The legislature has wrapped up the first year of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly with plans to be back mid-January. While much was done in the first year, including the transportation budget with an additional $865 million in new dollars and codifying the “Tech Cred” program to reimburse employers $2000 for workforce training programs. (click here for more information on the program). This coming year, we anticipate the general assembly will be working on the following issues before heading home for the 2020 elections.
Occupational Licensure continues to be introduced in many different variations and ACEC Ohio continues to monitor and comment where appropriate to protect the licensed professional engineer. Key bills under consideration:
H2Ohio was initially funded in the general revenue fund budget, each chamber has a bill addressing long term policy and funding, HB 7 and SB 2. Both bills have passed their respective chamber and are moving through the process.
Governor DeWine’s Distracted Driving Initiative will be addressed in legislation early next year. A Distracted Driving Task Force recommended policy changes, harsher penalties, and educational initiatives in hopes of reducing traffic crashes and fatalities related to distracted driving.
Items ACEC Ohio continues to advocate for passage in 2020:
See all legislation ACEC Ohio is monitoring in State Issues
Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!