State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $536,347 in state funds to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to develop medical devices with the use of 3-D printing and to offer business and technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers in Northwest Ohio.
“I am thrilled to see state funds come home to Northwest Ohio to help create new, innovative manufacturing jobs and opportunities in our community,” said Sheehy. “The exciting work done by the Center for Innovative Food Technology makes our communities healthier and our businesses more successful and sustainable.”
Democratic members of the House Insurance Committee today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death.
Wednesday’s proposed restrictions follow the House’s December 2016 passage of extended workers’ compensation protections for firefighters who developed cancer as a result of work conditions. The bill creates a condition in which courts presumes the firefighter didn't wear their protective gear correctly, resulting in the medical condition or cancer.
“The men and women who put on uniforms and go to work to keep us safe do so knowing they face a greater risk of not coming home to their families at the end of the day,” said Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon). “Now, politicians in Columbus are turning their backs on our first responders, and walking away from our responsibility to protect those who protect us.”
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) attended the Ohio Bicycle Federation’s (OBF) fourth Ohio Bicycling Summit Tuesday, an event at the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate National Bike Month and the recent passage of the three-foot bicycle-passing clearance law. Sheehy, a sponsor of the new road safety law, was honored with the H.M. Huffman Award for Service to Ohio bicycling for his work to make the roads safer for cyclists and motorists.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Rep. Sheehy. “As an avid bicyclist myself, I know how frightening it can be when a car passes you quickly and closely on the road. I am just glad to have been able to pass this legislation to ensure the safety of bicyclists and motorists. Receiving this award simply reinforces the importance of the new law for bicyclists across Ohio.”
State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today provided sponsor testimony before the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee for House Bill 107 (HB 107), legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two individuals.
“Although modern technology has allowed for smaller trains crews, reducing the crew to a sole person is a public safety risk. No technology safeguards can protect against operator fatigue,” said Sheehy, who worked in the railroad industry for over 40 years prior to his election as state representative. “Requiring two individuals on every freight train in Ohio will help cut down on potentially fatal accidents and keep our communities safe.”
State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week renewed the fight to improve rail safety in Ohio by introducing House Bill 107, legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two people. The lawmakers say passage of the bill will help cut down on operator fatigue and reduce the likelihood of fatal accidents.
“Having spent over 40 years working in the railroad industry, I can attest to the importance of requiring two-person crews on all freight train operations,” Sheehy said. “Raising safety standards in our state will help protect our freight operators and keep communities safe.”
State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today celebrate the first annual “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of Mrs. Annie Glenn, to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. The legislation passed last year and designates February 17, Annie Glenn’s birthday, as the official day of recognition.
“Today, the Ohio House of Representatives celebrates Annie Glenn’s 97th birthday by marking the first annual awareness day honoring her work as an advocate for communication disorders,” said Sheehy. “Afflicted with a severe stutter, Annie Glenn overcame her disorder and become a role model for others facing similar challenges.”
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the $500,000 donation from the Owens Corning Foundation for Cherry Street Mission Ministries to help establish a building-trades school for adults.
“I am thrilled to see that the Owens Corning Foundation is giving so much to the Cherry Street Mission Ministries to support an expansion in adult education,” said Sheehy. “This collaboration brings with it great opportunities for personal advancement and job growth in our community.”
The collaboration will create the Owens Corning School for Building trades, a 4,000 square foot center that will teach construction, plumbing, electrical, and rough carpentry skills.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries is the largest organization serving individuals who are poor and homeless in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today reintroduced legislation that seeks to protect and improve the state’s water quality by establishing the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program, which would incentivize farmers to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching. The bill was first introduced in the 131st General Assembly as House Bill 62.
“There’s nothing more important than the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Patterson. “In addition to ensuring safe and clean drinking water, the Ohio Water Quality Program would promote healthier streams, rivers and estuaries across the state. By partnering with Ohio’s farmers, we can strategically conserve farmland and establish a robust agricultural environment.”
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.
“I am proud to see so many people from across the state come together to engage in an open dialogue about how to end human trafficking here in Ohio,” said Sheehy. “This annual event is a powerful reminder that we all need to stay committed in the fight against modern day slavery in our state and across the nation.”
State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $436,850 in state funds to contract with Feinknopf, Macioce, Schappa Architects to provide architectural services at state parks across Ohio, including the Statewide Campground Improvements project at Maumee Bay State Park.
“I am pleased to the state support improvement projects at Ohio’s beautiful state parks to accommodate outdated mechanical systems and the increased number of visitors over recent years,” said Sheehy. “This project will upgrade electrical amenities at Maumee Bay State Park to ensure safety and efficiency while camping.”