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.
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-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.