COLUMBUS – State Representatives Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) and Sharon Ray (R-Wadsworth) gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 171 in the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee yesterday. House Bill 171 will help Ohio’s leading non-profit organization, Keep Ohio Beautiful, connect with volunteers who create environmental projects that produce measurable economic benefits throughout the state.
There are forty-two Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates throughout Ohio that leverage public and private partnerships to carry out this work. They reach over 1,000 communities, generating $12 in local impact from every $1 invested in Keep Ohio Beautiful community improvement projects.
“A Keep Ohio Beautiful license plate promotes positive and sustainable environmental practices through individual and community involvement, recycling and beautification in our backyards,” Lanese said. “Grove City’s Keep Ohio Beautiful is one of the more active programs and has been integral to a lot of clean up, recycling, and environmental protection projects within the city. This small gesture of creating a license plate to recognize the hard work of the Keep Ohio Beautiful community will go a long way to help spread the word of this dedicated group.”
This network of volunteers across Ohio reaches over 1,000 communities, including Grove City, which has its own chapter and will benefit from the contributions generated by the license plate sale.
The plates will cost $30 and $20 of that amount goes to the Keep Ohio Beautiful, Inc. organization and $10 goes to the BMV to help with their administrative costs in producing/keeping track of the specialty plates. The administrative fee is standard for all specialty license plates. In its first year, Keep Ohio Beautiful Inc. will receive at least $3,000, in contributions.
House Bill 171 passed out of the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee with no opposition.