FOR Ohio Update--March 19, 2019
The Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee introduced a substitute transportation budget bill (HB 62) today. The substitute bill did not change the House passed version of the gas tax increase (10.7 cents on gas, 20 cents on diesel), however the Chair was very specific changes would be forthcoming in the omnibus amendment. The substitute bill offered a number of provisions including:
- Require future governors to submit transportation budgets within four weeks of the General Assembly first convening.
- Reduced fees on electric cars to $175 and fees on hybrids to $75.
- Restore the 150-mile restriction for special regional heavy hauling permits.
- Require gas stations to display gas and diesel tax rates through stickers or other methods.
- Increase county force account limits to $150,000 for roads and $300,000 for bridges and culverts.
- Remove a provision placing a moratorium on closing rest stops.
- Require the state auditor's office to complete a performance audit of the Department of Transportation no later than Oct. 1.
- Specify that the motor vehicle fuel tax may only be used for roads and bridges.
Click Here for a full listing of changes in the substitute bill. The Senate committee is scheduled to meet again tomorrow and Thursday, possible vote on the bill listed for both days. Additional details will be provided as available, in the meantime, continue to share your support for the Governor's 18 cent proposal with indexing to all legislative members.