Representative John M. Rogers - House District 60
 

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.