Wrapping Up A Legislative Season, Welcoming The Holidays
Guest Column from State Representative Wes Retherford
December 21, 2016
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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.

During the past six weeks, the Ohio House and Senate have been studying and debating furiously on issues that affect all Ohioans, working on solutions for the improvement of our state. I was proud to support an initiative that protects one of our most essential liberties, the freedom of speech and expression. House Bill 18 defends renters’ rights to display the American, Ohio, and service flags on their property by prohibiting landlords from banning their display through a provision in a rental agreement. As a veteran myself, I stand for freedom and for the flag, and all Americans should be able to display their pride in our country at their home.

We also approved legislation that protects the lives of the unborn, which has already been signed into law by Governor Kasich. Senate Bill 127 prohibits an intentional abortion on a pregnant woman at 20 weeks or greater. Also known as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill prevents abortions from being performed on an unborn child at 20 weeks or more, or from the time that he or she can feel pain. The sanctity of life is extremely important to me, and with the passage of this bill, hundreds of unborn lives will be saved each year.

A lot more was accomplished at the Statehouse during the last two months, but these issues are ones that I especially hold close to my heart. Now that the legislating is on hold until we reconvene at the new year, I wanted to offer some tips for managing the winter weather and for traveling the roads during the holidays. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, leave extra space between vehicles in front of you, and keep an emergency kit and an extra change of clothes in the car in case you find yourself stranded. Additionally, when snow and ice begin to fall, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) works around the clock to clear our roadways. Check www.ohgo.com, ODOT’s traffic website, for all updates and alerts on road conditions.

I hope you are safe, warm, and healthy as you enjoy this holiday season with your family. I’m looking forward to accomplishing more for Ohio during the 132nd General Assembly, but until then, I am happy to spend a little extra time with my family and loved ones. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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