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As a senator, I consider many bills on a wide range of subjects during each legislative session. Committee hearings are an important opportunity for me to learn more about a particular subject and how it will impact my constituents. I wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of some of the legislation being discussed in our committees that impacts on the families and communities of the 13th Senate District. The Senate Education Committee recently heard testimony on a House bill regarding bullying in schools. The bill would require schools to provide students and parents with copies of the district's anti-bullying policies and consequences for violations in an effort to promote improved communication on this issue between students, parents, teachers and school officials. This bill is one of several to come before the committee on this topic, and while I think we can all agree that bullying should not be tolerated in our schools, there remains a great deal of debate on how best to combat it. As we continue to discuss this and other legislation dealing with bullying prevention, I will keep you updated on our progress. In the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Senator Patton recently gave sponsor testimony on his legislation that would restore the rate discounts for northeast Ohio FirstEnergy customers living in all-electric homes. As many of you are aware, FirstEnergy received approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2009 to implement a new rate plan that included the elimination of the discounts following the passage of Ohio's energy bill. Although the PUCO has since ruled that FirstEnergy must continue the discounted rate, the company can begin to phase it out beginning in October 2013. Senate Bill 75 would codify the discounts into law in order to provide customers with stability in their electric bills and prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future. While as of the writing of this column no further hearings had been scheduled on this bill, I will be sure to keep you updated on any new developments. Finally, earlier this fall Senate President Tom Niehaus announced that he has asked members of the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee to examine the many state tax deductions, credits and exemptions that Ohio residents and businesses receive each year. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I look forward to learning more about these items to see if they still make sense and are doing what they were intended to do, particularly in regards to job creation. While a timeline for this process has not been announced and it is unclear what the end result of the study will be, examining these items outside the budget process will allow for a more thorough review without the pressure that surrounds discussions on the state budget. More details will likely be announced in the weeks ahead. On a separate note, my office has received numerous phone calls and e-mails from constituents regarding foreclosure, a problem that has been plaguing Ohio for several years. For more information about foreclosure prevention or assistance in locating resources that can help you avoid losing your home, please contact the Save the Dream Ohio Initiative at 1-888-404-4674 or Tip of the month: Ohio has multiple programs available to help residents with their winter heating costs. You can contact the Winter Resource Heating Center at, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio at 1-800-686-PUCO (7826) or your local utility for more information on these programs, including eligibility requirements.
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
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Manning Encourages Recent Graduates To Apply For The 2019 LSC Fellowship Program


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Manning Works To Increase Penalties For Promoting Prostitution, Stop Human Trafficking


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PHOTO: Manning Recognized As "Legislator Of The Year" By Ohio Alliance Of Recovery Providers


"I am honored and humbled to receive this award today, and am grateful for the hard work of many coalitions and stakeholders who I have collaborated with on these issues," said Senator Manning. "It takes more than just one person to tackle the challenges Ohio faces, and I am fortunate to work alongside people in our community who are full of passion and caring."