Ohio Senate proposals in the midterm budget bills

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The Ohio Senate has added and changed provisions in a package of midterm budget bills scheduled for a vote on Wednesday. Some of the proposals would:

— Increase small business income-tax reductions to 75 percent from 50 percent for tax year 2014.

— Raise personal income-tax exemptions for low- and middle-income taxpayers making under $80,000 a year.

— Double the earned income tax credit available to low-income Ohioans from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit.

— Get rid of a $500,000 pilot program to provide businesses with technical assistance related to market research, marketing and the development of connections with other businesses and resource providers.

— Scrap increases to fees for nonresident deer permits and hunting licenses.

— Create an official public notice website for the state, to be operated and maintained by the Ohio newspaper industry.

— Replace the words "handicapped" and "disabled" with "accessible" on new or replacement signage indicating access.

— Limit the authority of the state Controlling Board to approve certain increases in appropriation authority.

— Create a Maritime Port Funding Study Committee.

— Reinstate the requirement that the director of the state's pharmacy board be a licensed pharmacist.

— Remove a proposal for a high school dropout prevention and recovery program, along with the $5 million set aside for it.

— Require wind turbines to be set back at least 1,125 feet from the nearest property line.

— Bar unpaid police officers from issuing citations for Motor Vehicles Law violations.

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Source: Senate Finance Committee

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