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Kasich Signs Seventeen Bills

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich signed the following bills into law:

  • Am. Sub. HB 9 (Boose) creates a Tax Expenditure Review Committee for the purpose of periodically reviewing existing tax expenditures.
  • Sub. HB 18 (Gonzales, Ginter) prohibits manufactured home park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of the Ohio flag, the POW/MIA flag, blue star banners, gold star banners, and other service flags, and prohibits manufactured home park operators and landlords from restricting the display of the United States flag and the POW/MIA flag.
  • Sub. HB 89 (DeVitis) authorizes certain Medicaid providers to make referrals for certain services under the Medicaid School Program.
  • Am. HB 154 (Henne, Sheehy) provides that when a motor vehicle passes a bicycle the safe passing distance to the left is three feet or greater, and alters the protocol for proceeding into an intersection that has malfunctioning traffic lights.
  • HB 167 (Sweeney) regards the term of a General Assembly member as a member of the Legislative Service Commission.
  • Am. Sub. HB 185 (Koehler) eliminates lack of the property owner's consent as an element of arson when the property is not an occupied structure and makes the consent of the owner of a structure that is not an occupied structure an affirmative defense, and modifies the provisions regarding the private operation and management of intensive program prisons.
  • Sub. HB 470  (Schuring) establishes an exemption from the requirement that a certificate of need be obtained for certain projects regarding palliative care, establishes requirements for hospital after-care and discharge planning, prohibits assisting suicide, and requires the development of recommendations concerning the operation of memory care units
  • Sub. HB 471 (Brown) extends the deadline of the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee recommendations to June 30, 2017, to modify the provisions regarding the membership of the Committee, to modify the Treasurer of State's authority to invest the interim funds of the state, to authorize the conveyance of, and the granting of perpetual easements to, state-owned real property, to implement the recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee by abolishing, terminating, transferring, or renewing various agencies and by requiring a Sunset Review Committee to be convened during each odd-numbered General Assembly, and declares an emergency.
  • Sub. HB 476 (Schuring) raises the foreign debt cap from one per cent to two per cent regarding state interim funds and county inactive and public library fund investments and prohibits a state agency from contracting with a company that is involved in a boycott.
  • Sub. HB 505 (Huffman, Pelanda) regulates biological products and the substitution of interchangeable biological products, revises certain deadlines related to prior authorization requirements, establishes an exemption from the laws governing health insuring corporations, delays the expiration of certain supervision agreements between physicians and physician assistants, and declares an emergency.
  • Am. Sub. HB 580 (Johnson, T., Huffman) designates the month of November as "One Health Awareness Month," creates the Malnutrition Prevention Commission to study malnutrition among older adults, designates May 15 as "All for the Kids Awareness Day," and designates May 1 as "Fanconi Anemia Awareness Day."
  • SB 30 (Tavares) creates the Ohio Family Stability Commission and repeals section 5101.345 of the Revised Code four years after the effective date of that section.
  • Am. Sub. SB 199 (Uecker, Gardner) specifies that an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces: (1) does not need a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed if the member is carrying valid military identification and documentation of successful completion of specified firearms training; and (2) may be sold or furnished a handgun if the member has received specified firearms training; prohibits a business entity from having a policy that prohibits a concealed handgun licensee from transporting or storing a firearm in the person's motor vehicle; modifies the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals, and school safety zones; allows a sheriff to use concealed handgun license fee revenue to purchase ammunition and firearms; and authorizes certain children's crisis care facilities to maintain firearms.
  • SB 220 (Hottinger) authorizes the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Board and local governments to establish designated Roth account features and other tax-deferred or nontax-deferred features permitted for government deferred compensation plans.
  • SB 291 (Yuko) designates September as "Pain Awareness Month."
  • SB 311 (Patton) requires the Ohio Department of Health to prepare an influenza vaccine information sheet pertaining to older adults.
  • SB 331 (Peterson) regulates the sale of dogs from pet stores and dog retailers, to require the Director of Agriculture to license pet stores, and revises the civil penalties applicable to dog breeders and other specified entities; governs construction and attachment activities related to micro wireless facilities in the public way; prohibits political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates different from the rate required by state law; generally grants private employers exclusive authority to establish policies concerning hours and location of work, scheduling, and fringe benefits, unless an exception applies; prohibits a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts, provides for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation, and to authorize a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling; prohibits and establish an increased penalty for knowingly engaging in activities associated with cockfighting, bearbaiting, or pitting an animal against another; removes the residency requirement for the appointment of an agent to a county humane society; and makes an appropriation.