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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 299, known as the Clean Lake 2020 Plan, bipartisan legislation to invest $36 million in efforts to tackle the issue of harmful algal blooms and innovative programs to clean up Lake Erie.

“With the passage of SB 299, the state will be able to truly partner with our agriculture community to help save Lake Erie,” says Sheehy. “As we continue to make progress toward establishing enforceable limits on excessive nutrient loading in the Western Lake Erie Basin, farmers first need to know that the state will have their backs.”

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Thu, Jun 28, 2018

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) announced that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently released details on two adjacent renovation projects to sections of I-75, including Downtown Toledo and the DiSalle Bridge, crossed by tens of thousands of cars daily.

“Toledo is a central point for travelers heading to Detroit, Chicago and New York. With a safe, modern transportation network, we can attract visitors to Maumee Bay State Park and the Museum of Art, and create many new jobs in the process,” said Sheehy, Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee. “With improved ramps and added lanes, getting around the area is going to be much smoother and much safer.”

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Fri, Jun 15, 2018
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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) last week gave sponsor testimony in House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on House Bill (HB) 640, legislation to rename a portion of I-475 in Holland as the Sgt. Alex Drabik Memorial Highway.

“When visitors drive through the town of Holland, it becomes clear why Sgt. Drabik, along with many others, saw it as a home worth fighting for,” said Sheehy. “I introduced HB 640 so others may recognize the rich history and true American heroes of our community.”

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Thu, Jun 14, 2018

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) decried the passage House Bill (HB) 393 in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Tuesday, which would allow waste brine from oil and gas operations to be sold for snow and ice removal on roads and driveways.

“Officials were led to believe that the radioactive, highly toxic byproduct oil and gas material would be safely disposed of. However, under this reckless proposal, it will instead be disposed onto our roads and then seep directly into our water systems,” said Sheehy. “Rest assured, I will be working closely with environmental allies to protect our community from hazardous waste.”

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Fri, May 25, 2018

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) issued the following statement in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Republican speaker:

“The people of Ohio are looking at their state government for guidance during an already turbulent period in America’s history. For the past year, we have seen the devastating results of a federal administration too burdened with scandal and indecision to serve its citizens. Sickeningly, that encumbrance has now fallen on state government as well.

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Wed, May 23, 2018
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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) last week joined Midwest-regional lawmakers and business leaders at the Great Lakes Economic Forum in Montreal to discuss best practices to preserve and protect the Great Lakes from harmful algal blooms and pollution. Sheehy was invited to speak on behalf of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC), a group of legislators from Canada and the U.S. dedicated to the environmental and economic health of the world’s largest freshwater system.

“Not so long ago, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan’s manufacturing industries drove economic growth across the globe,” said Sheehy. “Protecting that progress requires a solid infrastructure, including a diverse energy portfolio and healthy waterways to import and export products. Now, we find ourselves shipping out talent and technology as our Great Lakes continue to be polluted at an alarming rate. Collaborating with other policy makers, industry leaders and advocates is the best way to help clean up this mess.”

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Wed, May 9, 2018

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today responded to new transportation technology concerns shared by lawmakers and industry stakeholders alike as the Federal Railroad Association (FRA) requests comments on the future of railroad automation in the U.S.

Sheehy echoes calls from SMART-Union, an international organization of transportation workers, urging citizens to respond to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) request for information on the future of railroad automation already being implemented in global industrial operations.

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Wed, May 2, 2018

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of the 2018 Ohio EPA Nutrient Mass Balance Study for Ohio’s Major Rivers report, which shows little to no decrease in nutrient runoff —particularly in the Maumee region—despite years of efforts to implement voluntary measures to encourage farmers to use caution when applying fertilizer.

“This new report shows that despite years of deceptive talking points from powerful industry representatives in Columbus, we know where all this excess phosphorus pollution has been coming from,” said Sheehy. “It’s not complicated: if you are causing nearly 90 percent of a problem, you should participate in searching for a solution. Instead, their lobbyists have prioritized fighting against policy solutions and even shifting the blame to urban centers that suffer the worst of these consequences.”

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Wed, Apr 18, 2018
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On the heels of their House resolution calling for the Lake Erie’s open waters to be declared “impaired,” state Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued the following statements in response to the Kasich Administration’s about-face on issuing the declaration – which could mean tighter pollution standards and more resources to protect the Great Lake:

“Today, the governor listened to the needs, fears, and wishes of this legislative body and the people of our great state on the issue of Lake Erie. I want to thank him for finally standing up and calling for Lake Erie to be declared impaired. I look forward to working closely with his office, the people of Toledo, the communities all along Lake Erie, and all Ohioans on cleaning up Lake Erie, returning it to its former glory, and ensuring that it is safe and healthy for years to come.” —state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

“This decision certainly comes as welcome news following years of economic damage in Northwest Ohio. We are thankful for the Governor’s political courage, and that he is joining us in defense of Ohio’s single greatest natural resource against the big-money special interest groups fighting against a solution.” —state Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon)

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Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Ohio House Democrats today celebrated welcome news for the state’s imperiled northern coastline, following a statement by Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman released Wednesday guaranteeing full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The initiative, a $300 million program once-targeted to lose 90 percent of it’s funding in President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget, was one of many federal environmental projects under threat this year. 

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Fri, Mar 23, 2018