COLUMBUS—State Representative Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation she sponsored that designates the barn as the official historical architectural structure of the state, highlighting Ohio’s heritage and agricultural legacy.

Brought to Rep. Gonzales by students from the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Program, House Bill 12 works to emphasize the importance of preserving these historic structures, which populate the countryside across the state.

“It is great to see these students get involved in the legislative process and learn how our government works,” Rep. Gonzales said. “Their goal with this bill is to preserve these historic structures and pay homage to Ohio’s rich agricultural heritage, and I’m proud to help do my part in the Ohio House.” 

The students who testified on the bill also discussed how in celebration of the state’s bicentennial in 2003, one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties was chosen and painted with a mural by an artist commissioned by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission to mark the milestone. These designs can still be seen on barns throughout Ohio.

The bill passed 94-0 and now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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