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HB 258 provides some of the nation's strongest protections for the unborn
November 15, 2018
"Heartbeat Bill" Passes Ohio House


COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 258, otherwise known as the “Heartbeat Bill.” If signed into law, the legislation would put in place some of the nation’s strongest protections for the unborn.

 
 
State Representative Johnson Honors Wheelersburg Little League Softball World Series Winners

COLUMBUS—State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) today honored the Wheelersburg 11-12 year old girls softball team for winning the Little League World Series. They are the first team from the state of Ohio to achieve this.

 
 
State Rep. Scherer Named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

COLUMBUS—State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Association of County Boards (OAACB) of Developmental Disabilities. OACB names recipients each year for several different awards. The Legislator of the Year award is given to an elected or appointed official who, having been nominated by the Board of Trustees, has exhibited high accomplishments in legislative leadership for people with developmental disabilities.

 
 
HB 405 part of effort to combat illicit drug trade in Ohio
October 23, 2018
Legislation Cracking Down on Counterfeiting Signed by Governor

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) today announced that legislation he sponsored that specifically creates the criminal offense of counterfeiting in the Ohio Revised Code has been signed by Governor John Kasich.

 
 
House Bill 293 seeks to make Ohio's roads safer, provide new drivers more opportunity for experience
October 18, 2018
Rep. Scherer Leads on Legislation Improving Ohio's Young Driver Licensing System


COLUMBUS—State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville), alongside State Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon), today participated in a press conference to discuss their jointly-sponsored legislation, House Bill 293, a bill lengthening Ohio’s temporary instruction permit time from six to 12 months and instituting nighttime driving protections for new licensees at 10:00 PM.

 
 
Participates in Nationwide Children's Hospital's "On Our Sleeves" Movement
October 11, 2018
State Rep. Carfagna Encourages De-stigmatization of Children's Mental Illness

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) yesterday participated in Nationwide Children Hospital’s kick off for On Our Sleeves, a movement designed to raise awareness, break the stigma and conduct groundbreaking research for children’s mental health.

 
 
Buckeye Art Therapy Association Names Award After State Rep. Anielski

COLUMBUS – State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was honored at the Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s (BATA) 37th Annual Symposium for her work to advance the licensure of art therapists in the state of Ohio with Sub. House Bill 557. After receiving the award last year for her work on Sub. H.B. 557, BATA renamed the award “The Marlene B. Anielski Legislator of the Year Award.”

 
 
Guest Column from State Rep. Al Landis: Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention Helps End the Stigma

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and as the 15th leading cause of death worldwide, it is of vital importance to raise awareness for this issue and provide resources to those in need. Approximately one person succumbs to suicide every 40 seconds—a statistic that is simply mind-blowing—and it’s evident that more needs to be done.

 
 
State Rep. Anielski Sponsored Military Resource Fair in Walton Hills Hosts 500 Attendees


PARMA—Local members of the Walton Hills community came out to the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library to attend the 15th Military Resource Fair. The fair, organized by State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills), sought to connect military personnel with the services available to them through federal, state, county, local businesses and organizations.

 
 
Guest Column from Rep. DeVitis: Ohio Tourism Boosts Economy, Offers Learning Experience for Locals


Oftentimes, many in Ohio look out-of-state for unusual and fun vacation destinations, without realizing that Ohio has a booming tourism industry with many unique options right here at home. It’s incredible what special places you can find in your home state after a little research. In fact, tourism is a major economic driver for the state as a $44 billion industry. In 2017, Ohio welcomed 219 million visitors, most of which come from within a day's drive.