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Ohio state Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) today voted in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166, yet cited frustrations with a provision establishing the state as the only entity with standing to act on behalf of an ecosystem. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock.

“I’m thrilled to see $172 million in this budget going to water quality efforts in Ohio. I was far less thrilled to find that in exchange, we’re forced to sacrifice the right of counties and local governments to protect their citizens from out-of-control polluters,” said Sheehy. “I supported this budget to avoid a shutdown and to support family farms doing their best to protect Lake Erie. Now, it’s time to crack down on those corporate factory farms that continue to obstruct that progress.”

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Wed, Jul 17, 2019

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) today joined state and federal government officials on Gibraltar Island to discuss harmful algal blooms expected off the coast of Toledo, Ohio after an unusually rainy spring carried large levels of manure and fertilizer from farmland into the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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Thu, Jul 11, 2019

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 276, legislation naming a portion of I-475 after Sgt. Alex Drabik, the first American Soldier to cross the Rhine River and set foot into German territory during World War II.

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Thu, Jun 20, 2019

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) today joined Ohio’s governor and lieutenant governor in supporting the replacement of a more than 60-year-old crude oil pipeline in the Great Lakes region following news that the state of Michigan will take action to block the project.

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Tue, Jun 18, 2019

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of nearly $6.5 million in state funding for improvements at various state parks throughout Ohio, including renovations on 24 cabins at Maumee Bay State Park.

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Tue, Jun 11, 2019
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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of over $280,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund toward the renovation of Toledo’s Downtown Waterfront Metro Park and International Part. The announcement comes less than a year after Sheehy joined a national coalition of legislators in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the permanent reauthorization of the fund.

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Mon, May 20, 2019
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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) announced Tuesday the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 207 in the Ohio House Committee on Transportation and Public Safety. The bill would rename a portion of I-475 between Hill Avenue and State Route 2 in Holland the “Sgt. Alex Drabik Memorial Highway.”

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Wed, May 15, 2019

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today urged fellow lawmakers to support House Bill 186, Sheehy’s bipartisan bill alongside Rep. Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) to modernize Ohio’s outdated rail safety laws. Sheehy’s call comes on International Workers Day, or May Day, the international celebration of workers and labor rights.

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Wed, May 1, 2019

House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.

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Wed, May 1, 2019

House Democrats today supported the final passage of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan two-year transportation budget. The bill makes historic investments in public transit and local communities for road and bridge repairs.

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Tue, Apr 2, 2019