Representative Tim Schaffer - House District 77
 

06.11.18 - Guest Column From State Rep. Tim Schaffer: Flag Day Recalls America's History

 

For Americans, one of the most treasured symbols of patriotism and honor we have is the United States flag. Flag Day is June 14, and it provides an opportunity to reminisce and consider our flag’s role in history.

 
 

06.08.18 - Rep. Schaffer Applauds House Passage Of Bills From Payday Lending Reform To Naming National Atomic Veterans Day

 


COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) applauded the House’s favorable passage of a slate of 28 bills that impact constituents of the 77th House District, demonstrating that the House is focused on meaningful legislation.

 
 

06.06.18 - Rep. Schaffer Applauds Grant Awarded To Local School Districts

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded an announcement made by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) that Lancaster City Schools and Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools were two of 46 school districts to receive a reading grant.

 
 

05.29.18 - Rep. Schaffer Introduces Legislation To Designate Hank Kabel Sarcoma Awareness Month

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced legislation that would designate July as Hank Kabel Sarcoma Awareness Month.

 
 

05.16.18 - May Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer

 

America is identifiable not by a certain ethnicity or religion, but by the freedom and equality that is built into the fabric of our nation. The spirit of the United States lies in our core democratic values, priding ourselves on our diversity and equal opportunity for all. While we have become accustomed to these liberties, they were never guaranteed to us. America’s founding principles have been defended throughout history. Freedom is not free, and many courageous individuals have given their lives in its pursuit.

 
 

05.03.18 - Fairfield County To Receive Grant Funds From The Ohio EPA

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Fairfield County with a $21,223 grant for the purpose of recycling and litter prevention.

 
 

04.25.18 - April Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer

 


Every April, the Parkinson’s community engages the public for National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, reaching out to better educate people about the disease. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the brain that approximately one million people in the United States live with each and every day. An incredibly diverse disease, no two people experience the exact same symptoms, making Parkinson’s difficult for many to understand.

 
 

04.12.18 - Rep. Schaffer Votes To Improve Security In Schools

 


COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced passage of legislation to establish certain qualifications and training requirements for school resource officers (SROs). House Bill 318 also permits SROs to provide a specified range of services to the schools they serve.

 
 

04.12.18 - Rep. Schaffer Votes For Bill To Expand High-Speed Internet To Rural, Unserved Areas

 


COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation to help expand high-speed internet access to rural areas across the state.

 
 

03.22.18 - Rep. Schaffer Announces Permanent Ohio Sales Tax Holiday

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, today applauded the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 226, legislation sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Westerville). Sub. S.B. 226 creates an annual sales tax-exemption holiday over a three-day period in the month of August. The tax holiday applies to clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.

 
 

03.21.18 - Rep. Schaffer Honors Pickerington High School Central Football Team

 

COLUMBUS—During today’s session of the Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) presented a resolution to the Pickerington High School Central football team, honoring their 2017 Division I State Championship.

 
 

03.02.18 - State Rep. Schaffer Applauds Capital Funding For Fairfield, Licking Counties

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced that state capital grants for the Buckeye Lake region, Ohio University-Lancaster, and the AHA! Children’s Museum have been included in the draft of the state’s Capital Budget, also known as House Bill 529.

 
 

03.02.18 - Ohio House Approves Legislation Incorporating Changes To Federal Tax Law

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced passage of Senate Bill 22, sponsored by State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina), which conforms Ohio’s tax law to the changes that have been made to the federal tax code since March 30, 2017.

 
 

02.09.18 - Guest Column From State Rep. Tim Schaffer

 

Each year, on the third Monday of February, the United States celebrates Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday commemorating the highest elected office in our republic. This day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of the birthday of our first president, George Washington, which falls on February 22. However, over the years, the day has come to honor the 44 men who have served our country as Commander in Chief.

 
 

02.02.18 - State Rep. Schaffer Addresses Buckeye Lake "Encroachment" Issue

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today provided an update to the constituents of the 77th Ohio House District with homes on Buckeye Lake dam regarding an order by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to remove structures that encroach upon state’s dam property.

 
 

02.01.18 - State Rep. Schaffer Announces Passage Of Legislation Expanding Broadband Access Across Ohio

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation that would help fund projects that provide broadband to underserved regions of the state.

 
 

01.31.18 - Ohio House Passes Schaffer's Legislation Rejecting Tax Expansion On Oil And Gas Industry

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House today passed legislation clarifying when sales tax can be collected within the oil and gas industry. House Bill 430, sponsored by State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), reaffirms current statute in addition to clarifying and narrowing the scope of already existing exemptions. House Bill 430 rejects the Ohio Department of Taxation’s recent expansion of the state sales tax to parts of the oil and gas production industry that have been recognized as exempt since 1934.

 
 

01.11.18 - Rep. Schaffer Introduces Legislation Rejecting Tax Expansion On Oil And Gas Industry

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) provided sponsor testimony today to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on his legislation clarifying when sales tax can be collected on the oil and gas industry. House Bill 430 rejects the Ohio Department of Taxation’s recent expansion of the state sales tax to parts of the oil and gas production industry that have been recognized as exempt since 1934.

 
 

12.28.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer: 2017 Year In Review

 

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to provide you with a review of what the Ohio House has been working on for the past year, recapping our most important legislation before the hustle and bustle of the holidays truly begins. As always, it’s been a busy year, and I’ve tried to have a hand in the discussion of many bills that will have a positive and direct impact on you and other Ohioans.

 
 

12.13.17 - Ohio House Passes Legislation Allowing Vendors To Recoup Sales Tax From Bad Debt Credit Cards

 
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The Ohio House today approved House Bill 104, legislation sponsored by State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), which allows vendors to receive a refund for sales tax remitted for credit card transactions that the customer later defaults on.

 
 

11.09.17 - State Rep. Schaffer Introduces Legislation Recognizing Atomic Veterans

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that he has introduced a bill that will designate July 16th as Atomic Veterans Day in Ohio and a concurrent resolution urging Congress to pass the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act. 

 
 

11.01.17 - Ohio House Passes Rep. Schaffer's Legislation To Protect SNAP Program Benefits

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded the passage of House Bill 50 by a bipartisan vote of 61-30 in the Ohio House of Representatives, legislation he sponsored that takes steps in preventing fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

 
 

08.23.17 - Rep. Schaffer Introduces Bill Increasing Penalties For Online Sex Offenders

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today introduced legislation that mandates prison sentences for criminals convicted of importuning, or soliciting a child for sex over the internet. Announced in a press conference today with joint sponsor Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), the bill is a culmination of over a decade of work to update Ohio law aimed at protecting children.

 
 

08.22.17 - Media Advisory:State Reps. Tim Schaffer And Kent Smith To Hold Press Conference On Importuning Legislation

 

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) will host a press conference on Wednesday, August 23 to give a briefing on legislation to update importuning penalties in the Ohio Revised Code. The bipartisan bill seeks to correct an oversight in current law that allows those convicted of importuning, or soliciting a minor for sex over the internet, to receive little to no prison time when they are sentenced. The bill passed out of the House of Representatives as House Bill 405 last General Assembly by a vote of 95-0. The representatives will also be joined by officials from the law enforcement community who have been instrumental in supporting the legislation.

 
 

08.17.17 - State Rep. Schaffer Encourages Schools To Apply For Statehouse Transportation Grants

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Capitol Square Foundation will open their online application process for school transportation grants on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 

 
 

07.31.17 - Rep. Schaffer Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that a sales tax holiday is set to be held the first weekend of August. The intent of the sales tax holiday, established by Senate Bill 9 approved earlier this year, is to provide parents with some tax relief during back-to-school shopping in preparation for the new school year and to stimulate economic activity for Ohio’s retailers.

 
 

06.28.17 - Rep. Schaffer Votes To Pass State Budget, Send To Governor

 

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) voted today to pass the state biennial budget, House Bill 49. The bill passed the House with a vote of 59-38, and will go to Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature.

 
 

06.28.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer: Celebrating Our Country's Founding Together

 

As a lifelong resident of central Ohio, I can confidently say that our communities always go above and beyond to show their pride in our country and commitment to the values that underscore what it means to be an American.

 
 

05.18.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer: Reflecting On The True Meaning Of Memorial Day

 

What comes to mind when you think of Memorial Day? Perhaps backyard BBQs, quality time with friends and family, or a relaxing day at the pool. For many, this three-day weekend serves as the official start to summer, and for all, a welcome respite from the long stretch of chilly months. 

 
 

05.11.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer: Appreciating Ohio's Teachers And Nurses

 

If you think about where you are today and maybe even who you are today, chances are that your life was touched by two unsung heroes of society: teachers and nurses. These individuals devote their lives to care and provide for our children and the sick—a few of the most vulnerable groups in our society. This is why it is so important to thank Ohio’s teachers and nurses for their selfless and often challenging work.

 
 

05.02.17 - Rep. Schaffer Secures Support For Local Programs In State Budget

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today voted in support of the state biennial budget, House Bill 49, which contains a number of important policies for the 77th District in Fairfield County.

 
 

04.26.17 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer: A Breakdown Of Ohio's State Operating Budget Process

 

Every two years, the state of Ohio adopts its main operating budget, legislation that requires the partnership of the Governor’s administration, the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies, and local governments. The state budget comes in a package of appropriations bills, which are vetted through both the House and Senate Finance committees, available for viewing at www.ohiochannel.org. As outlined by the Ohio Constitution, no appropriation can be made for a period longer than two years, and the budget must be balanced.

 
 

02.08.17 - Schaffer Introduces Legislation To Reduce Fraud In Food Assistance Program

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today introduced legislation requiring photo identification on “food stamp” cards. The legislation is in partnership with State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima), who will carry a similar bill in the Senate, and State Auditor Dave Yost.

 
 

01.30.17 - State Rep. Tim Schaffer Issues Statement In The Wake Of Lancaster Mayor's Resignation

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Lancaster Mayor Brian Kuhn.

 
 

01.26.17 - Schaffer Applauds Reformed Rules For State Assistance To Buckeye Lake Area Businesses

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded the Ohio Development Services Agency for reforming rules for area businesses that are looking to qualify for state loans and grants due to distress from construction on the Buckeye Lake Dam. The changes will make it easier for these small businesses to comply with qualifications for the program.

 
 

01.12.17 - Ohio House Speaker Appoints Schaffer For Key Committee Chairmanship

 
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Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that he will be appointing Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) to be Chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee for the 132nd General Assembly.

 
 

10.24.16 - Rep. Schaffer Announces Local Government Safety Capital Grants

 

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced information regarding the upcoming application process for round two of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant program.

 
 

09.15.16 - Schaffer Announces Additional State Funding Approved For Buckeye Lake Dam Repairs

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) has announced that $5.6 million for the next phase of Buckeye Lake dam rehabilitation project has been approved by the State Controlling Board. The approved funding is the most recent in a series of incremented funding transfers for the project.

 
 

08.02.16 - Ohioans Should Tax Advantage Of Savings During Tax Free Shopping Weekend

 

Believe it or not, students across Ohio will be returning to school in less than a month. Back-to-school shopping has become an annual tradition for many families, but it can put a major dent in family budgets. Between clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies, many families spend hundreds of dollars. For families with several kids, back to school shopping often rivals the holidays as the most expensive shopping time of the year.

 
 

07.15.16 - Schaffer Announces Over $21 Million In State Funding To Build New Middle Schools In Lancaster

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has given conditional approval of significant state funding to the Lancaster City School District for the construction of two new middle schools for grades 6 to 8.

 
 

05.25.16 - Bill To Prevent Tax Increase On Municipal Natural Gas Utilities Passes General Assembly

 

The Ohio House of Representatives today concurred on Senate changes to legislation that exempts municipal gas companies from collecting and remitting sales taxes on the natural gas they provide to citizens.

 
 

04.28.16 - State Rep. Schaffer Appointed Chair Of House Ways And Means Committee

 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) to serve as the chairman of the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee, which will become effective May 1st.

 
 

04.20.16 - Schaffer Legislation Streamlining Architecture Licensing Regulations Passes Senate

 

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that his legislation streamlining licensing for architects and landscape architects passed the Ohio Senate and will soon be signed into law.

 
 

04.11.16 - DSA Announces Launch Of Schaffer Amendment's Buckeye Lake Economic Assistance Programs

 

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that applications for the grant and loan programs funded by his amendment in the 2015 state budget for businesses hurt by the Buckeye Lake dam repairs will be launched on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10 AM.

 
 

02.24.16 - Bill To Relieve Natural Gas Customers Of Increased Taxes Passes Ohio House Of Representatives

 

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation that exempts municipal gas companies from collecting and remitting sales taxes on the natural gas they provide to customers.

 
 

02.24.16 - House Passes Schaffer Legislation Saving Lancaster Ratepayers More Than $2.5 Million

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded House passage of legislation he sponsored that will protect Lancaster natural gas ratepayers from seeing large state tax increases in their bills.

 
 

02.10.16 - Rep. Schaffer Champions Legislation To Ensure That Child Predators Are Put Behind Bars

 

State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded the House’s passage of legislation he sponsored that requires a mandatory prison sentence for importuning, or solicitation, of a minor.

 
 

01.27.16 - Legislation Allowing Performance Audits At State Colleges And Universities Passes Ohio House

 
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During today’s session, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 384, legislation that gives the Auditor of State the authority to conduct performance audits of state universities, as well as state, community and technical colleges. The legislation is geared at increasing efficiency and identifying cost-saving measures in Ohio’s higher education system.

 
 

01.20.16 - Schaffer Leads Effort To Control Higher Ed Spending

 

Columbus – State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that House Bill 384 was unanimously approved by the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. 

 
 

01.14.16 - Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“I have a dream.”

These famous four words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were some of the most impactful for the Civil Rights Movement in our country. King declared that he dreamt of a day where “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…that all men are created equal.” Our country today is certainly reflective of those dreams that Dr. King spoke of in 1963, and much of that is due to the bravery and determination demonstrated by the Reverend.

 
 

01.06.16 - State Representative Tim Schaffer To Hold Open Office Hours

 

COLUMBUS (January 6, 2016) – State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) will hold several open office hours throughout Fairfield County in January.  Following is his schedule:

 
 

12.08.15 - Schaffer Leads Passage Of Bill Updating Continuing Education For Ohio's Architects And Landscape Architects

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded the House’s passage of legislation he sponsored updating continuing education requirements for Ohio’s architects and landscape architects. The bill will help to ensure that licensees are up to date on new standards, ensuring the safety and functionality of buildings and structures, and also encouraging job stability and growth for these professions in the state.

 
 

08.27.15 - State Rep. Schaffer Warns Of Further Welfare Abuses In Ohio

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) is expressing concerns that the welfare fraud operations, like those busted this week by law enforcement authorities in Southwest Ohio, “could be much deeper than we first thought.”

 
 

08.04.15 - State Rep. Schaffer Releases Report Of Workgroup To Reduce Reliance On Public Assistance Guidebook

 
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Rep. Schaffer has made available the report to the Governor and the General Assembly from the Workgroup to Reduce Reliance on Public Assistance.

 
 

08.04.15 - State Reps. Schaffer And Maag Announce Legislation To Fight Statewide Drug Epidemic

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and State Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) today announced legislation that works to combat the cycle of drug induced poverty.

 
 

07.30.15 - Rep. Schaffer Encourages Ohioans To Participate In First Ever Sales Tax Holiday From August 7-9

 
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Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced that Ohio's first-ever, one-time Sales Tax Holiday will begin on Friday, August 7th and will end on Sunday, August 9th. This initiative was created through Senate Bill 243, signed into law in December of 2014.

 
 

07.21.15 - Rep. Schaffer Announces Funding For Improvements To Buckeye Lake Dam

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of $8,384,322 to help provide engineering and other necessary services for improving the Buckeye Lake dam.

 
 

06.18.15 - State Reps. Schaffer, Hayes Announce Small Business Assistance Workshops

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and State Representative Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) today announced that they will be hosting workshops for small business owners in the Buckeye Lake region who have been affected by the low water levels this season.

 
 

04.15.15 - Rep. Schaffer Praises Buckeye Lake Amendments In Budget Bill

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) praised the inclusion of two amendments to help Buckeye Lake in the latest version of House Bill 64, the state biennial budget bill.

 
 

03.11.15 - State Representative Tim Schaffer Releases Statement On Buckeye Lake Dam

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), who has represented the Buckeye Lake region for the past 15 years in the Ohio General Assembly, released a statement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources concerning the Buckeye Lake dam.

 
 

02.27.15 - State Rep Tim Schaffer To Hold Open Office Hours At Local Libraries

 
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) will hold open office hours on April 7th from 9am to 10am at the Fairfield County District Library located at 219 N. Broad Street in Lancaster, from 11am to 12pm at the Fairfield County District Library Baltimore Branch located at 205 E Market Street in Baltimore, and from 1pm to 2pm at the Pickerington Public Library located at 201 Opportunity Way in Pickerington. 

 
 

02.12.15 - Guest Column From State Representative Tim Schaffer

 

As we prepare to celebrate President’s Day this Monday, it is easy to see why Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents.” Ohio has been home to eight of our country’s presidents: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. As we take a day to remember these leaders and reflect on the guiding role they had in our nation’s history, it’s important to remember that the liberties we enjoy today are protected by these leaders every day.

 
 

01.13.15 - Rep. Tim Schaffer To Chair House Public Utilities Committee

 
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Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) appointed Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) to serve as Chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee.