Columbus - 

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

The office hours will be held on October 24th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kent State Geauga located at 14111 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.

No appointment is necessary and all are encouraged to participate.

The office hours are not sponsored by Kent State University.


As your state representative, it is my job to represent the voices of each individual in my district.  It is vitally important to speak for the disabled and make sure their needs are addressed at the Ohio Statehouse.  My priority remains giving every person an equal opportunity to succeed—especially those with special needs.

During this General Assembly, our efforts on behalf Ohioans with special needs came via the passage of House Bill 155.  Also known as the Ohio ABLE (Achieve a Better Living Experience) Act, this legislation allows individuals with disabilities to create tax-advantaged accounts which allows them to have accounts not subject to federal income tax.  STABLE accounts are investment accounts, operating in a similar manner to some college saving or retirement accounts.  While money can still be withdrawn and deposited, the account gives users the ability to grow and save their money for long-term expenses.

Living with a disability often brings with it additional costs for healthcare, transportation, technology, and even basic living expenses.  Those who have such special needs still deserve the right to more independence and financial security, and STABLE accounts provide that opportunity.  Additionally, the act protects these individuals from losing certain needs-based benefits, such as Medicaid, because STABLE account funds will not count against your eligibility for federal benefits programs.

The program is administered through the Ohio Treasurer’s office and was officially launched this past June, making Ohio the first state to offer these accounts to those with disabilities and their families.  Deposits are easily made online, by the account holder or a family member, and a debit card can be obtained to assist in other transactions.  The Ohio ABLE Act is a simple and common-sense resource which can be utilized by those with a higher cost of living due to a disability.

I was proud to stand behind House Bill 155 when it passed through the Ohio House in 2015, so it is particularly rewarding to witness the program’s successful development and official launch.  I am confident this bill will help those individuals in Richland County and throughout Ohio with disabilities have a higher quality of life and be more financially independent.  If you would like to learn more about the STABLE program, please go to:


After an especially long and hot summer this year, autumn has finally arrived. There is a little nip in the air, school and football season are in full swing, and the jackets are dug out from the back of the closet. With the change of the seasons comes an abundance of fall festivals, where pumpkin picking and cider drinking are fully expected. I’d like to take a moment to highlight some remarkable festivals taking place in the Cincinnati region.

This weekend, on the third full weekend of October, the 2016 Minges and Weber Family Pumpkin Festival will take place in Harrison. The festival has a rich history in southwestern Ohio, having been held annually by the Minges family since 1984. Over the years it has grown into a blossoming event that has enjoyed the partnership of the Weber family since 2015. The family-friendly festival has activities for all ages—live music from local bands, straw mazes and pony rides, and games like a pumpkin pie eating contest. Not to mention, it also boasts a diverse selection of over 150 arts and craft vendors. I highly recommend taking your family over to their farm location to enjoy an array of fall activities!

A little later this fall and a bit closer to the Christmas season, the 19th Annual Germania Christkindlmarkt will take place in Colerain Township on the weekend of November 20 through November 22. This unique festival is the oldest and most authentic German-themed Christmas market in southwestern Ohio, and it is sure to not disappoint you and your family! It not only offers holiday entertainment, carriage rides, and traditional German food, but it is known for its extensive shopping opportunities. From homemade foods and crafts to imported German goods, the market’s shopping venue is a great chance to pick up a couple of special Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

The Cincinnati region is home to a diverse culture, with a wealth of different kinds of restaurants and entertainment. It seems there is always a new place to try or something fun to do over the weekends—that’s why I love this place, the place I call home, so much. This fall, I hope you and your family will take advantage of how beautiful the season is in Ohio and enjoy some local festivals before the busy holiday season is upon us. The Minges and Weber Family Pumpkin Festival and the Annual Germania Christkindlmarkt are two of my favorites to attend, and I hope they will become staples in your family’s traditions!


COLUMBUS—State Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) was recently named the 2016 Autism Speaks National Legislator of the Year.

Rep. Grossman was chosen for the award because of her advocacy work in the Ohio House and within her community. She also sponsored legislation along with Representative Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati) this General Assembly that would provide more opportunities for health insurance coverage to individuals with autism and their families.

"I am very honored to receive this recognition,” Rep. Grossman said. “I am very hopeful House Bill 350 will pass and make Ohio the 45th state to offer autism insurance coverage for the thousands of families affected with autism."

Autism Speaks is an organization serving individuals with autism, along with their families, through advocacy efforts, research assistance and outreach.

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

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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

The event taking place at Mt. Zion in Oakwood Village will feature a variety of organizations geared towards helping those who have served our country, no matter what era, their spouses, and families. Throughout the day there will be agency representatives who can help military personnel or their families with benefit questions, employment opportunities, and many other military related areas. The event is completely free and open to the public.  Free continental breakfast, haircuts, and additional offers will be available to those in attendance.

Date: Friday, October 28th 

Time: 10am-1pm

Location: Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village (1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood Village, OH 44146)

Bring: DD 214 or NGB 22 discharge papers.  If discharge papers are not available, please bring the social security card of the military personnel.

“All of our military personnel have given personal sacrifices in leaving their loved ones to protect our freedoms,” Rep. Anielski said. “It is my intention to make sure that all those who have served no matter in what capacity and no matter what era, are aware of the benefits and services available to them during the Military Resource Fair."

Please RSVP to or or call (614) 644-6041 if interested in attending.


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.


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.


Official Press Release


This September, the state of Ohio launched Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program that allows a person to shield their residential address from public records. The program, administered by the Secretary of State’s office, is an effort to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or sexual battery from being located by his or her aggressor. This issue arose after many in the legislature heard stories from victims who were tracked by an abuser after their address was found through an online search.

By performing the simple acts of registering to vote, registering a vehicle, or even filing for divorce—all forms which require a residential address—a person’s address then becomes a public record, which anyone can access. For victims who are still at risk from their abuser, this impedes their right to live an ordinary life, as certain everyday tasks are taken away in an effort to keep safe.

So how exactly does the Safe at Home program work? Victims can apply for the program through a certified Application Assistant, an employee at an agency that serves victims of violence and who has received the program training through the Secretary of State’s office. Once enrolled, a participant is assigned a P.O. Box address, to which mail from government agencies is sent and then forwarded on to their actual address. This allows the individual to complete a variety of governmental forms without fear of disclosing their home address to an attacker searching public records.

Safe at Home was only made possible through the passage of House Bill 359 by the General Assembly. Sponsored by my colleagues Representatives Mike Duffey of Worthington and Anne Gonzales of Westerville, House Bill 359 was a bill I was proud to stand behind and support throughout its enactment. Victims of such crimes have already been through more suffering than most people can imagine, and they are the last people whose everyday lives should be obstructed because of a concern for safety.

Protecting victims is not only a priority of the Ohio House and the state, but it is also a priority of mine as I continue to serve as your voice in Columbus. The Safe at Home program will give a sense of relief to many who continue to live in fear of an aggressor, allowing them to live their lives without choosing between such rights and activities like voting and personal safety.


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.

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Representative Sarah LaTourette To Hold District Office Hours

Columbus - 

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

Oakwood Village - 

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


Bill Strengthening Penalties For Traffickers Of Heroin Signed By Governor Kasich

Columbus - 

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


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.