Rep. Hagan speaks during House Session
Rep. Hagan speaks during House Session
 Rep. Hagan speaks out against the Budget Bill which hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Hagan speaks out against the Budget Bill which hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
 Rep. Hagan addresses his colleagues during House session
Rep. Hagan addresses his colleagues during House session
Reps. Hagan, Letson, Barborak, O'Brien and Gerberry pose for a picture with the Youngstown ROTC Drill Team.
Reps. Hagan, Letson, Barborak, O'Brien and Gerberry pose for a picture with the Youngstown ROTC Drill Team.
 Rep. Hagan discussing his recall bill at a press conference
Rep. Hagan discussing his recall bill at a press conference
 Rep. Hagan offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Hagan offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Reps. Hagan and Antonio
Reps. Hagan and Antonio
 Reps. Hagan and Antonio
Reps. Hagan and Antonio
 Rep. Hagan offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Hagan offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Hagan (third-from-left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Hagan (third-from-left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Rep. Hagan highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
Rep. Hagan highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
 Rep. Hagan speaks out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Hagan speaks out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Hagan addresses the House during session
Rep. Hagan addresses the House during session
 Rep. Hagan speaks to an ODOT worker giving testimony during House Transportation Committee
Rep. Hagan speaks to an ODOT worker giving testimony during House Transportation Committee
 Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
 House Session
House Session
 House Session
House Session
House Session
House Session
 Rep. Hagan discusses his bill that would prevent deadly gun violence against victims of Domestic Violence
Rep. Hagan discusses his bill that would prevent deadly gun violence against victims of Domestic Violence
 Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a bill that would require an individual who is served protection orders to temporarily hand over their firearms to local law enforcement for a "cooling off" period
Rep. Hagan speaks at a press conference to discuss a bill that would require an individual who is served protection orders to temporarily hand over their firearms to local law enforcement for a "cooling off" period
Rep. Hagan discusses his bill that would prevent deadly gun violence against victims of Domestic Violence
Rep. Hagan discusses his bill that would prevent deadly gun violence against victims of Domestic Violence
 Rep. Hagan at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
Rep. Hagan at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
 Rep. Hagan attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Rep. Hagan attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Rep. Hagan signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Hagan signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Hagan signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Hagan signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Hagan addresses the media regarding the discharge petition
Rep. Hagan addresses the media regarding the discharge petition
House Dems gather for a picture
House Dems gather for a picture
 Rep. Hagan attends a Women's Rights Rally
Rep. Hagan attends a Women's Rights Rally
 Rep. Hagan speaks in opposition to a bill that would ban traffic-light cameras
Rep. Hagan speaks in opposition to a bill that would ban traffic-light cameras
Locomotive Engineers, Reps. Hagan and Sheehy
Locomotive Engineers, Reps. Hagan and Sheehy
 Rep.Hagan introduces a bill that would institute a severance tax on oil and natural gas that is more in-line with other major shale states
Rep.Hagan introduces a bill that would institute a severance tax on oil and natural gas that is more in-line with other major shale states
 Rep. Hagan discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Hagan discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Hagan highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
Rep. Hagan highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
 
 

State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) of the 58th District is an eminent veteran of Ohio public service. He is a proud and forceful voice for his constituents in the part of Mahoning County that includes the city of Youngstown.

 
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04.11.14 - Years Of Questioning, Multiple Earthquakes Finally Provoke State Response

 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– After one month of denying any link existed between recent earthquakes in Poland Township and nearby fracking activity – and over two years after the first round of major earthquakes hit the Mahoning Valley – officials at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources finally acknowledged today that the state’s current permitting procedures for fracking are exceedingly lax.

Today, ODNR officials announced tougher permit conditions after finally admitting that the recent seismic events in Poland Township show a probable connection to fracking activity near a previously unknown microfault.

“We clearly have a situation where Kasich administration officials ignored repeated calls for greater safeguards against seismic activity caused by the fracking process,” said Rep. Hagan. “Instead of responding to my calls for action, ODNR and the Kasich Administration unfairly targeted me as an enemy of fracking, and even developed a plan to discredit my concerns. If they truly worked in a bipartisan, democratic way to address public health and safety concerns, our state wouldn’t be so slow to recognize these obvious shortfalls.”

An August 2013 memo from Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources was released that shows the regulatory agency working closely with big oil and gas companies and Gov. Kasich to identify, stifle and suppress groups and elected officials concerned with drilling in state parks. The document targets Democratic legislators and environmental watch groups as part of a strategy to marginalize public concern and advance oil and gas interests.

Over the past two general assemblies, Rep. Hagan has introduced nearly a dozen bills aimed at strengthening Ohio’s fracking regulations. Rep. Hagan’s legislation has been largely ignored by the Republican-dominated state legislature.

Rep. Hagan has accumulated a lengthy record of correspondence—some of which remains unanswered—related to fracking hazards and regulations between his office and the state agencies charged with oversight of the fracking process.  

 
 

04.03.14 - State Rep. Hagan, Ohio House Fight Blight

 

State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) voted in favor of two measures on the House floor today that would help communities move quicker to acquire abandoned and blighted properties in order to demolish or rehabilitate. The legislation will help the Youngstown community follow through with plans for abandoned property, after a 2010 survey by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative revealed the area’s vacancy rate was nearly 20 times the national average. 

“Vacant and dilapidated properties depress adjacent home values and can attract vandalism and other crime,” said Rep. Hagan. “These bills will help give Youngstown the tools we need to fight blighted and abandoned properties and reclaim our neighborhoods.”

Since legislation allowing for county land banks passed in 2008, many communities have set up the specialized type of community improvement corporations to help return tax delinquent, vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. Provisions of Senate Bill 172 will provide entities such as the Mahoning County Land Bank with increased efficiency by reducing the cost and time associated with acquiring blighted and abandoned property through a tax foreclosure while protecting the constitutional rights of owners and lien holders.

In addition, House Bill 223, a bi-partisan measure co-sponsored by Rep. Hagan, expedites the foreclosure process involving blighted and nuisance properties, in part by eliminating the minimum bid threshold for impacted properties if a first auction fails to produce the current required minimum bid. A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reported that mortgage lenders could save tens of millions of dollars from a responsible foreclosure fast-track system. The savings would be even greater for the communities that would no longer have to deal with abandoned homes affecting property values and general quality of life. 

 
 

03.21.14 - It's Common Sense To Let The Sun Shine On Taxpayer-funded Benefits

 

As Ohio marks Sunshine week, GOP inaction in the state legislature means that Ohioans remain in the dark on how some of the state’s largest corporations are propping up employee benefits at taxpayers’ expense.

According to a state-issued June 2009 report, some of the largest and most profitable corporations in Ohio were also among the top ten biggest users of taxpayer-funded public assistance. For example, as Ohio’s largest private employer, Walmart has roughly 50,000 employees. Of those, between ten and fifteen thousand workers must rely on Medicaid for their healthcare. While just one example, the numbers from the top offenders are tragically routine.

Each month, some of the most profitable companies in Ohio leave it to the taxpayer to fill in the gaps left by their corporate neglect, with tens of thousands of their workers relying on Medicaid, food stamps and even cash assistance to make ends meet.

For too many years, my calls for transparency in spending taxpayer dollars have been ignored by Republicans who control state government. It seems they remain completely disinterested in helping illuminate how taxpayer dollars are being used to subsidize the health benefits of hard working Ohioans that are neglected by their employers. But, I will not stop—the public has a right to know.

This year, I again introduced legislation to shine a light on how we allocate taxpayer dollars to subsidize health benefits for employees of some of the largest corporations in Ohio.

Under House Bill 356, the director of Job and Family Services would be required to report the employers with the largest employee use of state public assistance, and provide that information to General Assembly, Director of JobsOhio, Director of Budget and Management and the Tax Credit Authority on an annual basis.

Having this information available will allow the legislature and relevant state agencies to make more complete judgments on the merits of offering taxpayer funded subsidies to certain companies. It’s not rocket science—it’s commonsense and good government.

Legislative Republicans are keeping the complete picture of subsidized health benefits shrouded in the dark.  

 

-State Rep. Robert F. Hagan

 
 
 
Representative Robert F. Hagan
District 58
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-9435
Fax      (614) 719-3960
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Hometown : Youngstown
Party : Democrat
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Current Term : Expires December 2014 / Not eligible to run for another term