COLUMBUS— In today's session, the Ohio Senate agreed to the House and Senate conference report on House Bill 26 today, the state's $7.8 billion transportation budget. 

"I am proud of the provisions we were able to agree on," said State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), who was a conferee in the committee. "This legislation establishes the ultimate goal of creating more jobs and opportunities for all Ohioans."  

This bill funds the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation system. It enhances safety on Ohio's roadways, promotes commerce across the state and puts tens of thousands of Ohioans to work.

Among other provisions, the bill reauthorizes the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, a construction initiative to provide resources for county bridge projects. It also establishes a pilot program to encourage Ohio's high-volume, commercial vehicle fleets to register in Ohio, resulting in more job opportunities and economic development in Ohio's trucking industry.

Additional funding was also included for public transit options across the state. The bill received bipartisan support and now goes to the Governor for signature.

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