Obhof Signs Historic Congressional Redistricting Reform Plan
Also Announces Passage of Legislation to Make Ohio's Popular Sales Tax Holiday Permanent
February 07, 2018
 
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COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) yesterday signed a resolution which will reform the process for drawing Ohio's congressional districts. After months of public input and weeks of negotiations between leaders from both parties, Senate Joint Resolution 5 passed the Ohio Senate this week with a unanimous, bipartisan vote. It also passed the Ohio House with strong support and now goes to the May ballot for Ohio voters to approve. Obhof co-sponsored the resolution and was one of the lead negotiators for the eventual compromise.

"This plan establishes a responsible map-making process that requires bipartisan support and keeps communities together," said Obhof. "I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together to get this done."

Passage of the congressional redistricting reform was widely hailed this week as a historic and significant bipartisan achievement for the state legislature on behalf of Ohio voters. For more details on the plan, click here.

Bill Passes to Make Popular Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Permanent
Obhof also announced the Senate's passage of legislation this week to make Ohio's sales tax holiday permanent. The holiday, which occurs during the first weekend in August, provides a three-day sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items.

For the last three years, the tax-free shopping period has been praised by both back-to-school shoppers and retailers. The latest proposal would waive the collection of sales taxes on designated items purchased in-store or online.

"Ohio's sales tax holiday has been a win-win for parents, students and local businesses," said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. "It’s time to permanently extend these savings and ensure families benefit for years to come."

This year's sales tax holiday occurs August 3-5, 2018. Savings apply to items of clothing priced at $75 or less, commonly used school supplies—crayons, book bags, pencils, etc.—priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials like textbooks and workbooks priced at $20 or less. The price limits apply per item, so consumers can buy as many tax-exempt items under the price limit as they wish, either online or in stores.

For more information about Ohio's sales tax holiday, including specifics on which items qualify for savings, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation's website at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.

Senate Bill 226 now moves to the Ohio House for consideration.

 
 
 
  
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"This plan establishes a responsible map-making process that requires bipartisan support and keeps communities together," said Obhof. "I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together to get this done."