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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. I’ve introduced three bills and attended many different events across Wood, Ottawa, Erie, Fulton and Lucas counties.

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 614-466-8060 or by e-mail at Gavarone@OhioSenate.gov.

Sincerely,
State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Gavarone
 
Better Protecting Ohioans from Cyberattacks

The first bill I introduced this General Assembly was Senate Bill 52, legislation to better protect Ohioans from cyberattacks by establishing the Ohio Cyber Reserve.
Specifically, the bill will uphold the integrity of our elections by improving the post-election audit process and requiring staff to be hired to advise the Secretary of State on matters of information security. I am working alongside Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Adjutant General John Harris on this important bill. 
 
Improving Mental Health
 Treatment in Our State
Reforming the way we treat non-violent offenders who suffer from mental health issues is very important to me. Too often, these individuals are sent to state hospitals when they would be better served by receiving treatment on an out-patient basis.
It is my hope that through Senate Bill 58, we will close this gap and ensure that all Ohioans obtain the care and treatment they deserve. 
 
The 'Relapse Reduction Act'
I’ve also sponsored legislation to increase the level of offense for those who target and prey upon addicts who are seeking treatment. Senate Bill 55, also known as the ‘Relapse Reduction Act,’ will increase penalties for drug traffickers who sell on or near the premises of addiction service providers.

For a list of where to get help with addiction near you, click here,
or call toll-free for information and referral at 1-877-275-6364.
 
Help Create Ohio's New "I VOTED" Sticker
Secretary of State Frank LaRose is calling on YOU to help create the new "I Voted" sticker. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to submit a design from now until April 28th.

The top designs will be selected by the Secretary of State’s office, and the winning design voted on by the public

 
For more information, rules and guidelines, click here.
 
Honored by the Ohio Association
of Senior Centers
Earlier this month I was humbled to receive the Muriel Bertsch Award from the Ohio Association of Senior Centers for my efforts to secure $1.6 million in the 2018 Capital Budget for the construction of the new Wood County Senior Center.  

I am truly honored by the award but I am even more excited to see how this new senior center in Wood County will enhance the quality of life for our seniors and their families.
 
New Businesses, Community Milestones
and Future Leaders
I recently toured Veoneer-Nissan Brake Systems with Tsutomu Nakagawa, Consulate General of Japan. What an incredible opportunity to see the collaboration between Ohio and Japan and the opportunitites of economic growth and potential coming into our state. 
 
North Baltimore Public Library celebrated their 100th anniversary.

I was so happy to join Chancellor Gardner and so many members of our community for this special milestone and celebration.
 
I traveled to Ottawa County last week to attend the ‘Arrow of Light Ceremony’ in Williston.

This is the highest honor a Scout can receive. I was pleased to be able to present to them a President’s Letter, honoring their hard work and commitment to service and learning.