October 2021
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Dear Neighbor,

As we look forward to the final months of the year, I am optimistic that we will accomplish much in the remainder of 2021. Thus far, we in the Ohio Senate have taken great strides towards growing our recovering economy, promoting Ohio's workforce, and reconnecting in person and virtually with local communities in an effort to maintain strong partnerships at the state level. I am looking forward to continuing to work for you and hearing your thoughts on issues currently before the Ohio Legislature.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to hear from residents of Lorain and Huron counties as we consider legislation that could directly affect your life. Please contact my office at Manning@OhioSenate.gov to share your thoughts on any bill pending in the Ohio Legislature so that I can keep them in mind when the bill comes before me for consideration.

State Senator Nathan Manning
13th Senate District

Join State Representative Dick Stein and me from 10-11am on Saturday, October 23rd at Sheri's Coffee House in Norwalk for District Office Hours. We will be available to meet and speak about state or local issues that are important to you. No appointment is necessary!

Sheri's Coffee asks that those coming in for district office hours please utilize street parking near the business. The nearest on street parking is located off Whittlesey Ave. and W. Main St.

Click here for directions.

We hope to see you there!

As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have had a busy past few weeks holding hearings Tuesday afternoons on a series of criminal and civil justice related bills.

Meetings of the Senate Judiciary Committee can be streamed live on the
Ohio Channel, and are available following adjournment in the Ohio Channel's archives. I encourage you to tune in!
Last month, Senate Bill 21, a piece of legislation I sponsored, went into effect. This bill will improve outlook for stroke victims by taking steps to ensure that EMS personnel transport those individuals to facilities best equipped to treat stroke.

I appreciate the efforts of my joint sponsor, Senator Antonio, as well as Governor DeWine, Chairman Huffman, Chairman Baldridge, former Senator John Eklund, and to all who worked on this bill during previous General Assemblies.

Over the summer, the Ohio Legislature worked to craft and pass a widely praised, pro-growth budget (H.B. 110) that gets results for every Ohioan. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I worked with my colleagues to ensure that the budget invests in our infrastructure and waterways, strengthens our workforce, increases access to quality education and childcare, provides Ohio families with school choice, and invests in Ohioans through the largest personal income tax cut in our state’s history.

Among other highlights, the budget:

  • Modernizes School Funding: Makes momentous investments in K-12 education, establishing a new school funding formula for Ohio’s 611 public school districts. This plan provides a unique base amount of per pupil funding for every district in the state utilizing the makeup of each individual district.
  • Supports Our Veterans: Invests $12 million to support a critical treatment program for veterans suffering from PTSD, brain and other traumas, and substance use disorders. It also expands the program to help treat first responders and law enforcement officers.
  • Protects Ohio's Water Quality: Appropriates $170 million for Ohio’s H2Ohio program. Of that, $100 million will be used by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to help farmers with nutrient, water and erosion management, $50 million for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for continued wetland preservation and $20 million for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve water and wastewater infrastructure and replace lead service lines to reduce lead exposure.
  • Invests in the Health and Wellbeing of Ohioans: Makes targeted investments in the health of women and children, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage for new mothers from 60 days to one year. Increases access and funding for child care services.
  • Improves Access to Broadband: Appropriates $250 million to expand residential broadband access to ensure Ohio households lacking basic connectivity to high-speed, reliable broadband are properly served and can participate in the increasingly modernized economy, education and healthcare systems.
  • Revitalizes Ohio Communities: Includes $150 million for communities to utilize in razing and repurposing blighted, abandoned properties. Additionally, the Senate secured $350 million to identify and address clean-up for abandoned industrial properties, known as “brownfields” across the state.
Implements Significant Tax Relief: Provides the largest personal income tax cut over a single biennium in Ohio’s history, saving Ohio taxpayers a total of $1.6 billion. Helping Ohio’s lower income families, the budget increased the threshold for which a person pays zero state income tax from $22,150 to $25,000, resulting in an additional 125,000 Ohioans receiving a 100% tax cut and keeping more of their hard-earned paychecks.

One of my priority amendments to the State's main operating budget included language from Senate Bill 165, which creates a pathway out of the Academic Distress Commission for not only Lorain City Schools, but for the Youngstown and East Cleveland School Districts.

Returning local control to the Lorain School Board has long been a priority for my office. I am grateful for the cooperation of my colleagues, as well as the Lorain community in taking this major step towards reclaiming local control over school districts.