COLUMBUS (AP) — Highlights of the state transportation budget bill approved by the Ohio House include:
• A 10.7-cents-per-gallon increase to the current 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax over two years, starting Oct. 1. The bill reported out of the House Finance committee on Wednesday night had called for the increase to be phased in over three years.
• A 20-cents-per-gallon increase to the current 28-cents-per-gallon diesel tax over three years, starting Oct. 1.
• Providing $100 million a year in federal transportation funding to public transit.
• Splitting revenue from the fuel taxes, with the Ohio Department of Transportation to receive 55 percent and 45 percent to go to local governments.
• A yearly registration fee on alternative-fuel vehicles including $200 for electric vehicles and $100 for hybrids.
• Requiring only one license plate on a vehicle, in the back.
• Allowing municipalities and townships to levy an additional $5 motor vehicle registration fee.
— Regulation by the state of light-weight electric scooters including age limits, speed restrictions and other provisions.
— The creation of Ohio’s Road to the Future Committee to study Ohio’s infrastructure needs and report back to the Ohio General Assembly by October 1.