The Ohio Senate has passed what is being called the most comprehensive state biopreferred program in the nation. Governor Ted Strickland is expected to sign the bill. Upon becoming law, the bill would establish a bio-based product purchasing program requiring state entities along with colleges and universities to give purchasing preference to bio-based products as long as the products are comparable in price, performance and availability. The bill does not apply to the purchase of motor vehicle fuel, heating oil or electricity.
The bill does adopt product standards and approved product lists established by the Federal government as part of the Federal BioPreferred purchasing program.