Representative John M. Rogers - House District 60

01.16.20 - Rep. Rogers Announces Local Awardee Of Governor's Humanitarian Award


COLUMBUS— State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) announced today that local Bishop Gerard Mirbel was awarded the annual Governor’s Humanitarian Award by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. The state honor recognizes an individual who gives their time freely in service to those in need.


01.15.20 - Rep. Rogers Introduces Legislation To Empower Victims Of Rape And Childhood Sexual Abuse


COLUMBUS— State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) on Tuesday announced the introduction of legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for the criminal prosecution of rape and to extend the statute of limitations for a civil action for victims of childhood sexual abuse. This proposal would enable Ohio to join several other states that have recently extended the window for victims to take civil or criminal action, while also repealing the 25-year statute of limitations on prosecuting rape cases.


01.10.20 - Representatives Rogers And Cupp Announce The Introduction Of Legislation To Revise Ohio Probate Law


State Representatives John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Bob Cupp (R-Lima) introduced House Bill 464, bipartisan legislation that will modify existing Ohio Probate Law dealing with trusts and estates. The proposal will update several areas of probate law, and intends to generally address situations that current law does not take fully into account.


12.16.19 - Reps. Rogers And Scherer Introduce Bill To Create Tax Deduction For Post-Secondary Expenses


State Representatives John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) today announced the introduction of the “Blair Deduction,” a proposal that would allow individuals to deduct up to $4,000 per year from their Ohio income taxes. This is the most recent iteration of legislation that was originally co-authored by Representative Rogers and the late Representative, Terry Blair.


12.04.19 - Reps. Rogers And Green Announce Bill To Grant Homestead Exemption To Military Families


State Reps. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would grant a homestead tax exemption to the surviving spouses of uniformed service members who have been killed in the line of duty, or whose death was otherwise service connected.

“The General Assembly continues to honor its solemn commitment to Ohio’s military families,” Rep. Rogers said. “This legislation aims to help keep the surviving spouses and families of uniformed service members in their homes, in the event that a spouse has made the ultimate sacrifice in the service to our country.”


12.02.19 - Reps. Rogers And Callender Announce Lake County ODNR Grant Awardees


State Reps. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Jamie Callender (R-Concord) today issued a statement announcing two Lake County recipients of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) NatureWorks grant.

“Both of these grants will help area residents more easily access the Chagrin River in these two parks,” Rep. Rogers said. “Not only does the awarding of these funds speak to the state’s commitment to Lake County’s natural resources, but the grants will help ensure safer access and a greater ability for our residents to enjoy two beautiful sites on the river.”


11.06.19 - Representatives Rogers And Cera Give Testimony On Bill To Expand Homestead Tax Exemption


State Representatives John Rogers (D- Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) provided sponsor testimony this week on House Bill 99, legislation that expands the eligibility for the Homestead Tax Exemption while also increasing the amount of the deduction.


11.04.19 - Rep. Rogers Applauds State Funds Released For Community Behavioral Health Facilities


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Jamie Callendar (R-Concord Township) today announced that the state has awarded $220,539 for the Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers to help with funding of the recently acquired post recovery center in Painesville Township.


10.30.19 - Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day Advances In Ohio House


The Ohio House Transportation Committee today heard sponsor testimony recommending the passage of Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 14, establishing September 7 as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Appreciation Day. Representatives Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake), both members of the Council on State Governments Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, spoke in support of the resolution and the importance of Lake Erie to their districts, Ohio and the Midwest.


10.30.19 - Rep. Rogers Announces $3.7 Million For Laketran


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) today issued a statement announcing $3.7 million in funding for Laketran in Lake County, included in the state’s Transportation Budget passed with bipartisan support earlier this year.


10.02.19 - House Dems Urge Action On Gun Safety, Detail Next Steps Of Ohio Promise Strategy


House Democratic lawmakers today held a press conference detailing the next steps of their Ohio Promise legislative campaign. Democrats said safety and security issues, including commonsense gun safety, are top priorities as the state legislature returns for its fall session dates.

“When we talk about security, we are not only talking about being safe from violence, but also economic security when exposed to the burden of high healthcare costs for Ohio’s senior population, especially those on a fixed income,” said Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake). “Our legislative efforts reflect our ongoing commitment of working together to ensure Ohio’s promise of safety and security throughout one’s lifetime.”



09.16.19 - Rogers, House Democrats Visit Critical Dam Facility Preventing The Spread Of Asian Carp


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) toured the critical Brandon Road Lock and Dam complex in Joliet, Illinois, on Friday with 25 other members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus. Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical choke point to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem.


08.19.19 - Reps. Callender, Rogers Announce State Support For Lakeland Community College


State Reps. Jamie Callender (R—Concord Township) and John Rogers (D—Mentor-On-The-Lake) today announced the release of over $400,000 in state funding for Lakeland Community College to expand the college’s welding program to meet industry needs.

This investment in a state of the art welding lab will create a pathway to the completion of a wide range of American Welding Society certifications and other Associate Degree programs. The release of funds will help purchase new welding equipment, including 16 fully outfitted advanced module-welding machines, welding booths with tables and a fume extraction system. With these additional tools, Lakeland Community College will be able to offer welding classes on a regular basis, in order to better prepare students for gainful employment opportunities post-graduation.


07.12.19 - Rep. Rogers Appointed To Governor's "Expo 2050" Task Force


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced his appointment by Governor Mike DeWine to the “Expo 2050” Task Force, which seeks to develop and recommend a long-term vision for the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by Governor DeWine to serve on his new task force,” said Rep. Rogers. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues as we consider the educational and entertainment impact that these various state owned properties offer, and how to best move forward while keeping Ohio’s families, the state’s culture and our history in mind. It is a tremendous personal opportunity and work that should be both challenging and fun.”


07.10.19 - Rep. Rogers Applauds State Grant Supporting Eastlake Public Access, Storm Water Infrastructure Project


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved $50,000 in grant funding through its Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for a public access and storm water infrastructure project in the City of Eastlake. 

The Chagrin River Project will provide enhanced public access and storm water infrastructure improvements at the Erie Road Park. The first phase will construct a small, permeable pavement parking lot with ADA designated parking spaces in addition to a walkway for access to a canoe and kayak launch site. The following phase will continue with the permeable pavement installation designed to help with storm water management.


07.08.19 - Rogers, Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.


06.20.19 - Rep. Rogers Announces House Passage Of Honorary Road Naming Bill


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 276, legislation designating the bridge spanning the Grand River and leading into Fairport Harbor as the “Col. Donald Blakeslee Memorial Bridge.”

“We recognize those who grew up during the depression, going on to labor or fight in World War II, as the Greatest Generation in our nation’s history,” said Rogers. “Col. Blakeslee’s exploits certainly distinguished him as being one at the top of that class of those Americans. This recognition ensures that his service to our country is never forgotten.”


06.20.19 - Reps. Rogers, Callender Announce House Passage Of Honorary Road Naming Bill


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Jamie Callender (R-Concord Township) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 276, legislation designating State Route 2, between State Route 306 and State Route 615, the “Patrolman Mathew Mazany Memorial Highway.”


05.10.19 - Rogers: Dem Priorities Shape State Budget


House lawmakers today voted in a bipartisan fashion to favorably move House Bill 166 or the state‘s biennium budget, to the Ohio Senate for its consideration. This legislation is a balanced approach amounting to an all funds total of approximately $141,52 billion, and reflects a concerted effort to invest in Ohio and the promise of a better, more secure future, by investing in working people and our communities.


04.03.19 - Rep. Rogers' And Wilkins' Bipartisan Bill Passes House


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Shane Wilkin (R-Piketon) announced the House passage of House Bill 85 today, which creates a methodology for Ohio counties to petition the State for additional funding in capital cases which exceed a threshold that might otherwise place the county in financial distress, if not fiscal ruin. 

Described by Rep. Rogers and Rep. Wilkin as one of Ohio’s largest homicide investigations, the costs associated with prosecuting the recent capital crimes in Pike County could exceed $5 million. Pike County, with a annual budget of less than $10 million, is nevertheless mandated to enforce Ohio law, pursue justice on behalf of the State, and hold those responsible to account.   

“Ohio is charged with a great responsibility – to seek justice, to protect the rights of its citizens, and protect our communities, all the while ensuring that those who commit horrendous acts of violence, including murder, are held accountable,” Rogers said.


03.21.19 - Rep. Rogers Announces State Funds For Local Marine Patrol Assistance


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced that the Lake County Sheriff's Office has received an Ohio Department Marine Patrol Assistances Grant provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft.

These funds are made available to law enforcement agencies through the State’s continuing effort to keep our waterways safe while enhancing recreational boating experiences.


03.06.19 - Real State Of The State Shows Too Many Ohioans Still Stuck


Representative John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) expressed cautious optimism after the Governor’s delivery of his inaugural State of the State Address.

“All of us here at the Statehouse are familiar with so many of the issues that affect our communities and our families. And while Governor DeWine appeared sincere while outlining the steps he believes Ohio should take to get it back on track, this is the 7th State of the State I have attended...


02.13.19 - Rogers To Lead House Democrats On Ways And Means Committee


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) Friday was named the Ranking Member of the House Ways & Means Committee, the highest-ranking Democrat on the panel. 


02.12.19 - Rep. Rogers Announces State Funds For Mentor Marsh Remediation Plan


State Rep. John Rogers* (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced that the newly created Marsh Restoration Fund will receive $250,000 in state funds for the engineering, design and planning services for remediation of the Mentor Marsh, Ohio’s first natural landmark and one of the largest natural marshes along Lake Erie’s shoreline.  Yesterday, the state’s Controlling Board released these funds, previously approved in in the FY 2019-2020 biennial Capital Budget.  


“The Mentor Marsh is an important natural and historic landmark in Lake County and these dollars are the start of what will be a tremendous investment by Ohio in this project,” said Rep. Rogers. “This is just the beginning of the efforts toward restoring this area of the Marsh and ensuring this beautiful community asset lives on for future generations.”


01.28.19 - Rep. Rogers Applauds Release Of State Funds For Lakeland Community College Infrastructure Improvement Project


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of $500,000 in state funding for infrastructure improvements at Lakeland Community College. The funding was initially approved in the 2019-2020 Capital Budget, and was officially released by the state's controlling board today.

“I was honored to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to secure state support for Lakeland,” said Rogers. “Lakeland's growing enrollment has put a strain on its existing infrastructure, designed for a fraction of the 11,000 students enrolled. These much-needed improvements will make it easier for students, parents and staff to get navigate the campus.”


01.08.19 - Rogers' Bipartisan Underage Marriage Reform Bill Signed By Governor


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the governor’s signing of House Bill 511, which adjusts the underage marriage laws in Ohio. The bipartisan bill unanimously passed the Ohio House in June 2018 and the Senate in December.


12.13.18 - Rogers' Bipartisan Revenge Porn Ban Headed To Governor's Desk


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced the concurrent passage of House Bill 497, which prohibits the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, often referred to as “revenge porn,” by setting penalties to punish those who distribute sexually explicit images with the intent to harass the victim.


10.30.18 - Rep. Rogers Announces Millions In Federal Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis


Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced $55.8 million dollars in federal grant money was released Tuesday by a state panel to help combat the opioid crisis in Ohio.

The release of funds will allow the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to begin competitively bidding projects throughout the state.

“These federal funds will be of tremendous support to the financial assistance available to our first responders, prevention programs and educational efforts in the ongoing opioid crisis,” said Rep. Rogers


08.29.18 - Rep. John Rogers Appointed To Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee


State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced his appointment to the newly created Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee. The committee will study the features, benefits and challenges of establishing regional economic development alliances and partnerships between Ohio communities.

“I’m excited about working with my committee members in an effort to analyze and explore new and existing opportunities for communities to work together for the benefit of their residents, small businesses, and families,” said Rogers. “With a better understanding of economic relationships, we should be able to better formulate recommendations on how the sharing of resources and services can establish a regional strategy towards greater economic growth and development.”


07.31.18 - Rogers: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers. 


06.27.18 - Rep. John Rogers Helps To Usher Series Of Bipartisan Bills Through Ohio House


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the unanimous passage of two of his sponsored pieces of legislation that will help protect women, including the protection of private images and preventing underage marriages.


06.21.18 - State Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Shore Up Ohio Coastline


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Ron Young (R-Leroy Township) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would give property owners along a coastline an additional option to assist in mitigating coastal erosion or financing other needed improvements.


06.08.18 - Rogers: Bill To Modernize Ohio Voting Equipment Passes House


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) applauded Wednesday’s passage of Senate Bill (SB) 135, which would invest more than $100 million in state funds for Ohio counties to purchase new, modern voting equipment. These funds will be used to purchase new voting machines and associated equipment including marking devices, automatic tabulating equipment and associated ancillary costs.  The legislation also appropriates $10 million to reimburse counties who purchased new voting systems on or after January 1, 2014.


05.23.18 - Rogers Responds To Continued House Session Cancellation, Lack Of Speaker


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) issued the following statement in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Republican speaker:

“All of us are aware of the fact that the House of Representatives for the most part is at a standstill. There are currently over 100 pieces of legislation below the line, legislation that has been heard and referred out of committee and waiting to be considered by the entire House.  Last week, there were 15 bills scheduled for consideration during the cancelled session. This morning, we learned the sessions scheduled for today and tomorrow have been cancelled.


05.03.18 - Rogers Economic Development Bill Signed Into Law


Governor John Kasich Wednesday signed into law state Rep. John M. Rogers’ (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) House Bill 122, bipartisan legislation to examine strengthening regional economic alliances and partnerships between Ohio communities and adding flexibility for cities proposing public safety ballot measures.


04.12.18 - Rep. Rogers Presents House Resolution To Fairport Girls Bowling Team


State Representative John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) presented a resolution on the House floor Wednesday honoring the Fairport Harding High School Girls’ Bowling Team for winning the 2018 Division II State Bowling Championship.


03.22.18 - Rogers And Smith Introduce Legislation To Stop The Spread Of Asian Carp


State Reps. Kent Smith (D– Euclid) and John Rogers (D– Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced legislation to urge Congress to support federal funding for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in its efforts to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.


03.07.18 - Rogers: Capital Budget Bill Allocates Over $12 Million For Local Projects In Lake County


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the Capital Appropriations Budget for the next two years. Rep. Rogers, who serves on the House Finance Committee, and colleagues have been advocating for several months on a number of projects that focus on parks, opioid treatment, education and cultural facilities.

“Over the past few months, many groups and entities from Northeast Ohio contacted my office requesting state assistance for their projects,” said Rogers. “In addition to submitting them for consideration, I shared each request with the two Senator’s and Representative who also represent Lake County, asking for their support. I am always looking for ways to improve our community and secure public funding for local vital projects. I truly believe that a coordinated effort increases the likelihood of funding success, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.”


03.02.18 - Reps. Rogers, Cera Introduce Bill To Restore Local Government Fund


State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) today introduced legislation to reinstate the Local Government Fund (LGF) back to the 2005 funding levels. The LGF in each county, township, city and village pay for a wide range of vital services from police, fire and ambulances, parks and recreation and public health clinics.


02.28.18 - Rogers Bill Giving Local Communities Options To Address Aging Infrastructure Passes House


State Representative John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today hailed the house passage of House Bill (HB) 422, which allows the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to approve the purchase of a municipal water-works or sewage disposal system company. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rogers and state Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem), permits PUCO to evaluate a water works system so that, if a municipality should choose to sell its water works, it is not deprived from receiving the fair market value for the facility. The bill has the support of the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Aqua Ohio Inc.


02.20.18 - Democratic Lawmakers Announce Bill To Establish Restore Ohio Program To Invest In Local Infrastructure


State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today introduced HB 499 to establish the Restore Ohio program, a program which would invest in local infrastructure projects to restore crumbling roads and bridges, fix aging water and sewer systems and update the state’s outdated infrastructure. The program would invest $1 billion in state Rainy Day funds to provide low-interest loans and grants to local governments to rebuild and modernize Ohio’s aging infrastructure.


02.06.18 - Rogers: Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Clears Last Legislative Hurdle Before Voters Have Final Say In May


Following months of negotiation, the Ohio House today passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering in the state. 

“Today’s actions are the result of an effort in compromise. Although nothing is perfect, I applaud the bipartisan effort the authors of this legislation intended to create a fair and solid framework to improve the structuring of congressional districts and form a better representation of Ohio’s voting citizens,” said state Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake). “It is my hope Senate Joint Resolution 5 will allow our congressional districts to be more representative, more responsive and certainly less dysfunctional. There is always room for improvement at the federal level, and is my hope that this legislation will enable Ohio’s congressional delegation to improve their representation of our citizens and their interests.”


02.05.18 - Rep. Rogers Announces $295,000 In State Funds For Headlands Beach State Park Upgrades


State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced $294,800 in state funds for facility improvements at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio. 


02.02.18 - Rogers Supports Bipartisan Funding Fix For Abandoned Local Wells


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the Ohio House recently passed House Bill 225, bipartisan legislation that would provide needed resources to safely fix and seal abandoned oil and gas drilling wells in Lake County and throughout Ohio.

“Our local natural resources are an important part of our community’s economic strength and appeal,” said Rogers. “The responsibility to safely restore and protect our lands and aquifers for the future comes with accessing those resources. From our pristine waters to what’s beneath our feet, this bill better positions us to do exactly that.”

With his co-sponsorship and vote supporting this legislation, Rep. Rogers noted the bill results in a 200-percent increase in funding, stemming from redirected revenues generated by oil and gas operations around the state.



12.14.17 - State Lawmakers Propose Power Of Attorney Law Rewrite To Include Consumer Protections


State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 446, bipartisan legislation that would prevent third parties from refusing to honor power of attorney (POA) documents properly drafted under Ohio law.


09.14.17 - Rogers' Bipartisan Pitch To Strengthen Local Economic Growth, Job Creation Clears Ohio House


Marking a return from summer legislative recess today, the Ohio House passed state Rep. John M. Rogers’ (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) House Bill 122, bipartisan legislation to look at strengthening regional economic alliances and partnerships between Ohio communities.

“To make us more economically competitive as a state, we need a forward-looking growth strategy that examines the features, challenges and benefits of regional economic development partnerships,” said Rep. Rogers. “By working together, we can secure good-paying jobs for people in advanced and emerging sectors of our economy. This legislation aims to do exactly that.”


08.15.17 - Rep. Rogers Tapped To Serve As Member On Ohio Tuition Trust Authority


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) today announced his appointment to serve on the Board of Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, which is responsible for overseeing investments that administer CollegeAdvantage— or Ohio's 529 college savings program. This program is eligible for families across Ohio who are looking to save for their children’s college education program through a tax-exempt savings and investment plan.

“I am certainly excited about working to make college more affordable for families and students across Ohio,” said Rogers. “Ensuring that our youth have the opportunity and access to education beyond high school is vital to their personal success and independence. Their ability to excel beyond high school adds to the prosperity of our state and that of our communities.”


07.20.17 - Rep. Rogers Tapped To Serve On Tax Expenditure Review Committee


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) today announced his recent appointment to serve as a member on the Tax Expenditure Review Committee.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve on this committee,” said Rogers. “My colleagues and I will work together in evaluating tax deductions and exemptions to ensure they are indeed serving their intended purpose with helping the growth of Ohio’s economy through genuine efforts to create or retain jobs, rather than being exploited and giving an unfair advantage to the recipient.”


06.28.17 - Rogers: State's Budget Is Built On Faulty Economic Projections, Six Years Of Poor Results And Empty Job Promises


Amid more than $1 billion revenue shortfall, Ohio’s General Assembly pushed state budget negotiations closer to the brink Tuesday. Today’s eleventh hour horse-trading over a proposed Medicaid lockout and complex shell game with state dollars leaves Gov. John Kasich has less than 48 hours to review House Bill 49, the state’s budget as enacted by the legislature, before the start of the new fiscal year on Saturday. 

“Six years of questionable tax policy has left lawmakers today with tough policy decisions,” said state Rep. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake). 


06.23.17 - Rep. Rogers Announces House Passage Of Bipartisan Bill For Enhanced Driver's License


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) on Wednesday hailed the House passage of House Bill (HB) 60, legislation authorizing the issuance of an enhanced driver’s license, enhanced commercial driver’s license (CDL), and enhanced identification (ID) card to facilitate border crossings between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

HB 60, sponsored by Rep. Rogers and state Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick), would allow these enhanced driver’s licenses to be used by Ohio residents seeking to enter Canada or Mexico at authorized land and sea ports. These IDs contain specific technology and security features approved by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and may be used in the same manner as a driver’s license, CDL or ID card. 


06.13.17 - Rep. Rogers Selected To Join CSG Henry Wolcott Toll Fellowship Program


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced his selection to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Henry Wolcott Toll Fellowship Program, a nationally recognized leadership program for state government officials in all there branches of government.

“I am deeply honored to be selected to be a part of the 2017 Toll Fellowship class” said Rogers. “This is an invaluable opportunity that will help me to better serve the residents of the 60th House District and the citizens of Ohio. I look forward to participating in this rigorous program, developing new ideas and improved policies with my fellow public servants.”


06.07.17 - Bipartisan Pro Bono Legislation Receives First Hearing In Ohio House


State Reps. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) this week testified in support of House Bill (HB) 232, his bipartisan legislation to encourage Ohio lawyers to conduct pro bono legal work. Joint-sponsored by state Rep. Jeffery Rezabek (R-Clayton), HB 232 allows lawyers or law firms to claim a tax deduction for engaging in pro bono work and providing certain legal services for impoverished clients through a legal aid entity. 

“Plaintiffs who have experienced harassment, divorce and many other civil injustices may lose winnable cases because they do not have the financial means to afford legal counsel,” said Rogers. “Legal aid provides an opportunity for attorneys to donate their time and skills to assist those who would otherwise be left behind in the complex web of the legal system.” 


03.24.17 - Rep. Rogers: State To Assist Willoughby Sewer Upgrade Project


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today applauded a nearly $4.5 million low-interest loan from the Ohio EPA to the city of Willoughby. The state loan, awarded earlier this week, will fund an upgrade to Willoughby’s sewage system while also improving water quality in Lake Erie.

“The Ohio EPA loan to Willoughby is an example of how the state and local communities can work together to improve infrastructure while also protecting our environment,” said Rogers. “I am pleased to see the state work with the city to help complete this important project while preserving a tremendous resource.”


03.06.17 - Rogers Applauds Ohio Supreme Court On Restoring Cocaine Trafficking Penalties


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today applauded the Ohio Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision reversal in State v. Gonzales, which will restore state penalties for cocaine trafficking. Rogers, along with Rep. Robert Cupp (R-Lima), sponsored House Bill (HB) 4, legislation recently passed by the House to restore the cocaine penalties invalidated by the court’s initial decision in this case. Rogers today indicated he still intends to pursue passage of HB 4 into law to bring greater clarity to state drug trafficking penalties. 

“I was delighted to learn today that the Ohio Supreme Court reversed their State v. Gonzales decision, effectively returning cocaine trafficking penalties to what the General Assembly intended,” said Rogers. “The court’s initial decision would have incentivized drug dealers to traffic large quantities of cocaine without risk of a higher penalty, jeopardizing the safety of communities all across Ohio.” 


02.15.17 - Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On Cocaine Dealers Clears Ohio House


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today hailed the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 4, bipartisan legislation to restore cocaine penalties invalidated by a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision. Rogers is jointly sponsoring the legislation with former Ohio Supreme Court Justice-turned legislator Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Allen County). 

“If left unchecked, the recent Supreme Court ruling will open the floodgate for cocaine-related trafficking and could increase illicit cocaine usage, addiction, overdoses and drug-related violence in our communities,” said Rogers. “Today’s unanimous vote in the Ohio House is an important step towards keeping our communities safe by restoring the intent of the law and enabling law enforcement to indict drug-traffickers and prosecute their cases consistently.” 


02.08.17 - Rogers Pushes Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On Cocaine Dealers


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today testified in the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 4, his legislation to restore cocaine penalties invalidated by a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision. Rogers is jointly sponsoring the legislation with former Ohio supreme Court Justice- turned legislator Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Allen County).

“Ohio’s recent court decision sets a new, dangerous trajectory for our state by allowing drug dealers to buy and sell more cocaine with reduced consequences,” said Rogers. “Instead of effectively handcuffing law enforcement from keeping dangerous drug dealers off our streets, I believe that we should be handcuffing the criminals who make our state and communities less safe with dangerous drugs.”


01.31.17 - Rep. Rogers Tapped To Serve As Lead Ways And Means Committee Member For House Dems


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) today announced that he will serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee for the new legislative session.  

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected by House leadership to serve as the ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee,” said Rogers. “I look forward to addressing and refining important policy issues for not only the 60th House District, but for all of Ohio families.” 


12.19.16 - Rogers: State Funds To Kick Start Headlands Dunes Boardwalk Project


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of just over $306,313 in state funds to the Department of Natural Resources for the installation of an ADA-compliant boardwalk at the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve in Lake County.


12.08.16 - Bipartisan OVI Immobilization Reform Bill Sent To Governor's Desk


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) today announced the Senate passage of House Bill 436, legislation to address an inconsistency in state law with regard to OVI license suspension and offender vehicle mobilization.  

HB 436 previously passed unanimously in the Ohio House in March and in the Senate Transportation Commerce and Labor Committee last week. 

“This bill is the product of consultation with some of my friends in the judicial branch, including Mentor Municipal Court Judge Trebets,” said Rogers. “They came to me explaining this issue, which I recognized to be an issue from my many years as a prosecutor.” 


12.06.16 - Ohio Legislature Threatens Job Growth With Energy Standard Redo


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“HB 554 fails to return local control to communities considering large-scale wind energy development, tying the hands of communities that want to attract investment from alternative energy producers,” said Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake). “I believe communities are better equipped to understanding their needs and what measures should be considered to attract investment and bring energy related jobs to the region.” 


07.25.16 - Over $350K In Fairport Harbor Funding Gets Final Nod From State


StateRep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of $368,680 in “Straight A” grant funding for Fairport Harbor Exempted Village. The funding will help the school district create “Startup Fairport: College, Career and Community Success”, an incubator project to support student-run startups. Rogers announced initial state approval of the grant application in late June.

“I am delighted to see the state’s recommendation and approval to expand innovation and opportunity for students in Northeast Ohio,” said Rogers. “Encouraging children to dream big, come up with creative business plans and learn how to market their products will have a positive impact as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce.”


06.22.16 - Rep. Rogers Announces "Straight A" Funding For Innovative Local Education Project


StateRep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the approval of $368,680 in “Straight A” grant funding for Fairport Harbor Exempted Village. The funding will help the school district create the “Startup Fairport: College, Career and Community Success” project, an incubator to support student-run startups. 

“I am pleased to see the state investing in innovative education projects that will allow students to build upon their creativity and imagination,” said Rogers. “Engaging young students through programs that allow them to create products, gain experience developing a business plan and learn how to market goods will have a positive impact on their career development and the healthy future of our small business community.”


05.24.16 - Bipartisan OVI Immobilization Reform Bill Clears Ohio House


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Robert Cupp (R-Lima) today hailed the House passage of House Bill (HB) 436, legislation to addresses inconsistency in state law with regard to OVI license suspension and offender vehicle immobilization.   


03.23.16 - Lawmakers Focus On The Future With "Restore Ohio" Infrastructure Initiative


State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) today introduced their “Restore Ohio” initiative, legislation to invest in Ohio’s communities and build reliable, efficient, and modern infrastructure systems that will fuel a strong and thriving economy.


02.05.16 - State Rep. John Rogers Encourages Local College Grads To Apply For Paid Statehouse Fellowship


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.


02.03.16 - Rogers Announces State Recommendation Of Nearly $1 Million In Grants For Mentor Schools


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the state’s recommendation of close to one million dollars in grant funding for the Mentor Exempted Village School District through the state’s “Straight A Program.” 


11.24.15 - Rep. Rogers: Funds To Pave Way For Headlands Dunes Boardwalk


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) announced $42,328 in state funds this week for the design of a new ADA compliant boardwalk at Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve in Mentor, Ohio. Current access paths to the beach require visitors to walk through the dunes, which can be difficult for those with mobility limitations.

“A new boardwalk ensures that every Ohioan has the chance to fully experience the natural beauty of Headlands Dunes,” said Rogers. “By reinvesting in our beach, we can extend the life of the dunes and enhance the experience for all visitors, regardless of their level of mobility.”


10.08.15 - Rogers' Bipartisan Record Sealing Bill Passes Ohio House


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) announced the passage this week of House Bill 164 (HB 164), legislation to allow non-violent ex-offenders to have their records sealed if they have complied with all court ordered sanctions. 


10.06.15 - Reps. Rogers And Perales Renew Bipartisan Push To Enhance School Safety


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) testified before the House Education Committee today on legislation intended to increase student and employee safety. Rogers’ legislation, House Bill 192, will require specific safety features to be included during the design stage prior to construction of any new school buildings.


08.17.15 - Rep. Rogers Announces State Funding To Protect Lake County Farmland


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the approval of $87,632 in state funds to protect and preserve farmland in Lake County. Late this afternoon, the Controlling Board – the state’s spending oversight panel – signed off on a purchase agreement for agricultural easement between the state, the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and local landowners. The purchase agreement will prevent any non-farm use or development of over 126 acres of land on Emerson Road in Madison for generations to come.


06.30.15 - Rogers: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.  

“It continuously amazes me that those very individuals that decry federal involvement and oversight with respect to the State of Ohio’s operations and activities, continue to wrap their hands around the necks of local governments,” said Rogers.


04.30.15 - Rep. Rogers Applauds Passage Of Bill To Promote Local Government Efficiency, Cost Savings


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the passage of House Bill 5, legislation to help local communities identify new ways to save taxpayer dollars. 



02.05.15 - Reps. Rogers Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil For Epilepsy Patients


State Reps. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) on Tuesday introduced House Bill 33, legislation to legalize medical cannabis oil to treat patients with severe forms of epilepsy.  


01.21.15 - Reps. Rogers, Patterson To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Reps. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the committees on which they will serve to help shape and refine public policy.


01.15.15 - Rep. John Rogers To Lead House Democrats On Legislative Panel


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) Monday was named Local Government Committee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.


01.12.15 - Rep. Rogers Announces State Funds To Improve Boating Safety Programs In Lake County


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced $56,680 in grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to communities throughout Lake County. The funding will aid in the completion of boating access facility projects and boating safety education programs.  


12.02.14 - Rep. Rogers' Dravet Syndrome Bill To Be Signed Into Law


Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed House Bill 270, Rep. John Roger’s (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) bill to designate October 16 as “Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day.” 


08.29.14 - Rep. Rogers Applauds State Funds For Lakeland Community College Renovation Project


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) announced Thursday that the state has awarded a $5 million grant to help renovate and expand the Health Technologies building at Lakeland Community College


05.29.14 - Rep. Rogers: Stopping Energy Standards Costs Ohio's Economy, Consumers And Environment


On Wednesday, State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s—by most accounts, successful—advanced energy standards. These standards, passed by the legislature in 2008 with wide bipartisan support, have created thousands of jobs and saved $1.03 billion for Ohio consumers and businesses.


02.13.14 - "Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day" Closer To Being Recognized By State


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) applauded Wednesday's unanimous House passage of his bill to establish October 16 as “Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day.” 


02.12.14 - Student Safety Act Would Require Security Standards In New Buildings


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) recently introduced the “Student Safety Act,” bipartisan legislation to increase student safety by requiring specific security features for newly-constructed school buildings. 


02.07.14 - Rep. Rogers Announces Statehouse Fellowship Program


State Representative John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) announced on Friday that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2015.


01.15.14 - Paycheck Freedom Gets Attention Of House Labor Panel


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) will urge colleagues to support his Paycheck Freedom Act—House Bill 253—before the House Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee this afternoon. The bill would ensure Ohio workers have the freedom to choose their preferred from of compensation. Some businesses currently pay their workers with ATM-like debit cards that can generate latent fees and surcharges.

“Ohioans should have the freedom to choose how they receive their hard-earned wages,” said Rep. Rogers. “People should be able to decide how they budget and spend their wages without worrying about hidden fees. Many Ohioans cannot afford to lose more take-home pay.”

The Paycheck Freedom Act would ensure that workers have the ability to receive payment via direct deposit, standard paper check, or paycheck card by requiring that employers offer at least one alternative to paycheck debit cards. Eleven other legislators are cosponsors of HB 253, including four representatives from the Northeast Ohio area.

Numerous states have passed legislation addressing payroll debit cards including, Colo., Del., Kan., Maine, Md., Mich., Minn., Nev., N. H., N. J., N. D., Okla., Va., and W. Va. 


12.05.13 - Reps. Rogers & Patterson Propose Medicaid Savings Be Used To Prioritize Local Schools


On Wednesday, State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) introduced legislation to grow the state’s “Straight A” fund with some $400 million in expected budget savings from Medicaid expansion. 


11.13.13 - Rep. John Rogers Brings Expertise To Local Government Innovation Council


State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) was appointed to the Local Government Innovation Council last week.  The council awards grants and loans to local government economic development projects that prioritize collaboration and shared services.


11.05.13 - School Funding Shift To Local Taxpayers Hurts Education, Middle Class


State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) expressed concern today that historic state budget cuts to local public schools have shifted the responsibility of providing education for Ohio’s children to local taxpayers—resulting in $1.6 billion in new school funding levies since 2011.

Today, taxpayers throughout Ohio will be asked to consider a total of 72 new school funding requests at a cost of close to $260 million. The added downward pressure on local taxpayers comes at a time when the state is sitting on $1.5 billion in cash reserves and is close to realizing some $400 million in budget savings due to Medicaid expansion. 

“The state has shifted the responsibility of funding public education to local taxpayers, hurting our schools, children and middle class families,” said Rep. Patterson. “It is irresponsible to abandon our state obligation to provide education for our children. This isn’t a sustainable way of funding public education in our state, and local taxpayers can’t afford it.”

Local school funding has been cut by roughly half-a-billion dollars since the enactment of Gov. Kasich’s first biennial state budget. The number of school funding levies since Gov. Kasich took office has increased dramatically—so has the dollar amount of proposed local tax increases.

“The escalating financial pressure to provide for an adequate and equitable education remains the principal responsibility of the State of Ohio,” Rep. Rogers said. “The continued trend of the current administration to shift the burden of school funding to the local taxpayer effectively hurts our schools, our communities and our kids. If we are serious about fostering economic growth and opportunity here in Ohio, then we should be investing in our children, our future.”


10.08.13 - Legislation Increases Security Of Small Business Owners


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) recently introduced House Bill 282, legislation to improve the security of Ohio’s small businesses that operate out of the owner’s home. Currently, the Ohio Department of Taxation publishes identifying information-- the type, location and contact information-- of all Ohio businesses online.

“Information of this nature being so readily available can leave individuals and their families more vulnerable to criminals with an interest in what might be found in the home,” said Rep. Rogers. “With internet driven start-ups becoming more and more popular, our state should address the safety concerns that arise from running a business out of your home.”


10.04.13 - Rep. Rogers Seeks To Ease Graduates' Debt Burden


State Representative John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) offered testimony for the “Ohio Graduate Debt Assistance and Employment Incentive Act,” House Bill 246. The Graduate Debt Assistance Act would adjust the taxable income of recent graduates based on their student loan debt load, and it would offer incentives to employers who hire recent graduates. 


06.18.13 - State Rep. John Rogers To Serve On Public Utilities Committee


State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Public Utilities. 

“Ensuring that Ohioans are getting quality service from electric, gas, water, and sewage companies is vitally important,” said Rep. Rogers. “Consumers need adequate safeguards in place, and utility companies need a clear picture of the regulations they must follow. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we address these issues and seek to establish policies that are in the best interest of Ohioans. I am honored that House Leadership has asked me to serve in this capacity.”


05.24.13 - Rep. Rogers Honors Local National Champions


State Rep. John M. Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) yesterday recognized the outstanding achievements of the Willoughby South High School Academic Decathlon Team that recently won the National Championship at the United State Academic Decathlon (USAD) Competition in Minneapolis.