Rep. Boccieri with House and Senate Minority Leaders at a press conference outlining Democratic economic policy priorities
Rep. Boccieri with House and Senate Minority Leaders at a press conference outlining Democratic economic policy priorities
 Rep. Boccieri speaks to Jackson-Milton middle schoolers in uniform as a part of their Veterans Day Assembly
Rep. Boccieri speaks to Jackson-Milton middle schoolers in uniform as a part of their Veterans Day Assembly
 Rep. Boccieri joins the Canfield community to celebrate the opening of its new public library branch on January 30, 2016.
Rep. Boccieri joins the Canfield community to celebrate the opening of its new public library branch on January 30, 2016.
Rep. Boccieri with his family in the Statehouse
Rep. Boccieri with his family in the Statehouse
 Rep. Boccieri stands with 2015-2016 Mahoning County 4-H King and Queen winners Scott Erb and Shannon Marshburn at the Canfield Library Ribbon Cutting on January 30, 2016.
Rep. Boccieri stands with 2015-2016 Mahoning County 4-H King and Queen winners Scott Erb and Shannon Marshburn at the Canfield Library Ribbon Cutting on January 30, 2016.
 Rep. Boccieri reaching across the aisle
Rep. Boccieri reaching across the aisle
Rep. Boccieri speaking on behalf of a bill during House Session
Rep. Boccieri speaking on behalf of a bill during House Session
 Rep. Boccieri rising in support of HB 173, which allows Veteran Identification Cards to be issued to all Ohio veterans
Rep. Boccieri rising in support of HB 173, which allows Veteran Identification Cards to be issued to all Ohio veterans
 Rep. Boccieri with Rep. Leland in front of a slab of million-year old ice taken from Mount Kilimanjaro at The Ohio State University Byrd and Climate Research Center
Rep. Boccieri with Rep. Leland in front of a slab of million-year old ice taken from Mount Kilimanjaro at The Ohio State University Byrd and Climate Research Center
 Rep. Boccieri with members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors
Rep. Boccieri with members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors
 Rep. Boccieri speaking to members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors
Rep. Boccieri speaking to members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors
Rep. Boccieri stands with members of Canfield's For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Team.
Rep. Boccieri stands with members of Canfield's For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Team.
 Rep. Boccieri recognizes Austintown Fitch's Falco Tech FIRST Robotics Team.
Rep. Boccieri recognizes Austintown Fitch's Falco Tech FIRST Robotics Team.
 Boccieri answers questions about state issues from residents at Copeland Oaks Retirement Community
Boccieri answers questions about state issues from residents at Copeland Oaks Retirement Community
Rep. Boccieri with representatives from Students Motivated by the ARTS (SMARTS) at the community art school's ribbon cutting ceremony
Rep. Boccieri with representatives from Students Motivated by the ARTS (SMARTS) at the community art school's ribbon cutting ceremony
 Rep. Boccieri speaking on the House floor
Rep. Boccieri speaking on the House floor
 
 

John Boccieri is a veteran, former U.S. congressman and state senator, who currently represents Ohio’s 59th House district in the state legislature, covering most of Mahoning County.

Throughout his years of public service, Rep. Boccieri has fought to bring middle-class jobs back to his local community by sponsoring legislation to support small businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and grow the economy. Rep. Boccieri values diverse opinions and is committed to working across the aisle to address the most important issues facing Ohio families.

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Representative Boccieri Serves In the Following Committees :

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07.09.18 - Ohio Legislature Continues Effort To Punish Cities

 

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) criticized some of his colleagues today for going out of their way to punish cities for extending vital services. House Bill 602 sponsored by Rep. Michael Duffey (R-Dublin) penalizes municipal corporations who extend water or sewer service to communities outside its territory at a higher charge. The penalties in the bill cover a range of consequences including a 20-percent reduction, to outright forfeiture of all Local Government Fund (LGF) distributions from the State of Ohio. The bill makes the municipality ineligible for state water and sewer development assistance. 

“My colleagues are finding new and innovative ways to cripple the economic engines of our state,” Rep. Boccieri said. “Ohio has sixteen metro areas that constitute eighty-one percent of the state’s population, eighty-four percent of the state’s jobs and eighty-seven percent of the state’s economic output. Many water and sewer lines are extended for economic development and financed through a rate system that is included within the development package.”

 
 

07.02.18 - Boccieri Urges GM To Reinvest In The Region

 

Regional lawmakers state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Glenn Holmes (D-Girard), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren), Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Sen. Sean O’Brien (D- Bazetta) today sent a letter* to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company (GM), expressing disappointment and concern in light of the recent layoffs of second shift employees at its Lordstown Assembly plant.

“The Valley wants to continue to support GM. As this great American company evolves to meet the demands of the future, the workers at Lordstown want to evolve with the company they have devoted themselves to,” wrote the lawmakers. “There is a will to double down and train the current workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Our workers and our communities want to continue to be a partner in a mutually beneficial relationship with GM.”

The second shift cut comes after the company cut the plant’s third shift in January 2017. In addition to the elimination of the two shifts, hundreds of workers across the supply chain have been laid off. A total of 2,700 well-paying jobs have been lost. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been an outspoken advocate for Ohio GM jobs, calling on the company to invest in Ohio and to invest in Lordstown.

“We have people in our districts who want to go back to work and continue making a living for their families with pride and dignity. We hope GM will continue to invest in the Mahoning Valley, just as our state and our communities have invested in your company,” the lawmakers continued. “We urge you to reconsider your decision to reduce opportunities in Lordstown and throughout Ohio and instead utilize the current Lordstown location and collaborate with our creative and committed Valley workers to create a vision for the GM of tomorrow.”

The Lordstown plant has been an integral part of the Youngstown area for 52 years, with unwavering support from the Valley community.

 
 

06.27.18 - Boccieri: GOP Takes Suggestions On Study Of Youngstown Plan

 

State Rep John Boccieri (D-Poland) recently urged education leaders in Columbus to study the successes and challenges of future state use of Academic Distress Commissions (ADC). The local leaders also asked lawmakers to consider the ‘Youngstown Plan’ which was adopted under House Bill 70 in 2015, giving a CEO complete authority over all aspects of school functions.

 
 

06.20.18 - High Court: State Can Withhold Local Government Funds For Traffic Cam Use

 

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that the State of Ohio can withhold funding to communities who use traffic cameras. The case resulted from the City of Toledo’s suit against the State of Ohio for withholding local budget funding for a practice upheld by the Supreme Court in previous rulings.  The Supreme Court’s past rulings said that cities could run a motor enforcement program how they see fit. 

“Many in the Legislature hold suspicion that these stationary cameras are used less for safety and more for revenue, but let me be clear, I believe that local communities will use them more if Ohio begins cutting revenue because of their usage,” Rep. Boccieri said. “Many communities get a large revenue boost and will use them more frequently to fill in holes created by state funding as they are doing now in some cases.”

The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the previous decisions of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court and the Sixth District Court of Appeals ignored the General Assembly’s ability to create laws. The argument for the previous Supreme Court decision was determined due home-rule authority given in the Ohio constitution. The City of Toledo will file another lawsuit to argue the constitutionality of the decisions.

Rep. Boccieri offered a solution to the issue by passing House Bill 219, legislation he authored to ensure that state speed limits begin at the sign. Enactment of this legislation will help prevent speed traps whereas current law vaguely says Ohio motorists must obey posted speed limits. The bill was voted out of the House Transportation Committee unanimously. 

 
 
 

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Representative John A. Boccieri
District 59
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614)-466-6107
Fax      (614) 719-3959
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Hometown : Poland
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term