State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced legislation to require the Ohio EPA director to adopt rules to enforce current federal regulations pertaining to the use of asbestos in new construction. This legislation follows the Trump administration’s recent move to weaken the longstanding framework that determines the risk and appropriate use of toxic chemicals, such as asbestos.

“Far too many people – hardworking people – in the district I represent and around Ohio have died from unnecessary asbestos exposure,” said Ramos. “The existing regulation has been incredibly successful in preventing asbestos-related illness, so it makes no sense to me why the Trump administration is attempting to dismantle this rule now.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio ranks 6th in the nation for asbestos-related disease and death. The agency reports that the toxic chemical, a known carcinogen, has been responsible the deaths of thousands of Ohioans since the 1990s.

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Ramos Proposes Tuition Coverage For Ohio College Students


As Ohio college students don their caps and gowns this month, many will leave school with mountains of debt for four-year degrees. In fact, Ohio families and students face the highest burden of student loan debt in the nation, with the Buckeye State ranking 45th nationally for college affordability. With college out of reach for too many families and students, state Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced legislation to cover 90 percent of the cost for students to attend public college in Ohio. The Ohio Lets Everyone Achieve Right Now (LEARN) tax credit would make Ohio the first state to make college truly affordable for all students.