State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that Governor John Kasich has signed House Bill 180, which prohibits local governments from requiring that a set percentage of a contractor’s employees reside within a particular city as a condition for participation in public projects. 
"These policies prevented employers and workers from the 22nd District from competing on equal footing for government projects,” said Obhof.  "Companies and workers from this district deserve fair treatment and they are entitled to the same opportunities as residents of our major cities.”    
House Bill 180, co-sponsored by Senator Obhof, prohibits cities from placing residency requirements on Ohio contractors and design professionals.  Existing requirements drive up the costs for local infrastructure projects by lowering the number of qualified contractors eligible to bid on the project. 
While such requirements are intended to spur local employment in cities such as Cleveland and Akron, they may have a different effect.  During the committee process, the legislature heard testimony that these rules cannot be constitutionally applied to out-of-state companies and their workers.  The rules could therefore limit the ability of many Ohio contractors from participating in projects, but would not apply to contractors from outside of Ohio.  
“I do not think taxpayer-funded projects should give a systematic advantage to out-of-state employers,” said Obhof.     
Governor Kasich also signed legislation today aimed at increasing opportunities for children with autism. House Bill 299, also co-sponsored by Senator Obhof, allows the guardian of a child to apply for certain special needs scholarships on the child’s behalf.  Current law only allows a natural or adoptive parent to sign the child’s application for various autism scholarships.

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