COLUMBUS—State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) recently introduced legislation that would designate a shelter pet as Ohio’s official state pet.


House Bill 319 is an effort to raise awareness for shelter animals. Each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, of which 1.5 million are euthanized. In Ohio, 70 percent of dogs in shelters are adopted, with the remaining 30 percent being euthanized. This statistic is as high as 58 percent in some counties.


"I've seen firsthand too many dejected and distressed dogs languishing in shelters to not want to do something to help,” said Rep. Lanese. “We adopted our two dogs, Charlie and Jackson, from an animal shelter eight years ago. I hope this legislation will not only shine a spotlight on animal shelters, but also show the state's support and appreciation for the shelter workers and volunteers and the rescue groups trying to save these companion animals, as well as for those who take on the responsibilities and joys of owning a shelter pet.”


The bill now awaits an appropriate committee designation.

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Guest Column From State Representative Laura Lanese: National Clean Energy Week: It's About Improving Our Future

 
Columbus - 

This week is National Clean Energy week and in recognition of that, I believe we should open the conversation to discussing renewable energies and what that technology would mean for our state. The way I view it, there are three main reasons to turn our focus and begin investing in Ohio’s energy future. Not only does the transition into renewable energy translate into more job opportunities and economic diversity, it also is cost effective for our citizens and ultimately improves the day-to-day quality of life. 



 
 

Rep. Lanese Commends Legislature's Approval Of Payday Lending Reform Legislation

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) commended the Ohio House’s concurrence on Senate changes to House Bill 123, legislation sponsored by Reps. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). The bipartisan bill will reform the state’s payday lending industry and is aimed at lowering interest rates on loans and helping borrowers avoid endless debt cycles.



 
 

Representative Lanese Sworn In As State Representative Of The 23rd House District

 

State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 23rd Ohio House District, which includes portions of Franklin County.