Representative Jim Butler - House District 41
 

11.09.17 - Reps. Butler And Perales Introduce Bill To Expand Access To Veterans Treatment Courts

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Rick Perales (R–Beavercreek) have introduced House Bill 409, which will permit courts of common pleas and municipal courts in jurisdictions with smaller populations or limited resources to contract with a court in a larger jurisdiction to divert certain criminal defendants to participate in a veterans treatment court. 

 
 

09.14.17 - Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Lawmaker Wants To Offer Billions For Cure Of Cancer, Other Major Diseases

 
Columbus - 

The following article appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on September 12, 2017:

An Ohio lawmaker says he has a plan to offer multibillion-dollar rewards to individuals or companies who do what the world hasn’t seen for a good 50 years: cure a major disease like cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

 
 

09.14.17 - Dayton Daily News: Local Lawmaker Wants To Offer Prize Money For Those Who Cure Diseases

 
Columbus - 

The following article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on September 12, 2017: 

State Rep. Jim Butler thinks he has the answer to finding cures for major diseases: a monetary prize.

 
 

09.12.17 - Rep. Butler Outlines Innovative Plan For Curing Major Diseases

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) held a press conference today to announce recently introduced legislation that will create a new and innovative model for curing major diseases. Rep. Butler was joined by members of the House Majority Leadership team, including Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and Assistant Majority Floor Leader Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township).

 
 

09.11.17 - Media Advisory: Rep. Butler To Unveil Innovative Plan For Curing Major Diseases

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) will be holding a press conference tomorrow to unveil legislation he is introducing that creates a new, innovative plan for increasing financial incentives for curing major diseases.

 
 

07.12.17 - Representative Butler Introduces Legislation To Protect System Of Checks And Balances

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 301, which requires approval by the General Assembly for a state agency or public official to agree to a court-sanctioned final settlement agreement, also known as a consent decree, that would permanently alter or prohibit the enforcement of an Ohio law. 

 
 

06.28.17 - Representative Butler Responds To Passage Of State Operating Budget

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today voted in favor of the state operating budget, House Bill 49, citing the preservation of the Healthcare Price Transparency Law as his primary reason for doing so.  Representative Butler was the author of that law, which was included in House Bill 52 in June of 2015.  

 
 

06.07.17 - Reps. Butler And Sykes Introduce House Bill 260

 

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) have introduced legislation which corrects a current injustice in the criminal justice system related to driver’s license suspensions and the granting of limited driving privileges. Currently, for many offenses unrelated to the operation or use of a vehicle, such as failure to pay child support or a court fine, complete license suspension is used as a punishment.

 
 

05.31.17 - Reps. Butler And Zeltwanger Unveil Airport Hub Proposal

 

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) today held a press conference to unveil legislation they are introducing that aims to create jobs through the development of multiple airport hubs in the state of Ohio.

 
 

05.30.17 - Media Advisory: Reps. Butler, Zeltwanger To Hold Press Conference On Airport Hub Proposal

 

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) will be holding a press conference tomorrow to outline legislation regarding regional airport hubs in the state of Ohio.

 
 

03.30.17 - Rep. Butler Honors Crime Victims Awareness Week

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today presented a resolution to Cathy Harper Lee from the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center and April Wheeler, an attorney for Disability Rights Ohio, in recognition of Crime Victims Awareness Week, which will take place April 2-8, 2017.

 
 

02.15.17 - Rep. Butler Honors Richard Palmer On Being Named The 2016 Ohio Certified Public Manager Of The Year

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today presented a resolution honoring Richard Palmer on being named the 2016 Ohio Certified Public Manager of the Year.

 
 

01.31.17 - Rep. Jim Butler Appointed To Five Ohio House Committees

 

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has announced that State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has been appointed to serve on five Ohio House committees.

 
 

01.13.17 - Rep. Butler Appointed To Chair House Civil Justice Committee

 
COLUMBUS - 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed Representative Jim Butler Chair of the House Civil Justice Committee for the 132nd General Assembly.

 
 

01.11.17 - In The News: Butler Continues Push For Healthcare Price Transparency

 
DAYTON - 

A new Ohio law would require hospitals and doctor’s offices to be more transparent about what it costs to treat you. It’s supposed to go into effect in January, but it’s being blocked by the Ohio health care industry.

 
 

01.06.17 - In The News: Butler Pushes For Healthcare Price Transparency

 
COLUMBUS - 

Accusing Gov. John Kasich of “engaging in Putin-like rule” to overturn a state law on health-care price transparency, the law’s sponsor wants the attorney general to hire outside counsel to defend the state against an industry lawsuit.

 
 

12.27.16 - Rep. Jim Butler Responds To Lawsuit Regarding Healthcare Transparency Law

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) sent a letter to Michael Abrams, President and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association, in response to a lawsuit regarding the “Healthcare Price Transparency Law,” legislation that Rep. Butler sponsored.

 
 

04.15.16 - Public Debate Opens On Proposal To Make Ohio Medicaid Recipients Pay For Care

 

Gov. John Kasich's administration today filed a detailed draft of changes to the state's Medicaid program, kicking off public debate over a requirement that beneficiaries make monthly payments or lose their coverage.

 
 

02.23.16 - Rep. Butler Announces Passage Of Bill To Permit Use Of Investigational Drugs To Treat Terminal Conditions

 

Today, State Representative Jim Butler (R–Oakwood) announced passage of House Bill 290, which gives terminally ill patients, with the recommendation of their treating physician, the opportunity to access drugs that are still in the trial period with the United States Food and Drug Administration.

 
 

02.16.16 - State Rep. Jim Butler Introduces Legislation To Eliminate Ohio's Unemployment Compensation Debt

 

Today, State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) introduced House Bill 467, legislation to eliminate Ohio’s $775 million unemployment compensation debt currently owed to the federal government.  Under the bill, money will be loaned from the rainy day fund to the unemployment compensation fund for the purpose of fully repaying Ohio’s debt before businesses are assessed additional penalties.

 
 

01.27.16 - State Rep. Butler Announces Passage Of Legislation To Establish Address Confidentiality Program In Ohio

 

Today State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) announced passage of House Bill 359, which establishes an Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Ohio. 

 
 

07.02.15 - Representative Butler Announces Budget Amendment Encouraging Veteran Employment

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R–Oakwood) announced today a policy initiative in the biennial operating budget bill, House Bill 64, which will incentivize and encourage employment of veterans.  Rep. Butler authored the amendment in the House, and the provision remained intact throughout the budget process.  House Bill 64 was signed by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday, June 30th.

 
 

07.02.15 - Representative Butler Praises Inclusion Of Healthy Ohio Plan In State Budget

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today praised the inclusion of a new policy proposal known as the Healthy Ohio Plan in the state operating budget, House Bill 64.  The new initiative is a key component in a comprehensive healthcare reform bill, House Bill 157 (Reps. Butler & Johnson, T.), which was introduced earlier this year and remains under consideration in the House of Representatives.  Rep. Butler offered the entirety of HB 157 as an amendment to the budget, and two key components, the Healthy Ohio Plan and health care price transparency, were ultimately adopted and signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.

 
 

07.02.15 - Representative Butler Authored 'Out Of Pocket Disclosure' Provision In State Budget Bill

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today commended a new provision inserted into the state operating budget bill, House Bill 64.  The provision requires insurers offering health benefit plans through an exchange to make available a list of the top twenty percent most-common health care services covered under the plan and, for each service, the expected out-of-pocket costs for those services. 

 
 

07.02.15 - Representative Butler Applauds Inclusion Of Healthcare Cost Transparency Provision In BWC Budget Bill

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today applauded the inclusion of provisions designed to make healthcare costs more transparent in House Bill 52, the biennial budget for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  The new initiative is a key component in a comprehensive healthcare reform bill, House Bill 157 (Reps. Butler & Johnson, T.), which was introduced earlier this year and remains under consideration in the House of Representatives.  Rep. Butler offered the entirety of HB 157 as an amendment to the budget, and two key components, the Healthy Ohio Plan and health care price transparency, were ultimately adopted and signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.

 
 

06.12.15 - Representative Butler Commends The Senate's Decision To Retain Budget Amendment Encouraging Veteran Employment

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) commended the Senate’s decision to keep intact a policy initiative in the main operating budget bill (House Bill 64) that will incentivize and encourage employment of veterans. The provision remained intact in the Senate after the first sweeping round of amendments, which means it is likely that it will become law. Rep. Butler was the sponsor of the amendment when House Bill 64 was being considered by the House of Representatives.

 
 

05.06.15 - State Champion Archbishop Alter Girls' Basketball Team Recognized At Statehouse

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today welcomed the Archbishop Alter girls’ basketball team to the Statehouse to be recognized for winning the state championship in Division II.

 
 

04.29.15 - House Passes Legislation To Improve Ohio's Legal Transparency, Accountability

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 38, legislation that works to ensure transparency, improve accountability and protect taxpayer money in  regards to legal situations and contracts between state and private attorneys.

 
 

05.21.14 - Ohio House Passes Bill To Improve Financing Of Certain Infrastructure Projects

 

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 198, legislation that changes how local infrastructure projects are funded by providing property owners with the option of not having their property included as part of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentive district.

 
 

05.15.14 - Rep. Jim Butler Applauds Job Creation In Montgomery County

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today applauded the announcement that the Procter & Gamble Company has chosen to establish a distribution center in Union, which will lead to the creation of 800 new jobs through third party customization and logistics providers.

 

 
 

04.01.14 - Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 507

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 507, which will require the Auditor of State to establish and maintain a new, easy-to-use system for taxpayers to see how local governments are utilizing their resources – the Government Expenditure Transparency Tool. 

 

 
 

04.01.14 - Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 508

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 508, which will  give prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials an additional tool to use in Ohio’s war on drugs.  Simply put, this bill will significantly increase criminal penalties for drugs dealers.

 

 
 

03.12.14 - Ohio House Passes Concurrent Resolution To Encourage Protection Of The Right Of Habeas Corpus

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Township) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Concurrent Resolution 41, which  urges the Attorney General of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2012

 
 

02.26.14 - Ohio House Passes Legislation To Streamline Mortgage Process

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of Substitute House Bill 201, legislation that revises requirements for entries of mortgage satisfaction and clarifies the priority of interests in real property.

 
 

01.29.14 - Revisions To Court Of Claims Passes Ohio House

 
COLUMBUS - 

“House Bill 261 is an approach to bringing increased efficiency to the Court of Claims. Removing the office of the commissioner is a practical measure to save taxpayers money because the magistrates that are already hired by the court will be able to handle the caseload. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, finding common-sense ways to make the judicial branch more efficient is a priority of mine and my colleagues on the committee.”

 
 

01.29.14 - Ohio House Passes Bill Expanding List Of Statutory Agents

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 98, legislation that expands the list of entities that may serve as statutory agents, which are designated by law to receive litigation documents and legal notices for corporations and other business entities.

 
 

11.25.13 - Representatives Butler And Young Introduce Legislation To Protect The Right Of Habeas Corpus In Ohio

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Ron Young (R – Leroy Township) have introduced House Bill 354 to address a law passed by Congress and signed by the President that allows the federal government to arrest and endlessly imprison, without trial, any American citizen merely by alleging the citizen aided terrorism. Specifically, the bill addresses a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, which states, “Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons pending disposition under the law of war.”

 
 

11.07.13 - Representative Butler To Hold In-District Office Hours November 14th

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) will be holding office hours to meet with constituents for an informal conversation about the ongoing work of the Ohio House of Representatives, and to hear from the residents of the 41st Ohio House District.

 
 

11.05.13 - Rep. Jim Butler Introduces Compressed Natural Gas Legislation

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced comprehensive new legislation to facilitate and expedite the conversion to vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) for state and local government fleets, as well as privately owned fleets.

 
 

07.31.13 - Representative Jim Butler Introduces House Bill 238

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) is pleased to introduce House Bill 238, which provides for transparency in the process by which the State of Ohio awards contracts to private attorneys and law firms. House Bill 238 will be known as the TiPAC Act (Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts).

 
 

06.27.13 - Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 225

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 225, which will create a procedure for settling civil actions between businesses and other organizations through offers of settlement. The goal of the legislation is to improve the business lawsuit climate in Ohio by creating a fair procedure that will reduce the number of long, drawn out, costly legal battles between organizations, especially businesses.

 
 

06.25.13 - Ohio House Passes Bill To Clarify "Criminal Child Enticement" Offenses

 
COLUMBUS - 

Today the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute Senate Bill 64, legislation that prohibits under the offense of “criminal child enticement” a person from knowingly soliciting, coaxing, enticing or luring a child for an unlawful purpose.

 
 

06.12.13 - Rep. Butler Joins Ohio House In Urging Congress, Obama Administration To Address Veterans' Benefits Delays

 
COLUMBUS - 

In an effort to help military veterans gain access to critical treatment, the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 21, which urges President Barack Obama, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Congress to take prompt action to reduce the processing time for veterans’ disability claims.

 
 

06.07.13 - Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 198

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Tony Burkley (R – Payne) have introduced legislation which will establish a procedure to allow property owners to opt out of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentive districts.

 
 

05.30.13 - Representative Butler Announces Passage Of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7, also known as the “Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act,” which will provide law enforcement officers with information on suspects with a history of mental illness.

 
 

05.09.13 - Rep. Butler And House Republicans Urge Prompt Delivery Of Benefits For Military Veterans

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) yesterday joined Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and other members of the House veterans caucus in demanding that veterans’ disability benefits be administered by Washington in a significantly more timely fashion. This process has worsened considerably in the past several years.

 
 

04.30.13 - Representative Butler Introduces Legislation To Provide Greater BWC Transparency For Employers

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has announced the introduction of legislation that will require the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to provide employers with the simple equation it uses to establish their workers’ compensation premium rates.

 
 

03.11.13 - WDTN: Rep. Butler Seeks Prisoner Work Program

 

Rep. Jim Butler joined Dan Edwards on 2 NEWS Today to discuss his prisoner reform program making its way through state legislature. He also touched upon his plans to promote new compressed natural gas programs state-wide.