Representative Wes Retherford - House District 51
 

01.04.17 - Retherford Sworn In As State Representative Of The 51st House District

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 51st Ohio House District, which includes the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, Ross Township, and portions of Fairfield, Hanover, and St. Clair townships. This will be his third term as state representative.

 
 

12.21.16 - Wrapping Up A Legislative Season, Welcoming The Holidays

 
COLUMBUS - 

As the year winds down to an end right before our eyes, I wanted to take a moment to review some legislation the Ohio General Assembly has recently passed that are important to me and my district. With winter in full force, I also wanted to provide some helpful safety tips and well wishes for the holiday season.

 
 

08.05.16 - State Representative Wes Retherford: Sales Tax Holiday Set For First Weekend Of August

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) announced today that a sales tax holiday, created through the passage of Senate Bill 264, is set to be held the first weekend of August. The intent of the sales tax holiday 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.

 
 

06.28.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Wes Retherford: Reflecting On The Meaning Of Independence Day

 

As temperatures heat up and our schedules get packed with vacations and kids baseball games, we make time in our calendars to see fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July. This year is the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a milestone that has me reflecting on what it means to live in a republic that allows for freedoms that many around the globe have never known.

 
 

05.25.16 - House 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.

 
 

04.27.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Wes Retherford: Improving Ohio For Our Citizens, Communities And Businesses

 

I deeply value the unique opportunity I have to serve our community as your state representative. My colleagues and I at the Ohio House have been working fervently during this General Assembly to pass legislation that I am confident will benefit all of Ohio and the citizens of the 51st House District.

 
 

04.12.16 - Reps. Retherford, Conditt, Derickson Honor Correction Officer Devin Hoover

 

Today, State Representatives Margy Conditt (R-Liberty Township) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) presented a resolution to Officer Devin Hoover honoring him as the 2015 Correction Officer of the year.

 
 

04.12.16 - Rep. Retherford Announces Introduction Of Capital Budget Bill

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 310—the state’s capital budget bill—which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and the 51st House District, which includes portions of Butler County. The two projects in the 51st district that are currently set to receive funds include an addiction treatment facility and a sports complex.

 
 

03.04.16 - Guest Column From State Representative Wes Retherford: Funding Our Community For Success

 

Recently, the Ohio House of Representatives has been hard at work with the capital budget, which serves as an opportunity for many of our local improvement projects to receive money from the state. Through this process, I have had the opportunity to listen to the needs of our local community, and assist various organizations in applying for funding for their important projects.

 
 

02.29.16 - Rep. Retherford Named "Legislator Of The Year" By AMVETS

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) recently received the “Legislator of the Year” Award by AMVETS, an organization that assists veterans and their families upon returning home. He received the award on Saturday, February 20th during its annual mid-winter conference.

 
 

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

 

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 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.

 
 

02.17.16 - Rep. Retherford Announces Passage Of Bill Waiving Concealed Handgun License Fee

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that would waive the concealed handgun license fee for applicants who are currently serving in or who have retired from the United States military.

 
 

02.04.16 - Rep. Retherford Announces Start Of Application Process For Local Government Safety Capital Grants

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced information regarding the application process for the Local Government Safety Capital Grant. Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can help to fund public safety projects in local communities throughout Ohio, including those in the 51st House District.

 
 

02.02.16 - State Rep. Retherford Applauds Butler County For Joining Transparency Project

 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) recently applauded Butler County’s agreement to disclose the county’s finances on OhioCheckbook.com, an online resource to see how Ohio taxpayer dollars are being spent.

 
 

01.27.16 - State Rep. Retherford Announces Passage Of Legislation To Establish

 

Today State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) announced passage of House Bill 359, which establishes an Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Ohio. 

 
 

01.25.16 - Guest Column: Defeating The Drug Overdose Epidemic

 

Drug addiction is a vicious cycle that takes a toll on not only the friends and families of the addicted, but local communities as well. In recent years, the amount of overdoses has quickly escalated and become a serious health issue that cannot be ignored.

 
 

09.30.15 - Ohio House Passes Health Care Compact

 
COLUMBUS - 

During today’s session, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that, with approval from Congress, would give Ohio more freedom and flexibility over its healthcare policies.

 
 

08.19.15 - Ohio In Focus With Rep. Retherford

 

State Rep. Wes Retherford was recently interviewed on Ohio in Focus. He discusses the Ohio Elder Justic Act, the Ohio Rural Jobs Act, and the Health Care Compact. Watch his interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ckV_RvhPRg

 
 

07.01.15 - Guest Column: Happy Independence Day To House District 51!

 

Independence Day is an opportunity for celebration and reflection. While we are enjoying the fun and festivities with our families on Independence Day, I hope that we all find the time to reflect on what makes this country a special place in which to live. The United States of America is unique among nations in that it was founded on a set of ideas—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 
 

06.26.15 - State Representative Retherford Calls For Cities To Drop Red Light Cameras

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford  (R-Hamilton) has issued a call for cities who have been utilizing the controversial red light cameras to drop the enforcement program in light of an ongoing federal investigation. Representative Retherford’ s comments come in response to a federal investigation into reports that a traffic company illegally bribed city officials to purchase their camera systems.

 
 

06.25.15 - State Rep. Retherford Supports Resolution Prohibiting Constitutional Monopolies

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday voted for a resolution that would block any proposal of a constitutional amendment that would create a monopoly in the state.

 
 

05.29.15 - Rep. Retherford Votes For Bill To Promote Ohio's "Agritourism" Industry

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that grants agritourism operators civil liability protection for injuries that occur during agritourism activities.

 
 

05.21.15 - Rep. Retherford Votes To Help People With Disabilities Meet Financial Needs

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) applauded today’s House passage of legislation that allows the family members or guardians of Ohioans with disabilities to create their own tax-advantaged savings accounts.

 
 

04.16.15 - Rep. Retherford Votes To Create Permanent Online Tax Expenditure Database

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday voted in favor of House Bill 46, legislation that greatly improves government transparency by making it easier for Ohioans to search state government spending during each fiscal year.

 
 

03.17.15 - Guest Column: An Update From The Statehouse

 

This is a busy time for state legislators. The first half of every odd-numbered year is spent working on the state budget, which we draft as a series of bills that go through the House, Senate, then to the governor for final approval. This process is necessary to fund our state government and all the programs and services it provides. In addition to this, I have been working on several pieces of legislation that I would like to highlight, as well as a huge development at home in the district.

 
 

03.17.15 - Representatives Retherford And Dovilla Announce House Passage Of Ohio Elder Justice Act

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 24, the Ohio Elder Justice Act, legislation which would strengthen the laws protecting elders from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. 

 
 

02.12.15 - Rep. Retherford Applauds Ohio House Passage Of Bill Regarding PARCC Testing In Schools

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) applauded yesterday’s Ohio House passage of House Bill 7, legislation that provides academic protections for students taking new state assessments during the 2014-15 school year. New assessments in mathematics and English language arts are supplied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

 
 

01.06.15 - Wes Retherford Sworn In As State Representative Of The 51st House District For Second Term

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton ) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 131st General Assembly. He represents the 51st Ohio House District which includes portions of Butler County, including the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, Ross Township, and portions of Fairfield, Hanover, and St. Clair townships.

 
 

09.18.14 - The Importance Of Celebrating And Reflecting On Constitution Day

 

We the People. With these three powerful words written on a single piece of paper, an entire nation was founded on the principles of democracy, freedom, and justice. Written more than 225 years ago by 39 brave men who are known as our founding fathers, the United States Constitution forever changed the course of history and continues to unify all Americans with its words.

 
 

09.12.14 - Ohio Expands Investment Options For State And Local Governments

 

Fiscal responsibility is a top priority for the Ohio legislature, and that not only means wise spending habits, but investing our money wisely as well.  The financial market is continually changing, and in the past ten years especially, we have seen significant shifts.  Ohio is keeping up with the times and is spending and investing in a manner that is responsible and considerate of the tax payer dollar.

 
 

05.29.14 - Paying Tribute To Our Fallen Veterans

 

This past Monday, I’m sure you had the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day with your family, friends and loved ones.  Driving through my hometown, I was happy to see flags waving in front yards, red, white and blue bunting hanging from porches and various Memorial Day events taking place.

 
 

05.21.14 - Brent Spence Bridge Legislation Passes In The House

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 533, legislation which will allow Ohio, in conjunction with Kentucky, to begin the reconstruction and expansion of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor.

 
 

05.15.14 - Ohio House Approves Several Memorial Highway Designations

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today approved legislation that would designate several
memorial highways throughout Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties. State Representatives Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton), and Lou Terhar (R-Green Township) commend the legislation for its commemoration of fallen Ohioan heroes.

 
 

04.29.14 - Reps. Retherford And Conditt Introduce Legislation Increasing Penalties For Drug Dealers

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Twp.) today announced that they have introduced legislation that will increase the penalties for those who knowingly sell illegal substances to pregnant women.

 
 

04.02.14 - Health Care Compact Bill Passes From Committee, Awaits Vote In House

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has announced that House Bill 227—legislation that would enter Ohio into a multi-state health care compact—has passed from the House State and Local Government Committee.

 
 

03.26.14 - Rep. Retherford Announces House Passage Of Capital Budget Bill

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 497—the state’s capital budget bill—which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and the 51st House District

 
 

03.13.14 - Retherford Announces Passage Of Concurrent Resolution To Encourage Protection Of The Right Of Habeas Corpus

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Concurrent Resolution 41, which  urges the Attorney General of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2012. 

 
 

02.12.14 - Reps. Retherford And Dovilla Announce House Passage Of Ohio Elder Justice Act

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 49, the Ohio Elder Justice Act, legislation which would strengthen the laws protecting elders from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

 
 

02.06.14 - Rep. Retherford Named "Defender Of Liberty"

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) recently was named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union (ACU) in its ratings of the Ohio General Assembly.

 
 

01.29.14 - Ohio House Passes Legislation To Modify Adoption Laws

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed Substitute House Bill 307, legislation that modifies Ohio’s adoption laws.

 
 

01.17.14 - Protecting Second Amendment Rights In Ohio

 

In the course of public debate, there are several different topics that come before the legislature requiring action. One of the most important issues, undoubtedly, is the restoration and strengthening of Ohio’s economy.

 
 

01.14.14 - Rep. Retherford Honors Badin High School Girls Soccer

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) presented a resolution on behalf of the Ohio House of Representatives to the Badin High School Girls Soccer Team during halftime of the high school’s girls’ basketball game January 13th. Rep. Retherford and Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) joined together to recognize the soccer team’s Division III State Championship.

 
 

12.18.13 - A Recap Of Legislation From 2013

 

With the year rapidly coming to an end, I would like to take an opportunity to update the people of the 51st District about some of the key legislation I have been involved with on in the Ohio House.

 
 

12.11.13 - Legislation Bringing Awareness To Disabled Veterans Organization Passes House

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 206, legislation that creates a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) license plate.

 
 

11.20.13 - House Passes House Bill 311 To Revise Ohio Tax Laws

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 311, legislation that corrects and modifies recent amendments to Ohio’s tax laws.

 
 

11.06.13 - Legislature Approves Legislation To Help Veterans Obtain Employment

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) have announced that Amended Substitute House Bill 98—legislation that strives to assist Ohio’s newest generation of veterans by helping them find employment upon returning home from deployment—has passed both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, and now awaits the signature of Governor Kasich.

 
 

10.30.13 - Rep. Retherford Speaks About Elder Abuse

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday spoke about the problem of elder abuse in Ohio at a Statehouse event hosted by the ACTION OHIO Coalition for Battered Women.

 
 

08.21.13 - Reps. Retherford And Lynch Introduce Bill To Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Receiving Discounted Tuition

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Matt Lynch (R-Bainbridge Township) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) filed legislation today that will reverse the recent decision by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants in Ohio.

 
 

07.23.13 - Rep. Retherford Encourages Constituents To Attend Committee Hearing At Butler County Fair

 
HAMILTON - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) is encouraging constituents in the 51st Ohio House District and other areas of Butler County to attend a special agricultural subcommittee hearing of the Ohio House of Representatives.

 
 

07.15.13 - Rep. Retherford Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 51st Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/RetherfordSurvey51

 
 

07.11.13 - Rep. Retherford Highlights High Quality Of Water In Hamilton

 
HAMILTON - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today honored the City of Hamilton for having been chosen as the best tasting water in Ohio. Rep. Retherford presented city officials with a commendation on behalf of the Ohio House of Representatives in honor of the achievement at the city council meeting.

 
 

06.27.13 - Reps. Retherford And Boose Introduce Health Care Compact Legislation

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) recently introduced legislation that would enter Ohio into a multi-state health care compact.

 
 

06.21.13 - Rep. Retherford Speaks To Disabled Military Veterans

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) recently spoke to members of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as they held their state convention in Columbus.

 
 

06.12.13 - Reps. Retherford And Gonzales Applaud Governor Kasich's Veteran Employment Executive Order

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville), who jointly sponsored House Bill 98, today applauded Governor John Kasich for his executive order to assist military veterans obtain civilian employment and job licenses.

 
 

06.12.13 - Rep. Retherford Joins Ohio House In Urging Congress, Obama Administration To Address Veterans' Benefits Delays

 
COLUMBUS - 

In an effort to help military veterans gain access to critical treatment, the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 21, which urges President Barack Obama, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Congress to take prompt action to reduce the processing time for veterans’ disability claims.

 
 

06.04.13 - Rep. Wes Retherford On "Ohio In Focus"

 

Rep. Wes Retherford discusses what it's like to be a state representative on the latest episode of "Ohio in Focus."

 
 

05.22.13 - Ohio House Passes Legislation To Help Veterans Obtain Employment

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 98, legislation that strives to assist Ohio’s newest generation of veterans by helping them find employment upon returning home from deployment.

 
 

05.15.13 - Retherford Announces House Passage Of Nitro's Law

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 90, which establishes harsher penalties for owners, managers or employees of kennels and rescue shelters who commit animal cruelty. The bill is commonly referred to as “Nitro’s Law.”

 
 

05.15.13 - Rep. Retherford Announces Passage Of Legislation To Provide Affordable Audits For Local Entities

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 6, which strives to lower auditing costs for political subdivisions and increase these entities’ participation in audits.

 
 

05.09.13 - Rep. Retherford And House Republicans Urge Prompt Delivery Of Benefits For Military Veterans

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) yesterday joined Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and other members of the House veterans caucus in demanding that veterans’ disability benefits be administered by Washington in a significantly more timely fashion, an issue that has continued to worsen over the past several years.

 
 

04.26.13 - Rep. Retherford Honors Women's Basketball Team From Miami University Hamilton

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) presented a House resolution to the Miami University Hamilton Women’s Basketball Team for its 2013 state title during session of the Ohio House of Representatives this week.

 
 

03.20.13 - Rep. Retherford Honors Local Students For Victory At National Competition

 
COLUMBUS - 

During yesterday’s session of the Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) presented a House resolution to the 2012 Ross High School senior engineering design class for their victory at the National SkillsUSA Competition, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri in June 2012.

 
 

02.21.13 - Retherford And Dovilla Introduce Ohio Elder Justice Act

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today held a press conference with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to discuss the Ohio Elder Justice Act, recently introduced legislation that aims to protect older Ohioans from abuse and financial exploitation.

 
 

02.06.13 - COLUMN: Moving Towards More Open Government

 

The Ohio House of Representatives kicked off another legislative term, officially the 130th General Assembly in the state’s history. I am honored and humbled to serve as your voice in Columbus.

 
 

01.24.13 - Wes Retherford To Serve In Leadership Of House Veterans Caucus

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today was elected by his peers as to serve as vice chairman of the Ohio House of Representatives Veterans Caucus for the 130th General Assembly.

 
 

01.23.13 - Retherford And Other Butler County Representatives To Serve On House Standing Committees

 
COLUMBUS - 

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) recently appointed the Ohio House members representing portions of Butler County to various standing committees for the 130th Ohio General Assembly.

 
 

01.07.13 - Wes Retherford Sworn In As State Representative Of The 51st House District

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 51st Ohio House District, which includes portions of southern Butler County.