The summer months here at the Ohio House mean a break from regular committee meetings and session. It’s a time for representatives to focus on legislation and research, while also visiting their districts and meeting with their constituents on a more regular basis.


For many representatives, it’s also an opportunity to study issues that are more specific but that are affecting Ohioans every day. I had the opportunity this summer to be appointed as Vice Chair of the Unemployment Compensation Debt Study Committee. This bipartisan committee travels around the state to discuss the state of Ohio’s Unemployment Trust Fund and the effects it’s had on citizens and the business community.


So far, we have held three hearings—one in Columbus at the Statehouse, one in Mansfield and one in Springfield. Our first committee hearing focused on the Department of Job and Family Services and how they view this issue from their standpoint. The second and third hearings gave us the opportunity to hear from Ohioans in the Mansfield and Springfield areas who have dealt with unemployment on a personal level as well as a small business level. All three of the gatherings provided tremendous insight into the impacts that the unemployment debt issue has had on Ohioans, as well as what measures should be taken in order to pay off unemployment compensation debt. The next hearing is scheduled for September 29th in Miamisburg.


Although I’m not a member of the second study committee, I’m very interested in seeing the results of its findings. The Law Enforcement Perspectives on the Drug Epidemic & Its Impact on Families Study Committee is in the process of holding hearings to address the state of drug abuse and addiction in Ohio and how the issue has risen to an epidemic situation. Committee hearings have taken place in Wilmington, Marion, North Canton and Cincinnati. Topics included community impact, scope of the issue from the viewpoint of law enforcement officials, sentencing issues and employment/academic perspectives on the drug epidemic.


Unfortunately, the drug problem is not only having statewide consequences, but consequences right here in our own district. Chillicothe has been hard hit by this issue, and I have been privileged to stand alongside Mayor Jack Everson to see new policies and procedures be enacted with tremendous success. Although the problem is not solved, I will continue to help Mayor Everson and other officials around the district to continue to be successful in their efforts.  


I look forward to continuing the work on these committees as the legislative recess comes to a close. I am confident that both of these study committees will be able to find permanent solutions for some of Ohio’s most pressing problems. It is also a great way to get representatives, local and state officials, and citizens involved in solving some of Ohio’s most important issues.

 
 
 
  
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