COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held a hearing today in Wooster at the OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, focused primarily on agricultural education.


 


“It was a delight to host the House Agriculture Committee to Wooster to discuss the future of agricultural education in Ohio,” said Rep. Amstutz (R-Wooster). “The OSU Agricultural Technical Institute and OARDC are invaluable resources to our region and the entire state.”


 


Among the organizations that testified before the bipartisan panel were The Ohio State University, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm Association.


 


“Today we heard about all aspects of agriculture education,” said Rep. Tony Burkley (R-Payne), Vice-Chair of the committee. “The testimony covered public and private institutions as well as educators, parents, students, and advisors. As we move forward, their testimony will benefit us greatly.”


 


Following the summer hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings, testimony, and recommendations that will be available to the public and will guide future legislative action in these areas.


 


This was the second of five summer hearings the committee will be holding throughout the state. The next committee hearing will be held September 1st in Salem, Ohio.

 
 
  

Earlier this month, shoppers around the state took part in a three day Sales Tax Holiday codified into law by the Ohio General Assembly last year through Senate Bill 243. From Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th, Ohioans were able to get a head start on their back-to-school shopping while avoiding sales and use tax on items like clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.


 


I was happy to vote yes on the bill when it came before the House in the hopes that it would help Ohio families cope with the sometimes overwhelming cost of preparing their kids for the coming school year. The provisions of the bill allowed for clothing priced at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional material priced at $20 per item or less to be sold sales and use tax free. Multiple items could be purchased at this rate. And so far, reports from the Sales Tax Holiday have been positive.


 


If these tax breaks weren’t enough, I was thrilled to see that around 25 retailers at Summit Mall also offered special deals over the Sales Tax Holiday weekend, which neared Black Friday levels of excitement. In Columbus, Polaris Fashion Place saw a 9-percent increase in customer traffic over the weekend, with some stores in Columbus reporting a 50-percent increase in traffic on Sunday. I’m pleased to see so many Ohioans visiting retailers like these across the state from an economic standpoint, but most importantly it signifies that more of our kids will be well prepared and fully stocked for the coming school year.


 


I look forward to seeing more information about the effect of the Sales Tax Holiday in the coming months. For now, I’m happy to see that our local businesses enjoyed a boost, and that on the first day of school, more of our kids were well-equipped and ready to learn.

 
 
  
CLEVELAND - 

State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) and a bipartisan group of Ohio state representatives took a tour of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.


"As the Chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, I feel that it is our responsibility to expose Ohio's General Assembly to the world-class research facilities located right here in Ohio,” Perales said. “The best way to do that is to take them directly to the source. Director Jim Free and his team are doing incredible things here at the NASA Glenn Research Center (NGRC); to be clear the Research Center will play a key role in unifying the aerospace and aviation players in the state."


During the tour, House members were shown around the Center and had the opportunity to learn more about its history and the research and development it conducts. The legislators saw wind tunnels and vacuum chambers unlike any in the world. But the most significant theme of the day were the external impacts that it provides to the state and general public. 


NASA Glenn Research Center has a $1.4 billion annual economic impact to the state of Ohio and employs more than 3,000 civil servants and contractors. Furthermore its research and development results in everyday public benefits when technologies are adapted to produce commercial products. Chevy is currently using topology mapping software developed at NASA to make drastic fuel efficiency improvements in its new cars.  The Cleveland Clinic is also using software developed at NASA to study fluid flow, in conjunction with MRI imaging, to visualize stresses in the human body.


According to its website, the Glenn Research Center was founded in 1941 and received its official name in 1999 after astronaut and former Ohio Senator John Glenn. Located on 350 acres and consisting of 150 buildings, the Center researches, designs, develops and tests innovative technology for aeronautics and spaceflight.


The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee was created last year through House Bill 292, sponsored by Perales. The committee strives to bring the state’s aerospace and aviation community together to develop a coordinated strategy to improve the industry’s economic opportunities, as well as elevating Ohio’s aviation and aerospace status in the country and world.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held a hearing yesterday at The Ohio State University to examine new developments in agricultural technology.


 


"The technology being taught here at OSU will improve farming practices and increase efficiency for years to come,” said Chairman Brian Hill (R-Zanesville). "And though technology can add cost to an operation, it can also enhance yields and overall profitability." 


 


Among the organizations that testified before the bipartisan panel were The Ohio State University, Green Climber, Ag Info Tech, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and Connect Ohio.


 


“Agriculture is continuing to evolve and it is important that our state remain updated on the latest discoveries in technology,” said Vice-Chair Tony Burkley (R-Payne). “We are fortunate to have a remarkable institution in The Ohio State University and I appreciate all of the findings they shared with us today.”


 


Following the summer hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings, testimony, and recommendations that will be available to the public and will guide future legislative action in these areas.


 


This was the first of five summer hearings the committee will be holding throughout the state. The next committee hearing will be held August 26th in Wooster, Ohio.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee held a hearing at the CityLink Center in Cincinnati yesterday, primarily focusing on finding policies that lead to good-paying jobs for Ohio residents living in poverty.


 


"The hearing enabled legislators from around the state to better understand the challenges and opportunities available for Greater Cincinnati residents and employers in southwest Ohio,” said Chairman Tim Derickson (R-Oxford). "I am proud of the numerous agencies helping individuals make life changing decisions to improve their lives and their families." 


 


Among the organizations that testified before the bipartisan panel were Cincinnati Works, the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, Ohio Means Jobs, Cincinnati State University, City Gospel Mission, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Oyler School.


 


“I am honored to be a part of the Community and Family Advancement Summer Committee that is looking at the role that poverty has on our community,” said Rep. Bill Blessing (R-Colerain Twp.) “By looking at ways to develop our workforce, we are able to find ways to combat poverty and make lives better. This will impact not only our local communities, but all communities across Ohio.”


 


Following the summer hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings, testimony and recommendations that will be available to the public and will guide future legislative action in these areas.


 


This was the second of three summer hearings the committee will hold throughout the state. It will conclude its summer hearing schedule September 15th in East Liverpool.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) has announced that the Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee will hold four hearings around the state. The committee will be examining healthcare efficiencies that lead to better health outcomes at a lower cost to Ohioans.







Majority Members


Minority Members


Steve Huffman (Chair)


Andrew Brenner


Bob Cupp


Scott Ryan


Mark Romanchuk


Doug Green


Sarah LaTourette


Christie Bryant Kuhns


Emilia Strong Sykes


Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) created this committee to examine healthcare models across Ohio that the House can help support and promote. The findings of the committee will potentially be used in legislation to be introduced later in the General Assembly.


Dates, times and locations of the upcoming committee hearings are as follows:




  • Graduate Medical Education Panel Discussion - Thursday, September 3, 1:30 p.m., at ProMedica Flower Hospital Administration - Conference Center Room E, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania, Ohio   43560






  • Behavioral Health - Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 p.m., at Shawnee State University, 940 2nd St, Portsmouth, OH 45662






  • Medicaid and Aging - Wednesday, September 16, 12:00 p.m., at MetroHealth Main Campus, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44109




  • Children’s Health, Innovative Medical Savings, and Population Health Management - Tuesday, September 22, 2:00 p.m., at Mercy Health - Fairfield Complex, 3050 Mack Road, Fairfield, Ohio 45014




Members of the press are welcome and encouraged to attend the committee hearings.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) toured Brown-Forman Cooperage and Aluchem of Jackson County on Thursday, August 13th. Located on Salem Road in Jackson, Brown-Forman Cooperage is a major supplier of staves used in the Jack Daniels’ brands. Aluchem, located on Beaver Pike in Jackson, produces tabular aluminas that can be found in the airplane engines. Representative Smith discussed with the business leaders about the challenges that their businesses face and how state government could assist with their needs.


 


“Brown-Forman and Aluchem are shining examples of the strong manufacturing base of our region,” Smith said. “Each of these companies have benefitted from the region’s skilled workforce and Ohio’s business-friendly climate.”


 


Additionally, Representative Smith met with the Jackson County Economic Development Board to discuss active projects and opportunities for economic growth in the county.


 


“Growing the economy and assisting job creators is vitally important to combatting most of our area’s challenges,” Smith said. “Jackson County was hit hard by the recession, but there has been a great deal of new economic and infrastructural activity that could yield positive results for the area.”

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee held a hearing at the Friendly Inn Settlement House in Cleveland yesterday to examine the effects of poverty on families and the ways that the state can help lift up struggling Ohioans, including through workforce development programs.


 


“I was very impressed by all the witnesses who shared their perspective with the committee,” said Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), Chairman of the committee. “We learned a lot about how Cleveland is dealing with workforce development for folks living in poverty. Equally impressive was learning about how different area neighborhoods are working hard to serve this segment of their population.”


 


Several area organizations testified before the bipartisan panel, including the Garden Valley Neighborhood House, The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Community College and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.


 


“The Community and Family Advancement Committee meeting was an inspiring experience,” said Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick). “It was great to hear from agencies, charities, and individuals devoting themselves to helping people successfully get out of poverty. There is a lot of good being done, but much more needs to be done to provide hand-ups instead of hand-outs.”


 


"Summer study committees provide the opportunity for the legislature to actively engage with Ohio citizens in locations all across the state,” said Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills). “It was a privilege to participate in the first study committee for Community and Family Advancement.  The committee members had the opportunity to hear many informative testimonies from Cleveland-area natives.  I look forward to taking legislative action where necessary, based on the committee's findings and reports in the fall.”


 


Following the summer hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings, testimony and recommendations that will be available to the public and will guide future legislative action in these areas.


 


This was the first of three summer hearings the committee will hold throughout the state. It will also meet in Cincinnati (August 18) and East Liverpool (September 15).

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) has announced the Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee will hold three summer hearings around the state. The committee, which Derickson has chaired since the beginning of this year, will examine the impact of poverty on families and look for ways to improve the quality of life for struggling Ohioans.


Dates, times and locations of the upcoming committee hearings are as follows:


>Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m., at Friendly Inn Settlement House (2386 Unwin Road, Cleveland, OH 44104)


>Tuesday, August 18, 1 p.m., at CityLink Center (800 Bank Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214)


>Tuesday, September 15, 1 p.m., at Kent State University at East Liverpool (Mary Patterson Building, 400 E. 4th Street, East Liverpool, OH 43920)


Press are welcome and encouraged to attend the committee hearings.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) recently introduced legislation that will create a refundable income tax credit for livestock owners or producers who invest in manure storage facilities.


House Bill 297 aims to encourage compliance with the new manure spreading standards outlined in Senate Bill 1.


“This legislation will encourage to farmers upgrade their manure storage facilities,” said Rep. Hill. “By helping farmers to mitigate the cost of these upgrades, House Bill 297 supports Ohio’s number one industry and helps to ensure improved water quality in Lake Erie.”


The credit is 50 percent of the eligible investment which is carried over five years (10 percent per year). In addition to the storage facility structure, items such as building plans, design, construction, manure handing equipment, and vehicles associated with spreading of manure are eligible. 

 
 
  
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