State Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) was recently awarded the 2016 Scottish Rite Valley Community Service Award of Columbus.


"I was grateful to be honored by such an outstanding group of individuals who recognize the importance of paying it forward,” Rep. Grossman said.


The award is given to individuals in central Ohio who are actively involved in outstanding community service. Rep. Grossman previously served as mayor of her hometown of Grove City and continues to participate in local events and raise awareness about various issues on the local and state level. She is a current board member of the Central Ohio YMCA Metropolitan Board, the Southwest Education Foundation Board and the Grove City Rotary Club in addition to being a member of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.


Rep. Grossman is serving in her fourth term in the Ohio House and represents the 23rd House District.

 
 
  
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State Representatives Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Nan Baker (R-Westlake) today applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 300, legislation that would strengthen the penalties on drivers who are convicted of OVI-related aggravated vehicular homicide. House Bill 300, sponsored by Reps. Manning and Baker, passed out of the Ohio House last year.


Under current law in Ohio, a person convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide is required to serve a term of imprisonment, and the court must also impose a class one suspension of the person’s driver’s license. This suspension lasts for 15 years, but can begin at the time of the imprisonment.


House Bill 300 alters this law by mandating that the suspension of the driver’s license begins at the time the person is released from prison. Without this change, those convicted of the crime can fulfill the suspension of their driver’s license while serving time in prison, during which he or she cannot drive.


“House Bill 300 makes a small but important change to the law regarding operating a vehicle while under the influence,” said Rep. Manning. “Those who break the law, and unfortunately kill an innocent person while doing so, should feel the weight of their punishment by being kept off the road when they return from their imprisonment.”


The legislation also clarifies the criteria for seeking to modify or terminate license suspensions of greater than 15 years. Additionally, amendments made by the Ohio Senate provide a judge with the discretion to grant driving privileges for court proceedings and to transport a child to a care provider.


“House Bill 300 is common sense legislation that protects the innocent by keeping those that cause the death of another as a result of driving while intoxicated from getting their license back earlier than 15 years after they're released from prison,” said Rep. Baker.  “Thank you to our brave guests that gave testimony on behalf of their lost family members killed by a drunk driver.”


The Ohio House must now concur on the changes made by the Senate.


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State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) praised the announcement of new jobs coming to Gallia County.


This week the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, ElectroCraft Ohio committed to create 30 new full-time jobs at their Gallia County location in Green Township. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 0.704 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for the project.


“I was pleased to learn that ElectroCraft would be adding new jobs and investing in their Gallia County facility,” said Smith. “ElectroCraft’s continued commitment to this facility shows that southern Ohio is a great place to do business. This announcement and several others demonstrate positive signs for manufacturing in southern Ohio.”

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight.


Rep. Rezabek has also been appointed to serve on the Finance Committee, which is responsible for vetting appropriations bills. In addition to these appointments, he is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Local Government Committee. 


“I am honored to be appointed Vice Chair of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee as well as becoming a member of the House Finance Committee,” Rep. Rezabek stated. “I want to thank Speaker Rosenberger for entrusting me with this role and I am looking forward to continuing to serve my constituents of the 43rd House District as well as the citizens of the State of Ohio in this capacity.”


The appointments will be effective on Monday, September 26th.

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) has been appointed to serve on several House committees.


Rep. Gavarone has been appointed to serve on the Education Committee, the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee, and the Health and Aging Committee.


“I am excited to be selected to serve on such important committees in the Ohio House,” Rep. Gavarone said. “Education and health care are special priorities of mine and priorities of the people I serve in Wood County.  These committee assignments will allow me to even more effectively represent Wood County at the Statehouse.”


The appointments will be effective Monday, September 26th.


Rep. Gavarone is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed in August. She represents the 3rd Ohio House District, serving residents of Wood County. In addition to her public service, Gavarone is an attorney with Ruck & Wright Law and the co-owner of a family business with her husband of 24 years, Jim. She and Jim reside in Bowling Green with their three children, where they attend St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) has been appointed to serve as the Vice Chair of the Ohio House Education Committee.
                                                  
Born and raised in Summit County, Rep. Slaby is a retired teacher and taught at her alma mater, Cuyahoga Falls High School. She later ran a preschool and served as an administrative assistant at the Summit County Board of Elections. She also has owned two small businesses.


“I am thankful for the opportunity for the added responsibility of serving as Vice Chair of the Education Committee,” said Rep. Slaby. “I look forward to continuing to serve the students of Ohio and ensuring that the future of every child is bright.”


Rep. Slaby continues to serve on both the Ways and Means and the Energy and Natural Resources committees. She represents the 38th Ohio House District, which includes portions of western Summit County and western Stark County.

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has been appointed to serve on three Ohio House committees including Health and Aging, Insurance, and Ways and Means. Each committee hears bills on a variety of issues relevant to its particular focus.


"I love public policy and these committees will provide an incredible opportunity to shape the future of Ohio,” said Rep. Merrin. “My sleeves are rolled-up and I’m ready to start working.”


Representative Merrin was appointed as state representative of the 47th Ohio House District in August, filling the vacant seat. He is a realtor and a real estate investor with several years of experience in a variety of public office positions.

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today participated in a tour and media availability at Polaris Industries in Wilmington to mark the occasion of House Bill 429 going into effect. This legislation permits three-wheeled auto cycles to be driven by motorists who have a conventional driver's license. The law no longer requires obtaining a motorcycle endorsement to operate these vehicles.
 
Joined by State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover), State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), as well as a representative from Polaris Industries, J.R. Burke, the group toured the facility, which manufactures various adventure and powersport vehicles including ATVs, snowmobiles and auto cycles.
 
“I want to thank Polaris for welcoming us here today to see why they continue to be a thriving business and job creator in southwestern Ohio,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “I commend Representatives Niraj Antani and Bill Reineke for their work on this legislation, as well as Senators Frank LaRose and Bob Peterson for their efforts in the Senate. Today we were able to learn more about how the legislature can break down barriers for Ohio businesses and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to witness their work in action.”


"I want to thank Speaker Rosenberger for his support in being able to accomplish this important legislation," Representative Antani said. "Helping auto cycles get to market faster will help Polaris Industries expand their operation in Ohio and create more jobs. Ohio is now on the cutting edge of these new age vehicles and the automotive industry."


 

 
 
  

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) will be resigning from his seat in the Ohio House to take a position as Director of Tax and Economic Policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.


“I’m looking forward to pursuing new goals and projects in my position at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, however it will be incredibly sad to leave my colleagues and friends in the Ohio House,” Rep. McClain said. “I want to thank Speaker Rosenberger for his continual support and strong leadership, and I look forward to working with him and other House members in my new role. I also want to thank the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for trusting me to serve Ohioans in this new position.”


Rep. McClain is currently serving his fourth term in the Ohio House, where he has been an integral part of passing legislation on various budget and tax policy issues, including as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. During the 131st General, he also served on the Community and Family Advancement Committee.


“Rep. McClain’s expertise and leadership on the issue of tax policy will certainly be missed in the Ohio House,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “I’ve enjoyed working with him over the years and think his efforts have had a direct and positive impact on Ohioans. Jeff is a loyal and consistent public servant who will do great things at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.”


Rep. McClain’s resignation is expected to be effective October 2nd.


 

 
 
  

State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today announced that he will be hosting a public community event in Columbiana County with Attorney General Mike DeWine to discuss the drug epidemic in Ohio and its impact on local communities.
 
“I’m looking forward to hosting this community meeting with Attorney General DeWine in order to discuss this very important issue,” Rep. Ginter said. “Given recent events in East Liverpool that have shed light on how horrific this drug epidemic can really be, it is important we work together, transcending all party affiliations, to find solutions as soon as possible in coordination with our local communities. Last year, I co-sponsored lifesaving legislation that provided easier access to naloxone in order to stem the tide of overdose deaths in the state, which has made it clear to me that when we all join together on this issue, real work can be done to curtail its damaging and deadly results.”
 
The community event will take place Tuesday, October 11th at 10 AM at a location to be determined in Columbiana County. More details will be forthcoming in the following weeks.

 
 
  
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State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) today applauded Governor John Kasich’s signing of House Bill 171, legislation that lowers the amount of heroin in possession to be considered a major drug offender. Rep. Dever sponsored the bill with Rep. Bill Blessing (R-Colerain).



 
 

Ohio House Passes Legislation Encouraging Workforce Development In The Automotive Field

 
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State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation they jointly sponsored that would allow automotive technicians and motor vehicle technicians at retail stores the ability to join the Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program. 



 
 

Reps. Kunze, Stinziano Introduce Bill Strengthening Penalties For Strangulation In Domestic Violence Situations

 
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In a press conference at the Statehouse today, State Representatives Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) explained their recently introduced legislation to increase penalties for strangulation in domestic violence situations.



 
 

Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee Meets In Cleveland

 
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