Gov. DeWine Signs Twp Omnibus Bill
January 26, 2021
Governor DeWine has officially inked House Bill 444, the township omnibus bill. The bill contains the following provisions:
- Authorizes township use of industrial development bonds;
- Requires municipalities to provide notice to townships before a vote to conform boundaries;
- Harmonizes township nuisance statutes;
- Allows a political subdivision to switch from bonds to a faithful performance of duty policy when officers are mid-term;
- Provides parameters for when a township must take ownership of a cemetery;
- Allows anyone authorized to drive an ambulance to bring the vehicle to the scene, provided that they are meeting an EMT, AEMT, or paramedic;
- Allows special improvement districts to be created within territory of noncontiguous townships or municipalities;
- Clarifies when a levy can commence;
- Corrects a specific property tax abatement issue; and
- Includes Cross Creek Township as one of the locations for the Jefferson County Court.
The bill will be effective April 9, 2021.
Additionally, among others, the Governor has signed:
- House Bill 264, sponsored by Representatives Shane Wilkin and Michael O’Brien, refinances loans for water and waste water infrastructure projects.
- House Bill 295, sponsored by Representative Jim Hoops, establishes requirements for low-speed electric scooters.
- House Bill 308, sponsored by Representative Tom Patton, concerns workers’ compensation and disability retirement for PTSD.
- House Bill 665, sponsored by Representatives Don Jones and Shane Wilkin, addresses agricultural societies and amusement ride safety.
- Senate Bill 33, sponsored by Senator Frank Hoagland, modifies criminal and civil law for critical infrastructure damage.