Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
 Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
 House Session
House Session
Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
 House Session
House Session
House Session
House Session
 House Session
House Session
 Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
 

State Representative Jack Cera, a native of Bellaire, Ohio (Belmont County) first served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1983-1996.  At that time, he represented Ohio House District 99, which encompassed Belmont, Monroe, Noble, and the northern part of Washington Counties.  He returned to the legislature in 2011 when he was appointed to serve as the State Representative of then House District 95.  With redistricting taking effect in 2012, he now represents Ohio House District 96, which includes all of Jefferson County, all of Monroe County, and portions of Belmont County.

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Representative Cera Serves In the Following Committees :

Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentConference Committee on HB49FinanceWays and Means
 
 
 
 

08.22.17 - Cera Announces Release Of $300,000 For Infrastructure Improvements At Local University

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the release of over $300,000 in state funds for infrastructure repairs at Ohio University Eastern (OUE) campus, located in Belmont County. The funding was approved yesterday by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“OUE provides affordable and quality education to many local residents and students from nearby communities,” said Cera. “These infrastructure improvements will make OUE’s campus more appealing, accessible and welcoming to current and prospective students. I look forward to seeing the state support more development projects in Belmont County.”

 
 

07.10.17 - State Raids Severance Tax Fund To Pay Off Unrelated Grand Lake St. Marys Lawsuit Settlement

 

Over objections from state Controlling Board member Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), the Republican-controlled panel tasked with oversight of state spending approved a Kasich Administration request today to pay off a Grand Lake St. Marys landowners’ lawsuit against the state using severance tax revenue from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources oil & gas fund. Republicans slipped the maneuver into the state budget at the eleventh hour with no debate or notice.

“Lawmakers should be held accountable for resorting to one-time cash-grabs and shell games to prop up unstable budgets and poor job growth,” Cera said. “This sheds new light on the dangerous and dishonest financial tricks lawmakers will play to bolster political talking points. This funding should be used to put people back to work in Eastern Ohio at good-paying jobs that can sustain a family and let us plan for our future.”

The cash-grab to pay off the almost decade-old lawsuit makes use of some $15 million in severance tax funds that are normally required to be used for related oil and gas drilling needs in impacted communities. Republicans state lawmakers already transferred $10 million from the fund to prop up the state budget shortfall early in June.

“This multi-million-dollar cash grab by the state shows where Columbus politicians’ priorities are – not with hardworking taxpayers and property owners in Eastern Ohio,” Cera added. “After almost ten years to plan for a lawsuit settlement in the western part of Ohio, state officials failed to responsibly plan for the future and instead are robbing our area of what’s rightfully ours.”

The settlement comes on the heels of the state budget vote. Cera tried to amend the budget to dedicate at least $10 million in severance tax money for infrastructure repairs and related services in Eastern Ohio communities. His efforts were defeated along party lines.

Cera, the lead Democrat on the House budget committee, has been an outspoken on the need to return severance tax revenue to local communities in Eastern Ohio for job training, safety and infrastructure improvements and economic development.

 
 

06.23.17 - Cera Questions Kasich Administration On Using Severance Tax Revenue To Balance State Budget

 

During the first meeting of the budget conference committee Thursday, Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) questioned Budget Director Tim Keen on the amount of revenue generated by the state severance tax on oil and gas, arguing that any excess revenue should be redirected to the Eastern Ohio communities most impacted by the oil and gas industry.  

In response to a question from Rep. Cera, Director Keen indicated that the severance tax is generating millions of dollars more than is needed to run the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ regulatory program, but that the Kasich administration proposes to use the excess shale revenue to help fill the hole in the state budget instead of helping eastern Ohio. 

“It’s bad enough that this budget shortchanges eastern Ohio’s schools and local governments and does nothing to create new, good-paying jobs – now they are going to steal eastern Ohio’s severance money too,” Cera stated. “The governor and the Republican legislature needs to recognize that these severance tax dollars come from our natural resources and out of the pockets of hardworking taxpayers in eastern Ohio.” 

 
 

06.22.17 - Cera Seeks To Improve Health Of Ohio Coal Miners With Black Lung Disease

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) yesterday offered testimony in front of the House Insurance Committee Members on House Bill (HB) 99, legislation to create an alternative procedure for filing workers’ compensation claims for coal miners with black lung disease to better ensure those affected receive fair and necessary benefits.

“As an Eastern Ohio native and elected official, I am dedicated to improve the health and well-being of our state’s coal miners,” said Cera. “This bill sets up procedures to give Ohio coal miners with black lung disease an opportunity to receive temporary benefits while awaiting confirmation for federal benefits.”

 
 
 

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Representative Jack Cera
District 96
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3735
Fax      (614) 719-6995
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Hometown : Bellaire
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term