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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 by cutting government red tape and unnecessary regulations on Ohio’s small businesses, investing in our roads and bridges, 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 email at Hoagland@OhioSenate.gov


Sincerely,
Frank Hoagland
30th Senate District
 
Serving as Chair of Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Earlier this General Assembly, I was chosen by President Obhof to serve as Chair of the Senate's Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. I look forward to working with my colleagues in continuing our efforts to make the agricultural and natural resources industries more efficient while creating opportunities for our Ohio families.

Additionally, I am serving on the Senate Committees on Energy and Public Utilities; Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs; Government Oversight and Reform; Transportation, Commerce and Workforce as well as the General Government and Agency Review Committee.

Stay up to date on the bills being heard in these committees here.
 
Working to Ensure Safe
Transportation for All Ohioans
A major priority early this year for the legislature is the Transportation Budget, which funds the planning, construction and maintenance of our state’s highways, roads and bridges.

Currently, Ohio has the 4th largest interstate system, 2nd largest inventory of bridges and the 6th highest number of vehicle miles traveled in the country.
These highways and byways provide more than just a means to and from work; they are also the heart of a larger infrastructure system that helps stimulate economic growth and job creation in our state.

As a member of this committee, you can trust I am fighting for your safety and the safety of your family. Follow along with this process by watching the live proceedings here
 
Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
is Seeking Applications
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations to recognize those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue to contribute to our communities, state and nation.
To be considered, the veteran must meet the following criteria:

• Be a past or current Ohio resident
• Have received an honorable discharge
• Be of good moral character

Nomination deadline is June 1, 2019.
 
Meeting with Future Leaders of Ohio
To learn more about Smart Columbus, please go to: https://smart.columbus.gov/about/
March is "Career-Technical Education and Skilled Workforce Development Month," and last week I had the opportunity to talk with students from the Buckeye Career Center at the 2019 Career-Technical Education Student Showcase at the Statehouse.

I was impressed by their work, and enjoyed discussing their future goals and plans. 

 
Last month I had the opportunity to join our Director of Agriculture, Dorthy Pelanda to speak to students involved in Ohio FFA chapters from Athens and Federal Hocking.

I am certain the future of Ohio's agriculture industry is bright after engaging with these students who are developing skills for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

 
 
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.

The Fellowship Program has a proven record of accepting motivated young professionals who are passionate about public service. I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about potential career paths in state government to consider applying for this prestigious program.