Guest Column:A Reflection Of 2015 In The Ohio Legislature
State Representative Marlene Anielski
December 18, 2015
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As the temperature drops and holiday shopping begins, we know that the time to celebrate the close of another year is upon us. As your state representative, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on 2015 and some of the changes the Ohio House of Representatives has accomplished during the past year in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of Ohioans.

This past summer, my colleagues and I worked to pass House Bill 64, the state biennial budget. The budget sets the spending for the State of Ohio for the next two years, and I am confident that many beneficial changes were incorporated into the budget, including:

·       Nearly $1.9 billion in tax relief to Ohioans over the next two years through income and small business tax cuts
·      Ensures no school district will receive less state foundation funding in FY’16 or FY’17 than it did in FY’15, including a total increase of over $850 million in state aid
·      Reduces the cost of higher education by freezing tuition and fees at state institutions for the biennium, making a college degree more affordable and accessible for all Ohioans

Additionally, the House of Representatives has introduced and, in many cases, already passed legislation on a variety of topics. These bills and resolutions include:

·      House Bill 4: addresses opioid addiction by allowing naloxone to be more readily available for individuals suffering from an opioid overdose;
·      House Bill 74: reduces the impact felt by grade school students from the increased pressure of   standardized testing by reducing the amount of testing hours within a school year;
·      House Bill 151: aims to combat cyberstalking and harassment by prohibiting social media posts with the intention of making another individual believe they are in danger;
·      Senate Bill 1: following the Toledo water crisis, SB 1 creates guidelines for crop fertilizer to ensure Ohio’s water quality is not compromised by algal blooms;
·      House Bill 28:  creates suicide prevention programs at Ohio’s institutions of higher education; and
·      Sub House Bills 313 and 319:  allows the creation of specialty license plates for several public and private schools, which would create additional funding for the schools to utilize specifically for the emotional and mental well-being of their students. 

Have a safe, prosperous and healthy New Year!

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