State Representatives Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) and Margy Conditt (R-Liberty Township) recently presented Dr. Thomas S. Tucker with an Ohio House resolution for being named the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.


Dr. Tucker currently serves as the superintendent of Princeton City School District, located in Hamilton County. With twenty-six years of experience in the field of education, serving in a variety of roles including teacher and principal, he has been able to successfully bring expertise, insight, and quality instruction to students around Ohio.


“Dr. Tucker is a national leader in public education and strong advocate for the Princeton community,” said Rep. Dever. “Having had the privilege to work with him on a number of issues, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor. I am confident that through Dr. Tucker’s leadership, Princeton City Schools will continue to thrive.”


“Dr. Tucker is a testament to his profession and an outstanding role model for students and school faculty alike,” said Rep. Conditt. “We are proud to honor him with this resolution”.


Dr. Tucker was in attendance at House session this week to receive the resolution.

 
 
  

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 440, legislation that promotes awareness for suicide loss and all who are affected by the tragedy.


House Bill 440 would designate the Saturday before Thanksgiving as “Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.” According to testimony offered in committee, 1,500 Ohioans die by suicide each year, and countless more are negatively impacted by these losses and suffer from the grief of losing a loved one.


“This legislation is a step to acknowledge and to assist those families, friends, and loved ones who have been affected by suicide in their lives,” Rep. Anielski said.  “The silent epidemic that is plaguing our nation knows no age, geographical area, or socioeconomic limit.  I hope this day will serve as a time of healing and comfort for so many across our state.”


House Bill 440 now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.

 
 
  

Yesterday, State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) hosted Ohio Aerospace Day at the Ohio Statehouse in conjunction with the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council (OAAC) and the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technical Committee (OAATC), which he chairs.


Throughout the day, several different events were held including a committee hearing to provide updates on Ohio’s aerospace industry, legislative meetings to inform legislators about certain initiatives impacting aerospace and aviation, as well as a luncheon with keynote speakers who are on the forefront of aeronautical advancement within Ohio.


The event was focused on not only celebrating Ohio as the birthplace of aviation, but to also showcase accomplishments that make the state a leader in aeronautical engineering and aviation. Perales says he hopes Ohio Aerospace Day will continue to grow and help to continue the legacy of Ohio’s aerospace and aviation industry.


“Ohio has so many key resources that the aerospace and aviation sectors are looking for, but we need a strategic vision to make sure that all our great institutions are communicating and collaborating so that we can compete better as a state,” Perales said.  “When you look at all the talents and abilities we have in Ohio, there is no reason we shouldn’t be the number one state in the country when it comes to aerospace and aviation.”


Several of the speakers at yesterday’s events included; The Honorable Mary Taylor, Ohio Lieutenant Governor; Dr. Janet Kavandi, former astronaut and current Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center; Brig. General Mark Koeniger, Commander, 711th Human Performance Wing; Dr. Eric H. Ducharme, General Manager, GE Aviation; and Jorge Gonzales, Director of Engineering, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

 
 
  
 
Bill Recognizes November As "One Health Awareness Month"
Legislation increases public awareness of the connections between human, animal health
November 30, 2016
 
 

State Representatives Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 580, which would designate November as “One Health Awareness Month” in the state of Ohio.


The legislation, jointly sponsored by Johnson and Huffman, works to recognize that human health, animal health and ecosystem health are linked, with the goal of improving the lives of humans and animals through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science.


An estimation by the Centers for Disease Control stated that approximately 75 percent of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting people originated from animals. These include recent outbreaks such as Ebola, Avian Influenza, Salmonella and the Zika virus.


“The health of human beings is inextricably tied to the health of the animals with which we share the earth,” Rep. Johnson said. “God expects us to be good stewards of the animal kingdom over which He gave us dominion. This ‘One Health’ recognition acknowledges the importance of our healthful connection to those animals, and to the earth which is home for us all. This is a simple way to pay tribute to all who labor in the betterment of world health, and to raise awareness of our medical interconnectivity.”


“I applaud my colleagues for passing HB 580,” Rep. Huffman said. “By raising awareness of the linkage between human and animal health, I am confident that the medical community will be able to make significant progress in improving the public health of citizens across Ohio.”


Committee testimony also pointed out that promoting animal health is important for human health as far as the human-animal bond. An example is companion animals, which can help improve mental and emotional wellbeing in humans as these pet owners are less likely to suffer from stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.


House Bill 580 passed on the House floor with a vote of 90-4 and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

 
 
  
 
Ohio House Passes Bill Establishing State Seal Of Biliteracy For High School Students
HB 487 enables students to graduate with biliteracy distinction
November 29, 2016
 
 

Today, the Ohio House passed legislation that establishes a State Seal of Biliteracy, which can be included on any high school diploma demonstrating that the student is fluent in a foreign language in addition to English.


House Bill 487, sponsored by State Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), designates graduates as bi-literate given that they prove a high level of proficiency in another language, suitable to use in college or a career.


“I am very excited about the Seal of Biliteracy,” stated Roegner. “H.B. 487 will give our Buckeye students a tangible means to display their language skills. Achieving proficiency in a second language is not only invaluable for learning another culture, but also for our students to find employment in a global economy.”


The goal of the legislation is to encourage students to study foreign languages, as well as to give employers and universities a mechanism for identifying candidates who possess a high level of understanding of a foreign language.


Under House Bill 487, the Department of Education is tasked with establishing the State Seal of Biliteracy as well as a suitable mechanism for assessing a student’s proficiency in a foreign language, such as an exam. While establishing a fee to demonstrate literacy in a foreign language is permitted by the legislation, it expressly prohibits charging a fee for the seal to be displayed on a diploma.


“I am especially grateful to Martha Halemba, who lives in my district and teaches in Rep. Roegner’s district, for bringing this legislative idea to our attention and for her ongoing diligence in working to ensure the House’s passage of House Bill 487,” said LaTourette. “This legislation will positively impact many students who are already exceling in two or more languages.”


According to the legislation, any language other than English constitutes a foreign language, including American Sign Language and native languages. House Bill 487 also provides a means for homeschooled students to attain the seal of biliteracy.


House Bill 487 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation that further expresses Ohio’s acknowledgement of Israel as a strong economic and diplomatic partner in the Middle East.


House Bill 476, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), bolsters the economic bonds between Ohio and Israel by prohibiting state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that are boycotting or disinvesting from Israel. Also known as anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction), HB 476 requires companies to explicitly state in such contracts declaring that they are not boycotting or disinvesting from Israel, an agreement that lasts through the duration of the contract.


“Our state’s relationship with Israel generates more than $200 million of economic benefit for Ohio each year,” Schuring said. “This legislation provides more opportunities for Ohio to continue its strong alliance with Israel, as well as bolster our economy here at home.”


The legislation further defines that to boycott Israel is to refuse to engage in business or commercial activity with the Israeli government, a company operating in Israel or a company operating in territory controlled by Israel to protect the Israeli government.


House Bill 476 now awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate.

 
 
  

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced the Senate State and Local Government Committee’s passage of House Bill 440, legislation that promotes awareness for suicide loss and all who are affected by the tragedy.  The bill passed unanimously out of committee.


House Bill 440 would designate the Saturday before Thanksgiving as “Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.” According to testimony offered in committee, 1,500 Ohioans die by suicide each year, and countless more are negatively impacted by these losses and suffer from the grief of losing a loved one.


“This legislation is a step to acknowledge and to assist those families, friends, and loved ones who have been affected by suicide in their lives,” Rep. Anielski said.  “The silent epidemic that is plaguing our nation knows no age, geographical area, or socioeconomic limit.  I hope this day will serve as a time of healing and comfort for so many across our state.”


House Bill 440 will now await a Senate floor vote.

 
 
  

State Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the passage of legislation that would change funding priorities under the Ohio School Facilities Commission for districts that have been consolidated.


House Bill 148 seeks to give a school district first priority for funding under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program if that district was created through the transfer, merger, consolidation, or creation of a new local district between July 2013 and June 2018. The legislation resulted from a unique situation in Geauga County where four school districts are considering consolidation.


“Recognizing that consolidation could prove to not only be the fiscally sound thing to do in some districts, but could also lead to additional course offerings and opportunities for students, Representative Patterson and I worked directly with the Office of Budget and Management to draft this legislation,” said Rep. LaTourette. “As we get closer to the bill’s enactment, I am grateful for the positive impact this legislation stands to make in my district.”


With the state’s assistance through this route of funding, school districts that are experiencing declining student enrollment would be able to merge more easily, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars and relieving the burden from local governments.


“House Bill 148 is a product of the collaboration and dedication of local school districts and their leadership teams, the Geauga Growth Partnership, Kent State University, and others,” said Rep. Patterson. “I am pleased the legislature was able to come together in a bipartisan way to develop a blueprint that can move public education into the 21st century with seamless opportunities for students to pursue career tech, college credit, or even agricultural education all on one campus in Geauga County.”


The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today released the following statement regarding the attack at Ohio State University:


“My thoughts and prayers are with all involved in today’s attack on Ohio State’s campus—those injured and their families, students, and staff. My sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to Columbus law enforcement officers, university police and all first responders for their quick response to this dangerous situation. Because of their diligence and commitment to keeping our city and students safe, the threat was quickly contained and further injury prevented. Students also deserve credit for cooperating with university officials and law enforcement as the situation unfolded. The Ohio House stands with Ohio State, law enforcement and the governor during this ongoing investigation.”

 
 
  

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is encouraging those interested to participate in events for Survivors of Suicide Awareness Day, which is recognized internationally as the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Events are scheduled throughout the state and the nation on Saturday, November 29, 2016.
 
Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.  Events are being held across the state on Saturday and an online webinar event is also available.  Please visit afsp.org/SurvivorDay to search locations for the events or to view the live virtual Survivor Day event online. 
 
All gatherings will include a screening of Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss, a new American Foundation for Suicide Prevention produced documentary that follows the grief and the journey of healing that follows a suicide loss over time.
 
House Bill 440, sponsored by Rep. Anielski, would designate the Saturday before Thanksgiving as Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  The bill is scheduled for a second hearing and possible vote on Tuesday, November 29th in the Senate State Government Committee.
 
“The designation of a Survivor Day is a step to acknowledge and to assist those families, friends, and loved ones who have been affected by suicide in their lives,” Rep. Anielski said.  “The silent epidemic that is plaguing our nation knows no age, geographical area, or socioeconomic limit. These healing events provide survivors with tools, resources and a support network to help manage grief and healing journeys."

 
 
  
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Rep. Dever Announces Start Of Round Two Of The Application Process For Local Government Safety Capital Grants

 
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State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) today announced that the Local Government Innovation Council will begin accepting applications for the second round of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program. Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can help to fund public safety projects in local communities throughout Ohio, including those in the 28th House District.



 
 

Milestone Reached To Bring Grocer To Vinton County

 
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State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today announced that preliminary terms between the Finance Fund and Campbell’s Market have been agreed upon to bring a grocery store to Vinton County.  



 
 

Representative Sarah LaTourette To Hold District Office Hours

 
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State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) today announced that she will hold open office hours in the 76th House District in October.



 
 

State Rep. Anielski To Host Military Resource Fair In Oakwood Village On October 28th

 
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State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is joining with the Mt. Zion Church in hosting a Military Resource Fair on Friday, October 28th.