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New Bill Could Change Ohio's Prevailing Wage Laws

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Past bills to alter prevailing wage laws. Tuesday, two Republican lawmakers will try once again.

Two Republican state representatives will unveil legislation Tuesday to change the state’s prevailing wage laws. Ohio’s lawmakers have been trying to alter those laws for a while now.

Since 1931, Ohio has had a law mandating trade workers on certain state and local projects be paid specific hourly wages and benefits. 

Two Republican lawmakers want to ban the mandate that local governments, universities and others pay the prevailing wage, saying doing so will lower the cost of construction projects.

This isn’t the first-time lawmakers have tried to change the law. There were three efforts to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in the last General Assembly, but none passed out of committee.

Trade unions have vehemently opposed those bills. This time, unions and Democrats who backed House Speaker Larry Householder could have a strong say in the matter.