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Kasich Signs Eight Bills

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


  • Sub. SB 63 (LaRose) creates an online voter registration system, requires the Secretary of State annually to review the Statewide Voter Registration Database to identify registrants who are not United States citizens, modifies the procedures for maintaining the Statewide Voter Registration Database, amends the requirements for the certification of voting equipment, and clarifies the circumstances under which a political party may appoint a person to fill a vacancy in certain elective offices.
  • Sub. SB 129 (Gardner, Cafaro) amends the law related to the prior authorization requirements of insurers and delays the effective date of certain laws regarding community mental health and addiction services.
  • Sub. SB 204 (Seitz) makes the suspension of an offender's driver's license for a violation of specified drug offenses discretionary rather than mandatory, except in specified circumstances; authorizes a court to terminate a driver's license suspension imposed for specified drug offenses committed out-of-state; generally authorizes a court to terminate a previously imposed mandatory suspension for specified drug offenses; provides for the suspension of an offender's driver's license for possessing nitrous oxide in a motor vehicle; and makes consistent the provisions of law governing the ability of a court to grant limited driving privileges.
  • Am. Sub. SB 213 (Jordan, Tavares) makes changes to the Cosmetology Licensing Law.
  • Sub. HB 50 (Pelanda, Grossman) extends the age for which a person is eligible for federal foster care and adoption assistance payments under Title IV-E to age twenty-one; requires that a guardian receive the Ohio Guardianship Guide; and conforms to recent amendments to federal Title IV-E program requirements.
  • Sub. HB 60 (Patmon, Hall) revises provisions and penalties regarding treatment of companion animals, revises the definition of "companion animal" in the Offenses Relating to Domestic Animals Law, provides a state collaborative effort to assist veterinarians in identifying clients who may use their animals to secure opioids for abuse, and modifies the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse to require, if the dog or horse is killed, a mandatory prison term and a mandatory fine to be paid to the law enforcement agency served by the dog or horse.
  • Sub. HB 110 (Hill) increases the penalty for failure to stop after a traffic accident that results in the death of a person or serious physical harm to a person; names those penalty changes Brandon's Law; requires emergency medical service personnel to report the administration of naloxone on request of a law enforcement agency in specified circumstances; provides immunity from arrest, prosecution, or conviction, or to permit a court to consider drug treatment or as a mitigating factor in supervised release sanctioning, for a minor drug possession offense for a person who seeks or obtains medical assistance for self or another person who is experiencing a drug overdose or for a person who is experiencing such an overdose and for whom medical assistance is sought; requires training of certain 9-1-1 operators regarding the immunity; and requires those 9-1-1 operators who receive a call about an apparent drug overdose to make reasonable efforts, upon the caller's inquiry, to inform the caller about the immunity.
  • Sub. HB 182 (Schuring) revises the law governing the creation and operation of joint economic development districts (JEDDs) and enterprise zones, exempts from property taxation real property owned by a nonprofit organization selected by the Federal Small Business Administration as an intermediary lender in the Federal Microloan Program, lowers the contribution threshold necessary to maintain an income tax refund contribution "check-off" option, extends the deadline for municipal corporations to report information to enable a computation of fiscal effects of recent changes to net operating loss deductions for municipal income tax purposes, and modifies eligible investment criteria for the state New Markets Tax Credit.