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Kasich Signs 15 Bills


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

  • SB 8 (Gardner, Terhar) Establishes the 1:1 School Facilities Option Program, revises the law regarding applied bachelor's degree programs offered at two-year state institutions of higher education, modifies the schedule for phasing down tangible personal property tax reimbursement payments to school districts, modifies the payment cap in the school funding formula, modifies the law governing the establishment and operation of transportation financing districts, modifies county funding sources for a tourism development district, modifies the veterans organizations grant program, allows county sheriffs to contract with municipal courts and county courts for the transportation of persons between the county jail and a county court or municipal court, makes deputy sheriffs ex officio bailiffs of county courts and municipal courts, revises eligibility for School Employees Retirement System pension and benefit recipients' annual cost-of-living adjustments, repeals a provision regarding acceptance of prior college courses by state institutions of higher education, authorizes a tax credit for insurance companies that provide capital to investment funds investing in businesses in rural areas, exempts corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses from sales and use tax beginning July 1, 2019, provides that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income, makes appropriations, modifies earmarks, and makes changes to reappropriations for grants related to the Lakes in Economic Distress Revolving Loan Program.
  • SB 33 (Eklund) Allows disclosure of information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to a defendant in a traffic or criminal case; authorizes a court to continue on intervention in lieu of conviction an offender who is on it and violates any of its terms or conditions; and allows certain state highway patrol troopers to administer oaths and acknowledge criminal and juvenile court complaints, summonses, affidavits, and returns of court orders in matters related to their official duties.
  • SB 71 (Manning) Allows a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services to authorize its executive director to execute contracts valued at $25,000 or less without the board's prior approval and allows temporary cash transfers to the Targeting Addiction Assistance Fund.
  • SB 134 (Gardner) Designates multiple memorial highways, a memorial bridge, and a memorial picnic area and to amend and create multiple license plates.
  • Sub. SB 169 (Wilson) Permits the Superintendent of Insurance to act as or select a group-wide supervisor for an internationally active insurance group, in regard to delinquency proceedings involving insurer-members of federal home loan banks, and to oversee the sale of travel insurance.
  • SB 62 (Yuko) Designates July 8 as "Harrison Dillard Day."
  • Sub. HB 132 (Dever, McColley) Grants the Ohio Casino Control Commission the authority to regulate fantasy contests and exempts fantasy contests from the gambling laws.
  • HB 170 (Duffey, Carfagna) Amends current law regarding academic content standards and curriculum requirements for computer science; revises educator qualifications regarding computer science; authorizes public schools to establish computer science and technology funds; and permits a nonreligious chartered nonpublic school to choose the manner by which auxiliary services funding is distributed to the school.
  • Am. HB 174 (Hughes, Lanese) Adds two judges to the Domestic Relations Division of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, one to be elected in 2018 and one to be elected in 2020, and declares an emergency.
  • HB 199 (Blessing) Creates the Ohio Residential Mortgage Lending Act for the purpose of regulating all non-depository lending secured by residential real estate, limits the application of the current Mortgage Loan Law to unsecured loans and loans secured by other than residential real estate, and modifies an exemption to the Ohio Consumer Installment Loan Act.
  • HB 214 (LaTourette, Merrin) Prohibits a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.
  • HB 196 (Lipps) Designates October as "Ohio Chiropractic Awareness Month."
  • Am. HB 215 (Riedel) Creates the Paulding County Municipal Court in Paulding on January 1, 2020, establishes one full-time judgeship in that court, provides for the nomination of the judge by petition only, abolishes the Paulding County County Court on that date, and provides for the election for the Paulding County Municipal Court of one full-time judge in 2019.
  • Sub. HB 69 (Cupp) Requires reimbursement of certain township fire and emergency medical service levy revenue forgone because of the creation of a municipal tax increment financing district, authorizes subdivisions to remove territory from existing joint economic development zones (JEDZs), authorizes townships to enter into enterprise zone agreements with retail businesses with the approval of the affected school district, allows a county or transit authority to levy sales tax in increments of 0.25%, modifies the procedures by which resolutions proposing the levy of property taxes are submitted to electors, and increases the appropriation for the Medicaid Local Sales Tax Transition Fund.
  • Am. HB 223 (Dever) Amends current law relative to transfers of structured settlement payment rights and relative to the placement of fiduciary funds in interest on lawyer's trust accounts.