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This week at the Statehouse:

OHIO CHAIR: SENATE TRANSPORTATION, COMMERCE AND LABOR COMMITTEE
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 11:15 AM, North Hearing Room
Chair: Sen. LaRose: 614-466-4823

HB154 BICYCLE PASSING-TRAFFIC LIGHTS (HENNE M, SHEEHY M) To provide that when a motor vehicle passes a bicycle the safe passing distance to the left is three feet, and to alter the protocol for proceeding into an intersection that has malfunctioning traffic lights. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

OHIO HOUSE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 1:30 PM,
Hearing Room 114 Chair:
Rep. Blessing III: 614-466-9091

SB329 SUNSET REVIEW COMMITTEE-ABOLISH (JORDAN K, FABER K) To abolish the Sunset Review Committee and to revise Sunset Review Law to require standing committees of the General Assembly to establish a schedule for the periodic review and sunset of state departments that are currently in the Governor's cabinet, and to permit the review of other state departments and boards. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

OHIO CHAIR: SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 4:00 PM,
North Hearing Room Chair:
Sen. Balderson: 614-466-8076

SB333 MBR-WATER QUALITY (HITE C) To revise specified laws relating to environmental protection. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

SR589 AFRICAN ELEPHANT-PROTECTION RULES (LAROSE F)
To encourage the implementation and full enforcement of rules adopted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the protection of the African elephant from the illegal ivory trade. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

SB320 RENEWABLE ENERGY (SEITZ B)
To revise the requirements for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction, to permit property owners to petition municipal corporations and townships for the purpose of developing and implementing special energy improvement projects. Second Hearing, Proponent Testimony

OHIO HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 9:00 AM,
Hearing Room 313
Chair: Rep. Smith: 614-466-1366

SB235 INCREASED VALUE-PROPERTY TAX (BEAGLE B, COLEY W) To exempt from property tax the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned until construction of new commercial or industrial facilities at the property commences. Second Hearing, All Testimony

HJR5 WATER-SEWER IMPROVEMENTS (LEPORE-HAGAN M, SMITH K)
To permit the issuance of general obligation bonds to fund sewer and water capital improvements. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

COUNCIL ON UNRECLAIMED STRIP MINED LANDS
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 9:30 AM,
Hearing Room 018 Chair: Rep. Jack Cera: 614-466-3735

OHIO HOUSE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMITTEE
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 10:00 AM,
Hearing Room 121
Chair: Rep. Dovilla: 614-466-4895

HB554 RENEWABLE ENERGY REQUIREMENTS (AMSTUTZ R) To revise the requirements for renewable energy, energy efficiency savings, and peak demand reduction and to revise provisions governing which customers can opt out of related programs. Second Hearing, All Testimony

SUBSTITUTE BILL OHIO HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 2:30 PM,
Hearing Room 121
Chair: Rep. Maag: 614-644-6023
OR AFTER SESSION

HB551 SANITARIANS-FOOD INSPECTIONS (HILL B) To require the Director of Agriculture and the Director of Health to adopt rules governing reviews of registered sanitarians and sanitarians-in-training who conduct inspections of retail food establishments and food service operations. First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony