Following today’s announcement of the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award winners, State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) congratulated the four Lucas County award recipients, two of which are from the 46th House District which is represented by Sheehy in the legislature.
“I was thrilled, but certainly not surprised to see our communities recognized statewide for their bold, pioneering work towards a culture of justice,” said Sheehy, “I extend hearty congratulations and deep gratitude to my neighbors, and look forward to working with them to build bridges between all Ohioans.”
Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) voted 9-1 on Monday to table a set of rules designed to curb nutrient runoff before it enters Lake Erie. The rules are part of an executive order issued by Gov. John Kasich in July.
“Many of us along the lake are disappointed with JCARR’s decision, but certainly not surprised,” said Sheehy. “To say that this legislature has been slow to take any serious action in the wake of the algae crisis would be an understatement, as it seems Republican legislative leadership has taken more action this year to oppose the Governor than they have to save Lake Erie.”
The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved the release of 9.9 million dollars from the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to Lucas, Lorain, and Ashtabula Counties for projects related to the management of dredge material. The funding comes in support of state officials’ goal to end all open-lake dumping of dredge materials by 2020 to mitigate the devastating environmental impact of the practice.
“We know that open-lake dumping can have a devastating impact on lake ecosystems and can even exacerbate the algal blooms plaguing our coastal communities. I am thrilled to hear that the state is offering new support to the communities on the front lines of the algae crisis,” said Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon).
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced that Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio will be one of several parks around the state to see significant improvements following the Ohio Controlling Board’s Monday decision to release $1.6 million in state funds to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for campground area renovations.
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today urged fellow lawmakers to prioritize the passage of House Bill (HB) 293, which seeks to enhance teen driving safety laws.
“Through the diligent work by Rep. Scherer and my colleagues on the House Transportation Committee, we have been able to craft an effective piece of legislation built on compromise,” said Sheehy. “This bill ensures both independence for young drivers and neighborhood safety by allowing more time for young people to learn alongside experienced drivers.”
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $740,000 in state funds to the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at Toledo’s Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT). The disbursement was approved last week by the Ohio Controlling Board, which oversees state spending.
“These funds will be a blessing for our local economy,” said Sheehy. “With so much reinvestment and revitalization, I believe the Rust Belt’s glory days are still ahead of us. It is certainly exciting to gaze on all the technological advancements in manufacturing, and beyond, developing in Northwest Ohio.”
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) joined Elected Officials to Protect America’s Public Lands, a nonpartisan delegation of military veteran lawmakers, from across the nation in travelling to Washington DC last Thursday to urge Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s long-standing conservation and recreation program.
“Joining this dedicated coalition of public servants in our nation’s capital has left me overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of our land and water,” said Sheehy. “Even at a time when division reigns over unity, Republicans and Democrats can still come together for the preservation of our history and our legacy.”
Following a week of dialogue surrounding the algae crisis in Lake Erie’s western basin, State Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) will be joining legislators from around the country next week as part of a coordinated legislative effort in Washington, D.C.
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today expressed concerns that the input of urban communities will be left out of a newly formed joint legislative committee to address harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie’s Western Basin. The committee comes in response to public and industry pressure to further study the one of the most critical issues facing the state.
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today released the following statement in response to Governor Kasich’s recently announced executive order addressing phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Erie:
“The Governor’s executive order is another modest attempt at improving the quality of water in the Western Basin of Lake Erie."