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Dear Neighbor,

April has been a busy month at the Statehouse and around the district, and I hope this newsletter provides you with a helpful update on my work on your behalf.

At the Statehouse, several important bills I was proud to co-sponsor passed the Senate, including improving care for Ohioans with Alzheimer's, increasing economic development in our low-income communities, and honoring Ohio's female veterans. I also introduced two new bills to increase school bus safety and help make home buying more affordable for first-time homeowners.


I enjoyed meeting with constituents as I traveled this month to each of the five counties in my district. The best ideas for legislation come from you, and your feedback and opinions on the policies being considered at the Statehouse are vital to my work. I welcome you to call, email, visit, or connect with me on social media.

My office is also happy to help with any needs you have as it relates to state government. 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
 
Increasing School Bus Safety
I recently introduced the "School Bus Safety Act," legislation that will bring more awareness to school bus safety issues and increase penalties for people who violate laws designed to protect students while going to and from school.
This bill is a collaborative effort with school administrators, law enforcement and parents in an effort to bring more awareness to the issue and increase penalties for people who blatantly disregard laws that have been proven to protect our children.
 
Making Home Buying More Affordable
for First-Time Buyers 
With rising rent costs and student loan debt, saving enough money for even a modest down payment is difficult for many millennials. This is why I introduced the “First-Time Home Buyer Savings Act," legislation that will create a new savings account future homebuyers can use to save money for the purchase of a home.

This legislation will give current and future generations a head start on saving enough money to make homeownership a reality instead of a dream. You can watch the bill introduction announcement 
here for more information.
 
Protecting Ohio From Cyber Attacks 
The Senate unanimously passed my bill earlier this month creating the Ohio Cyber Reserve, which will increase cyber security protections for Ohio's businesses, local governments, critical infrastructure and citizens, and improve the accuracy and transparency of our elections.
 
 
Bill Enhancing Penalties for Drug Traffickers Passes Senate Committee 
Drug traffickers who target vulnerable Ohioans, such as those at addiction recovery centers, would face increased penalties under a bill I sponsored known as the "Relapse Reduction Act."

I'm pleased to report Senate Bill 55 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month with bipartisan support. You can read more here in
The Toledo Blade, and I look forward to updating you as it continues to move through the legislative process.
 
Help Vote Sandusky "Best Coastal Small Town"
Join me in voting for Sandusky in USA Today's Best Coastal Small Towns competition. One of Ohio's tourism gems, Sandusky is home to a historic downtown, shopping, dining, and countless opportunities for fun on the Lake. Let's help Sandusky achieve this national ranking!
 
Meeting Constituents Around the District
Supporting Our Firefighters
I recently met with fire chiefs from around Erie County to listen and learn about ways we can improve safety and working conditions for our firefighters.
Visiting with Local Farmers
Agriculture is vital to the economy of northwest Ohio. I've enjoyed visiting with farmers across our district, like Oakshade Dairy and Andre Farms in Fulton County, to better understand issues important to their families and businesses. 
Partnering with Local Leaders
As a former city council member, I understand how local and state elected officials can work together to support our communities. That's why it's important to me to attend trustee meetings in each of the townships I represent. My thanks to the Providence Township trustees in Lucas County for hosting me this month.
Recognizing Our Libraries
Libraries offer many resources and services to Ohioans of all ages. I enjoy meeting with the staff of our local libraries to better understand how to support their efforts in our communities, and I appreciated the opportunity to visit Oak Harbor Library in Ottawa County to see the great things they are doing to encourage life-long learning.  
Adding Manufacturing Jobs
We have been very fortunate to see a lot of investment in our region through economic development, and it was an honor to attend the groundbreaking for the new NSG Float Glass Plant in Wood County. The company expects to employ approximately 150 employees locally, with production starting in 2020.