Senator O'Brien Introduces Legislation To Benefit Ohio Recreation Trails
Concurrent resolution would designate 2018 as "Ohio's Year of the Trails"
September 12, 2017
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COLUMBUS – State Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today the introduction of a concurrent resolution, introduced jointly with State Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville), which would designate 2018 as “Ohio’s Year of the Trails”.  This concurrent resolution would encourage all Ohioans to take advantage of their local trail networks, facilitate the connecting of trail segments throughout Ohio, and pay tribute to everyone who works to maintain and enlarge the public amenities.

“Through bringing increased awareness to the extensive trails network in our state, we can recognize the people who have helped make it a reality and, hopefully, facilitate its continued improvement for years to come,” said Sen. O’Brien.  “Additionally, this would give the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus (OLTC) a designated timeframe in which to achieve some of the caucus goals we had discussed during our initial meeting in May.”

Though still in its infancy, the OLTC is an informal group of like-minded state legislators from both parties and both chambers of the Ohio legislature. It works to advocate for all issues involving the development, maintenance, and preservation of all Ohio’s non-motorized trails.  The group is co-chaired by State Senators O’Brien and Wilson, and is the first of its kind in the nation at the state level.

“Ohio is home to more than 3,500 miles of trails which are used for a variety of activities including walking, biking, horseback riding, rolling, and paddling,” continued O’Brien.  “These pathways not only provide significant economic and environmental benefits, but are also an important feature in helping to improve quality of life, encouraging community connections and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all Ohioans.”

Because the concurrent resolution was introduced so recently, it has yet to be assigned an official number.  However, it does have a bi-partisan group of co-sponsors, including the majority of Senate OLTC members, all of whom are dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of Ohio’s trails systems.  Additional information about the concurrent resolution, including a draft of the document, as well as its legislative status, will be available in the coming days here

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