Measure would cut filing fees


COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation to reduce certain filing fees required to start and maintain a business in the state.

The proposal, which cleared the state Senate Wednesday, now heads to Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) for his expected signature.

Several fees, which are collected by the Secretary of State’s office, would drop to $99 from $125. The fees to apply for the right to use or reserve a name for future use would be trimmed to $39 from $50.

The bill also would require the governor’s workforce board to annually review the performance of a jobs website and submit its findings to the governor and legislative leaders. The review would include the number of jobs posted to the OhioMeansJobs website by employers based in the state along with other information.