State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) Monday was named the Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee. This Committee is assigned the task of reviewing various tax laws and other revenue raising measures needed to assist in the daily operation of state government. It also makes recommendations to state programs that have a financial impact on the state budget. Cera serves as the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.

“I am very pleased that leadership has put their faith in my experience and ability to lead on this important committee,” said Rep. Cera. “I look forward to working with the majority party to develop sound fiscal policy that is not only good for the state, but that also promotes the economic well-being of eastern Ohio.”

The House of Representatives has 19 standing committees. House Republicans have slightly altered the committee structure for the 131st General Assembly, splitting state and local government into two separate committees and adding the community and Family Advancement Committee.

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) announced today’s placements saying, "With this committee leadership in place, we have the right people in the right positions to take on the important issues facing Ohioans. These members have a strong, diverse and focused mix of talents and abilities that will contribute to a higher quality of life for everyday Ohioans. We are in a stronger position to make sure that all Ohioans can feel the promise and opportunity of our state.” 

Committee meetings are open to the public and held any time before or after House floor sessions. The full membership of committees will be announced at a later date.

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