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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.”

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Thu, Feb 16, 2017

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.” 

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Thu, Feb 2, 2017

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“I am pleased to the state support improvement projects at Ohio’s beautiful state parks to accommodate outdated mechanical systems and the increased number of visitors over recent years,” said Sheehy.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.”

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Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Rep. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today celebrated the signing into law of House Bill 154, legislation he introduced to improve safety standards for cyclists in Ohio. The bill, which was joint-sponsored by Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton) and passed both the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support, was signed by Gov. John Kasich this afternoon. 

“This common-sense legislation is so important to the safety of both motorists and cyclists while sharing the road,” said Sheehy. “Several cities and communities have taken the lead on this issue by passing their own bicycle safety laws. This legislation will bring uniformity to our state and undoubtedly make Ohio’s roadways safer for all commuters.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today sent a letter to Governor Kasich urging him to veto House Bill (HB) 554, legislation that dramatically changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” for the next three years.

“This legislation will undermine the economic and job growth of advanced energy businesses like First Solar in northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “Other leading businesses across the nation – and the globe – are turning to renewable energy sources to power their state-of-the-art 21st century facilities. Leading companies such as Apple, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Motors have all publicly pledged to produce one-hundred percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.”

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Thu, Dec 15, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

“Senator John Glenn was a genuine American hero and an exemplary public servant. From humble beginnings in Eastern Ohio to an extraordinary career in military aviation, space exploration, and public service, his legacy will endure in the generations of Americans who find inspiration in his life and accomplishments. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the Glenn family, especially to his wife of 73 years, Annie.”

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Thu, Dec 8, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“Passing this bill threatens local businesses like First Solar, who employs twelve-hundred people here in Northwest Ohio,” said Sheehy. “House Bill 554 is a reckless measure that will act as an impediment to the growth of the renewable energy industry – both solar and wind. I believe this legislation puts the special interests of big business over the interests of Ohio consumers.” 

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Tue, Dec 6, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today hailed recent calls to action at both the state and federal level for more comprehensive efforts to improve the health of Lake Erie, saying cooperation and unity were key to ensuring the region’s greatest natural resource is adequately protected and preserved for future generations.

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) made a joint plea for the U.S. EPA to step in and designate the open water of Lake Erie’s western basin as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act. The same day, Sheehy offered sponsor testimony on House Resolution (HR) 214, legislation encouraging support for the 2016 agreement between Ontario, Michigan, and Ohio that established a goal of a 40 percent phosphorus reduction in the lake by 2025.  

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Thu, Dec 1, 2016

 State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Orgeon) applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s declaration today of the western Lake Erie watershed as impaired, a designation that could trigger a federal EPA partnership to intensify efforts that limit dangerous runoff and lake contamination. Though Michigan was required to make the declaration under federal law, Sheehy says Snyder’s willingness and promptness shows leadership that can be emulated in the Buckey State.

“I applaud Governor Snyder’s leadership and his vision for a future that includes a safe and clean Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “The vitality of our state’s most precious natural resource is inextricably linked to strong and stable economic growth and safer, healthier families. I urge Governor Kasich to take note of Snyder’s decision and consider doing the same.”

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Thu, Nov 10, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) is excited to announce that Maumee was recently selected as one of four “Best Hometowns” in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. The northwest Ohio citywill be featured in the magazine’s November issue, which reaches sales racks today.

“I am thrilled to see one of our own communities recognized for all the things that it has to offer, such as beautiful landscapes, friendly neighbors and sustainable job opportunities,” said Sheehy. “I have always known that Maumee is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. This latest honor will help shine a spotlight on Maumee and hopefully attract more tourists and future residents.”

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Tue, Nov 1, 2016