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OH Representatives Propose State Funding of Emissions Tests.

The Associated Press (AP) recently reported that Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have proposed a new plan under which the state would pay the cost of vehicle emissions testing for those residing in seven northeast counties where the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that such testing continues.

According to AP, the plan calls for the use of funds received in late 2003 in the settlement of a tobacco case, with the total outlay for E-Check testing expected to be around $25 million.

"This is consistent with the goals of what those dollars have been set aside to do, which is public health and respiratory issues," said house speaker Jon Husted.

Despite the intentions of Husted and the other Republicans, however, AP noted that anti-tobacco activists argue that the funding should be used to support campaigns to help stop smoking.

(AP: 4/7)
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Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
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Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Apr 11, 2005
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