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Dear Neighbor, 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Statehouse is adorned inside and out for the Christmas holiday.  From festive lighting outside to the decorated trees in the Rotunda, Cap Square displays its splendor with evergreens and beautiful lights - as do many homes and yards across the Buckeye State.

Although 2020 is winding down, December has been quite a busy month in Columbus.
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!
 

Respectfully,

State Senator Kristina Roegner
27th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner
 
Improving Government Efficiency 
It's been an honor this General Assembly to work with the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Secretary of State's office, and business groups like the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to update Ohio's Limited Liability Company law. The culmination of this work has been a complete update to Ohio's LLC statute, making the code easier for Ohio businesses to understand and navigate.

I sponsored Senate Bill 276, which passed the Senate unanimously and the House 83-1 this past month. This bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.

I look forward to continuing the work to improve Ohio's business climate over the next General Assembly!
 
Optimizing Ohio's Boards and Commissions
I've had the privilege of chairing the Sunset Review Committee for the last year, whose mission is to "sunset" boards and commissions which are no longer necessary.  By eliminating these unnecessary governmental boards and commissions we can streamline govenment, making it more efficient. 

I introduced Senate Bill 331 this summer to enact the recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee. We were able to identify 20 different boards and commissions that are no longer necessary. Senate Bill 331 sunsets these boards and commissions to save Ohio taxpayers money and clear up outdated sections of the Ohio Revised Code.

This bipartisan bill passed the Senate unanimously, passed the House 89-1 and now heads to the Governor for his signature!

 
 
 Updating Ohio's Knife Laws
Senator Roegner visiting Hinderer Knives, September 2019
Visit to Hinderer Knives, September 2019

After my colleague  Senator Joe Uecker retired last year, I adopted the sponsorship of Senate Bill 140. This bipartisan bill finally passed the House this past month and will soon become law! Senate Bill 140 makes two common-sense updates to Ohio's knife law:

First, the bill enables the manufacture of certain types of knives that are perfectly legal to carry and use, but still illegal to make. This outdated provision put Ohio businesses at a competitive disadvantage with other companies across the country. 

"I am ecstatic for the passage of Senate Bill 140. This bill will enable Rick Hinderer Knives to grow and help not only our community, but also add new jobs for Ohioans--as well as clarifying Ohio law regarding the use of an automatic knife. I would like to thank Sen. Roegner for her help and support in getting this extremely important piece of legislation passed," said Rick Hinderer, owner of Hinderer Knives in Wayne County.

Second, the bill ensures that Ohio citizens can't be charged for carrying a knife as a concealed weapon unless they are using that knife as a weapon. This is a simple, common-sense criminal justice reform that was supported both by knife groups and the ACLU of Ohio and prevents people who carry a knife as a tool from potentially facing criminal charges.

You can watch my testimony here, or click below to learn more about the bill!
 
 
Expanding Opportunities for Nurses
The Senate voted just this past month to pass Senate Bill 341, which joins Ohio to the national Nurse Licensure Compact. There are currently 34 members states in the compact, which allows Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to practice without getting re-licensed by other states. 

I'm passionate about helping Ohio's nurses practice the full extend of their training and abilities. This bill will help Ohio nurses in telehealth, traveling positions, and families who are forced to move for other reasons. Just as importantly, the bill improves access to care in our state, which is why hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic, University Health, and all across the state support this legislation. This is all the more important when we're facing a pandemic.

To learn more about the bill, click below!
 
Repealing Ohio's Unconstitutional Income Tax Rule

The Youngstown Vindicator ran an excellent story on Ohio's income tax policy since the COVID-10 pandemic spurred significant temporary changes for how local income taxes are collected.

At the onset of the pandemic, Ohio law was changed to allow municipalities to collect city income tax from workers that are no longer actively performing services within that municipality. This was a temporary fix to address how city budgets were going to be impacted by people working from home. 

The state is now approaching 9 months since our first stay-at-home order, and it is time for the state to revisit this plan and work with cities to reform our tax residency law to ensure that it is constitutional and fair to all workers and cities. 

Click below to read the full article!

 
Capital Budget Funding Awarded
I am tremendously excited to announce the passage of Ohio's capital budget, which invests state dollars in communities across the state. This year's capital budget invested $2.1 billion across the state, funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, and mental health and addiction facilities.

The bill also allocates a significant portion for local community projects--some of my favorite Summit, Stark and Wayne County projects are listed below!

Total

Project Name

$150,000

Akron Art Museum Building Renovations

$225,000

Akron Children’s Hospital ADA playground

$500,000

Akron Zoo Animal Housing

$200,000

Akron-Canton Foodbank Distribution Center

$900,000

Blossom Music Center Improvements

$250,000

Boston Heights-Hudson Trail

$200,000

Boston Heights Matthew Thomas Park Master Plan

$194,538

Buckeye Agricultural Museum and Educational Center Upgrades

$250,000

Canal Fulton Community Park Phase Two

$75,000

Case-Barlow Farm Improvements

$700,000

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Behavioral Health Unit Renovations

$200,000

CommQuest Behavioral Health Family Living Center Renovations

$75,000

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Office Renovations

$250,000

Fredericksburg MARCS Communications Tower

$500,000

Hale Farm and Village Improvements

$150,000

Hudson Baldwin-Buss House Restoration

$140,000

Lake Jinelle Dam Rehabilitation Project

$55,000

Marshallville Heartland Trail

$300,000

Marshallville Preserve

$350,000

Orrville Orr Park Upgrades

$50,000

Peninsula G.A.R. Hall ADA Accommodations

$40,000

Rittman Youth Football Field

$80,000

Sonnenberg Village Gerber-Scribe Barn Relocation

$750,000

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Improvements

$100,000

STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Ledgewood, Peninsula

$400,000

Summit County Battered Women’s Shelter Updates

$100,000

Summit County Metro Parks Valley View Park Development

$75,000

Summit Lake Vision Plan

$100,000

University of Akron South of Exchange Lighting and Safety Initiative

 
 
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.