Two Northwest Ohio state senators are seeking public input on controversial legislation that would change how local governments create and maintain economic development zones.
Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) are hosting a public forum Friday, April 25, in the Perrysburg Holiday Inn French Quarter’s Depot Ballroom from 10-11:30 a.m. Local government officials, economic developers, business and labor organizations and citizens are invited to provide input and suggestions on House Bill 289, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 89 to 8 and is pending in the Senate Finance Committee.
The senators said the purpose of the forum is to provide Northwest Ohioans with an additional accessible way to communicate with them on a major issue.
“We are looking for as much input as possible on House Bill 289 before this legislation comes to a vote in the Ohio Senate,” Gardner said. “The legislation has the potential to significantly impact economic development efforts in our region and throughout Ohio.”