Ohio One Step Closer to Consumer Freedom in Vehicle Market

By the SEMA Washington, D.C., office

In a significant victory for consumer freedom, the Ohio GeneralICE in production Assembly has passed SEMA-supported legislation ensuring Ohioans, not the government, decide which vehicles best suit their needs. The bill, H.B. 201, prohibits any state or local government entity from restricting the use or sale of motor vehicles based on their power source, including internal combustion engines (ICE).

Following its passage through the legislature, H.B. 201 now awaits the crucial decision of Governor Mike DeWine, who can sign it into law or issue a veto. This bill represents a significant step forward for proponents of consumer choice, who believe individuals should have the right to select the vehicle that best fits their lifestyle and budget, regardless of its fuel type. Click here to send a letter to Governor DeWine requesting his support for the bill.

"SEMA strongly applauds the Ohio General Assembly for taking a stand for consumer choice in the automotive marketplace," said Christian Robinson, SEMA senior director of state government affairs and grassroots. "Consumers deserve the freedom to choose the vehicle that meets their individual needs, and H.B. 201 ensures just that."

The bill's passage comes at a pivotal time in the automotive industry, with rapid advancements in alternative fuel technologies alongside ongoing concerns about affordability and infrastructure readiness. H.B. 201 safeguards the diversity of options available to Ohioans, allowing them to choose vehicles that align with their budget, driving habits and personal preferences.

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