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.
 
First and foremost, I plan to reintroduce legislation that concerns orphan wells, also known as improperly abandoned oil and natural gas wells. These orphan wells can pose serious risks, and it is imperative that they are properly and efficiently plugged for the safety of the environment and the public. Under the proposed bill, landowners whose property contains an orphan well will be able to notify the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to receive an inspection within 30 days. The inspection outcome will result in a designation of priority, and wells with a distressed-high priority must be plugged by ODNR within six months.
 
Another important issue to me and our district is education. I also intend to introduce legislation from the 131st General Assembly that addresses ways to restore local control for decisions regarding Ohio’s education system. Our local school districts know what is best for their students and region and should have the ability to reflect their priorities in their classrooms.
 
Finally, a topic of much discussion throughout the state is the drug abuse and addiction epidemic, specifically concerning opioids. The state legislature has adopted many policies and initiatives to combat this epidemic and return Ohio to a better state of overall health. While many of these efforts have saved lives and led countless people to recovery, there is still much work to be done. I believe it is imperative to facilitate training on opioid abuse and addiction for grassroots groups and organizations who are often on the front lines of this issue. Such groups would be better able to respond to support those families affected by this crisis and to marshal community action as well.
 
These are just a few of my primary goals this term, and I welcome your input as well. Together, we can devise appropriate remedies and eventually pass legislation during this general assembly. I am grateful to serve as the representative of the 95th House District and as your voice in Columbus. I hope to continue along that path during my last term to improve our district and our state.

 
 
 
  
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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.



 
 

Rep. Thompson Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Surveys

 
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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.



 
 

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

 
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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.