COLUMBUS – House Bills 16, 81 and 287, all sponsored by State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), were signed into law yesterday by Governor Mike DeWine.

“I am thrilled to announce the passage of these bills,” said Perales. “A considerable amount of time and hard work went into the legislation from start to finish. I thank my republican and democrat colleagues in both the House and Senate for their support in getting this legislation across the finish line. I look forward to the good people of the 73rd House District and across Ohio benefitting from the legislation.”

House Bill 16 helps reduce the cost of education for Active Duty Service members and their family members. The bipartisan legislation allows active duty members of the armed forces, who are not stationed in Ohio, and their family members to qualify for in-state tuition, as long as the student is living in Ohio on the first day of a term of enrollment. Not only does this help our service members, it also helps with the overall education of our state and the development and advancement of Ohio’s workforce.

“I would like to thank Chris Kershner with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for bringing this concept to my attention,” said Perales. “I also want to give a special thanks to all of the Ohio public institutions of higher education who stood behind this legislation since day one.”

House Bill 287 provides Medicaid waivers for military families with special needs dependents in Ohio. It also ensures that these families receive the critical, supplemental support for their special needs dependents when transitioning to a new duty station in Ohio. This bill ensures that military members’ special needs loved ones are properly taken care of.

“I appreciate the hard work and talents of my joint sponsor on this legislation, Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington),” said Perales. “And also to members of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base community for working with and advocating for this bill.”

With the Governor’s signing of House Bills 16 and 287, the state of Ohio continues to improve its status as the most military and family-friendly and veteran-friendly state in the union. These bills, in addition to Senate Bill 7 (signed by Governor DeWine in January 2020), continue to show Ohio’s aggressive and eager approach in respecting and taking care of military members and their families.

“The Governor and my fellow members of the 133rd General Assembly are committed in doing their part to provide the deserved benefits to the women and men in uniform,” said Perales. “If we can help insert a sense of normalcy in their lives, which is anything but normal, we will have done our job.”

House Bill 81 codifies a requirement in the Ohio Revised Code for the Administrator of Workers’ Compensation or a self-insuring public employer to pay for services used to determine whether a person employed by a detention facility sustained an injury or occupational disease after exposure to another person’s blood or bodily fluids under specified circumstances. This bill will ensure that all detention related personnel working on behalf of our safety and security will be aware of any adverse health issues associated with discharging their daily responsibilities. It also ensures that they receive the benefits that other EMS personnel currently do.

“I am appreciative of Greene County Sheriff, Gene Fischer, who brought this concern to my attention. My colleagues and I are committed to fighting for the wellbeing of those who look after our safety and security every day,” concluded Perales.


For more information, contact Representative Perales’s office at (614) 644-6020 or

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