Proposed legislation that helps farmers help water quality passed 33-0 in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday following Ohio Farm Bureau declaring the measure a “Key Vote.”
The Clean Lake 2020 Plan, as it is known, is Senate Bill 299 and House Bill 643. The two bills, introduced into the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives in early May, would invest significant funds to protect Lake Erie water quality.
The Senate unanimously passed SB 299, which will now move to the Ohio House of Representatives for their consideration. HB 643 awaits a committee vote to move forward.
Key Vote designation indicates that a piece of legislation is particularly important to agriculture and rural Ohio. Once the bill is designated as a Key Vote, votes will be counted in Ohio Farm Bureau’s process for determining which legislators earn the organization’s Friend of Agriculture designation.
Farm Bureau members will receive more details on this and other water policy developments in the July/August 2018 Buckeye Farm News.