With the temperature climbing and swimming pools starting to open, it appears that May has officially passed and summer is quickly approaching. Columbus was a lively place last month as lawmakers passed a series of bills focused on continuing the same progress that has helped to create 83,000 new jobs in Ohio since the January 2011. A tandem of bills passed in recent weeks by the Senate take direct aim at relieving small business owners of the burdensome red tape that too often stymies job growth. Senate Bill 302, which I sponsored, will streamline the current process for background checks of professionals in the hazardous and waste industries. First brought to my attention by representatives from Ross Environmental Services in Elyria, Ohio's current investigatory process for this industry had grown antiquated and greatly wasteful. Due to the use of a drawn-out and out-of-date method, state background checks often impeded the work of Ohio's 130 hazardous and solid waste facilities, as well as a number of scrap and infectious waste facilities. Senate Bill 302 calls for the same innovative, cutting-edge technology that is employed to conduct checks on Ohio's new teaching hires to be used on individuals hired in this field. Transitioning to this process will allow a faster delivery time for results, new hires to start work sooner rather than later, and an exponentially more efficient way to run conduct business in our state. Similarly, my colleagues and I passed Senate Bill 314 which will revamp economic development services across Ohio. Under the plan, the Ohio Department of Development will be rebranded as the Ohio Development Services Agency and will work in conjunction with JobsOhio. JobsOhio, the new economic development initiative created last year through House Bill 1, has already played a role in creating or keeping about 91,000 jobs in the our state. Senate Bill 314 will also help in providing greater access to the Capital Access Program and Minority Business Loan for aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as increase funding for the Ohio State Small Business Credit Initiative. Additionally, the legislation establishes TourismOhio, a new office centered on promoting Ohio as a travel destination. Funding for TourismOhio is intended to be self-sustaining through a five-year pilot program that links sales-tax revenue from Ohio tourism with the financing for tourism marketing. Exciting times are upon us here in Ohio, and I am confident that we will continue reforming our government and rebuilding our economy so that new opportunities can be made available to all Ohioans. Only then can we be certain that future generations are able to prosper and raise their families within the borders of this great state we call home. As always, I ask that you contact my office with your ideas on how we can reshape Ohio. Please feel free to call me at (614) 644-7613, contact me through email at Manning@ohiosenate.gov, or reach out by writing me at State Senator Gayle Manning, One Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Tip of the Month: If you are a small business owner, or hope to one day open a small business, the Ohio Department of Development offers various resources that can help you succeed. Particularly, the agency's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) can provide guidance regarding business planning, strategy development, and valuation assessments. For more information, please visit http://www.development.ohio.gov/entrepreneurship/sbdc.htm.
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 Manning@ohiosenate.gov.
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