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October 26, 2018
OML UPDATE AT-A-GLANCE
Here are the top three things you need to know form this past week:
  • Last week, a 10th District appellate panel held a hearing on the challenge on the constitutionality of the state's ability to centrally collect municipal net profit business filings, brought by over 160 municipalities across Ohio. The arguments focused mainly on the definition of "levy" as well as the ability of the state to impose a 0.5% fee on municipalities for collecting the tax.
  • The Secretary of State's office has announced that 42,470 absentee ballots have already been cast. A total of 911,000 have been requested. 34,252 people have taken advantage of early voting and cast a ballot in person.
  • The Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation announced this week that the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program will be awarding 31 fire departments a total of $315,769 in grant money. The grants are to be used for purchasing safety gear, specialized washing machines and exhaust systems designed to protect firefighters from carcinogens.
 
NEW BILLS OF MUNICIPAL INTEREST
  • HB 746 - ELECTRIC VEHICLES. Sponsored by Rep. Smith (D - Euclid), would establish the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Study Committee.
 
  • HB 747 - CYBERSECURITY. Sponsored by Rep. Romanchuk (R - Mansfield) and Rep. Lanese (R - Grove City), would create the civilian cyber security reserve force.
 
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SEEKS INPUT ON RULE CHANGE
The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) has filed a rule errata/amendment package with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review to amend selected portions of the 2017 Ohio Fire Code (OFC), also known as Ohio Administrative Code secs. 1301:7-7-01 through 1301:7-7-80.  Specifically, amendments are being made to Rules 1 (and its appendices), 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 23, 27, 32, 50, 56, 57, 60, 61, and 62. The rules specified above are being amended to address typographical errors, errors that occurred during the filing process, and to make changes to Section 320 (regarding Mobile Food Units) and paragraph 906.1 (regarding portable fire extinguishers).
The SFM will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule changes on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Division of State Fire Marshal, 8895 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.  The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comment regarding the proposed changes to the above rules which will include rescission of the current rules and the adoption of new rules amended as specified.
Any person may appear at the hearing in person or through counsel and provide oral and/or written comments or testimony regarding the proposed changes.  In addition, any person may submit written comments or testimony to the SFM prior to the hearing.  Written testimony or comments must be submitted on or before Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
You can view a red-lined copy of the proposed rules and other related documents by going to the SFM's website ( www.com.ohio.gov/fire) and clicking on the "2017 Ohio Fire Code" tab on the right hand side of the screen.  Under a section titled "2017 Ohio Fire Code-Errata Package" you will find a link to a red-lined version of the rules being amended, a chart of the changes, and other relevant information.   The rules can also be viewed by accessing the Register of Ohio ( www.registerofohio.state.oh.us).
If you have any questions regarding the 2017 OFC or the errata package, please send an inquiry to OhioFireCode@com.state.oh.us or Contact the SFM's Code Enforcement Bureau at (614) 728-5460.
 
OML PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The League's 2018 Annual Conference will be here before we know it! The conference will be taking place in downtown Columbus at the Renaissance Hotel from Wednesday, Oct. 31 st through Friday, Nov. 2 nd. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers, attend meaningful workshops and network with other municipal leaders from across the state. It is an incredible opportunity you don't want to miss!
Information about the Annual Conference, including the agenda, was sent out last month. Additionally, registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in still open - just click HERE
The Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ohio will be holding their Annual Conference concurrently with the League from Wednesday, October 31 st through Thursday, November 1 st. Attendees will participate in general sessions, round table discussions and workshops and will have access to the exhibitor's hall hosted by the League's Annual Conference.
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