Rep. O'Brien is sworn in as State Representative
Rep. O'Brien is sworn in as State Representative
 Rep. O'Brien surrounded by family after taking oath of office
Rep. O'Brien surrounded by family after taking oath of office
 Rep. O'Brien during House session
Rep. O'Brien during House session
 

For Representative Michael O’Brien, public service means more than a title; it is a way of life.  O’Brien’s experience in community leadership, from county and city governments to working with schools and law enforcement, gives him a deep understanding of the needs of the people living and working in the 64th District. He brings his decades-long experience with him to Columbus and looks forward to fighting for the hardworking people in the 64th District.

 
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05.18.17 - O'Brien: Workers Forced To Pay For Boss' Mistakes In Ohio Workers' Comp Bill

 

State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) yesterday voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

“Instead of moving to strengthen protections for our selfless, everyday heroes, Republican lawmakers created more hoops for injured or ill firefighters to jump through to get the care they need,” said O’Brien. “First responders who experience life changing situations for the safety of others deserve to know they will be covered for injuries sustained on the job, but unfortunately, I cannot assure my firefighter constituents will be taken care of due to this dangerous provision.”

 
 

05.10.17 - GOP Tells Firefighters Suffering From Cancer: "It's Your Fault"

 

Democratic members of the House Insurance Committee today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death.

Today’s proposed restrictions follow the House’s December 2016 passage of extended workers’ compensation protections for firefighters who developed cancer as a result of work conditions. The bill creates a condition in which courts presumes the firefighter didn't wear their protective gear correctly, resulting in the medical condition or cancer. 

“This is a direct attack on our first responders, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to save lives,” said the lead Democrat on the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland). “It is horrifying to think that some Republican lawmakers would make it harder for our first responders and their families to get the help they need, when they need it.”

 
 

05.02.17 - O'Brien: Valley Lawmakers Vote No On Unbalanced State Budget

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today voted to reject House Bill 49, the $63.7 billion state budget bill, which remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. Valley legislators were concerned that the budget failed to protect schools and local communities from further cuts, and included no fix for the funding counties and transit systems are slated to lose with changes to Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) taxes. 

“According to the statewide coroner’s association, Ohio is on track to experience six thousand opioid-related deaths this year. Just in the first weekend this April, eight people died from opioid overdoses in Trumbull County alone,” said Rep. Michael J. O’Brien (D-Warren), who offered a floor amendment to tap Rainy Day funds for adult and child protective services, local boards of health and other service providers grappling with the impacts of the opioid crisis. “Unfortunately, the funds allocated in this unbalanced budget are too little, too late. We need to do more to confront this crisis affecting so many families across the state.”

 
 

04.13.17 - As Ohio Economy Stumbles GOP Promises Some $1 Billion In New Budget Cuts Won't Undercut Statewide Opioid Emergency, O'Brien Disagrees

 

Gov. Kasich and GOP lawmakers today announced plans to cut the state budget by some $1 billion, but argued the proposed cuts won’t undercut efforts to fight the statewide opioid overdose emergency that gives Ohio the distinction as national leader in deaths from opioid overdoses.

“The idea that one-billion dollars in deep cuts to state programs and services won’t impact the statewide opioid overdose emergency is foolhardy, if not outright untrue,” said state Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren). “The fact is – we haven’t fully funded anti-opioid efforts to date, and the only known strategy to stem the rising tide of people dying from drug overdoses in our state is the governor’s “Start Talking” campaign. When schools don’t have money and communities are forced to lay off more first responders, there won’t be anyone left to have those conversations in our community. There’s no fat to cut – we’re deep in the muscle at this point.”

 
 
 
Representative Michael J. O'Brien
District 64
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5358
Fax      (614) 719-3964
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Hometown : Warren
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term