ALLIANCE - 

State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) volunteered at a MLK Day of Service event Monday, hosted by the Regula Center at the University of Mount Union.


The event, which served to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life of service, attracted volunteers from around the community who joined Mount Union student volunteers to participate in the day of service. According to local sources, a record-setting 530 individuals attended the event, which first began in 2010.


Representative Hagan worked with several University of Mount Union students to paint the interior classrooms of Union Avenue United Methodist Church.


“It was an honor to volunteer with the Regula Center especially in recognition of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Rep. Hagan said. 


Other activities throughout the day included making fleece blankets for children at the Akron Children’s Hospital, painting flower pots for elderly individuals at a local nursing home and crafting winter hats for area domestic violence and homeless shelters.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced the new House standing committee structure, along with committee chairs and vice chairs, for the 132nd General Assembly.


“House committees serve a very important purpose by guiding policy brought forward by members and the people of Ohio, and the leadership of these committees is crucial to facilitating an organized and thorough process,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “I have every confidence in the chairs and vice chairs announced today and look forward to working with them on the work in their respective committees. We also have a new group of freshmen members who are ready and prepared to be leaders in the caucus and as leaders of various committees, and I look forward to working with this next generation of legislators.”


The House committees, as well as the members who will lead each committee, are as follows:


Agriculture & Rural Development



  • Chair: Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield)


 Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security



  • Chair: Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City)


 Aging and Long Term Care



  • Chair: Rep. Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville)


 Civil Justice



  • Chair: Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington)


 Community & Family Advancement



  • Chair: Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Margy Conditt (R-Liberty Township)


 Community & Family Advancement Subcommittee



  • Minority Affairs: Chair to be determined


 Criminal Justice



  • Chair: Rep. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton)


 Economic Development, Commerce & Labor



  • Chair: Rep. Ron Young (R-Leroy Township)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)


 Education & Career Readiness



  • Chair: Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley)


 Energy & Natural Resources



  • Chair: Rep. Al Landis (R-Dover)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance)


 Federalism & Interstate Relations



  • Chair: Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)


 Finance



  • Chair: Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township)


 Finance subcommittees



  • Agriculture, Development and Natural Resources (Chair: Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta)

  • Health and Human Services (Chair: Rep. Mark Romanchuk, R-Mansfield)

  • Higher Education (Chair: Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek)

  • Transportation (Chair: Rep. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon)

  • Primary and Secondary Education (Chair: Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima)

  • State Government & Agency Review (Chair: Rep. Keith Faber, R-Celina)


 Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development



  • Chair: Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay)


 Government Accountability & Oversight



  • Chair: Rep. Bill Blessing (R-Colerain Township)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin)


 Health



  • Chair: Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green)


 Higher Education & Workforce Development



  • Chair: Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)


 Insurance



  • Chair: Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Mike Henne (R-Clayton)


 Public Utilities



  • Chair: Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township)


 Rules & Reference



  • Chair: Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)


 State & Local Government



  • Chair: Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Stephen Hambley (R-Brunswick)


 Transportation & Public Safety



  • Chair: Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)


 Ways & Means



  • Chair: Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)

  • Vice chair: Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville)


 The full membership of these committees will be announced at a later date.

 
 
  
 
Rep. Ryan Smith Announced As Chair Of House Finance Committee
Rep. Scott Ryan to serve as Vice Chair
January 10, 2017
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) will continue to serve as Chairman of the House Finance Committee for the 132nd General Assembly, after previously serving as chair in the 131st General Assembly.


“The state operating budget is the single greatest undertaking the legislature tackles during each General Assembly, and ensuring its passage requires an experienced and knowledgeable leader at the helm,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “Representative Smith has continually demonstrated the ability to bring all voices to the table and run the committee process in a way that is fair and organized. I am pleased to appoint him chair of the Finance Committee again this year and look forward to getting started on the governor’s budget proposal.”


The House Finance Committee will be tasked with passing the state operating budget proposal, which will be unveiled by Governor John Kasich later this month.


“I am very thankful to Speaker Rosenberger for the privilege to continue serving as House Finance Chairman,” said Smith. “The state operating budget will be an avenue to continue Ohio’s progress while also addressing the challenges we face. These challenges include fighting the drug epidemic, adequately funding our schools, creating an environment that leads to job creation and many other issues that deserve thoughtful consideration over the coming months.”


Rep. Smith is currently serving his third term as representative of the 93rd House District, which includes Gallia and Jackson counties along with parts of Lawrence and Vinton counties.


Speaker Rosenberger also announced that State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) will be appointed to vice chair of the House Finance Committee. He is currently serving his second term as representative of the 71st House District.


“Rep. Scott Ryan’s steady hand and careful attention to detail make him a natural choice to serve as vice chair of the Finance Committee,” Rosenberger said. “He will be an invaluable and insightful resource as we move through the budget process during the next several months.”


“It is an honor to have the opportunity to assist Chairman Smith in leading the extremely important work of the House Finance Committee,” said Ryan. “We are excited to begin the process of addressing the priorities of Ohio citizens in the upcoming budget deliberations.”


Additional House committee information will be released later this week.

 
 
  
Columbus - 

On Wednesday, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills sponsored by State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima). HB 432 updates probate laws and provides procedures for access to social media accounts and other digital assets of the deceased. HB 436 fixes an inconsistency in state law regarding OVI license suspension and offender vehicle mobilization.


The probate law reform will help ensure the orderly transfer of assets from the owner to beneficiaries of his choice. These updates will help tailor the system to a digital age.


"I am pleased that the governor signed this bill into law. It brings our estate laws up to date so that people can transfer their assets in an orderly fashion. Rules to transfer digital assets like email and social media accounts are particularly important in the digital world we now live in,” said Cupp.


HB 436 will give judges the discretion to release an OVI offender’s vehicle from an immobilization order at the same time the judge grants restricted driving privileges. If an offender violates the conditions imposed by the court, the immobilization order is re-imposed. This will enable the two provisions to work together as offenders’ privileges are restored.


“This common sense bill fixed an inconsistency so that now, if judges allow offenders to drive to work, the offenders can drive their own cars.”


Both laws will become effective ninety days from January 4. 

 
 
  
Columbus - 

State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) today applauded Governor Kasich’s signing of Senate Bill 27, legislation that creates presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Rep. Patton sponsored the legislation during the 131st General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate.


Due to their line of work, firefighters are more susceptible to developing cancer, as they are regularly exposed to high levels of toxins and carcinogens. According to sponsor testimony, studies have shown that more than half of firefighters in the United States are likely to develop cancer.


“Today marks a huge victory for Ohio’s firefighting community. This legislation ensures that this state has a mechanism in place to help firefighters who—due to the nature of their service to the public—are exposed to a vast number of carcinogens and therefore, suffer from an increased risk of certain types of cancers,” said Rep. Patton. “Ohio’s laws should reflect our employers’ responsibility to ensure as safe a work environment as is reasonably possible. Ohio’s firefighters have no unrealistic expectations regarding this, no firefighter wants to need the protections of this bill, but at the same time, no firefighter should be without the protections of this bill.”


Under the new law, all types of cancers and their treatments would be covered under the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund for any firefighter, full-time or volunteer, who has worked for at least six years on hazardous duty. A firefighter's cancer will be presumed to be work-related unless the employer can demonstrate otherwise, making it easier for firefighters to receive the treatment they need.

 
 
  
 
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger Sworn In To Final Term In Ohio House
91st District resident also leads Opening Day ceremony in Pledge of Allegiance
January 05, 2017
 
 

During this week’s Ohio House session, Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) was sworn in to his final term in the Ohio House of Representatives. Rosenberger represents the 91st District, which includes all of Clinton, Highland and Pike counties and parts of Ross County.


He also was sworn in for his second term as Speaker, accepting the oath of office of former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.


“I want to thank the citizens of the 91st District who continue to put their trust in me as their representative,” Rosenberger said. “In this corner of Ohio that I call home, my values and faith were established and continue to grow and flourish. It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to continue serving in such a revered institution as the Ohio House.”


During his inaugural speech on the House floor, Rosenberger addressed several issues he envisions will be priorities for the Ohio House in the coming years. These include bringing stability to school funding, ensuring certainty and predictability for job-creators, providing the elderly with more affordable home care options, finding market-based solutions to issues concerning Ohio’s energy future and tackling the state’s drug addiction epidemic.


The top priority for the House continues to be laying a foundation for entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs.


“Those of us in positions of political leadership must be mindful that we are not the creator of jobs, but only a means by which we can help foster them through good public investments,” he said. “Building an environment in Ohio that is friendly to both employees and employers will further enhance the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our state and country strong.”


To kick off this week’s session, 91st House District native Garrett Wahl led the House chamber in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Wahl, age 11, is a fifth grader at Belle Aire Intermediate in Washington Court House, where his mother also teaches.


“I was thrilled to have Garrett join us today in leading the Pledge of Allegiance,” Rosenberger said. “It was an honor to have someone from the district, as well as his family, attend session. Garrett has a bright future ahead of him, and I hope this is a day he remembers for a long time.”


 

 
 
  
Columbus - 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) today was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and as the Assistant Majority Whip for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 81st Ohio House District, which includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties, as well as part of Fulton County.


 


“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve the constituents of the 81st house district for another legislative term,” Rep. McColley said. “Many great things were accomplished by our legislature in the 131st General Assembly and I look forward to continuing that hard work to help make Ohio the best it can be.”


 


McColley graduated from Napoleon High School in 2003 and then went on to attend The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He then attended the University of Toledo College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2010.  Prior to being elected to the House, he served in the Community Improvement Corporation of Henry County, where he oversaw economic development efforts for the county and worked to improve local workforce development efforts between manufacturers and schools in Henry and Williams counties.  Rob and his wife Denise live in Napoleon with their daughter, Anna.


 


Representative Rob McColley is serving his second term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.  He was sworn in today during the Opening Day session of the Ohio House of Representatives and the 132nd General Assembly.

 
 
  
 
Ohio House Sends Bill To Governor That Permits Use Of Investigational Drugs To Treat Terminal Conditions
"Right to Try" bill permits clinical trial drugs for eligible patients
December 21, 2016
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives sent legislation to Governor Kasich that gives terminally ill patients, with the recommendation of their treating physician, the opportunity to access drugs that are still in the trial period with the United States Food and Drug Administration.


House Bill 290, also known as “Right to Try” legislation, will allow Ohioans who are suffering from a terminal illness to have increased access to investigational drugs, biological products, or devices that have passed Phase I of an FDA clinical trial and will remain in ongoing trials.


“The legislation is a last resort for individuals and their families who feel that their terminal illness has left them nowhere else to turn,” said Rep. Anielski, who sponsored the legislation with Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay). “Allowing those diagnosed individuals the right to try new medications, under the care and supervision of a physician, has the possibility to greatly improve the patient’s quality of life and, in some cases, provide life saving measures.”


Brian Wolf, a local resident of Cuyahoga County and supporter of the bill, said, "Our family is so excited to have been involved in this historical legislation that will give hope to the families who will have a renewed sense of hope by being able to access safe drugs that they wouldn't have otherwise been able to utilize."


Currently, the FDA offers an expanded access program, which allows terminally ill individuals to access investigational medications. However, there are only about 1,000 annual participants and the application process is burdensome.


Under this legislation, patients are eligible to access an investigational drug provided that all approved treatment options have been utilized without satisfactory results. Before beginning treatment, the legislation requires physicians to obtain informed consent and provide treatment information to patients or their legal guardians. Additionally, House Bill 290 provides certain protections for parties that will be involved in the treatment process.


This legislation is not a mandate or requirement for doctors to provide their patients with investigational drugs, but instead creates an opportunity not previously available to physicians and patients.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS—State Representative Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 3, a bill that deals with various education issues and includes a provision that he has been pushing for his entire first term.


This provision, which passed the House in the spring as HB 441, would allow non-public school students to play sports at either their home school district or at the district in which their non-public school is located, fixing a huge issue that families who attend St. Mary’s Catholic School in Leipsic have been facing.


In addition, the legislation would prohibit students from being denied the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities simply because of their enrollment in College Credit Plus courses. This provision is also unfortunately needed after such an occurrence in Rep. McColley’s district was brought to his attention.


“The goal of this legislation is to promote school choice for Ohio’s families and to eliminate the disincentives a student may have from advancing his or her education through a program we put in place in the College Credit Plus Program,” McColley said. “It just doesn’t seem right for there to be an outright ban on participation in either situation that constituents in my district have encountered.”


Senate Bill 3 passed both the House and the Senate last week and now heads to Governor Kasich for approval.

 
 
  
 
Speaker Rosenberger Announces 2017 House Session Schedule
Session calendar set for first half of 2017
December 15, 2016
 
 

 


COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced the House legislative session schedule for the first half of 2017.


 


All dates are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, House session will be held at the following times:


 


Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.                    Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.              Thursdays 1:00 p.m.


 


 

 

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Columbus - 

State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) today applauded Governor Kasich’s signing of Senate Bill 27, legislation that creates presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Rep. Patton sponsored the legislation during the 131st General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate.



 
 

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