Representative Michael Sheehy - House District 46
 

11.21.17 - Sheehy To Host Healthcare Town Hall, Encourage Public To Sign Up For Coverage

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) and Toledo Department of Public Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski will join public health officials Saturday, December 9 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Maumee Branch Library to discuss healthcare issues, open enrollment and the Affordable Care Act. Public Health staff will be ready to help people navigate the healthcare exchange and sign up for coverage before the Dec. 15 deadline.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in signing up for healthcare should bring income information documenting their annual earnings, their social security number and personal information of any dependents, including social security numbers. All information will remain private and confidential.

WHO:               State Rep. Michael Sheehy

                          Toledo-Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski

WHAT:           Healthcare Town Hall, Healthcare Exchange Sign Up Drive

WHERE:        Toledo Lucas County Public Library

                         Maumee Branch

                         501 River Rd

Maumee, Ohio 43537

WHEN:            Saturday, Dec. 9

3:00-5:00 p.m.

 
 

09.12.17 - Sheehy Announces $440,000 For Local Technology Program

 

State Reps. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $440,000 in state funds to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to advance its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. The funding was approved by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“In a 21st-century economy, encouraging technological development is vital to maintaining Ohio’s competitive edge in the industry,” said Ashford. “I am glad to see the state support projects that will foster innovation, create jobs and establish new opportunities for economic growth in our community.”

 
 

09.07.17 - Reps. Sheehy, Ashford Celebrate Ribbon Cutting At UT Drinking Water Research Laboratory

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today applauded the opening of the Drinking Water Research Laboratory at University of Toledo’s College of Engineering to better test local public water safety.

“New cutting-edge technology at the Drinking Water Research Laboratory will make it possible to immediately know whether any harmful toxins are in our region’s water supply,” said Sheehy. “This project is an example of taxpayer money helping to solve one of Ohio’s biggest problems: the safety of drinking water for our citizens.”

 
 

08.14.17 - Sheehy Condemns Violence In Charlottesville

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued a statement in response to Saturday’s attack during a politically-charged protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack killed one person and injured at least 19 others.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those injured and affected by the attack in Charlottesville over the weekend. We must face the hard truth that racial tensions in America still require significant time and effort to heal. I plan to join Toledo-area residents this evening for a march of solidarity to convey our community’s feelings toward those involved in the heinous actions in Charlottesville. All are welcome to participate and reflect on Saturday’s events in hopes that we can move forward together without hatred and violence.”

 
 

07.07.17 - Sheehy: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers recently voiced objections over House Bill (HB) 233, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Restaurant Association and numerous other public safety groups joined together in opposition to this legislation. We look for the Governor’s leadership in exercising his veto authority to stop this dangerous threat to public safety,” said Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon).

 
 

06.13.17 - Sheehy Cheers State Investment In Local Manufacturing, Agribusiness

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $536,347 in state funds to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to develop medical devices with the use of 3-D printing and to offer business and technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers in Northwest Ohio. 

“I am thrilled to see state funds come home to Northwest Ohio to help create new, innovative manufacturing jobs and opportunities in our community,” said Sheehy. “The exciting work done by the Center for Innovative Food Technology makes our communities healthier and our businesses more successful and sustainable.” 

 
 

05.11.17 - Sheehy: GOP Tells Firefighters With 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.

Wednesday’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.  

“The men and women who put on uniforms and go to work to keep us safe do so knowing they face a greater risk of not coming home to their families at the end of the day,” said Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon). “Now, politicians in Columbus are turning their backs on our first responders, and walking away from our responsibility to protect those who protect us.”

 
 

05.03.17 - Rep. Sheehy Honored For New Road Safety Law At Ohio Bicycle Summit

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) attended the Ohio Bicycle Federation’s (OBF) fourth Ohio Bicycling Summit Tuesday, an event at the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate National Bike Month and the recent passage of the three-foot bicycle-passing clearance law. Sheehy, a sponsor of the new road safety law, was honored with the H.M. Huffman Award for Service to Ohio bicycling for his work to make the roads safer for cyclists and motorists.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Rep. Sheehy. “As an avid bicyclist myself, I know how frightening it can be when a car passes you quickly and closely on the road. I am just glad to have been able to pass this legislation to ensure the safety of bicyclists and motorists. Receiving this award simply reinforces the importance of the new law for bicyclists across Ohio.” 

 
 

03.29.17 - Rep. Sheehy's Train Safety Legislation Receives First Hearing In Ohio House

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today provided sponsor testimony before the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee for House Bill 107 (HB 107), legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two individuals. 

“Although modern technology has allowed for smaller trains crews, reducing the crew to a sole person is a public safety risk. No technology safeguards can protect against operator fatigue,” said Sheehy, who worked in the railroad industry for over 40 years prior to his election as state representative. “Requiring two individuals on every freight train in Ohio will help cut down on potentially fatal accidents and keep our communities safe.”  

 
 

03.16.17 - Sheehy, Lepore-Hagan Renew Fight To Improve Train Safety In Ohio

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week renewed the fight to improve rail safety in Ohio by introducing House Bill 107, legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two people. The lawmakers say passage of the bill will help cut down on operator fatigue and reduce the likelihood of fatal accidents. 

“Having spent over 40 years working in the railroad industry, I can attest to the importance of requiring two-person crews on all freight train operations,” Sheehy said. “Raising safety standards in our state will help protect our freight operators and keep communities safe.” 

 
 

02.17.17 - Ohio Marks First Annual Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today celebrate the first annual “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of Mrs. Annie Glenn, to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. The legislation passed last year and designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition.

“Today, the Ohio House of Representatives celebrates Annie Glenn’s 97th birthday by marking the first annual awareness day honoring her work as an advocate for communication disorders,” said Sheehy. “Afflicted with a severe stutter, Annie Glenn overcame her disorder and become a role model for others facing similar challenges.”

 
 

02.17.17 - Sheehy Applauds Owens Corning Support Of Cherry Street Mission Job Training Program

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the $500,000 donation from the Owens Corning Foundation for Cherry Street Mission Ministries to help establish a building-trades school for adults.

“I am thrilled to see that the Owens Corning Foundation is giving so much to the Cherry Street Mission Ministries to support an expansion in adult education,” said Sheehy. “This collaboration brings with it great opportunities for personal advancement and job growth in our community.”

The collaboration will create the Owens Corning School for Building trades, a 4,000 square foot center that will teach construction, plumbing, electrical, and rough carpentry skills.

Cherry Street Mission Ministries is the largest organization serving individuals who are poor and homeless in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

 

 
 

02.16.17 - Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Improve Water Quality Through Partnership With Ohio Farmers

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today reintroduced legislation that seeks to protect and improve the state’s water quality by establishing the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program, which would incentivize farmers to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching. The bill was first introduced in the 131st General Assembly as House Bill 62.

“There’s nothing more important than the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Patterson. “In addition to ensuring safe and clean drinking water, the Ohio Water Quality Program would promote healthier streams, rivers and estuaries across the state. By partnering with Ohio’s farmers, we can strategically conserve farmland and establish a robust agricultural environment.”

 
 

02.02.17 - Sheehy Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“I am proud to see so many people from across the state come together to engage in an open dialogue about how to end human trafficking here in Ohio,” said Sheehy. “This annual event is a powerful reminder that we all need to stay committed in the fight against modern day slavery in our state and across the nation.” 

 
 

01.23.17 - Sheehy Applauds State Support For Electrical Improvements At Maumee Bay State Park

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $436,850 in state funds to contract with Feinknopf, Macioce, Schappa Architects to provide architectural services at state parks across Ohio, including the Statewide Campground Improvements project at Maumee Bay State Park.

“I am pleased to the state support improvement projects at Ohio’s beautiful state parks to accommodate outdated mechanical systems and the increased number of visitors over recent years,” said Sheehy. “This project will upgrade electrical amenities at Maumee Bay State Park to ensure safety and efficiency while camping.”

 
 

12.19.16 - Bipartisan Bicycle Safety Legislation Signed Into Law

 

Rep. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today celebrated the signing into law of House Bill 154, legislation he introduced to improve safety standards for cyclists in Ohio. The bill, which was joint-sponsored by Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton) and passed both the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support, was signed by Gov. John Kasich this afternoon. 

“This common-sense legislation is so important to the safety of both motorists and cyclists while sharing the road,” said Sheehy. “Several cities and communities have taken the lead on this issue by passing their own bicycle safety laws. This legislation will bring uniformity to our state and undoubtedly make Ohio’s roadways safer for all commuters.” 

 
 

12.15.16 - Rep. Sheehy Urges Kasich To Veto Continued Energy Freeze

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today sent a letter to Governor Kasich urging him to veto House Bill (HB) 554, legislation that dramatically changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” for the next three years.

“This legislation will undermine the economic and job growth of advanced energy businesses like First Solar in northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “Other leading businesses across the nation – and the globe – are turning to renewable energy sources to power their state-of-the-art 21st century facilities. Leading companies such as Apple, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Motors have all publicly pledged to produce one-hundred percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.”

 
 

12.08.16 - Sheehy Mourns Passing Of US Sen. John Glenn

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

“Senator John Glenn was a genuine American hero and an exemplary public servant. From humble beginnings in Eastern Ohio to an extraordinary career in military aviation, space exploration, and public service, his legacy will endure in the generations of Americans who find inspiration in his life and accomplishments. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the Glenn family, especially to his wife of 73 years, Annie.”

 
 

12.06.16 - Sheehy: Ohio Legislature Threatens Job Growth With Energy Standards Redo

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“Passing this bill threatens local businesses like First Solar, who employs twelve-hundred people here in Northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “House Bill 554 is a reckless measure that will act as an impediment to the growth of the renewable energy industry – both solar and wind. I believe this legislation puts the special interests of big business over the interests of Ohio consumers.” 

 
 

12.01.16 - Sheehy Joins State, Federal Lawmakers In Efforts To Improve Lake Erie Water Quality

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today hailed recent calls to action at both the state and federal level for more comprehensive efforts to improve the health of Lake Erie, saying cooperation and unity were key to ensuring the region’s greatest natural resource is adequately protected and preserved for future generations.

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) made a joint plea for the U.S. EPA to step in and designate the open water of Lake Erie’s western basin as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act. The same day, Sheehy offered sponsor testimony on House Resolution (HR) 214, legislation encouraging support for the 2016 agreement between Ontario, Michigan, and Ohio that established a goal of a 40 percent phosphorus reduction in the lake by 2025.  

 
 

11.10.16 - Sheehy Applauds Snyder's Impaired Lake Erie Designation, Urges Kasich To Consider Same

 

 State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Orgeon) applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s declaration today of the western Lake Erie watershed as impaired, a designation that could trigger a federal EPA partnership to intensify efforts that limit dangerous runoff and lake contamination. Though Michigan was required to make the declaration under federal law, Sheehy says Snyder’s willingness and promptness shows leadership that can be emulated in the Buckey State.

“I applaud Governor Snyder’s leadership and his vision for a future that includes a safe and clean Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “The vitality of our state’s most precious natural resource is inextricably linked to strong and stable economic growth and safer, healthier families. I urge Governor Kasich to take note of Snyder’s decision and consider doing the same.”

 
 

11.01.16 - Sheehy Touts Maumee's Selection As One Of Ohio's Best Hometowns

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) is excited to announce that Maumee was recently selected as one of four “Best Hometowns” in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. The northwest Ohio citywill be featured in the magazine’s November issue, which reaches sales racks today.

“I am thrilled to see one of our own communities recognized for all the things that it has to offer, such as beautiful landscapes, friendly neighbors and sustainable job opportunities,” said Sheehy. “I have always known that Maumee is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. This latest honor will help shine a spotlight on Maumee and hopefully attract more tourists and future residents.”

 
 

10.19.16 - Lawmakers Seek Partnership With Ohio Farmers To Improve State Water Quality

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced a legislative proposal aimed at protecting and improving Ohio’s water quality through the establishment of the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program. Under the program, farmers would be incentivized to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching.

“This legislation is an important next step in the continuing effort to maximize crop production, boost farm profit and improve the long term water quality in the state of Ohio,” said Sheehy. “The Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program will give our agricultural partners the viable option of using their land to help reduce pollutants and excessive nutrients from leaching into our streams and rivers, thus protecting our watersheds.” 

 
 

09.29.16 - Rep. Sheehy Reminds Constituents Of Workforce Training Assistance Programs

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently announced that the Ohio Development Services Agency has opened the application process for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, which provides direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of the state’s employers.

“I am hopeful that employers in Lucas County will take advantage of this important opportunity to grow and supplement our skilled workforce,” said Rep. Sheehy. “This program offers educational training opportunities for companies to retain and grow their existing workforce while also improving overall company competitiveness.”

 
 

09.26.16 - Rep. Sheehy: CIFT, Inc. Chosen To Advance Ohio MEP Program

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $740,000 to CIFT, Inc. of Lucas County as part of advancing the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP).

“I am pleased to see the state continue to invest in our local economy by supporting hard working Ohioans in the manufacturing industry,” said Sheehy. “This release of funds for CIFT, Inc. will help to increase the productivity and effectiveness of our regional service partner to provide for the needs of key industry sectors and small manufacturers.”

 
 

09.12.16 - Sheehy Announces Local Engineering Firm Chosen For UT Facility Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $49,950 for the University of Toledo to contract with Design Engineers & Consulting Associates, Inc. (DECA, Inc.) of Maumee to upgrade and improve multiple electrical and HVAC mechanical systems in eight academic buildings.

“I am pleased to see the state choose Maumee’s own DECA, Inc. to carry out this project for its innovative engineering expertise and project success rate,” said Sheehy.  “Poor air quality and continued disruptions due to necessary maintenance work can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. This project will ensure that students are educated in quality, comfortable facilities suited for 21st-century mechanics and technology.”

 
 

09.02.16 - State Makes Final Payment For Unemployment Compensation Loan To US Government

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the recent announcement that the state of Ohio has paid the remaining $271 million of its debt to the federal government for an unemployment compensation loan.

“This move will provide great relief to employers in Ohio who have been paying higher taxes as a result of the state’s debt,” said Sheehy. “Paying off the debt earlier than originally expected is projected to save employers a net estimated $351 million, an amount that can now be used toward supporting hardworking families and expanding local businesses.” 

 
 

07.21.16 - Rep. Sheehy Announces Release Of Over $3M For Toledo-area Infant Mortality Program

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of over $3 million to the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio as part of the Infant Mortality Pathways HUB Model Demonstration Expansion grant program in Toledo. The program is designed to combat Toledo’s abysmal infant mortality crisis by targeting outreach programs and services to at-risk women.

“Infant mortality is still a heart wrenching reality for too many families in our community and throughout our state,” said Sheehy. “I am pleased to see the state’s continued investment in proven programs like the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB that connects potentially at-risk women with quality resources and practices to ensure they give birth to happy, healthy babies that live to see their first birthday.”

 
 

07.11.16 - Lucas County Psych Hospital To Undergo $1M Safety Upgrade

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of over $1,379,000 in state funds to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) for fire and elevator safety upgrades. The three-story building will receive updates to the existing fire alarm system, in part to connect the fire alarms to the hospital’s four elevators.

“There must be clear communication in an emergency situation for the safety of patient’s, their families, and the community that NOPH serves,” said Sheehy. “That is why I am happy to support NOPH in making a sound investment in fire safety maintenance and prevention.”

 
 

06.20.16 - Rep. Sheehy Announces State Support For Highway Safety During Interstate Route 75 Construction Project

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $529,953 in state funds to help maintain safe passage for travelers and prevent vehicle collisions during the major widening project on Interstate Route (IR) 75 in Lucas County. The funds will help pay for permanent concrete barriers along the interstate.  

“I am pleased to see the state investing in our local community to ensure drivers and passengers remain safe while construction is underway,” said Sheehy. “These funds are vital to upgrading Lucas County’s highway system and will ensure that both workers and travelers can return home safely at the end of the day.”

 
 

06.06.16 - Sheehy Announces State Dollars For Western Basin Clean-up Effort

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $355,000 in state funds for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to help improve water quality in the Port of Toledo and the western basin of Lake Erie. The Port Authority will partner with the City of Findlay to use a new silt collector system to capture and remove sediment and associated nutrients from the Blanchard River prior to its entry into the Maumee River and ultimately, the Port of Toledo commercial shipping channel.

“I am pleased the state is supporting this effort to help clean up the western basin of Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “For over 100 years, the Port of Toledo has contributed the economic, recreational and cultural health of our region. Efforts like this will help ensure families and businesses continue to benefit from our greatest natural resource for years to come.” 

 
 

05.31.16 - Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day Bill Signed Into Law

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the signing into law of House Bill (HB) 431, legislation to designate February 17 – Annie Glenn’s birthday – as the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. 

 
 

05.24.16 - Sheehy's Bicycle Safety Bill Passes Ohio House

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, bipartisan legislation aimed at improving safety standards for cyclists in Ohio. 

 
 

05.20.16 - State Investments Ensure Toledo-area Companies Can Test And Develop Innovative Technologies

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced this week’s state approval of $1 million in funding for the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) in Toledo to support a pair of advanced manufacturing research projects.

“Innovative research projects such as this are instrumental in helping Ohio remain a competitive force within the manufacturing industry,” said Sheehy. “I am pleased that the state is investing in projects that will help expand opportunities for local manufacturing businesses and grow the regional economy.”

 
 

05.06.16 - Sheehy Hails New Memorial Highways Honoring Northwest Ohioans

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the signing into law of Senate Bill 182, legislation to designate memorial highways statewide. The omnibus legislation included two memorial highways sponsored by Rep. Sheehy to honor late Northwest Ohio leaders.

SB 182 creates a memorial highway on State Route 2 in Oregon, Ohio and in Jerusalem Township to honor soldiers from the community that did not return home from the Vietnam War. The new signage for the roadway will read “Vietnam Veterans: SP4 Arthur J. Heringhausen Jr., SP4 Ervin E. Harris, CPL Gerald E. Corlett, PFC Joseph G. Gill, PFC Esiquio A. Cantu, 2LT John W. Vaughan, PFC Scott D. Corrello, and A1C John M. Thayer Memorial Highway.”

“In designating these memorial highways I hope to honor these brave men who served in our armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” said Sheehy. “I am inspired by their heroic service, and I hope that these memorial signs will inspire others as well.”

 
 

04.27.16 - Lucas County Native Named Ohio Military Child Of The Year

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today congratulated Sydney Barret, of Curtice, Ohio, for being named Ohio Military Child of the Year by Ohio Military Kids. The Lucas County native was recognized today during a Statehouse ceremony. 

 
 

04.26.16 - Dem Lawmakers Push Legislation Urging Adoption Of Federal Railroad Safety Rule

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the introduction of House Resolution (HR) 383, legislation aimed at improving the safety of freight train operations in Ohio. The resolution expresses support for a recently proposed Federal Rail Administration (FRA) rule to require an operating crew of at least two individuals on all freight trains. 

“With over 40 years of experience in the rail industry, I can affirm the absolute necessity of requiring a two-person crew on all freight trains that run through Ohio,” said Sheehy. “Ensuring the safety of both our freight operators and our communities should be a top priority.”  

 
 

04.22.16 - Ohio's Regulatory Infrastructure Keeps Our Water Supply Safe

 

Every Ohioan depends on clean, safe water. Water is easy to take for granted. Turn on the faucet, and it is available.

Ohio is a water-rich state, bounded by Lake Erie on the north and the Ohio River on the south, with many streams and rivers within its borders.

In recent years, there have been concerns about the role Ohio’s agriculture community plays in protecting our environment, specifically as it relates to water quality. The good news is – through the passage of comprehensive legislation and detailed environmental regulations, Ohio has in place a robust infrastructure that can and does efficiently and effectively preserve our land, air and water.

 
 

04.06.16 - Real State Of The State On Water Quality Paints Murky Picture

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that although work has been done to address the water quality in Ohio more needs to be done. Specifically, Rep. Sheehy wanted to hear more about Governor Kasich’s plan going forward to mitigate the water quality issues facing Northwestern Ohio.

 
 

04.06.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Apparent Partisan ODOT Youth Hiring Practice

 

House Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) and State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today asked the Inspector General to investigate alleged illegal hiring practices connected to summer youth employment opportunities with the Ohio Department of Transportation. 

 
 

04.05.16 - Sheehy Calls On Governor To Address Water Quality Issues In State Of The State Address

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today called on the governor to address the ongoing water quality issues affecting Toledo and the Lake Erie basin in his upcoming State of the State address tomorrow night. 

“Last year, Governor Kasich failed to mention the ongoing water quality challenges faced by communities in Northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “The work accomplished with Senate Bill 1 to address these issues was a step in the right direction, but the state must take additional and immediate action to protect the drinking water of millions of Ohioans. I urge Gov. Kasich to lay out his plan tomorrow to protect Lake Erie and the Ohioans who depend upon it. We cannot afford to risk another water crisis.”

 
 

03.10.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Push To Restore Glass-Steagall Banking Protections

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) this week introduced a resolution calling for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, the core provisions of the federal Banking Act of 1933, to improve transparency and stability in the financial sector. 

“I believe we must reinstate commonsense regulatory reforms that were originally put in place to protect working families from economic catastrophe,” said Sheehy. “We have seen the devastation that occurs when the incentive for banks to take risks is too high. Restoring the Glass-Steagall provisions will help prevent another Great Recession from undermining Ohio families and businesses.” 

 
 

02.24.16 - Sheehy's Northwest Ohio Highway Dedications Closer To Becoming Law

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 182, legislation to designate memorial highways across the state. The omnibus legislation included two memorial highways sponsored by Rep. Sheehy to honor Northwest Ohioans. 

SB 182 creates a memorial highway on State Route 2 in Oregon, Ohio and in Jerusalem Township to honor soldiers from that community that did not return home from the Vietnam War. The new signage for the roadway will read “Vietnam Veterans: SP4 Arthur J. Heringhausen Jr., SP4 Ervin E. Harris, CPL Gerald E. Corlett, PFC Joseph G. Gill, PFC Esiquio A. Cantu, 2LT John W. Vaughan, PFC Scott D. Corrello, and A1C John M. Thayer Memorial Highway.”

“I think it’s so important to honor those who served in our military, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in losing their lives,” said Sheehy. “I hope that in passing and reading the veterans memorial highway signs, people will be inspired by these brave men and remember their valiant service.”

 
 

02.17.16 - Ohio House Marks Annie Glenn's Birthday With Passage Of Communication Disorders Awareness Day

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded passage from the House of legislation to establish the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Annie Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. House Bill 431, sponsored by Reps. Sheehy and Patterson, designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition.

“Today, the Ohio House of Representatives celebrated Annie Glenn’s 96th birthday by honoring her as an advocate for communication disorders,” said Sheehy. “Afflicted with a severe stutter, Annie Glenn overcame her disorder and become a role model for others facing a similar challenge.”

 
 

02.09.16 - Rep. Michael Sheehy Encourages Local College Grads To Apply For Paid Statehouse Fellowship

 

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

 
 

01.22.16 - Sheehy: President Obama Must Take Charge Of Search For New EPA Administrator

 

Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today called upon President Obama to lead the charge in finding an appropriate replacement for Susan Hedman as the EPA Region 5 Administrator. Hedman announced her resignation amidst the Flint water crisis, effective February 1.

 
 

01.21.16 - Lawmakers Propose Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

 

Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) introduced legislation this week to establish the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Annie Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who have struggled with a communication disorder. The legislation designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition. 

 
 

12.14.15 - Rep. Sheehy: State To Support Local Minority Flooring Business

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the approval of a Minority Business Direct Loan for $195,000 to American Flooring Installers LLC of Toledo to aid in the purchase of a new office and warehouse facility.

 
 

11.23.15 - Rep. Sheehy: State To Support Competitiveness Of Small, Mid-size Manufacturers

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $570,000 in state funding will be awarded to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to aid in the advancement of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership services project.

 
 

11.18.15 - Reps. Sheehy, Lepore-Hagan Fight To Improve Train Safety In Buckeye State

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) provided sponsor testimony this week before the House Commerce and Labor Committee for House Bill 371 (HB 371), legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two people. 

 
 

10.16.15 - Reps. Sheehy, Patterson Attend Agricultural Education Event In NW Ohio

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) joined fellow legislators in Northwestern Ohio today for an agricultural education event sponsored by the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District. The event focused on educating the legislators on agricultural management practices, and in particular, ways to reduce excessive phosphorous runoff that can harm water quality. 

 
 

10.05.15 - Rep. Sheehy Focuses On Great Lakes Protections, Restoration With Fellow State And Provincial Lawmakers

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon)recently joined other regional leaders in Great Lakes policy to explore how states and provinces can protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. At this year’s Great Lakes Legislative Caucus annual meeting, held Sept. 25-26 in Buffalo, participating legislators passed five policy resolutions and took part in sessions on how to stop the spread of Asian carp, mitigate the potential hazards of crude oil transport, and prevent toxic algal blooms by controlling nutrient runoff into the lakes and their tributaries. 

“I’m encouraged by solidarity shown in the Great Lakes region for protecting one of the world’s most important assets. This conference gives us a platform to find the best ways to preserve our water; now we are all tasked with implementing these ideas in our own legislative bodies,” said Sheehy. 

 
 

08.06.15 - Rep. Sheehy Urges Lucas County Voters To Confirm Registration

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today urged Lucas County residents who have not voted in four years to check their registration status ahead of a county-wide purge of the voter-rolls. 

 
 

08.06.15 - Rep. Sheehy Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced Ohio’s first-ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 7-9. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. Not only will the temporary holiday help offset Ohio’s 4.5 percent sales tax increase enacted by the 2013 state budget, but for three days shoppers will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year.

 
 

06.26.15 - Sheehy Says State Budget Waters Down Progress On Water Quality

 

Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued the following statement on changes that affect water quality in House Bill 64, the state’s two-year operating budget bill:

“I’m concerned that language in the budget that was approved will circumvent recently-passed Senate Bill 1 and the progress we made for healthier, safer and more reliable water sources in our state. Unfortunately, this budget contains provisions that water down our progress on water quality. We must remain vigilant that the progress made is not eroded and that our drinking water is safe for millions of Ohioans.”

 
 

05.01.15 - Sheehy Marks First Prescription Drug Abuse And Awareness Education Day

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today promoted the inaugural Prescription Drug Abuse and Awareness Education Day. In 2014, state legislators passed a law designating the awareness day as the first Friday in May. 

 
 

04.23.15 - Rep. Sheehy: $131.6 Billion State Budget Clears House With Attacks On Working Ohioans, Tax Cuts For Richest One-percent

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to the state’s two-year budget proposal, House Bill 64. Democratic legislators said the bill failed to lay out a real plan for the future of the state and instead advanced partisan attacks on working Ohioans and policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests.

 
 

04.02.15 - Rep. Sheehy: Lake Erie Law A Bipartisan Step In The Right Direction

 

Today, Governor John Kasich signed into law a bipartisan bill to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie. The signing of Senate Bill 1 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the Western Lake Erie basin. Kasich signed the legislation at Maumee Bay State Park, not far from the location of last year’s bloom.

 
 

03.26.15 - State Lawmakers Encouraged By First Step Toward Healthier Ohio Waterways

 

Wednesday, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 1, bipartisan legislation to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie. S.B. 1 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the western Lake Erie basin.

 
 

03.11.15 - House Votes To Pass Toxic Algae Bill, Rep. Sheehy Says More Work Needed To Protect Lake Erie

 

Tuesday the Ohio House passed a bill designed to help protect drinking water and combat toxic algae growth in Lake Erie. House Bill 61 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the western Lake Erie basin.

 
 

02.03.15 - Rep. Michael Sheehy Receives Legislator Of The Year Award From Ohio Farmers Union

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) was honored Saturday as a Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Farmers Union. 

 
 

01.15.15 - Rep. Michael Sheehy To Lead House Democrats On Legislative Panel

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) Monday was named Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.

 

 
 

10.17.14 - Reps. Sheehy, Patterson Urge Ohio EPA To Establish Microcystin Standards

 

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today urged the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue working to establish state standards for safe levels of microcystin in Ohio’s public water systems, a step that would be required with the passage of the Lake Erie lawmakers’ legislation—House Bill 625.

 
 

10.10.14 - Rep. Sheehy, Regional Lawmakers Urge JobsOhio To Consider Advanced Manufacturing Needs, Preserve Jeep Production

 

Today, Toledo-area State Reps. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) called on the state’s economic development agency, JobsOhio, to meet the demands of the growing advanced manufacturing industry by considering facility upgrades necessary to accommodate the potential Wrangler design change suggested last week by Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne.

 
 

09.22.14 - State Reps. Mike Sheehy & John Patterson Propose Monitoring For Harmful Toxin In Ohio's Drinking Water

 

State Reps. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today the introduction of legislation to require the monitoring of the harmful toxin microcystin in Ohio’s public water systems.  

 
 

08.20.14 - Rep. Mike Sheehy's Statement On $2 Million Federal Grant For Lake Erie

 

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) announced a $2 million dollar federal grant to help mitigate harmful algal blooms by reducing fertilizer runoff into the Western Lake Erie basin. State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) released the following statement in support of the grant:

 
 

08.08.14 - Rep. Sheehy, Lake Erie Democrats Urge Immediate State Action To Restore Health Of Great Lake, Safety Of Water

 

Today, Ohio House Democrats from along the Lake Erie shoreline discussed a series of policy proposals to stop the region’s toxic algal blooms and to prevent future public health emergencies, like last weekend’s Toledo water crisis. 

 
 

08.04.14 - Rep. Sheehy Renews Push For Tighter Run-off Regulations

 

State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) will again propose legislation to help reduce toxic algal bloom growths in Lake Erie, following this weekend’s water crisis affecting over 400,000 in Northwest Ohio. 

 
 

08.02.14 - State Lawmaker Calls For Immediate Action On Algal Blooms In Western Lake Erie Basin

 

A state of emergency has been declared in Lucas and Wood Counties after samples of water from an East Toledo facility containing microcystin – a harmful liver toxin released by the algal blooms plaguing the Western Lake Erie Basin - were found to exceed the level allowable for human consumption. The algal blooms are thought to be a result of high levels of phosphorus found in run-off from cities and farms nears the Maumee River watershed.

State Representative Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), who is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and an outspoken critic of Senate Bill 150, has been calling for tougher regulations on phosphorus polluters since he took office more than a year ago.

“I have been asking my colleagues to support my efforts to reduce run-off and prevent these severe algal blooms,” said Rep. Sheehy. He went on to say, “I even drafted an amendment to Senate Bill 150 which would ban spreading manure on frozen ground, limiting the manure run-off into the Maumee River, but it never made it to the floor of the House. I hope my colleagues and the administration will work with me to seriously re-examine the issue of phosphorus loading in Lake Erie.”

 
 

08.01.14 - Forced Closing Of Capital Care Network Based On Politics, Not Medicine, Lawmaker Says

 

The Ohio Health Department (ODH) on Wednesday refused to renew the health care facility license of Toledo’s last abortion clinic, Capital Care Network. The decision effectively closes the facility and cuts off medical care to thousands of Northwest Ohio women who will now have to travel out of state or over two hours to another major Ohio city for services.

 
 

06.06.14 - Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day Signed Into Law

 

On Thursday, House Bill 399, legislation which designates the first Friday in May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Education Day, was signed into law. The bipartisan proposal was jointly-sponsored by State Representatives Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay). Inspired by Kyle and April Schalow of Holland, who founded the RX Memorial Foundation inAugust of 2012, the day will help bring awareness to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

 
 

02.27.14 - Rep. Mike Sheehy: Voter Suppression Bills, Directive Further Attacks On Ohio Voter Rights

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) on Wednesday condemned the Ohio GOP’s partisan elections agenda, including Secretary of State Husted’s directive to limit in-person early voting hours and the passage of Senate Bill 216, which makes counting provisional ballots more difficult.

 
 

01.30.14 - Rep. Sheehy Closer To Bringing Awareness To Ohio Prescription Drug Problem

 

On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) announced the passage of House Bill 399, legislation which designates the first Friday in May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day. The bill was inspired by a constituent in the district who testified before the Toledo opioid sub-committee hearing over the summer.

 
 

01.28.14 - Rep. Sheehy Announces Roadwork Development Grant For Owens Corning

 

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) on Monday announced the release of a Roadwork Development Grant for $200,000 to Owens Corning in Toledo. The company has committed to creating 50 new full-time jobs and retaining 925 full-time positions in conjunction with road improvements to Ottawa Street and other state-funded projects around the Owens Corning campus. 

 
 

11.08.13 - Rep. Michael Sheehy Appointed To Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) received his third committee assignment; Sheehy was appointed to the Ohio House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. 

 
 

10.21.13 - Rep. Sheehy Hopeful For Long-term Medicaid Expansion

 

State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio today, after 10 months of inaction from the GOP-controlled state legislature.

 
 

07.31.13 - Rep. Sheehy Attends Hearing Of The National Commission On The Structure Of The Air Force

 

On Tuesday, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force held a public hearing in the Ohio Statehouse to determine if and how the structure of the Air Force should change. Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) drove from Toledo that morning to be in attendance.

“The Citizen-soldier has been the life blood of our Republic since its earliest days,” said Rep. Sheehy. “I continue to support the mission of the Air Force in Lucas County and of the Reserve and National Guard in Ohio.”

 
 

07.31.13 - State Rep. Michael Sheehy Celebrates New Bike Path

 

This morning, State Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) joined Mayor Mike Seferian and council members Peach, Seaman, Susor, and Reeves in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new bike path that will connect Oregon to Maumee State Park and Lake Erie.

“This is a demonstration of what can be accomplished when government and elected officials ignore partisan political agendas and focus on what’s good for the community,” said Rep. Sheehy.