The Ohio Senate Thursday passed Substitute Senate Bill 378, sponsored by Senator Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township), which establishes an enforcement mechanism for Ohio’s existing call-before-you-dig laws.
Ohio’s regulations governing call before you dig have not been updated in more than 20 years.
“Call before you dig is about keeping workers and others safe and being good stewards over our utility infrastructure,” said Coley. “The laws are currently extremely out of date and the step we took today brings us a step closer to aligning ourselves with federal guidelines and making certain proper precautions are being taken to keep people safe.”
Senate Bill 378 establishes the Underground Technical Committee at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, consisting of 17 industry experts. That committee will review alleged compliance failures of Ohio’s call-before-you-dig laws and determine if fines or non-monetary penalties should be imposed for those found to have committed these failures. 
Rulings made by the committee will be subject to reconsideration by the PUCO under the formal hearing process.     
Senate Bill 378 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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