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Ohio legislators introduce resolution to eliminate E-check program

“E-Check imposes a burdensome and costly motor vehicle emissions testing requirements on the citizens of Northeast Ohio and wastes their valuable tax dollars."

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published in February 2020.

On Wednesday, State Reps. Diane V. Grendell (R-Chesterland) and Gail Pavliga (R-Atwater) introduced a new resolution that looks to end the decades-long E-check standards in Ohio.

“E-Check imposes a burdensome and costly motor vehicle emissions testing requirements on the citizens of Northeast Ohio and wastes their valuable tax dollars,” Grendell said.

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The program requires vehicle checks for residents every two years, making sure that each car passes regulatory emission requirements. However, only residents of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties still have to adhere to the program. 

Grendell also says that the E-check program is affecting mostly "middle and lower classes," who have older vehicles. 

The lawmakers say that the program is outdated due to the improved air pollution quality in the United States, thanks to "manufacturing plants shutting down, improvements in car emissions, and raised awareness of the effects of pollution." 

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The resolution has gained 15 cosponsors and is currently awaiting its first committee hearing. 

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