OECA is actively tracking the following legislation for the current 135th 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.

HB13  REGISTRATION FEE – HYBRID MOTOR VEHICLE (MILLER J, WEINSTEIN C)

To eliminate the additional registration fee applicable to hybrid motor vehicles and to delay the effect of that change until January 1, 2025.

11/15/2023 – House Homeland Security, (Third Hearing)

10/4/2023 – House Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)

9/27/2023 – SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

HB13 Bill Page

HB23  TRANSPORTATION BUDGET (EDWARDS J)

To make appropriations for programs related to transportation for the biennium beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of those programs.

RECENT STATUS

3/31/2023 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/31/23

3/29/2023 – Consideration of Conference Committee Report; House Accepts Conference Committee Report, Vote 93-2

3/29/2023 – Consideration of Conference Committee Report; Senate Accepts Conference Committee Report, Vote 30-1

HB23 Bill Page

HB33  FY24-25 OPERATING BUDGET (EDWARDS J)

To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.

RECENT STATUS

1/24/2024 – Consideration of Governor’s Veto; Senate Overrides Veto, Vote 24-8

1/24/2024 – Consideration of Governor’s Veto; According to the Senate Majority Caucus, the Senate will consider overriding the governor’s veto on a provision regarding sale of tobacco and alternative nicotine products.

12/13/2023 – Consideration of Governor’s Veto; House Overrides Veto, Vote 60-31

HB33 Bill Page

MARIJUANA, LIQUOR CONTROL LAWS (LARE J)

To revise specified provisions of the liquor control, hemp, and adult-use marijuana laws and to levy taxes on marijuana.

RECENT STATUS

12/6/2023 – PASSED BY SENATE; Amended on Floor, Vote 29-2

12/6/2023 – Bills for Third Consideration; Conditionally upon committee recommendation.

12/6/2023 – SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, Senate General Government, (Third Hearing)

HB86 Bill Page

HB110  CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (YOUNG B, ROEMER B)

Regarding the sale of used catalytic converters, and to make an appropriation.

RECENT STATUS

5/2/2023 – House Criminal Justice, (Third Hearing)

4/18/2023 – House Criminal Justice, (Second Hearing)

3/28/2023 – House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)

HB110 Bill Page

HB201  PROHIBIT CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES (HILLYER B, DEMETRIOU S)

To prohibit a state agency, county, or township from restricting the sale or use of a motor vehicle based on the energy source used to power the motor vehicle and to prohibit a state agency from adopting the California emissions standards for motor vehicles.

RECENT STATUS

12/28/2023 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

12/13/2023 – Consideration of Senate Amendments; House Does Concur, Vote 60-31

12/13/2023 – PASSED BY SENATE; Amended on Floor, Bill Vote 23-8

HB201 Bill Page

HB205  PROTECT OHIO WORKERS ACT (SWEARINGEN D, PLUMMER P)

To enact the “Protect Ohio Workers Act” regarding construction services performed under a contract at a stationary source.

RECENT STATUS

11/14/2023 – Senate Energy and Public Utilities, (Third Hearing)

10/31/2023 – Senate Energy and Public Utilities, (Second Hearing)

9/20/2023 – Senate Energy and Public Utilities, (First Hearing)

HB205 Bill Page

HB258  TOBACCO SALES TO MINORS (CARRUTHERS S)

To increase fines for repeatedly selling tobacco products to minors and to apply the public nuisance law to places where such sales occur.

RECENT STATUS

1/24/2024 – Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary

1/10/2024 – PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 83-8

1/10/2024 – Bills for Third Consideration

HB258 Bill Page

HB324  TAX CREDIT FOR HIGH-ETHANOL BLEND MOTOR FUEL (MCCLAIN R, KLOPFENSTEIN R)

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

RECENT STATUS

2/28/2024 – Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

2/7/2024 – PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 88-6

2/7/2024 – Bills for Third Consideration

HB324 Bill Page

HB354  MODIFY MARIJUANA LAW (CALLENDER J)

To modify the law governing the cultivation, processing, dispensing, testing, and taxation of adult use cannabis and to levy a gross receipts tax on marijuana cultivators.

RECENT STATUS

12/13/2023 – House Finance, (Fourth Hearing)

12/12/2023 – House Finance, (Third Hearing)

12/7/2023 – House Finance, (Second Hearing)

HB354 Bill Page

HB461  NEW LIQUOR PERMIT CREATION (LORENZ B)

To create the F-13 liquor permit to allow the on-premises sale of beer or intoxicating liquor at a business that is not otherwise qualified to obtain a liquor permit.

RECENT STATUS

4/2/2024 – Referred to Committee House Commerce and Labor

3/27/2024 – Introduced

HB461 Bill Page

SB13  HOMEMADE SPIRITUOUS LIQUOR (HOAGLAND F)

To allow a person to distill, serve, and ship homemade spirituous liquor without a liquor permit.

RECENT STATUS

3/28/2023 – Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources, (First Hearing)

1/17/2023 – Referred to Committee Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources

1/11/2023 – Introduced

SB13 Bill Page

SB30  YOUTH WORKING HOURS (SCHAFFER T)

To allow a person under sixteen years of age to be employed after 7 p.m. during the school year.

RECENT STATUS

5/9/2023 – REPORTED OUT, House Commerce and Labor, (Fourth Hearing)

4/25/2023 – House Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

4/18/2023 – House Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

SB30 Bill Page

SB38  MERCHANT TRANSACTIONS-CASH PAYMENTS (BLESSING III L)

To require retail merchants to give customers the option to pay by cash.

RECENT STATUS

2/22/2023 – Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity, (First Hearing)

2/8/2023 – Referred to Committee Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity

1/31/2023 – Introduced

SB38 Bill Page

SB48  TAX REDUCTION-MOTOR FUEL (HUFFMAN S)

To reduce the tax rate on certain motor fuel.

RECENT STATUS

2/28/2023 – Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)

2/8/2023 – Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

2/7/2023 – Introduced

SB48 Bill Page

SB106  WORKERS’ COMPENSATION-CHEMICALS, FLUID EXPOSURE (SCHAFFER T)

Regarding workers’ compensation coverage for testing when certain medical professionals are exposed to chemical substances or bodily fluids in the course of employment.

RECENT STATUS

3/13/2024 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

3/6/2024 – Sent to Governor for Signature

2/28/2024 – Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 32-0

SB106 Bill Page

SB119  WASTE DISPOSAL LAW CHANGES (REINEKE W)

To make changes to the laws governing the transfer and disposal of solid waste and construction and demolition debris, including increasing certain fees.

RECENT STATUS

5/1/2024 – House Energy and Natural Resources, (Fourth Hearing)

10/25/2023 – House Energy and Natural Resources, (Third Hearing)

10/11/2023 – House Energy and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)

SB119 Bill Page

SB170  LAW CHANGES-ALCOHOL SALES (DEMORA B, LANG G)

To alter the law relative to Sunday sales of beer and intoxicating liquor and make other specified changes to the liquor control law.

RECENT STATUS

11/15/2023 – Referred to Committee Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources

10/11/2023 – Introduced

SB170 Bill Page

Recent Statehouse Policy OECA has influenced

  • Successfully advocated for the legislature to override the Governor’s veto on preemption related to the local regulation of tobacco and vapor products
  • 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