Mayor Kevin Hurst testifying before the House State and Local Government Committee, Vice-Chair Anielski in the background.
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently introduced legislation aimed at making changes to the Casino Operator Settlement Fund’s second payment. Sub. House Bill 377 requires, when a commercial racetrack’s real property is located in more than one municipality or township, the second $1 million payment from the Casino Operator Settlement Fund is to be split proportionately among those municipalities or townships.


The legislation would only affect two of Ohio’s six commercial racetracks: Thistledown and Northfield Park, both located in Northeast Ohio. These two areas are affected because they are split between more than one municipality.


“My legislation would seek to have the second settlement payment be paid in actual proportion to the amount of real property located in each municipal corporation or township,” Rep. Anielski said. “10.9% percent of the Northfield Park racetrack is in the Village of Walton Hills , which means the Village would receive $109,000 of the second $1 million payment. It is important to note that each municipal corporation or township receiving such a payment shall use at least 50 percent of the funds received for infrastructure or capital improvements. The committee asked direct questions to the mayors as to how much money was spent on infrastructure already and about any future approved infrastructure plans.”


Sub. House Bill 377 is currently being heard in the House State and Local Government Committee and has had two hearings, which included proponent and opponent testimony. Two mayors from Northeast Ohio who testified in support of this legislation were Mayor Kevin Hurst of Walton Hills and Mayor Don Kuchta of Macedonia.


In his testimony to the committee, Mayor Hurst said, “I ask you to please recognize and support Sub House Bill 377 that would benefit our Village…” Mayor Kuchta spoke to the increased traffic and infrastructure needs he is experiencing due to the opening of the Hardrock Rocksino and accepts the potential 6.2%, or $62,000 to the City of Macedonia.


“Since there is an increase in traffic flow, it comes down to assisting my constituents in their infrastructure and capital needs, which is the right thing to do,” Rep. Anielski said. “We will continue the committee process for everyone to have an opportunity to speak directly on Substitute House Bill 377 and I greatly appreciate the mayors’ support of my legislation.”

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Guest Column From State Representative Marlene Anielski: Drug Price Affordability A Top Priority In Ohio House

 
Columbus - 

One of the most complex yet important matters we cover at the state and federal levels of government is health care. The health and wellness of all Ohioans is crucial, but the topic encompasses a wide array of stakeholders—the patients themselves, doctors, hospital administrators, pharmacists, drug and medical equipment manufacturers, and more. We must take into consideration the perspectives of all interested parties to ensure health care remains affordable and accessible for everyone.



 
 

State Representative Anielski Attends Vision Screening Training

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently attended a vision screening training program hosted by the Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness at Brecksville Broadview Heights High School. Volunteers were trained and certified to conduct standardized preschool vision screenings that help detect early vision problems.



 
 

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.



 
 

Representative Anielski Sworn In As State Representative Of The 6th House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 6th Ohio House District, which includes the south-east portion of Cuyahoga County, for a fourth term.