Guest Column From State Rep. Dave Greenspan
Reflections on Serving House District 16
January 26, 2018
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As we begin the New Year I would like to reflect back on my first year serving the people of the 16th District. I spent 2017 working diligently on various issues facing my district and all Ohioans. It was a very active year, filled with numerous learning opportunities and engaging issues. One of the most important and impactful experiences that I had was the privilege to work on the biennial state operating budget. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead on several budget amendments that not only assisted local communities in the area of public safety but also early childhood education. to mention a few. Additionally, I hosted 15 in-district events, five “Donuts with Dave” and ten roundtables focusing on specific topics such as the opioid epidemic, economic development and aging and long-term care. These events continue to provide me the opportunity to stay connected with my district and to hear from my constituents.

Additionally, I introduced nearly a dozen pieces of legislation. House Bill 38, The Public Safety and Military Protection Act - passed the House unanimously and is waiting for approval from the Senate. House Bill 38 will increase the penalty for murder or assault of a first responder or military member. I have also introduced legislation that provides additional funding for our local communities and legislation that will address the bullying and hazing issues facing our state. Additionally, I sponsored a bill with Representative John Barnes (D-Cleveland) to require the registrar of motor vehicles to establish a six month driver's license reinstatement fee debt reduction and amnesty program. I am proud of the several pieces of legislation that I have introduced with both Republicans and Democrats and many of my bills have received overwhelming bipartisan support.

Alongside my other work, I also served on two House task forces: the Speaker’s Task Force on BRAC and Military Affairs and the Speaker’s Task Force on HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education and Safety). The mission of these task forces is to study the impacts of both of these important issues on our State. I also joined the Ohio House Veterans Caucus which is an informal group aimed at meeting to discuss veterans’ issues and policies

I am proud of our accomplishments over the past year, and am continually honored to be your representative. I am immensely grateful for this experience and know I have the citizens of District 16 and Ohio to thank. I look forward to 2018 and all of the plans in place to better serve our communities.

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