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Kasich Signs 13 Bills

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

  • H.B. 230 (Sprague) makes changes regarding the practices of chemical dependency counseling and prevention services.
  • Am. Sub. H.B. 277 (Brenner) authorizes a county, township, or municipal corporation to impose a 9-1-1 system levy in only the portion of the subdivision that would be served by the 9-1-1 system and to declare an emergency.
  • Sub. H.B. 303 (Dever, McColley) creates the D.O.L.L.A.R. Deed Program.
  • Am. Sub. H.B. 305 (Shuring) includes certain nonteaching employees of The University of Akron as members in the Public Employees Retirement System and retroactively extends eligibility for benefits from the Volunteer Peace Officers' Dependents Fund regarding volunteer peace officers who are totally and permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.
  • Sub. H.B. 317 (Maag) enables the parents or guardian of a protected consumer to freeze that consumer's credit to protect the consumer from identity theft.
  • Sub. H.B. 342 (Young) creates the Ohio Farm Winery Permit and authorizes the Division of Liquor Control to issue a D-5l liquor permit to a premises that is located in a municipal corporation that is wholly within the geographic boundaries of a township, provided that a specified population density applies to the municipal corporation and township.
  • Am. H.B. 351 (Perales, DeVitis) increases the amount of spirituous liquor that an A-3a liquor permit holder may annually manufacture and allows an A-3a permit holder to obtain an A-1-A liquor permit.
  • H.B. 387 (Terhar, Dever) raises the maximum allowable limit of the monetary jurisdiction of small claims divisions of municipal courts.
  • Sub. H.B. 390 (Schaffer, Retherford) provides authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs and makes appropriations.
  • Sub. H.B. 391 (Terhar) requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to create the SmartOhio Financial Literacy Pilot Program at the University of Cincinnati to operate for the 2016-2017 school year, establishes the Task Force for Creating Opportunities for Shared Governance on Co-Located Campuses, provides support for the Ohio Youth Entrepreneur Program at Youngstown State University, renames the Capitol Theatre of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts as the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre, and makes an appropriation.
  • Sub. H.B. 413 (Brinkman) adds to the purposes for which a board of township trustees may go into executive session, permits a township to charge for recycling services, reduces the population threshold for a township to adopt a limited home rule form of government, authorizes a township to purchase, lease, or provide underwater rescue and recovery equipment for fire and rescue purposes, authorizes boards of township trustees to pay for group life insurance for any employee, expands the cemetery purposes for which such boards may levy a tax or expend township funds, makes other changes to the township laws or laws relating to township authority, allows taxing units to use the proceeds of a fire, police, or emergency services tax levy to pay costs related to the service for which the tax is levied, removes the limitations on the authority to reappoint members of the Ohio Small Government Capital Improvements Commission, authorizes boards of township trustees and boards of park commissioners to expend funds for the public purpose of presenting community events in their parks and other recreational facilities, and expands the public infrastructure improvements townships, municipal corporations, and counties may pay for using money from their public improvement tax increment equivalent funds.
  • A.m. H.B. 434 (Baker) designates May as "Fibromuscular Dysplasia Awareness Month."
  • Sub. S.B. 321 (Faber) creates a procedure within the Court of Claims to hear complaints alleging a denial of access to public records, modifies the circumstances under which a person who files a mandamus action seeking the release of public records may be awarded court costs and attorney's fees, expands the infrastructure record exemption under Public Records Law, and generally protects a private, nonprofit institution of higher education from liability for a breach of confidentiality or other claim that arises from the institution's disclosure of public records.