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Kasich Signs Seven Bills

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

  • Sub. H.B. 115 (Gavarone, Wiggam) requires the Department of Public Safety to establish a database of persons who are diagnosed with a communication disability or a disability that can impair communication and requires the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency to establish a verification form for persons to voluntarily register for inclusion in the database.
  • Sub. H.B. 122 (Hambley, Rogers) establishes a Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee to study the benefits and challenges involved in creating regional economic development alliances, revises the criteria for the issuance of D-5j and D-51 liquor permits, ratifies a ten-year term for a fire levy approved as such at the 2017 general election, extends the authority to levy a single property tax for both fire and police purposes to municipalities, and ratifies levies for that purpose already approved by voters.
  • H.B. 195 (Seitz, Ingram) modifies the law governing the transport of persons who require the use of a wheelchair or other mobility aid in nonemergency circumstances.
  • Sub. H.B. 251 (Greenspan) increases from five to ten years the maturity period of other political subdivision's bonds and obligations eligible for investment of a subdivision's interim moneys, a county's inactive moneys, and money in the county public library fund.
  • H.B. 354 (Reineke) provides the Tiffin-Fostoria municipal court with concurrent jurisdiction with the Seneca County court of common pleas in operating a drug addiction recovery program.
  • Sub. H.B. 478 (Smith, LaTourette) modifies the law regarding wireless service and the placement of small cell wireless facilities in the public way.
  • Sub. S.B. 170 (LaRose) requires the universal validation sticker available to owners of passenger vehicle fleets to be issued without an expiration date beginning January 1, 2019, and requires the Director of Public Safety to seek approval from the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to implement a temporary pilot program regarding the waiver of the skills test for a commercial driver's license that applies to present and former military personnel.