130th Ohio General Assembly
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(124th General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute Senate Bill Number 180)



AN ACT
To amend sections 122.171, 149.43, 718.01, 718.14, 5703.21, 5733.98, 5747.98, and 6111.31 and to enact sections 150.01, 150.02, 150.03, 150.04, 150.05, 150.06, 150.07, 150.08, 150.09, 150.10, 5709.211, 5725.19, 5729.08, 5733.49, 5747.80, and 6111.311 of the Revised Code to create the Ohio Venture Capital Program to provide for the direction of moneys of a private investment fund into venture capital investments that are secured by program revenues or tax credits; to modify eligibility for and other terms of the job retention tax credit; to prohibit municipal corporations from taxing S corporation shareholders' distributive shares of net profits; to require state and county tax officials to notify local taxing authorities of pending pollution control tax exemption applications; to adjust the debt service formula allocation of Youngstown State University; and to repeal Section 4 of this act six months after its effective date.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1.  That sections 122.171, 149.43, 718.01, 718.14, 5703.21, 5733.98, 5747.98, and 6111.31 be amended and sections 150.01, 150.02, 150.03, 150.04, 150.05, 150.06, 150.07, 150.08, 150.09, 150.10, 5709.211, 5725.19, 5729.08, 5733.49, 5747.80, and 6111.311 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 122.171. (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Capital investment project" means a plan of investment at a project site for the acquisition, construction, renovation, or repair of buildings, machinery, or equipment, or for capitalized costs of basic research and new product development determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but does not include any of the following:

(a) Payments made for the acquisition of personal property through operating leases;

(b) Project costs paid before January 1, 2002, or after December 31, 2006;

(c) Payments made to a related member as defined in section 5733.042 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Eligible business" means a business with Ohio operations that satisfying all of the following:

(a) Employed an average of at least one thousand employees in full-time employment positions at a project site during each of the twelve months preceding the application for a tax credit under this section; and

(b) On or after January 1, 2002, has made payments for the capital investment project of at either of the following:

(i) At least two hundred million dollars in the aggregate at the project site during a period of three consecutive calendar years that includes including the calendar year that includes a day of the taxpayer's taxable year with respect to which the credit is granted;

(ii) If the average wage of all full-time employment positions at the project site is greater than four hundred per cent of the federal minimum wage, at least one hundred million dollars in the aggregate at the project site during a period of three consecutive calendar years including the calendar year that includes a day of the taxpayer's taxable year with respect to which the credit is granted.

(c) Is engaged at the project site primarily as a manufacturer or is providing significant corporate administrative functions;

(d) Has had a capital investment project reviewed and approved by the tax credit authority as provided in divisions (C), (D), and (E) of this section.

(3) "Full-time employment position" means a position of employment for consideration for at least thirty-five hours a week, or any other standard of service generally accepted by custom as full-time employment within the industry, that has been filled for at least one hundred eighty days immediately preceding the filing of an application under this section, and for at least one hundred eighty days during each taxable year with respect to which the credit is granted.

(4) "Manufacturer" has the same meaning as in section 5739.011 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Project site" means an integrated complex of facilities in this state, as specified by the tax credit authority under this section, within a five-mile fifteen-mile radius where a taxpayer in this state is primarily operating as a manufacturer as defined in section 5739.011 of the Revised Code an eligible business.

(B) The tax credit authority created under section 122.17 of the Revised Code may grant tax credits under this section for the purpose of fostering job retention in this state. Upon application by an eligible business and upon consideration of the recommendation of the director of budget and management, tax commissioner, and director of development under division (C) of this section, the tax credit authority may grant to an eligible business a nonrefundable credit against the tax imposed by section 5733.06 or 5747.02 of the Revised Code for a period up to ten taxable years. The credit shall be in an amount not exceeding seventy-five per cent of the Ohio income tax withheld from the employees of the eligible business occupying full-time employment positions at the project site during the calendar year that includes the last day of such business' taxable year with respect to which the credit is granted. The amount of the credit shall not be based on the Ohio income tax withheld from full-time employees for a calendar year prior to the calendar year in which the two hundred million dollar minimum investment requirement referred to in division (A)(2)(b) of this section is completed. The credit shall be claimed only for the taxable years specified in the eligible business' agreement with the tax credit authority under division (E) of this section, but in no event shall the credit be claimed for a taxable year terminating before the date specified in the agreement.

Any unused portion of a tax credit may be carried forward for not more than three additional years after the year for which the credit is granted.

(C) A taxpayer who that proposes a capital investment project to retain jobs in this state may apply to the tax credit authority to enter into an agreement for a tax credit under this section. The director of development shall prescribe the form of the application. After receipt of an application, the authority shall forward copies of the application to the director of budget and management, the tax commissioner, and the director of development, each of whom shall review the application to determine the economic impact the proposed project would have on the state and the affected political subdivisions and shall submit a summary of their determinations and recommendations to the authority. The authority shall make no agreements under this section after June 30, 2007.

(D) Upon review of the determinations and recommendations described in division (C) of this section, the tax credit authority may enter into an agreement with the taxpayer for a credit under this section if it the authority determines all of the following:

(1) The taxpayer's capital investment project will result in the retention of full-time employment positions in this state.

(2) The taxpayer is economically sound and has the ability to complete the proposed capital investment project.

(3) The taxpayer intends to and has the ability to maintain operations at the project site for at least twice the term of the credit.

(4) Receiving the credit is a major factor in the taxpayer's decision to begin, continue with, or complete the project.

(5) The political subdivisions in which the project is located have agreed to provide substantial financial support to the project.

(E) An agreement under this section shall include all of the following:

(1) A detailed description of the project that is the subject of the agreement, including the amount of the investment, the period over which the investment has been or is being made, and the number of full-time employment positions at the project site;.

(2) The method of calculating the number of full-time employment positions as specified in division (A)(3) of this section;.

(3) The term and percentage of the tax credit, and the first year for which the credit may be claimed;.

(4) A requirement that the taxpayer maintain operations at the project site for at least twice the number of years as the term of the credit;.

(5) A requirement that the taxpayer retain a specified number of full-time employment positions at the project site and within this state for the term of the credit, including a requirement that the taxpayer continue to employ at least one thousand employees in full-time employment positions at the project site during the entire term of any agreement, subject to division (E)(7) of this section;.

(6) A requirement that the taxpayer annually report to the director of development the number of full-time employment positions subject to the credit, the amount of tax withheld from employees in those positions, the amount of the payments made for the capital investment project, and any other information the director needs to perform the director's duties under this section;.

(7) A requirement that the director of development annually review the annual reports of the taxpayer to verify the information reported under division (E)(6) of this section and compliance with the agreement. Upon verification, the director shall issue a certificate to the taxpayer stating that the information has been verified and identifying the amount of the credit for the taxable year. The director shall not issue a certificate for any year in which the total number of filled full-time employment positions for each day of the calendar year divided by three hundred sixty-five is less than ninety per cent of the full-time employment positions specified in division (E)(5) of this section. In determining the number of full-time employment positions, no position shall be counted that is filled by an employee who is included in the calculation of a tax credit under section 122.17 of the Revised Code.

(8)(a) A provision requiring that the taxpayer, except as otherwise provided in division (E)(8)(b) of this section, shall not relocate employment positions from elsewhere in this state to the project site that is the subject of the agreement for the lesser of five years from the date the agreement is entered into or the number of years the taxpayer is entitled to claim the credit.

(b) The taxpayer may relocate employment positions from elsewhere in this state to the project site that is the subject of the agreement if the director of development determines both of the following:

(i) That the site from which the employment positions would be relocated is inadequate to meet market and industry conditions, expansion plans, consolidation plans, or other business considerations affecting the taxpayer;

(ii) That the legislative authority of the county, township, or municipal corporation from which the employment positions would be relocated has been notified of the relocation.

For purposes of this section, the movement of an employment position from one political subdivision to another political subdivision shall be considered a relocation of an employment position unless the movement is confined to the project site. The transfer of an individual employee from one political subdivision to another political subdivision shall not be considered a relocation of an employment position as long as the individual's employment position in the first political subdivision is refilled.

(9) A waiver by the taxpayer of any limitations periods relating to assessments or adjustments resulting from the taxpayer's failure to comply with the agreement.

(F) If a taxpayer fails to meet or comply with any condition or requirement set forth in a tax credit agreement, the tax credit authority may amend the agreement to reduce the percentage or term of the credit. The reduction of the percentage or term shall take effect in the taxable year immediately following the taxable year in which the authority amends the agreement. If the taxpayer relocates employment positions in violation of the provision required under division (D)(8)(a) of this section, the taxpayer shall not claim the tax credit under section 5733.0610 of the Revised Code for any tax years following the calendar year in which the relocation occurs, or shall not claim the tax credit under section 5747.058 of the Revised Code for the taxable year in which the relocation occurs and any subsequent taxable years.

(G) Financial statements and other information submitted to the department of development or the tax credit authority by an applicant for or recipient of a tax credit under this section, and any information taken for any purpose from such statements or information, are not public records subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. However, the chairperson of the authority may make use of the statements and other information for purposes of issuing public reports or in connection with court proceedings concerning tax credit agreements under this section. Upon the request of the tax commissioner, the chairperson of the authority shall provide to the commissioner any statement or other information submitted by an applicant for or recipient of a tax credit in connection with the credit. The commissioner shall preserve the confidentiality of the statement or other information.

(H) A taxpayer claiming a tax credit under this section shall submit to the tax commissioner a copy of the director of development's certificate of verification under division (E)(7) of this section for the taxable year. However, failure to submit a copy of the certificate does not invalidate a claim for a credit.

(I) For the purposes of this section, a taxpayer may include a partnership, a corporation that has made an election under subchapter S of chapter one of subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code, or any other business entity through which income flows as a distributive share to its owners. A tax credit received under this section by a partnership, S-corporation, or other such business entity shall be apportioned among the persons to whom the income or profit of the partnership, S-corporation, or other entity is distributed, in the same proportions as those in which the income or profit is distributed.

(J) If the director of development determines that a taxpayer who has that received a tax credit under this section is not complying with the requirement under division (E)(4) of this section or reduces the number of employees agreed to under division (E)(5) of this section by more than ten per cent, the director shall notify the tax credit authority of the noncompliance. After receiving such a notice, and after giving the taxpayer an opportunity to explain the noncompliance, the authority may terminate the agreement and require the taxpayer to refund to the state all or a portion of the credit claimed in previous years, as follows:

(1) If the taxpayer maintained operations at the project site for less than the term of the credit, the amount required to be refunded shall not exceed the amount of any tax credits previously allowed and received under this section.

(2) If the taxpayer maintained operations at the project site longer than the term of the credit but less than one and one-half times the term of the credit, the amount required to be refunded shall not exceed fifty per cent of the sum of any tax credits previously allowed and received under this section.

(3) If the taxpayer maintained operations at the project site for at least one and one-half times the term of the credit but less than twice the term of the credit, the amount required to be refunded shall not exceed twenty-five per cent of the sum of any tax credits previously allowed and received under this section.

In determining the portion of the credit to be refunded to this state, the authority shall consider the effect of market conditions on the taxpayer's project and whether the taxpayer continues to maintain other operations in this state. After making the determination, the authority shall certify the amount to be refunded to the tax commissioner. The commissioner shall make an assessment for that amount against the taxpayer under Chapter 5733. or 5747. of the Revised Code. The time limitations on assessments under Chapter 5733. or 5747. of the Revised Code do not apply to an assessment under this division, but the commissioner shall make the assessment within one year after the date the authority certifies to the commissioner the amount to be refunded.

If the director of development determines that a taxpayer that received a tax credit under this section has reduced the number of employees agreed to under division (E)(5) of this section by more than ten per cent, the director shall notify the tax credit authority of the noncompliance. After receiving such notice, and after providing the taxpayer an opportunity to explain the noncompliance, the authority may amend the agreement to reduce the percentage or term of the tax credit. The reduction in the percentage or term shall take effect in the taxable year in which the authority amends the agreement.

(K) The director of development, after consultation with the tax commissioner and in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section. The rules may provide for recipients of tax credits under this section to be charged fees to cover administrative costs of the tax credit program. At the time the director gives public notice under division (A) of section 119.03 of the Revised Code of the adoption of the rules, the director shall submit copies of the proposed rules to the chairpersons of the standing committees on economic development in the senate and the house of representatives.

(L) On or before the thirty-first day of March of each year, the director of development shall submit a report to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house of representatives on the tax credit program under this section. The report shall include information on the number of agreements that were entered into under this section during the preceding calendar year, a description of the project that is the subject of each such agreement, and an update on the status of projects under agreements entered into before the preceding calendar year.

Sec. 149.43.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Public record" means records kept by any public office, including, but not limited to, state, county, city, village, township, and school district units, and records pertaining to the delivery of educational services by an alternative school in Ohio kept by a nonprofit or for profit entity operating such alternative school pursuant to section 3313.533 of the Revised Code. "Public record" does not mean any of the following:

(a) Medical records;

(b) Records pertaining to probation and parole proceedings;

(c) Records pertaining to actions under section 2151.85 and division (C) of section 2919.121 of the Revised Code and to appeals of actions arising under those sections;

(d) Records pertaining to adoption proceedings, including the contents of an adoption file maintained by the department of health under section 3705.12 of the Revised Code;

(e) Information in a record contained in the putative father registry established by section 3107.062 of the Revised Code, regardless of whether the information is held by the department of job and family services or, pursuant to section 3111.69 of the Revised Code, the office of child support in the department or a child support enforcement agency;

(f) Records listed in division (A) of section 3107.42 of the Revised Code or specified in division (A) of section 3107.52 of the Revised Code;

(g) Trial preparation records;

(h) Confidential law enforcement investigatory records;

(i) Records containing information that is confidential under section 2317.023 or 4112.05 of the Revised Code;

(j) DNA records stored in the DNA database pursuant to section 109.573 of the Revised Code;

(k) Inmate records released by the department of rehabilitation and correction to the department of youth services or a court of record pursuant to division (E) of section 5120.21 of the Revised Code;

(l) Records maintained by the department of youth services pertaining to children in its custody released by the department of youth services to the department of rehabilitation and correction pursuant to section 5139.05 of the Revised Code;

(m) Intellectual property records;

(n) Donor profile records;

(o) Records maintained by the department of job and family services pursuant to section 3121.894 of the Revised Code;

(p) Peace officer residential and familial information;

(q) In the case of a county hospital operated pursuant to Chapter 339. of the Revised Code, information that constitutes a trade secret, as defined in section 1333.61 of the Revised Code;

(r) Information pertaining to the recreational activities of a person under the age of eighteen;

(s) Records provided to, statements made by review board members during meetings of, and all work products of a child fatality review board acting under sections 307.621 to 307.629 of the Revised Code, other than the report prepared pursuant to section 307.626 of the Revised Code;

(t) Records provided to and statements made by the executive director of a public children services agency or a prosecuting attorney acting pursuant to section 5153.171 of the Revised Code other than the information released under that section;

(u) Test materials, examinations, or evaluation tools used in an examination for licensure as a nursing home administrator that the board of examiners of nursing home administrators administers under section 4751.04 of the Revised Code or contracts under that section with a private or government entity to administer;

(v) Records the release of which is prohibited by state or federal law;

(w) Proprietary information of or relating to any person that is submitted to or compiled by the Ohio venture capital authority created under section 150.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Confidential law enforcement investigatory record" means any record that pertains to a law enforcement matter of a criminal, quasi-criminal, civil, or administrative nature, but only to the extent that the release of the record would create a high probability of disclosure of any of the following:

(a) The identity of a suspect who has not been charged with the offense to which the record pertains, or of an information source or witness to whom confidentiality has been reasonably promised;

(b) Information provided by an information source or witness to whom confidentiality has been reasonably promised, which information would reasonably tend to disclose the source's or witness's identity;

(c) Specific confidential investigatory techniques or procedures or specific investigatory work product;

(d) Information that would endanger the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel, a crime victim, a witness, or a confidential information source.

(3) "Medical record" means any document or combination of documents, except births, deaths, and the fact of admission to or discharge from a hospital, that pertains to the medical history, diagnosis, prognosis, or medical condition of a patient and that is generated and maintained in the process of medical treatment.

(4) "Trial preparation record" means any record that contains information that is specifically compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or in defense of, a civil or criminal action or proceeding, including the independent thought processes and personal trial preparation of an attorney.

(5) "Intellectual property record" means a record, other than a financial or administrative record, that is produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of a state institution of higher learning in the conduct of or as a result of study or research on an educational, commercial, scientific, artistic, technical, or scholarly issue, regardless of whether the study or research was sponsored by the institution alone or in conjunction with a governmental body or private concern, and that has not been publicly released, published, or patented.

(6) "Donor profile record" means all records about donors or potential donors to a public institution of higher education except the names and reported addresses of the actual donors and the date, amount, and conditions of the actual donation.

(7) "Peace officer residential and familial information" means either of the following:

(a) Any information maintained in a personnel record of a peace officer that discloses any of the following:

(i) The address of the actual personal residence of a peace officer, except for the state or political subdivision in which the peace officer resides;

(ii) Information compiled from referral to or participation in an employee assistance program;

(iii) The social security number, the residential telephone number, any bank account, debit card, charge card, or credit card number, or the emergency telephone number of, or any medical information pertaining to, a peace officer;

(iv) The name of any beneficiary of employment benefits, including, but not limited to, life insurance benefits, provided to a peace officer by the peace officer's employer;

(v) The identity and amount of any charitable or employment benefit deduction made by the peace officer's employer from the peace officer's compensation unless the amount of the deduction is required by state or federal law;

(vi) The name, the residential address, the name of the employer, the address of the employer, the social security number, the residential telephone number, any bank account, debit card, charge card, or credit card number, or the emergency telephone number of the spouse, a former spouse, or any child of a peace officer.

(b) Any record that identifies a person's occupation as a peace officer other than statements required to include the disclosure of that fact under the campaign finance law.

As used in divisions (A)(7) and (B)(5) of this section, "peace officer" has the same meaning as in section 109.71 of the Revised Code and also includes the superintendent and troopers of the state highway patrol; it does not include the sheriff of a county or a supervisory employee who, in the absence of the sheriff, is authorized to stand in for, exercise the authority of, and perform the duties of the sheriff.

(8) "Information pertaining to the recreational activities of a person under the age of eighteen" means information that is kept in the ordinary course of business by a public office, that pertains to the recreational activities of a person under the age of eighteen years, and that discloses any of the following:

(a) The address or telephone number of a person under the age of eighteen or the address or telephone number of that person's parent, guardian, custodian, or emergency contact person;

(b) The social security number, birth date, or photographic image of a person under the age of eighteen;

(c) Any medical record, history, or information pertaining to a person under the age of eighteen;

(d) Any additional information sought or required about a person under the age of eighteen for the purpose of allowing that person to participate in any recreational activity conducted or sponsored by a public office or to use or obtain admission privileges to any recreational facility owned or operated by a public office.

(B)(1) Subject to division (B)(4) of this section, all public records shall be promptly prepared and made available for inspection to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours. Subject to division (B)(4) of this section, upon request, a public office or person responsible for public records shall make copies available at cost, within a reasonable period of time. In order to facilitate broader access to public records, public offices shall maintain public records in a manner that they can be made available for inspection in accordance with this division.

(2) If any person chooses to obtain a copy of a public record in accordance with division (B)(1) of this section, the public office or person responsible for the public record shall permit that person to choose to have the public record duplicated upon paper, upon the same medium upon which the public office or person responsible for the public record keeps it, or upon any other medium upon which the public office or person responsible for the public record determines that it reasonably can be duplicated as an integral part of the normal operations of the public office or person responsible for the public record. When the person seeking the copy makes a choice under this division, the public office or person responsible for the public record shall provide a copy of it in accordance with the choice made by the person seeking the copy.

(3) Upon a request made in accordance with division (B)(1) of this section, a public office or person responsible for public records shall transmit a copy of a public record to any person by United States mail within a reasonable period of time after receiving the request for the copy. The public office or person responsible for the public record may require the person making the request to pay in advance the cost of postage and other supplies used in the mailing.

Any public office may adopt a policy and procedures that it will follow in transmitting, within a reasonable period of time after receiving a request, copies of public records by United States mail pursuant to this division. A public office that adopts a policy and procedures under this division shall comply with them in performing its duties under this division.

In any policy and procedures adopted under this division, a public office may limit the number of records requested by a person that the office will transmit by United States mail to ten per month, unless the person certifies to the office in writing that the person does not intend to use or forward the requested records, or the information contained in them, for commercial purposes. For purposes of this division, "commercial" shall be narrowly construed and does not include reporting or gathering news, reporting or gathering information to assist citizen oversight or understanding of the operation or activities of government, or nonprofit educational research.

(4) A public office or person responsible for public records is not required to permit a person who is incarcerated pursuant to a criminal conviction or a juvenile adjudication to inspect or to obtain a copy of any public record concerning a criminal investigation or prosecution or concerning what would be a criminal investigation or prosecution if the subject of the investigation or prosecution were an adult, unless the request to inspect or to obtain a copy of the record is for the purpose of acquiring information that is subject to release as a public record under this section and the judge who imposed the sentence or made the adjudication with respect to the person, or the judge's successor in office, finds that the information sought in the public record is necessary to support what appears to be a justiciable claim of the person.

(5) Upon written request made and signed by a journalist on or after December 16, 1999, a public office, or person responsible for public records, having custody of the records of the agency employing a specified peace officer shall disclose to the journalist the address of the actual personal residence of the peace officer and, if the peace officer's spouse, former spouse, or child is employed by a public office, the name and address of the employer of the peace officer's spouse, former spouse, or child. The request shall include the journalist's name and title and the name and address of the journalist's employer and shall state that disclosure of the information sought would be in the public interest.

As used in division (B)(5) of this section, "journalist" means a person engaged in, connected with, or employed by any news medium, including a newspaper, magazine, press association, news agency, or wire service, a radio or television station, or a similar medium, for the purpose of gathering, processing, transmitting, compiling, editing, or disseminating information for the general public.

(C) If a person allegedly is aggrieved by the failure of a public office to promptly prepare a public record and to make it available to the person for inspection in accordance with division (B) of this section, or if a person who has requested a copy of a public record allegedly is aggrieved by the failure of a public office or the person responsible for the public record to make a copy available to the person allegedly aggrieved in accordance with division (B) of this section, the person allegedly aggrieved may commence a mandamus action to obtain a judgment that orders the public office or the person responsible for the public record to comply with division (B) of this section and that awards reasonable attorney's fees to the person that instituted the mandamus action. The mandamus action may be commenced in the court of common pleas of the county in which division (B) of this section allegedly was not complied with, in the supreme court pursuant to its original jurisdiction under Section 2 of Article IV, Ohio Constitution, or in the court of appeals for the appellate district in which division (B) of this section allegedly was not complied with pursuant to its original jurisdiction under Section 3 of Article IV, Ohio Constitution.

(D) Chapter 1347. of the Revised Code does not limit the provisions of this section.

(E)(1) The bureau of motor vehicles may adopt rules pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to reasonably limit the number of bulk commercial special extraction requests made by a person for the same records or for updated records during a calendar year. The rules may include provisions for charges to be made for bulk commercial special extraction requests for the actual cost of the bureau, plus special extraction costs, plus ten per cent. The bureau may charge for expenses for redacting information, the release of which is prohibited by law.

(2) As used in divisions (B)(3) and (E)(1) of this section:

(a) "Actual cost" means the cost of depleted supplies, records storage media costs, actual mailing and alternative delivery costs, or other transmitting costs, and any direct equipment operating and maintenance costs, including actual costs paid to private contractors for copying services.

(b) "Bulk commercial special extraction request" means a request for copies of a record for information in a format other than the format already available, or information that cannot be extracted without examination of all items in a records series, class of records, or data base by a person who intends to use or forward the copies for surveys, marketing, solicitation, or resale for commercial purposes. "Bulk commercial special extraction request" does not include a request by a person who gives assurance to the bureau that the person making the request does not intend to use or forward the requested copies for surveys, marketing, solicitation, or resale for commercial purposes.

(c) "Commercial" means profit-seeking production, buying, or selling of any good, service, or other product.

(d) "Special extraction costs" means the cost of the time spent by the lowest paid employee competent to perform the task, the actual amount paid to outside private contractors employed by the bureau, or the actual cost incurred to create computer programs to make the special extraction. "Special extraction costs" include any charges paid to a public agency for computer or records services.

(3) For purposes of divisions (E)(1) and (2) of this section, "commercial surveys, marketing, solicitation, or resale" shall be narrowly construed and does not include reporting or gathering news, reporting or gathering information to assist citizen oversight or understanding of the operation or activities of government, or nonprofit educational research.

Sec. 150.01. (A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Authority" means the Ohio venture capital authority created under section 150.02 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Lender" means any person that lends money to the program fund as provided in this chapter.

(3) "Loss" means a loss incurred with respect to a lender's loan to the program fund. Such a loss is incurred only if and to the extent a program administrator fails to satisfy its obligations to the lender to make timely payments of principal or interest as provided in the loan agreement between the lender and the program administrator. "Loss" does not include either of the following:

(a) Any loss incurred by the program fund, including a loss attributable to any investment made by a program administrator;

(b) Any loss of the capital required to be provided by a program administrator, or income accruing to that capital, under the agreement entered into under division (B) of section 150.05 of the Revised Code.

(4) "Ohio-based business enterprise" means a person that is engaged in business, that employs at least one individual on a full-time or part-time basis at a place of business in this state, including a person engaged in business if that person is a self-employed individual, and that is in the seed or early stage of business development requiring initial or early stage funding or is an established business enterprise developing new methods or technologies.

(5) "Ohio-based venture capital fund" means a venture capital fund having its principal office in this state, where the majority of the fund's staff are employed and where at least one investment professional is employed who has at least five years of experience in venture capital investment.

(6) "Program fund" means the fund created under section 150.03 of the Revised Code.

(B) The general assembly declares that its purpose in enacting Chapter 150. of the Revised Code is to increase the amount of private investment capital available in this state for Ohio-based business enterprises in the seed or early stages of business development and requiring initial or early stage funding, as well as established Ohio-based business enterprises developing new methods or technologies, thereby increasing employment, creating additional wealth, and otherwise benefiting the economic welfare of the people of this state. Accordingly, it is the intention of the general assembly that the Ohio venture capital authority focus its investment policy principally on venture capital funds investing in such Ohio-based business enterprises.

Sec. 150.02. (A) There is hereby created the Ohio venture capital authority, which shall exercise the powers and perform the duties prescribed by this chapter. The exercise by the authority of its powers and duties is hereby declared to be an essential state governmental function. The authority is subject to all laws generally applicable to state agencies and public officials, including, but not limited to, Chapter 119. and sections 121.22 and 149.43 of the Revised Code, to the extent those laws do not conflict with this chapter.

(B) The authority shall consist of nine members. Seven of the members shall be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, from among the general public. All appointed members shall have experience in the field of banking, investments, commercial law, or industry relevant to the purpose of the Ohio venture capital program as stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code. The director of development and tax commissioner or their designees shall be ex officio, nonvoting members.

Initial gubernatorial appointees to the authority shall serve staggered terms, with one term expiring on January 31, 2004, two terms expiring on January 31, 2005, two terms expiring on January 31, 2006, and two terms expiring on January 31, 2007. Thereafter, terms of office for all appointees shall be for four years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. A vacancy on the authority shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a person appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed to the remainder of the unexpired term. Any appointed member of the authority is eligible for reappointment.

A member of the authority may be removed by the member's appointing authority for misfeasance, malfeasance, willful neglect of duty, or other cause, after notice and a public hearing, unless the notice and hearing are waived in writing by the member.

(C) Members of the authority shall serve without compensation, but shall receive their reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the conduct of authority business. The governor shall designate a member of the authority to serve as chairperson. A majority of the voting members of the authority constitutes a quorum, and the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting members present is necessary for any action taken by the authority. A vacancy in the voting membership of the authority does not impair the right of a quorum to exercise all rights and perform all duties of the authority.

(D) The department of development shall provide the authority with office space and such technical assistance as the authority requires.

Sec. 150.03. Within ninety days after the effective date of this section, the authority shall establish, and subsequently may modify as it considers necessary, a written investment policy governing the investment of money from the program fund, which is hereby created. The program fund shall consist of the proceeds of loans acquired by a program administrator. The authority is subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code with respect to the establishment or modification of the policy. The policy shall meet all the following requirements:

(A) It is consistent with the purpose of the program stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) Subject to divisions (C), (D), and (E) of this section, it permits the investment of money from the program fund in private, for-profit venture capital funds, including funds of funds, that invest in enterprises in the seed or early stage of business development or established business enterprises developing new methods or technologies, and that demonstrate potential to generate high levels of successful investment performance.

(C) It specifies that a program administrator or fund manager employed by the program administrator shall invest not less than seventy-five per cent of program fund money under its investment authority in Ohio-based venture capital funds.

(D) It specifies that not less than an amount equal to fifty per cent of program fund money invested in any venture capital fund be invested by the venture capital fund in Ohio-based business enterprises.

(E) It specifies that a program administrator or fund manager employed by the program administrator shall not invest money from the program fund in a venture capital fund to the extent that the total amount of program fund money invested in the venture capital fund, when combined with any program fund money invested in a venture capital fund under the same management as that venture capital fund, exceeds the lesser of the following:

(1) Ten million dollars;

(2)(a) In the case of an Ohio-based venture capital fund, fifty per cent of the total amount of capital committed to the fund from all sources, after accounting for capital committed from the program fund;

(b) In the case of any other venture capital fund, twenty per cent of the total amount of capital committed to the fund from all sources, after accounting for capital committed from the program fund.

(F) It specifies that a program administrator or fund manager employed by the program administrator shall not commit capital from the program fund to a venture capital fund until the venture capital fund receives commitment of at least the same amount from other investors in the fund.

(G) It specifies the general conditions a private, for-profit investment fund must meet to be selected as a program administrator under section 150.05 of the Revised Code, including, as a significant selection standard, direct experience managing external or nonproprietary capital in private equity fund of funds formats.

(H) It specifies the criteria the authority must consider when making a determination under division (B)(1) of section 150.04 of the Revised Code.

(I) It includes investment standards and general limitations on allowable investments that the authority considers reasonable and necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter as stated in division (B) of section 150.01 of the Revised Code, minimize the need for the authority to grant tax credits under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, ensure compliance of the program administrators with all applicable laws of this state and the United States, and ensure the safety and soundness of investments of money from the program fund.

(J) It prohibits the investment of money from the program fund directly in persons other than venture capital funds, except for temporary investment in investment grade debt securities or temporary deposit in interest-bearing accounts or funds pending permanent investment in venture capital funds.

Sec. 150.04. (A) The investment policy established or modified under section 150.03 of the Revised Code shall specify the terms and conditions under which the authority may grant tax credits under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, subject to that section and division (B) of this section, to provide security against lenders' losses.

(B) Nothing in this chapter authorizes the providing of security against losses on any bases other than the following:

(1) The application first of moneys of the Ohio venture capital fund, created under section 150.08 of the Revised Code, that the authority, under the criteria in its investment policy, determines may be expended without adversely affecting the ability of the authority to continue fulfilling the purpose of this chapter as stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code; and then

(2) The granting of tax credits pursuant to section 150.07 of the Revised Code, but only to the extent moneys under division (B)(1) of this section are insufficient.

Sec. 150.05.  (A) The authority shall select, as program administrators, not more than two private, for-profit investment funds to acquire loans for the program fund and to invest money in the program fund as prescribed in the investment policy established or modified by the authority in accordance with sections 150.03 and 150.04 of the Revised Code. To be eligible for selection, an investment fund must be incorporated or organized under Chapter 1701., 1705., 1775., 1782., or 1783. of the Revised Code, must have an established business presence in this state, and must be capitalized in accordance with any state and federal laws applicable to the issuance or sale of securities.

The authority shall select program administrators only after soliciting and evaluating requests for proposals as prescribed in this section. The authority shall publish a notice of a request for proposals in newspapers of general circulation in this state once each week for two consecutive weeks before a date specified by the authority as the date on which it will begin accepting proposals. The notices shall contain a general description of the subject of the proposed agreement and the location where the request for proposals may be obtained. The request for proposals shall include all the following:

(1) Instructions and information to respondents concerning the submission of proposals, including the name and address of the office where proposals are to be submitted;

(2) Instructions regarding the manner in which respondents may communicate with the authority, including the names, titles, and telephone numbers of the individuals to whom such communications shall be directed;

(3) Description of the performance criteria that will be used to evaluate whether a respondent selected by the authority is satisfying the authority's investment policy;

(4) Description of the factors and criteria to be considered in evaluating respondents' proposals, the relative importance of each factor or criterion, and description of the authority's evaluation procedure;

(5) Description of any documents that may be incorporated by reference into the request for proposals, provided that the request specifies where such documents may be obtained and such documents are readily available to all interested parties.

After the date specified for receiving proposals, the authority shall evaluate submitted proposals. The authority may discuss a respondent's proposal with that respondent to clarify or revise a proposal or the terms of the agreement.

The authority shall choose for review proposals from at least three respondents the authority considers qualified to operate the program in the best interests of the investment policy adopted by the authority. If three or fewer proposals are submitted, the authority shall review each proposal. The authority may cancel a request for proposals at any time before entering into an agreement with a respondent. The authority shall provide respondents fair and equal opportunity for such discussions. The authority may terminate discussions with any respondent upon written notice to the respondent.

(B) After reviewing the chosen proposals, the authority may select not more than two such respondents and enter into a written agreement with each of the selected respondents, provided that at no time shall there be agreements with more than two persons.

The agreement shall do all of the following:

(1) Specify that borrowing and investing by the program administrator will be budgeted to guarantee that no tax credits will be granted during the first four years of the Ohio venture capital program, and will be structured to ensure that payments of principal, interest, or interest equivalent due in any fiscal year, when added to such payments due from any other program administrator, does not exceed twenty million dollars;

(2) Require investment by the program administrator or the fund manager employed by the program administrator to be in compliance with the investment policy established or modified in accordance with sections 150.03 and 150.04 of the Revised Code that is in effect at the time the investment is made, and prohibit the program administrator or fund manager from engaging in any investment activities other than activities to carry out that policy;

(3) Require periodic financial reporting by the program administrator to the authority, which reporting shall include an annual audit by an independent auditor and such other financial reporting as is specified in the agreement or otherwise required by the authority for the purpose of ensuring that the program administrator is carrying out the investment policy;

(4) Specify any like standards or general limitations in addition to or in furtherance of investment standards or limitations that apply pursuant to division (H) of section 150.03 of the Revised Code;

(5) Require the program administrator to apply program fund revenue first to the payment of principal borrowed by the program administrator for investment under the program, then to interest related to that principal, and then to amounts necessary to cover the program administrator's pro rata share required under division (B) (9) of this section; and require the program administrator to pay the authority not less than ninety per cent of the amount by which program fund revenue attributable to investments under the program administrator's investment authority exceeds amounts so applied;

(6) Specify the procedures by which the program administrator shall certify immediately to the authority the necessity for the authority to issue tax credit certificates pursuant to contracts entered into under section 150.07 of the Revised Code;

(7) Specify any general limitations regarding the employment of a fund manager by the program administrator, in addition to an express limitation that the fund manager be a person with demonstrated, substantial, successful experience in the design and management of seed and venture capital investment programs and in capital formation. The fund manager may be, but need not be, an equity owner or affiliate of the program administrator.

(8) Specify the terms and conditions under which the authority or the program administrator may terminate the agreement, including in the circumstance that the program administrator or fund manager violates the investment policy;

(9) Require the program administrator or fund manager employed by the program administrator to provide capital in the form of a loan equal to one per cent of the amount of outstanding loans by lenders to the program fund. The loan from the program administrator or fund manager shall be on the same terms and conditions as loans from other lenders, except that the loan from the program administrator or fund manager shall not be secured by the Ohio venture capital fund or tax credits available to other lenders under division (B) of section 150.04 of the Revised Code. Such capital shall be placed at the same risk as the proceeds from such loans. The program administrator shall receive a pro rata share of the net income, including net loss, from the investment of money from the program fund, but is not entitled to the security against losses provided under section 150.04 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 150.06.  (A) The authority is not an agency as defined in section 101.82 of the Revised Code for purposes of divisions (A) and (B) of section 101.83 of the Revised Code.

(B) The selection of a program administrator and the entering into an agreement under section 150.05 of the Revised Code do not constitute a purchase of services under Chapter 125. of the Revised Code.

(C) Notwithstanding section 121.22 of the Revised Code, the authority may hold an executive session for either of the following purposes, but only after a majority of a quorum of the authority determines, by a roll call vote, to hold the session, and only at a regular or special meeting:

(1) Presenting, reviewing, or discussing proprietary information relating to any person unless that person has consented in writing to disclosure of such information by the authority;

(2) Preparing for, conducting, or reviewing negotiating sessions with any private, for-profit investment fund for the purpose of selecting a program administrator and entering into an agreement under section 150.05 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 150.07.  (A) For the purpose stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code, the authority may authorize a lender to claim one of the tax credits allowed under section 5725.19, 5729.08, 5733.49, or 5747.80 of the Revised Code. The credits shall be authorized by a written contract with the lender. The contract shall specify the terms under which the lender may claim the credit, including the amount of loss, if any, the lender must incur before the lender may claim the credit; specify that the credit shall not exceed the amount of the loss; and specify that the lender may claim the credit only for a loss certified by a program administrator to the authority under the procedures prescribed under division (B)(6) of section 150.05 of the Revised Code.

(B) Tax credits may be authorized at any time after the authority establishes the investment policy under section 150.03 of the Revised Code, but a tax credit so authorized may not be claimed until the beginning of the fifth year after the authority establishes the investment policy. A tax credit may not be claimed after June 30, 2026.

(C) Upon receiving certification of a lender's loss from a program administrator pursuant to the procedures in the investment policy, the authority shall issue a tax credit certificate to the lender, except as otherwise provided in division (D) of this section. The authority shall not issue a certificate until the lender, in the manner prescribed by the authority, elects to receive a refundable or nonrefundable tax credit. The election, once made, is irrevocable. The certificate shall state the amount of the credit, whether the credit is refundable or nonrefundable, and the calendar year, under section 5725.19 or 5729.08, the tax year, under section 5733.49, or the taxable year under section 5747.80 of the Revised Code, for which the credit may be claimed. The authority, in conjunction with the tax commissioner, shall develop a system for issuing tax credit certificates for the purpose of verifying that any credit claimed is a credit issued under this section and is properly taken in the year specified in the certificate and in compliance with division (B) of this section.

(D) The authority shall not, in any fiscal year, issue tax credit certificates in a total amount exceeding twenty million dollars.

Sec. 150.08.  (A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio venture capital fund, to which shall be credited all payments received by the authority pursuant to division (B)(5) of section 150.05 of the Revised Code and all interest earned on moneys of the fund.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, money in the Ohio venture capital fund shall be used exclusively to provide security against losses as authorized under this chapter.

(C) If the amount in the venture capital fund exceeds the amount reasonably necessary to provide security against such losses, the excess may be used, upon appropriation by the general assembly, to provide scholarships or other financial assistance to students enrolled in a course of study in the fields of physical or natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering at an institution of higher education in this state.

Sec. 150.09.  The state, the governor, or a member of the authority is not liable in damages to any person in a civil action for any loss incurred as a result of any investment made by a program administrator or fund manager employed by the program administrator.

Sec. 150.10.  (A) On the first day of January of the second year after the date of entering into an agreement under section 150.05 of the Revised Code and of each ensuing year, the authority shall file with the clerk of the house of representatives, the clerk of the senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate standing committees predominantly concerned with economic development a written report on the Ohio venture capital program. The report shall include all the following:

(1) A description of the details of the investment policy established or modified in accordance with sections 150.03 and 150.04 of the Revised Code;

(2) The authority's assessment of the program's achievement of its purpose stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code;

(3) The value of tax credit certificates issued by the authority under section 150.07 of the Revised Code in each fiscal year ending on or before the preceding thirtieth day of June;

(4) The amount of tax credits claimed pursuant to section 5725.19, 5729.08, 5733.49, or 5747.80 of the Revised Code, as to the respective taxes involved;

(5) The financial status of the Ohio venture capital fund;

(6) The names of venture capital funds in which money from the program fund has been invested and the locations of their principal offices, and the names of the enterprises in which each of those venture capital funds has invested such money and the locations of those enterprises' principal offices;

(7) Any recommendations for modifying the program to better achieve the purpose stated in section 150.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) During each year that a report is issued under division (A) of this section, the chairperson of the authority, or another member of the authority designated by the chairperson as the authority's representative, shall be required to appear in person before the standing committees of the house and senate predominantly concerned with economic development to give testimony concerning the status of the Ohio venture capital program.

Sec. 718.01.  (A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 1, as amended.

(2) "Schedule C" means internal revenue service schedule C filed by a taxpayer pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code.

(3) "Form 2106" means internal revenue service form 2106 filed by a taxpayer pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code.

(4) "Intangible income" means income of any of the following types: income yield, interest, dividends, or other income arising from the ownership, sale, exchange, or other disposition of intangible property including, but not limited to, investments, deposits, money, or credits as those terms are defined in Chapter 5701. of the Revised Code.

(5) "S corporation" means a corporation that has made an election under subchapter S of Chapter 1 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code for its taxable year.

(B) No municipal corporation with respect to that income that it may tax shall tax such income at other than a uniform rate.

(C) No municipal corporation shall levy a tax on income at a rate in excess of one per cent without having obtained the approval of the excess by a majority of the electors of the municipality voting on the question at a general, primary, or special election. The legislative authority of the municipal corporation shall file with the board of elections at least seventy-five days before the day of the election a copy of the ordinance together with a resolution specifying the date the election is to be held and directing the board of elections to conduct the election. The ballot shall be in the following form: "Shall the Ordinance providing for a ... per cent levy on income for (Brief description of the purpose of the proposed levy) be passed?

FOR THE INCOME TAX

AGAINST THE INCOME TAX"

In the event of an affirmative vote, the proceeds of the levy may be used only for the specified purpose.

(D)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (D)(2) or (F)(9) of this section, no municipal corporation shall exempt from a tax on income, compensation for personal services of individuals over eighteen years of age or the net profit from a business or profession.

(2) The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may, by ordinance or resolution, exempt from a tax on income any compensation arising from the grant, sale, exchange, or other disposition of a stock option; the exercise of a stock option; or the sale, exchange, or other disposition of stock purchased under a stock option.

(E) Nothing in this section shall prevent a municipal corporation from permitting lawful deductions as prescribed by ordinance. If a taxpayer's taxable income includes income against which the taxpayer has taken a deduction for federal income tax purposes as reportable on the taxpayer's form 2106, and against which a like deduction has not been allowed by the municipal corporation, the municipal corporation shall deduct from the taxpayer's taxable income an amount equal to the deduction shown on such form allowable against such income, to the extent not otherwise so allowed as a deduction by the municipal corporation. In the case of a taxpayer who has a net profit from a business or profession that is operated as a sole proprietorship, no municipal corporation may tax or use as the base for determining the amount of the net profit that shall be considered as having a taxable situs in the municipal corporation, a greater amount than the net profit reported by the taxpayer on schedule C filed in reference to the year in question as taxable income from such sole proprietorship, except as otherwise specifically provided by ordinance or regulation.

(F) A municipal corporation shall not tax any of the following:

(1) The military pay or allowances of members of the armed forces of the United States and of members of their reserve components, including the Ohio national guard;

(2) The income of religious, fraternal, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational institutions to the extent that such income is derived from tax-exempt real estate, tax-exempt tangible or intangible property, or tax-exempt activities;

(3) Except as otherwise provided in division (G) of this section, intangible income;

(4) Compensation paid under section 3501.28 or 3501.36 of the Revised Code to a person serving as a precinct election official, to the extent that such compensation does not exceed one thousand dollars annually. Such compensation in excess of one thousand dollars may be subjected to taxation by a municipal corporation. A municipal corporation shall not require the payer of such compensation to withhold any tax from that compensation.

(5) Compensation paid to an employee of a transit authority, regional transit authority, or regional transit commission created under Chapter 306. of the Revised Code for operating a transit bus or other motor vehicle for the authority or commission in or through the municipal corporation, unless the bus or vehicle is operated on a regularly scheduled route, the operator is subject to such a tax by reason of residence or domicile in the municipal corporation, or the headquarters of the authority or commission is located within the municipal corporation;

(6) The income of a public utility when that public utility is subject to the tax levied under section 5727.24 or 5727.30 of the Revised Code, except starting January 1, 2002, the income of an electric company or combined company, as defined in section 5727.01 of the Revised Code, may be taxed by a municipal corporation, subject to Chapter 5745. of the Revised Code.

(7) On and after January 1, 2003, items excluded from federal gross income pursuant to section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code;

(8) On and after January 1, 2001, compensation paid to a nonresident individual to the extent prohibited under section 718.011 of the Revised Code;

(9) Except as provided in division (H) of this section, an S corporation shareholder's distributive share of net profits of the S corporation, other than any part of the distributive share of net profits that represents wages as defined in section 3121(a) of the Internal Revenue Code or net earnings from self-employment as defined in section 1402(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, to the extent such distributive share would not be allocated or apportioned to this state under division (B)(1) and (2) of section 5733.05 of the Revised Code if the S corporation were a corporation subject to the taxes imposed under Chapter 5733. of the Revised Code.

(G) Any municipal corporation that taxes any type of intangible income on March 29, 1988, pursuant to Section 3 of Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 238 of the 116th general assembly, may continue to tax that type of income after 1988 if a majority of the electors of the municipal corporation voting on the question of whether to permit the taxation of that type of intangible income after 1988 vote in favor thereof at an election held on November 8, 1988.

(H) Any municipal corporation that, on December 6, 2002, taxes an S corporation shareholder's distributive share of net profits of the S corporation to any greater extent than that permitted under division (F)(9) of this section may continue after 2002 to tax such distributive shares to such greater extent only if a majority of the electors of the municipal corporation voting on the question of such continuation vote in favor thereof at an election held on November 4, 2003. If a majority of electors vote in favor of that question, then, for purposes of section 718.14 of the Revised Code, "pass-through entity" includes S corporations, "income from a pass-through entity" includes distributive shares from an S corporation, and "owner" includes a shareholder of an S corporation, notwithstanding that section to the contrary.

(I) Nothing in this section or section 718.02 of the Revised Code shall authorize the levy of any tax on income that a municipal corporation is not authorized to levy under existing laws or shall require a municipal corporation to allow a deduction from taxable income for losses incurred from a sole proprietorship or partnership.

Sec. 718.14.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "S corporation" means a corporation that has made an election under subchapter S of Chapter 1 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code for its taxable year.

(2) "Limited liability company" means a limited liability company formed under Chapter 1705. of the Revised Code or under the laws of another state.

(3)(2) "Pass-through entity" means a partnership, S corporation, limited liability company, or any other class of entity the income or profits from which are given pass-through treatment under the Internal Revenue Code, excluding an S corporation.

(4)(3) "Income from a pass-through entity" means partnership income of partners, distributive shares of shareholders of an s corporation, membership interests of members of a limited liability company, or other distributive or proportionate ownership shares of income from other pass-through entities.

(5)(4) "Owner" means a partner of a partnership, a shareholder of an S corporation, a member of a limited liability company, or other person with an ownership interest in a pass-through entity.

(6)(5) "Owner's proportionate share," with respect to each owner of a pass-through entity, means the ratio of (a) the owner's income from the pass-through entity that is subject to taxation by the municipal corporation, to (b) the total income from that entity of all owners whose income from the entity is subject to taxation by that municipal corporation.

(B) On and after January 1, 2003, any municipal corporation imposing a tax that applies to income from a pass-through entity shall grant a credit to each owner who is domiciled in the municipal corporation for taxes paid to another municipal corporation by a pass-through entity that does not conduct business in the municipal corporation. The amount of the credit shall equal the lesser of the following amounts, subject to division (C) of this section:

(1) The owner's proportionate share of the amount, if any, of tax paid by the pass-through entity to another municipal corporation in this state;

(2) The owner's proportionate share of the amount of tax that would be imposed on the pass-through entity by the municipal corporation in which the taxpayer is domiciled if the pass-through entity conducted business in the municipal corporation.

(C) If a municipal corporation grants a credit for a percentage, less than one hundred per cent, of the amount of income taxes paid on compensation by an individual who resides or is domiciled in the municipal corporation to another municipal corporation, the amount of credit otherwise required by division (B) of this section shall be multiplied by that percentage.

(D) On and after January 1, 2003, any municipal corporation that imposes a tax on income of or from a pass-through entity shall specify by ordinance or rule whether the tax applies to income of the pass-through entity in the hands of the entity or to income from the pass-through entity in the hands of the owners of the entity. A municipal corporation may specify a different ordinance or rule under this division for each of the classes of pass-through entity enumerated in division (A)(3)(2) of this section.

Sec. 5703.21.  (A) Except as provided in divisions (B) and (C) of this section, no agent of the department of taxation, except in the agent's report to the department or when called on to testify in any court or proceeding, shall divulge any information acquired by the agent as to the transactions, property, or business of any person while acting or claiming to act under orders of the department. Whoever violates this provision shall thereafter be disqualified from acting as an officer or employee or in any other capacity under appointment or employment of the department.

(B)(1) For purposes of an audit pursuant to section 117.15 of the Revised Code, or an audit of the department pursuant to Chapter 117. of the Revised Code, or an audit, pursuant to that chapter, the objective of which is to express an opinion on a financial report or statement prepared or issued pursuant to division (A)(7) or (9) of section 126.21 of the Revised Code, the officers and employees of the auditor of state charged with conducting the audit shall have access to and the right to examine any state tax returns and state tax return information in the possession of the department to the extent that the access and examination are necessary for purposes of the audit. Any information acquired as the result of that access and examination shall not be divulged for any purpose other than as required for the audit or unless the officers and employees are required to testify in a court or proceeding under compulsion of legal process. Whoever violates this provision shall thereafter be disqualified from acting as an officer or employee or in any other capacity under appointment or employment of the auditor of state.

(2) As provided by section 6103(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, any federal tax returns or federal tax information that the department has acquired from the internal revenue service, through federal and state statutory authority, may be disclosed to the auditor of state solely for purposes of an audit of the department.

(C) Division (A) of this section does not prohibit any of the following:

(1) Divulging information contained in applications, complaints, and related documents filed with the department under section 5715.27 of the Revised Code or in applications filed with the department under section 5715.39 of the Revised Code;

(2) Providing information to the office of child support within the department of job and family services pursuant to section 3125.43 of the Revised Code;

(3) Disclosing to the board of motor vehicle collision repair registration any information in the possession of the department that is necessary for the board to verify the existence of an applicant's valid vendor's license and current state tax identification number under section 4775.07 of the Revised Code;

(4) Providing information to the administrator of workers' compensation pursuant to section 4123.591 of the Revised Code;

(5) Providing to the attorney general information the department obtains under division (J) of section 1346.01 of the Revised Code;

(6) Permitting properly authorized officers, employees, or agents of a municipal corporation from inspecting reports or information pursuant to rules adopted under section 5745.16 of the Revised Code;

(7) Providing information regarding the name, account number, or business address of a holder of a vendor's license issued pursuant to section 5739.17 of the Revised Code, a holder of a direct payment permit issued pursuant to section 5739.031 of the Revised Code, or a seller having a use tax account maintained pursuant to section 5741.17 of the Revised Code, or information regarding the active or inactive status of a vendor's license, direct payment permit, or seller's use tax account;

(8) Releasing invoices or invoice information furnished under section 4301.433 of the Revised Code pursuant to that section;

(9) Providing to a county auditor notices or documents concerning or affecting the taxable value of property in the county auditor's county. Unless authorized by law to disclose documents so provided, the county auditor shall not disclose such documents.

Sec. 5709.211. As used in this section: (A) "Facility" means an air pollution control facility, noise pollution control facility, energy conversion facility, thermal efficiency improvement facility, or solid waste energy conversion facility as defined in section 5709.20 or 5709.45 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Tax exemption certificate" means a certificate issued under section 5709.21 or 5709.46 of the Revised Code.

As soon as is practicable after receiving an application for a tax exemption certificate, the tax commissioner shall provide a copy of the application and of any accompanying documentation to the county auditor of the county in which the facility is located. The copy shall be accompanied by a statement showing an estimate of what the assessed value of the facility would be, based on the appropriate assessment percentage, if the facility were to be taxable, and an estimate of the taxes that would be chargeable against the facility computed on the basis of the rate of taxation in the taxing district in the year in which the application is received. Within sixty days after receiving such a statement, the county auditor shall issue a notice to the taxing authority of each taxing unit in which the facility is or is to be located. The notice shall state that an application for a tax exemption certificate has been filed for the facility; the estimated assessed value of the facility shown on the statement; the annual amount of taxes that would be charged and payable on that value at the current rate of taxation in effect in the taxing unit; and that, if approved, the application entitles the facility to exemption from taxation and the taxing unit may be required to refund any taxes on the facility accruing after the certificate becomes effective. The tax commissioner shall issue an amended statement if, after the original statement is issued, the estimate of such assessed value increases or decreases by more than ten per cent of the estimated value shown on the most recently issued statement or amended statement, and the county auditor shall issue an amended notice reflecting such change.

The tax commissioner's statement and the county auditor's notice are issued exclusively for the purpose of notifying taxing authorities of the potential for a refund of taxes paid on a facility before a tax exemption certificate is issued. The statement and notice are not appealable by any person and do not constitute an assessment that is subject to a petition for reassessment by the taxpayer. The notice issued by the county auditor does not constitute a notice required by law to be given for the purpose of section 5717.02 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 5725.19. Upon the issuance of a tax credit certificate by the Ohio venture capital authority under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, a credit may be claimed against the tax imposed on a domestic insurance company under section 5725.18 of the Revised Code. The credit shall be claimed in the calendar year specified in the certificate issued by the authority. If the company elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, and the amount of the credit shown on the certificate exceeds the tax otherwise due under section 5725.18 of the Revised Code, the company may receive a refund equal to seventy-five per cent of such excess. If the company elected a nonrefundable credit, the amount of the credit shown on the certificate shall not exceed the aount of tax otherwise due.

Sec. 5729.08. Upon the issuance of a tax credit certificate by the Ohio venture capital authority under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, a credit may be claimed against the tax imposed on a foreign insurance company under section 5729.03 of the Revised Code. The credit shall be claimed in the calendar year specified in the certificate issued by the authority. If the company elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, and the amount of the credit shown on the certificate exceeds the tax otherwise due under section 5729.03 of the Revised Code, the company may receive a refund equal to seventy-five per cent of such excess. If the company elected a nonrefundable credit, the amount of the credit shown on the certificate shall not exceed the amount of tax otherwise due.

Sec. 5733.49. Upon the issuance of a tax credit certificate by the Ohio venture capital authority under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, a credit may be claimed against the tax imposed by section 5733.06 of the Revised Code. The credit shall be claimed for the tax year specified in the certificate issued by the authority and in the order required under section 5733.98 of the Revised Code. If the taxpayer elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, and the amount of the credit shown on the certificate exceeds the tax otherwise due under sections 5733.06, 5733.065, and 5733.066 of the Revised Code after all credits, including the credit allowed under this section, are deducted in that order, the taxpayer shall receive a refund equal to seventy-five per cent of that excess. If the taxpayer elected a nonrefundable credit, the amount of the credit, claimed in that order, shall not exceed the tax otherwise due under those sections after all the taxpayer's credits are deducted in that order.

Sec. 5733.98.  (A) To provide a uniform procedure for calculating the amount of tax imposed by section 5733.06 of the Revised Code that is due under this chapter, a taxpayer shall claim any credits to which it is entitled in the following order, except as otherwise provided in section 5733.058 of the Revised Code:

(1) The credit for taxes paid by a qualifying pass-through entity allowed under section 5733.0611 of the Revised Code;

(2) The credit allowed for financial institutions under section 5733.45 of the Revised Code;

(3) The credit for qualifying affiliated groups under section 5733.068 of the Revised Code;

(4) The subsidiary corporation credit under section 5733.067 of the Revised Code;

(5) The savings and loan assessment credit under section 5733.063 of the Revised Code;

(6) The credit for recycling and litter prevention donations under section 5733.064 of the Revised Code;

(7) The credit for employers that enter into agreements with child day-care centers under section 5733.36 of the Revised Code;

(8) The credit for employers that reimburse employee child day-care expenses under section 5733.38 of the Revised Code;

(9) The credit for maintaining railroad active grade crossing warning devices under section 5733.43 of the Revised Code;

(10) The credit for purchases of lights and reflectors under section 5733.44 of the Revised Code;

(11) The job retention credit under division (B) of section 5733.0610 of the Revised Code;

(12) The credit for manufacturing investments under section 5733.061 losses on loans made under the Ohio venture capital program under sections 150.01 to 150.10 of th Revised Code if the taxpayer elected a nonrefundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code;

(13) The credit for purchases of new manufacturing machinery and equipment under section 5733.31 or section 5733.311 of the Revised Code;

(14) The second credit for purchases of new manufacturing machinery and equipment under section 5733.33 of the Revised Code;

(15) The job training credit under section 5733.42 of the Revised Code;

(16) The credit for qualified research expenses under section 5733.351 of the Revised Code;

(17) The enterprise zone credit under section 5709.66 of the Revised Code;

(18) The credit for the eligible costs associated with a voluntary action under section 5733.34 of the Revised Code;

(19) The credit for employers that establish on-site child day-care under section 5733.37 of the Revised Code;

(20) The ethanol plant investment credit under section 5733.46 of the Revised Code;

(21) The credit for purchases of qualifying grape production property under section 5733.32 of the Revised Code;

(22) The export sales credit under section 5733.069 of the Revised Code;

(23) The credit for research and development and technology transfer investors under section 5733.35 of the Revised Code;

(24) The enterprise zone credits under section 5709.65 of the Revised Code;

(25) The credit for using Ohio coal under section 5733.39 of the Revised Code;

(26) The refundable jobs creation credit under division (A) of section 5733.0610 of the Revised Code;

(27) The refundable credit for tax withheld under division (B)(2) of section 5747.062 of the Revised Code;

(28) The credit for losses on loans made to the Ohio venture capital program under sections 150.01 to 150.10 of the Revised Code if the taxpayer elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code.

(B) For any credit except the refundable credits enumerated in divisions (A)(26), (27), and (28) of this section, the amount of the credit for a tax year shall not exceed the tax due after allowing for any other credit that precedes it in the order required under this section. Any excess amount of a particular credit may be carried forward if authorized under the section creating that credit.

Sec. 5747.80. Upon the issuance of a tax credit certificate by the Ohio venture capital authority under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, a credit may be claimed against the tax imposed by section 5747.02 of the Revised Code. The credit shall be claimed for the taxable year specified in the certificate issued by the authority and in the order required under section 5747.98 of the Revised Code. If the taxpayer elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code, and the amount of the credit shown on the certificate exceeds the tax otherwise due under section 5747.02 of the Revised Code after all credits, including the credit allowed under this section, are deducted in that order, the taxpayer shall receive a refund equal to seventy-five per cent of that excess. If the taxpayer elected a nonrefundable credit, the amount of the credit, claimed in that order, shall not exceed the tax otherwise due after all the taxpayer's credits are deducted in that order.

Sec. 5747.98.  (A) To provide a uniform procedure for calculating the amount of tax due under section 5747.02 of the Revised Code, a taxpayer shall claim any credits to which the taxpayer is entitled in the following order:

(1) The retirement income credit under division (B) of section 5747.055 of the Revised Code;

(2) The senior citizen credit under division (C) of section 5747.05 of the Revised Code;

(3) The lump sum distribution credit under division (D) of section 5747.05 of the Revised Code;

(4) The dependent care credit under section 5747.054 of the Revised Code;

(5) The lump sum retirement income credit under division (C) of section 5747.055 of the Revised Code;

(6) The lump sum retirement income credit under division (D) of section 5747.055 of the Revised Code;

(7) The lump sum retirement income credit under division (E) of section 5747.055 of the Revised Code;

(8) The credit for displaced workers who pay for job training under section 5747.27 of the Revised Code;

(9) The campaign contribution credit under section 5747.29 of the Revised Code;

(10) The twenty-dollar personal exemption credit under section 5747.022 of the Revised Code;

(11) The joint filing credit under division (G) of section 5747.05 of the Revised Code;

(12) The nonresident credit under division (A) of section 5747.05 of the Revised Code;

(13) The credit for a resident's out-of-state income under division (B) of section 5747.05 of the Revised Code;

(14) The credit for employers that enter into agreements with child day-care centers under section 5747.34 of the Revised Code;

(15) The credit for employers that reimburse employee child day-care expenses under section 5747.36 of the Revised Code;

(16) The credit for adoption of a minor child under section 5747.37 of the Revised Code;

(17) The credit for purchases of lights and reflectors under section 5747.38 of the Revised Code;

(18) The job retention credit under division (B) of section 5747.058 of the Revised Code;

(19) The credit for manufacturing investments under section 5747.051 losses on loans made under the Ohio venture capital program under sections 150.01 to 150.10 of the Revised Code if the taxpayer elected a nonrefundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code;

(20) The credit for purchases of new manufacturing machinery and equipment under section 5747.26 or section 5747.261 of the Revised Code;

(21) The second credit for purchases of new manufacturing machinery and equipment and the credit for using Ohio coal under section 5747.31 of the Revised Code;

(22) The job training credit under section 5747.39 of the Revised Code;

(23) The enterprise zone credit under section 5709.66 of the Revised Code;

(24) The credit for the eligible costs associated with a voluntary action under section 5747.32 of the Revised Code;

(25) The credit for employers that establish on-site child day-care centers under section 5747.35 of the Revised Code;

(26) The ethanol plant investment credit under section 5747.75 of the Revised Code;

(27) The credit for purchases of qualifying grape production property under section 5747.28 of the Revised Code;

(28) The export sales credit under section 5747.057 of the Revised Code;

(29) The credit for research and development and technology transfer investors under section 5747.33 of the Revised Code;

(30) The enterprise zone credits under section 5709.65 of the Revised Code;

(31) The refundable jobs creation credit under division (A) of section 5747.058 of the Revised Code;

(32) The refundable credit for taxes paid by a qualifying entity granted under section 5747.059 of the Revised Code;

(33) The refundable credits for taxes paid by a qualifying pass-through entity granted under division (J) of section 5747.08 of the Revised Code;

(34) The refundable credit for tax withheld under division (B)(1) of section 5747.062 of the Revised Code;

(35) The credit for losses on loans made to the Ohio venture capital program under sections 150.01 to 150.10 of the Revised Code if the taxpayer elected a refundable credit under section 150.07 of the Revised Code.

(B) For any credit, except the refundable credits enumerated in divisions (A)(31) to (35) of this section and the credit granted under division (I) of section 5747.08 of the Revised Code, the amount of the credit for a taxable year shall not exceed the tax due after allowing for any other credit that precedes it in the order required under this section. Any excess amount of a particular credit may be carried forward if authorized under the section creating that credit. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to allow a taxpayer to claim, directly or indirectly, a credit more than once for a taxable year.

Sec. 6111.31.  Appliances, equipment, machinery, and structures comprising all or a part of an industrial water pollution control facility as defined in section 6111.01 of the Revised Code, and installed pursuant to the approval of the environmental protection agency or any other governmental agency having authority to approve the installation of industrial or other water pollution abatement or control facilities, and which is initially placed in operation, or is initially capable of operation on or after December 31, 1965, shall be excepted from personal property taxes, franchise taxes and sales and use taxes, as provided in this section. Application for an industrial water pollution control certificate shall be filed with the director of environmental protection in such manner and in such form as may be prescribed by regulations adopted and promulgated by the director and shall contain plans and specifications of the structure or structures, including all materials to be incorporated therein, and a descriptive list of all appliances, equipment, and machinery to be used as an industrial water pollution control facility. Within thirty days after receiving such an application, the director shall forward a copy of the application to the tax commissioner. The director shall promptly determine whether such application should be allowed or disallowed, in whole or in part, and shall give notice of such determination by mail to the applicant, the tax commissioner, and the auditor of the county or counties in which the structure or items described in the application will be located.

Within fifteen days after the date of the mailing of such notice the applicant, the tax commissioner, or such county auditor may apply in writing for a reconsideration of the director's determination and request the director to hold a hearing on such application. Upon receipt of such application for reconsideration and request for hearing, the director shall set a date for such hearing and send notice thereof by mail to all persons notified of the filing of such application. Such hearing shall be held not less than fifteen nor more than thirty days from the date of the mailing of the notice thereof.

If no application for reconsideration and request for hearing is filed within such period of fifteen days, the director's determination shall be final. If such application and request is filed, the director, after such hearing, shall finally determine whether the application for an industrial water pollution control certificate should be allowed or disallowed, in whole or in part, and shall send notice thereof by mail to all persons notified of the application for reconsideration.

If any determination of the director which has become final contains a finding that any of the structures or items enumerated in the application for a certificate will be an industrial water pollution control facility, the director shall issue an industrial water pollution control certificate to that effect.

The effective date of such certificate shall be the date when the item or items described therein are acquired or when title to or possession of such item or items is first transferred to the applicant or when construction of any structure or structures enumerated therein begins, whichever is earlier, provided such application shall not relate to facilities placed in operation or capable of operation prior to December 31, 1965, and shall remain in force and effect until revoked or modified as provided by section 6111.32 or 6111.33 of the Revised Code.

Upon the issuance of a certificate the director shall send, by certified mail, such certificate to the applicant and a certified copy thereof to the tax commissioner and to the county auditor of the county or counties in which any property to which the certificate relates is located. The county auditor shall file such certified copy of the certificate of record in his the auditor's office.

Sec. 6111.311. As soon as is practicable after receiving a copy of an application for an industrial water pollution control certificate from the director of environmental protection under section 6111.31 of the Revised Code, the tax commissioner shall provide a copy of the application and of any accompanying documentation to the county auditor of the county in which the facility is located. The copy shall be accompanied by a statement showing an estimate of what the assessed value of the facility would be, based on the appropriate assessment percentage, if the facility were to be taxable, and an estimate of the taxes that would be chargeable against the facility computed on the basis of the rate of taxation in the taxing district in the year in which the application is received. The tax commissioner is not required to provide the copy or statement if, before doing so, the tax commissioner receives notice of the director's determination allowing or disallowing the application. Within sixty days after receiving such a statement, the county auditor shall issue a notice to the taxing authority of each taxing unit in which the facility is or is to be located, unless the county auditor has, within that period, received notice of the director's determination allowing or disallowing the application. The notice shall state that an application for an industrial water pollution control facility has been filed for the facility; the estimated assessed value of the facility shown on the statement; the annual amount of taxes that would be charged and payable on that value at the current rate of taxation in effect in the taxing unit; and that, if approved, the application entitles the facility to exemption from taxation and the taxing unit may be required to refund any taxes on the facility accruing after the certificate becomes effective. The tax commissioner shall issue an amended statement if, after the original statement is issued, the estimate of such assessed value increases or decreases by more than ten per cent of the estimated value shown on the most recently issued statement or amended statement, and the county auditor shall issue an amended notice reflecting such change.

The tax commissioner's statement and the county auditor's notice are issued exclusively for the purpose of notifying taxing authorities of the potential for a refund of taxes paid on an industrial water pollution control facility before a pollution control certificate is issued. The statement and notice are not appealable by any person and do not constitute an assessment that is subject to a petition for reassessment by the taxpayer. The notice issued by the county auditor does not constitute a notice required by law to be given for the purpose of section 5717.02 of the Revised Code.

SECTION 2.  That existing sections 122.171, 149.43, 718.01, 718.14, 5703.21, 5733.98, 5747.98, and 6111.31 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.

SECTION 3. The enactment by this act of sections 5709.211 and 6111.311 of the Revised Code applies to applications for air and noise pollution control certificates and to applications for industrial water pollution control certificates filed on or after the effective date of this act.

The enactment of those sections also applies to such applications filed before the effective date of this act if such a certificate has not been issued before January 1, 2004. With respect to such applications, the Tax Commissioner shall issue the statements required by those sections as soon as is practicable after that effective date, and county auditors shall issue the notices required by those sections within sixty days after such a statement is received by the county auditor.

SECTION 4. (A) As used in this section, "qualifying taxpayer" means a person satisfying all of the following:

(1) The person disputes the valuation or assessment of one or more parcels of real property classified according to use as commercial real property;

(2) The person filed an original complaint against the valuation or assessment of such property under section 5715.13 or 5715.19 of the Revised Code that was dismissed by a county board of revision, the Board of Tax Appeals, or a court for lack of jurisdictional validity upon finding the filing of the complaint was the unauthorized practice of law;

(3) The person has not paid in full the taxes, assessments, or charges due on the valuation or assessment of such property for the tax years to which those complaints relate.

(B) A qualifying taxpayer or a qualifying taxpayer's attorney may file, with the Board of Tax Appeals, a complaint with respect to property described in division (A) of this section and with respect to any tax years to which the original complaints related and occurring within one sexennial reappraisal period within the ten years preceding the effective date of this section. The complaint shall be filed on or with any forms, prescribed by the Tax Commissioner under section 5715.30 of the Revised Code or otherwise, for the filing of a complaint under section 5715.13 or 5715.19 of the Revised Code, and such a form shall constitute a proper form for filing a complaint with the Board of Tax Appeals under this section if the filing otherwise complies with this section. At the same time as the complaint is filed, the qualifying taxpayer shall file a notice of the complaint with the county board of revision with which the original complaint was filed. The complaint and the notice of complaint shall be filed not later than six months after the effective date of this section. The board of revision, upon receiving notice of the complaint, shall notify, by certified mail, any person that was a party to any proceeding on the original complaint conducted by the board of revision, and file proof of such notice with the Board of Tax Appeals. Notwithstanding sections 5703.02, 5715.13, 5715.19, and 5717.01 of the Revised Code, the Board of Tax Appeals is hereby vested with original jurisdiction to hear and determine such complaints.

Upon the proper and timely filing of a complaint under this section, the Board of Tax Appeals shall proceed as otherwise prescribed in section 5717.01 of the Revised Code to hear the complaint on the basis of the evidence offered to the Board of Tax Appeals, or to cause its examiners to hear the complaint on such evidence and report their findings to the Board. The Board of Tax Appeals shall certify its action to the county auditor. Notwithstanding section 5715.22 of the Revised Code, if the Board of Tax Appeals finds that the amount of taxes, assessments, and charges paid for the tax years to which the complaint relates exceeds the amount due for those years, the county auditor shall not draw a warrant for the refund of the overpayment or any portion thereof, and shall not credit the overpayment or any portion thereof against the amount of any taxes, assessments, or charges that may be due in the future from the qualifying taxpayer. The county auditor shall adjust the amount of taxes, assessments, and charges shown to be due on the current tax list from the years to which the complaint relates in accordance with the Board's finding, and shall certify such adjustment to the county treasurer, who shall adjust the tax duplicate accordingly. The finding of the Board of Tax Appeals under this section may be appealed by the parties and in the manner prescribed under section 5717.04 of the Revised Code for the institution of appeals from decisions of the Board of Tax Appeals determining appeals from decisions of county boards of revision.

(C) It is the intent of the General Assembly to exercise its authority under Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 28, to pass a general law authorizing courts to carry into effect, upon such terms as are just and equitable, the manifest intention of parties, and officers, by curing omissions, defects, and errors in instruments and proceedings arising out of their want of conformity with the laws of this state. This section is remedial legislation and does not affect pending or past complaints where jurisdiction over a complainant absolutely vested with a county board of revision. It is the intent of the General Assembly that if a board of revision never had jurisdiction over a complainant because the complainant's previous complaint failed to vest jurisdictional validity because of an unauthorized practice of law violation, then no rights have vested with respect to the determination of the total valuation or assessment of a commercial parcel owned by the complainant, and, as such, there is not a reasonable expectation of finality with regard to said determination. Further, it is the intent of the General Assembly that this section merely modifies the existing right of a property owner, granted under sections 5715.13 and 5715.19 of the Revised Code, to file a complaint against a determination of the total valuation or assessment of a commercial parcel owned by the complainant, by expanding the statute of limitations under which a complaint can be filed.

SECTION 5. Section 4 of this act is hereby repealed on the first day of the seventh month beginning after the effective date of this section.

SECTION 6.  Instead of the $8,459,014 amount applying to Youngstown State University in Section 19.47, Debt Service Formula Allocation, of H.B. 675 of the 124th General Assembly, $6,959,014 applies to Youngstown State University for purposes of that section, notwithstanding the order in which H.B. 675 and this act are enacted.

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