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Dear Neighbor,

It is hard to believe that it's summertime! Schools are letting out, the barbecues are firing up and Lake Erie is buzzing with boats. I love this time of year. We are busier than ever in our districts and at the Statehouse as we consider the state’s biennial operating budget.

By the end of June, the Ohio General Assembly will pass a budget that is balanced, fiscally responsible and invests in the key policy priorities of our state to allow Ohio to continue moving forward. The budget deliberations, happening in our Finance committee, are streamed live online for all Ohioans to watch how their tax dollars are spent. To learn more and follow along, click 
here.

I hope this e-newsletter provides a helpful update about my work in the legislature on your behalf. I welcome your feedback, and your emails, letters and phone calls are very important to me. I can be reached by phone at 614-466-8060, e-mail at
Gavarone@OhioSenate.gov or through my social media pages listed at the end of this update.

Sincerely,

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Gavarone
 
Improving Water Quality in Lake Erie 
Ensuring there is clean drinking water for Ohioans and preserving Lake Erie for generations to come are majority priorities for the legislature, and I look forward to our continued work on this effort.
The Ohio Clean Water Bond, that I recently introduced, would grant authority to the state to issue bonds to finance the costs of clean water enhancements, like water treatment, the reduction of open lake disposal of dredged material and support for nutrient management best practices. Learn more.
 
Cracking Down on Drug Dealers and
Those Who Cheat Drug Tests
The Senate, with a strong bipartisan vote, passed my legislation to increase penalties for drug traffickers who target Ohioans seeking treatment for their drug addiction.

Learn more
here
With the country in the midst of a drug crisis, the number of people cheating drug tests at their current or potential places of employment is on the rise, and this puts public safety at risk. One product in particular, commonly used by drug users, is synthetic urine.
My new legislation bans the sale and use of synthetic urine, incentivizing addicts to seek treatment, and the public, whether on the road or in their workplace, will be safer. 

Learn more here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction,
call 1-877-275-6364 for information and referral or
visit OMHAS website for a list of addiction services by county. 
 
Honoring Our Fallen Heoes
Memorial Day is such a special time in our community. It was an honor to gather together with so many of you to show our appreciation for our military past and present.

Not just on Memorial Day, but everyday, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and I to live free. Thank you to the many who have sacrificed to protect our country!
 
Meeting with Constituents Across the District
 
Wood County
Each year the Wood County Committee on Aging hosts the "90 Plus Spectacular" - a party to celebrate those aged 90 and older. It was a pleasure to congratulate more than 70 seniors on their contributions to our communities.
Fulton County
At Four County Career Center in Archbold, several colleagues and I met with constituents and local education professionals to discuss critical education issues like school funding, graduation requirements, and district report cards.
Erie County
I was honored to attend a Gold Star ceremony, at theVeterans Memorial Park in Sandusky, in support of our families who have lost a family member in service to our country. After the ceremony, I helped unveil the park's new Gold Star Families monument.
Ottawa County
The Transportation Improvement District Board met in Port Clinton recently. This year's transportation budget, passed by the legislature earlier this year, provides additional funding for important projects like upgrading State Route 53.
Lucas County
I enjoyed touring the Toledo School for the Arts to meet their leaders and staff and learn more about the school and what they are doing to help prepare their students for life outside of the classroom.
 
 
Recognizing Constituents at the Statehouse
It was an honor to host several constituents from the district at the Statehouse to be recognized by the Ohio Senate for their outstanding accomplishments. Tara Barnhart, of Wayne, Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher of the Year; Malakii Pinkelton, of Port Clinton, Ohio Athletic Committee Wrestling Champion, Dylan D'Emilio, of Genoa, 4x State Wrestling Champion; and the Genoa Wrestling Team, Division III State Champions. Congratulations to all of you!