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State Representative Andrew O. Brenner (R-Powell) commends the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) today for their reduction of testing time for state assessments. Representative Brenner previously introduced House Bill 74, which called for the reduction of state tests and limiting the time to three hours per year per subject. Fortunately, the ODE has made adjustments that are very similar to those recommended by Representative Brenner in HB 74. Brenner has continued to push for the changes outlined in HB 74. 

 
 

State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) praised the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors today for approving a reduction in rates for local government employers.

 
 
Speaker Rosenberger Issues Statement Regarding Location of First Presidential Debate

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House, Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today released a statement regarding the recently announced location of the first presidential debate, which will take place at Wright State University on September 26th of next year.

 
 

State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) is encouraging area residents who are interested in starting, buying or expanding a small business to attend “Small Business Basics” seminars.

 
 

The Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee today held a hearing today at the MetroHealth main campus in Cleveland, focusing on the topics of Medicaid and aging.

 
 
Rep. Sprague Joins Community Leaders to Discuss New Initiative in Preventing Opioid Abuse

Columbus—With National Recovery Month in full swing, State Representatives Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) held a news conference this morning to urge quick action on H.B. 248, their bill to compel health insurance companies to cover the cost of opioid pain medications formulated with abuse deterrent properties. The bill is currently before the House Health and Aging Committee.

 
 
Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee Holds Summer Hearing in East Liverpool

The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee held a hearing on the Kent State University East Liverpool campus yesterday, listening to testimony on how to help lift Ohioans up and out of poverty.

 
 

State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) has announced that area business owners can apply for a voucher that will assist in training their workers. The Ohio Development Services Agency released application dates for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, which trains employees in areas such as operational skills, certification processes and equipment training in a wide variety of high-demand fields.

 
 

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) issued a letter to US Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz regarding the recent announcement of the potential layoff of up to 500 employees at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

 
 
September 11, 2015
Never Forget

"Today, make sure your loved ones know you love them, thank our first responders, keep our nation and military in our prayers and NEVER FORGET." -Speaker Cliff Rosenberger