Fall 2021
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Dear Neighbor,
 
A noticeable chill in the air not only signals the beginning of autumn, but also the beginning of the fall legislative session in Columbus. While I have enjoyed the slower pace of summer and how it has allowed me to pack my days full of travel around the district, I am excited that we are back to work in the Statehouse.
Before we return to my regular monthly newsletters, what follows is a summary of just a few of the highlights from this summer both from a legislative and community outreach perspective. I hope you find it informative.

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and that God richly blesses you and your families throughout this harvest season. 

Respectfully,
State Senator Kristina Roegner
27th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner
 
Thus far in this General Assembly I have sponsored 6 pieces of legislation that have already been signed into law (More than any other Ohio legislator). These bills help Ohioans by reducing burdens with respect to occupational licensure as well as reducing the state tax burdens they face. It is an honor to be recognized by several organizations for this work. 
Recently, I was honored to be named the Ohio Society of CPA's "Outstanding Legislator". This award was given to one Senator and one Representative, Bill Roemer. We were selected to be recipients of this prestigious award for our work to increase efficiencies within the tax code and to improve Ohio's business climate. 

In addition to being the primary sponsor of
SB18, tax conformity legislation enacted in March, I am also the primary sponsor of SB97, which deals with returning municipal income taxes that were wrongly collected during the pandemic. Portions of that bill were enacted in the budget, and I continue to work towards full passage. Within the budget, I also successfully advocated for the permanent exclusion of workers’ compensation dividends from commercial activities taxes -- this saved our business owners from a hefty tax bill for accepting a BWC pandemic dividend they didn't ask for. 

Looking forward, I have introduced
SB247, legislation to ensure Ohio's companies are not treated unfairly with respect to the Business Income Deduction (BID) when a business is sold, and am also working on a bill to eliminate taxes on certain state fees.

Check out coverage in the West Side Leader.
 
For my efforts to simplify tax filings, preserve the business income deduction, and to cut burdensome regulations, the National Federation of Independent Business named me the Ohio Senate's "Guardian of Small Business".

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious legislative honor bestowed by the NFIB, and has been given to just one Senator each General Assembly since 1988. I am proud of my strong record of fiscal constraint and support of small businesses, both in legislation and most recently in the state operating budget, and I will continue to fight for pro-growth policies.

Read more here.
 
This past month, I also received the "Legislator Award" from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. This award is not given regularly, but the Board voted to bestow it this year for my work on SB7. This legislation was enacted in June, and enables the state to join the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact.

Joining the compact means improved licensure mobility, which strengthens Ohio's economy by drawing in qualified workers from other states. This bill expands job opportunities for occupational therapists and therapy assistants, and is especially impactful in the Buckeye State -- according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio has more licensed OT Assistants than any other state.  

Read more here.
 
There are many outstanding individuals worthy of recognition across the 27th Senate District, and one of those individuals is Cuyahoga Falls veteran Jack O. McClure. In 1942, PFC. McClure was drafted straight out of high school to train as a B-25 bomber pilot. Known for his remarkable survival of both "D-Day" and the "Battle of the Bulge", PFC. McClure also later played a large part in the capture of a group of over 200 Nazis.
For his efforts during the war, President Harry Truman presented PFC. McClure a "Bronze Star Medal" in 1951. I had the honor of presenting PFC. McClure with a "President's Letter" from the Ohio Senate, as well as a US and Ohio flag that were both flown over the Ohio Statehouse. 

The US flag proudly flies on a newly-installed flagpole in front of his house, which was built with donations raised by Ward 6 Councilman Adam Miller and Ward 8 resident Warren Capps, both of whom are Marine Corps veterans. 
 
2021 has been a great year for a number of reasons, one of those has been returning to our county fairs! Stark, Summit, and Wayne, have all held their county fairs since my last newsletter, and we may have crossed paths if you attended one of them. Here is a photo of Representative Bill Roemer and me volunteering at the Summit County Farm Bureau table.
As I am sure many parents of children who have participated in 4-H would agree, some of my fondest memories with the program involve my children's projects at the fair. My daughters raised chickens, so I was sure to visit the poultry barns at each fair. Here I am with the Summit County Fair's champion turkeys. Such great showmanship and camaraderie on display within our junior fair programs!
 
In addition to visiting the fair, the Wayne County Commissioners graciously allowed me the use of a conference room within the county administration building so that I could hold open office hours. While I continued to have individual constituent meetings over coffee or lunch throughout the pandemic, I enjoyed once again having the opportunity to host walk-in meetings at the local level. 

If you would like more information on the next district office hours or to schedule a coffee meeting, email roegner@ohiosenate.gov
 
While in Wayne County, I had an opportunity to meet with Wayne County Board of Elections Director Julie Leathers-Stahl. The Director and I talked through a number of elections-related issues, ranging from where to host local trainings to ensuring the security of our national elections. I am thankful for Director Stahl's dedication to conduct safe and secure elections, and for her willingness to sit down with me.

While at the Board of Elections, I was happy to run into former Wayne County Commissioner Ann Obrecht (pictured with Uncle Sam and me).
 
In August, I travelled to Cuyahoga County to participate in a roundtable discussion on our elections. Scheduled as part of the "Faith in Elections Project", organized by the Congressional House Administration Committee, we explored both elections security and why our elections must never be nationalized.

Representatives from each level of government participated, and other panelists included: Congressman Dave Joyce, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and State Representative Bill Roemer.

You can read more about the roundtable
here.
 
My family and I once again enjoyed attending the Barlow Farm Festival, which is held annually in Hudson. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. As we have in the past, we brought a few of our chickens from our family flock to share with those who are curious about our feathered friends.   
 
I had the privilege of participating in the inaugural "Vincent William Baran Day of Service," created to honor the memory and continue the legacy of "Vinny" Baran. While this year's event has already taken place, we can continue to honor Vincent's life by being more joyful, empathetic, and passionate.
Vinny had a smile that lit the room. Below is a picture of when he met one of my family's chickens a few years ago at the Barlow Farm Festival. You can learn more about Vincent and the "Mighty Vinny" organization here.
 
Ohio's businesses and business owners make up the backbone of our economy. I recently had the opportunity to recognize a number of grand openings and re-openings, and am thrilled to see larger enterprises expanding their footprint locally. Pictured here, I joined representatives from Windstream Communications at the opening of their new storefront in Hudson. 
Some other businesses experiencing exciting growth include "The Pint and Pie Works," a new pizza pub in Bath, "The Farmer's Rail," a local butcher/grocer that has expanded their footprint with a store in Hudson, and "Yours Truly," a restaurant in Hudson that is expected to reopen soon after an extensive renovation.

If you know of a new local business or a current business celebrating a remodel or anniversary, send details to roegner@ohiosenate.gov, I'd love to recognize their entrepreneurial spirit!
 
Our government functions best when its citizens take an active role in its operation, and I appreciate being given the opportunity to share how Ohioans can get more involved. Three groups I have recently spoken with include the Knee Center for Occupational Licensure Reform, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.

I was honored to be invited to join the Knee Center, based at St. Francis University, to discuss my work within the area of occupational licensure reform. We engaged in a nearly hour-long discussion about the best ways to break down barriers to entry for job seekers through license reciprocity.  I was joined in the discussion by fellow Ohio legislator Representative Jena Powell, who is carrying similar legislation to my "Universal License Reciprocity" bill, SB131. You can read more about the Knee Center and licensure reciprocity here.

I also joined the Ohio Counseling Association during their recent "Counseling Compact Summit", to speak to their membership about my SB204. If you have been subscribed to my newsletter, you probably remember reading about the
Nurse Licensure Compact, Physical Therapy Compact, Occupational Therapy Compact, and MD/DO Compact -- SB204 is similar to these but focuses on counselors. Supported by both the Ohio Counseling Association and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, I look forward to getting this bill through the legislature. 

Last but not least, I enjoyed a lively discussion at a "Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio" "Legislative Meet and Greet" in Cuyahoga County earlier this month. It was a joy to speak with these individuals, as one of the issues I most passionately fight for in Columbus is the protection of life -- we as a society should do everything we can to protect the most vulnerable. At the event, I shared my recent work with Senator O'Brien to pass the "Human Life Protection Act". The Human Life Protection Act will ensure that Ohio stands ready to protect future generations of Ohioans with the full force of law the moment that Roe. v. Wade is overturned at the federal level. 

If you would like to invite me to your group or simply to sit down over coffee, email roegner@ohiosenate.gov and my office would be happy to work with you to get something on the schedule. 
 
 
 
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.