It is a great honor to represent you in the Ohio Senate, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for our communities and shared priorities in the upcoming year.
Over the last twelve months, with your input and support, we have worked tirelessly to develop policies that will strengthen our economy, expand our workforce and create new opportunities for families across Ohio. As you may recall, last year my colleagues and I announced our priority legislation for the current legislative cycle. These priorities included the elimination of unnecessary red tape and regulation, protecting our environment and water quality, investing in education and new school construction, and streamlining government and reducing Ohioans’ tax burdens.
I am proud to share that we kept our promises to the people we represent, as the Senate passed nearly all of our priority bills in 2019, and many have been signed into law by the Governor. Alongside these efforts, I’ve also fought to return money back into the pockets of hardworking taxpayers, like you, by eliminating the bottom two income tax brackets and providing for income tax cuts of nearly $700 million. Additionally, I championed legislation to improve cyber and election security and Governor DeWine recently signed this effort into law.
The General Assembly is currently considering several important pieces of legislation that I am proud to sponsor. Senate Bill 55 would enhance penalties for drug traffickers who prey on people seeking addiction treatment. Senate Bill 134 would better protect our children who ride school buses. Through Senate Bill 139, I want to help make it easier for new home buyers to purchase their first home and in Senate Bill 156 I am working to help improve workplace safety by preventing people from cheating a drug test.
As we prepare for another successful year, I hope you will follow along as these bills and others work there way through the legislative process by visiting our website. I look forward to doing even more to make Ohio as great as it can be. As always, if you have questions, concerns or ideas about any issues facing Ohio, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at Gavarone@ohiosenate.gov or 614-466-8060, or visit my social media sites.