• Ohio House Passes Budget
  • April 24, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The state biennial budget is on its way to the Ohio Senate, after receiving approval from the Ohio House on April 19, 2013. Prior to voting on the bill, an amendment was accepted on the House floor that will essentially keep the conversation going on whether the state will expand Medicaid to roughly 275,000 low-income adults. The amendment requires that legislation be introduced to further study expansion options while continuing to prohibit the Administration from implementing reform unless instructed by the General Assembly.

    The $61.5 million appropriation bill was further amended in committee this week and the following changes are among those included:

    • Creates the Youth STEM Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Program and appropriates $5 million over the biennium for the program
    • Creates the Commercial Activity Tax Review Commission
    • Allows a school district that levies a combined levy for current expenses and permanent improvements to replace or renew the levy solely for permanent improvements
    • Allows for the addition of a juvenile judge in Summit County
    • Creates the Workforce Training Pilot Program for the Economically Disadvantaged and provides $8 million per year for the program
    • Restores the ability for the Department of Insurance to perform market conduct evaluations
    • Earmarks $500,000 for a pilot program in fiscal year 2014 at the Central Ohio Technical College for heavy machinery training
    • Increases the threshold value of an unclaimed motor vehicle to $5,000 for owners of repair garages or storage facilities who seek to obtain a certificate of title. Enables a towing company to seek to obtain the certificate of title to a vehicle, if the vehicle has been left with the towing company for more than 15 days.
    • Increases funding for nursing facilities by $30 million per year
    • Clarifies it is the intent of the General Assembly to enact conforming legislation if Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act
    • Compels the Director of Development Services to utilize the Edison Center Network in issuing grants for research and development or technology transfer through the Edison program
    • Requires at least 50 percent of the $20 million appropriation added in the substitute bill for addiction services be used to provide non-opiate drug treatment

    The Senate began informal hearings on the budget in Finance Committee this week. The General Government and Education Subcommittees will begin hearings on April 23, 2013.