Getting In On The Ground Floor
By State Senator Gayle Manning
February 29, 2012
 
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As your State Senator, I have the opportunity to get involved with many different issues. From sponsoring Senate Bill 258, which protects law enforcement officials from harm to serving as the vice chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, I deal with a variety of policy matters on any given day. One of the privileges I have is to sit on the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) joint oversight committee. LSC provides an invaluable service as it assists lawmakers by drafting and researching meaningful legislation that is eventually crafted into law. But I want to focus my attention on another aspect of the LSC. Since 1963, the commission's Legislative Fellowship Program has grown into one of national prestige. Each year, approximately 24 applicants are chosen to take part in paid, 13-month fellowship that is often the first step into public service for a number of recent college graduates. Prior to entering the legislature, I knew very little about this program. However, after having LSC Fellows work in my office over the past year, I am convinced that this is an outstanding program and that the fellows play a critical role in serving the constituents of the 13th Senate District. Therefore, I would like to encourage anyone who may be interested in state government to look into opportunities with the LSC Fellowship Program. Throughout their 13-month commitment, fellows assist in researching ideas for new legislation, meeting with constituents and interested parties over pertinent issues, and even play a role in speechwriting and media coordination. The Fellowship is a unique experience that allows the fellow to see various aspects of state government in action and offers them unique insight to public service. While some soon-to-be college graduates have already lined up job opportunities for after their studies are completed, others may still be wondering how enter a career in government. I would urge recent college graduates or someone looking to change career paths to seriously consider this program and get involved with our state government. Without question, tt is a great opportunity to make a positive difference for the people of the State of Ohio. In addition to their legislative duties, fellows participate in monthly retreats and tours of various state agencies. Some fellows with telecommunications backgrounds are also assigned to the Ohio Government Channel (OGT) to assist in capturing the daily happenings at the Statehouse. In many ways, OGT plays a critical role in allowing legislators to communicate directly with Ohio residents, as well as providing coverage of House and Senate sessions. If you would like more information on the program or to watch the informational video, please log on to http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/fellowship/default.htm for more information. On the website, you can also find information on how to schedule an informational tour and how to apply. Applications must be postmarked by April 1st, 2012 (May 31st for OGT fellows). Tip of the Month: March is "Go Camping, Ohio" month and it is a great time to enjoy the first warm days of the year and beat the rush. Visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/ to plan your trip today.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing SD13@senate.state.oh.us.
 
 
 
  
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