The Ohio Statehouse was bustling these past few weeks as state lawmakers collaborated on a series of policies aimed at continuing the positive economic success of the past 17 months. Some of the legislation passed included, streamlining government services in order to foster efficient and cost saving state operations, creating job growth initiatives, energy reforms providing a safe environment while encouraging new industry opportunities, and careful consideration of how to ensure the best education for our state's young people. While our work in Columbus is ongoing, it was encouraging to see this latest stage of progress take shape. One bill in particular that cleared the Senate holds special interest to area residents. Provisions found in Senate Bill 337 look to reduce the frequency of suspending someone's driver's license for non-traffic related offenses. Under the legislation, courts would be given the ability to sentence an individual to community service, rather than suspending the licenses of non-traffic offenders. Currently, there are 2.6 million Ohio residents with suspended licenses, but only 36 percent of whom were guilty of an actual driving-related offense. I stumbled upon this issue nearly two years ago following the tragic death of Moraine Mayor Bob Rosencrans. Mayor Rosencras was the victim of an automobile crash involving a driver who had previously received 17 driving citations, most of which were for driving without a license. Despite those 17 citations, the man apparently had never served a day in jail nor paid any of the thousands of dollars he owed in accumulated fines. As I began digging deeper, I was amazed to find so many suspensions unrelated to driving offenses. With courts clogged with non-driving related suspensions, it became apparent that little could be done to remove the truly dangerous drivers from our roads. In hopes of bringing some closure to the untimely loss of Mayor Rosencrans, I began working with the courts, members of law enforcement, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to fix the system to actually crack down on those drivers who endanger Ohio's families each day. The goal of our work was to simultaneously reduce the number of offenses that trigger non-driving-related suspensions, while also beefing up the penalties for those who commit driving-related offenses. I was encouraged when the sponsors of state Senate Bill 337 approached me to include my work in their legislation. After months of hard work, I am happy to report that we have a good start with the passage of this bill. However, the effort to make Ohio's roadways safer is a work in progress and I plan to continue these efforts to more vigorously prosecute the bad drivers who put us all in danger. -30Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee.
Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee.
 
 
 
  
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Lehner To Announce Proposal Aimed At Keeping Children In The Classroom, Ending Cycles Of Poverty

 

COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) will join lawmakers and education leaders on Tuesday to announce reforms aimed at addressing cycles of poverty by helping keep students with disciplinary concerns on the path to diploma attainment. 



 
 

Lehner Highlights Need For Student Discipline Reforms During Keynote Address

 

"Educators in this state are under an unbelievable amount of pressure, much of which has nothing to do with their primary role in preparing our next generation of Ohioans for success in the 21st Century economy," said Lehner.



 
 

Lehner Honored For Support Of Court Program Assisting Abused And Neglected Children

 

"I am deeply honored to be recognized by Ohio CASA," said Lehner. 



 
 

Lehner Announces Senate Budget That Closes Fiscal Shortfall And Protects Essential Services

 

“This was a very challenging budget but I feel overall that the neediest in our state have been protected and I hope that the conference committee will continue building on the work that has been done," said Lehner, who serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee that is charged with balancing the state's two-year budget. "I am especially proud of what we were able to achieve in supporting children in drug-affected families."