Guest Column: Year In Review
State Representative Scott Ryan
December 21, 2015
 
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With the end of 2015 rapidly approaching, we reflect back on an eventful year and often times find ourselves wondering how it seemed to pass by in a blink of an eye. For me, that is especially true, as it seems it was only yesterday I was being sworn is as the state representative for the 71st House District, and already my first year in office is coming to a close. I have valued this position tremendously and want to take an opportunity to review the accomplishments of the Ohio House.



In addition to the massive budget bill, which cut income taxes for every working Ohioan, 417 additional bills have been introduced for consideration by the Ohio House. Thus far, 85 have passed the House, with 23 signed into law so far, and more pending the Governor’s signature before the end of the year. Furthermore, 95 percent of the legislation passed has been with bipartisan support, a statistic I find very encouraging given the political contention we often hear about.



I have introduced five pieces of legislation and cosponsored 53. Of the five bills, House Bill 259, which makes it expressly illegal to demand or issue a false or misleading certificate of insurance, has already been sent to the Governor’s desk. Additionally, I recently introduced HB 271, which honors a constituent by establishing “Lieutenant Stephen Byus Memorial Highway” on a portion of State Route 93 in Lt. Byus’s hometown. Lt. Byus was killed during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan at the age of 39.



In addition to the important legislation that has been considered this year, I have participated in nearly 105 committee hearings, ranging from topics such as taxes, public utilities, economic development, local government, and healthcare efficiency. These committee hearings serve as an opportunity to research and discuss potential legislation in-depth, and to hear the input of professionals in that particular field. I am proud to report a 100% voting record.



Although this year has been filled with many busy days that turn into long nights, I am very proud of the work that the Ohio House has accomplished this year. Throughout the legislative process, I encourage you to voice your opinion and feedback by contacting my office at Rep71@ohiohouse.gov or (614)466-1482.
I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

 
 
 
  
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