Department of Veterans Services | Pending Legislation


Veteran/Military Legislation

130th General Assembly
State of Ohio


Updated as of August 15, 2014

Full text of these bills and updated statuses can be found
at the 130th GA's Legislative Information site: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us

Inclusion of legislation in this report is for informational purposes only.
Inclusion does not imply endorsement of, support of, or opposition to any particular
piece of legislation by the Ohio Department of Veteran Services.



HB19 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (THOMPSON A) To designate a portion of State Route 676 within Washington County as the "U.S. Army Specialist Allen Nolan Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR, Eff. 6/3/2014

HB45 LICENSE PLATE NAME DESIGNATION (JOHNSON T) To create "Military Sacrifice" license plates.

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - Senate Transportation, (Second Hearing)

HB47 VETERANS FREE HUNTING-FISHING LICENSES (MILKOVICH Z) To require free hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses, permits, and stamps for veterans.

Current Status: 6/18/2013 - House Agriculture and Natural Resources, (First Hearing)

HB55 UNEMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY-MILITARY SPOUSE (PILLICH C, TERHAR L) To permit persons who quit work to accompany the person's spouse on a military transfer to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Current Status: 2/27/2013 - House Commerce, Labor and Technology, (Third Hearing)

HB65 HUNTING LICENSE-ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY (GREEN D, ROSENBERGER C) To allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit.

Current Status: 10/15/2013 - House Agriculture and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)

HB70 LICENSE PLATE NAME DESIGNATION (TERHAR L, SZOLLOSI M) To create the "Combat Action Ribbon" and "Combat Action Badge" license plates.

Current Status: 3/12/2013 - House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)

HB85 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (TERHAR L) To enhance the homestead exemption for military veterans who are 100% disabled from a service-connected disability.

Current Status: 6/12/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. Tax year 2014

HB98 OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING LAW (GONZALES A, RETHERFORD W) To revise the Occupational Licensing Law regarding military service members and veterans.

Current Status: 11/15/2013 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 11/15/2013

HB106 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (DAMSCHRODER R) To designate a portion of State Route 19 in the Village of Green Springs as the "Lance Corporal Jeremy S. Shock Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 4/16/2013 - House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)

HB132 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (BOYCE K) To designate a portion of Interstate Route 270 in Franklin County as the "Lt. Miroslav Steven Zilberman Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 4/30/2013 - House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

HB166 VETERANS' COMPENSATION ENROLLMENT (PILLICH C) To promote enrollment for the veterans' compensation authorized in the Ohio Constitution, by enabling eligible veterans to identify themselves on the personal income tax return.

Current Status: 6/12/2013 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

HB169 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (BARBORAK N) To designate a portion of State Route 45 in Columbiana County as the "Corporal Ernest G. Madden Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 5/22/2013 - Referred to Committee House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security

HB185 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (CERA J) To designate a portion of State Route 7 in Jefferson County as the "U.S.M.C. Sgt. Nathaniel Shea Rock Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 6/4/2013 - Referred to Committee House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security

HB204 GRADUATED DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW (PERALES R) To modify the law related to graduated driver's licenses.

Current Status: 2/11/2014 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (Sixth Hearing)

HB206 LICENSE PLATE NAME DESIGNATION (RETHERFORD W) To create the "Disabled American Veteran" license plate.

Current Status: 4/10/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 7/10/2014

HB287 BRIDGE NAME DESIGNATIONS (LETSON T, O'BRIEN S) To designate the "Persian Gulf Veterans Bridge" and the "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Bridge" within the municipal corporation of Niles in Trumbull County.

Current Status: 12/3/2013 - REPORTED OUT, House Military and Veterans Affairs, (Second Hearing)

HB288 VETERANS-CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE (RUHL M) To eliminate the time limit within which retired and honorable discharged members of the Armed Forces of the United States are exempt from the requirement to complete firearms training as a prerequisite to obtaining a concealed handgun license.

Current Status: 10/29/2013 - House Military and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

HB325 CHARITABLE VIDEO BINGO (PERALES R) To allow charitable video bingo by veteran's, fraternal, and sporting organizations.

Current Status: 2/11/2014 - House Policy and Legislative Oversight, (First Hearing)

HB353 OHIO VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (WACHTMANN L) To create the Ohio Veterans Health Care System.

Current Status: 12/4/2013 - House Health and Aging, (First Hearing)

HB373 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (TERHAR L) To designate a portion of State Route 264 within the city of Cincinnati as the "Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 3/31/2014 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

HB398 STUDY COMMITTEES CREATION (SEARS B) To create the Veterans and Medicaid Eligibility Study Committee and the Health Care Access and Innovation Study Committee.

Current Status: 1/14/2014 - Referred to Committee House Health and Aging

HB414 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (PATMON B, BARNES, JR. J) To designate a portion of Interstate Route 480 in Cuyahoga County as the "Specialist Brandon U. Sloan Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 1/28/2014 - Referred to Committee House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security

HB415 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (PATTERSON J) To designate a portion of United States Route 20, between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, as the "World War I Veterans Highway."

Current Status: 5/27/2014 - House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

HB425 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (ROSENBERGER C) To designate a portion of United States Route 23, within Pike County only, as the "Captain Everett 'Butch' Keaton, Vietnam, SSM and BSM with OLCPH, Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 3/25/2014 - REPORTED OUT, House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (Third Hearing)

HB440 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (BROWN T) To designate a portion of State Route 65 in Wood County as the "Staff Sergeant Bradley C. Hart Memorial Roadway."

Current Status: 5/28/2014 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

HB449 HIGHER EDUCATION-RESIDENCY STATUS (GONZALES A) With respect to residency status for certain veterans, spouses, and dependents at state institutions of higher education.

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 90-0

HB463 DENTAL PROFESSIONALS LAWS (JOHNSON T) To make changes to the laws governing dental professionals.

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - PASSED BY HOUSE; Vote 95-0

HB476 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (MCGREGOR R) To designate a portion of U.S. Route 40 in Clark County as the "Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 5/20/2014 - REPORTED OUT, House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (Second Hearing)

HB488 MBR-HIGHER EDUCATION-MILITARY VETERANS (DOVILLA M, LANDIS A) To require state institutions of higher education to award credit for military training, and to make other changes regarding state support and benefits for veterans and their spouses.

Current Status: 6/16/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 9/16/2014

HB497 CAPITAL APPROPRIATIONS (AMSTUTZ R) To make capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects and to make reappropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2016.

Current Status: 4/1/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 7/1/2014

HB518 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (HAYES B) To designate a portion of United States Route 36 within Coshocton County as the "Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 5/20/2014 - REPORTED OUT, House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

HB537 VETERANS FEE WAIVER PROGRAM (BUDISH A, BRENNER A) To establish the Veterans Fee Waiver Program.

Current Status: 5/27/2014 - Referred to Committee House Military and Veterans Affairs

HB558 DISABLED VETERANS-SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM (PILLICH C) To establish the Disabled Veterans Small Business Loan Program.

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - Referred to Committee House Military and Veterans Affairs

HB561 VETERANS SERVICE COMMISSION (PILLICH C) To increase the number of individuals who serve on the Veterans Service Commission.

Current Status: 5/22/2014 - Introduced

HB563 VETERANS-STATE CONTRACTS (PILLICH C) To provide a five per cent bid preference for state contracts to a business owned by veterans.

Current Status: 5/22/2014 - Introduced

HB565 OHIO MILITARY MEMBER RECOGNITION (PILLICH C) To require the Director of Veterans Services to notify the Governor when an Ohio resident who is a member of the armed forces has been killed.

Current Status: 5/22/2014 - Introduced

HB584 PURPLE HEART DAY (BECK P, PERALES R) To designate the fourteenth day of August as "Purple Heart Day."

Current Status: 6/11/2014 - Introduced

HB606 PATRIOT WEEK (BRENNER A, RUHL M) To designate the week including September 11 and September 17 each year as Patriot Week.

Current Status: 8/11/2014 - Introduced

HB607 DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS LICENSE PLATE (BARBORAK N) To establish the "Distinguished Flying Cross" license plate.

Current Status: 8/11/2014 - Introduced

HB610 SERVICE RELATED DISABILITIES (BARBORAK N, ROGERS J) To require the Director of Veterans Services to issue disabled veteran's certificates that prove service-related disabilities.

Current Status: 8/13/2014 - Introduced

HCR4 179TH AIRLIFT WING (ROMANCHUK M, RUHL M) To urge the Congress of the United States to maintain operation of the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport in Mansfield, Ohio.

Current Status: 3/19/2013 - ADOPTED BY SENATE; Vote 33-0

HCR15 OPERATION HOMECOMING (BECK P) Recognizing the fortieth anniversary of Operation Homecoming.

Current Status: 11/6/2013 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs, (Third Hearing)

HCR20 WAR OF 1812-BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE (REDFERN C) To commemorate the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie and to recognize northwest Ohio's important role in the war.

Current Status: 1/15/2014 - Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

HCR21 VETERANS' DISABILITY BENEFIT CLAIMS (BATCHELDER W, JOHNSON T) To urge the President of the United States, the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Congress of the United States to take prompt action to reduce the processing time for veterans' disability benefit claims.

Current Status: 2/26/2014 - ADOPTED BY SENATE; Vote 32-0

HCR24 U.S. PRISONER OF WAR (MILKOVICH Z, JOHNSON T) To urge the federal government and in particular the Department of Defense to do everything possible to rescue United States prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Current Status: 2/26/2014 - ADOPTED BY SENATE; Vote 32-0

HCR48 65TH INFANTRY REGIMENT-PUERTO RICO (PERALES R, RAMOS D) To recognize the outstanding service of the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico and to urge the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to the Regiment.

Current Status: 4/8/2014 - REPORTED OUT, House Military and Veterans Affairs, (Third Hearing)

HCR53 MILITARY DISTINCTION MEDAL RECIPIENTS (BATCHELDER W, HEARD T) To provide for the Ohio General Assembly to meet in joint session in the chamber of the House of Representatives on May 22, 2014, for the purpose of honoring the recipients of the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction and their family members.

Current Status: 4/30/2014 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE

HCR54 F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER'S TECHNOLOGY (PERALES R) To urge the Congress of the United States to continue the full funding and production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's technology.

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-3

SB8 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS-MILITARY SPOUSE (LAROSE F) To permit persons who quit work to accompany the person's spouse on a military transfer to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Current Status: 9/19/2013 - Referred to Committee House Military and Veterans Affairs

SB13 VETERANS-ACADEMIC CREDIT (GENTILE L) To enhance support and services for veterans at state institutions of higher education and to require each institution to develop a policy for awarding academic credit to veterans for training received while in the military.

Current Status: 1/15/2014 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs, (Third Hearing)

SB27 PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION-MILITARY VETERANS (SCHAFFER T) To exempt from property taxation the primary residences of military veterans who are 100% disabled from a service-connected disability.

Current Status: 2/27/2013 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

SB51 FLAG DISPLAYS (COLEY W) To prohibit manufactured homes park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of service flags, and the U.S. flag.

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

SB101 FEDERAL MILITARY-RELATED HEALTH CARE BENEFITS (BURKE D) To establish a process for identifying individuals who are medical assistance recipients that may be eligible to receive federal military-related health care benefits.

Current Status: 4/10/2013 - Referred to Committee Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services

SB124 MILITARY TRANSPORTATION CARD (PATTON T) To require the Director of Veterans Services, upon application by a person who is a veteran or active duty member of any branch of the armed forces, to issue a military transportation card that entitles the person to travel on any type of public transportation without charge.

Current Status: 5/8/2013 - Referred to Committee Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs

SB129 DISABLED VETERAN LICENSE PLATES (TAVARES C) To allow a veteran with a service-connected disability of less than 100 per cent to apply for disabled veteran license plates upon payment of one-half of the applicable fees.

Current Status: 6/11/2013 - Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)

SB189 UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (JORDAN K) To regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in this state.

Current Status: 9/26/2013 - Referred to Committee Senate State Government Oversight and Reform

SB197 BRIDGE NAME DESIGNATIONS (CAFARO C) To designate the "Persian Gulf Veterans Bridge" and the "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Bridge" within the municipal corporation of Niles in Trumbull County.

Current Status: 11/19/2013 - Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)

SB222 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (LAROSE F) To designate a portion of State Route 8 in the municipal corporation of Stow as the "Second Lieutenant David E. Rylander Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 4/10/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 7/10/2014

SB245 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (COLEY W, SEITZ B) To designate four new memorial highways in Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties.

Current Status: 6/5/2014 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; Eff. 9/4/2014

SB254 POW/MIA AWARENESS LICENSE PLATE (EKLUND J) To create the "POW/MIA Awareness" license plate.

Current Status: 1/21/2014 - Senate Transportation, (Second Hearing)

SB265 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (CAFARO C) To designate a portion of United States Route 20, between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, as the "World War I Veterans Highway."

Current Status: 3/25/2014 - Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)

SB285 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (GENTILE L) To designate State Route 147 within Noble County as the "Navy Diver 1st Class James E. Reyher Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 3/25/2014 - Senate Transportation, (First Hearing)

SB301 OHIO WARRIOR AWARENESS WEEK (BACON K) To designate the week in May each year, which coincides with Armed Forces Week, as "Ohio Warrior Awareness Week."

Current Status: 5/27/2014 - REPORTED OUT, House Military and Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing)

SB331 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (GENTILE L) To designate portions of State Route 43 and State Route 164 in Jefferson County as the "Veterans Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 5/7/2014 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

SB332 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (SCHAFFER T) To designate a portion of State Route 93 in Coshocton County as the "Chief Petty Officer Raymond A. Border Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 5/7/2014 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

SB345 HIGHWAY NAME DESIGNATION (GARDNER R) To designate a portion of State Route 65 in Wood County as the Staff Sergeant Bradley C. Hart Memorial Roadway."

Current Status: 6/3/2014 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation

SB350 LCPL JOSH MCDANIELS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (WIDENER C) To designate a portion of Interstate Route 70 within Madison and Franklin counties as the "LCpl Josh McDaniels Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 7/3/2014 - Introduced

SB352 SPECIALIST ANGEL L LOPEZ MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (SKINDELL M, PATTON T) To designate a portion of Interstate Route 71 within the municipal corporation of Cleveland as the "Specialist Angel L. Lopez Memorial Highway."

Current Status: 7/8/2014 - Introduced

SCR5 179TH AIRLIFT WING (OBHOF L, JORDAN K) To urge the Congress of the United States to maintain operation of the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport in Mansfield, Ohio.

Current Status: 3/12/2013 - Referred to Committee House Military and Veterans Affairs

SCR6 RICKENBACKER AIR GUARD STATION (BACON K) To urge the Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force to give full consideration to Rickenbacker Air Guard Station in Columbus, Ohio as the location for the KC-46A Main Operating Base.

Current Status: 5/15/2013 - Consideration of House Amendments; Concurred Vote 33-0

SCR14 WAR OF 1812-BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE (GARDNER R) To commemorate the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie and to recognize northwest Ohio's important role in the war.

Current Status: 12/4/2013 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-0

SCR28 OHIO WARRIOR AWARENESS WEEK (BACON K) To designate a week in May each year as Ohio Warrior Awareness Week and to urge the Governor to issue an appropriate proclamation.

Current Status: 2/12/2014 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE; Vote 91-0

SCR31 65TH INFANTRY REGIMENT-PUERTO RICO (MANNING G, TAVARES C) To recognize the outstanding service of the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico and to urge the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to the Regiment.

Current Status: 4/1/2014 - Referred to Committee House Military and Veterans Affairs