Speaker Rosenberger Announces Summer Traveling Committees, Creation Of A New Study Committee
Committees will travel the state, meet with constituents
August 03, 2015

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that two House standing committees will be touring the state to discuss various issues important to Ohioans.

The committee on Agriculture & Rural Development, chaired by State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville), will focus on modern-day agriculture and how it is shaping rural communities in the state. The Community & Family Advancement Committee, chaired by Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), will examine poverty in Ohio along with workforce development programs designed to help Ohioans out of poverty and into jobs.

“It’s crucial we continue our legislative work over the summer and get out into the communities we serve to better understand issues that impact our constituents,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “As with previous summer committees, these hearings will allow us opportunities to make recommendations and take legislative action on issues affecting Ohioans every day.”

Speaker Rosenberger also announced that a new summer committee has been created to study healthcare efficiencies in the state. The Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Summer Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City), will focus on Ohio’s healthcare system and how to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the new Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee can accomplish this summer,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “It’s an important issue to every Ohioan and continuing discussion on the topic of healthcare costs and transparency can ensure a better future for our state.”

These committees will hold a series of hearings across the state during August and September to gather information from citizens and experts to assist in formulating a final report and possible legislative recommendations.

Further details on the membership, agenda and locations for the summer traveling committees will be released in the near future.  


State Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) will soon be introducing a bill that will protect pastors, ministers and members of the clergy and any associated property  from lawsuits. This protection will allow these individuals to exercise religious liberty and only perform ceremonies if they are in line with their deeply held religious beliefs. Ohio’s pastors and church organizations should not be forced to violate their conscience.

Ohio currently protects the personal convictions and conscientious objections of all citizens in many other areas of the revised code. This measure just clarifies that these individuals need not be concerned about being sued if they are acting as they believe is right.

“This is not an issue of discrimination,” Vitale said. “It is an issue of protection; protection for those who have committed their lives to the service of God and their community.”

Similar legislation in Texas has passed both chambers with overwhelming bi-partisan support and has now been signed by the Governor and will soon become law. This has also passed at least one chamber in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Alabama. 


Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced that Ohio's first-ever, one-time Sales Tax Holiday will begin on Friday, August 7th and will end on Sunday, August 9th. This initiative was created through Senate Bill 243, signed into law in December of 2014.

Scaffer, while serving in the Ohio Senate last year, helped to shepherd the legislation through to passage when he served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

"Back to school shopping can put a huge strain on the pocket books of Ohio families," Schaffer said. "This will help ease the burden on family finances and allow Ohioans to put the money saved to other uses."

Tax exempt items are as follows:

>Clothing priced at $75 or less

>School supplies priced at $20 or less

>School instructional material priced at $20 or less

These price limits apply on a per-item basis, and Ohioans can purchase as many items as they need. Items with a price higher than these limits will be taxed at the standard rate.

Additional information on the Sales Tax Holiday is available through the Ohio Department of Taxation at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.


State Representatives Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) introduced legislation that would allow for terminally ill patients the opportunity to try a drug that is not approved by the United State Food and Drug Administration, while also permitting a drug manufacturer to provide such a drug to the patient or physician.

House Bill 290 places the control in the hands of the patient or their guardians, while ensuring that they are completely informed and aware of the possible risks and unknown effectiveness associated with investigational medications.  

“House Bill 290 will give terminally ill patients another option,” said Representative Sprague. “We want to ensure that Ohioans have an opportunity to utilize treatments that might have the potential to improve their health or save their lives.”

Four states across the country have already enacted “Right to Try” legislation, while it is under consideration in approximately eight more. Currently, Congress is considering “The Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act”, a federal law that would prevent the FDA from restricting the importation, manufacture, and sale of investigational drugs intended to treat terminally ill patients.

House Bill 290 currently awaits a House committee assignment. 


On Thursday, July 16th, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 28, which would create suicide prevention programs at Ohio’s institutions of higher education. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) received bipartisan, unanimous support from both chambers.


As written, the bill would require a five-part program to be implemented to help both on and off campus students who may be suffering in silence. The program will consist of crisis intervention access, mental health program access, multimedia applications, a student communication plan, and a postvention plan. Each public institution shall provide all incoming students with information on available depression and suicide prevention resources. All prevention materials shall be posted on the websites of The Department of Higher Education and The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Prevention materials are available FREE of cost.


Sadly, suicide was the second leading cause of death from ages 15-24, and now the third leading cause of death for those ages 10-24 in Ohio, according to 2013 data. As a state, Ohio is above the national average.


“House Bill 28 is a common-sense piece of legislation that solely aims to improve the lives of our young adults by providing free resources and help,” Rep. Anielski said. “We as legislators rely on facts in helping us make these important decisions. The statistics are overwhelmingly obvious that Ohio needs to take a stronger approach to preventing suicide, especially amongst our young adults. I am grateful to all of my colleagues for recognizing the importance of the legislation for protecting our most precious gifts, our children.”


House Bill 28 will take effect in October.


State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of $8,384,322 to help provide engineering and other necessary services for improving the Buckeye Lake dam.

Among other things, the funding will be used to offer a detailed assessment and construction administration to reduce the public safety risks currently prevalent at the dam. Other professional services offered under the contract include drilling, surveying and mapping, as well as public outreach, engineering and other rehabilitation projects at Buckeye Lake State Park.

"I applaud the Controlling Board's decision to release these funds," Schaffer said. "We are now one step closer to putting shovels in the ground and getting this project completed so that residents and businesses at Buckeye Lake can better enjoy the lake and all it has to offer. This will move us further in our mission to get the Buckeye Lake economy back on track."

Westerville-based company Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C. was selected to provide the engineering services to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the Buckeye Lake dam improvement project, based on a qualification-based selection process.


We’re facing a serious drug problem in our state and country. With an average of five Ohioans dying every day, drug overdose has been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio since 2007. There were 2,110 overdose deaths in 2013, which is a 10-percent increase from 2012. Furthermore, over 72 percent of these deaths were caused by opioids.

During the last General Assembly, a bill was signed into law that currently allows addicted individuals, along with their family and friends, to obtain and possess a non-abused substance called naloxone. Naloxone has only one use, which is to reverse an opioid-related overdose, and increased access to this overdose antidote has already resulted in numerous lives being saved. Although access has been increased, prescribers are currently required to be present when furnishing the substance. This requirement has somewhat limited the potential level of access to naloxone, so State Representative Jeffery Rezabek and I have sponsored House Bill 4.

House Bill 4 will remove this requirement and allow physicians to extend their authority through the use of written protocols. Under House Bill 4, after receiving a written physician protocol, pharmacists and other individuals will be permitted to furnish naloxone to individuals at risk of an opioid-related overdose, along with the families and friends of these individuals. While distributing this life-saving medication, they are required to strictly follow the instructions that are given to them through the protocols. The use of physician protocols is not a new idea and is typically used to increase access. As an example among other procedures, Ohio currently permits protocols to be used for some immunizations. Six states currently allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription, and twelve states allow individuals in the general public to dispense naloxone without a prescription. 

House Bill 4 is just one piece of the overall approach to address the opioid epidemic in the state of Ohio. Last General Assembly, we successfully passed legislation to prevent individuals from becoming addicted, stop diversion, and increase access to treatment. We’re currently reviewing other bills that continue these initiatives, which hopefully can put a stop to this serious epidemic.

Living after an overdose is often dependent upon emergency personnel arriving and administering the antidote, but giving families and friends increased access to naloxone will result in greater opportunities to stabilize users before first responders arrive. Last week, after months of work, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 4 into law. It is my hope that the bill will result in more lives being saved, which will give individuals a second chance and an opportunity to enter treatment. 


Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced the House legislative session schedule for the second half of 2015.

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.


Happy Independence Day from the Ohio House of Representatives!

Remember those who have served and sacrificed to make this country great.


The key to Ohio's future lies in our children. Throughout the budget process, my top priority was to implement initiatives that would help Ohio's students and ensure that every school district would have the resources they need to operate efficiently.

In order to achieve this aim, I had to make certain that our schools were held harmless in the elimination of the tangible personal property tax (TPP) by reimbursing schools for the money they would lose. I worked closely with leadership in both the Ohio House and Senate to ensure that each chamber passed a budget that protected school districts from the TPP phaseout. The budget amendment I offered guaranteed that no school district would receive less funding than in the current year. This proposal was supported by Republicans and Democrats. It was a win-win for the state and most importantly, our kids.

I was greatly disappointed when Gov. John Kasich vetoed $84 million in state spending on TPP reimbursements for Ohio's schools on Tuesday.

School officials, parents, teachers and elected officials from across my district came out in strong opposition to this veto. They have expressed extreme concern over the loss of the TPP funding and what it means for our local schools.

And I agree. This veto negatively impacts those in my district, and I stand, along with several colleagues in the House and Senate, in support of seeking some kind of action or initiative that will rectify the situation.

I encourage those in Southwest Ohio to reach out to me or their state representative. Together, we can find a solution that will benefit the children of Ohio.

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