Each of us holds fast to the oath we swore upon taking office to represent you. We did not swear to a political party, an interest group or a personal agenda. We swore to uphold the Constitution of Ohio and to work for all the people of this great state, and we are grateful and humbled by the trust you have placed in us.
Our goal is to help each Ohioan secure the opportunity to obtain their God-given potential, and this drives the policy priorities we are working on.
Reliable. Sustainable. Affordable. This represents the mission behind the Ohio Senate's new school funding plan. Watch our story about how the Senate modernized and simplified this complex issue that was the subject of a Supreme Court Case 30 years ago.
Training Our Workforce
An important part of our growth as a state is to create stronger pathways for Ohioans to connect and train for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow. That's why we passed legislation to make Ohio's education system more responsive to the workforce demands of today.
Investing In Our Schools
Senate Republicans have funded our schools at record levels and sustaining our investment in primary and secondary education remains a top priority. Other bills we've passed help our schools invest in safety and technology improvements, as well as remove burdensome administrative mandates.
It's important to us to protect and support those most vulnerable among us, and we continue to work on legislation that helps victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes reclaim and rebuild their lives.
Reforming Our Criminal Justice System
In addition to investing in drug treatment and addiction recovery efforts, Ohio has taken significant steps forward on criminal sentencing reforms. We are committed to finding opportunities for rehabilitation that give people a chance to turn their lives around, while at the same time protecting our communities from dangerous and repeat offenders.
Growing Our Economy and Enabling Job Creation
Eliminating bureaucracy. Reducing taxes. Improving infrastructure. Investing in education. All essential elements to Ohio's economic growth and progress. The work we have done has helped add over 500,000 new private sector jobs to our economy, lowered unemployment, and it has given us one of the most improved business climates in the nation.
Fighting the Opiate Crisis
We are committed to fighting one of the great epidemics of our time, from investing in prevention efforts and treatment programs to toughening penalties for traffickers. It's why the Senate passed a bill with harsher penalties for traffickers of deadly drugs like fentanyl, while ensuring addicts get the help they need.
Protecting Ohio's Natural Resources
Ensuring the quality of Ohio's drinking water and the long-term viability of our waterways are priorities for Senate Republicans. We are working together with the agricultural and environmental communities to protect our natural resources.
COLUMBUS- Today, Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) and joint sponsors, Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) introduced the first comprehensive gaming bill for Ohio.
COLUMBUS-State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) and State Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) on Tuesday held the first meeting of the Ohio Veterans Caucus, which explores new and innovative ways to aid veterans and their families during their service, as well as when they hang up their uniforms.
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) announced this week the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 111, providing nearly $912 million to support Ohio's schools and other educational providers as they transition back to the classroom. The bill promotes safe, effective learning for students as Ohioans emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today announced the Ohio Senate's unanimous passage of legislation investing $8.3 billion to fund the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation system. The bill enhances safety, promotes commerce and puts tens of thousands of Ohioans to work.
COLUMBUS - State Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 108, his bill providing an additional $125 million of federal pandemic relief to bars, restaurants and lodging businesses across Ohio.
COLUMBUS-State Senators Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Michael Rulli (R-Salem) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 109, providing an additional $300 million of combined state and federal funding to businesses and other entities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
COLUMBUS-State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) announced that the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 8 this week, which would increase access to broadband services in underserved areas of Ohio. This would be done through the creation of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program.
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today announced the Senate's committee structure and leadership for the 134th General Assembly. The Senate President laid the framework for 16 standing committees.
COLUMBUS-State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) last week introduced Senate Bill 2, legislation improving access to and quality of mental healthcare in Ohio by making significant reforms to Ohio's competency restoration procedure.
COLUMBUS-State Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) applauded the recent decision by Southern Ohio Communications Services, Inc. to invest $3.8 million to provide a 1 Gig optical fiber-to-the-home high-speed Internet service to over 1,300 residential and business customers covering 64 miles across southern Ohio.
COLUMBUS - The Senate passed the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act today, legislation sponsored by State Senator Matt Huffman, designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary mandates and regulations affecting Ohio's public schools.