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COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed Substitute House Bill 2, which will invest the $350 million Strategic Community Investment Fund into projects throughout Ohio, announced State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-Ashland). 

This one-time funding will be administered to statewide, regional, and local projects, with almost $1.3 million which will directly serve Ashland and Medina Counties. 

“I am delighted to see these projects coming to the 67th District,” said Miller. “These investments in our community will have an impact for years to come.”

 
 

COLUMBUS, OH – State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) has issued the following statement on the Ohio House of Representatives voting to override Governor DeWine’s veto of House Bill 68, the SAFE Act and the Save Women’s Sports Act:

“This is a vote to protect women and children.  We must protect our children from making life altering decisions at such an early age – decisions that they will never be able to reverse.  Moms and dads always need to be a part of these critical decisions,” said Miller. “When it comes to women’s athletics, this vote ensures that females can compete on a level playing field, and not against biological males.”  

The veto override now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

 
 

State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) has released the following statement condemning the Hamas bombing into Israel:

 
 
House Committee Begins Hearings on Bill to Address Proposed Highway Interchange in Medina County

The Ohio House Economic and Workforce Development Committee yesterday began hearings on House Bill 276, announced bill sponsors, State Reps. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) and Sharon Ray (R-Wadsworth).

 
 
Miller, Lear's 'The Never Alone Act' Gets First Hearing

State Reps. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) and Beth Lear (R-Galena) spoke at the first hearing for legislation they have introduced, House Bill 236, “The Never Alone Act.” The bill ensures every patient has access to an advocate to be with them in a hospital, nursing home or other congregate care setting - especially during a health emergency.

 
 
Miller, Ray Hold Press Conference on Proposed Highway Interchange in Medina County

Asst. Majority Whip Sharon Ray (R-Wadsworth), State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland), and State Senator Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today held a press conference on newly introduced legislation that came as a result of constituent concerns about a highway interchange in Medina County. The Representatives and Senator were accompanied by leaders and residents of the City of Brunswick and the surrounding communities.

 
 
Miller Completes OSU Public Leadership Academy

State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) is one of 22 elected officials from across the state of Ohio to successfully complete this year’s Public Leadership Academy at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

 
 
Miller, Lear Introduce 'The Never Alone Act'

State Reps. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) and Beth Lear (R-Galena) have introduced “The Never Alone Act” (HB 236) in the Ohio House. The legislation ensures every patient can access someone to advocate for their health, who can be present with the patient during their stay at a facility.

 
 
Ohio House Passes Bill to Modernize Cosmetology and Barber Licensing

The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 158, joint sponsored by State Reps. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) and Melanie Miller (R- City of Ashland). The legislation, which received overwhelming bipartisan support, updates Cosmetology and Barber Board statutes.

 
 
Miller's Bill Modernizing Cosmetology and Barber Licensing Advances in Ohio House

On Tuesday, legislation introduced by State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) and State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) has been unanimously approved by the House Commerce and Labor Committee. The legislation modernizes the statutes authorizing the Cosmetology and Barber Board and updates statutes to harmonize the regulations and processes of the board to better serve licensees.

 
 
By Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina)
June 15, 2013

Typically when there are overturned vehicles and explosions on the streets of Cleveland, I find cause for concern. But with the filming of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” taking place here, Ohioans can consider the Hollywood effects as a very good thing.

 
 
Ohio House Urges Congress, Obama Administration to Address Veterans' Benefits Delays

In an effort to help military veterans gain access to critical treatment, the Ohio House of Representatives  passed House Concurrent Resolution 21, which urges President Barack Obama, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Congress to take prompt action to reduce the processing time for veterans’ disability claims.

 
 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation pertaining to durable power of attorney for health care and access to important health-related information.

 
 

State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of Substitute House Bill 116, which pertains to the capture of animals using tranquilizers and makes changes to laws governing animal euthanasia.

 
 
Ohio House Passes Resolution Honoring Israel's 65th Anniversary

State Representative Peter Beck (R-Mason) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed House Concurrent Resolution 16, which honors the State of Israel on its 65th Anniversary.

 
 

The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed House Bill 105. The bill designates the calendar week including the 17th day of July as “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Week.”

 
 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation that would help keep Ohio businesses competitive and create jobs by assisting companies in having their risks insured.

 
 
Ohio House Passes "Boater Freedom Act"

State Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 29, also known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” which establishes conditions for watercraft safety inspections.

 
 
Ohio House Passes Resolution to Recognize Operation Homecoming

The Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 15 in efforts to commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of Operation Homecoming.

 
 
By Rep. Cheryl Grossman
June 3, 2013

When I first read reports that grades and other records were being manipulated to improve performance ratings at Columbus schools, I was very disappointed—almost to a point of embarrassment that this could happen in Franklin County. Knowing that many students in Columbus City Schools are already struggling, the behavior of those who changed the data only highlighted the many challenges we face in preparing our young people for success. Something had to be done.

 
 
$300k to fund program closing employment gap for minorities, says Reece
October 1, 2015

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece announced a $300,000 job partnership renewal between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati today during a press conference at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio headquarters. 

 

 
 
Former state legislator, congressman sworn in to serve citizens of Mahoning Valley
September 30, 2015
Boccieri appointed to fill 59th House district vacancy

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus today announced former state legislator and U.S. Congressman John Boccieri was sworn-in to represent citizens of the 59th House district. The return to the statehouse marks a full circle for the Poland lawmaker, who began his political career in the Ohio House in 2001 before quickly ascending to the Ohio Senate and then the U.S. Congress.

“It is an honor to again have the opportunity to serve my community and work alongside the dedicated public servants in the Ohio House,” Boccieri said. “I am committed to working toward practical solutions that expand economic opportunities for families in the Mahoning Valley and across Ohio.”

A screening committee led by Caucus Dean Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and including Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) considered three candidates to fill the vacancy. 

“All three candidates impressed the screening committee with their commitment to public service and dedication to fighting for middle class values,” said Cera. “Ultimately, Rep. Boccieri’s extensive public service experience and the recommendation by local Mahoning County leaders contributed to our decision. I am confident we made the right choice and look forward to working with Rep. Boccieri.”

Former Boardman Township Trustee Robin Gallito and Boardman School Board member John Landers were also considered for the seat.

“John’s experience and perspective will be an immeasurable asset to our caucus,” said Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “During his time in Columbus and in our nation’s capital, he built a track record of consistently working to improve the quality of life for Ohio families. We are excited to have Rep. Boccieri on board.”

Boccieri previously served in the Ohio House from 2001-200

 
 

The following statement may be attributed in full or in part to Representative Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), a member of the Energy Mandates Study Committee (EMSC), on the report issued today by the committee. 

 
 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the announcement of Wright State University as the location for the first U.S. presidential debate:

“It is only fitting that Ohio, the quintessential swing state, will host the first presidential debate of 2016. I thank the Commission on Presidential Debates for choosing Ohio, and I have no doubt Wright State University is the right choice to represent the values of the Buckeye State and the hardworking folks who call her home.”

 
 
HB 330 aims to eliminate pay disparities for women that hurt working families
September 23, 2015

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men. 

 
 
HB 330 aims to eliminate pay disparities for women that hurt working families
September 23, 2015

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men. 

 
 
Lawmaker issues registration challenge to College Democrats at Kent State
September 22, 2015

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today introduced House Bill 337 to create “Ohio Voter Registration Day” on the fourth Tuesday of every September. The bill will make Ohio an active participant in the National Voter Registration Day, which is being celebrated today with registration events around the country. 

 
 
Ballot Board members wish to minimize disruption to election officials and voters
September 17, 2015

Ballot Board members State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and former Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) released the following statement today in response to the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision to overturn unlawful ballot language for Issue 3.

Rep. Clyde’s statement:

“I am pleased the Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the Ballot Board to meet again and follow the law this time. I voted against the original language because of its clearly misleading content and omissions. We have a duty to provide fair, unbiased language to the voters. In addition, county election officials are squeezed by an impossible timeline that requires them to print and mail ballots within 24 hours. This is a terrible way to run elections.”

Sen. Turner’s statement:

“The Ohio Supreme Court has rightly sent us back to the drawing board. Now it’s a race against the clock to get new language to the county boards of elections so that they can print their ballots in time to send them to military and overseas voters. It is my hope that we will approve language that clearly and accurately explains the issue to the voters and creates minimal disruptions to election officials who are working hard to serve Ohio’s voters. This last-minute change could have been avoided if the Board had done its duty correctly the first time.”

 
 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in advance of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit* to Ohio State University (OSU) to advocate for changes in the way sexual assault is prevented and handled on college campuses: 

 
 
Lawmaker cites contributions of growing Hispanic population
September 17, 2015

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) announced today that he and Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month in Ohio. The designated month will fall from September 15 to October 15, 2015. 

“Throughout the decades, Americans of Hispanic descent have proudly defended our country in wars and enriched the lives of all Ohioans through contributions to such fields as business, technology, science, education, religion, entertainment, politics, and the arts,” said Ramos, who is of Puerto-Rican descent. “In light of these various contributions to our society, I am proud to formally recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month here in Ohio.” 

 
 
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