House Bill 490, the environmental portion of the governor's Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) legislation, will not pass this year.
Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), chair of the committee considering the legislation, said the bill collapsed under its own weight. H.B. 490 had been heavily amended in the House to include controversial provisions concerning issues such as Telecomm, the Great Lakes Compact, private sewage rules, and puppy mills. The only subject addressed by the committee prior to announcing the bill would not pass this year was the removal of language easing regulations on so-called puppy mill operators.
Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) issued the following statement: “After consulting with my colleagues, I've decided the Senate will not act on House Bill 490 during this legislative session. We simply need more time to consider the substantive issues contained in the 264-page document, and time is not our ally in a lame duck session.”
Sen. Faber added that the House had eight months to consider the legislation, which was introduced in March and passed the House in November. He said his chamber is committed to revisiting the provisions in the following General Assembly.