COLUMBUS – State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced that she has been selected to serve as the State Lead for Ohio for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). This position exemplifies her strong dedication to sound environmental policy in Ohio and a demonstrated leadership role within the caucus. As a State Lead, Rep. Lightbody will coordinate relevant in-state events and grow NCEL’s network of legislators to assist in advancing environmental issues.
“I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues across the country to advance policies which protect our environment, and I will continue to advocate for communities across Ohio in order to secure the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. Currently, I am working on legislation that would improve protections for Ohio’s waterways, because every Ohioan deserves access to clean water and air. I appreciate that I have been entrusted with this leadership opportunity,” said Rep. Lightbody
This General Assembly, Rep. Lightbody introduced House Bill (HB) 365 with Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) to set drinking water quality standards for certain chemical contaminants. Rep. Lightbody also plans to introduce legislation to prohibit the spread of oil and gas wastewater on Ohio’s roadways.
“NCEL’s State Leads are vital to promoting cross-state collaboration on environmental policy,” said Jeff Mauk, Executive Director of NCEL. “Having a legislator in each state to help facilitate NCEL’s work is invaluable, as they can introduce legislators to emerging environmental topics and facilitate introductions with peers across the country, creating new avenues for cooperation and sharing lessons learned.”
Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,200 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both major parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on their environmental priorities while embedding notions of equity and justice every step of the way.