HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A bill that offers incentives to switch to compressed natural gas passed unanimously in the Ohio State House of Representatives.
House Bill 366 would provide tax incentives for entities that convert their vehicles over to operate using CNG. It also would establish a sales tax reduction for those who purchase electric vehicles.
State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Hubbard, who introduced the bill this past fall, said if it passes in the senate, it will make Ohio competitive in the alternative transportation fuel market.
“Using the Utica shale that we have here in Ohio, using our own resources, environmentally friendly. A lot of the members of the House saw that and recognized the importance of this bill,” said O’Brien. “When so many states are doing it, Ohio has to catch up, and this is a step in the right direction.”
The new bill if passed also would create a motor fuel tax on CNG, which would be phased in over five years, that will match the current tax on gas and diesel.