House Introduces New H2Ohio Funding Bill

The House this week introduced House Bill 7 as part of a priority bill package with bipartisan support. HB 7 creates the H2Ohio Trust Fund to provide for the protection, preservation, and restoration of the water quality of Ohio’s lakes and rivers. Gov. Mike DeWine included in his budget the creation of H2Ohio, and the program is one of his top priorities.

The House reduced the funding provisions suggested by the administration and instead is creating a bond package to ensure long-term, stable funding of the program. The bill had its first hearing this week in the House. You can see the testimony here. 5/16/2019