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College savings: Sponsored by Senators Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), Senate Bill 244 would increase the maximum income tax deduction for college savings contributions to $10,000 annually for each beneficiary, and create the Joint Committee on Ohio College Affordability. The bill was introduced on November 20.

 

JEDZ moratorium: Sponsored by Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), House Bill 358 would impose a 90-day moratorium on the authority of townships and municipal corporations to approve new joint economic development zones and new economic development district contracts devised under the nonrestricted procedures. The bill was introduced on November 20.

Recycled water: Sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R-Chardon), Senate Bill 179 includes recycled water as a private water system for purposes of regulation by the Department of Health and boards of health. The bill was approved by the Senate on November 19.

 

Power of attorney: Sponsored by Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Representative Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), House Bill 126 will allow a person who creates a durable power of attorney for healthcare to authorize the attorney to obtain health information about the person. Additionally, the bill establishes a presumption that a valid living will declaration revokes all prior declarations. The bill was approved by the Senate on November 20.

 

Balanced budget amendment: Sponsored by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), Senate Joint Resolution 5 urges the United States Congress to propose a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. The resolution was approved by the House on November 20.

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