Obhof Announces Landmark Legislation To Help More Ohio Babies Reach Their First Birthdays
Other Bills Passed with Senator Obhof's Support Encourage Voter Registration and Government Accountability
October 04, 2016
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COLUMBUS—State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the recent passage of important legislation to help more at-risk Ohio babies live to see their first birthdays, to encourage voter registration in Ohio, and to hold government accountable to taxpayers. Senator Obhof co-sponsored all three bills, which each passed the Senate last week.

Helping More Ohio Babies Reach Their First Birthday
The Senate passed Senate Bill 332 (by a vote of 29-1), which advances Ohio's fight against infant mortality. The bill would implement best practices aimed at improving the health and survival of Ohio's mothers and infants. The bill reflects a number of recommendations from the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality, such as new safe sleep measures and better statewide data collection.

"This bill gives us the opportunity to help at-risk mothers and babies,” said Obhof. “Senate Bill 332 will be a good step toward lowering our state’s dismal infant mortality rate, and I will continue to prioritize efforts to make sure Ohio's mothers and babies are healthy and achieve better outcomes.”  

Encouraging Voter Registration and Participation
Senator Obhof also supported Senate Bill 169—which passed unanimously—to encourage voter registration and participation by designating the fourth Tuesday in September as "Voter Registration Awareness Day."  This day aligns with the national awareness day and signifies important outreach efforts to engage new voters or those that need to update their registration information. Ohioans can confirm or change their voter registration information at www.MyOhioVote.com.

"Ohio has one of the most generous and convenient voting systems in the nation," Obhof said. "Registering to vote is key, and this awareness day gives us another opportunity to remind people to exercise their right."

Ensuring Government Accountability
Senator Obhof also supported efforts to hold government accountable to taxpayers. Senate Bill 329 (which passed by a vote of 22-8) would require periodical reviews of state agencies. Ohio currently has around two dozen state agencies or cabinet-level departments.  

“Under Senate Bill 329, the legislature will gauge each department’s effectiveness,” said Obhof. "This will help improve accountability and allow us the opportunity to explore more efficient alternatives, such as combining departments with overlapping areas of responsibility and shrinking the overall size of state government.”  

All three bills now move to the Ohio House for consideration.

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