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
 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
 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
House Session
House Session
 Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
 House Session
House Session
 

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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06.16.16 - Eastern Ohio Lawmaker Supports New Law To Reduce Violent Crime

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today applauded the signing into law of Senate Bill (SB) 97, legislation aimed at protecting communities and reducing gun crimes by targeting repeat violent offenders. 

“This legislation is focused on removing the most violent and dangerous criminals from our streets and away from our children and loved ones,” said Cera, who co-sponsored the bill. “By imposing stiffer penalties on violent career criminals, we can help keep our communities safe.”  

 
 

05.25.16 - GOP Lawmakers Reject Proposals To Assist Eastern Ohio Communities

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) yesterday offered several amendments to House Bill 547, the Ohio Budget and Management review bill, aimed at supporting eastern Ohio communities affected by the coal and oil and gas industries. 

Both measures – one to return a portion of severance tax revenue to the communities impacted by oil and gas drilling, another to support abandoned mine reclamation, promote mine safety, and encourage the employment of laid-off mine workers – were rejected by the Republican members on the House Finance Committee. 

“Eastern Ohio is disproportionately impacted by the increase in oil and gas drilling activity, so it is only fair to direct a portion of the severance tax back to the communities whose road and bridges are deteriorating under the weight of increased truck traffic,” said Cera. “I can’t stand by while the state continues to neglect our Appalachian communities.” 

 
 

05.09.16 - Cera Plan Would Assist Communities Impacted By Oil And Gas Drilling

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) last week introduced House Bill (HB) 540, legislation to assist local communities impacted by oil and gas drilling. The Bellaire lawmaker’s proposal would direct a portion of state severance tax revenue to affected communities in order to help them rebuild crumbling roadways and provide fire and emergency services. 

“Eastern Ohio’s roads and bridges are deteriorating under the weight of the increased truck traffic brought by the oil and gas industry. It is only fair that a portion of the severance tax is used to restore our communities’ infrastructure,” said Cera. “This proposal takes surplus dollars over and beyond what is needed by ODNR and sends them back to eastern Ohio.” 

 
 

05.04.16 - Proposal To Lessen State Tax Shifting Rejected By House GOP

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today expressed disappointment that the state legislature rejected an amendment aimed at helping working and middle-class families make ends meet by eliminating the sales tax on everyday essential items, such as feminine hygiene products, disposable baby diapers and non-prescription medications and drugs.

The Bellaire lawmaker offered a floor amendment to House Bill 466, legislation to exempt online advertisements from the state sales and use tax. 

“Just as businesses are seeking to roll back the sales tax shift that has been enacted over the past several years, Ohio’s working families are looking to the General Assembly for help,” said Cera. “Tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest one-percent have been paid for by shifting taxes onto middle-class and working families. This amendment would have helped restore fairness to Ohio’s tax code.” 

 
 
 
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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Leadership Position : Assistant Minority Whip
Hometown : Bellaire
Party : Democrat
Elected Experience :
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term