Ohio Senate Bill 307 - Accelerating Ohio's Auto Industry
State Senator Michael Rulli (District #33) announced Accelerating Ohio's Auto Industry bill on February 16th, 2022. It was officially introduced in the Senate on March 2nd, 2022. It has been assigned to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee and it has just had its second hearing (Proponent Testimony on April 5th, 2022).
The purpose of this bill is to protect and expand Ohio’s vehicle manufacturing and supply chain industry, a vital sector of the state’s economy. This will be done by investing in and developing Ohio’s workforce for EV production, supporting the needs of industry members, growing the EV market, and sending a strong signal to the industry that Ohio is all in on EVs.
You can find complete information at Clean Fuels Ohio's site: https://cleanfuelsohio.org/aoai/
Ohio Legislature tracking page - https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-307
Ohio Senate status page - https://www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA134-SB-307
Ohio Channel recording of Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee - Into/1st hearing (skip to 8:19 for SB 307) - https://ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-senate-energy-and-public-utilities-committee-3-29-2022
Ohio Channel recording of Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee - 2nd hearing/Proponent Testimony - https://ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-senate-energy-and-public-utilities-committee-4-5-2022
Ohio Channel recording of Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee - 3rd hearing/Opponent & Interested Party Testimony (skip to 35:05 for SB 307) - https://ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-senate-energy-and-public-utilities-committee-5-17-2022
If you are interested in finding copies of all of the written submitted testimony, they can be found at https://ohiosenate.gov/committees/energy-and-public-utilities/document-archive
Scroll down to find the Clean Fuels Ohio Sign-On Letter of Support for the AOAI and to find the Proponent Testimony submitted by the Drive Electric Columbus Chapter Leader for the April 5th hearing.
Ohio Senate Bill 277 - Temporarily Reduce Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes and EV Registration Fee
State Senator Stephen Huffman (District #5) announced his proposed bill to temporarily reduce the Ohio fuel tax by $0.10 per gallon and suspend the EV/Hybrid Registration fee for 5 years. It has been assigned to the Transportation committee.
The bill would be a major policy shift and is meant to help support Ohioan's financial recovery from the impacts of Covid which has seen fewer drivers on the roads leading to lost revenue. While this would cause a ripple effect on the transportation budget, it is worth noting that the budget has already faced shortfalls due to lack of travel during the pandemic and from higher costs on all products in part from higher transportation costs.
Ohio Legislature tracking page - https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-277
Ohio Senate status page - https://www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA134-SB-277
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