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Dear Neighbor,
 
It is a privilege to represent you in the Ohio Senate, and I look forward to keeping you updated on the work being done on your behalf.
 
The new General Assembly is up and running. Members of the Ohio Senate have introduced dozens of bills, and our committees are moving full speed ahead in their work. Our priorities include a focus on improving the economy, preserving Lake Erie and Ohio’s waterways, reforming our criminal justice system, protecting Ohioans from harm and abuse, and investing in our education system.

If you have any thoughts about these policies, or any other issues facing you, your family or your community, please contact my office. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-8056 or by e-mail at Dolan@OhioSenate.gov.

Sincerely,

   
 
The State's Operating Budget: Investing in Ohio
No legislation is more important to the operation of state government than the state’s Biennial Operating Budget. 
 
Earlier this General Assembly, I was chosen to lead this process as Chairman of the Senate's Finance Committee. Our priority will be the prudent stewardship of the money hard-working Ohioans send to the state. 
 
By the end of June, we will pass a budget that is balanced, responsible, that invests in the key priorities of our state and returns money to Ohioans whenever possible.
 
The Finance committee is always streamed live on our website so you can be part of the review and discussion of how your tax dollars are spent. 
Opportunity for Local Residents to Apply
for 2020 Legislative Fellowship

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications through April 1, 2019 for the 2020 Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to serve in the Ohio General Assembly for the 2020 calendar year.
 
This is an unparalleled opportunity for recent college graduates who are interested in the policy making process to experience firsthand how state government works. I encourage those who are interested to apply.
Providing Flexibility for Ohio Businesses
Who Are Doing Good in Our Communities

The Senate unanimously passed one of my bills, which permits for-profit corporations to become benefit corporations so they might more easily pursue social good in Ohio communities, in addition to making a profit.
 
Not only will this encourage charitable, environmental and cultural efforts in our communities, but it will also make Ohio companies more attractive for new sources of investment for their for-profit mission.
Ohio History Connection Awards 
Chagrin Falls Historical Society

The Chagrin Falls Historical Society received a $4,500 Ohio History Fund grant that will be used toward the digitization of The Exponent, Chagrin Falls' newspaper published from 1874-1964. Members of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society came to the Statehouse last month during Ohio History Connection's annual Statehood Day to receive the award. 
 
Ohio History Fund grants provide much needed assistance for local organizations, nonprofits and historical societies to preserve Ohio's rich history. Restoring our history by digitizing an old newspaper helps connect generations in Chagrin Falls.

Fighting Human Trafficking 
and Supporting Survivors

I joined my colleague Stephanie Kunze in authoring Senate Bill 5, which also passed unanimously out of the Senate. The bill would strengthen criminal penalties for individuals who are convicted of promoting prostitution in Ohio.

If signed into law, the bill would prohibit any person from knowingly taking part in the creation or operation of any enterprise that facilitates engagement in sexual activity for hire, such as a brothel.
This legislation compliments a series of bills passed over the last several years aimed at combatting human trafficking, through better enforcement, increased penalties and efforts to promote greater public awareness.

To report a trafficking tip, call the 
National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888
or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

 
 
Senator Matt Dolan represents Ohio’s 24th Senate District, which contains a portion of Cuyahoga county.
Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Dolan