Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kasich Signs Thirteen Bills Into Law

COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich signed the following pieces of legislation into law:

H.B. 331 (Dovilla, Bubp) creates the Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council;

H.B. 415 (Sprague, Hill) modifies the maximum amount the Treasurer of State may invest in agricultural linked deposits in the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program;

H.B. 437 (Roegner, Patmon) increases the miles of out-of-state travel that a school district board can authorize for its motor vehicles;

H.B. 490 (Dovilla, Landis) changes the law regarding a County Recorder’s release of a veteran’s record of discharge; modifies the duties of publishing information about Veterans Services offices as pertains to the Director of Veterans Services; modifies the composition of the Veterans Advisory Committee; and grants in-state tuition to nonresident spouses and dependents of those veterans who served on active duty and are deceased;

H.B. 509 (Blair) changes the laws governing local governments; modifies requirements of arresting authorities and courts as pertains to the venereal disease testing of individuals accused of certain offenses; modifies the way funds are allocated from the Ohio Legal Aid Fund; and expands the ability for counties to create joint county boards of job and family services;

S.B. 19 (Hughes) allows a judge to decide to not suspend a probationary driver’s license, restricted license, or temporary instruction permit of certain juvenile repeat traffic violators and requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to create advanced juvenile driver improvement programs;

S.B. 193 (Seitz) requires scrap metal dealers to take a photograph of every person selling or giving an article to the dealer and keep the photograph as part of the sales record;

S.B. 196 (Wagoner) changes the Ohio’s Business Opportunity Plan Law;

S.B. 224 (Obhof) shortens the period of limitations for actions upon a written contract;

S.B. 305 (Hughes) prohibits designing, building, or modifying a vehicle in such a way as to create or add a hidden compartment, prohibits the ownership or use of a vehicle with a hidden compartment, and prohibits knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the vehicle has or will be used to facilitate a crime;

S.B. 314 (Wagoner, Cafaro) renames the Department of Development the “Development Services Agency;” establishes the Office of TourismOhio within the Development Services Agency, creates the TourismOhio Advisory Board, and establishes a pilot program for testing a new funding mechanism for state travel and tourism marketing; modifies the operation of JobsOhio; makes changes to the Capital Access Loan Program Fund and allows transfers to that fund from the Minority Business Enterprise Loan Fund; increases the membership of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority and provides for projects started before receiving a tax credit; changes reporting requirements of the Voluntary Action Program; requires the Director of Development Services to administer federal funds received for brownfields revitalization purposes; terminates the Water and Sewer Commission; terminates the Development Financing Advisory Council as of July 1, 2012; increases the membership of the Third Frontier Commission; and makes and appropriation;

S.B. 321 (Beagle) authorizes the State Library Board to establish library districts for association libraries; makes changes to the law governing the operation of public libraries; and declares an emergency; and

S.B. 337 (Seitz, Smith) excludes juvenile proceedings and adjudications from criminal records checks, excludes from public records any records pertaining to an alleged or adjudicated, unruly or delinquent child, or juvenile traffic offender; ensures those sentenced to confinement receive credit for time served in juvenile facilities; expands eligibility for sealing of criminal records and eliminates prohibition of sealing juvenile records in certain cases; defines indigent as related to the payments of fines and fees; makes use or possession with purpose to use drug paraphernalia with marihuana a minor misdemeanor; provides for destruction and removal of criminal records and disabilities of a person who is pardoned; allows an individual subject to civil sanctions as a result of conviction or plea of guilty to a criminal offense to file a petition for relief from the sanctions; creates a procedure for the review of these petitions; allows sentencing court to grant limited relief; allows for the consideration on a case-by-case basis whether it is appropriate to allow the issuance or restoration or an occupational license or employment opportunity; allows for an order of limited relief to be revoked; increases the age from eighteen to twenty-one as the age at which certain offenders may be held in places not authorized for the confinement of children; increases the juvenile court’s jurisdiction for certain cases for the sole purpose of detaining a person while their case is heard in adult court; amends law governing child-support; reduces penalty for driving with a suspended license if the suspension was imposed as part of the penalty for certain offenses not directly involving the operation of a motor vehicle; makes changes in certain other driver’s license suspension provisions; requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to study the advisability and feasibility of a one-time amnesty program for drivers who have not paid fees owed for motor vehicle offenses and license suspensions; defines the terms “moral turpitude” and “disqualifying offense” as applied to certain unemployment; adds an ex-offender appointed by the Director of Rehabilitation and Correction to the Ex-offender Reentry Coalition; and prohibits the preclusion of persons from obtaining or renewing certain licenses, certifications, or permits because of past criminal history unless the person has committed a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense.