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The following bills are among those approved this week.

Enterprise zones: Sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Senate Bill 112 will extend the authority of municipal corporations and counties to enter into enterprise zone agreements with businesses until October 15, 2015. The bill passed the House on June 25, 2013.

Vehicle air bags: Sponsored by Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville), House Bill 177 prohibits the manufacture, import or sale of a counterfeit or nonfunctional motor vehicle that inaccurately indicates that the vehicle is equipped with a functional air bag, and increases the penalty for improper replacement of a motor vehicle air bag if the violation results in the bodily injury or death of an individual. The bill passed the House on June 25, 2013.

Water safety inspections: Sponsored by Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont), House Bill 29 exempts a person holding certain Coast Guard endorsements from the requirement to complete a safe boater course or examination. The bill passed the Senate on June 26, 2013.

Board of Tax Appeals: Sponsored by Representatives Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and Tom Letson (D-Warren), House Bill 138 makes changes to the law governing the Board of Tax Appeals. The bill passed the Senate on June 26, 2013.

The following are among the provisions included in the bill:

  • Authorizes a small claims division within the board
  • Requires the board to institute measures to manage certain appeals
  • Provides the board authority to grant summary judgments and consider motions—vesting hearing examiners with the authority to determine credibility of witnesses and issue statements of fact and conclusions of law separately
  • Authorizes the board to require parties to engage in mediation
  • Authorizes the tax commissioner to expedite and issue a final determination for residential property value appeals with written consent of the parties

Traffic cameras: Sponsored by Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), House Bill 69 will prohibit the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices by municipal corporations, counties, townships, and the State Highway Patrol to detect signal light and speed limit violations. The bill passed the House on June 26, 2013.

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