STATEHOUSE - 

State Senator Shannon Jones (R–Springboro) today announced a collaborative effort with JobsOhio, GE has chosen Greater Cincinnati for its new U.S. Global Operations Center. The project is expected to create 1,400 new jobs in Ohio. GE will break ground on the facility this summer and expects to be fully operational at the site by 2017.


“This is the largest single-project jobs announcement Ohio has seen in a decade,” said Jones. “This is a huge win for southwest Ohio with 1,400 new jobs coming to our region.”
 
The center is key to GE’s global strategy to simplify its operations. GE is creating shared service sites where enabling functions like finance and IT can be standardized and managed in one place. The Greater Cincinnati site will be one of GE’s five shared services centers around the world.  JobsOhio worked closely with GE to provide information on suitable sites for the new shared services center, as well as economic development assistance.  Ohio was in competition with a number of other locations in the U.S.
 
“With more than 15,000 current GE jobs already stationed in Ohio, the company has been a great partner to us over the past few years in creating new local jobs,” added Jones. “This is further proof that what we are doing in the Statehouse is working to strengthen our private sector, create jobs, and keep Ohio’s economy on the move.”

 
 
  
Since 2011, the Ohio Senate has taken more legislative action to defend unborn children and protect their right to life than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling in 1973.  Five major pro-life bills have been signed into law during that time, protecting the health and well-being of pregnant women, ensuring a full exchange of information prior to an abortion procedure and prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds and facilities for abortion services.
 
  • House Bill 59 requires abortion providers to determine whether a fetal heartbeat is present, to inform the patient that a fetal heartbeat has been detected and to provide statistical information regarding the probability of bringing the baby to full term.  The law also reduces tax funding eligibility for Planned Parenthood (considered to be one of the nation’s largest abortion providers), increases eligibility for community pregnancy centers that provide important prenatal care, prohibits public hospitals from entering into transfer agreements with abortion clinics and strengthens abortion clinic regulations.

  • House Bill 78 bans an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a doctor determines the baby cannot survive outside of the womb, the mother’s health would be seriously impaired or the mother’s life is at risk.  Ohio joins five other states that have passed similar legislation and 39 other states that have some form of late-term abortion ban.

  • House Bill 79 prohibits coverage of abortion services under any health insurance plan established through the federal health care reform law.

  • House Bill 153 prohibits the coverage of abortion services under any taxpayer-funded public employee health insurance plan and prohibits abortion services from being performed in a taxpayer-funded public health facility.

  • House Bill 63 strengthens the standards used by judges for allowing a minor to have an abortion without parental consent.  The law requires judges to evaluate a minor’s understanding of the physical and emotional complications resulting from terminating a pregnancy. ?
 
“We believe protecting the lives of unborn children is a fundamental human rights issue.” 
- Jim Tobin, Catholic Conference of Ohio
 

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State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) today recognized Joshua Yoho, a Cuyahoga Falls native, on becoming Operation: Military Kids’ “Military Youth of the Year” today at the Ohio Statehouse. The son of Lt. Col. William and Elizabeth Yoho, Joshua has been involved with the organization since 2006, first as a camper, then as a counselor.
 
“Josh is an outstanding young man who has given a great deal of his time to work with and mentor children from Ohio's military families,” said LaRose. “He’s shown a great deal of leadership, compassion, and character and has grown into an outstanding role model for us all.”
 
A 2011 graduate of Woodrige High School in Peninsula, Ohio, Yoho was chosen for the honor for his patience and kindness in relating to the campers, all of whom come from military families. Yoho is currently attending the University of Dayton where he is double majoring in Biochemistry and Biology.

 
 
  
 
 
 

The Senate will consider the following during today’s session (1:30p):

  • Land Conveyance Authorization: House Bill 477, sponsored by Representative Tim Brown (R–Bowling Green), authorizes 18 land conveyances of state owned properties. The legislation puts into motion a plan by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and the state's colleges and universities to sell unused state property in order to recover taxpayer dollars.
     
  • Epinephrine in Schools:  Jointly sponsored by Representatives Terry Johnson (R–McDermott) and Mike Duffey (R–Worthington), House Bill 296 would allow Ohio school districts to maintain a supply of epinephrine, an injectable drug used to treat severe allergic reactions. Currently, school nurses are not permitted to administer epinephrine to students without a prescription, greatly limiting their ability to intervene if a child experiences a reaction to an unknown food allergy.
     
  • Promoting Safe Driving: Senate Bill 294, sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes (R–Columbus), would designate the month of September of each year as “Safe Driving Awareness Month” in honor of Maria Tiberi and other Ohioans who have lost their lives on Ohio roads due to distracted driving. Maria Tiberi was a Columbus-area youth who lost her life tragically in a 2013 car accident.
     
  • Honoring Veterans with Disabilities: Sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R–Minerva Park), Senate Bill 301 would designate a week in May annually as “Ohio Warrior Awareness Week.”  The legislation follows the unanimous passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 28 last fall, which Bacon sponsored to designate a week in May 2014 as “Ohio Warrior Awareness Week,” coinciding with Armed Forces Week. 
     

Council on People with Disabilities: Senate Bill 283, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon makes procedural changes to the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities by authorizing shared services to conserve resources and by modifying the term of office for the council chairperson.

 
 
  
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State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) today joined Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey, and Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Timothy Gorrell at an event highlighting the University of Akron’s leadership in providing comprehensive academic and support services to student-veterans and service members. The purpose of the visit was to see how the program’s success can be replicated at other campuses to advance Ohio's mission to provide support and services to veterans when they return from service.

“I know first-hand how it can be difficult to translate military education and work experience into the civilian workforce,” said LaRose. “The work being done here at the University of Akron is important to honoring the service of our young men and women in uniform and helping them to make their military experience marketable to Ohio’s growing economy.”

 
 
  
 
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The Senate will consider the following during today’s session (1:30p):

  • Modernizing Counseling Licensure: House Bill 232, jointly sponsored by Representatives Barbara Sears (R–Monclova Township) and Zach Milkovich (D–Akron), provides various updates to the laws governing professional counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
     
  • Preventing Infant Opioid Addictions: Sponsored by Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R–Napoleon), House Bill 315 requires maternity units, newborn care nurseries, and maternity homes to report to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) the number of newborns diagnosed as opioid dependent. This will allow the state to better understand the problem and better target resources in ways that can reduce neonatal addiction.
     
  • Promoting Fiscal Integrity: Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Senator Tim Schaffer (R–Lancaster), provides additional accountability for local fiscal officers by putting in place stronger guidelines for ongoing professional development and establishing a process by which they can be removed from office.
     
  • Specialty Contractors Accountability: Sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes (R–Columbus), Senate Bill 78 would increase accountability for specialty contractors in Ohio to ensure the licensing board has the ability to suspend, revoke or refuse to issue licenses, require additional training, or issue a fine if a license holder violates the standards of conduct.
     
  • Preventing SIDS: Senate Bill 278, jointly sponsored by Senators Shannon Jones (R–Springboro) and Charleta Tavares (D–Columbus), would require a Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDI reporting form) to be completed and submitted to the Ohio Department of Health whenever a child dies from unexplained causes before their first birthday. This will help the Department of Health better understand Ohio’s infant mortality problem so we can more efficiently fight our high rate of infant deaths. Ohio's infant mortality rate trails most of the nation.
 
 
  
 
 
 
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The Senate will consider the following during today’s session (1:30p):

  • Investing in Local Communities: House Bill 497, sponsored by Representative Ron Amstutz (R–Wooster), the State Capital Bill, invests in facility construction, renovation, and repair in local communities to support schools, colleges and universities, and parks. The bill is expected to create more than 30,000 new jobs.
     
  • Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensure: Sponsored by Senator Tom Patton (R–Strongsville), Senate Bill 260  puts in place clear guidelines by which the Ohio Registrar of Motor Vehicles will issue motor vehicle dealer licenses.
     
  • Special License Plates: House Bill 206, sponsored by Representative Wes Retherford (R–Hamilton), instates new specialty license plates available to Ohio vehicle owners including the “Disabled American Veteran” license plate, the “POW/MIA Awareness” license plate, and the “Ohio Statehouse” license plate.
 
 
  
STATEHOUSE - 

Senator Jim Hughes (R–Columbus) joined with Dom Tiberi and Maria's Message to promote safe driving, specifically among Ohio's youth. Maria Tiberi tragically lost her life in 2013 in a car accident due to distracted driving. See the attached report from 10-TV News in Columbus.

 
 
  
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GE Bringing 1,400 Jobs To Greater Cincinnati

 
STATEHOUSE - 

State Senator Shannon Jones today announced a collaborative effort with JobsOhio, GE has chosen Greater Cincinnati for its new U.S. Global Operations Center. The project is expected to create 1,400 new jobs in Ohio. GE will break ground on the facility this summer and expects to be fully operational at the site by 2017.



 
 

2014 Military Youth Of The Year Honored At The Ohio Statehouse

 
COLUMBUS - 

Senator Frank LaRose today recognized Joshua Yoho, a Cuyahoga Falls native, on becoming Operation: Military Kids’ “Military Youth of the Year” today at the Ohio Statehouse. The son of Lt. Col. William and Elizabeth Yoho, Joshua has been involved with organization since 2006, first as a camper, then as a counselor.