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.

Ohio newspapers set to report on Ohio pensions

The Toledo Blade and other Ohio newspapers are collaborating on a investigation into Ohio pensions set to be released 11/29.
Ohio Newspapers Join in First Reporting Project

NEW YORK A group of Ohio newspapers that began sharing content nearly two years ago, and have also conducted several joint polls, are about to publish their first joint reporting project.

An investigation into public employee pensions that will utilize staffers from seven Ohio papers is set to run Nov. 29, according to Editor Ben Marrison of The Columbus Dispatch.

Owner of Burnsys Burgers & Brew in Oregon, Ohio Charged with Grand Theft.

Owner of Burnsys Burgers & Brew in Oregon, Ohio Charged with Grand Theft.
An Indictment was filed by the Lucas County Grand Jury on November 12, 2009.

The Indictment states a Charge of Grand Theft a Felony of the 4th Degree.

Patrick L. Burns of 434 Cambridge Dr. Oregon, Ohio 43616 is named in the Indictment.
His past address is listed as 6029 Grisell Rd. Oregon, Ohio.

Patrick L. Burns and his wife Sandra I. Burns were the Owners of the former GameTime Sports Pub at 506 S. Lallendorf Rd. in Oregon, Ohio. Which went out of business and the property was sold at sheriff sale.

Should the Ohio Legislature Remove the Pit Bull Dog from Its Vicious Dog Law ORC 955.11

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.

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:

Site Survey: Ohio 4th friendliest business climate

"How has North Carolina managed to rank No. 1 in Site Selection’s annual business climate rankings eight times in the past nine years? It may have something to do with its infrastructure of higher learning."

Ohio 4th


Mecklenborg has big issues with proposed Secretary of State powers

House Democrats Pass Spineless Legislation to Overhaul Elections

COLUMBUS – State Representative Robert Mecklenborg (R-Green Township) today denounced the passage of Substitute House Bill 260 from the House Elections and Ethics Committee. The legislation passed along party-lines and gives the Ohio Secretary of State ultimate veto power over local Board of Elections appointees. In addition to the power to break any tie vote on the number and location of early voting centers in each county; and authority to dictate to the local boards how to allocate their voting machines and ballots.

State Representative Barbara Sears on House Bill 25

Audio Exclusive: Lawmakers Cut the Fat

Columbus – State Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) today spoke in support of the hearing that House Bill 25, a plan to restructure state government, will receive next week in the House State Government Committee. House Republicans introduced the proposal to explore innovative cost-saving measures that make state government run more efficiently and responsibly.

Lawmaker declares intent to tackle Issue 3 on May ballot

Rep. Blessing invites colleagues for open discussion to solve casino shortfalls

Columbus– Issue 3 passed and Ohio is facing the possible development of casinos in its four largest communities including: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo. State Rep. Louis W. Blessing Jr. (R-Cincinnati) announced intentions to support legislation that will be placed on the May ballot, when enacted it will require the construction of these casinos and defines the timelines of each.

Lawmaker Addresses Issue 3 Shortcomings

Columbus—State Representative Clyde Evans (R-Rio Grande) today announced his intention to introduce a constitutional amendment to address the shortcomings of Issue 3, which passed a public vote on Tuesday.

In a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, Evans stressed that the constitutional amendment would not change the casino services that Ohioans voted into effect, but instead would provide accountability and fairness in the new casino law.

Statewide results- State of Ohio site ,interactive , county by county


You can click on each county to see results on State issues
and lucas county results - board of elections
Wood county results http://www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE/GEMS%20ELECTION%20RESULTS.htm

NO ! Vote No on all of the Constitutional Amendments !

Vote No on all of the Constitutional Amendments. None of these things belong in our constitution. Gambling for one does not need to be writen into our constitution. That is not what our constitution is for or about.

New Blood For Oregon !!!

It's Time for New Blood in Oregon. Please Vote tomarrow. Nov. 3rd. And put some new people in city govt. And on the school board.

New for city council: Kathleen Pollauf and Sandy Bihn

New for Oregon School Board: Diane Gadus

Lets support these people.

Also, not vote for any of the others and send a real message!

It's time.

Short notes from the House Floor

Welcome to Short Notes from October Session dates 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.

What is Issue 1?

WKYC details what it is all about:
CLEVELAND -- Should budget-crunched Ohio borrow $200 million to pay Mideast conflict era veterans a bonus for their service?

That's the question facing voters Election Day in Ohio Issue 1.

Ohio has traditionally given veterans bonuses for their service. The tradition dates back to World War I.

World War II, Korea, and Vietnam-era veterans also got small "thanks" payments, to show Ohioans' appreciation.

Batchelder To Governor: Federal Health Care Will Worsen Ohio’s Budget Situation

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today was joined by his fellow caucus members in signing and delivering a letter to Governor Strickland, regarding their deep concern of the federal government’s universal health care plan.

Small Businesses Will Create Jobs, Repair Ohio’s Economy

Entrepreneurship is the modern-day driver of job creation and progress. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses generate as much as 80 percent of new jobs and represent 99.7 percent of employers in the United States. It is crucial that as Ohio struggles to its feet during this recession, state leaders strive to improve our business environment so that small businesses can thrive.

Background Checks Needed with Advent of Casinos

Issue 3 may open floodgates for criminals without proper regulations

COLUMBUS—House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder of Medina, today announced his commitment to safeguarding casino licenses and preventing individuals who have committed crimes in the past from obtaining a casino license, if Issue 3 is approved by voters this November.

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