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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

Senate Bill 4, which is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law, complements a series of bills passed by the Senate over the last several years focused on the eradication of human trafficking through better enforcement, increased penalties and greater public awareness. Sponsored by Senators Stephanie Kunze and Scott Oelslager, it provides legal relief to victims in an effort to support them as they rebuild their lives.

 If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733). For more information on what Ohio is doing to fight this criminal enterprise, visit humantrafficking.ohio.gov.
 
 
 
Our Priorities
Each of us holds fast to the oath we swore upon taking office to represent you. We did not swear to a political party, an interest group or a personal agenda. We swore to uphold the Constitution of Ohio and to work for all the people of this great state, and we are grateful and humbled by the trust you have placed in us. 

Our goal is to help each Ohioan secure the opportunity to obtain their God-given potential, and this drives the policy priorities we are working on.

Growing Our Economy and Enabling Job Creation
Eliminating bureaucracy. Reducing taxes. Improving infrastructure. Investing in education. All essential elements to Ohio's economic growth and progress. The work we have done has helped add over 500,000 new private sector jobs to our economy, lowered unemployment, and it has given us one of the most improved business climates in the nation.

Ohio's policies are working, but we have much more to do, and we will continue to build on this progress.

Lowering the Tax Burden
We continue to find ways to let hard-working Ohioans keep more of what they earn and help our small businesses stay competitive and growing.

We have cut income taxes to their lowest rates since 1982, significantly reduced the tax burden on Ohio's small businesses, doubled the amount Ohio families can save tax-free for their child's college education and renewed the popular back-to-school sales tax holiday, and provided relief for those who need it most by eliminating our two lowest income tax brackets.

Fighting the Opiate Crisis
We are committed to fighting one of the great epidemics of our time, from investing in prevention efforts and treatment programs to toughening penalties for traffickers.

The Senate recently passed a bill with harsher penalties for traffickers of deadly drugs like fentanyl, while ensuring addicts get the help they need.

Protecting Ohioans
It's important to us to protect and support those most vulnerable among us, and we continue to work on legislation that helps victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes reclaim and rebuild their lives.

Read more about a common sense criminal justice reform bill we passed giving victims of human trafficking an opportunity to reclaim their lives.

Strengthening Our Schools
Senate Republicans have funded our schools at record levels and sustaining our investment in primary and secondary education remains a top priority. Other bills we've passed help our schools invest in safety and technology improvements, as well as remove burdensome administrative mandates.

We also remain focused on aligning Ohio's workforce needs with our education system in order to create strong career path and training opportunities for our young people.

Training Our Workforce
An important part of our growth as a state is to create stronger pathways for Ohioans to connect and train for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow.

We recently passed a bill to make Ohio's education system more responsive to the workforce demands of today. Watch the video to learn more.

Investing in Infrastructure
There's no question how important our infrastructure is to Ohio's role in the global economy - it supports economic development, job creation and quality of life for our families.

The transportation budget we passed for Ohio invests nearly $8 billion into our roads, bridges and highways and brings thousands of jobs to our state.

Protecting Ohio's Natural Resources
Ensuring the quality of Ohio's drinking water and waterways has been a priority for Senate Republicans. We are working together with the agricultural and environmental communities to protect our natural resources.
 
 
News
November 14, 2018
COLUMBUS—The Senate Majority Caucus today unanimously elected Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) to a second term as President of the Ohio Senate for the 133rd General Assembly. Obhof, who repres ...
 
June 15, 2018
So far in 2018, the Ohio Senate has been hard at work for the people of Ohio, and over the past six months the Senate has passed major legislation ranging from the multi-billion dollar Capital Budget to criminal justice reforms to efforts to protect and preserve Lake Erie. As we approach the mid-point of the year I wanted to share a quick update about the progress we have made on your behalf in Columbus.
 
April 20, 2018
"Jobs are lifelines to Ohio's families. They provide opportunity, stability and hope, which is why Ohio's Republican Senators continue to focus on job creation, education and a stable economy."
 
April 18, 2018
COLUMBUS-State Senators Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today announced their legislation to eliminate red tape by reducing burdensome regulations, bringing Ohio more in line with national averages.
 
March 21, 2018
COLUMBUS-Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today called for additional reforms of Ohio's regulatory environment. He was joined by Dr. James Broughel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, who recently completed a study on the number of regulatory restrictions the state imposes, and Robert Alt, President and CEO of the Buckeye Institute.
 
February 5, 2018
With unanimous, bipartisan support, the Ohio Senate today passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio's congressional districts. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform coalitions.
 
March 21, 2018
COLUMBUS- State Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) today announced the unanimous Senate passage of legislation aimed at combating fraud and financial exploitation of Ohio's most vulnerable citizens-our seniors.
 
March 21, 2018
COLUMBUS - The Senate passed the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act today, legislation sponsored by State Senator Matt Huffman, designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary mandates and regulations affecting Ohio's public schools.
 
February 26, 2018
COLUMBUS-Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today introduced the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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