COLUMBUS - 

As Thanksgiving is upon us, I wanted to provide a quick legislative update about what’s been going on at the Ohio Statehouse before all of us take a break to spend time with family. The past few months have certainly been busy as we’ve passed important legislation that will work to strengthen families and our state as a whole.


First, the Ohio House passed the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, a bill I passionately supported. House Bill 214 would prohibit anyone from performing or inducing an abortion if he or she has knowledge that a test result indicating Down syndrome in the unborn child is the reason behind the abortion. All life is precious, regardless of such a diagnosis, and we must protect the Down syndrome community which contributes so much to our state’s wellbeing.


We also passed two bills that would update the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid assistance. House Bills 50 and 119 make needed reforms to increase the efficiency of these benefits programs and cut down on fraud, establishing more transparent guidelines. The changes would improve eligibility cross-checks and reporting of recipients, ensuring that the right person is receiving his or her benefits.


The goal of these two pieces of legislation is to protect our taxpayer dollars and ensure they are being utilized responsibly. Ohio’s benefits programs are an important component of supporting families and getting them back on the road to success. However, in order to make sure funds are devoted appropriately, we must create more accountability within the programs themselves. House Bills 50 and 119 do just that.


These bills are just a snapshot of what the Ohio House has been working on recently, and I’m proud to have voted for them and look forward to accomplishing more on behalf of all Ohioans before this year is up. I hope this legislative update keeps you informed about the changes that can directly impact you as you go into the holiday season. My best wishes to you and yours this Thanksgiving and Christmas!

 
 
 
  
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