Ohio Legislative Leaders Announce Members and First Meeting of the "Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie" Working Group
COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
(R-Medina) and Speaker of the House Ryan Smith
(R-Bidwell) today announced the Senate and House members of a bipartisan legislative working group that will study the issues and challenges facing the long-term health of Lake Erie.
Members from the Ohio Senate include:
- Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House)
- Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green)
- Senator Bob Hackett (R-London)
- Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls)
- Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon)
- Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo)
- Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood)
Members from the Ohio House include:
- Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville)
- Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield)
- Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton)
- Representative Jim Hoops (R-Napoleon)
- Representative Riordan McClain (R-Upper Sandusky)
- Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson)
- Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon)
Senator Bob Hackett
and Representative Brian Hill
will co-chair the group. The group will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Finance hearing room of the Ohio Statehouse.
“A healthy Lake Erie is directly tied to the success and health of our state,” said Hackett. “The members of this group are focused on evaluating the effectiveness of steps we’ve taken so far, as well as making sure we have the best information possible on issues and practices that will help ensure a vibrant lake and clean water for all.”
“Ensuring the safety and health of Lake Erie is a priority shared by the agricultural community and the legislature alike, and this working group will be an opportunity to hear from farmers and other interested parties to determine the best pathway forward,” said Hill.
A second meeting is being planned in northwest Ohio for this Fall.