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OHIO HOUSE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 9:00 AM, Hearing Room 121

Rep. Stautberg: 614-644-6886

Committee will recess at 10 a.m. and reconvene after session. Witnesses on submetering bills (HB422, HB545, HB568, HB662) welcome to address any topic in any of the bills versus submitting testimony on a particular bill.

HB319   INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT RIDER-GAS COMPANIES (GROSSMAN C) To permit natural gas companies to apply for an infrastructure development rider to cover costs of certain economic development projects.

                Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/SUBSTITUTE BILL/POSSIBLE VOTE

               HB659   UNDERGROUND UTILITY FACILITIES PROTECTION (SPRAGUE R) Regarding the enforcement of the law governing the protection of underground utility facilities.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/SUBSTITUTE BILL

HB422   TENNANT-MANUFACTURED HOME PARK RESIDENT-PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICE (FOLEY M, BLAIR T) To create requirements regarding the measurement and billing of tenant and manufactured home park resident public utility service.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

HB545   UTILITY METERING (GONZALES A) Regarding master metering and submetering for public utility service to premises administered by a landlord, condominium unit owners association, or manufactured home park operator.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

HB568   PUCO-MAXIMUM FEES (MCGREGOR R) To require the Public Utilities Commission to set the maximum fees that a manufactured home park operator, condominium unit owners association, and landlord may charge for electric, gas, water, or related services, or for sewage disposal service provided to a resident, unit owner, or tenant.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

HB662   PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICE MEASUREMENT (DUFFEY M, MCGREGOR R) Regarding measurement of public utility service to premises administered by a landlord, condominium unit owners association, or manufactured home park operator.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

OHIO SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 9:00 AM, South Hearing Room

Sen. Hite: 614-466-8150

HB490 hearing is informal.

HB490   MBR-AGRICULTURE-NATURAL RESOURCES-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS (HALL D, THOMPSON A) To revise certain laws governing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

OHIO SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 9:00 AM, South Hearing Room

Sen. Hite: 614-466-8150

HB490 hearing is informal.

HB490   MBR-AGRICULTURE-NATURAL RESOURCES-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS (HALL D, THOMPSON A) To revise certain laws governing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

OHIO HOUSE FINANCE AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 1:30 PM, Hearing Room 313

Rep. Amstutz: 614-466-1474

OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SESSION

LAKEFRONT OHIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-TOURISM PLAN (BUDISH A, LUNDY M) To require the Ohio Development Services Agency to develop the Lakefront Ohio Economic Development and Tourism Plan for counties bordering Lake Erie and, to require regional institutions of higher education to jointly develop a proposal for the use of specified types of land in the region.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

OHIO HOUSE POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 2:00 PM, Hearing Room 115

Rep. Dovilla: 614-466-4895

OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SESSION

HB81      TAX EXPENDITURES EFFECTIVENESS (DRIEHAUS D, FOLEY M) To provide for the periodic appraisal of the effectiveness of tax expenditures.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

OHIO SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 2:30 PM, OHIO SENATE Finance Hearing room

Sen. Oelslager: 614-466-0626

OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SESSION

HB223   RESIDENTIAL FORECLOSURE ACTIONS (GROSSMAN C, CURTIN M) To expedite the foreclosure and transfer of unoccupied, blighted parcels and certain abandoned properties and to make other changes relative to residential foreclosure actions.

                Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, POSSIBLE VOTE

OHIO HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 3:30 PM, Hearing Room 116

Rep. Hall: 614-466-2994

OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SESSION

HB453  ANIMAL DISEASES LAW-FARMLAND PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD (PELANDA D) To include diseases of concern within the scope of the Animal Diseases Law, and to make changes to the laws governing weights and measures and auctioneers, the membership of the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board, and the pesticide licensing renewal process.

                Third Hearing, All Testimony

HB515   TIMBER HARVESTING-THEFT (MCGREGOR R) To establish requirements governing contracts for the harvesting of timber and enforcement procedures regarding and penalties for the theft of timber.

                Second Hearing, Proponent Testimony

HB569   ANIMAL FIGHTING ACTIVITIES (SEARS B, WACHTMANN L) To prohibit and establish an increased penalty for knowingly engaging in activities associated with cockfighting, bearbaiting, or pitting an animal against another.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB538   JOBSOHIO-BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP (DRIEHAUS D) To require that, if JobsOhio provides financial assistance for the cleanup and remediation of brownfields, at least 85% of the assistance must be in the form of grants.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB541   NUISANCE DOGS (WINBURN R, BLAIR T) To revise provisions of the Dogs Law governing nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs and confinement and restraint of dogs.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HCR49   GREAT LAKES-ASIAN CARP (SHEEHY M) To urge the United States Congress to approve and fund a hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to stop the spread of Asian carp.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

OHIO SENATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014, 4:30 PM, South Hearing Room

Sen. Peterson: 614-466-8156

SB303   SALES TAX HOLIDAY-ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS (BROWN E) To provide a three-day sales tax "holiday" each April during which sales of qualifying Energy Star products are exempt from sales and use taxes.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB198   TAX INCREMENT FINANCING (BUTLER, JR. J, BURKLEY T) To establish a procedure by which political subdivisions proposing a tax increment financing (TIF) incentive district are required to provide notice to the record owner of each parcel within the proposed incentive district before adopting the TIF resolution.

                First Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

HB494   TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (SCHURING K) To authorize counties to undertake regional transportation improvement projects funded by the issuance of securities and by revenue pledges from the state and political subdivisions and taxing districts located within the cooperating counties.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS

HB5        MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS INCOME TAXES (GROSSMAN C, HENNE M) To revise the laws governing income taxes imposed by municipal corporations.

                Third Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS

OHIO SENATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 8:30 AM, OHIO SENATE Finance Hearing Room

Sen. Peterson: 614-466-8156

HB494   TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (SCHURING K) To authorize counties to undertake regional transportation improvement projects funded by the issuance of securities and by revenue pledges from the state and political subdivisions and taxing districts located within the cooperating counties.

                Third Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

HB5        MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS INCOME TAXES (GROSSMAN C, HENNE M) To revise the laws governing income taxes imposed by municipal corporations.

                Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

OHIO SENATE CIVIL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 9:45 AM, North Hearing Room

Sen. Coley: 614-466-8072

SB334    AGRITOURISM (JONES S, PETERSON B) To limit the authority of a board of county commissioners or board of township trustees to prohibit agritourism through zoning and to authorize the Director of Agriculture to adopt rules regarding amusement rides at agritourism locations.

                Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

HB234   HUNTING GUN LAW (GROSSMAN C, BECKER J) To allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a gun while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds.

                Sixth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

OHIO HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 121

Rep. Hall: 614-466-2994

HB515   TIMBER HARVESTING-THEFT (MCGREGOR R) To establish requirements governing contracts for the harvesting of timber and enforcement procedures regarding and penalties for the theft of timber.

                Third Hearing, Opponent/Interested Party Testimony

HB453   ANIMAL DISEASES LAW-FARMLAND PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD (PELANDA D) To include diseases of concern within the scope of the Animal Diseases Law, and to make changes to the laws governing weights and measures and auctioneers, the membership of the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board, and the pesticide licensing renewal process.

                Fourth Hearing, No Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

OHIO SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 110

Sen. Hite: 614-466-8150

HB490   MBR-AGRICULTURE-NATURAL RESOURCES-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS (HALL D, THOMPSON A) To revise certain laws governing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection.

                Third Hearing, All Testimony, PENDING REFERRAL

OHIO SENATE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 2:30 PM, OHIO SENATE Finance Hearing Room

Sen. Seitz: 614-466-8068

OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SESSION

Governor's appointments:

- Lilia Perez Chavolla and Sherry Hubbard to the Public Benefits Advisory Board.

SB378    UNDERGROUND UTILITY FACILITIES LAW (COLEY W) Regarding the enforcement of the law governing the protection of underground utility facilities.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

SB59      EDUCATION ENERGY COUNCIL (BEAGLE B) To authorize an eligible regional council of governments to establish itself as an education energy council for the purpose of issuing debt to pay for school district energy purchases.

                Fifth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS

SB380    INCOME PAYMENT PLAN FUNDING (JONES S) To modify the funding process for the percentage of income payment plan program.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

SB391    NATURAL GAS COMPANY RIDER (BALDERSON T) To permit natural gas companies to apply for an infrastructure development rider to recover costs of certain economic development projects.

                First Hearing, Sponsor/Proponent Testimony, PENDING REFERRAL

OHIO SENATE STATE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE

Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 3:15 PM, South Hearing Room

Sen. Burke: 614-466-8049

SJR1       REDISTRICTING PROCESS (SAWYER T) To revise the redistricting process for General Assembly and Congressional districts.

                Sixth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

SB344    STATE-PRIVATE ATTORNEY TRANSPARENCY (SEITZ B) To provide transparency in contracts between the state and private attorneys.

                Third Hearing, Proponent Testimony

HB175   OHIO STATE GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE DATABASE (DOVILLA M) To require the Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database.

                Second Hearing, All Testimony

OHIO SENATE STATE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE

Thu., Dec. 4, 2014, 9:00 AM, South Hearing Room

Sen. Burke: 614-466-8049

SJR1       REDISTRICTING PROCESS (SAWYER T) To revise the redistricting process for General Assembly and Congressional districts.

                Seventh Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS/POSSIBLE VOTE

OHIO SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Thu., Dec. 4, 2014, 10:00 AM, Hearing Room 110

Sen. Hite: 614-466-8150

HB490   MBR-AGRICULTURE-NATURAL RESOURCES-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS (HALL D, THOMPSON A) To revise certain laws governing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection.

                Fourth Hearing, All Testimony, AMENDMENTS