End-of-Year Legislative Update: 131st General Assembly adjourns amid a flurry of activity

At the conclusion of the 131st Ohio General Assembly, lawmakers worked late into the night of December 8th, passing remaining legislative priorities before adjourning for the year. In the final day of session alone, the legislature passed over 30 bills, all of which will be sent to Governor Kasich for his review and approval. Below is a brief review of approved bills that GOPC has been tracking throughout the legislative process:

  • greater-ohio-flag HB463(Dever) revises the law related to real property foreclosure and escrow transactions and certain partial property tax exemptions. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate 26-5 and the Ohio House 72-21
  • greater-ohio-flag SB232 (Bacon) makes changes to transfer on death designation deeds and affidavits and also makes changes in the probate and trust laws regarding the inheritance and beneficial rights of afterborn or pretermitted children or heirs. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate 33-0 and the Ohio House 94-1, and signed into law by Governor Kasich on December 13 (and becomes effective in 90 days)
  • greater-ohio-flag SB235 (Beagle, Coley) permits political subdivisions to exempt from property taxation the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned for up to six years. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate 29-2 and the Ohio House 89-1
  • greater-ohio-flag HB554 (Amstutz) revises the requirements for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate 18-13 and the Ohio House 55-34
  • greater-ohio-flag HB154 (Henne) establishes a requirement that motor vehicles passing a bicycle must do so on the left at a distance of three feet or more. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate 30-1 and the Ohio House 88-4

Keep an eye out in GOPC’s January Newsletter for a more detailed review of these bills, along with a preview of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly!

 

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3 Responses to “End-of-Year Legislative Update: 131st General Assembly adjourns amid a flurry of activity”

  1. Linda Ellis says:

    Thanks for sharing, but I only see 5 of the 30 bills here with a summary. If possible, can you be so kind to point to where all 30 of these bills are listed? Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. I am specifically looking to learn more about HB 395 and SB 106

    HB395 and SB106, which are quite similar in nature. :

    As Introduced
    131st General Assembly
    Regular Session H. B. No. 395
    2015-2016
    Representative Pelanda
    Cosponsors: Representatives Green, Grossman, Fedor, Ruhl, Hill, Sprague
    A BILL
    To amend sections 3705.17 and 4767.01 and to enact section 4767.09 of the Revised Code to establish the cemetery grant program and to make an appropriation.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    As Introduced
    131st General Assembly
    Regular Session S. B. No. 106
    2015-2016
    Senator Tavares
    Cosponsors: Senators Yuko, Seitz, Williams
    A BI L L
    To amend section 4767.03 and to enact section
    4767.10 of the Revised Code to establish the
    Township Abandoned Cemetery Maintenance Grant
    Program.

  2. Bill HB154 seems like a great one to me. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve seen close calls with other vehicles almost hitting someone on a bicycle or motorcycle in my neighborhood.

  3. Linda Ellis says:

    HB395 and SB106 were left on the table.

    HB395 and SB106, which are quite similar in nature. :

    As Introduced
    131st General Assembly
    Regular Session H. B. No. 395
    2015-2016
    Representative Pelanda
    Cosponsors: Representatives Green, Grossman, Fedor, Ruhl, Hill, Sprague
    A BILL
    To amend sections 3705.17 and 4767.01 and to enact section 4767.09 of the Revised Code to establish the cemetery grant program and to make an appropriation.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    As Introduced
    131st General Assembly
    Regular Session S. B. No. 106
    2015-2016
    Senator Tavares
    Cosponsors: Senators Yuko, Seitz, Williams
    A BILL
    To amend section 4767.03 and to enact section
    4767.10 of the Revised Code to establish the
    Township Abandoned Cemetery Maintenance Grant
    Program.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Even one of these bills would have helped with supplying some appropriation of funds for abandoned cemeteries in Ohio. I suppose most folks don’t really care about Ohio’e early burial grounds; that is unless and until they discover their own ancestors are buried in them; and they also discover that their grave stones are either sinking out of sight, vandalized, or now barely readable.

    Also, cemetery vandalism is on the rise at all cemeteries, not just the abandoned ones. Look at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus which is having to reach out through a Go-Fund-Me account to obtain enough funds since there is over a million dollars worth of damage due to vandalism of gravestones and monuments the last few years.

    Untold numbers of volunteers who care are working on their own or in small groups to do the best that they can to restore gravestones, gravesites, and clean up cemetery grounds, but the need is so great in every Ohio county.

    Ohio also greatly lacks strong enough laws to properly protect and preserve its cemeteries. Townships are dependent on levies to pass, ongoing disputes arise over cemetery ownership due to various reasons including owners who have left the state and abandoned them. The list goes on and on; and yet Ohio state government is largely absent for its part in reversing this situation that is so adversely affecting its cemeteries.

    Too much history has already been lost; cemeteries are an integral part of their communities; yet some are so lost and forgotten that even local residents don’t realize that they are even there.

    I am the admin. of the closed Facebook Group: “Preserving Ohio’s Cemeteries, with over 1100 members. We regularly see photographs of cemeteries full of broken, sunken, unreadable, etc. gravestones amidst tall overgrowing weeds. Ohio’s cemeteries, and gravesites, deserve better.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.”
    By Sir William Gladstone

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