the Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education to provide stronger emphasis on workforce skills and career readiness. This measure is also one of the Ohio Chamber’s Top Ten Policy Priorities, and the OCC has already testified in favor of Senate Bill 1.
Aside from House Bills 3 and 12, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has taken no positions nor made any judgement on the remaining House priority bills. We encourage all of our members to communicate any feedback on these and other pieces of legislation to our OCC Government Affairs Team to ensure we are properly engaged and advocating in the best interests of Ohio’s business community.
The transportation budget was unveiled during testimony this past week. The bill language has not been introduced, but we do know the two-year budget totals $11.4 billion dollars.
The budget includes $2.2 billion for paving; $717 million for bridge work; $360 million in safety upgrades; and $211 million for public transit. Hearings will continue over the next several weeks.
The Ohio Chamber added reply comments to supplement its response to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) order that modified provisions of proposed rules at the OPSB. In the original response, the Ohio Chamber thanked the OPSB for changes on the definition of transmission lines. In the reply comments the Ohio Chamber added support to the comments of others that find the new setback rules to be a balanced approach providing regulatory flexibility. No time frame has been announced on the next order from the OPSB on the proposed rule package.
The Ohio Chamber also added a letter to a pending U.S. EPA proposal to modify Renewable Volume Obligations for 2023-2025. The Ohio Chamber letter asked the U.S. EPA to lower the proposal to the ethanol volumes consumed and eliminate the proposed supplemental RVO. The initial proposal uses a credit mechanism that is unstainable for independent and small refiners.
Finally, the Ohio Chamber also added a letter in support of the Ohio EPA application for a federal grant to bolster funds available for the voluntary business recycling program. The funds would add more resources for toolkits and marketing.
Senate Bill 10 passed out of the Ways & Means Committee and then passed by the full Senate last week. Senate Bill 10 creates tax conformity between the federal and state tax codes. Ohio enacts this type of legislation annually to incorporate any changes made by the federal government. Senate Bill 10 did pick up several amendments to smooth language enacted last year in House Bill 45. Senate Bill 10 now moves to the House for hearings in the House Ways & Means Committee.
Ohio Chamber Top 10 Legislative Priorities
Kevin Shimp, Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s General Counsel and Director of Labor & Legal Affairs, gave a talk at the August Governmental Affairs Project Team Meeting