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Representative Hughes Introduces Bill Reforming Death Benefits for Families of Deceased Officers

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) has introduced legislation that provides long-overdue structure reform for the compensating and providing of financial security to Ohioans who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty. The bill changes certain details regarding death benefits for families of deceased Ohio public safety officers. While under current law death benefits are only distributed until the first eligible date of retirement (which is at 25 years of service or 48 years of age), under Rep. Hughes’ bill death benefits will be provided through to a full retirement (which is at 33 years of service or 70 years of age).

 
 
Governor Signs Bill Allowing Multi-Jurisdictional Seneca County Drug Court

COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today announced that the governor has signed into law House Bill 354, a bill that Reineke sponsored to enhance efficiency in the way Seneca County courts address low-level drug offenses.

 
 
State Allocates Funds to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Franklin County Gets Boost for Local Projects in Capital Budget
May 2, 2018
Guest Column from State Rep. Laura Lanese


If we want our state to develop and prosper—a goal I think all Ohioans can agree upon—we must invest in the fundamentals to provide a strong foundation upon which to grow. That’s why the legislature passes a state capital budget every other year, a bill that provides funding for roads, bridges, schools, parks, and other necessary public services.

 
 
State Rep. Anielski Hosts Resource Fair for Local Military Personnel

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) hosted a Military Resource Fair at the Broadview Heights Community Center for the benefit of local veterans. The fair consisted of nearly fifty sponsor, vendors and representatives of organizations that provided assistance, employment, information, and services to veterans and their families.

 
 
State Rep. Lanese Announces District Winner of 2018 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition

COLUMBUS—State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) announced Samantha Poor as the 23rd House District winner of the 2018 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition.

 
 
State Rep. Lipps Announces District Winner of 2018  Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition


COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) announced Alyssa Butler as the 62nd House District winner of the 2018 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition.

 
 
Rep. Sprague Participates in Ohio Northern Panel on Opioid Epidemic

COLUMBUS—State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) recently took part in a panel discussion at Ohio Northern University regarding the state’s opioid crisis, which is impacting communities across Ohio.

 
 
House Bill 263 gives restaurant owners the ability to allow dogs in outdoor areas
April 13, 2018
Rep. Lanese Announces House Passage of Legislation Permitting Dogs on Patios

COLUMBUS—State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation to allow Ohio restaurants owners to open their patios to canine customers and their owners.

 
 
Rep. Greenspan Announces House Approval of the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act


COLUMBUS—State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House has approved legislation he sponsored that works to prevent school place bullying, also known as the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act.

 
 
Fixing Setbacks Will Unlock Over $4 Billion in Investment in Ohio
April 11, 2018
Reineke Highlights Needed Reforms to Wind Turbine Setback Regulations

COLUMBUS – State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) was joined by a group of local officials and school representatives in Columbus today to urge support of Senate Bill 238, legislation sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls). The bill will reform wind turbine setbacks passed in 2014, which decelerated wind energy production in Ohio. Communities such as Seneca County, which Reineke represents, have been negatively impacted by these setbacks.