State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) today announced that the House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee held their first hearing of the fall following the first House voting session of the season.

The meeting began with the customary prayer, which was offered by Ranking Member Hearcel Craig (R-Columbus), and Vice Chair Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) led the Pledge of Allegiance. State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) presented sponsor testimony on House Bill 238, which would establish a Veterans Fee Waiver Program under which veterans are exempt from paying certain fees such as filing documents with the Secretary of State. State Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) delivered sponsor testimony on House Bill 254, also known as the POW/MIA Remembrance Act, which would require the POW/MIA flag to be displayed at certain buildings operated by the state on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veterans' Day.   

“I am delighted that the Ohio House is back in session and that our committee is back to the important business of serving our military veterans,” Rep. Johnson said.

Next week, the committee will hold its first hearing on House Bill 295, which exempts disabled veterans from licensing fees for assistance dogs, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which urges the United States Missile Defense Agency to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for a future east coast Missile Defense system. Additionally, House Bill 238 will receive a second hearing for proponents to testify.

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