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Happy New Year! As the State Senator for Ohio's 14th Senate District, it is my goal to make my office a resource to my constituents to help them navigate issues within state agencies and provide information to address concerns you may have. I look forward to keeping you updated through this regular newsletter.
I value your feedback on the legislation being debated within the Ohio Statehouse. Please know that I thoroughly review all testimony presented during the committee process, as well as emails, letters and phone calls my office receives regarding pending legislative proposals. It is important to me that any legislation I vote for is something supported by and addresses the concerns raised by my constituents.
 
Below is an update on my recent work in the legislature and various events happening in our community. As the new year begins, I look forward to working together to make Ohio a great place to live, work and raise a family. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any thoughts or suggestions to improve our community. I’m available at Johnson@Ohiosenate.gov or 614-466-8082. I look forward to continuing our good work in 2020.

Sincerely,
   
Terry Johnson
State Senator
Ohio's 14th Senate District
 
A very important step in the bill-making process happens during committee, where we hear the opinions of our constituents on all of the legislation being considered in the Senate. I am pleased to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate's Transportation, Commerce & Workforce Committee, as well as a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, Government Oversight Committee and the Finance subcommittee on Health and Medicaid

Beginning this year, all Senate committee hearings will be broadcast live by the Ohio Channel on public access stations around the state and streamed live on OhioChannel.org, providing all of you the opportunity to witness state government in action.
 
A list of all current Senate committees can be found here

The Governor recently signed House Bill 2, codifying the state's “TechCred” program to help fund and train Ohioans for in-demand jobs. The program offers reimbursement to both employers and individuals for the cost of microcredential training for industry-recognized skill certificates that can be completed in less than one year.
 
The bill also provides a way for Ohioans who are not currently employed to take advantage of the program’s credentialing opportunities and will help coordinate workforce development needs across industries and regions of Ohio. 
 
Learn more at www.TechCred.Ohio.gov.
 
The Governor also signed Senate Bill 7, legislation that will smooth the employment transition for military husbands and wives who relocate to Ohio with their active duty spouse by requiring occupational licensing boards to reciprocate other state's licenses while they are stationed in Ohio. 

Additionally, the Senate passed a bill that allows active duty service members and their families to qualify for in-state tuition at Ohio’s public colleges and universities. 
 
We all recognize the tremendous sacrifices service members and their families make for our country. These bills are a way we can support and thank the heroes who serve us every day. 
 
Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The next Census occurs in April 2020.

Census 2020 is the first Census count that will be available to fill out online. Each household will receive a card in the mail with a password to open the form online. You will be able to submit your information with just a few clicks.
 
Learn how you can earn extra income by helping in our community during the Census, by clicking here
 
Every two years, the State of Ohio sets aside a budget for capital improvements in communities across the state. My office has been working with local officials to prepare for these crucial investments, and I’ve enjoyed touring many different facilities in our community. I look forward to keeping you updated on this process. If you have any questions please contact my office for more information on eligibility and the process.
 
 
 
Senator Johnson represents the 14th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Scioto counties as well as a portion of Lawrence County.