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Young Sponsors Amendment for E-Check in Budget Bill

Columbus – Yesterday State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp) amended the reform of Ohio’s emissions testing program into the state budget.

Young’s amendment will decentralize E-check car inspections and allow vehicle owners to have their vehicles E-check tested when they obtain an oil change or other vehicle maintenance.

“Over the past 15 years, E-check has proved to be an unfortunate waste of time and money. However, unfair federal EPA regulations have forced these ridiculous testing procedures on our citizens.” Rep. Young said, “If we cannot eliminate E-check, I at least want to make it more convenient for vehicle owners in Ohio and less expensive to the state by decentralizing E-check inspections.”

Starting next year, vehicle owners in Ohio would be able to go to an approved oil change provider or service garage and have their vehicles emissions tested. The owner still will not have to pay a testing fee, but the cost to the state for the test will be less than the current cost. “All Ohioans win under my legislation,” Young added.

Rep. Young said, “Senator Grendell and I have worked closely together on this initiative,” he continued, “Although there are serious obstacles in the Senate, I’m hopeful this legislation will remain unchanged in the budget.”