Senate District 32
Sean J. O'Brien
 
 
June 28, 2017
Columbus- State Senators Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and John Eklund (R-Munson Township) are pleased that the Ohio Senate voted 32-1 today to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 (SCR 8).  The Senators introduced the resolution to urge the United States Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Ravenna, OH as the preferred site for a future east coast missile defense system.
 
June 28, 2017
Columbus- State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) responded today to the state biennial budget bill, Amended Substitute House Bill (Am.Sub.HB) 49, which passed out of the Republican dominated legislature today along mostly party lines.  Among other things, the version of that bill that will now be sent to Governor Kasich for his stamp of approval includes more than $2 billion in tax breaks for wealthy Ohioans over the biennium, reductions in funding for local governments (LGF), and cuts to Medicaid that, according to some estimates, will cause more than 500,000 Ohioans to lose their health insurance beginning in 2018.
 
May 25, 2017

COLUMBUS – State Senators Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and John Eklund (R-Munson Township) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 8 this week in the Ohio Senate. SCR 8 urges the United States Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Ravenna, Ohio, as the preferred site for a future East Coast missile defense system.

 
May 15, 2017

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus (OLTC) held its inaugural meeting last week in Columbus.  The first of its kind in the nation at the state level, this informal group of like-minded state legislators from both parties and both chambers of the Ohio legislature is co-chaired by state Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta). It will work to advocate for all issues involving the development, maintenance, and preservation of all Ohio’s non-motorized trails.

 
May 5, 2017
COLUMBUS - State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) introduced a concurrent resolution this week in the Ohio Senate urging the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State, and the US Congress to compel the nation of Brazil to extradite Claudia Hoerig to stand trial for the 2007 aggravated murder of her husband, Major Karl Hoerig.  Also included in Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 6 is a request for the United States to terminate foreign aid payments to Brazil if Claudia Hoerig is not extradited.
 
April 25, 2017
COLUMBUS - Today, State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) responded to the version of the state biennial budget bill, House Bill (HB) 49, that was proposed by the Ohio House of Representatives.  Among other things, this version of the budget set to be voted on by the House cuts “all-funds spending” by roughly $2.5 billion for fiscal years 2018-2019, adds additional funding to the governor’s proposed budget for fighting the opioid epidemic in Ohio, and provides more funding for K-12 education.
 
April 18, 2017
Columbus- State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) responded today to a deal reached between the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the soon-to-be defunct gas provider, Ohio Rural Natural Gas (ORNG).  Under the settlement, northeastern Ohio natural gas customers who were previously told they would be forced to pay to switch to a different provider will be allowed to keep their current service with no additional charge or gap in service.
 
April 12, 2017
Columbus- State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today that his amendments to the General Assembly’s recently signed biennial transportation budget bill, House Bill (HB) 26, will re-name a highway and bridge after two Trumbull County citizens killed during the Vietnam War.  Once the bill is enacted, the bridge spanning Meander Creek in Niles along state route (SR) 46 will be known as the “Sgt. Bruce R. Jones Memorial Bridge”, while SR 7 in Trumbull County between SR 82 and SR 62 will be known as the “Virginia E. ‘Ginny’ Kirsch Memorial Highway.” 
 
April 11, 2017
COLUMBUS - State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today the release of funds by the state Controlling Board to be used to purchase a new community home in Trumbull County.  Released at the request of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), capital appropriations totaling $568,626 will be released, with $225,000 of that money going to purchase a community home at a location in Trumbull County that has yet to be determined.
 
April 4, 2017
COLUMBUS - Today, State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) responded to Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual State of the State address, held this evening in Sandusky, OH.  Speaking after the address, the Senator expressed frustration with the Republican Governor’s track record on combating the recent opioid epidemic and state funding for education and local communities.
 
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