State Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Scott Ryan (R-Granville Twp.) announced the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 182 by the Ohio House of Representatives, an omnibus bill that designates multiple memorial highways across the state.

The legislation includes House Bill 271, a road-naming bill sponsored by Reps. Smith and Ryan, which names a portion of highway in Jackson County after Lieutenant Stephen Byus. Lt. Byus was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan during his third tour of duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Following Lt. Byus’ passing, the Wellston community showed immense support for him and his family,” said Rep. Smith. “This memorial highway, which will lead into his hometown, will continue to serve as a reminder to the community of Lt. Byus’ selfless actions.”

Under the bill, the portion of State Route 93 extending from the Village of Coalton to the City of Wellston is designated as the “Lieutenant Stephen Byus Memorial Highway.”

“We are forever indebted to Lt. Byus, his family, and so many of his comrades, for having given so very much on our behalf,” said Rep. Ryan. “Our gratitude for their sacrifices is immeasurable.”

Substitute Senate Bill 182 will now return to the Ohio Senate for concurrence on the changes made by the House.

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