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Reps. Roegner, Buchy Release Statements on ODE Announcement Regarding State Tests and Student Participation

State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today applauded an announcement by the Ohio Department of Education stating that, for the 2014-15 Ohio School Report Cards, there will be additional information regarding participation of students in state tests last year and how this impacts the achievement measure score and grade for schools.

 
 
Ohio House of Representatives Committee Passes Bill to Require CPR Training for High School Students

Yesterday the Ohio House Education Committee passed Sub. House Bill 113, which would require CPR training for high school students entering 9th grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2016. House Bill 113 was sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville).

 
 
Rep. Nathan Manning Applauds Passage of Legislation Allowing Sale of Wines at Local Farmers Markets

State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) yesterday announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 178, legislation he sponsored. The bill would allow certain wine manufacturers to participate at farmers markets that obtain a liquor permit.

 
 
Legislation shields addresses of victims from public records
January 27, 2016
Ohio House Passes Legislation to Establish Address Confidentiality Program in Ohio

State Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) today announced passage of House Bill 359, legislation he sponsored with Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville), which establishes for the first time in Ohio an Address Confidentiality Program for stalking and domestic violence victims.

 
 
State Rep. Maag Announces Passage of Legislation Honoring Fallen Warren County Hero

State Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) today announced passage of House Bill 256, legislation that would designate a portion of State Route 48 between Interstate 71 and State Route 38 in Warren County as the “SFC Bobby Lee Estle Memorial Highway.” 

 
 
Legislation Would Replace "Mental Retardation" Throughout the Revised Code
January 26, 2016
State Rep. Dever Announces Passage of Bill to Update Intellectual Disability References in Ohio Code

State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) today announced the unanimous passage of Sub. House Bill 158, which replaces the use of “mental retardation” throughout the Ohio Revised Code. The legislation replaces this insensitive term with “intellectual disability” where applicable.

 
 
Ohio House Announces Plans for Bipartisan Task Force on Medical Marijuana Issue

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and State Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) today announced plans for the Medical Marijuana Task Force, which will work to review the issue of medical marijuana in the state of Ohio.

 
 
State Rep. Sprague Announces Support for CDC Opioid Prescription Guidelines

State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today announced his support for the recent CDC report, “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.” Sprague, joined by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), says that he plans to submit a letter of support for the guidelines to the CDC during its public comment period.

 
 
Rep. Perales Introduces Legislation to Protect Military Families

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) introduced legislation yesterday to exempt military deployment orders from public records requests on public employees.  House Bill 423 is aimed to provide military families with the security, privacy and peace of mind they deserve while their family member serves away from home. The bill includes all armed forces including both Ohio National Guard and reservists.

 
 
State Representative Anne Gonzales
January 6, 2016
Guest Column: Reducing Our Children's Risk for Abusing Drugs

According to the CDC, we are in the height of flu season, meaning many of us will find ourselves running to the local pharmacy to pick up some cold medicine. The most common over-the-counter cough medicines, however, contain an ingredient called dextromethorphan. While low doses of this ingredient are key to helping us fight our cold, some youth have taken up the practice of drinking an entire bottle, which can prove fatal.