COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging bill Wednesday afternoon making changes to state law in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now awaits signature from Governor Mike DeWine, who tweeted he’s looking forward to signing soon.

Provisions of the bill include:

Primary Election:

Extends absentee voting by mail for the March 17, 2020 primary election to April 28, 2020, authorizes $7.0M (from Emergency purposes fund) to pay associated costs.

State Taxes:

Makes several changes, all due to Feds moving the tax filing deadline from April 15th to July 15th.

  1. Extends date for estimated payments
  2. Waives interest payments(penalties already able to be waived)
  3. Not withstands the “20-day rule” under municipal income tax for employees working from home during the health emergency plus 30 day

Electronic Meetings:

Permits state boards & commissions, local & county governments, and higher education boards to operate meetings electronically so long as the public is aware and can participate electronically.

Tap here to read a full summary of the bill