COLUMBUS - Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced that Douglas J. Swearingen, Jr. (R-Huron) was elected by the House Majority Caucus to represent the 89th House District, which covers both Erie and Ottawa counties. Representative-elect Swearingen will replace Representative Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) who is retiring effective July 31, 2019. 


“I’m pleased to welcome Representative-elect Swearingen to our caucus,” said Speaker Householder. “He is an accomplished attorney who has a lot of pride in his local community. He’s actively involved in the 89th district and will serve his constituents well at the Statehouse.”


Representative-elect Swearingen received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He currently practices law with the firm Wickens, Herzer, Panza with offices in Sandusky and Avon.


“I would like to thank my wife and my family for starting this journey with me,” said Rep-elect Swearingen. “I would also like to thank the House leadership for this opportunity. It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed to serve as the Ohio State Representative for the 89th District. Over the coming weeks and months, I very much look forward to building many more relationships with people in the community. I also am excited to discuss with all of the constituents their ideas and thoughts on how we can continue to make our district a great and prosperous place to live – where everyone has the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to pursue their life's ambition. I am humbled by the responsibility of representing the people that live in the 89th District at the state level.”


 He will be sworn into office on August 1 and begin representing the 89th district at that time.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Legislation to cut government red tape and help military families has been approved by the Ohio House of Representatives.


State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), a joint sponsor of the plan, said the legislation will make it easier for military spouses to secure licensing reciprocity in order to practice their profession when they move to Ohio.


“Spousal unemployment is one of the largest hardships faced by service members’ spouses,” Perales said.


Out of an estimated 3,600 military spouses in Ohio, 35 percent work in a profession that requires a license or certificate, such as real estate agents, nurses, teachers and cosmetologists. Upon moving to a new state, these professionals face burdensome licensure requirements. This legislation attempts to alleviate that burden to make it easier for military spouses to practice their desired profession.


House Bill 133 requires Ohio’s occupational licensing agencies to issue temporary licenses or certificates to members of the military and their spouses who are licensed in another jurisdiction and have moved to Ohio for military duty.


Four simple qualifications must be met to receive a temporary license; the individual must hold a valid and good standing license in their previous state of employment, as well as, show adequate proof their spouse is on military duty and that the individual has moved to a place of residency in Ohio.


Perales said the bill is simply “a no-brainer.” He added the issue of professional license reciprocity is drawing increasing attention among the states and at the federal level. In fact, the Office of Military Community and Family Policy under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense has named the issue one of their top priorities.


Perales said Department of Defense locating decisions are increasingly being influenced by state laws benefiting military members and families.


“This measure will help our military families and it sends a message that Ohio supports our nation’s armed forces and the men and women who serve,” Perales said.


The legislation now moves to the Ohio Senate for additional consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 1, legislation that expands access to treatment in lieu of conviction and sealing of low-level, non-violent, non-sex offenses. The goal of the legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), is to expand opportunity for those who have made a mistake to right a wrong and become a productive member of society.


“Our lawmakers have been working across the aisle to craft legislation that expands opportunities for all Ohioans,” said Speaker Householder. “This legislation is proof of that. I’m pleased that we will be able to help those overcoming addiction start a new life and become a productive member of society.”


House Bill 1 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


‘’HB 1 will establish policies that will help promote treatment and workforce development,” said Rep. Plummer. “It will do so, without limiting the decision making authority of local elected officials.’’


HB 1 passed the Ohio House with 91 affirmative votes and 6 negative votes and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 10, legislation that creates the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva) will create a permanent, centralized office within the governor’s office to coordinate the state’s drug-related efforts. The bill also will help support local efforts, including sharing best practices that have made a difference and helping facilitate mutual aid across communities.


“The drug crisis touches each and every Ohioan,” said Speaker Householder. “This bill will help us combat this deadly crisis by coordinating all of our state’s efforts in one centralized office.”


House Bill 10 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“Ohio is tied for first in the nation in overdose deaths, yet we do not have a statewide drug policy office. It is beyond time for this commonsense solution,” said Rep. Richard Brown. “I am proud to sponsor this bill to combat our state's addiction epidemic and support our local communities.”


“This legislation will allow state agencies and local governments to work together,” said Rep. Stoltzfus. “Through the Governor’s Drug Policy Office, standardized and streamlined proven practices will ensure effective and productive use of taxpayer money for drug treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation.”


HB 10 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 12, legislation that creates the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Don Manning (R-New Middletown) and Thomas West (D-Canton) will bring together a diverse group of experts to develop evidence- and outcome-based solutions to improve the mental health of children and young adults, and reduce suicides.


“Children are not immune from mental illness,” said Speaker Householder. “We must help our children and provide them with an environment where they can succeed and become healthy, happy, and productive adults. With the creation of the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network, we are supporting Ohio children and families.”


Half of all mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults.


House Bill 12 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“My experience in the youth mental and behavioral health space has shown me how desperately we need reform in these areas,” said Rep. Manning. “The creation of the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network is a pivotal first step in solving the mental and behavioral health crisis that we currently face in Ohio.”


“Having worked in the mental health space for most of my professional career, I recognize the immense need for an integrated and coordinated effort at the state level to give families the tools they need to support their children’s development,” said Rep. Thomas West. “It is my hope that with this legislation, we can renew Ohio’s promise of giving children a chance to thrive, not just survive.”


HB 12 passed the Ohio House with 86 affirmative votes and 3 negative votes and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 14, legislation that creates the Kinship Navigator Program. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) will help kinship caregivers locate support services that are available to them.


“This Kinship Navigator Program is greatly needed to assist those individuals that have stepped up to care for grandchildren, nieces/nephews, or siblings in a time of family crisis,” said Speaker Householder. “We must make sure these caregivers are given all the help and resources available and this program does that. I’m happy that Representatives Boyd and Baldridge were able to work together on this much needed legislation.”


House Bill 14 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“Whether it’s illness, violence or trauma that causes children to be removed from their biological parents, their next placement is vital to their healing, health and development. HB 14 will provide kinship caregivers the assistance they need to care for some of Ohio’s most vulnerable children,” said Rep. Janine Boyd. “As legislators, we work for you. Government can do better to help its constituency, and this bill takes us one step closer.”


“I am so encouraged that my colleagues voted in a bipartisan and unanimous way to support and protect Ohio’s children, said Rep. Baldridge. “Here in Southern Ohio we have felt the impact of family members stepping up to help raise our most vulnerable population, our children.”


HB 14 passed the Ohio House with 94 affirmative votes and 1 negative vote and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 2, the Tech Cred job training grant program. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) creates a grant program to support training for in-demand jobs.


“The Tech Cred program will make Ohio more attractive to businesses looking to invest here and stay in Ohio,” said Speaker Householder. “It will also help Ohioans stay up to date and attractive to employers looking for workers to fill high-demand jobs. I’m pleased that Representatives Cross and Lepore-Hagan were able to carry and work on this important bill.”


This program is geared toward the incumbent workforce and individuals looking to enter an in-demand field. Businesses and individuals would be eligible to apply. House Bill 2 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


Rep. Cross is happy to champion this bill for the people and businesses of Ohio.


“I am happy to collaborate with educators, employers, and Ohio’s workforce to train for in-demand jobs that make Ohio a great place to live, learn, and work,” said Rep. Cross. “This is an investment in the people of this state and Ohioans should be priority number one.”


“TechCred represents a critically important investment in our state’s businesses and workers,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “We firmly believe that this exciting and innovative new program will generate higher profits for participating firms and increased earnings for the men and women who devote their time, talent, and energy to enhancing their knowledge and skills.”


HB 2 passed the Ohio House with 92 affirmative votes and 3 negative votes and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced that Kimberly Zianno Hartman was selected to fill the Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Human Resources position. This hiring stems from Speaker Householder’s promise to bring on staff a qualified and tenured Human Resources professional for the Ohio House.


Prior to this selection, Speaker Householder formed a bi-partisan work group to study the human resources needs of the House. This group worked together to develop the position description and screen candidates.


“I’m pleased to have Ms. Hartman join us at the House,” said Speaker Householder. “She has extensive senior leadership experience in human resources, legal and operations in the public and private sectors. She will serve our chamber well.”


Kimberly Hartman is coming to the House from Nationwide Insurance where she served as the Director of HR Compliance, Policy Governance and ADA/FMLA. Additionally she worked for the State of Ohio at various agencies in both attorney and labor relations roles for more than two decades, most recently at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.


Hartman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University.  She also obtained her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


Hartman will assume her position on July 1, 2019.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 8, Foster Caregiver Training legislation. This legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) revises the requirements for foster caregiver training in Ohio so that these potential foster parents can be trained, licensed, and approved in a more effective manner.


House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said House Bill 8 is an important part of the House’s efforts to help foster children.


“Our foster care system is experiencing an unprecedented strain as a result of the drug addiction crisis,” said Speaker Householder. “We’ve done a lot to help those suffering from addiction. It’s important that we help those impacted by this addiction crisis, especially children.”


House Bill 8 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“We made a promise to families—that they come first, and HB 8 keeps that promise by giving more Ohio children a shot at a better life and a brighter future,” said Leader Sykes. “It’s important that we continue working together to move our state forward and restore Ohio’s promise so that every child can live out their American dream right here at home, in Ohio.”


“I am thrilled to see House Bill 8 pass out of the House with overwhelming support,” Rep. Manchester shared. “As a result of the opioid epidemic, our foster care needs have increased by 25 percent in recent years. This bill will ensure more qualified parents are equipped to lend helping hands to our kids in the foster care system. Addressing the shortage of foster caregivers in Ohio is long overdue and I am deeply humbled to sponsor this legislation with Representative Galonski.”


“This legislation will cut back the red tape so that those who are on the frontlines of Ohio’s foster care crisis can act swiftly and effectively,” said Rep. Galonski. “It is our job as legislators to protect our most vulnerable population: our children. HB 8 alleviates a heavy burden on Ohio’s foster care system while also prioritizing the well-being of our children. I am proud to spearhead this bipartisan effort and delighted that we were able to move it through the House quickly.”


HB 8 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 4, legislation that streamlines Ohio’s process for creating new job training certificates and industry-recognized credential programs. House Bill 4 is one of the bipartisan priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly, legislation that builds pillars for a stronger Ohio.


“House Bill 4 reduces burdens for our employers and helps Ohioans.” said Speaker Householder (R-Glenford). “Our sponsors, Representatives Richardson and Robinson, put a lot of work into this bill to make it work for Ohio. I thank them for their diligence and time. This bill will make a difference and help Ohioans compete in the 21st century workforce.”


“Cutting red tape and better connecting businesses with a skilled workforce keeps our promise to everyday Ohioans, that if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be able to get ahead and save for the future,” said Leader Sykes. “Expanding opportunity and building an economy that works for everyone moves our state forward and restores our promise as an opportunity state.”


This legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon) streamlines the process for businesses to create new workforce certificate programs. This will enable the state to more quickly respond to changes in job training needs.


“House Bill 4 is a huge step forward for both Ohio’s business community and its workers,” said Rep. Richardson. “With its passage, more new businesses will want to locate in Ohio to employ the skilled workforce found here, and current Ohio businesses will be able to cut through red tape around industry recognized credentials and certificates and spend more time focused on their core missions. Ultimately, Ohioans will benefit because they will be well prepared and trained to meet our changing workforce needs.”


Under the bill, businesses who believe a new job training certificate program is needed would be able to work directly with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, which would then vet the proposal and work with state education officials to develop curriculum, standards, or materials necessary for the credential or certificate program.


“While affordable access to college is important for our children’s future, workforce training and certification are equally important ways for Ohioans to live their American dream,” said Rep. Robinson. “HB 4 will help expand workforce development options for workers looking to make a better life for themselves and their families. Ohioans don’t want a hand out, they want a leg up, and more training options means better paying jobs and careers.”


HB 4 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  
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