COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday signed Senate Bill 9, legislation sponsored by state senators Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rob McColley (R-Napoleon), which aims to cut regulatory bureaucracy in Ohio businesses and to provide critical emergency funding to Ohio. 88 county election commissions.
This legislation will require Ohio state agencies to reduce the total number of state regulations by 30% over three years. Researchers from the Mercatus Center released the 2020 version of their State RegData project, analyzing regulations from 44 states plus the District of Columbia. Ohio ranked in the top five most restrictive states.
Senate Bill 9, passed by the Senate last spring, requires Ohio state agencies to reduce the total number of state regulations by 30% over three years in an effort to further align the regulatory environment on national averages. If agencies are unable to meet the 30% requirement, an agency may appeal directly to the Joint Agency Rules Review Committee to lower the target.
“Senate Bill 9 is a recognition that the state legislature has a role to play in ensuring that government is not heavier than it should be and that government does not continue to grow out of control,” McColley said. “SB 9 will take an important step in ensuring that outdated, unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations are eliminated for our public and private sectors.”
An amendment was included to provide $9 million in funds to county election boards to help cover the costs of preparing for the upcoming May primary elections in Ohio. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose requested the $9 million appropriation to help election officials manage the unprecedented demands of preparing for the upcoming May 3 primary election. These significant resources will be used for manpower, additional support from consultancy providers for database reprogramming and election management, and ballot production and printing.
“This additional funding will help electoral commissions mitigate some of the additional overhead costs they will face while avoiding the significantly higher cost of a bifurcated primary. Bipartisan election officials are working to meet this enormous challenge, but we will never compromise on access or security. This funding will help us carry out this crucial mission,” said LaRose.
(Information courtesy of Senator Rob McColley’s office.)