Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
 Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
 House Session
House Session
Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
 House Session
House Session
House Session
House Session
 House Session
House Session
 Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
 

State Representative Jack Cera, a native of Bellaire, Ohio (Belmont County) first served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1983-1996.  At that time, he represented Ohio House District 99, which encompassed Belmont, Monroe, Noble, and the northern part of Washington Counties.  He returned to the legislature in 2011 when he was appointed to serve as the State Representative of then House District 95.  With redistricting taking effect in 2012, he now represents Ohio House District 96, which includes all of Jefferson County, all of Monroe County, and portions of Belmont County.

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Representative Cera Serves In the Following Committees :

Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentConference Committee on HB49FinanceWays and Means
 
 
 
 

09.13.17 - Cera Announces $10,000 Grant For Spirit Of 76 VFD

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced that the Spirit of 76 in Bellaire has been awarded a $10,000 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant.

“The fact that the Spirit of 76 was selected to receive this grant is a testament to the selflessness, dedication and excellence of this volunteer fire department,” said Cera. “These funds will be put to good use, helping to upgrade equipment and make it easier for our local heroes to continue to protect people in our community.”

 
 

09.12.17 - Rep. Cera Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Shield Judges' Personal Information

 

In a show of bi-partisanship, state Reps. Jack Cera (D-Belmont) and Stephen A. Huffman (R- Miami) have joined forces to introduce legislation that excludes the personal and residential information of judges from public records.

House Bill 341 helps protect the personal information on Ohio’s judges in order to keep them and their families safe from disgruntled individuals who wish them harm.

“While there is no guarantee that this legislation would have prevented the recent attack on Judge Bruzzese, it certainly serves as a safety measure. It gives judges the same exemptions that many other public servants receive under Ohio law,” said Cera.

 
 

08.22.17 - Cera Announces Release Of $300,000 For Infrastructure Improvements At Local University

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the release of over $300,000 in state funds for infrastructure repairs at Ohio University Eastern (OUE) campus, located in Belmont County. The funding was approved yesterday by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“OUE provides affordable and quality education to many local residents and students from nearby communities,” said Cera. “These infrastructure improvements will make OUE’s campus more appealing, accessible and welcoming to current and prospective students. I look forward to seeing the state support more development projects in Belmont County.”

 
 

07.10.17 - State Raids Severance Tax Fund To Pay Off Unrelated Grand Lake St. Marys Lawsuit Settlement

 

Over objections from state Controlling Board member Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), the Republican-controlled panel tasked with oversight of state spending approved a Kasich Administration request today to pay off a Grand Lake St. Marys landowners’ lawsuit against the state using severance tax revenue from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources oil & gas fund. Republicans slipped the maneuver into the state budget at the eleventh hour with no debate or notice.

“Lawmakers should be held accountable for resorting to one-time cash-grabs and shell games to prop up unstable budgets and poor job growth,” Cera said. “This sheds new light on the dangerous and dishonest financial tricks lawmakers will play to bolster political talking points. This funding should be used to put people back to work in Eastern Ohio at good-paying jobs that can sustain a family and let us plan for our future.”

The cash-grab to pay off the almost decade-old lawsuit makes use of some $15 million in severance tax funds that are normally required to be used for related oil and gas drilling needs in impacted communities. Republicans state lawmakers already transferred $10 million from the fund to prop up the state budget shortfall early in June.

“This multi-million-dollar cash grab by the state shows where Columbus politicians’ priorities are – not with hardworking taxpayers and property owners in Eastern Ohio,” Cera added. “After almost ten years to plan for a lawsuit settlement in the western part of Ohio, state officials failed to responsibly plan for the future and instead are robbing our area of what’s rightfully ours.”

The settlement comes on the heels of the state budget vote. Cera tried to amend the budget to dedicate at least $10 million in severance tax money for infrastructure repairs and related services in Eastern Ohio communities. His efforts were defeated along party lines.

Cera, the lead Democrat on the House budget committee, has been an outspoken on the need to return severance tax revenue to local communities in Eastern Ohio for job training, safety and infrastructure improvements and economic development.

 
 
 

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Representative Jack Cera
District 96
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3735
Fax      (614) 719-6995
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Hometown : Bellaire
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term