On June 3 OPGA Executive Vice President, David Field accompanied by Past President and Ohio Director to NPGA, Joe Buschur and OPGA Vice President, Brian Buschur attended an informational workshop held by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) relative to the development of a proposed PUCO Rule implementing HB 319. HB 319 established a procedure for the expansion of natural gas lines to commercial enterprises. The PUCO will publish a draft rule after which it will hold a public hearing.
OPGA members attended the June 3 "Day at the Capitol" in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Businesses (NFIB) in Columbus. Following a morning program of speakers on state legislative topics and a legislative luncheon, OPGA members visited with their legislators and their staffs in the Ohio Statehouse. From left: Jay Sweede (CC Propane Co.), Rosie Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), Kent Witt (Hi-Grade Oil Co.), Joe Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), Terry Clevenger (O.E. Meyer Co.), Frank Edwards (Linden’s Propane), Brian Buschur (McMahan’s Bottle Gas), and Eric Sears (Auxier Gas, Inc.).
During their individual legislative visits OPGA members delivered these messages:
The Ohio House Ways and Means Committee took testimony April 2 from the sponsors of HB 176 which would create the Gaseous Fuel Vehicle Conversion Program, allow a credit against the income or commercial activity tax for the purchase or conversion of an alternative fuel vehicle, reduce the amount of sales tax due on the purchase or lease of a qualifying electric vehicle by up to $500, apply the motor fuel tax to the distribution or sale of propane and compressed natural gas, and authorize a temporary, partial motor fuel tax exemption for sales of propane and compressed natural gas used as motor fuel.
Reps. Hall and S. O’Brien gave sponsor testimony on the bill, which they said will promote alternative fuel use for vehicles through tax incentives and grants. HB176 would be specifically geared toward propane, natural gas and electric vehicles.
Join Small Business Owners From Across Ohio At
NFIB Small Business Day at the Capitol
June 3, 2015
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square & Ohio Statehouse Atrium
|OPGA members may attend the 2015 NFIB/Ohio Small Business Day at the Capitol scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The event will take place at the Sheraton - Downtown Columbus before moving to the Ohio Statehouse for a luncheon with state legislative leaders.NFIB is allowing OPGA members to join NFIB members in this opportunity to come to the statehouse and talk with lawmakers about the importance of small businesses to Ohio's economy.
Mark your calendars and register today!
Following Lunch - Legislator and/or Session Visits
This event will be held as the new, biennial budget is being finalized, and state tax reform promises to be a hot-button issue. There is no better time than now for lawmakers to see and hear from the small businesses that create the jobs that drive our economy! We hope you can attend and join the hundreds of fellow small-business owners on June 3!
Cost is $40 for the first OPGA member ($25 for additional employees).