Representative John Patterson - House District 99
 

10.27.17 - Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Reduce Ohio 'brain Drain'

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) today announced the introduction of House Bill 396, bipartisan legislation to create the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Degree Loan Repayment Program.

“The Ohio ‘brain drain’ is not a new issue,” said Patterson. “It is a known fact that for years, many STEM students who attend our universities leave Ohio upon graduation for better-paying jobs in other states. This legislation will help incentivize STEM specialists to stay in Ohio, fostering economic development that will benefit our students, our business community and our state as we strive to establish a workforce for the economy of the future.”

 
 

08.02.17 - Rep. Patterson Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced Ohio’s third sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 4-6. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. This year’s sales tax holiday was created through the passage of Senate Bill 9, bipartisan companion legislation to Patterson and State Rep. Brigid Kelly’s (D-Cincinnati) House Bill 89. 

“This is a great opportunity for Ohio families to save money as they prepare their young ones for the upcoming school year,” said Patterson. “This can often be a stressful time of year for families who may struggle to afford to buy their children school supplies and new clothes. I’m proud of the bipartisan work we’ve done to help ease that burden. In addition, I’m very excited about the boost the tax holiday will bring to our local economy as shoppers choose to support local businesses instead of crossing state lines to shop in Pennsylvania.” 

 
 

06.02.17 - Lawmakers Aim To Ease Tax Burden On Working Families

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 243, legislation aimed at delivering economic relief to working families who have been hurt by tax shifts enacted in the past several state budgets. The proposal would exempt from sales and use taxes the sale of firewood and certain other heating fuels such as propane, oil and kerosene. Under the initiative, the state would be required to reimburse counties and transit authorities that suffer a loss of revenue as a result of the legislation.

“Governor Kasich and republicans in the legislature have increased the tax burden on those buying goods and services to pay for income tax cuts that have disproportionately benefitted the wealthiest Ohioans,” said Patterson. “For working families struggling to get by, every cent counts. The state has a long tradition of exempting products that serve a basic need from taxation – this bill will help ensure families are able to afford the fuel that heats their homes.”

 
 

05.30.17 - Patterson Proposes Bipartisan Bill To Raise Alzheimer's Disease Awareness

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 244, bipartisan legislation to designate June as “Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month” in Ohio. The Jefferson lawmaker hopes the legislative proposal will help raise awareness and recognize Ohioans who struggle with the neurological disease or other forms of dementia.

“Through this legislation, I believe we can further educate the public and support the dedicated caregivers who work each day to take care of those in need because of this disease,” said Patterson. “Thousands of Ohioans are affected by neurological diseases in one way or another—whether they themselves suffer from a disease or they have a loved one who suffers. It is important that we do all we can to raise awareness as a state so that we may one day find a cure.”

 
 

05.24.17 - Patterson Applauds House Passage Of "back-to-school" Sales Tax Holiday

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the House passage of Senate Bill (SB) 9, bipartisan legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the weekend of August 4-6, 2017 for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. This will be the third consecutive year that Ohio institutes such a tax holiday if the measure is signed by Gov. John Kasich. 

Rep. Patterson’s House Bill 89, introduced in February, served as companion legislation to SB 9. 

“It has been my pleasure, over the last two General Assemblies, to carry the companion bill in the House for this important legislation,” said Patterson. “For Ohio families struggling to make ends meet, the financial struggle of readying children for school each year is an especially burdensome challenge to overcome. It is my hope that our bipartisan work on this bill will result in crucial savings for working families.” 

 
 

04.10.17 - Jefferson Clerk-treasurer Testifies In Statehouse Committee

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) recently welcomed Patricia Fisher, clerk-treasurer for the Village of Jefferson, to the Statehouse to testify before the Ohio House Finance Committee on House Bill 49, the state’s biennial budget legislation.

“Patricia is a tireless public servant who cares greatly for the Village of Jefferson,” said Patterson. “By traveling to Columbus to voice her opposition to provisions of the state budget, she demonstrated once again her integrity and dedication to bettering our community.”

 
 

03.10.17 - Jefferson Sophomore Joins Patterson For Day At Statehouse

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) this week welcomed Jefferson Area High School student Kate Brand down to the Statehouse to shadow him on full day of committee meetings, House session and other legislative activity. 

“Although I am no longer in the classroom every day, I never pass up the opportunity to educate young people on the importance of civic engagement,” said Patterson. “Ms. Brand is a bright young leader in our community and I hope she shares the insights and experiences gained today with her friends and peers back home.” 

 
 

03.02.17 - Patterson: State Transportation Budget Clears Ohio House

 

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House yesterday approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years.  

“This transportation budget is a small step in the right direction, but resolving our infrastructure needs remains a serious challenge,” said State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson). “Ohio must invest adequately to bring our roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and wastewater facilities up to the standards necessary to retain and attract business and industry. In short, investments in infrastructure will lead to the job creation and economic growth so desperately needed throughout our state.” 

 
 

03.02.17 - Rep. Patterson: State Transportation Budget Clears Ohio House

 

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House yesterday approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years. 

“This transportation budget is a small step in the right direction, but resolving our infrastructure needs remains a serious challenge,” said State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson). “Ohio must invest adequately to bring our roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and wastewater facilities up to the standards necessary to retain and attract business and industry. In short, investments in infrastructure will lead to the job creation and economic growth so desperately needed throughout our state.”

 
 

03.01.17 - Patterson Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House

 

State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, a bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.

“As a father and a grandfather, I am glad to see the legislature modernize our domestic violence laws,” said Holmes. “Violence against women cannot be tolerated, and the perpetrator should always be held accountable. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation that will protect thousands of vulnerable Ohioans.”

 
 

02.27.17 - Patterson Hosts Ashtabula Leadership Program At Ohio Statehouse

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) last Friday hosted members of LEADERship Ashtabula County at the Ohio Statehouse for a day of learning about the legislative process and how state government works. Friday’s visit marked the fourth consecutive year that Rep. Patterson has welcomed the county leadership organization to the state capitol. 

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome constituents from the 99th House District down to the ‘People’s House,’” said Patterson. “The work we do at the Statehouse has a direct impact on the quality of life of families in our community and all across the state. I hope seeing how state government works up close will help inspire the next generation of civic leaders from Ashtabula.” 

 
 

02.23.17 - Dem Lawmakers Look To Renew "back-to-school" Sales Tax Holiday

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of House Bill 89, bipartisan legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the first weekend of August for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. If enacted, HB 89 would establish the sales tax holiday for the third consecutive year. 

“Over the last two years, we have helped Ohio families save significant amounts of money when they do their back-to-school shopping,” said Patterson. “In my district, families know they can simply cross the border into Pennsylvania to buy back-to-school clothes tax-free. Since we established the first tax holiday in 2015, we have seen a great number of families instead supporting their local businesses.” 

 
 

02.17.17 - OH Marks First Annual Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today celebrate the first annual “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of Mrs. Annie Glenn, to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. The legislation passed last year and designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition.

“Annie Glenn is an American hero and role model to many,” said Patterson. “Overcoming her speech impediment was a great achievement, and the fact that she became such an influential and inspiring public figure is a testament to her commitment to helping others with communication disorders.” 

 
 

02.16.17 - Dem Lawmakers Seek To Improve Water Quality Through Partnership With Ohio Farmers

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today reintroduced legislation that seeks to protect and improve the state’s water quality by establishing the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program, which would incentivize farmers to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching. The bill was first introduced in the 131st General Assembly as House Bill 62.

“There’s nothing more important than the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Patterson. “In addition to ensuring safe and clean drinking water, the Ohio Water Quality Program would promote healthier streams, rivers and estuaries across the state. By partnering with Ohio’s farmers, we can strategically conserve farmland and establish a robust agricultural environment.”

 
 

02.02.17 - Patterson Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“Sadly, in 2017 we still live in a world where humans are exploited on a daily basis through human trafficking,” said Patterson. “While we have indeed made great strides in combatting the scourge of modern day slavery, we still have much work to do to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable Ohioans – and I stand ready to do my part as an Ohio lawmaker. I applaud the efforts of Rep. Fedor and those who organized this important day of awareness and hope that together we can bring an end to this abomination once and for all.”

 
 

12.27.16 - Patterson Helps Protect Local Scenic Waterway Councils From Consolidation

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced that efforts to abolish each of the state’s 14 Wild, Scenic, or Recreational River Area Advisory Councils and consolidate them into a single statewide council have successfully been thwarted. The Jefferson lawmaker contributed to the efforts to prevent the consolidation plan in order to protect the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek Advisory Councils. 

“Our local council members are actively working on projects that are crucial to promoting healthy waterways in our community. As such, I saw it as my duty to support them and vigorously oppose the efforts to abolish local waterway councils,” said Patterson. “This is an important win for the ninety-ninth district, as both the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek Advisory Councils will be able to continue their tremendous work that benefits us all.” 

 
 

12.14.16 - Patterson's Bill To Strengthen Public Education Passes During Legislature's Final Week

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced this week the passage of House Bill (HB) 438, legislation to designate the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving Day as “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week” and pave the way for the consolidation of three school districts in Geauga County. The passage of HB 438 came during a flurry of activity by the state legislature during the final days of the 131st Ohio General Assembly. 

“Designating a week each year as Public Education Week may seem like a small gesture, but as a former educator I believe this will serve as an important reminder of the role public education plays in our everyday lives,” said Patterson. “Too many schools across our state are taken for granted, teachers are under more and more scrutiny, and many districts are feeling the stress of budget cuts. It is my hope that we will instead promote the importance of these invaluable public institutions.” 

 
 

12.08.16 - Patterson Mourns The Loss Of US Sen. John Glenn

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

“Senator Glenn was a hero and a role model for all. His accomplishments as both an astronaut and United States Senator are legendary and have inspired generations of Americans. I join my fellow Ohioans in commending his service to our state, and today I grieve with his friends and family, most importantly his wife of 73 years, Annie.”

 
 

11.30.16 - Bipartisan Legislation Making School District Consolidation Easier, Saving Taxpayer Money Passes Ohio House

 

State Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the passage of legislation that would change funding priorities under the Ohio School Facilities Commission for districts that have been consolidated.

House Bill 148 seeks to give a school district first priority for funding under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program if that district was created through the transfer, merger, consolidation, or creation of a new local district between July 2013 and June 2018. The legislation resulted from a unique situation in Geauga County where four school districts are considering consolidation.

 
 

10.19.16 - Dem Lawmakers Seek Partnership With Ohio Farmers To Improve State Water Quality

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced a legislative proposal aimed at protecting and improving Ohio’s water quality through the establishment of the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program. Under the program, farmers would be incentivized to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching. 

“Ensuring safe and clean drinking water for the citizens of Ohio is of the utmost importance,” said Patterson. “While we have made great strides in working with the farming community to fight agricultural runoff, as a state we can and should do more. The Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program gives us the opportunity to partner with Ohio’s farmers to strategically conserve farmland in order to promote healthier streams, rivers and estuaries.” 

 
 

05.31.16 - Annie Glenn Communication Disorder Awareness Day Bill Signed Into Law

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the signing into law of House Bill (HB) 431, legislation to designate February 17 – Annie Glenn’s birthday – as the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. 

 
 

05.09.16 - Patterson Proposal Aims To Keep STEM Grads Working In Ohio

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) introduced legislation last week to create the STEM Degree Loan Program, a state-level loan repayment plan aimed at keeping graduates working in Ohio after earning degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

 
 

02.09.16 - Patterson Introduces Permanent Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the introduction of legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the first weekend of August for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. Not only will the holiday help offset Ohio’s 4.5 percent sales tax increase enacted by the 2013 state budget, but for three days shoppers will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year. A similar proposal launched Ohio’s first temporary sales tax holiday in August 2015.

 
 

01.28.16 - Patterson Calls For Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) this week introduced House Bill 438, legislation to designate the week before Thanksgiving as “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.” Proposed as an occasion to celebrate public education and honor individuals that make a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education, the annual period of recognition will coincide with the national American Education Week, which was initiated by the National Education Association in 1921. 

“A child’s education is an invaluable asset that they carry with them for their entire life. Now, more than ever, it is important to show our strong support for public education,” said Patterson, who is a retired public school teacher and coach. “Educators across our state are dealing with budget cuts and unprecedented scrutiny at the local and state level. We should use this opportunity to affirm our support of Ohio’s dedicated public educators and recognize the important role they have in our communities.”

 
 

01.27.16 - State Rep. John Patterson Welcomes Kristin Boggs To Ohio General Assembly

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) this week welcomed Kristin Boggs to the state legislature after the Ohio House Democratic Caucus swore in the former assistant attorney general as state representative for the 18th House District during Tuesday’s House session. 

 
 

01.21.16 - Reps. Patterson, Sheehy Propose Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

 

Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) introduced legislation this week to establish the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Annie Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who have struggled with a communication disorder. The legislation designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition. 

 
 

01.07.16 - Reps. Patterson, O'Brien Look To Increase Public Safety Through Enhanced Injection Well Regulations

 

State Reps. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced new legislation to strengthen injection well regulations and procedures for the transportation and storage of liquid waste in Ohio. The bill’s sponsors say the focus of the bill is to ensure the safety of all who work and live near injection well sites while allowing Ohioans to capitalize on energy resources locked in shale formations throughout the state.

 
 

12.09.15 - Legislature Sends Feds Patterson, Ruhl Call For Action On Lyme Disease

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Fredericktown) today announced House Concurrent Resolution 5 unanimously passed the Ohio Senate with broad bipartisan support. HCR 5 urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take action to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease.

 
 

11.20.15 - Reps. Patterson And Smith Introduce Ban On Production And Sale Of Microbeads

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) introduced legislation today that would prohibit the manufacture and sale of microbeads, small plastic particles that are typically used in personal care products such as hand sanitizers and toothpastes. Microbeads can pollute public waterways — including Lake Erie — by slipping through water treatment systems when they wash down the drain.

 
 

10.16.15 - Reps. Patterson, Sheehy Attend Agricultural Education Event In NW Ohio

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) joined fellow legislators in Northwestern Ohio today for an agricultural education event sponsored by the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District. The event focused on educating the legislators on agricultural management practices, and in particular, ways to reduce excessive phosphorous runoff that can harm water quality. 

 
 

09.09.15 - State Rep. John Patterson's Conneaut Office Hours Rescheduled

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today that office hours originally scheduled for Monday, September 7 at the Conneaut Human Resource Center are CANCELED. The Center will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Rep. Patterson’s office hours at the Conneaut Human Resource Center will instead be held on Thursday, September 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

 
 

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

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) 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.  

“At a time when our state economy is still sluggish, it is wrong to give out of state workers employment opportunities over similarly qualified Ohio residents,” said Patterson. “It’s simple: local workers employed in local jobs stimulate the local economy.” 

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Patterson: State Budget A Failed Economic Plan For The Wealthy Few At The Expense Of Schools, Communities

 

On Friday, State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to House Bill 64, the state’s two-year budget bill. Democratic legislators voted against the measure, which they say lacks a comprehensive vision and offers little for hardworking Ohioans to get ahead. Instead, Democrats argue the bill advances policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests, such as charter schools, big utility companies and oil and gas companies, in addition to partisan attacks on working Ohioans.

 
 

05.26.15 - Patterson Helps Re-name Portion Of U.S. Route 20 To Honor Local Ashtabula WWI Veterans

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today that a portion of U.S. Route 20 has been designated as the “World War I Veterans Highway.” The newly-designated stretch of highway runs between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans during the First World War.

“Today’s highway naming brings honor and respect, long overdue, to those men and women who sacrificed so much in that Great War,” said Rep. Patterson. “Although the veterans of this war are no longer with us, we must preserve the memory of their sacrifices for future generations.” 

 
 

05.21.15 - Ashtabula Train Depot Receives "Most Endangered" Designation

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) participated today in an event at the Ohio Statehouse during which the Ashtabula Train Depot was named to Preserve Ohio’s 2015 Most Endangered list of historic sites. This year’s list identifies 13 historically significant Ohio sites that are in jeopardy due to demolition, disinvestment, or indifference.

“Today’s announcement helps draw much-needed attention to the significance of our historic train station,” said Rep. Patterson. “As a former United States history teacher, I understand how important it is to preserve such sites for future generations. Maintaining the Ashtabula Train Depot will help contribute to a robust and cultured society, and will serve as an important reminder of our past.”

 
 

05.14.15 - Patterson Says House-passed Standardized Testing Changes Will Benefit Students, Teachers

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the passage of House Bill 74, which reduces the amount of time elementary and secondary students will have to spend on standardized testing. The former Jefferson educator voted in favor of the bill, which passed the House with a bi-partisan vote of 92-1.

“A well-rounded education that prepares students for college and life after graduation requires more time in the classroom, not more time taking standardized tests,” said Rep. Patterson. “This legislation helps ensure that our children are spending the necessary time learning the skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to succeed.”

 
 

03.27.15 - Reps. Patterson, Sheehy Encouraged By First Step Toward Healthier Ohio Waterways

 

Wednesday, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 1, bipartisan legislation to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie. S.B. 1 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the western Lake Erie basin.

 
 

03.11.15 - House Votes To Pass Toxic Algae Bill, Rep. Patterson Says More Work Needed To Protect Lake Erie

 

Tuesday the Ohio House passed a bill designed to help protect drinking water and combat toxic algae growth in Lake Erie. House Bill 61 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the western Lake Erie basin.

 
 

01.21.15 - Reps. Patterson, Rogers 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 Patterson To Lead House Democrats On Legislative Panel

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) Monday was named the House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.

 
 

10.28.14 - Rep. Patterson Brings Together Alternative Fuel Experts, Local Governments

 

State Representative John Patterson (D- Jefferson) met today with a group of local government officials and a representative from Clean Fuels Ohio to discuss advanced energy opportunities in Ashtabula County. Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide non-profit that works exclusively with alternative transportation fuel, presented the business case for alternative fuel vehicles and identified potential funding sources.

 
 

10.16.14 - Reps. Patterson, Sheehy Urge Ohio EPA To Establish Microcystin Standards

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today urged the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue working to establish state standards for safe levels of microcystin in Ohio’s public water systems, a step that would be required with the passage of the Lake Erie lawmakers’ legislation—House Bill 625.

 
 

10.09.14 - Patterson Helps To Lead Farmers' Property Tax Task Force

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) recently helped bring together Northeast Ohio farmers, The Ohio State University, county auditors, soil and water conservancy groups and County Farm Bureaus to address dramatic property tax increases on farmers from the state’s voluntary farm tax savings program, the Current Agriculture Use and Valuation (CAUV). The Ashtabula County lawmaker says he heard from concerned constituents that some were facing tax increases of over 300 percent on their farmland this year.

The first meeting at the OSU Agriculture Extension office in Jefferson, Ohio brought together over twenty stakeholders, representing nearly every form of agriculture in the region, including organic growers, dairy farmers, grain farmers, fisheries, and even woodlot entrepreneurs. The CAUV task force held its second meeting Monday in Ashtabula County.

The task force is currently taking a regional approach in addressing potential solutions to agricultural land value increases under the CAUV, but many hope the group can offer statewide recommendations that will help mitigate dramatic property tax increases on farmers in 41 counties across the state.

“It is my hope and intention that this task force will provide some very comprehensive thought to this program that has benefitted farmers since 1973,” said Rep. Patterson. “It is only through this collaborative discussion and research that we can present a plan that won’t result in a knee-jerk legislative reaction that could be very harmful for our current and future farmers of this county, region and state.”

Ohio’s CAUV was established 40 years ago in an effort to add predictability to farmers’ property tax bills while incorporating land valuation practices that were thought to be fairer, like a rolling average of crop prices, soil conditions and harvest volume.

Many farmers throughout the state use the CAUV, but in recent years, the program has proved to be somewhat volatile. Though farmers have felt the disastrous effects of the global recession in recent years, their property tax rates under CAUV will stick struggling farmers with big tax increases at the beginning of the year.

For a complete summary of the CAUV Task Force meetings, contact the OSU Extension Office at (440) 576-9008.

 
 

09.22.14 - Reps. Mike Sheehy & John Patterson Propose Monitoring For Harmful Toxin In Ohio's Drinking Water

 

State Reps. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today the introduction of legislation to require the monitoring of the harmful toxin microcystin in Ohio’s public water systems.  

 
 

09.04.14 - Rep. Patterson Applauds Court's Decision To Restore Early Voting Hours

 

Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released the following statement on today’s U.S. district court decision in which Secretary of State Husted was ordered to restore early voting hours in all counties in time for the November 2014 election. The ruling requires that voters be allowed to cast in-person absentee ballots 35 days prior to the election, which includes the restoration of “Golden Week”:

 
 

07.15.14 - Rep. Patterson: Accountability At Charter Schools Needed Now More Than Ever

 

Today, during a regularly-scheduled Ohio State Board of Education (BOE) meeting, former educators at a controversial Ohio charter school questioned why members of the board had provided an insufficient investigation of serious complaints filed against the school. Former teachers from Horizon Science Academy in Dayton reported numerous indiscretions at the school without receiving substantive response by the state board. Accusations included sexual misconduct and grade tampering. After being met with an overwhelming public outcry, the BOE ordered for an immediate investigation.

 
 

07.01.14 - Rep. Patterson: Tax Hikes, Funding Cuts From Last Year's Budget Taking Hold

 

On Tuesday, State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) marked the start of the state’s new fiscal year and the one-year anniversary of the largest General Revenue Fund budget in state history. Gov. Kasich signed the last state budget bill on June 30, 2013. At the time, House Democrats stood in opposition to the budget, saying the toxic mix of tax hikes on working and middle class Ohioans and funding cuts to schools and communities would not create the economic opportunity Kasich and his Republican colleagues promised. 

 
 

04.10.14 - Rep. Patterson's Education, Lyme Disease Proposals Make Mid-biennium Budget Bills

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Wednesday that two of his legislative proposals were incorporated into two mid-biennium review (MBR) bills. 

 
 

03.25.14 - Rep. Patterson Urges Common-Sense Updates To CDC Guidance On Lyme Disease

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced that he introduced a resolution on Friday to urge the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve definitions of Lyme disease symptoms and best practices for diagnosis and treatment.

 
 

03.05.14 - Rep. Patterson's Commonsense Updates To Historical Vehicle Use Signed Into Law

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced that his commonsense proposal to update registered historical vehicle uses was recently signed into law. 

 
 

02.28.14 - Rep. Patterson's "Maple Syrup Month" Bill Passes House Unanimously

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced that his legislation to designate March as “Maple Syrup Month,” House Bill 418, passed the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously on Wednesday. 

 
 

02.21.14 - Patterson's Sales Tax Holiday Would Help Families With School Supplies, Local Businesses

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Thursday that he introduced House Bill 450 to establish a three-day period in August—the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday— each year during which school supplies, clothing, computers and computer accessories are exempt from state and county sales and use taxes. 

 
 

02.11.14 - Rep. Patterson's Statement On Committee Passage Of "Maple Syrup Month" Designation

 

On Tuesday, State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released the following statement after the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee favorably passed House Bill 418, legislation Rep. Patterson recently introduced to designate March as “Maple Syrup Month”:

 
 

01.30.14 - Rep. Patterson Proposes March Be Ohio "Maple Syrup Month"

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Wednesday the introduction of a bill to designate March as “Maple Syrup Month,” House Bill 418.

 
 

01.28.14 - Rep. Patterson Announces Funding For Improvements In Geneva State Park

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Monday that the state’s Controlling Board approved funding for a rehabilitation project in the Chestnut Grove area of Geneva State Park. $27,473 in funding from the state was awarded to the project through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) NatureWorks grant program.

 
 

01.23.14 - Rep. Patterson And Sen. Cafaro To Honor WWI Veterans

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and State Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) today announced a measure to honor local World War I veterans. The lawmakers recently introduced legislation to designate a portion of U.S. Route 20, between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, as the “World War I Veterans Highway.”

 
 

12.05.13 - Reps. Patterson & Rogers 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. 

 
 

11.26.13 - Legislative Update: Discernment In Columbus

 

Discern—to separate (a thing) mentally from another; recognize as separate or different (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

 
 

11.01.13 - State Rep. Patterson Leads Bipartisan Group To Address Unconstitutional School Funding Model

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) organized and led the inaugural meeting of the Ohio Education Funding Caucus (EFC) on Wednesday. Discussion revolved around forming a general framework for how the group will operate and deciding what goals they should pursue.

 
 

06.19.13 - Rep. Patterson Proposes School District Debt Reform

 

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today that he introduced House Bill 216 to allow for the forgiveness of debt owed to Ohio’s Solvency Assistance Fund by an Ohio public school district.  The forgiveness of debt will only be applicable to qualifying school districts that are willing to be consolidated with an adjacent district.

“This bill will allow schools that have no other recourse to find a path to solvency that will benefit the families and communities they serve,” said Rep. Patterson. “My chief concern in crafting this bill is to help Ohio’s poorest school districts– ones that are crippled by debt and have had trouble passing even the most modest levy -in order to become solvent. We are simply creating a pathway to better education.”

 
 

06.05.13 - Many Working As One

 

As the Ohio Senate continues to draft new amendments to the proposed budget bill that passed the House two months ago, my colleagues and I have redoubled our efforts to introduce legislation that will positively impact the lives of Ohioans.  What is more, at home in Ashtabula and Geauga Counties we have been working closely with our agricultural community, our business community, ODOT, our educational leaders, and many other constituent groups to develop a comprehensive strategy that will serve to stimulate and expand our economy, our quality of life, and our collectively shared future.

 
 

05.30.13 - State Rep. John Patterson Hosts Bipartisan Get Together

 

State Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson) held a reception for Republican and Democratic lawmakers and staff Wednesday in Columbus. The purpose of the event was to encourage more bipartisanship in the state’s legislature while showcasing Ohio-made wines and cheeses.

 
 

05.22.13 - Legislative Update

 

As a kid growing up in the late 1950's and early 60's, it seemed as though every friend had a story to share about the exploits of his or her father or mother, with respect to WW II.  So many were involved in that great struggle that it was only natural to share those collective experiences with one another.  It was true after the Civil War as well--so many experienced so much that a common thread was woven into our national fabric. Indeed, it was after the Civil War that "Decoration Day" or now, Memorial Day, was instituted to remember the sacrifice of those who perished in that war, and to help heal the "wounds" inflicted upon those who survived the conflict.

 
 

02.27.13 - Legislation Honors Chardon School Shooting Victims

 

State Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson) introduced legislation today that would designate three memorial highways for the Chardon High School students who were killed in last year’s school shooting.