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Dear Neighbor, 
Fall has always been my favorite season in our Buckeye state. The air is crisp and the leaves glorious. I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful time of year. Check out Ohio.org for some ideas to help you celebrate fall right here in Ohio. Find it Here!
In this newsletter you will find an update on a few things that I've been up to in recent weeks, both in Columbus and across our 27th Senate District.  

As always, remember that I'm here to serve you. I love to hear from my constituents on the issues that matter to them.

It is a true honor to represent you in the Ohio Statehouse and I hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter!

Yours gratefully,

State Senator Kristina Roegner
27th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner
 
Named Chair of Senate
Ways and Means Committee 
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof appointed me to chair the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee is tasked with reviewing tax policy in Ohio. I'm excited about the opportunity to take a leading role on streamlining Ohio's tax code and making Ohio a better place to live and grow a business.
 
Welcoming the Australian Prime
Minister to the United States
I had the privilege of traveling to Washington D.C. to welcome Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Scott Morrison, to the United States. Joined  by my colleagues, Senate President Larry Obhof and Senate President Pro Tem, Bob Peterson, we celebrated the the 'mate-ship' of our two countries.

Prime Minister Morrison pointed out the shared values between our great nations including a passion for free markets and self enterprise. 

 
 
Refunding Sales Tax on Incomplete Purchases
Senator Tim Schaffer and I had the privilege of testifying on legislation that we have been working on to help retail businesses across Ohio. Currently in Ohio, retailers are forced to pay tax on credit card purchases made on store-branded cards that are never paid for by the consumer, even though they would be refunded that tax if the purchase was made on another type of credit card. Senate Bill 188 corrects a small inequity in our tax code and makes Ohio a more attractive place for retail businesses to grow and create jobs in our communities.
 
Honoring NAACP ACT-SO Bronze Medalist
It was an honor to host Connor Harris, a student from Hudson, and his family here in Columbus. Connor received a bronze medal in the microbiology category at the 41st Annual Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technical, and Scientific Olympics, a national competition hosted by the NAACP.
Connor's project identified genetic factors which may explain why African-Americans are more likely to develop colon cancer. I was happy to present an official Senate Resolution recognizing his efforts, and look forward to more fascinating discoveries from him in the future.

We also ran into Governor DeWine before the presentation!
 
Sonnenberg Village Visit
While touring Sonnenberg Village, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Kidron Community Historical Society. Sonnenberg Village is a 5-acre campus with a number of historic buildings utilizing sustainable technologies located right in Wayne County! 
You can learn about the Village by clicking the link below. Visitors are welcome, so be sure to check it out!
 
 Follis Field in Wooster
Receives Ohio Historical Marker
A little known fact: The first African-American pro football player is from Wayne County, Ohio! 

To commemorate this great man, Follis Field in Wooster was memorialized with an Ohio Historical Marker earlier this month.
Follis Field was named after Charles Follis, who organized the first varsity football team at Wooster and starred as both halfback and captain at the end of the 19th century.
Follis became the first African-American pro-football player after signing a contract with the Shelby Athletic Club for the 1902 season.  

It was truly a privilege to meet members of the Follis family and learn a little bit about this amazing man who lived right here in Northeast Ohio.

You can learn more about Charles Follis through the link below.
 
National Federation of Independent Business Presentation
I've always been passionate about promoting economic opportunity in Ohio, and enjoyed speaking to a group of enterprising individuals from the National Federation of Independent Business.

We met over breakfast to discuss the recently passed state budget and other legislation in pending in the Ohio General Assembly.  We shared ideas for growing small businesses and creating jobs here in Ohio's 27th Senate District.
 
Hinderer Knives Factory Tour
One of the best ways to connect with our business community and to understand the issues facing them is to visit local businesses.

I spent an afternoon this past month visiting a world-class manufacturing company located in Shreve, Hinderer Knives.

 
Rick Hinderer has been making tactical and art knives since the 1980s. I had a fantastic time touring his factory, which is a tremendous asset to Wayne County. 
 
2019 Ohio Legislative Life Award
I was truly honored to be awarded the 2019 Life Award by the Ohio Christian Alliance. The "Life Award" is presented annually in order to recognize a specific legislator for their work to protect unborn life in Ohio. I received this recognition for my work as sponsor of Senate Bill 23,  the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act.
 
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Department of Homeland Security has some tips for ensuring that you and your family are safe when using technology both at home and in the workplace.

Take a few minutes and review some tips for how you can improve your computer habits and be safer on the internet.
 
Governor DeWine Announces
31,000 Acre Public Land Purchase 
Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this month, that State of Ohio has come to an agreement to purchase 31,000 acres of public land in Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Guernsey counties. Located in eastern Ohio, the land will be designated for conservation and recreation purposes. 

I was thrilled to see the state make a long-term investment in protecting Ohio's beautiful natural assets for decades to come. Read more by clicking below!
 
This month the Senate passed legislation aimed at strengthening protection orders and protecting victims of violent crime. Senate Bill 28, which was sponsored by Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), increases the penalty for violating a protection order in cases where the offender has a record of prior violations. The bill passed the Ohio Senate by an unanimous vote of 33-0.

If you're interested in following what is happening in Columbus, feel free to check out our website, where
you can follow along with the legislative process, find a bill, follow committee activity and even watch sessions live!
 
 
Senator Kristina Roegner represents the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark County, as well as Wayne County. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner.