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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.

 
 

State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) this week was appointed by Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to serve as Co-Chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee.

 
 
Highlights Rascal Flatts PSA, legislative, community prevention efforts
August 30, 2018
Rep. Anielski Spreads Awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

COLUMBUS – State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is raising awareness for the approaching World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, September 10, 2018. As the 15th leading cause of death globally, over 800,000 people die by suicide annually, equating to about one person every 40 seconds.

 
 
"Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie" working group holds first meeting
August 29, 2018
Rep. Koehler Commends Legislature's Focus on Water Quality throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS—State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) attended the first meeting of the “Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie” working group, a bipartisan, bi-chamber committee to which he was appointed.

 
 
Rep. Perales Releases Amended Ohio House BRAC Task Force Report

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) has announced the release of an amended Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Military Affairs Task Force Report. The original report was released publicly shortly after a press conference hosted by the BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force on April 29th of this year.

 
 
Guest Column from State Representative Bill Reineke: Vanguard-Sentinel's 50th Anniversary

It was a pleasure to be able to participate in Vanguard-Sentinel’s 50th anniversary on August 16th. I congratulate the staff, teachers, administration and key community members and students that make this education model successful. Career technical education is essential today. Education has to be a collaborative process. VSCTC has partnerships with 15 local high schools and has good relationships with Terra State Community College, Tiffin University and Heidelberg University.

 
 
HB 336 offers relief, incentivizes legal, insured drivers
August 7, 2018
State Rep. Greenspan Applauds Governor's Signing of Driver's License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Bill

COLUMBUS - Legislation sponsored by State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and John Barnes (D-Cleveland), which helps decrease the high number of Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses, was signed recently by Governor Kasich. House Bill 336 creates a short-term program intended to help indigent Ohioans who are unable to afford the reinstatement fee or fines that they have accrued throughout their license suspension. According to bill sponsors, many of these individuals continue to drive, risking further financial repercussion for either themselves or other drivers on the road.

 
 

State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) and Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) held a press conference today to highlight legislation that supports military members, veterans, and their families in Ohio.  

 
 
Rep. Reineke Joins Local Institutions to Announce Enhanced Career Pathways

COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) joined Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC) as they announced a mutual partnership to develop enhanced, seamless career pathways in a variety of programs.

 
 
First-of-its kind partnership between LinkedIn, Ohio's public library system will help build state's workforce, underscores importance of broadband bill
July 17, 2018
Rep. Carfagna Announces Free Access for All Ohioans to LinkedIn's Online Professional Skills Learning Platform

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) participated in a press conference today announcing free access to LinkedIn’s online professional skills learning platform, Lynda.com (Lynda), though Ohio’s public libraries for all citizens in the state of Ohio with a library card.