House Bill 327 (Governor signed June 6, 2012; effective September 6, 2012.) This Bill would provide a six-year trial-period for taxpayers to receive a job creation (not job retention) tax credit for employment of employees working from their residence in Ohio if the employer employs at least 200 additional employees that are not home based and making more than 130 percent of the federal minimum wage.

House Bill 408 (Governor signed June 6, 2012; effective September 6, 2012.) This Bill, among other things, changes the composition of the metropolitan housing authority in counties with a population between 700,000 and 900,000, including adding new members appointed by a township association and by a municipal league of the county, subject to approval of the board of county commissioners.  

House Bill 436 (Governor signed June 4, 2012; effective September 4, 2012.) This Bill creates the SiteOhio Certification Program, administered by the Department of Development. Any person or political subdivision may submit eligible projects to the department for certification. If certified, the projects would be listed on the department’s website and marketed. Eligible projects include sites and facilities primarily intended for commercial or industrial use, not residential, retail or government use. The Department of Development is to establish eligibility criteria.

House Bill 487 (Governor signed June 11, 2012; certain provisions effective September 10, 2012, and others effective immediately.) This Bill, among many other things, extends the enterprise zone program another year, to October 15, 2013.  

Senate Bill 314 (JobsOhio II; signed by Governor June 26, 2012; effective September 28, 2012.) This Bill includes the following changes:

  • Changes the name of the Ohio Department of Development to the “Development Services Agency” (the “Agency”).  
  • Creates the Office of TourismOhio within the Agency, and an advisory board to advise the Director of the Agency and the Director of the Ohio of TourismOhio.  
  • Eliminates the Development Financing Advisory Council, with any surviving duties being transferred to the Agency.  
  • Increases the membership of the Third Frontier Commission appointed by the Governor from six to seven persons.
  • Transfers the responsibilities of the Director of the Department of Development in administering the Voluntary Action Program to the EPA Director.  
  • Eliminates theWater and Sewer Commission and theWater and Sewer Fund.
  • Permits tax credits for certain projects that were started before receiving approval from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.