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May 7, 2020
May 2020 Legislative Report


By Mark Totman, Legislation Representative

The Legislatures’ last day at the Statehouse was on March 25th, to pass the needed legislation for the COVID -19 virus response and to allow for the extension of absentee voting in Ohio until April 28, 2020. In-person voting for the March primary was canceled due to the coronavirus health emergency.

Governor DeWine has included Ohio’s construction industry as an essential business, which means construction will continue while other industries are closed down due to the coronavirus. Hopefully, we are on the downward side of this virus as you are reading this.

As of the writing of this article, there wasn’t any clear date set as to when the State Legislature would be returning to the Statehouse. When they do return, the state budget will need to be balanced, and obviously that will mean some reductions in each department. We will be keeping a close eye on these developments as they are being hashed out.

ODOT has removed a couple of large projects with the hopes of putting them out for bid at a later date in the fall, after Ohio’s economy is back up and running. Remember, ODOT’s projects are funded by Ohio’s fuel tax, and with fewer drivers on the road, this will reduce money for future projects. We will be in close contact with ODOT to watch how this will impact the industry in the coming months and report back to you.

Please keep up to date on the new Local 18 app and by your online Buckeye Engineer until we can all get back together at our regular membership meetings. Please stay safe and keep your family safe until next time we talk.

As the saying goes, “We are all in this together.”

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