During this winter season, several specialized committees—task forces created by the Speaker of the House—have been meeting across Ohio to address specific policy areas. These task forces focus on Ohio’s most pressing issues, including the heroin and opioid crisis, energy policy, Alzheimer’s and dementia, education and poverty, and BRAC and military affairs. As the committees wrap up their research, I wanted to give you an update on the work they’ve been doing.


The Task Force on HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education, and Safety) has been traveling across different regions of Ohio to get feedback from local officials, law enforcement, and others impacted by drug abuse and addiction. In Cuyahoga County, new policy ideas for combatting this crisis were discussed. Also focusing on health policy, the Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia has been spreading awareness and learning more about how to assist the thousands impacted by Alzheimer’s and related illnesses.


It was made clear through witness testimonies for the Task Force on Education and Poverty that there is a distinct relationship between poverty and poor academic performance. Insight from superintendents and educators who have seen this issue firsthand will be crucial as the task force recommends solutions for eliminating this link. On a different note, the Task Force on Energy has been forward-looking, discussing Ohio’s energy landscape and how the state can be better prepared for an advanced and self-sufficient energy sector in the future.


Finally, the Task Force on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Military Affairs has been visiting military bases around the state to learn how to be better prepared against potential moves by the federal government to close and consolidate bases in the future. With so many Ohioans employed at these bases, it is essential that our military installations are bolstered in value and that their infrastructure is up-to-date.


The recap is just a snapshot of all the work these task forces have been doing to learn more about the biggest issues facing Ohioans. The ultimate goal behind these studies is to consider legislative initiatives to work toward solving these problems and making Ohio a better place to live, work, play, and most importantly, stay.

 
 
 
  
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Guest Column From State Representative Marlene Anielski: Task Forces Seek To Address Ohio's Most Pressing Issues

 

During this winter season, several specialized committees—task forces created by the Speaker of the House—have been meeting across Ohio to address specific policy areas. These task forces focus on Ohio’s most pressing issues, including the heroin and opioid crisis, energy policy, Alzheimer’s and dementia, education and poverty, and BRAC and military affairs. As the committees wrap up their research, I wanted to give you an update on the work they’ve been doing.



 
 

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Rep. Marlene Anielski Highlights State's Ongoing Suicide Prevention Efforts

 
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