Nearly on the anniversary of the passing of the late and great former State Rep. Don Manning, State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) gave testimony on legislation to truly honor and commemorate Manning for his dutiful work at the Statehouse.
Earlier this month, Cutrona introduced House Bill 191, which designates a bridge on State Route 164 in Mahoning County as the “Don Manning Memorial Bridge.” This week, Cutrona spoke to the bill during the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee hearing.
“All of you who knew Don know that he was extremely dedicated to his work as a legislator and had a passion for serving the people of Ohio,” said Cutrona. “He was never afraid to speak his mind, but he was also willing and able to work with those he disagreed with to come to common ground. This bridge naming is a small token to say thank you to a man who put everything into his work.”
Manning served as the 59th Ohio House District representative under the 133rd General Assembly until his untimely death on March 20, 2020. Additionally, Manning’s public service extended to the military as he previously served as a member of the United States Navy.
“As we near the one-year anniversary of his passing this Friday, voting this bill out of committee would be a fitting tribute to a former colleague and friend to many of you,” Cutrona added.
House Bill 191 proceeded to be unanimously passed out of the committee after Cutrona’s testimony.
Cutrona also introduced a naming in Manning’s honor during the previous General Assembly in House Bill 616, however, it did not move forward in the Senate.
Cutrona’s full testimony during the Transportation and Public Safety Committee hearing from this week can be viewed here.