Thursday, June 15, 2000

Register cars online in Ohio

Taft signs three bills into law

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Ohioans will be able to register their cars and file workers' compensation claims over the Internet under legislation that Gov. Bob Taft signed on Wednesday.

        Gov. Taft signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Oelslager, a Canton Republican, that allows Ohioans to register vehicles by phone or on the Internet. Registration fees can be paid by using a credit or debit card.

        Currently, motorists must register by mail or in person with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

        Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Gary Cates, a Republican from West Chester, in jured workers will be able to file claims and complete other transactions with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation over the Internet. Business owners couldpay premiums electronically.

        The bureau runs Ohio's insurance program to process on-the-job injuries.

        Gov. Taft also signed a bill sponsored by Rep. George Terwilleger, a Maineville Republican, that gives electronic contracts, signatures and records the same legal standing as paper documents.

        “Making state government more accessible and more user friendly is a goal of my administration,” Gov. Taft said in a news release. “Ohio needs to do all it can to stay on the leading edge of this technology.”

        All three bills become law in 90 days.


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