COLUMBUS—State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) this week called together the Ohio Legislative Children's Caucus for its inaugural meeting to hear about priority children's issues from Governor Mike DeWine. The caucus is a bipartisan effort to prioritize Ohio's kids by focusing public policy and state funding to support proven strategies and identify innovative solutions to support Ohio's kids.
"It was encouraging to have such a strong showing for this crucial first meeting," said Senator Lehner. "Thank you to Governor DeWine for joining us to discuss these important issues. I look forward to working with him, the strong child advocacy community, and my colleagues in the House and Senate to do what is best for Ohio's Kids. Remember, Ohio's children are Ohio's future."
Moving forward, the caucus will continue to closely follow the budget process. Additionally, they will continue their work improving the effectiveness and reach of policy designed to positively impact children from birth to age eighteen. In general, the caucus seeks to accomplish the following:
- Improve the lives of all children throughout Ohio.
- Identify legislators who are willing to support policy and funding for Ohio's children.
- Provide research and identify best practices, utilizing experts from around the country, to assist in identifying a plan of action.
- Identify and develop multiple "generations" of legislative leaders willing to set long-term, multi-budget goals for children and implement those goals.
For more information on the caucus or upcoming meetings, please contact Senator Lehner's office at (614) 466-4538 or Lehner@OhioSenate.gov.