COLUMBUS — John Eklund was sworn in this afternoon for his first full term as State Senator for the 18th Ohio Senate District, which includes portions of Geauga and Lake counties and all of Portage County. Eklund – who was first appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2011 – took the oath of office surrounded by family and friends during today’s opening ceremony for the 130th General Assembly.
Legislation sponsored by Senator John Eklund that closes a loophole in Ohio's DNA law and ensures that all felony offenders are treated equally was recently signed by Governor Kasich. The bill requires the collection of a DNA sample from individuals who are charged with a felony, but are not technically arrested for the offense. These individuals were previously not required to provide a DNA sample.
The Ohio Senate today approved legislation sponsored by State Senator John Eklund extending the deadline for Ohio's Enterprise Zone Program to October 15, 2013, ensuring Ohio continues to provide a business friendly environment which is needed for ongoing job growth. The program is currently scheduled to end this October.
State Senator John Eklund (R- Munson Township) appeared before the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee this week to urge support for his bill extending the deadline for the Ohio Enterprise Zone program until October 15, 2013. The program allows local officials to work with businesses in order to encourage investment in their community and create new job opportunities.
Collecting DNA is critical in solving criminal cold cases. Senate sponsored legislation that passed in the Ohio House of Representatives today will close a loophole in current state law giving authorities greater access to solve crimes.
State Senator John Eklund introduced legislation to extend the certification deadline for local governments who want to qualify for a state program geared toward attracting new jobs through new business tax incentives.
In light of the recent tragedy at Chardon High School, State Senator John Eklund announced today that district office hours that were to be held this Saturday, March 3, 2012 Surfside Towers in Eastlake Ohio have been canceled.