Representative Andy Thompson - House District 95
 

11.14.17 - Guest Column: Preventing Fraud A Key Component Of Responsible Spending

 
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When you or someone you know fall on hard times, like after a sudden job loss, assistance programs are there to fill in the gaps until you get back on your feet. In Ohio, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and more to help citizens in need. But like anything else, fraud can exist in these programs, which leads to a waste of taxpayer money that should be going towards the truly needy.

 
 

11.02.17 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Anti-BDS Resolution From House Committee

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced the passage of Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 10 from the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. The resolution condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and increasing incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States. 

 
 

11.01.17 - Rep. Thompson Applauds Passage Of Bill Prohibiting Abortions On Unborn Children With Down Syndrome

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the passage of House Bill 214, legislation prohibiting abortions on unborn children who have or may have Down syndrome.

 
 

10.12.17 - Rep. Thompson Applauds Passage Of Legislation Supporting Veterans' Organizations

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation granting certain veterans’ organizations an exemption from property taxes.

 
 

09.28.17 - Rep. Thompson Champions Anti-BDS Effort

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today held a press conference at the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial at the Statehouse to discuss legislation he is sponsoring along with Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) that condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and increasing incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States.

 
 

09.22.17 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Legislation Eliminating Tax On Prescription Eyewear

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced passage of House Bill 116, sponsored by State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), which eliminates the sales and use tax on prescription lenses, frames, contacts or other devices that aid an individual’s vision.

 
 

09.14.17 - Column From Rep. Thompson: Constitution Of The United States: A Guiding Document

 
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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” 

 
 

08.31.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: CAUV Tax Reform To Provide Relief To Ohio Farmers

 

Agriculture is one of Ohio’s most important industries, employing one out of every seven Ohioans in a related job. Not only that, but the industry contributes billions of dollars to our economy and helps keep our families fed. A crucial aspect of keeping the agriculture sector successful is to support our farmers and ensure they are able to afford and maintain their land.

 
 

08.10.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Bureau Of Workers' Compensation Rebates Right Move For Ohio Businesses

 

For the third time in four years, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced that it will be refunding more than $1 billion to Ohio’s businesses. As always, I am a staunch supporter of any effort to put more money back into the hands of individuals and our job creators. It is our job as policymakers to enact and encourage measures that will result in the growth and success of Ohio’s economic environment.

 
 

07.28.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: The State Budget: A Checks-and Balances Process

 

During the final week of June, the end of the last fiscal year, a conference committee of the Ohio House and Senate agreed upon a version of the biennial state operating budget, the spending plan for the state for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. As a part of the typical budget process, Governor Kasich considered the legislation, made more than forty line-item vetoes, and signed the bill. In a historic and unprecedented effort, the Ohio House made a stand and voted to override 11 of the governor’s vetoes. The last time there were multiple overrides of a governor’s vetoes was in 1977. The veto process now moves on to the Senate for consideration. There may still be additional override efforts to come; at least that is what I hope.

 
 

06.30.17 - State Rep. Thompson Votes To Send Budget Bill To Governor

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has approved the conference committee report on Amended Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget. With a major focus on combating Ohio’s dangerous drug epidemic and ensuring that schools receive adequate funding, the legislation provides support to areas most in need and keeps spending under the rate of inflation over the biennium. 

 
 

05.25.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Promoting Fair And Fair Markets Through Renewable Energy Reforms

 

House Republicans, in general, contend that business decisions are better directed by the market than by government, and I am no exception to that rule. Often, mandates established by the government prove to be burdensome and costly to business and ultimately, to consumers onto whom costs are passed. It is imperative to consider whether specific mandates do as much good as they are intended to and how we can remedy any that do more harm than good.

 
 

05.25.17 - Representative Thompson Applauds Continuation Of Ohio Sales Tax Holiday

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) yesterday applauded the passage of Senate Bill 9 by the Ohio House of Representatives, which would create a sales tax holiday during the first weekend of August 2017.

 
 

05.18.17 - Rep. Thompson Speaks On Bill Aimed At Boosting Local Control For School Districts

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) this week offered sponsor testimony on legislation he recently introduced aimed at boosting local control for school districts and reducing the stress placed on students caused by frequent testing. Currently being vetted in the House Education and Career Readiness Committee, the bill works to establish stability for teachers and encourages student success in the classroom.

 
 

05.12.17 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of "Epinephrine Accessibility Act"

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced passage of House Bill 101, the Epinephrine Accessibility Act, which seeks to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and accessible for Ohioans who rely on the medication to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.

 
 

04.25.17 - Rep. Thompson Introduces Bill Aimed At Boosting Local Control For School Districts

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) recently introduced legislation aimed at restoring local control to school districts and reducing testing in Ohio, establishing stability for teachers and encouraging student success in the classroom.

 
 

03.31.17 - Rep. Thompson Announces House's Approval Of Reforms To State's Energy Requirements

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation that would make Ohio’s renewable energy standards optional, promoting business growth in the state.

 
 

03.28.17 - Small Reforms Aid In Fight Against Drug Abuse

 
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One of the most pressing issues that state is dealing with—both at the community and government level—is the outbreak of drug abuse and addiction. Considering every component of this issue, my fellow members and I in the Ohio House are enacting legislation to take on Ohio’s drug epidemic, from cracking down on drug dealers and traffickers to enabling better access to rehabilitative care for the drug-addicted.

 
 

02.17.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Honoring Our Chief Executives This Presidents' Day

 

As I dive into my fourth and final term as your state representative, I am once again reminded of the importance and role of leadership. This comes to the forefront of my mind as we celebrate Presidents’ Day, which this year falls on Monday, February 20. Pausing to consider the service and achievements of all the chief executives of the United States aids in fostering a greater appreciation for our country.

 
 

02.06.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Legislative Priorities During The 132nd General Assembly

 

The 132nd General Assembly is off to a busy start—hearings in Finance Committee on the biennial state operating budget have begun and a number of bills have already been introduced. It is my fourth and final term as your state representative, and after six years serving in the legislature, I am especially committed to my priorities during this session. These priorities range from issues that involve my expertise to those more urgently impacting my district and the state as a whole.

 
 

01.31.17 - Rep. Andy Thompson Appointed To Three Ohio House Committees

 

COLUMBUS— Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced that State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has been appointed to serve on three Ohio House committees.

 
 

01.19.17 - Guest Column: "Right To Try" Legislation Provides Alternative To Traditional Treatments

 

Those of us who have a very sick family member or friend recognize that a terminal illness is painful not only for the patient, but also for their loved ones. Conventional treatment methods are sometimes insufficient to improve a patient’s condition, especially those battling cancer, a neurological disorder, and other serious and progressive forms of illnesses. It is all too easy to give up hope in these situations, but investigational drugs may offer a pathway to survival.

 
 

12.21.16 - Combatting Ohio's Opioid Addiction

 
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With the year coming to a close and many things on the docket to complete, one of the most urgent was the passage of Senate Bill 319. Our homes and families have been ravaged by the epidemic that has gripped Ohio for the last few years: opioid addiction.  Last year, 3,050 people died from unintentional overdoses, the highest number on record for our state. This startling statistic along with the data from the last few years has placed Ohio at the top of the list for opioid related deaths. Ohio should be at the top of many lists, but not this one.

 
 

11.22.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Honoring Our Veterans And Making Their Lives Easier

 

Earlier this month, we celebrated Veterans Day. Each year on November 11 is set aside the time to honor those who have heeded the call to serve, and with it, the need to make sacrifices for our country. One day is really a pittance when it comes to thanking our brave veterans, but year-round, the Ohio House considers legislation that addresses the needs of our service people, from naming portions of highways in recognition of those who have given their lives to enacting policies that make the transition back into civilian life a little easier.

 
 

10.03.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Sparing Ohio Businesses From Paying Millions In Debt

 

The recession was a difficult time for Ohioans and their families, forcing many to turn to Ohio’s unemployment compensation system when they found themselves faced with that unexpected layoff. Our unemployment compensation system is there for exactly those unfortunate occasions, and it works as a safety-net until individuals are able to regain their footing.

 
 

08.19.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Ohio's Business Climate Is On The Rise

 

One of the most important tasks a legislature can accomplish is to promote security for its citizens. Among these tasks, job security always proves to be at the top of the list. In order for our state to prosper, Ohioans must be afforded the opportunity to contribute to our workforce, making our state a better place to work and live.

 
 

08.03.16 - Ohio State Rep. Thompson To Hold District Office Hours In August

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced that he will hold district office hours throughout the month of August.

 
 

07.13.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Taking Advantage Of Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday

 

It may be the middle of summer, but the first day of school for the kids of the 95th Ohio House District is quickly approaching.

 
 

06.28.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Celebrating Our Country This Fourth Of July

 

On this day, the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, people all across the nation engage in traditional celebrations of our nation’s independence, with cookouts, fireworks, parades and the like. However, in the recent past, in the eyes of many Americans the 4th of July has become little more than that; a day off of work and a time for socializing. We seem to have lost a sense of a deeper purpose and more profound meaning that July 4 has for our nation.

 
 

06.02.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Addressing Performance Audits At Ohio Colleges

 

Our state colleges and universities must adapt and act to adopt policies that protect Ohio students to ensure the most economic and beneficial college experience. One major policy issue that must be improved upon at our public higher education institutions is affordability. The high rate of student debt is a predominant issue faced by our universities, which is why we must ensure that we pass legislation to help these institutions address this and other problems.

 
 

05.18.16 - Rep. Thompson Applauds Ohio House Opposition To EPA's Clean Power Plan

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 29, legislation announcing the Ohio House’s opposition to the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

 
 

05.11.16 - Rep. Thompson Honors The Waterford High School Girls Basketball Team

 

Today, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) presented a resolution to the Waterford High School girls basketball team, honoring them as the Division IV State Champions.

 
 

05.04.16 - Rep. Thompson Votes To Send Community Improvement Legislation To Governor

 

During today’s session, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) voted in support of Senate Bill 310, legislation that helps fund various community improvement projects around the state. Having cleared both legislative chambers, the bill now awaits final consideration by Governor John Kasich.

 
 

04.08.16 - Ohio Legislature Holds Committee Hearing In Marietta On Legislation To Improve

 

The Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee held public testimony on House Bill 214 in Marietta Wednesday at Solvay Advanced Polymers. House Bill 214, sponsored by State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), would allow for local authorities to determine the most suitable piping material for constructing, developing, maintaining, rebuilding, or improving local water and sewer pipeline infrastructure.

 
 

03.02.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Empowering Our Economic Engine & Getting Regulations Right

 

A vibrant economy starts with a welcoming business climate. A welcoming business climate is one that is respectful of our entrepreneurs and employs a common-sense approach to regulation and taxation. There are many initiatives aimed at helping Ohio businesses succeed, in addition to attracting new business investment within the state. One indispensable program that is aimed at getting regulations right is the Common Sense Initiative (CSI).

 
 

02.24.16 - Rep. Thompson Calls On The University Of Cincinnati To Release Its Findings On Groundwater Fracking Study

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today called upon the University of Cincinnati (UC), Department of Geology to release their full findings surrounding the multi-year Groundwater Research of Ohio (GRO) study.

 
 

02.23.16 - Rep. Thompson Welcomes State Of The State To Marietta

 

Following the announcement this morning that Governor John Kasich would be holding this year’s State of the State address in Marietta on April 6th, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) released the following statement:

 
 

02.17.16 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Bill Waiving Concealed Handgun License Fee

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that would waive the concealed handgun license fee for applicants who are currently serving in or who have retired from the United States military.

 
 

02.08.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson: Fighting Ohio's Drug Epidemic

 

It is no secret that in recent months there has been an increase in scrutiny of opioid prescriptions across Ohio and the nation. Amidst the revelation of how easily pain can be treated with just a couple pills, the highly addictive nature of these powerful opioids was overlooked. Now we are faced with a significantly higher drug overdose death toll in Ohio. It has become clear that the time to act is now so more Ohioans do not fall victim to these elusive drugs.

 
 

02.04.16 - Rep. Thompson To Introduce Bill Allowing Retiring Law Enforcement Officers To Keep Police Dogs

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) will soon be introducing legislation addressing the auction of police dogs.

 
 

01.27.16 - Rep. Thompson Votes For Legislation Allowing Performance Audits At State Colleges And Universities

 

During today’s session, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) voted in favor of House Bill 384, legislation that gives the Auditor of State the authority to conduct performance audits of state universities, as well as state, community and technical colleges. The legislation is geared at increasing efficiency and identifying cost-saving measures in Ohio’s higher education system.

 
 

01.27.16 - State Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Legislation To Establish Address Confidentiality Program In Ohio

 

Today State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced passage of House Bill 359, which establishes an Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Ohio. 

 
 

12.17.15 - Rep. Thompson To Hold District Office Hours In January

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced that he will hold district office hours throughout the month of January.

 
 

12.11.15 - Where Ohio Went Wrong In Education And How We Start A Turnaround

 

Common Core: It’s on the lips of parents, politicians, school board members, teachers. We hear lots of jargon in the education realm about "standards, testing, and local control (or lack thereof)" not to mention the urgency of "college and career readiness." We have seen parents revolting against excessive testing, nonsensical, non-benchmarked crazy math that befuddles the most accomplished engineers and accountants, and large numbers of teachers retiring early rather than having to endure the new mandates, testing, and curriculum.  Threats have been issued from Washington, DC warning that if parents and teachers don't conform, then our districts may lose federal funding. One doesn’t need a PhD to see that more than 50 years of increasing federal involvement (via the influx of federal dollars) have left Ohioans more frustrated, fearful, and confused than ever.

 
 

12.08.15 - Rep. Thompson Vote For Measure To Lift Ban On US Crude Oil Exports Clears Ohio House

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today voted for a resolution encouraging the export of oil in the United States.

 
 

11.24.15 - Guest Column: Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

 

Thanksgiving will be upon us shortly.  Each of us has much for which to be thankful—our health, our homes, our communities, and our amazing country. These can be dangerous times, and the U.S.A. remains a beacon of freedom and a land of opportunity for those around the world.

 
 

10.23.15 - Guest Column From State Representative Andy Thompson

 

As your state representative, perhaps the toughest challenge we have to contend with is the epidemic of opioid drug abuse. Thousands of families are affected; you may very well have a story to tell that has affected your family profoundly.

 
 

06.26.15 - State Rep. Thompson Applauds Passage Of Conference Report On State Operating Budget

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today voted in support of Amended Substitute House Bill 64, the state operating budget. The legislation lowers the income tax, ensures funding for Ohio schools, freezes tuition costs on colleges and helps small businesses.

 
 

06.25.15 - Rep. Andy Thompson Applauds House Passage Of Bill To Evaluate State's Tax Structure

 
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During yesterday’s Ohio House session, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) voted in favor of House Bill 9, legislation to improve the way state tax expenditures are tracked and monitored.

 
 

06.24.15 - Rep. Thompson Votes For House Resolution Prohibiting Constitutional Monopolies

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today voted for a resolution that would block any proposal of a constitutional amendment that would create a monopoly in the state.

 
 

04.15.15 - Rep. Thompson Votes To Create Permanent Online Tax Expenditure Database

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today voted in favor of House Bill 46, legislation that greatly improves government transparency by making it easier for Ohioans to search state government spending during each fiscal year.

 
 

03.17.15 - Rep. Andy Thompson Applauds Passage Of Bill Protecting Elders From Financial Exploitation

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the “Ohio Elder Justice Act” passed the House during today’s session. The legislation would strengthen the laws protecting elders from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

 
 

11.06.14 - Committee Action Taken On Bill That Repeals And Replaces Common Core Standards In Ohio

 

State Representatives Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today applauded the committee movement of House Bill 597, legislation that would fully repeal and replace Common Core standards in Ohio. 

 
 

09.19.14 - Recent Legislation Provides Opportunities For Tax Relief And Academic Credit For Our Veterans

 

Our servicemen and women are some of the most cherished and well-respected citizens throughout the country, and Ohio is proud to be home to approximately 900,000 veterans. The transition of coming home and easing back into civilian life is often difficult for many veterans, which is why the Ohio House has recently passed legislation to assist with this process.

 
 

07.29.14 - House Takes Action On New Common Core Legislation

 

COLUMBUS—Representatives Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today at a press conference announced that they have introduced a new placeholder bill that will fully repeal common core standards in Ohio and replace them with proven, high standards and assessments, ensure confidentiality of student data and return control to Ohioans.

 
 

03.27.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces House Passage Of Bill Encouraging Use Of Alternative Fuels

 
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State Representative Thompson (R-Marietta) announced the passage of a bill that seeks to incentivize the use of alternative fuel like compressed natural gas (CNG) in Ohio.

 
 

03.24.14 - Rep. Thompson To Host District Town Hall Event

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) will be hosting a town hall event on Monday, March 31st in an effort to hear from the residents of the 95th House District.

 

 
 

03.13.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Concurrent Resolution To Encourage Protection Of The Right Of Habeas Corpus

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) yesterday applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Concurrent Resolution 41, which  urges the Attorney General of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2012. 

 
 

02.28.14 - Rep. Thompson Votes To Send Life-saving Naloxone Bill To Governor

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives concurred on Senate changes to Substitute House Bill 170, legislation that aims to reduce drug-related deaths by reversing the effects of certain drugs on the brain.

 
 

02.27.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Bill To Reduce The Misuse Of Rx Drugs In Hospice Settings

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the diversion of opioids from their intended use in a hospice care setting.

 
 

02.21.14 - Rep. Andy Thompson To Hold District Office Hours In Carrollton And Cadiz

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) will be holding district office hours in an effort to speak with the residents of the 95th House District and gain their ideas and feedback.

 
 

02.19.14 - Memorial Highways To Honor Ten Fallen Service Members And One Fallen Law Enforcement Officer

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ vote of concurrence on House Bill 19 with the Ohio Senate’s changes, legislation that designates several memorial highways in honor of eleven local heroes.

 
 

02.19.14 - Ohio House Adopts Resolution In Support Of Israel

 
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Following the adoption of House Resolution 340, which seeks to commend Israel for its relationship with the United States and support the self-governance and self-defense of Israel, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), who sponsored the resolution, issued the following statement.

 
 

02.13.14 - Rep. Thompson Encourages Local College Grads To Apply For Statehouse Fellowship

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The commission, which works closely with the legislative caucuses of the Ohio General Assembly, will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members and staff at the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate during 2015.

 
 

01.23.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Bill To Establish Greater Rights For Foster Youth

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation to revise Ohio law pertaining to child custody, guardians ad litem, and foster caregivers, to ensure that minors who are involved with Ohio’s children services agencies are treated just like every child in the state of Ohio.

 
 

01.22.14 - Thompson Announces House Passage Of School Safety Legislation

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced that today, the Ohio House of Representatives passed bipartisan school safety legislation that strengthens existing law and maintains local control for school districts when developing their school safety plan.

 
 

01.22.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Bill Requiring The Reporting Of Drug-Dependent Newborns

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) announced today that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation to better monitor the births of babies who are dependent on addictive drugs.

 
 

01.16.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Legislation To Provide More Rights To Rape Victims

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 257, legislation that gives women more control over parental rights if their child was conceived as a result of rape or sexual battery.

 
 

01.16.14 - Rep. Thompson Announces House Passage Of Legislation Providing School Credit Option For Religious Instruction

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed House Bill 171, which provides schools with the option of awarding credit to students for religious instruction received during released time from school.

 
 

12.09.13 - Local Students Participate In Christmas Music Series At Ohio Statehouse

 
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Sixty-eight students from Warren Local High School choir and hand bell ensemble today performed at the Ohio Statehouse as part of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board’s Christmas music series.

 
 

11.18.13 - School Safety Issues Bring Lots Of Ideas To Statehouse

 

Throughout the year, the Ohio House has been working on measures to keep our state’s schools safe for students, teachers and faculty. This is a great example of an issue where everyone involved has the same intentions and goals at heart, but might not always agree on the best way of achieving them.

 
 

11.13.13 - Rep. Thompson Applauds Resolution To Limit EPA Regulations

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded House Concurrent Resolution 29, which he sponsored, after its passage through the Ohio House of Representatives.  The initiative calls for the President of The United States to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent regulations that will limit fuel diversity and increase energy costs.

 
 

11.13.13 - Rep. Thompson Presents Commendation To Veterans Hall Of Fame Inductee Carlos Easterday

 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) recently attended the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where he presented a House commendation to inductee Carlos Easterday.

 
 

11.06.13 - Column: HCR 29/Fuel Diversity

 

Last month, House Concurrent Resolution 29—legislation that I and seven co-sponsors put together—was voted out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

 
 

10.21.13 - House Committee Passes Resolution To Keep Ohio Energy Affordable And Reliable

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed House Concurrent Resolution 29, which urges President Barack Obama to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s pursuit of regulations that will damage Ohio’s energy economy and restrict fuel diversity.

 
 

08.21.13 - Stopping Human Trafficking In Ohio An Ongoing Battle

 

The abundance of human trafficking violations in Ohio is surprising in some ways, and not so surprising in others. Ohio is a transportation and commercial hub for many things, both legal and illegal. In the past year, there were 30 cases of domestic sex trafficking reported, involving 38 victims and 21 traffickers, according to a report issued in June by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

 
 

07.18.13 - State Budget Paves Way For More Economic Growth In Ohio

 

Entering the budget process at the beginning of the year, it was important to me that the final version be something that would further foster the economic growth and momentum that Ohio has initiated over the previous three years. During that time, our state has experienced the creation of 170,000 private sector jobs and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped steadily from nearly 11.0 percent to 7.0 percent, well below the national average.

 
 

07.10.13 - Rep. Thompson Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/ThompsonConstituentSurvey.

 
 

06.26.13 - Rep. Thompson Votes To Ban Red-Light, Speed Cameras

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation that would prohibit municipalities, counties, townships and the state highway patrol from using red-light cameras and speed cameras to assist in the enforcement of traffic laws.

 
 

06.25.13 - Ohio House Working To Minimize Harmful Effects Of Obamacare

 

As a legislator, father, and employee at a small business, I can’t think of an issue more detrimental to our fundamental freedoms than the so-called Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. It seems the more we find out about the law, the more concerns it raises. Whether your concerns are the intrusions into your privacy, the soaring cost of health premiums, losing your choice of physician, having your small business socked with penalties, or the potential to explode our national debt into outer space, Obamacare has it all.

 
 

06.18.13 - Legislation Honoring Fallen Ohioans Passes Ohio House

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 19, legislation that designates several memorial highways in honor of 10 local heroes.

 
 

06.12.13 - Rep. Thompson Joins Ohio House In Urging Congress, Obama Administration To Address Veterans' Benefits Delays

 
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In an effort to help military veterans gain access to critical treatment, the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 21, which urges President Barack Obama, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Congress to take prompt action to reduce the processing time for veterans’ disability claims.

 
 

05.23.13 - The Rev. R.J. Leek Offers Opening Prayer During Ohio House Session

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) was pleased to welcome the Rev. R.J. Leek to the Ohio Statehouse to give the opening prayer during yesterday’s House session. Pastor Leek is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz in Harrison County.

 
 

05.22.13 - Rep. Thompson Applauds Passage Of Legislation To Help Veterans Obtain Employment

 
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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 98, legislation that strives to assist Ohio’s newest generation of veterans by helping them find employment upon returning home from deployment.

 
 

05.17.13 - House Budget Plan Makes Positive Reforms For Ohio

 

Under most circumstances, the bills that are brought before the Ohio House and Senate address only one or two subjects. That is not the case with the state budget, which deals with several subjects and, specifically, how those subject areas will be funded.

 
 

05.03.13 - Rep. Andy Thompson On "Ohio In Focus"

 

Rep. Andy Thompson provides an update on what actions are being taken at the Statehouse in this episode of "Ohio in Focus."

 
 

04.30.13 - Looking For Ways To Keep Our Children Safe

 

Sadly, we are occasionally reminded that there are dangerous people in this world who do unexpected things at unexpected times. The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the bombing at the Boston Marathon are a couple of the most recent examples.

 
 

04.24.13 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Resolution Urging Repeal Of Federal Excise Tax

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 6, which urges Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the new medical device tax that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 
 

04.19.13 - Am. Sub. H.B. 59 Increases Funding For Schools, Cuts Income Taxes, And Begins To Transform Health Care In Ohio

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan, comprehensive state operating budget that provides crucial assistance to schools and community programs, while at the same time reducing the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers.

 
 

04.18.13 - Rev. Homer Harden Offers Opening Prayer During Ohio House Session

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) was pleased to welcome the Rev. Homer Harden to the Ohio Statehouse to give the opening prayer during yesterday’s House session. Pastor Harden is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

 
 

04.10.13 - Rep. Thompson Announces "Shared Work" Legislation Passes Ohio House

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed House Bill 37, legislation that creates the SharedWork Ohio Program.

 
 

03.26.13 - Free Volunteer Firefighters' Training To Be Held In May

 
MARIETTA - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio fire marshal’s office is offering free weekend training to help volunteer firefighters meet state certification requirements.

 
 

03.21.13 - Rep. Thompson Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Surveys

 
COLUMBUS - 

In an effort to obtain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) is encouraging his constituents to fill out and return legislative surveys. Rep. Thompson seeks to gauge the thoughts and views of his constituents on issues ranging from Ohio’s economy to requiring photo IDs when voting on Election Day.

 
 

03.19.13 - Rep. Thompson Announces House Passage Of Legislation To Help The Unemployed Get Back To Work

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 2, which requires all applicants for unemployment insurance to register with OhioMeansJobs.com prior to applying for benefits.

 
 

03.19.13 - Rep. Thompson Announces Passage Of Legislation To Rebrand Ohio's Workforce Development Centers

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 1, which strives to streamline Ohio’s workforce development efforts and make it easier for Ohioans to utilize the resources that are available to them.

 
 

03.18.13 - Jobs Remain Top Focus Of Ohio House

 

The first bill to pass out of the Ohio House of Representatives during the previous General Assembly in January 2011 established JobsOhio. Since that time, Ohioans have created more than 120,000 jobs, moving the state from 48th in the nation in job creation to number four.

 
 

03.06.13 - Thompson Introduces "Health Care Freedom Act" To Protect Ohioans From Federal Taxes And Penalties

 
COLUMBUS - 

At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, State Representatives Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) discussed recently introduced legislation that protects Ohio employers and residents from the penalty provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 
 

02.28.13 - Pastor John Powell Offers Opening Prayer During Ohio House Session

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) was pleased to welcome Pastor John Powell to the Ohio Statehouse to give the opening prayer during today’s House session. Pastor Powell is the pastor of Caldwell Church of the Nazarene in Caldwell, Ohio.

 
 

02.12.13 - Reps. Thompson, Green Offer Sponsor Testimony On AUP Audits Legislation

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Doug Green (R-Mount Orab) today testified before the House State and Local Government Committee in support of House Bill 6, which strives to lower auditing costs for political subdivisions and increase these entities’ participation in audits.

 
 

01.23.13 - Rep. Thompson To Serve As Vice Chair Of Agriculture And Natural Resources Committee

 
Columbus - 

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) has appointed State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) to serve as the vice chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

 

 
 

01.07.13 - Andy Thompson Sworn In As State Representative Of The 95th House District

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 95th Ohio House District, which includes Carroll, Harrison and Noble counties, as well as portions of Belmont and Washington counties.