WATCH: Ensuring the vitality and safety of Ohio's waterways is a top priority for the Ohio Senate. This week's Senate Report takes a closer look at the significant progress happening at the Buckeye Lake dam renovation project and features interviews with Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer and local residents.

Back at the Statehouse, the Senate passed legislation this week in support of two important industries in Ohio, agriculture and tourism. Senate Bill 75, sponsored by Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) and Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), removes many of the liability and regulatory challenges that restrict the growth of small businesses in Ohio's vibrant agritourism industry. The bill now moves to the Ohio House for consideration. You can read more here in the press release and news coverage.

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Hottinger Announces Passage Of Legislation Honoring Fallen Kirkersville Police Chief


“The tragic deaths of Chief DiSario, Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz are still felt in Kirkersville and throughout Licking County," said Senator Hottinger. "I am thankful that today the Ohio Senate took a giant step towards permanently memorializing the sacrifice of Chief DiSario.”


Ohio Lawmakers Reach Consensus On Bill To Keep Newark Digital Academy Open


“The work of the Conference Committee on this bill, proves that the Ohio Senate and House are committed to finding a solution that keeps Newark Digital Academy open," said Hottinger.


Hottinger Honored For Support Of Ohio Children Services Agencies


COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) was named Legislator of the Year today in recognition of his continued support for the children served by Ohio's children services agencies during a special presentation at the Public Children Services Association of Ohio's annual conference. 


Hottinger Announces Funds For Local Law Enforcement, Connecting Overdose Survivors With Recovery Services


"Addiction destroys lives and wrecks families, which is why this investment to tackle the problem here in Tuscarawas County is so vitally important," said Hottinger. "For some, intervention by law enforcement and drug treatment professionals will mean the difference between death and recovery."