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I hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying the long days of summer. Over the last several months in Columbus, my colleagues and I have worked on the state’s two-year operating budget. The bill includes several provisions that I was honored to advocate for, including tax cuts, investing in our local governments, libraries and education, initiatives that maintain an educated workforce and a wellness program directed to school age kids so they are prepared to learn. Read more here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding issues that are important to you, you are always welcome to reach out to my office by phone at (614) 466-8056 or by email at


State Senator Matt Dolan
24th Senate District 
The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill designating Dunkleosteus terrelli, better known as "Dunk," as the state fossil fish. The prehistoric fish once swam the waters covering Ohio as one of the largest and most ferocious predators of the Devonian period. Its fossils were discovered in 1966 in northeast Ohio during construction of Interstate 71, and they can be seen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
For more information on "Dunk," visit
Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday will start this weekend on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM and ends on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM. I'm pleased to announce that legislation we passed last year makes this popular Sales Tax Holiday permanent. For more information on how you and your family can save on back-to-school items, please visit the Department of Taxation webpage below. 
Lake Erie is a key vital resource, not only for Northeast Ohio, but the entire state. The Senate passed priority legislation needed to address Ohio’s water related issues ranging from outdated sewer systems, clean drinking water and algae blooms in the Lake.
Senate Bill 2 establishes a statewide watershed planning and management program to coordinate and build upon the shared efforts of state and local partners to improve water quality throughout Ohio.
Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) have proposed $1.5 billion to Ohio employers following strong returns on the agency’s investments. This announcement reflects our continued commitment to job growth and opportunities for our families and communities. Checks will be issued to employers in September of this year. 
This will be Ohio’s fifth investment return to private and public employers of at least $1 billion since 2013 and the sixth overall return during that time.
Senator Matt Dolan represents Ohio’s 24th Senate District, which contains a portion of Cuyahoga county. Learn more at To download a high-resolution photo of Senator Dolan for your use, click here.