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Rep. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today celebrated the signing into law of House Bill 154, legislation he introduced to improve safety standards for cyclists in Ohio. The bill, which was joint-sponsored by Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton) and passed both the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support, was signed by Gov. John Kasich this afternoon. 

“This common-sense legislation is so important to the safety of both motorists and cyclists while sharing the road,” said Sheehy. “Several cities and communities have taken the lead on this issue by passing their own bicycle safety laws. This legislation will bring uniformity to our state and undoubtedly make Ohio’s roadways safer for all commuters.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today sent a letter to Governor Kasich urging him to veto House Bill (HB) 554, legislation that dramatically changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” for the next three years.

“This legislation will undermine the economic and job growth of advanced energy businesses like First Solar in northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “Other leading businesses across the nation – and the globe – are turning to renewable energy sources to power their state-of-the-art 21st century facilities. Leading companies such as Apple, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Motors have all publicly pledged to produce one-hundred percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.”

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Thu, Dec 15, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

“Senator John Glenn was a genuine American hero and an exemplary public servant. From humble beginnings in Eastern Ohio to an extraordinary career in military aviation, space exploration, and public service, his legacy will endure in the generations of Americans who find inspiration in his life and accomplishments. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the Glenn family, especially to his wife of 73 years, Annie.”

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Thu, Dec 8, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“Passing this bill threatens local businesses like First Solar, who employs twelve-hundred people here in Northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “House Bill 554 is a reckless measure that will act as an impediment to the growth of the renewable energy industry – both solar and wind. I believe this legislation puts the special interests of big business over the interests of Ohio consumers.” 

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Tue, Dec 6, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today hailed recent calls to action at both the state and federal level for more comprehensive efforts to improve the health of Lake Erie, saying cooperation and unity were key to ensuring the region’s greatest natural resource is adequately protected and preserved for future generations.

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) made a joint plea for the U.S. EPA to step in and designate the open water of Lake Erie’s western basin as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act. The same day, Sheehy offered sponsor testimony on House Resolution (HR) 214, legislation encouraging support for the 2016 agreement between Ontario, Michigan, and Ohio that established a goal of a 40 percent phosphorus reduction in the lake by 2025.  

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Thu, Dec 1, 2016

 State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Orgeon) applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s declaration today of the western Lake Erie watershed as impaired, a designation that could trigger a federal EPA partnership to intensify efforts that limit dangerous runoff and lake contamination. Though Michigan was required to make the declaration under federal law, Sheehy says Snyder’s willingness and promptness shows leadership that can be emulated in the Buckey State.

“I applaud Governor Snyder’s leadership and his vision for a future that includes a safe and clean Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “The vitality of our state’s most precious natural resource is inextricably linked to strong and stable economic growth and safer, healthier families. I urge Governor Kasich to take note of Snyder’s decision and consider doing the same.”

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Thu, Nov 10, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) is excited to announce that Maumee was recently selected as one of four “Best Hometowns” in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. The northwest Ohio citywill be featured in the magazine’s November issue, which reaches sales racks today.

“I am thrilled to see one of our own communities recognized for all the things that it has to offer, such as beautiful landscapes, friendly neighbors and sustainable job opportunities,” said Sheehy. “I have always known that Maumee is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. This latest honor will help shine a spotlight on Maumee and hopefully attract more tourists and future residents.”

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Tue, Nov 1, 2016

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced a legislative proposal aimed at protecting and improving Ohio’s water quality through the establishment of the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program. Under the program, farmers would be incentivized to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching.

“This legislation is an important next step in the continuing effort to maximize crop production, boost farm profit and improve the long term water quality in the state of Ohio,” said Sheehy. “The Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program will give our agricultural partners the viable option of using their land to help reduce pollutants and excessive nutrients from leaching into our streams and rivers, thus protecting our watersheds.” 

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Wed, Oct 19, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently announced that the Ohio Development Services Agency has opened the application process for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, which provides direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of the state’s employers.

“I am hopeful that employers in Lucas County will take advantage of this important opportunity to grow and supplement our skilled workforce,” said Rep. Sheehy. “This program offers educational training opportunities for companies to retain and grow their existing workforce while also improving overall company competitiveness.”

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $740,000 to CIFT, Inc. of Lucas County as part of advancing the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP).

“I am pleased to see the state continue to invest in our local economy by supporting hard working Ohioans in the manufacturing industry,” said Sheehy. “This release of funds for CIFT, Inc. will help to increase the productivity and effectiveness of our regional service partner to provide for the needs of key industry sectors and small manufacturers.”

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016