COLUMBUS — Looking to build on the progress made in the 129th General Assembly, Ohio Senator Frank LaRose today introduced legislation that aims to take the next steps in reforming Ohio’s regulatory structure, easing the burden on employers so Ohio families can prosper.
“Outdated and inefficient regulations continue to stifle business growth in our state. We have made progress in the past two years as we work together to create a pro-business environment in Ohio, but there is clearly more improvement needed,” LaRose said. “This bill will help maintain the important protections provided by effective regulation while at the same time ensuring that entrepreneurs can continue to invest here and create opportunities for Ohioans.”
The bill is the result of suggestions from the 2008 Regulatory Reform Task Force as well as good ideas from both members and staff of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). JCARR is comprised of members of both the Senate and House and is responsible for reviewing administrative rules proposed by state agencies, departments, boards and commissions. LaRose currently serves as a member of JCARR and chaired the committee last year.
The measure, Senate Bill 3, seeks to increase input by stakeholders and the public in the rule-making process by establishing a web site that will notify users about rule filings, changes and public hearing opportunities. The site will also allow users to receive notifications on rules that impact specific subjects or industries. It also allows JCARR to refer proposed or existing rules to the Common Sense Initiative Office, which reviews rules to determine if they have an adverse business impact, and requires statewide office holders to comply with the business review provisions when establishing new rules. Finally, the bill requires fines levied to be paid into the state’s General Revenue Fund rather than the enforcing agency’s budget.
LaRose also introduced several other measures today. Senate Bill 8 would make military spouses eligible for unemployment compensation if they must leave their job in order to accompany their spouse for an assignment. Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, this change will help support military families throughout the state. He also reintroduced a joint resolution that changes the process by which Ohio draws its legislative and Congressional districts. The plan received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate last year.
"I join Ohioans and motor sports fans in celebrating the news that the EPA has come to their senses, and backed away from this attempt at bureaucratic overreach. Alongside my colleagues, I will continue to defend this cherished pastime."
"These dedicated public safety professionals stand ready every day to face personal danger in order to protect their fellow Ohioans," said LaRose. "I'm proud that we have come together to ensure that Ohio Firefighters exposed to increased risk of cancer while performing their duty will receive the care they deserve."
"This important legislation invests in economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance, contributing to quality of life and economic growth in our community," said LaRose. "A substantial portion of capital spending goes to needed maintenance and improvements of public facilities throughout the state, but does so in a responsible and fiscally conservative manner. The carefully considered investments in this budget fall well within Ohio's constitutional cap on borrowing and reflect our ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible fiscal management practices. This budget is a continuation of the same thoughtful management practices which resulted in Ohio earning an upgrade in our bond rating; essentially the state's 'credit score' just a few years ago."
"This is yet another example of how pro-growth, pro-business policies paired with smart economic development initiatives such as this one attract investment and create jobs in Ohio," said LaRose. "I'm excited to watch this company grow in Summit County as they bring high-paying, high-quality jobs to our community."