COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) were recently named honorary lifetime members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve in Akron for their support of Boys & Girls Clubs across Ohio. Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve serve children across northeast Ohio by providing them with a safe place to belong after school.
The senators secured increased funding in the current state budget to support the efforts of Boys & Girls Clubs to help youth reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 after school. Clubs focus on healthy lifestyles, academic success and character development.
"Ohio’s Boys & Girls Clubs play a critical role in the health and well-being of our children, and it’s an honor to be named a lifetime member,” said Obhof, “I thank them for the important work they are doing in our communities.”
President Obhof was also recognized by PAWS Ohio for his commitment to legal protections for companion animals. Obhof is co-sponsoring a bill (S.B. 205) currently in the Ohio Senate that would update the existing Goddard’s Law by increasing penalties for knowingly causing physical harm to a companion animal. This legislation is aimed at cracking down on animal cruelty, and was introduced after several examples of extreme cruelty (including torture) were brought to legislators’ attention.
“Cruelty against animals is unconscionable,” said Obhof. “We know that there are links between animal abuse and violence against people, and by increasing penalties for these crimes, we hope to deter other acts of violence as well.”
Goddard’s Law, passed in 2016, prohibits acts of cruelty against companion animals and intentionally killing police dogs. It was named for longtime FOX 8 News meteorologist and animal advocate Dick Goddard.