LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Pending Legislation of Interest

SB 2, (Dolan, Peterson) would create the Statewide Watershed Planning and Management Program under the administration of the Director of Agriculture and to make changes to the law governing regional water and sewer districts.

  1. One of the main priorities for the Ohio Senate, SB 2 addresses long-term watershed based focus to address water quality issues by utilizing Soil and Water Conservation Districts and establishing statewide/regional watershed planning.
  2. Unanimously passed the Ohio Senate June 12, 2019 (32-0)
  3. Currently pending in House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  Fifth hearing is scheduled for February 19.  The committee will be accepting amendments.  At deadline, I am waiting on a call from Sen. Peterson about the content of the amendments.
  4. For more information: https://www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA133-SB-2

HB 7 (Ghanbari, Patterson) To create the H2Ohio Trust Fund for the protection and preservation of Ohio's water quality, to create the H2Ohio Advisory Council to establish priorities for use of the Fund for water quality programs, and to authorize the Ohio Water Development Authority to invest the money in the Fund and to make recommendations to the Treasurer of State regarding the issuance of securities to pay for costs related to the purposes of the Fund.

  1. Dubbed as a priority bill for the House, HB 7 passed the House June 20, 2019 (90-3)
  2. Currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee where it had it is first and only hearing to date on October 22, 2019.
  3. For more information: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-HB-7

SB 246 (Roegner, McColley) would require an occupational licensing authority to issue a license or government certification to an applicant who holds a license, government certification, or private certification or has satisfactory work experience in another state under certain circumstances.

  1. Currently pending in the Senate General Government and Oversight Committee; Fifth hearing, "all testimony" scheduled for February 19, 2020. 
  2. OPMA and others have some concerns that the bill will allow reciprocity for pesticide applicator licenses from other states that may or may have less stringent licensing requirements that Ohio.  We have a call in to ODA to check their opinion on this concern.
For more information: https://www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA133-SB-246
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