Columbus—Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 304, legislation that would ban the use of microbeads in Ohio.. Used in personal care and beauty products such as facial scrubs, body washes, toothpaste and hand soaps, these particles, coated with toxins like PCBs are being deposited into Lake Erie causing harm to the water and marine life.
“By enacting this common sense legislation, we can help stop the pollution of one of Ohio’s greatest landmarks,” said Senator Skindell.
Microbeads are micro-polymer particles, less than five millimeters in diameter, that are made of synthetic or semi-synthetic polymeric materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, or a combination of such polymers. Due to their color, fish mistake them for food and digest them.
“According to a study conducted by scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the 5 Gyres Institute, “356,000 microbeads are found in one 4.2-ounce tube of a leading facial cleanser,” said Senator Skindell. “Unfortunately due to their size, they are slipping through our waste water management systems and ending up in Lake Erie.”
Companies found to be in violation would be subject to a misdemeanor fine of $1,000 for each day in which the violation occurs.
A similar measure was introduced in New York in early February due to the high volume of microbeads found along the New York shores of Lake Erie. Companies such as Procter and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson have pledged to phase out the usage of microbeads. Powdered pecan shells and sea salt have been considered as alternatives.
Ohio is the third state to introduce legislation to ban the usage of microbeads.
COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Bill 148, which designates a portion of Interstate 271 through the city of Bedford Heights as the “Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan Memorial Highway,” received final approval from the Ohio House. The chamber’s unanimous vote in support of the measure is the final legislative step necessary for the highway’s designation.
During Senate Session on November 19, State Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) recognized Thomas Donnelly as the recipient of the 2013 Southwest Ohio Athletic Director of the Year Award by the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association. Donnelly currently serves as Athletic Director of Walnut Hills High School located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Donnelly was honored for his work to increase the athletic division of the school by adding a total of 90 sports teams for boys and girls, for every grade level throughout all seasons. Walnut Hills High School is a classical six-year college preparatory high school and has been ranked the top rank high school in Ohio for 2014.
Columbus –Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus announced the re-election of its leadership team, led by Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), to serve in the next General Assembly beginning in January. Besides Senator Schiavoni, the leadership team includes: Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Minority Whip Edna Brown (D-Toledo) and Assistant Minority Whip Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville). The following quotes can be attributed to the leadership team:
Columbus – On November 18, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) presented sponsor testimony on two pieces of legislation in the Senate State Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Senate Bill 317 would designate June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Ohio while Senate Bill 320 would require state agencies to only purchase uniforms and other apparel items that are made with American textiles, materials, and supplies.