As the chair of the House Health Committee and co-sponsor of “The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act,” it was my pleasure to work with Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Derek Merrin to pass this important piece of legislation. The passage of this act, House Bill 214, through both the House and the Senate is a step closer towards ending discriminatory abortions based off of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.
State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was present for the signing into law of Senate Bill 27, sponsored by Senator Beagle, along with passionate people from Ohio’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
State Representatives Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) today announced that the Ohio House concurred with Senate amendments to legislation that will expand computer science opportunities to K-12 and allow Ohio high school students to choose computer science instead of classes like geology and Algebra II as graduation requirements. House Bill 170 is supported by some of the biggest tech companies and national computer science organizations, such as Google and Code.org.
The Ohio House today approved House Bill 336, legislation sponsored by State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and John Barnes (D-Cleveland), to help decrease the high number of Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses.
State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced that he has introduced legislation to increase privacy for sexually oriented offense victims within Ohio’s public record law. The legislation, known as the Victims Privacy and Protection Act, exempts from the definition of a public record photographs, videos or other digital media that depicts the victim of a sexually oriented offense at the time of the offense, or when the release would violate their expectation of bodily privacy.
State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that will enhance efficiency in the way Seneca County courts address low-level drug offenses.
State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation creating standards for the use of credit and debit cards by political subdivisions, which he joint sponsored with Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton).
The Ohio House of Representatives today passed a resolution expressing support for the Hyperloop Transportation Initiative.
The Ohio House today voted in favor of the “POW/MIA Remembrance Act” which would expand the use of the POW/MIA military flag at certain state buildings. The legislation would require that the flag, used to honor military individuals who are prisoners of war or missing in action, be flown at state operated buildings on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans’ Day.
During today’s House session, State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as House Assistant Majority Whip, following the departure of Rep. Robert McColley, who has been appointed to the Ohio Senate.