An Update from Senator Bob Peterson
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Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are enjoying the spring season and were surrounded by friends and family this Easter. For many families, this is truly a special and holy time of the year. For others, it is an opportunity to simply spend time with loved ones over a well-cooked ham and enjoy the thrill of a good Easter egg hunt.

This month we have made progress on a variety of issues ranging from improving cyber security, boosting economic development and increasing local funding for infrastructure renovation. You can expect some tough decisions and long debates as we continue to work through the biennial budget, which is required to be signed into law by July 1.

It continues to be my honor and privilege to represent you in the Ohio Senate, and I look forward to continuing to make your priorities, my priorities. As always, I invite your feedback and encourage you to keep me informed of ideas you have to improve our community. Please feel free to contact me anytime at (614) 466-8156 or at
Peterson@OhioSenate.gov.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bob Peterson
Ohio State Senator
Senate District 17
 
Join Us for District Office Hours
Tomorrow, April 26th we will be hosting office hours at several locations in the district. In order to best serve you in my role as State Senator, I rely heavily on the ideas and feedback of constituents to help guide my everyday legislative decisions. Office hours are an important way to connect directly, express concerns, and participate in state government.
 
Our hours will be as follows:
 
 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Fayette County Commissioners' Office
 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the Hillsboro Public Library
 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Wilmington Pubic Library
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Incentivizing New Investments in Struggling Communities
Finding innovative ways to drive new investments in communities that are struggling is an issue we wrestle with every day in the Ohio Senate. ​Recently we were able to take a step in the right direction by passing legislation that aims to bolster economic development in low-income communities by incentivizing investments in Ohio's opportunity zones. Currently, there are 956,000 Ohioans who live in areas that will benefit.
 
Several of these opportunity zones are located in our district and can be found using the Developmental Services Agency interactive map. This legislation, Senate Bill 8, is one of many steps we are actively pursuing to drive economic development, job creation, and improve local tax revenue in Ohio.
 

Celebrating the Chillicothe Fire Department's 140 Years of Service

Left to right: Senator Peterson, Fire Chief Jeffery Creed, Assistant Chief Aaron Knotts, and Administrative Coordinator Karen Hoffman.
First responders do a difficult job day-in and day-out that many of us cannot even imagine. I recently had the opportunity to show our gratitude by presenting the Chillicothe Fire Department with a Senate Resolution celebrating their 140 years of sacrifice and devotion to the citizens of Chillicothe.

There is no questioning the positive impact they have had on so many lives during that time, and it was an honor to recognize them in Columbus. Our firefighters are essential to the safety and well being of our communities. Their years of service are commendable, and countless lives have been saved as a result of their efforts.

 
Eliminating the Dreaded Time Change
​​Today, many people dread 'springing forward' and losing an hour of sleep each year. Some studies have even suggested potential safety hazards related to the time change. ​Senator Roegner and I thought it was important
for Ohioans to begin a discussion on whether or not the time change still has value in our modern times. It was first implemented in the United States during World War I to extend the amount of daylight during work hours for a variety of reasons to contribute to the war effort.

To help alleviate some of the safety concerns and frustration, I joint-sponsored Senate Bill 119 which would allow Ohio to maintain permanent daylight saving time. The change would would bring a variety of benefits to Ohioans. My joint-testimony on this legislation, along with more information can be found here.
 
Pike County News Watchman: Disaster Relief funds to aid local communities
The Highland County Press: Senator Peterson encourages Students to become leaders
Record Herald: Developmental Disabilities awareness day at the State House
Herald Dispatch: Peterson accepts award from YLA
The Highland County Press: Increased funding coming for local governments
 
Senator Bob Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.
 
Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Peterson. Download a high-resolution photo of Senator Peterson here.