Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that Amended Substitute House Bill 64 will include an amendment creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission.

The commission would be tasked with providing state funding to military installations in Ohio to ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). Totaling $5 million over the biennium, the funds would be available to state and federal installation projects.  Projects would be considered by a board comprised of cabinet members and legislators from the General Assembly with an alternating chair appointed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President every two years.

“As a former member of the Air National Guard, I recognize the importance of a strong national defense,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “The defense facilities throughout our state play strategic roles in the national infrastructure and also provide jobs and stability to many communities. I would like to thank Representatives Rick Perales, Niraj Antani and Mark Romanchuk and others, for their work on this issue, as they have installations in their districts and they understand how important this is to Ohio. The program will help strengthen these defense installations to better serve our communities and our country now and well into the future.”

“This commission is a great example of Speaker Rosenberger’s leadership for economic development in Ohio and support for our men and women who provide our national defense. Ohio military installations will be in a better position to serve our Armed Forces and more competitive during a future BRAC because of this legislation,” said Congressman Mike Turner. “I have enjoyed working with Speaker Rosenberger over the past several months to make this commission a reality.”

“I’m excited Ohio is making a commitment to our national security by creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission,” said Congressman Steve Stivers. “Updating facilities, like Rickenbacker in my district, is a great step towards military readiness and it will support good-paying jobs in our state. It is important for the state and federal delegations to work together as a team to effectively prepare for the upcoming BRAC in order to successfully acquire and maintain new missions for Ohio in the future.”

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