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Legislative update

An overview of bills introduced in the 132nd General Assembly

In an effort to keep you more connected to your government and whats happening at your Statehouse, here is
a list of current bills in the House that I thought you might find interesting.

As always, dont hesitate to contact me with ideas for legislation or ways of bettering our community. I value
and respect your input.

Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) Recently introduced legislation to give property owners the right to
redact discriminatory language from copies of their official housing documents.

Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) & Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) HB 245 List and
disqualify all corporations who move call centers out of US.

Reps. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) & Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) HB 125 Specify court jurisdiction over
municipal traffic ordinances

Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) & Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) HB 260 Automatically grants limited
driving privileges when conviction is non-violent and unrelated to motor vehicle use.

Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) HB 350 Designate Patrolman Dane L. Rowe Memorial Highway.

Engaging your legislature and the committee process

The formal votes during House sessions may give the The House Speaker determines the membership and
impression that every vote has been decided in ad- number of House standing committees. Appointments
vance. This is actually the case because in-depth ex- for committee chairs, vice chairs, and ranking minori-
amination of legislation takes place ty members are made at the begin-
in committee hearings. ning of each new General Assem-
bly, but changes and substitutions
can always be made at the House
Following a bill's introduction, it is Speakers discretion.
assigned to one of the Houses 17
standing committees. During com-
mittee meetings, bills are debated You should know that, as an Ohio-
and amended and members of the an, you have the right and op-
general public are given the oppor- portunity to present testimony
tunity to contribute testimonies. on a bill you favor or oppose. If
Witnesses are not under oath, as in a courtroom, but you should decide to visit the Statehouse to offer
they must register with the committee chairperson at your views on a particular bill, be sure to contact me
the beginning of the hearing. so that I can assist in making your time here as en-
joyable and productive as possible.

State representatives want to hear the views of Ohio-

For more information about legislation from the past
ans as they consider legislation. Weekly committee
or bills currently pending before the House, visit the
schedules are posted on the web at http://
Ohio General Assembly's website at or call the legislative toll
and in the House Clerk's office.
-free hotline at 1-800-282-0253.