Senate Bill 117, which was passed June 19, 2007, and became effective September 24, 2007, establishes a statewide system for the regulation of cable and video service in Ohio. The Director of Commerce is the new franchising authority for the State and will provide Video Service Authorizations to cable operators. Existing municipal and township franchises and competitive video service agreements will continue to be effective only until their scheduled expiration dates. The renewal or extension of existing franchises is prohibited.

Reminders on previously reported Bills:

Senate Bill 7, which is a comprehensive revision to eminent domain laws in Ohio, became effective October 10, 2007.

House Bill 9, which amends the laws governing public records, became effective September 29, 2007.