OECA is actively tracking the following legislation for the current 134th General Assembly. The bills in red are OECA priority bills that we are working hard to enact. Please direct any questions or comments relating to government affairs to Alex Boehnke at AlexB@ohioretailmerchants.com.

HB46 LIQUOR PERMIT EXTENSION (MILLER A, CARRUTHERS S)

To exempt specified liquor permit holders from the requirement to renew their permits in calendar year 2021, to eliminate a prohibition against the use of gift cards to purchase beer or intoxicating liquor for on-premises consumption, and to declare an emergency.

RECENT STATUS

3/10/2021 – House Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

2/10/2021 – House Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

2/4/2021 – Referred to Committee House Commerce and Labor

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HB74 ENACT FY22-23 TRANSPORTATION BUDGET (OELSLAGER S)

To make appropriations for programs related to transportation and public safety for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of those programs.

RECENT STATUS

3/31/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. immediately

3/25/2021 – Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 86-9
3/24/2021 – PASSED BY SENATE; Amended on Floor, Bill Vote 32-0

HB74 Bill Page

HB96 PROVIDE PERMANENT REGISTRATION FOR TRAILERS (MERRIN D)

To provide for a permanent registration option for noncommercial trailers.

RECENT STATUS

10/6/2021 – Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)
6/16/2021 – Referred to Committee Senate Transportation
6/10/2021 – PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 75-19

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HB97 ALTER REGISTRATION TAX FOR COMMERCIAL TRAILERS (CROSS J, PLUMMER P)

To alter the annual registration tax for non-apportioned commercial trailers and semitrailers.

RECENT STATUS

2/10/2021 – Referred to Committee House Transportation and Public Safety
2/9/2021 – Introduced

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HB110 OPERATING BUDGET (OELSLAGER S)

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

RECENT STATUS

7/1/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; effective 7/1/21

6/28/2021 – Consideration of Conference Committee Report; House Accepts Conference Committee Report, Vote 84-13

6/28/2021 – Consideration of Conference Committee Report; Vote 32-1

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HB165 ALLOW TEMPORARY TAX CREDIT FOR SALE OF CERTAIN MOTOR FUEL (MCCLAIN R)

To temporarily authorize a nonrefundable tax credit for the retail sale of high-ethanol blend motor fuel.

RECENT STATUS

2/15/2022 – Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)
11/30/2021 – Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

11/17/2021 – PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 89-0

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HB235 HIGH HAZARD TRAINING CERTIFICATION ACT (SWEARINGEN D, BALDRIDGE B)

To enact the High Hazard Training Certification (HHTC) Act regarding construction services performed under a contract at a stationary source.

RECENT STATUS

3/8/2022 – House Commerce and Labor, (Fourth Hearing)

1/26/2022 – BILL AMENDED, House Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

10/26/2021 – BILL AMENDED, House Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

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SB40 CIGARETTE – MINIMUM PRICING (SCHAFFER T)

Regarding cigarette minimum pricing.

RECENT STATUS

7/1/2021 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 9/30/21

6/24/2021 – PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 95-0

6/24/2021 – Bills for Third Consideration

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SB269 INTERNET LOTTERY GAME OPERATION (MANNING N)

To clarify that the State Lottery Commission has the authority to operate certain internet lottery games and to prohibit the Commission from conducting internet lottery game versions of certain number match lottery games.

RECENT STATUS

3/2/2022 – Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Second Hearing)

2/16/2022 – Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (First Hearing)

11/30/2021 – Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform

SB269 Bill Page

SB307 ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES, UTILITIES (RULLI M)

To authorize incentives for the manufacture and usage of electric vehicles, to permit electric distribution utilities to create, and recover costs of, transportation electrification programs, and to make an appropriation.

RECENT STATUS

4/5/2022 – Senate Energy and Public Utilities, (Second Hearing)
3/29/2022 – Senate Energy and Public Utilities, (First Hearing)
3/16/2022 – Referred to Committee Senate Energy and Public Utilities

SB307 Bill Page

Recent Statehouse Policy OECA has influenced

  • Defeated efforts to drastically reduce the Business Income Tax Deduction (BID) for independent retailers, bulk fuel dealers and wholesalers
  • Significantly reduced proposed tax hikes on cigarettes and OTP
  • Defended against numerous attempts to thwart the three-tier system of alcohol distribution
  • Defeated efforts to move Ohio’s fuel excise tax to the rack
  • Passed legislation guaranteeing hours of work, benefits and pay exclusively remain under the purview of the employee-employer relationship, not special interests, or bureaucrats
  • Passed legislation to curtail patchwork regulation regarding plastic bags
  • Passed legislation to protect employers from liability related to COVID-19
  • Defeated localized proposals which would have created new regulations on the placement of ATMs
  • Stopped legislation aimed at placing new duties on retailers regarding minimum cigarette pricing