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Happy Holidays!

I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to represent you in the Ohio Senate. My colleagues and I are continuing to work hard on your behalf to help our state recover from this crisis. Below you will find an update on our recent work in the legislature as well as important events across the district.

As always, if you need assistance or have questions and concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

I hope that you and your loved ones had a safe Christmas and have a happy New Year!

Sincerely,
State Senator Tim Schaffer
20th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Schaffer
sd20@ohiosenate.gov

614-466-8076
 
Cambridge Christmas Stationary Parade
I had a wonderful time at the Cambridge Christmas Stationary Parade. There were hundreds of cars filled with smiling faces and energetic children waiting for Santa! Lori and I loved being able to connect and celebrate with you all.
 
Swearing in Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North
I had the distinct honor of recently swearing in Sheriff Lanny North into office for his sixth term. Sherriff North began serving the Hoking community as a peace officer in 1975 as a deputy sheriff. 

Sheriff North is an outstanding public servant and the people of Hocking County are blessed to have him. I'm very proud to call Sheriff North and his wife Kathy friends!
 
JobsOhio Townhall on Military and Federal Sector
I recently had the opportunity to speak in the JobsOhio’s virtual debut of its Military & Federal Sector, which will focus on retaining and recruiting more federal installations in Ohio. JobsOhio has assembled an impressive group of retired generals and other experienced federal experts to attract jobs to Ohio. I am excited to see the great work they will do.
 
As we conclude the work of the 133rd General Assembly and prepare for the upcoming 134th General Assembly, I want to take time to reflect on the work that we did in the past two years.  I am proud to have supported conservative principles and legislation that has improved the lives of Ohioans.  
 
Capital Projects Receive Funding
Across the 20th Ohio Senate District
I was proud to vote in favor of the biennium capital budget recently that appropriates funding for infrastructure and capital projects throughout Ohio. I'm excited that the legislature was able to get this done and Governor DeWine has signed it into law under Senate Bill 310.

The following is the breakdown of all community projects that were funded in the 20th District:

Fairfield County - $900,000 total

 
  • Millersport Canal Restoration – Phase I; $250,000
  • Buckeye Lake Dredge; $200,000
  • Lancaster All-Abilities Playground; $150,000
  • Pickerington Area Soccer Association Facility; $150,000
  • Buckeye Lake Crystal Lagoon $75,000
  • Ohio Glass Museum; $40,000
  • Lancaster Festival; $35,000

Guernsey County - $1.15 million total
 
  • The WILDS Overlook Café; $500,000
  • The WILDS RV Park; $500,000
  • Antrim Community Center; $150,000

Hocking County - $275,000 total
 
  • Logan Theater; $275,000

Morgan County - $275,000 total
 
  • Twin City Opera House; $100,000
  • Burr Oak State Park Lake to Lodge Accessible Trail; $100,000
  • McConnelsville Community Rec Building; $75,000

Muskingum County - $699,500 total
 
  • Muskingum University Health and Wellness Complex Supporting Program Partnerships with Zane State College; $200,000
  • Muskingum County Fair Grandstand Enhancement Project; $200,000
  • Zanesville Museum of Art; $107,500
  • Gant Stadium Renovation; $100,000
  • Stone Academy; $92,000

Pickaway County - $1.025 million total
 
  • Scioto River Bridge and Trail; $500,000
  • Pickaway County Memorial Hall; $125,000
  • Octagon House; $100,000
  • Pickaway County Historical Society Museum; $100,000
  • Circleville Ted Lewis Park; $100,000
  • Circleville Historic City Hall Improvements; $100,000
 
Supporting Nonprofit Corporations, County Fairs and 2nd Amendment Rights
I'm proud to have been the sponsor, joint-sponsor, or co-sponsor on several key pieces of legislation this General Assembly. I wanted to update you on two of those bills that were recently sent to Governor Mike DeWine for his review.

The first is
Senate Bill 175 which will do the following if signed into law:
 
  • Provide civil immunity for non-profits (including churches and religious groups) in incidents that involve a concealed weapons holder discharging their firearm while on the nonprofits property or at its event.
 
  • Support right to self defense through an amendment added to the bill while it was in the Ohio House of Representatives. The new section of the bill will roll back much of the "duty to retreat" language. This move expands Ohioans ability for self defense to anywhere they are legally allowed to be.

The second bill is Senate Bill 375, which I proudly joint-sponsored with State Senator Frank Hoagland. The purpose of this legislation is to:
 
  • Vacate the Ohio Department of Health's July 30th, 2020 order that effectively closed all full size county and independent fairs across Ohio.
 
  • Create a working group of public health experts along with fair boards and other agricultural groups to come up with a plan for all fairs for the 2021.

The ultimate goal of Senate Bill 375 is to allow for full, but safe county fairs moving forward into 2021 while preventing devastating closures.
 
 
 
Senator Schaffer represents the 20th district in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, and parts of Athens and Pickaway counties. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Schaffer.