State Rep. Bob Young (R-Green) has cosponsored House Resolution 56, which calls for the elimination of the E-Check program under the Federal Clean Air Act. The program requires Ohio citizens living within Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties to get their vehicles tested every two years to pass regulatory emissions requirements.
“E-Check is a mandate on our people in Summit County that is both costly and burdensome,” said Young. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues to end this strenuous program and give my constituents some money back in their pockets.”
Young notes that the current cost due to the implementation of E-check is $10.6 million per year on Ohio taxpayers. Additionally, the representative added that the program is especially burdensome to those who cannot afford it such as students and lower-income individuals that are more likely to own an older vehicle that fails emissions tests.
Air pollution in the United States has significantly improved from the 1970s to current day. In 2015, the combined emissions from the six common pollutions have dropped 71 percent due to manufacturing plants shutting down, improvements in car emissions, and raised awareness of the effects of pollution.
A similar resolution to eliminate E-Check passed last year during the 133rd General Assembly.
The resolution currently has 15 cosponsors and had its first committee hearing earlier today.