Columbus

Election board not required to verify rival list

Secretary of State refuses to back Stainbrook claims on sending the list to Columbus.
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The Ohio Secretary of State's Office ruled yesterday that the Lucas County Board of Elections was not required to verify the list of officers and committee members turned in by a faction of the Lucas County Republican Party seeking to oust Chairman Jon Stainbrook.

The written opinion doesn't directly address the argument Mr. Stainbrook has been using to defeat the challenge to his leadership: that the opposing group filed a "fraudulent" list of committee members.

Ohio Jobless Rate Soars Under Democrat Leadership

Increased unemployment and business exodus plagues state

Columbus—With Ohio’s unemployment at 10.9 percent, Governor Strickland and House Democrats have had more than a year to demonstrate how little their majority has accomplished. Since Governor Strickland took office in 2007, more than 330,000 jobs were lost and 25 major employers abandoned Ohio for better business environments. Among these businesses are DHL of Wilmington, which took 8,000 jobs out of state, and NCR of Dayton, which accounted for 1,200 job losses.

Barbara Sears: Third Frontier Escalates Spending

Multi-billion dollar debt looms without plan to repay

COLUMBUS—State Representative Barbara Sears (R - Sylvania) today opposed legislation to place the renewal of the Third Frontier initiative on the May ballot, citing that increasing spending during the recession will put Ohio farther into debt.

Gardner: Offer Schools Local Control vs. Unfunded Mandates

Lawmaker Proposes Solution to New Costly Mandates

Columbus – State Representative Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) today offered sponsor testimony for House Bill 366, a legislative measure that would permit schools to be exempt from the costly all-day kindergarten and other unfunded mandates included in the state’s biennial budget.

Sexting Legislation Silenced

Teens Face Felony Charges While Bill Sits Idle in Committee

COLUMBUS—State Representative Ron Maag (R–Lebanon) today decried the inaction of Chairman Tyrone Yates and Democrats in the House Criminal Justice Committee on House Bill 132, legislation carefully crafted to address sexting(1) between minors in the state of Ohio.

Hottinger Legislation Affirmed by Judicial Branch, Aids Thousands of Ohioans

COLUMBUS– State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today heralded the decision of the 10th District Court of Appeals that affirmed the constitutionality of House Bill 544.

“I am pleased that the 10th District Court of Appeals has upheld the authority of the Ohio General Assembly to set the budget for the state of Ohio,” said Hottinger. “Although I would have preferred that these funds been utilized for job creation more than 18 months ago, I am hopeful that these funds will soon be able to be used to assist in improving the health of tens of thousands of Ohio residents.”

Strickland, House Democrats Gamble With Education Schools Targeted As Political Pawns Throughout 2009

COLUMBUS— One year to the day House Democrats took the majority, State Representatives Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek), Seth Morgan, CPA, (R-Huber Heights), and Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster) summarized the 2009 legislative year as time of unfunded mandates on schools and damaging funding cuts to poorer districts, charter schools, e-schools and Catholic schools.

House Dems Tax & Spend Policies Cost Jobs 200,000 Ohio jobs lost in 2009

COLUMBUS— One year to the day House Democrats took the majority, State Representatives Todd Snitchler (R-Uniontown) Lynn Wachtmann and characterized 2009 as a year of devastating job loss and industry deterioration. With Democrat control, true economic reforms have failed to be established to further benefit Ohio’s national competitiveness and job climate.

Harmful Policies Plagued 2009 House GOP: Will Democrats Change Anything in 2010?

COLUMBUS— House Republican leadership today asked “Will Governor Strickland and his Democrat colleagues change anything?” The question is released one year to the day that Democrats in the Statehouse took the majority, a feat that hadn’t been seen in 14 years. While unemployment steadily increased and shortfall after shortfall was apparent to the state’s operating budget as touted by Governor Strickland and House Democrats, numerous viable, alternative solutions to the irresponsible policies proposed by the majority were ignored.

House GOP: An Earnest Look at 2009

COLUMBUS— House Republicans today highlighted the 2009 legislative year with the following solutions as offered by the caucus throughout the year.

“I am honored and humbled to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “Throughout 2009, I welcomed the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner with members from across Ohio. However, many Republican-offered solutions were either silenced or ignored completely throughout the process. It is my hope that the New Year will encourage an open and honest discussion.”

House Republicans Anticipate Vote on House Bill 318

Columbus – In preparation of a vote on House Bill 318 State Representative William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) releases the following radio statement:

“I am very disappointed that today we are going to have a vote on legislation which will increase the taxes paid by Ohioans in a way that can be very damaging to job creation. This tax will come down particularly hard on small business people—those who are in retail, those who have small businesses.

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?
Hard to Tell the Difference

COLUMBUS— State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- Napoleon) today issued the following statement:

Huffman introduces County Good Government Act

COLUMBUS – State Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today introduced legislation to help Ohio’s counties deal with their economic difficulties.

“All 88 Ohio counties will have another tool in their toolboxes to deal with their local budgetary issues,” Huffman said. “It is my intent to give all local officials the resources they need to help address their daily local financial struggles.”

House GOP: Show Taxpayers the Money!

Lawmakers Seek Accountability and Transparency in Government Spending

Columbus—State Reps. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) today introduced House Bill 388 which, when enacted, will require any legislation that appropriates money or raises taxes to be publicly available for at least 48 hours prior to consideration by the House or Senate.

Short Notes from the November 18, 2009 Session of the 128th General Assembly

Welcome to Short Notes from the November 18, 2009 Session of the 128th General Assembly. This is a summary of what happened on the floor of the House in Columbus. This is not meant to be a formal summary of the bills, but meant to provide from my point of view what happened. I know that some readers may disagree with my point of view and I actually appreciate that. I love to learn about issues, study them and process them through my understanding.

Statement from House Republican Leader Batchelder re: Third Frontier

COLUMBUS— House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) issued the following statement in response to a partisan effort of the House Democrats earlier today to expand and renew the Third Frontier program:

Lawmaker Works to Protect Children from Sexual Predators

COLUMBUS—State Rep. William P. Coley, II (R- Liberty Twp) today introduced legislation that will increase the penalty for sexual imposition committed against Ohio’s children between the ages of 13 and 16. When enacted, House Bill 380 would make such an offense a first-degree misdemeanor, versus the current penalty of a third-degree misdemeanor.

Ohioans Demand Real Reforms and Accountability

House Policy Committee seeks to diminish government waste, increase accountability

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House Policy Committee today unveiled a package of ten proposals to spur government reform, streamline efficiency, strengthen accountability and transparency in state government while working to reducing the economic turmoil suffered by families across Ohio.

Taxpayers foot bill for employees being sued by ‘Joe the Plumber’

Taxpayers foot bill for employees being sued by ‘Joe the Plumber’
By William Hershey, Staff Writer
Updated 12:25 AM Sunday, November 15, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio taxpayers are right in the middle of the civil rights lawsuit that Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher has filed against three former state employees, charging that they illegally accessed his confidential information through state databases.

Rep. Watchmann: Enough Political Pandering, Ohioans Demand Action

Public Disapproval of Inaction While Democrats Silence Real Solutions

COLUMBUS— State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- Napoleon) issued the following statement in response to a recent Quinnipiac University poll finding that the Ohio Legislature has a 47 percent disapproval rating:

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