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Dear Neighbor, 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoy the time with family and friends. As the weather turns cold, my family and I enjoy getting outside in the snow to build a snowman together or engage in a friendly snowball fight followed by a cup of hot chocolate.
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 and 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.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday together!
 

Respectfully,

State Senator Kristina Roegner
27th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner
 
Working to Stop the Time Changes

Many of you have heard about legislation I am sponsoring to end the time changes each year in Ohio. I decided to introduce that legislation after learning this spring about the harmful effects of time changes – increased car accidents, heart attacks, lost productivity at work, and a litany of other consequences. Our work continued this month with the introduction of Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which I am jointly sponsoring with Senator Bob Peterson.

S.C.R. 8 urges Congress to pass legislation establishing Daylight Saving Time all year across the United States.  Current federal law prevents Ohio from simply adopting Daylight Saving Time all year. We’re hopeful that this resolution will give a strong push to our Congressional representation in Washington D.C. to pass federal legislation allowing states to stop these disruptive time changes.  To learn more,
read our testimony or the news article linked below!

 
Countinuing to Fight Ohio's Drug Crisis
I was proud to voice my support of House Concurrent Resolution 10, sponsored by my good friend, State Representative Scott Wiggam. H.C.R 10 urges Congress to help our law enforcement pursue drug cartels more aggressively in their fight to stop the flow of deadly opioids into our nation. 


From 2013-2018, more than 10,000 Ohioans died after overdosing on fentanyl or carfentanil, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2018 Drug Overdose Report. The acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration has said that the vast majority of these deadly drugs were brought into the nation by foreign drug cartels. Classifying these cartels as terrorists will enable the U.S. government to more aggressively pursue them through intelligence operations, financial sanctions, prosecuting allies and enablers, or military action if necessary.  

Watch my floor speech by clicking the link below.

 
Easing Veterans' Tax Burden
Sometimes those in the armed forces become injured in the line of duty and must leave the service before they are eligible for retirement. In many of these cases, servicemembers receive a lump sum disability severance payment. These payments are not taxable under federal law thanks to the "Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016", but were often being taxed here in Ohio. Substitute House Bill 18 changes that by exempting these lump sum disability severance payments from state taxation and allowing for a credit to be given to those who have already had their pay taxed. 

We all support members of the military, men and women willing to give their lives to protect us and defend our nation.   House Bill 18 is one way to thank them and show that support. I was honored to call a vote on this bill in the Ways and Means Committee and to speak in favor of it in the Senate Chamber, where it passed unanimously. 

Read more about Substitute House Bill 18 by clicking the link below.
 
Swearing in Hudson's New Mayor
I was honored to swear in the City of Hudson's new mayor, Craig Shubert, earlier this month during a Hudson city council meeting.  As a long-time Hudson resident, I know Mayor Shubert will do his utmost to serve the community in this new capacity. I also want to thank our outgoing mayor, David Basil, for his hard work and dedication to the City of Hudson during his tenure.

It was a real privilege to join a packed house full of people who were all excited to see where Hudson will be headed in the next few years. 
 
Wooster Boys and Girls Club
I loved visiting Wooster High School to learn about the wonderful work being done by the Wooster Boys and Girls Club. We had an engaging question and answer session followed by a tour.  The kids and staff were excellent, sharing with me some of the skills they learn there such as 3D printing and much more!

To learn how you  can volunteer and get involved, visit the link below!

 
 
Computer Science Advocacy Day
It was a joy to spend time at the first-ever Computer Science Advocacy Day at the Statehouse, visiting with students and advisors from the Northwestern Huskies robotics team. We discussed what they are learning and how they can have an impact on Ohio's educational policy. The team then demonstrated, and even let me take the controls of  a robot they built to compete in the Vex Robotics Tower Takeover Competition. There are a lot of bright minds on the team and I look forward to hearing of their future accomplishments!

Read more by clicking below. 
 
"Know Before You Go" with OHGO
Here in Ohio, we have many great resources available to make the Buckeye State a wonderful place to live and work. "OHGO", ODOT’s official travel information site, is a lesser-known resource that I find especially useful as the weather outside gets frightful. OHGO gives up-to-the minute details on traffic speeds, incidents, and road construction; along with the latest on statewide winter road conditions via the "Road Weather Information System". With access to the RWIS at your fingertips, you can use over 600 traffic cameras and 200 weather stations to plan your drive with confidence.

The OHGO website is optimized for desktops, laptops and tablets, plus there is an app for Android and iOS devices. To watch a helpful video detailing all the features OHGO has to offer, click the logo below!
 
This month the Senate finalized legislation allowing military familiy members to use their out-of-state occupational licenses to work in Ohio. Senate Bill 7, sponsored by State Senators Bob Hackett and Peggy Lehner, helps the family members of our servicemen and women to work in their trained occupation here in our state, while also enabling Ohio companies to tap into their valuable skillsets. I am especially pleased to see this bill pass as my legislation, SB 246, mirrors this bill, but expands it to provide the same out-of-state licensing privileges to all families moving to Ohio. 

Also, if you're interested in following what else 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.