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Ohio House Passes Bill to Conform State and Federal Tax Laws

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 19, sponsored by State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville). This bill seeks to incorporate into Ohio tax law the changes that have been made to federal tax law since February 2016.

 
 
Rep. Butler Honors Richard Palmer on Being Named the 2016 Ohio Certified Public Manager of the Year

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today presented a resolution honoring Richard Palmer on being named the 2016 Ohio Certified Public Manager of the Year.

 
 
Representative Cupp Applauds Passage of Legislation Regarding Penalties for Trafficking and Possession of Cocaine

COLUMBUS—A bill sponsored by State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) today passed the Ohio House by a vote of 97-0. The bill makes changes to drug trafficking and possession laws regarding cocaine. House Bill 4 restores the statutory penalties for possession of cocaine and clarifies the penalties for the trafficking of cocaine.

 
 
State Representative Wes Goodman Honors Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer on His Retirement

COLUMBUS—Today, State Representative Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) presented a resolution honoring Justice Paul E. Pfeifer on his retirement from the Ohio Supreme Court.

 
 
Legislation inspired by local woman who was set on fire by ex-boyfriend
February 14, 2017

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) today introduced legislation that was inspired by a Gahanna woman who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her ex-boyfriend.

 
 
Legislation inspired by local woman who was set on fire by ex-boyfriend
February 14, 2017

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) today introduced legislation that was inspired by a Gahanna woman who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her ex-boyfriend.

 
 
Rep. Jonathan Dever to Co-Chair Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) to co-chair the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Today, Rep. Dever was elected by his peers on the commission to serve as co-chair.

 
 
Representative Cupp Introduces Legislation Regarding Penalties for Trafficking and Possession of Cocaine

COLUMBUS—State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) gave sponsor testimony Wednesday in the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on a bill he introduced to restore the statutory penalties for possession of cocaine. The penalties were undone by the Ohio Supreme Court’s December decision in State v. Gonzales, (Slip Opinion 2016-Ohio-8319). It will also clarify the penalties for trafficking of cocaine.

 
 
Small Business Highlight: Flatlands Coffee
February 8, 2017

Wood County, and the city of Bowling Green in particular, is home to an array of small businesses. Simply take a walk down North Main Street in Bowling Green and you’ll be struck by the variety of local restaurants and bars, and you might even walk past the resident tattoo parlor in the area. One of my favorite places to stop in for a pick-me-up is Flatlands Coffee, fulfilling my need for caffeine and my desire to shop and spend locally.

 
 
House Bill 38 increases criminal penalties for attacks on law enforcement, first responders and military personnel
February 8, 2017

COLUMBUS – State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced the introduction of his first bill as a state representative.  House Bill 38, otherwise known as the “Public Safety and Military Protection Act,” is designed to increase the penalties for violent offenders only in cases when it is the offender's specific purpose to attack a law enforcement officer, first responder, or military member.