State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 159 by the Ohio House of Representatives, an omnibus bill that creates multiple license plates representing various causes.

The legislation includes language from House Bills 312, 313, and 319, originally sponsored by Rep. Anielski, which establishes various state of Ohio specialty license plates that will create a new source of funding for the schools. In addition to creating these plates, the bill requires the county identification stickers on license plates to identify the county by name only, rather than by name or number.

The license plates created in the bill include, among others:
• “Cleveland St. Ignatius High School” license plate
• “Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools” license plate
• “Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools” license plate

“The specialty license plates are an excellent option for constituents to show their school support.  The selection of additional student resources and programs will be locally controlled by their school administration and principals,” Rep. Anielski said. “Substitute House Bill 159 will create another opportunity for funding to protect our most precious gifts, our children.”

For the St. Ignatius High School specialty license plate, fifty percent of the funds will be used for student tuition assistance, while the remaining fifty percent of the funds will be used for the emotional and mental well-being of their students.  The funds for the two public schools will be allocated to the emotional and mental well-being of their student body.

Chagrin Falls Superintendent Bob Hunt said, “We are extremely excited to be included in this initiative.  It is a creative way to generate revenue for important student services while building pride within our local community.”

Kelly Lazar, the Coalition Director of Community Awareness and Prevention Association of Broadview Heights, said, “Brecksville-Broadview Heights is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful initiative. The specialty plate will provide current BBH students, families and alumni the opportunity to demonstrate community pride and provide funds to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of our students.” 

Sub. S.B. 159 also renames the Port Columbus International Airport as the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Substitute Senate Bill 159 now awaits the Governor’s consideration.

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