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Dear Neighbor,

Happy Fall! I hope you, your family, and your friends have enjoyed the summer and are excited for all that autumn brings. Schools have started again, football is back in action and we have tons to look forward to with the holidays around the corner!

The past few months have been quite busy for all of us. For me, I’ve been all over the district, and it’s been refreshing to meet constituents at various events, including our county fairs. Following the legislative break, I have been tackling several issues and I’m excited to share what we have accomplished and what else I’m working on to benefit you, your families and our communities back home. 

I welcome your feedback, and your emails, letters and phone calls are important to me. I can be reached by phone at 614-466-8060, e-mail at Gavarone@OhioSenate.gov or through my social media pages listed at the end of this update.

Sincerely,

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Gavarone
 

The beginning of summer was eventful in Columbus. Three bills that I spent countless hours on were signed into law by Governor DeWine. They include:

House Bill 110: After serving as the Vice Chair of Senate Finance Committee and on the Conference Committee for HB 110, the state’s main operating budget, I was excited to be at the bill’s signing.

There are several wins in the budget for the Second Senate District and the state of Ohio, including:

  • $1.6 billion in personal income tax cuts, including a 100% state income tax cut for anyone making $25,000 or less
  • nearly $170 million for the H2Ohio program—double what was allocated the previous two years
  • the Fair School Funding provisions that will dramatically assist in the education of the next generation of Ohioans

I am certainly disappointed in Governor DeWine’s decision to veto my amendment that would have protected hundreds of jobs at Paramount Health Care in our corner of the state, yet I am proud of the other accomplishments in this budget that will benefit our children, families, workers, and communities.

Senate Bill 80: On the same day he signed the budget, the Governor also signed SB 80 into law. SB 80 will allow for more transparency in our judicial elections and increased voter participation as a direct result. I’m incredibly proud of this legislation and how quickly we got it across the finish line!

Senate Bill 126: When BGSU and the Foltz family suffered the loss of Stone Foltz in a hazing incident, my heart broke. As a mother and a BGSU alumna, I was compelled to do something to ensure that no family or community endures a similar loss. SB 126 was the result of that desire, and I’m thankful I could stand with my co-sponsor Senator Stephanie Kunze, and the Wiant and Foltz families as we saw it signed into law.

You can learn more about all of these bills at ohiosenate.gov/senators/gavarone.
 

Looking ahead, I wanted to provide you with an update on a few of my bills that are moving through the legislative process here in Columbus:

Senate Bill 25: Earlier this month, I was thrilled to see SB 25, the Relapse Reduction Act, passed by the Senate with bipartisan support. SB 25 increases penalties for drug trafficking near addiction treatment facilities. This is critical to protect people who are seeking treatment for substance abuse from drug dealers. The bill also bans the sale and use of synthetic urine. Many people use synthetic urine to cheat drug tests, which puts workers and families at substantial risk. SB 25 is now in the Ohio House for consideration, and you can learn more about the bill by clicking here.

Senate Bill 210: This legislation would allow married couples to enter into postnuptial agreements and update their prenuptial agreements. It will be a major benefit to Ohio’s couples and families as they navigate life together. SB 210 is in Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Senate Bill 181: I’ve considered it a privilege to work with Noor Abukaram on SB 181, which would ensure that no student-athletes in Ohio would have to choose between their religious beliefs and playing the sports they love. Noor has turned her experience into an opportunity for change. After passing the Senate unanimously, it has gone to the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

You can follow the progress of these bills and others by clicking 
here.

 

Over the summer, it was a joy to get around to all five counties, meet you and your neighbors, and hear about what matters most to you!

One of my favorite parts of the summer is attending county fairs! I attended all five of the county fairs in my district this summer. It was amazing to meet our young 4H leaders, see their projects and celebrate the winners. Catching up with constituents was also a highlight!

I attended an event with workers at the Toledo Refining Company to stand by them as they fight for their jobs. If Michigan Governor Whitmer has her way, she will close Line 5, which will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities, and soaring gas and energy prices for families. In bipartisan fashion, the Senate unanimously passed SR 41 to urge the Michigan Governor to back off the issue.

I recently joined my legislative colleagues and Lt. Governor Husted in Fulton County at Northwest State Community College. We had a roundtable discussion on their use of the TechCred program and the state's ongoing workforce development efforts. 
Ohio has a rich history of producing astronauts and contributing to our country’s space exploration successes. We are lucky to have NASA in Erie County to add to this history. This summer, the NASA facility was renamed in honor of Neil Armstrong. I was honored to be in attendance for the ceremony with the Armstrong family, community members and other legislators from both the state and federal levels.
Our law enforcement agencies do incredible work every day to keep us safe, including the intelligent crime scene investigators here in Ohio. We celebrated these amazing people from Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation during their 100th anniversary celebration. I was part of the Bowling Green unit’s celebration and presented a commendation while there.
Tourism is a major component of my district’s economy and Ohio’s economic success. Recently, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation highlighted Lake Erie, one of Ohio’s natural gems during their Experience Ottawa County event. Business and community leaders were all in attendance to learn more about what makes this region of our state shine and prosper!