Representative Derek Merrin - House District 47
 

11.15.17 - Rep. Merrin's Repeal Of Prescription Eyewear Tax Receives Expedited Approval

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) announced that the Ohio House and Senate have agreed to incorporate the language of House Bill 116, repealing the sale and use tax on prescription eyeglasses, into Amended Senate Bill 8. The agreement came during Wednesday’s Senate Bill 8 Conference Committee, a process for compromise between the two legislative bodies. Representative Merrin initially introduced House Bill 116 in March with the bill receiving a nearly unanimous vote on the House floor in September.

 
 

11.03.17 - Bill Prohibiting Abortions On Unborn Children With Down Syndrome Passes Ohio House

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 214, the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, joint-sponsored by Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) and Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland).

 
 

09.20.17 - Ohio House Approves Bill Repealing Tax On Prescription Eyewear

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House today passed House Bill 116, sponsored by State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), which eliminates the sales and use tax on eyeglasses, frames and contacts. 

 
 

05.22.17 - Op-Ed: State Best Equipped To Deal With Lead Issue

 
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The following op-ed written by Rep. Derek Merrin was printed in the Toledo Blade:

For three decades, the Ohio Department of Health has been leading the fight against lead poisoning. It has made progress, but more must be done.

 
 

05.10.17 - Ohio House Passes The "Epinephrine Accessibility Act"

 
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The Ohio House today passed House Bill 101, sponsored by State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), which seeks to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and accessible for Ohioans who rely on the medication to treat a life-threatening allergic reaction.

 
 

05.04.17 - Representative Derek Merrin Adds Seven Amendments To Budget

 
COLUMBUS - 

On Tuesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget. Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) successfully championed and added seven key amendments to the budget bill.

 
 

04.28.17 - Rep. Merrin Releases Statement On Budget Amendment Regarding Lead Abatement

 
COLUMBUS - 

Regarding an amendment he submitted to Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget, State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) released the following statement:

 
 

04.28.17 - Rep. Merrin Releases Statement On Budget Amendment To Protect Ohioans From Lead Exposure

 
COLUMBUS - 

Regarding an amendment he submitted to Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget, State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) released the following statement:

 
 

03.29.17 - Rep. Merrin's Bill Ends State Employees' Insurance Free Ride

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 169, which would require many state employees to effectively pay 15 percent of the total cost for their dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums. The legislation impacts exempt state employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements, including state legislators, agency directors, and executive staff.

 
 

03.08.17 - Representative Derek Merrin Introduces Bill Repealing The Sales Tax On Prescribed Eyewear

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 116 that eliminates the sale and use tax on eyeglasses, frames, and contacts. Prescription eyewear is the only prescribed medical product sold in traditional retail stores that is taxed in Ohio. Taxpayers would save an estimated $23 million annually from the sales tax repeal on prescribed eyewear.

 
 

02.28.17 - State Representative Derek Merrin Introduces The "Epinephrine Accessibility Act"

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 101, known as the “Epinephrine Accessibility Act,” which seeks to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and accessible. National media has reported on the sky-rocketing cost for EpiPens, produced by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which is reported to control about 90 percent of the epinephrine auto-injector market. The price for EpiPens has increased about 500 percent in recent years, standing at a $600 retail price.

 
 

02.16.17 - Representative Derek Merrin Introduces "Fuel Tax Transparency Act"

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has introduced the “Fuel Tax Transparency Act” that would require a sticker to be placed on all retail fuel pumps displaying federal and state fuel tax rates.  Ohio currently imposes a 28-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel. The federal tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and a 24.4 cents for diesel fuel.

 
 

01.06.17 - Merrin Sworn In As State Representative Of The 47th House District

 
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State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 47th Ohio House District, which includes portions of Fulton and Lucas counties. This will be his first full term as state representative.

 
 

12.30.16 - Rep. Derek Merrin Succeeds In Repealing The Financial Institutions Tax On SBIC's

 
COLUMBUS - 

Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has succeeded in his efforts to repeal Ohio’s Financial Institutions Tax on Small Business Investment Companies, or SBICs. In September, Representative Merrin introduced House Bill 592, launching the drive to repeal the tax. 

 
 

09.22.16 - Rep. Derek Merrin Appointed To Three Ohio House Committees

 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has been appointed to serve on three Ohio House committees including Health and Aging, Insurance, and Ways and Means. Each committee hears bills on a variety of issues relevant to its particular focus.

 
 

09.19.16 - Ohio Rep. Derek Merrin To Hold District Office Hours In October

 

State Representative Derek Merrin today announced that he will be holding office hours in the 47th Ohio House District in October. These office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Merrin and discuss any questions or concerns they may have about state-related issues.

 
 

09.12.16 - Representative Derek Merrin Proposes Tax Change To Support Small Businesses

 

Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has introduced legislation to repeal the Ohio Financial Institutions Tax (FIT) on Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). The FIT became effective in Fiscal Year 2014 on financial institutions that do business in Ohio as a replacement for the corporate franchise tax.

 
 

09.06.16 - Rep. Derek Merrin To Hold District Office Hours In September

 

State Representative Derek Merrin today announced that he will be holding office hours in the 47th Ohio House District in September. These office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Merrin and discuss any questions or concerns they may have about state-related issues.

 
 

08.30.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Derek Merrin: Working For You At The State Capitol

 

In August, I was honored to be appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives to serve as your state representative. I have a strong passion for public service, and I’m looking forward to taking my commitment to Columbus to ensure your voice is heard at the Statehouse. Please let me take a moment to introduce myself and share my goals with you.

 
 

08.02.16 - Derek Merrin Sworn In As State Representative Of The 47th Ohio House District

 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has been sworn in as state representative of the 47th House District. The House Republican Caucus voted to appoint Merrin to fill the vacant seat.