(3-11-19) The Ohio House of Representatives voted for the new state transportation budget last week. The bill will now move to the Ohio Senate. The new bill will eliminate the use of a front license plate. Ohio has required a front plate since 1908, except 1944-46 when Ohio wanted to conserve steel for the war effort. Ohio is presently one of 36 states that require a front license plate. The bill must be adopted by March 31 to take effect July 1 when the state fiscal year begins.
The elimination could save Ohio $1.4 million a year, according to analysis from the Legislative Service Commission
It is not the first time the measure has been in front of lawmakers, it failed to pass as recent as 2017. In the past it has been opposed by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio.