This General Assembly has been a challenging one for my colleagues and I in the Ohio Senate as we sought to get our state's economy back on track and create jobs. I am pleased to say that we have made great progress in these and other areas during the past six months, and although the changes we are making have not come without difficult decisions, I am confident that we are investing in what truly matters and putting our state on the path to a brighter future. Many of the bills passed by the Senate in the first half of this year have focused on streamlining government and promoting economic development and job creation. This includes the passage of the innovative JobsOhio plan, which creates a non-profit corporation focused exclusively on state job creation and retention, and the approval of tax incentives that are helping to keep jobs here in Ohio instead of being lured away to another state. We also passed legislation establishing the Common Sense Initiative Office, which is working to reform the way businesses are regulated in Ohio in order to help employers focus on creating and retaining jobs instead of dealing with government red tape. To help further streamline government operations and eliminate wasteful spending, we have also mandated that state agencies and departments undergo performance audits. In addition, we approved bills that extended the number of calamity days for school districts and addressed the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by providing greater accountability for medical professionals and giving local law enforcement more tools to uncover and prosecute criminal activity. Finally, the recently-passed state budget eliminates a multi-billion dollar shortfall without raising taxes on Ohio families and makes significant reforms to the way state government operates in an effort to better serve the needs of the people of Ohio. As you can see, the past six months have been extremely productive ones in the Senate, but our work is not yet done - in the weeks and months ahead we will continue to implement policies that will encourage economic development and job creation, improve our education system and ensure the continued health and safety of families and children. As we move forward, I encourage you to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about the issues we are discussing at the Statehouse. Tip of the month: The Ohio Secretary of State is offering Ohioans the opportunity to help select the next "I Voted Today" sticker. From now until August 8, you can visit www.ElectYourSticker.com and cast your vote for one of six new designs. You may vote as often as you like, and there are no age restrictions on who may participate.
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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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."



 
 

Historic Congressional Redistricting Reform Plan Passes Ohio Senate With Bipartisan Support

 

COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced that this week the Ohio Senate passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio’s congressional districts with unanimous, bipartisan support. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform coalitions.



 
 

PHOTO: Manning Honored For Efforts To Improve Addiction And Mental Health Services In Ohio

 

"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions." 



 
 

ADVISORY: Manning Welcomes Local Residents To Attend District Office Hours In Wellington

 

"Office hours are an opportunity for me to connect with constituents in the communities where they live, work and raise their families," said Manning. "Effectively serving as your voice in the Ohio Statehouse requires, most importantly, a commitment to listening and understanding your concerns."