The Senate Civil Justice Committee took sponsor testimony June 20 regarding HB71 which would prohibit certain indemnity agreements in motor vehicle carrier transportation contracts.
Rep. Roegner told the committee HB71 "is a significant step in leveling the playing field between the motor carriers and shippers, by preventing shippers, in the case of their own negligence, from demanding that the motor carriers (or the motor carrier's insurance provider) pay for the defense and damages arising from the shipper's negligent actions," in testimony identical to that which she gave before the House Judiciary Committee on March 3, 2015. She did add that now 42 states have enacted "anti-indemnification" statutes with the addition of Arkansas.
The Senate Republican Caucus Monday released highlights of their FY16-17 budget proposal, HB64 (R. Smith), but details are still to come as the actual bill will be unveiled Tuesday in the full Senate Finance Committee and/or as negotiations continue -- both now and into the conference committee later this month.
Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) told reporters that, "This is a balanced budget that invests in Ohio's priorities, while still making our tax rate more competitive, saving for emergencies and putting millions of dollars back into the hands of the people who earned it. We're continuing to build on our commitment to fund what matters and return what isn't essential."
On June 3 OPGA Executive Vice President, David Field accompanied by Past President and Ohio Director to NPGA, Joe Buschur and OPGA Vice President, Brian Buschur attended an informational workshop held by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) relative to the development of a proposed PUCO Rule implementing HB 319. HB 319 established a procedure for the expansion of natural gas lines to commercial enterprises. The PUCO will publish a draft rule after which it will hold a public hearing.
OPGA members attended the June 3 "Day at the Capitol" in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Businesses (NFIB) in Columbus. Following a morning program of speakers on state legislative topics and a legislative luncheon, OPGA members visited with their legislators and their staffs in the Ohio Statehouse. From left: Jay Sweede (CC Propane Co.), Rosie Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), Kent Witt (Hi-Grade Oil Co.), Joe Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), Terry Clevenger (O.E. Meyer Co.), Frank Edwards (Linden’s Propane), Brian Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), and Eric Sears (Auxier Gas, Inc.).
During their individual legislative visits OPGA members delivered these messages: