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COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) this week introduced his first bill in the Ohio House, House Bill 115, which he is joint sponsoring with Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green).

 
 
Rep. Carfagna Looks to Empower Nurses for Mental Health Emergencies

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Scott Ryan (R-Newark) recently introduced legislation that would add advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with a psychiatric/mental health subspecialty to the list of authorized professionals who are able to carry out mental health holds.  The legislation, House Bill 111, was previously carried by Carfagna’s predecessor, former Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl, during the 131st General Assembly.  With a 98-0 floor vote, it earned strong bipartisan support in the Ohio House but failed to pass out of the Ohio Senate before year end.

 
 
Rep. Anielski Reads at Independence Primary School As Part of "Right to Read" Week

INDEPENDENCE—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) participated in Independence Primary School’s annual Right to Read Week. She shared her love of books with a rapt audience of kindergarten students. Rep. Anielski shared one of her favorite children’s books entitled “The Best Week Ever.” Resplendent with props, she told the story of how the main character, armed with his magic potions, had the best week ever.

 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) was named a finalist for the ”Public Sector Leadership Award” by the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

 
 
Rep. Landis Launches Local Drug-Free Initiative

COLUMBUS—Today, State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover), in coordination with Jodi Salvo and the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition, officially launched the “Got Your Back” Ohio Drug-Free Initiative, which will be promoted across the 98th Ohio House District to encourage students to remain drug free.

 
 
Representatives Henne, McColley Introduce Bill to Combat Fraud in Medicaid, SNAP

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Mike Henne (R-Clayton) and Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) today announced legislation that would strengthen Ohio's methods for detecting and combating welfare benefit fraud in order to preserve limited resources for the most vulnerable Ohioans.

 
 

Over the past several years, the state of Ohio has been at war, battling against the scourge that is drug abuse and addiction. We’re all aware—heroin, opioids, and other illegal drugs have a detrimental impact on our families and communities. In some way, we are all connected to someone who has been personally affected by this issue. At the state level, we have a moral obligation to enact policies that promote the public health of our state, an objective the Ohio House has been striving towards.

 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation he jointly sponsored that provides intimate partner violence victims with further protections under Ohio law. 

 
 
Ohio House Votes to Relieve Government Entities of Costly Requirement to Send Certified Mail

COLUMBUS—Today the Ohio House voted unanimously to give state agencies, local governments and other government entities an alternative to sending documents via certified mail, a practice that costs these organizations significantly more money than utilizing traditional mail.

 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 101, known as the “Epinephrine Accessibility Act,” which seeks to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and accessible. National media has reported on the sky-rocketing cost for EpiPens, produced by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which is reported to control about 90 percent of the epinephrine auto-injector market. The price for EpiPens has increased about 500 percent in recent years, standing at a $600 retail price.