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Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) announced a grant program through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to aid local fire departments with the costs associated with connecting to the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS).
 
MARCS is dedicated to providing Ohio’s first responders and public safety providers with state-of-the-art wireless digital communications, and to promote interoperability, in order to save lives and maximize effectiveness in both normal operation and emergency situations. Local law enforcement and emergency response agencies pay subscription fees to access and fund the system.
 
“I knew from discussions I’ve had with our local first responders that the user fees for the MARCS program are sometimes cost-prohibitive for some smaller emergency response organizations,” said President Faber. “The last thing we want standing in the way of public safety is money, so through the budget, we’ve created a grant program to help our locals get access to this life-saving system.”
 
House Bill 483 provides an additional $3 million to the MARCS program to provide grant dollars to purchase equipment and waive user fees for smaller fire departments. The bill also requires the program to develop a plan for the General Assembly by January 2015 that would allow for user fees to be phased out in the future.
 
House Bill 483 was passed by the Senate on June 4th and signed by the Governor on June 16th. The appropriation became immediately effective.

 
 
  
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State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) met with the Chairman, Commissioners, and several other members of the Legislative Service Commission from Lagos, Nigeria on Monday. These individuals visited Ohio through the sponsorship of the Columbus International Program.

 
 
  
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Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today announced the session schedule for the remainder of 2014. To see the full calendar click here.

All dates are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, session times are as follows:

SENATE:
TUESDAYS at 1:30pm        WEDNESDAYS at 1:30pm        THURSDAYS at 11:00am

HOUSE:
TUESDAYS at 11:00am      WEDNESDAYS at 1:30pm        THURSDAYS at 1:00pm

 
 
  
 
September Designated As Safe Driving Month In Honor Of Maria Tiberi
Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch wrote this article.
June 18, 2014
 
 
Governor Kasich shakes hands with 10tv sports anchor Dom Tiberi who lost his daughter Maria in a car accident due to distracted driving.
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Nine months to the day that Maria Tiberi died in a car crash, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill yesterday designating September as Safe Driving Awareness Month in her honor.

WBNS-10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi has made it his mission to promote awareness of distracted driving since he lost his 21-year-old daughter on the evening of Sept. 17. Maria Tiberi was killed when her car, moving at 53 mph, struck the back of a stopped tractor-trailer on I-270.

Crash investigators said an “ unknown distraction was the probable cause of the accident." Dom Tiberi and his wife, Terri, founded Maria’s Message, a campaign to create awareness that has taken him to 16 schools in which about 8,000 students have taken a defensive-driving pledge.

“Because you have taken something that is so horrific and are turning it into something that is so good and positive, you will be honored for this,” Kasich said in an emotional signing at the Statehouse with Tiberi’s family, former Ohio State football coach John Cooper and many others on hand. Kasich hugged Dom and Terri Tiberi and their other two children after the signing.

Kasich lost his parents in a 1987 car accident.

“Your lives have been changed,” he said. “But you’re changing other people’s lives and giving them strength.”

In his remarks, Dom Tiberi said, “It’s not just about Maria.

“My pledge is to all those parents that are out there that have lost kids, that I am your advocate, that I want to be your advocate, my family wants to be your advocate.”

Kasich said he has directed Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born to examine other possible actions to take to promote driver safety.

“To all the moms and dads and boys and girls, just drive the car,” Kasich said. “The phone can wait. Text can wait. Just pay attention. That’s the message, and it’s a simple one.”

Kasich signed 18 bills yesterday, including Senate Bill 43, which allows judges to sentence people to receive mental-health treatment on an outpatient basis. More than a year in the making, it can be used when those struggling with mental illness pose a danger to themselves or others, but refuse treatment.

Read the article at the Dispatch website by clicking here.

 
 
  
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Surrounded by cancer survivors, advocates, and health professionals, today Governor Kasich signed two Oelslager bills designed to improve care for cancer patients in Ohio.
 
“Today, with the Governor’s seal of approval, we have helped Ohioans take a stand against this horrific disease.  Cancer cannot be underestimated and we need to use all the tools necessary to help our friends and neighbors.  As technology and medicine evolve, we need to update our policies to make sure Ohio patients are receiving the best possible care and treatment for their disease,” said Oelslager.
 
Senate Bill 99 creates equity in patients’ out of pocket costs for oral anti-cancer therapy by prohibiting insurers from providing less favorable coverage for orally administered cancer medications than what is offered for intravenously or injected medications.  This change attempts to safeguard patients’ access to medication deemed most appropriate by their physician.  Similar legislation has been enacted in 30 other states and the District of Columbia.

Also, signed by Governor Kasich today was Senate Bill 230.  This legislation was jointly sponsored with Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) and establishes standards for the delivery of non-self-injectable cancer medications.  The drugs are fragile and complex and must be stored in the proper environment to work effectively.  “Brown bagging” of chemotherapy drugs, is a process in which an insurance company uses a wholesale supplier to ship oncology drugs directly to a patient’s pharmacy or home.  The patient would then have to transport the medication from their home to their physician on their own.  The practice is dangerous because the components of these cancer drugs are volatile should only be handled by a healthcare professional.

 
 
  
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Senate Bill 278, sponsored by State Senators Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), was signed into law by Governor Kasich. The legislation will require the completion of a Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form for any unexplained death of an infant under one year of age.

Jones jointly sponsored the measure with Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus).

“This initiative will standardize and streamline the reporting of this valuable data,” added Jones. “The more we can learn about SIDS and why it occurs, the more we can do to prevent these heartbreaking deaths.”
 
Senators Jones and Tavares were joined by the Hurd family who testified on behalf of Senate Bill 278 during committee hearings in the legislature.

 
 
  
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Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced he has introduced Senate Bill 346, which will establish a penalty for failing to yield to pedestrians in school zone crosswalks.
 
“I learned from our local prosecutors that Ohio doesn’t currently have laws to specifically address pedestrians, including school children, who are hit by cars in school zones,” said Beagle. “This leaves prosecutors with few options in these cases and often the available punishments don’t properly fit the crime.”
 
The legislation will create a third degree misdemeanor for striking a child within a school zone. Additionally, if a driver hits a child within a school zone while on a suspended license, the driver will receive an additional six-month suspension.
 
“Keeping our children safe is a top priority for me, and this bill is a great opportunity for us to place another level of accountability for drivers and an additional layer of safety for our children as they walk to school,” added Beagle.
 
The bill will now be referred to a Senate committee for additional consideration.

 
 
  
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The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 252, jointly sponsored by Senators Tom Patton (R–Strongsville) and Edna Brown (D–Toledo), which would make peace officers and firefighters diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from an on-the-job incident eligible for workers’ compensation.
 
"Our public safety personnel not only put themselves in harm's way each day on our behalf, they also expose themselves to an incredible number of tragic and very hostile situations that can be extremely harmful," said Patton. "We owe it to these men and women to make sure they can receive the care they need so they can continue providing for their families and fulfilling their calling to serve others."
 
This bipartisan initiative comes in response to an Ohio Supreme Court decision stating that Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law does not allow an individual to receive workers’ compensation unless they suffered a compensable physical injury. Many firefighters and other peace officers suffer from PTSD as a result of the scenes they’ve witnessed while on the job, however, very often no physical injuries are associated with the onset of the disorder.

“The issue of post-traumatic stress disorder has rightfully received increasing amounts of attention in the realm of military service,” said Senator Brown. “I believe it is time we turn our attention to our peace officers and firefighters, who often experience life altering traumatic events right here in our own communities. I am happy that the Ohio Senate has taken this step to allow these brave men and women suffering from PTSD to receive the treatment they need.”

The legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.  

 
 
  
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The Senate today approved Senate Bill 207, jointly sponsored by State Senators Tom Patton (R–Strongsville) and Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), which would modify Ohio law to allow victims of rape to terminate parental privileges of the person convicted of rape.
 
Current Ohio law does not prevent a convicted rapist from gaining custody of a child that was conceived by rape. The law also allows convicted rapists to be awarded parenting time with the child conceived by rape. This legislation would increase protections for victims of rape by ensuring that any woman who conceives a child due to rape will not be required to continue interaction with the person that raped them due to that person’s parental rights.
 
“Rape is a heinous act and every step should be taken to ensure that all victims of rape are provided with the resources and rights necessary to overcome that devastating occurrence. This bill is a timely and much-needed piece of legislation that will strengthen Ohio laws and provide additional protections to rape victims in our state,” said Patton. “We should not force victims of rape to continue facing their rapist for another eighteen years and this legislation will ensure that those victims won’t have to see their rapists ever again.”

This bill would amend current law to protect victims of rape by allowing them to terminate the parental rights of the person who committed the crime. Additionally, this bill ensures that victims do not need to have any additional interaction with their rapist by allowing a simultaneous request of a parental rights termination order at the time of a rape conviction or guilty plea.
 
“Current Ohio law is insufficient in safeguarding the physical and emotional well-being of women who have endured the horrific trauma of being raped and bearing a child as a result of it. I believe we can do much more as a state to protect these women and this legislation is one step toward that goal," said Manning. "It is crucial that the state of Ohio protect the best interests of both victims of rape and their children and this legislation will strengthen Ohio’s laws to do just that.”

The legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

 
 
  
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Faber Announces Initiative To Enhance Public Safety Technology

 
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Senate President Keith Faber announced a grant program through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to aid local fire departments with the costs associated with connecting to the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS).



 
 

Senator LaRose Meets With Nigerian Delegation

 
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State Senator Frank LaRose met with the Chairman, Commissioners, and several other members of the Legislative Service Commission from Lagos, Nigeria on Monday. These individuals visited Ohio through the sponsorship of the Columbus International Program.



 
 

Faber, Batchelder Announce Legislative Calendar For Remainder Of 130th General Assembly

 
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Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today announced the session schedule for the remainder of 2014. To see the full calendar click here.



 
 

September Designated As Safe Driving Month In Honor Of Maria Tiberi

 
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Nine months to the day that Maria Tiberi died in a car crash, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill yesterday designating September as Safe Driving Awareness Month in her honor.