An Update On Recent Legislation
By Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek)
February 21, 2014
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Since first joining the Ohio House of Representatives in January 2013, I have had the privilege of standing up for the people of western Greene County on a great variety of pressing issues. While my focus continues to be on how we can create jobs and build up Ohio’s economy, I also have enjoyed my work on issues such as tax reform, health care, and transportation.

I’m proud to have sponsored a number of bills that are currently up for consideration and that will make a difference to the everyday lives of those I represent. For example, House Bill 371 is a bill that will require condominium association managers to hold a real estate broker’s license and increase transparency regarding meetings, records, and budgeting procedures. The goal is to ensure that the condominium managers are properly equipped with the skills and training they need to do their jobs well.

In an effort to make our roadways safer, I introduced House Bill 204, which will enhance Ohio’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) system. Nearly 1,100 people died in Ohio from vehicle accidents in 2012 alone. Phasing teenagers into full driving privileges over time is a proven method to reduce crashes involving young drivers. HB 204 makes changes to our state’s probationary driver license laws, along with changes to curfews, restrictions, and seatbelt requirements.

One of my bills that has received the most attention deals with the use of video gaming machines by veterans’ and fraternal organizations. These groups often dedicate themselves to raising money for charitable purposes in their communities, and video gaming machines are an essential part of that funding. Unfortunately, the machines have been interpreted as illegal under Ohio law, putting the funding in jeopardy. House Bill 325 seeks to correct this issue so that those groups can continue their traditions of giving.

I have also made efforts to protect and highlight the aerospace industry that is so vital to this district. Last September, I sponsored House Bill 292. This bill would create the Joint House and Senate Aerospace and Technology Study Committee. With the lack of communication, knowledge and coordination related to these fields, it’s important that we have a way of focusing on these issues from the state level.

Additionally, I sponsored a resolution urging the Federal Aviation Administration to consider adding additional qualified testing sites for unmanned aerial vehicles so that Ohio can take advantage of this rich technology. And in the near future, I’ll introduce legislation to refute the claim by Connecticut that Gustave Whitehead had the first successful flight, rather than the Wright Brothers. I also have a resolution in the works to urge the U.S. Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, which is the only segregated Hispanic military in U.S. history.

As the legislation I sponsor continues to work its way through the legislative process during the course of this year, I’ll be sure to keep you informed of where it stands, as well as provide you with more detailed information on the bills and resolutions in the coming weeks and months.

Working at the Statehouse reminds me of how fortunate I am to represent you and your family, as well as this very unique part of the state. I’m confident that the House will accomplish many things this year, addressing some of these important issues and finding solutions to the problems plaguing Ohioans.

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