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Legislative Summaries

House Bill 60 - HB 60 would require the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the US Department of Homeland Security to obtain approval to issue an enhanced driver's licenses, enhanced commercial driver's licenses and enhanced ID cards. The enhanced IDs and licenses would facilitate land and sea border crossings between the U.S., and Canada and Mexico. Currently, states that issue enhanced driver's licenses include Michigan, New York, Vermont, and Washington. This legislation is currently being considered by the House Transportation and Safety Committee.

Senate Bill 115 - SB 115 would require the registration of roofing contractors. The legislation is aimed at "protecting Ohio consumers and businesses from dishonest roofers, also known as storm chasers." Under this proposal, roofing contractors would be required to register with the state, and a roofing contract totaling more than $750 would require a written contract. Additionally, consumers would be given the right to cancel storm repair agreements within three days, and conflicts of interest that occur when roofing contractors also act as adjusters would also be addressed.  SB 115 was referred to the Government Oversight and Reform Committee in the Senate.

House Bill 148 - HB 148 would require the statewide registration of home improvement contractors and would create the Home Improvement Board. "Home Improvement" includes the repair, replacement, remodeling, alteration, and sandblasting of any residential building or structure adjacent to a building such as a garage or deck. All contractors, subcontractors and independent contractors would be required to register with the Home Improvement Board. The Home Improvement Board would be tasked with inspecting residential buildings and maintaining all information pertaining to contractor registrations. This legislation has been referred to the House Finance Committee where it awaits a hearing.