Senator Scott Oelslager - Senate District 29

02.13.18 - COLUMN: Last Week In The Ohio Senate: Protecting First Responders And Honoring Our Principals


Last week in the Ohio Senate, my colleagues and I passed legislation that will allow public servants to protect themselves as they perform their duties, which often take them into dangerous situations. We were proud to also pass legislation that honors our school principals for their service to education excellence in Ohio.


02.07.18 - Oelslager Announces Passage Of Bill To Make Widely Popular Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Permanent


COLUMBUS - State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today announced Senate passage of legislation to make permanent Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, which provides a three-day sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items during the first weekend in August.


02.05.18 - COLUMN: Last Week In The Ohio Senate: Protecting Homeowners And Ohio's Most Vulnerable


In another busy week for the Ohio Senate, my colleagues and I addressed several issues that were identified as concerns by our constituents. As a result, we succeeded in passing protections for Ohio homeowners, ensuring solvency of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirement System, and raising awareness of critical health issues.


01.30.18 - COLUMN: Last Week In The Ohio Senate: Continuing The Fight Against Addiction, State Of The State Address


Ohio lawmakers are working hard each and every day to identify new and innovative solutions to combat the growing opioid crisis. Last week, I was proud to cosponsor legislation that encourages Ohio’s physicians to immediately seek treatment should they become addicted to alcohol or drugs. 


01.23.18 - COLUMN: First Responder Recognition, Respect For Life, And Concealed Carry For Veterans


Last week, my colleagues in the Ohio Senate and I were eager to kick off the new year with an opportunity to pass meaningful legislation during our first Senate Session since the holiday break. In our continued effort to make Ohio a better place to live, work, and raise a family, staying committed to serving our constituents remains our top priority.


01.23.18 - Oelslager Announces Approval Of Funds To Improve Youth Correctional Facilities


"We should never give up on kids and teenagers who find themselves struggling to start off life on the right foot," said Oelslager.


01.16.18 - COLUMN: Creating Opportunity In 2017 And Beyond


The start of 2018 is an opportune time to not only set goals for the new year, but to also reflect on our achievements in the first half of the 132nd General Assembly. The Ohio Senate’s accomplishments in 2017 will create greater workforce opportunities, provide better education for our children, strengthen our families, and generate a better environment for Ohioans to grow and prosper.


12.28.17 - COLUMN: Providing Relief And A Way Forward For Ohio Taxpayers


For many of us, the New Year is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. One way the State of Ohio is helping Ohioans kick-off the New Year right is by offering a limited-time tax amnesty program beginning January 1 and ending February 15, 2018.


12.20.17 - COLUMN: Preparing Today's Students For Careers Of Tomorrow


For a number of years now, high school students have had the opportunity to get a jump-start on their college career through the Ohio College Credit Plus program. I encourage you to explore this great opportunity and learn more about the benefits to today's students. 


12.12.17 - COLUMN: Addressing Our Shared Priorities


It is a great honor for me to represent our community in the Ohio Statehouse. As I look back on all that we've accomplished, I am struck by how far this state has come. 


11.29.17 - COLUMN: Working For A Better Ohio


With Thanksgiving behind us and many families gearing up for the Christmas season, my colleagues in the Ohio Senate and I continue to focus on the priorities and issues that matter most to you and your family. 


11.08.17 - COLUMN: Honoring Our Promise To Ohioans


For years, Americans across the country have expressed frustration with lawmakers who simply don’t get the job done. The legislative branch of government, on both federal and state levels, exists to serve the people. A lawmaker's purpose is to represent their people's best interests. When they fail to do this, they are failing their people – and the institution of democracy as a whole. 


10.31.17 - Indian River Youth Correctional Facility Approved For Upgrades To Help Prevent Sexual Assault


"These facilities are intended to help put young people on paths to becoming contributing members of society, not to serve as catalysts for further criminal behaviors," said Oelslager. "These upgrades bolster security for both juveniles and prison staff."


10.25.17 - COLUMN: Delivering On Our Promises


At the beginning of the year, I joined my colleagues to announce our priorities for the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. We made a commitment to you to make Ohio a better place. Today, I am proud to say we have delivered on those commitments with the passage of all 10 of our priority bills, as well as many others. We're making great progress, but there's still more to be done. 


08.09.17 - Oelslager Applauds New Investments To Combat Heroin Epidemic


"Long-term recovery for those struggling with addiction is the ultimate goal," said Oelslager, Chairman of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with crafting the state's operating budget. "Response teams are another layer in the state's comprehensive efforts to combat this epidemic, which is devastating families and communities across Ohio."


07.31.17 - Helping Families Save On Back-to-School Shopping: The Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Is August 4-6


Beginning Friday, August 4 and running through Sunday, August 6, families can take advantage of this unique tax-free weekend when purchasing select items.


07.25.17 - Statewide Investment, Local Impact


I am proud of this fiscally responsible statewide budget, but I am equally as proud of the positive, direct impact it will have on Stark County.


07.21.17 - Oelslager Appointed To Ohio Tax Expenditure Review Committee


"We have worked hard to improve the business climate here in Ohio by enabling job creation through tax relief,"


07.10.17 - Oelslager Announces Approval Of Funding For Pro Football Hall Of Fame In Stark County


"A major tourist attraction, the Hall of Fame provides a significant benefit to the local community, as well as the state as a whole," said Oelslager. 


06.23.17 - Oelslager Appointed To Conference Committee To Reconcile Differences In State Budget


"I am honored to serve in this capacity as the House and my colleagues in the Senate continue to steward this very important responsibility," said Oelslager, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. "While this continues to be a difficult task, the budget will be balanced, fiscally responsible and we will continue to keep the priorities of Ohioans at the forefront of this process during conference committee."


06.21.17 - Senate Passes Budget That Closes Fiscal Shortfall And Protects Essential Services


"This was a very tight budget, but we listened carefully to Ohioans who testified before us to understand their priorities and expectations of financial stability for the state of Ohio. Our version maintains important tax reforms that the legislature has championed over the last six years, while including new tax reductions, protecting investments in primary and secondary education, and allocating vital resources to fight Ohio’s number one health epidemic – the opiate crisis," said Senator Oelslager, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.


06.12.17 - Oelslager Announces Balanced Budget That Protects Essential Services And Reduces The Size Of Government


“We set out to ensure that we protect the investment we’ve made in our schools, maintain the safety and service needs of our citizens, and find a way to get more dollars to the front lines of the opiate epidemic," said Oelslager. "A lot of people and agencies stepped up to help us do that, and we have a very responsible, prudent plan to consider as a result.”


05.18.17 - Oelslager Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Help Enhance School Security And Technology


"Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that every step is taken to ensure their safety," said Oelslager. "This legislation makes resources available for school districts to enhance security at the local level."


05.17.17 - Oelslager Announces Passage Of Legislation Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking Rebuild Their Lives


“We've made significant strides in working to address the human trafficking problem in Ohio, but more can be done,” said Senator Oelslager. “It is important that we continue to advocate for victims and to offer assistance to help these individuals rebuild."


05.08.17 - Senate Announces Committee Schedule For State Budget Hearings


"I look forward to the hearing process and greatly value the collaboration between our Finance committee and our four subcommittees," said Oelslager. "With the short timeframe we have, this approach allows us to have more focused discussions and ensures input from every member of the Senate."


03.29.17 - Oelslager Announces Agreements Reached On Ohio's Transportation Budget


"I am proud of the provisions we were able to agree on," said State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), who was a conferee in the committee. "This legislation establishes the ultimate goal of creating more jobs and opportunities for all Ohioans."  


03.29.17 - Oelslager Announces Passage Of Legislation To Update Ohio's Drug Abuse Laws


"This is an epidemic in our state, fentanyl is killing Ohioans in record numbers and we must take action," said State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), who co-sponsored the legislation.


03.22.17 - Senate Passes $7.8 Billion Investment In Ohio's Job-Sustaining Highway System


"This bill will be an economic- and job-creating engine to our state through investment in infrastructure," said Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), who co-sponsored the legislation.


03.21.17 - Oelslager Announces Workers' Compensation Rebate Of $1 Billion To Ohio's Employers


State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today applauded the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) on their recent announcement of a proposed one-time rebate of approximately $1 billion to Ohio's private employers and public-taxing districts. This will be the third such rebate in the last four years.


03.15.17 - Oelslager Announces Senate's Passage Of Legislation Enhancing Transparency In Local Elections


"Electronic filing would provide easier and more transparent access for the public and help streamline the filing requirements, making it a more efficient process for the local boards of election," said Senator Oelslager, who co-sponsored the bill. 


03.08.17 - Oelslager Announces Legislation Modernizing Ohio's Banking Laws


“The updates included in this proposal would improve internal function within our state’s financial institutions, while improving how banks are able to interact with their customers,” said Senator Oelslager.  “I was happy to work with Senator Coley and other interested parties over several months to craft a bill that will bring this area of Ohio’s code into the 21st century.”


02.22.17 - Senate Passes Legislation To Renew Ohio Sales Tax Holiday


“I am so pleased to be able to support Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday,” said Oelslager. “Back-to-school shopping season can be a costly time for families. This legislation aims to ease the burden on working families, while encouraging increased sales at local businesses.”


02.16.17 - Oelslager Seeks To Strengthen Penalties Against Drug Traffickers


“Senate Bill 1 takes necessary steps to get fentanyl-traffickers off the streets, while ensuring those suffering from crippling addiction are able to get the help they need,” said Oelslager. “Ohio has seen far too many deaths from heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses. It is crucial we prevent trafficking of large quantities of this dangerous drug, while continuing to educate our communities about addiction and treatment.”


02.13.17 - Oelslager Announces 2018 Legislative Fellowship Program


"The LSC Fellowship provides a great opportunity for recent college graduates to learn more about the legislative process and state government," said Oelslager. "I always look forward to working alongside them to create public policy that will benefit the people of our great state."


02.01.17 - Oelslager Appointed Senate Committees


“Scott’s one of the most respected members of the Ohio Senate, and he offers an incredible wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to the budget process,” said Senate President Larry Obhof.  


01.31.17 - Oelslager Announces Legislation Helping To Rebuild Lives Of Human Trafficking Victims


“We've made significant strides in working to address the human trafficking problem in Ohio, but more can be done,” said Senator Oelslager. “It is important that we continue to advocate for victims and to offer assistance to help these individuals rebuild."


01.23.17 - Oelslager Honored To Continue Serving Stark County


“On January 3, I had the great pleasure of being sworn in as State Senator, alongside my wife Elsie, and colleagues Frank LaRose and Jay Hottinger, by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor," said Oelslager. "I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Stark County throughout the 132nd General Assembly.”


01.23.17 - Oelslager Announces Building Funds For Kent State University-Stark


“I am pleased to see continued growth at Kent State Stark,” said Oelslager.  “Kent State’s presence in Stark County is significant, and the expansion of the Fine Arts Building will certainly benefit the university, students, faculty and community.”


01.23.17 - Ohio Senate President Names Oelslager To Chair Finance Committee


“Scott’s one of the most respected members of the Ohio Senate, and he offers an incredible wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to the budget process,” said Obhof.  “He’s done a remarkable job guiding our chamber through the development of one of the most complex pieces of legislation we’ll consider throughout this General Assembly.  I look forward to relying on his steady leadership and sharp insights in what appears to be a challenging fiscal environment ahead."


01.09.17 - Senate President Larry Obhof Names Oelslager To Chair Finance Committee


Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that he will reappoint Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel responsible for managing Ohio’s biennial state budget bill.


10.06.16 - Continuing The Fight Against Infant Mortality


Last month we took another step forward in this battle with the passage of Senate Bill 332. This legislation reflects the important work of Ohio’s Commission on Infant Mortality, chaired by my Senate colleague Shannon Jones, which was tasked with taking inventory of the state’s response to infant mortality and making recommendations for future steps our state can take. The Commission identified several critical needs: that Ohio improve the collection and sharing of data as it relates to infant deaths, make reforms in how we deliver health care services, and perhaps most importantly, investigate the social determinants of health or why some mothers and babies are more at risk than others.


07.20.16 - Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Provides Relief On Back-to-School Shopping


The back-to-school shopping season can be a hectic time for families and one that may leave you with a little less cash in your pockets. As back-to-school shopping quickly approaches, I am pleased to remind Ohio families that we have once again renewed the state's Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents as they prepare their children for another school year.



06.30.16 - Ohio Makes Voter Registration Convenient And Secure With Passage Of Online Voter Registration


The opportunity to vote is a right reserved for all American citizens and I am committed to ensuring Ohioans are able to participate in the voting process. Senate Bill 63 allows residents to register to vote online in addition to the current paper option.


06.23.16 - June Is Ohio Wine Month


Ohio is home to more than 220 wineries, each playing an important role in their local economies and communities. We recognize their important impact every June as we celebrate Ohio Wine Month.


06.15.16 - Widespread CPR And AED Training Aims To Save Lives


Equipping our next generation of young adults with the skills to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the know-how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a worthy cause that can make the ultimate difference in an emergency situation. 


06.01.16 - Passage Of Unemployment Compensation Pay-Off Helps Job Creators


As a flurry of legislation passed both the Ohio House and the Senate last week, many bills came across my desk. However, I wanted to highlight just one yes vote that I cast in support of House Bill 390 to help advance job creators in our communities.


04.12.16 - Oelslager Announces State's Capital Bill To Make $2.6 Billion Investment In Ohio's Local Communities


“From the arts to education to roadways, the state capital budget plays a major role in bringing jobs, opportunities and a sense of pride to our local communities,” said Oelslager. “Funding these projects exemplifies how private investors, community leaders and the state can come together to improve our hometowns. It was an honor to work with my colleague, Representative Kirk Schuring, and I’m pleased with what we were able to accomplish.”


03.02.16 - Oelslager Announces 2017 LSC Fellowship Program


“I look forward to working with the LSC fellows every year.” Oelslager said. “The LSC Fellowship provides recent graduates with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the state government and the legislative process.”


02.26.16 - Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Provides Families Relief On Back-to-School Shopping Again This Year


The back-to-school shopping season is a hectic time for families and one that may leave you with a little less cash in your pockets. I am pleased to announce that the Ohio Senate has once again renewed the state's Sales Tax Holiday to help Ohio families save on expenses as they take part in back-to-school shopping this August.


02.12.16 - Combatting The Opioid Epidemic In Ohio


Drug abuse can have long-lasting and damaging effects on the families and communities of opioid users. Opioids—such as prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl—can be highly addictive and therefore can have a lasting negative impact on the user. There is a direct correlation between drug abuse and criminal activity in the community. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, approximately 80 percent of Ohio’s current prison inmates have a history of drug and alcohol addiction.


01.27.16 - Oelslager Legislation Addresses Flaw In Ohio Law


“The current statute is ambiguous and conflicting,” Oelslager said. “It is my hope that this small step adds clarity and can assist with ensuring a fair resolution in a timely fashion if one of these unusual situations should ever arise in the future.  We do this by simply adding the words to 305.02(B) and 305.02(D) is not affiliated with a political party at the time the vacancy occurs.” 


01.14.16 - Reflecting On Ohio's Economic Success In 2015


As we embark on 2016, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of this past year’s positive developments and projects looking forward. 


12.03.15 - Ohioans Enjoy Fun On The Farm


Agritourism draws more visitors to farms across Ohio every year, especially during the harvest season. As this business continues to grow, it is necessary to define potential risk and liability for the benefit of participants and providers alike.


10.08.15 - October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we salute the breast cancer survivors, researchers, medical professionals, community support groups, friends, and family members who have made sacrifices to support their loved ones in the battle against breast cancer.


10.02.15 - October 2nd Is National Manufacturing Day


October 2nd is National Manufacturing Day and a great opportunity to highlight how Ohio continues to partner with manufacturers to address skilled labor shortages, connect with future generations, and collaborate on the most cutting-edge technology.  


09.24.15 - Responsible Disposal Can Curb Potential Drug Abuse


Ensuring the health and well-being of our families remains an important aspect of daily life.  I encourage families across Stark County to free their homes of unneeded prescription drugs by safely disposing of them at any of the above locations. Additionally, more information and locations can be found at 


09.14.15 - Local Investors To Fund High-Tech Industries


“I am excited to see this plan move forward,” said Oelslager. “The goal is to make state capital dollars more accessible, spur technology growth here in Stark County and the surrounding region, and benefit a growing and diverse workforce."


08.24.15 - Protecting Ohio's Students


Meningococcal disease is highly contagious, however infants, children, and teens are the most at-risk for infection.  Thankfully, the meningitis vaccine renders the disease preventable. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health recommend that parents consult with their child's physician to determine the best vaccine schedule.


07.29.15 - Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday Aims To Help Back-to-School Shoppers


August is a hectic time of year and your shopping list is likely full of the necessities. It is our hope that the timing of this sales tax holiday will be helpful for parents, families and educators. As you are building your shopping budget and searching for all the best deals, this added measure of a freedom from the sales tax is sure to provide some financial relief. 


07.09.15 - Oelslager Announces Funds To Support Lake School Construction Project


“I am extremely pleased that the Lake Local School District will be receiving funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission through the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program,” said Oelslager. “The money secured through this program, along with local funding, will positively impact the ability of the school district to effectively educate our young people by ensuring access to excellent facilities.”


07.06.15 - Stark State Triumphs With Release Of State Funds For Technology And Training


“What a great triumph for Stark County and northeast Ohio,” said Oelslager. "This advanced technical equipment is an exciting prospect for students, and I am eager to see the direct impact it will have on our expanding industries. Access to both the welding lab and the 3-D printers will, no doubt, lead to the creation of a strengthened workforce.”


06.26.15 - Senate Passes State Budget, Returning Money To Ohio Taxpayers And Investing In Education


“I’m pleased that this budget provides stability, sustainability and opportunity for our state,” said Oelslager.  “I greatly appreciate the partnership of our colleagues in the House and the Administration as we worked tirelessly on policies that return tax dollars to Ohioans and allow us to invest in education and essential services.”


06.19.15 - Oelslager Announces Senate Passage Of Bill Clarifying Probate Judges' Authority To Issue Warrants


"The bill makes a simple clarification to existing state law that would give probate judges the authority to issue warrants in criminal matters—a practice already widely utilized," said Senator Oelslager. "This legislation will greatly benefit our judicial system."


06.08.15 - Oelslager Unveils $1.7 Billion Net Tax Cut In Biennial Budget Bill


“The Senate put a particular emphasis on fiscal responsibility, stability and sustainability, and the plan we’ve developed exceeds those goals. I want to commend Governor Kasich and our colleagues in the House for setting us on a path to this point, and we look forward to working with them toward a consensus in the days ahead," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton).


05.22.15 - The Unknown Dangers Of Pure Caffeine


The legislature is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Ohioans, which is why I readily co-sponsored Senate Bill 7 last month when it passed the Ohio Senate. This bill, sponsored by my colleague Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) prohibits the sale of pure caffeine products. 


05.12.15 - Oelslager Introduces Bill Clarifying Probate Judges' Authority To Issue Warrants


"The bill makes a simple clarification to existing state law that would give probate judges the authority to issue warrants in criminal matters—a practice already widely utilized," said Oelslager. "Although simple, this legislation has the potential to greatly benefit our judicial system."


05.04.15 - Massillon Receives State Grant To Support Local Business Expansion Projects


“I am pleased to hear the Controlling Board approved Roadwork Development Grant funds to the City of Massillon,” said Oelslager. “This is a smart use of grant money, and the positive impact will be felt by the citizens of Massillon. It is great to see the state and local governments working together to create jobs.”


04.06.15 - Senator Oelslager Announces Funds To Improve Stark County Community-Based Correctional Facility


“I applaud the Controlling Board for their appropriation of funds to the Stark County Community-Based Correctional Facility,” said Oelslager. “The work done at this facility is very important and serves as an alternative to prison incarceration. It's crucial that we make improvements that will benefit the operations and resources provided.”


04.01.15 - Provisions To Clean Up Ohio's Tax Law


"The Ohio General Assembly is committed to efficiency and saving taxpayer time and money through common sense legislation.  As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to review the state’s budget and tax law to ensure the health of our great state’s economy."


03.18.15 - Senate Finance Hearings To Be Broadcast Live


“As the sponsor of public records legislation in House Bill 9 during the 126th General Assembly, I am excited to be a part of this transition to additional transparency and providing another outlet for citizens to be involved in the state government process," said Oelslager.


02.18.15 - Oelslager Announces Fellowship Programs


State Senator Scott Oelslager announced today that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications through April 1, 2015 for the 2016 Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program.  The Commission will hire 24 fellows to serve in the Ohio General Assembly for the 2016 calendar year.


01.23.15 - Oelslager Named To Second Term As Chairman Of Influential Senate Finance Committee


Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today appointed State Senator Scott Oelslager to serve a second term as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance.


01.05.15 - Oelslager Sworn-in, Begins New Term In The Ohio Senate


During the Opening Ceremonies, State Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) was sworn in for a new term in the Ohio Senate, representing the 29th District in the state legislature’s upper chamber. Senator Oelslager won his election to the seat in the November 4, 2014 General Election.


12.01.14 - Shop Safely This Holiday Season


The first snowfall of winter has reminded us that the holiday shopping season is upon us.  For older Ohioans, this can be an especially risky time of year as the hustle and bustle of the shopping season increases the risk of falling.


11.04.14 - Manufacturing Month: Ohio Is Leading The Way


My colleagues and I in the Ohio General Assembly have implemented tax cuts and created a budget surplus that has made Ohio more attractive for businesses.  Today, Ohio is more jobs-friendly than ever before.


11.04.14 - Working Together To Save Ohio's Babies


Today, public officials, hospitals, pediatricians and parents are working together to make sure babies have a safe place to sleep.


10.02.14 - Oelslager Announces Veterans Smart Money Choices Workshop


State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that the Office of the Ohio Treasurer is partnering with United Way of Greater Stark County and the Stark County Veteran Service Commission for an upcoming veteran workshop in Canton, Ohio.


09.10.14 - Honoring The Brave


As we reflect on what happened thirteen years ago, it is important that we recognize the service of volunteer peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical workers and police officers.


08.22.14 - Back-to-School: Great News For Diabetic Students


Senator Oelslager discusses legislative efforts to care for diabetic students in schools.


08.13.14 - Fighting Against Statistics: The Opioid Epidemic


Senator Oelslager describes efforts to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing Ohio. 


07.31.14 - Oelslager Praises Funds To Stark County Services And Education Programs


State Senator Scott Oelslager this week announced the Ohio Controlling Board’s release of more than $18.9 million to projects based in Stark County.


07.24.14 - Recognizing The Sacrifice Of Military Families


The population of veterans in Northeast Ohio continues to grow.  Personal growth and education opportunities for our veterans are a critical initiative of the Ohio legislature.  Earlier this year, members of the General Assembly passed House Bill 488, which was sponsored by Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Al Landis (R-Dover.)  House Bill 488 ensures that the relevant educational and training experience of Ohio’s military personnel and veterans are taken into account when determining equivalency for the issuing of degrees, workforce licenses and certifications.  I co-sponsored this bill to provide accessible and affordable education opportunities for our military families.


07.17.14 - Providing Veterans With Key Services


Independence Day was a great reminder on how this great nation was founded.  Our Founders demonstrated courage and determination by forming a nation based on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We thank all those who have taken up the call to defend this great nation to honor its traditions, its values and its people.  The sacrifices men and women have made in the name of freedom are truly admirable.  While it is impossible to fully express our gratitude, Ohio has been continually working on measures that seek to honor our veterans while also easing the burden on them and their families.


06.24.14 - Measles Outbreak In Ohio Underscores Importance Of Getting Your Family Vaccinated


Summer is in full swing and the smell of sunscreen fills the air.  While protecting your skin has become a more natural routine, this summer we also have to make sure our families are protected from the measles.


06.17.14 - Governor Kasich Signs Oelslager Initiatives To Improve Cancer Treatment


Surrounded by cancer survivors, advocates, and health professionals, today Governor Kasich signed two Oelslager bills designed to improve care for cancer patients in Ohio.


06.03.14 - Ohio House Clears Oelslager Initiatives To Improve Cancer Treatment


Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed two initiatives designed to improve care for cancer patients in Ohio.


05.21.14 - Senate Accelerates Income Tax Cuts, Provides Additional Tax Relief For Small Businesses


The Ohio Senate today gave its approval to several components of the mid biennium review initiatives designed to provide various updates to the state’s two-year budget proposal as well as various other policy improvements.


04.09.14 - Keeping Drugs Out Of The Hands Of Ohio's Youth


In 2011, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio, with one Ohioan dying from a drug overdose every five hours.  In the past year, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the drug abuse among 12th graders.  Research shows that 1 in 6 teens has used a prescription drug in order to get high or change their mood.  Of those teens who abuse pain killers, about two-thirds say they get them from family members and friends.


04.02.14 - Keeping Ohio's Roadways Safe


The Ohio state legislature is taking steps to ensure Ohioans’ safety on the roadways.  We have been working diligently to ensure that each individual is taking the appropriate measures to improve the safety and efficiency of Ohio’s transportation system.  I am excited to share with you some of these recent initiatives.


04.01.14 - Oelslager Announces Passage Of Capital Budget


Senator Scott Oelslager announced the 2014 Ohio Capital Budget has cleared both chambers of the General Assembly and will now be delivered to Governor John Kasich for his signature.


03.26.14 - Celebrating Ohio Internship & Co-Op Programs


Internships and co-op programs are an integral part of Ohio’s education system and also play an important role in helping job seekers build new skills and matching them with job opportunities. That is why I recently co-sponsored two initiatives which promote these great programs in Ohio.


03.20.14 - A New Ohio Holiday - Without Taxes!


The back-to-school shopping season is a busy time for all parents and one that may leave you with empty pockets. However, we’ve been working in the Senate on a plan that may soon provide you with some financial relief!


03.18.14 - Oelslager Announces Introduction Of Capital Budget


Senator Scott Oelslager today announced the introduction of Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, which provides local investment dollars to support individual communities’ construction priorities. The bill funds needed improvements to public facilities across the state including schools, colleges and universities, and parks.


03.12.14 - Senate Approves Oelslager Initiative To Modernize, Improve Treatment For Cancer Patients


The Senate today passed Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Senator Scott Oelslager, which would enhance the treatment of cancer patients in Ohio by ensuring that patients have affordable, safe and effective access to modern anti-cancer medications.


02.25.14 - Returning Tax Overpayments To Ohio Businesses


Keeping Ohio’s business climate competitive is essential to attracting and retaining jobs in Ohio.  This is why I co-sponsored Senate Bill 263, which supports businesses and families by making certain Ohioans are refunded their hard-earned dollars when they overpay their state taxes.


01.30.14 - The Statehouse Celebrates Red Carnation Day, Honoring William McKinley


Yesterday, the Ohio Statehouse observed the 170th Anniversary of Ohio Governor and U.S. President William McKinley’s birthday with it’s annual Red Carnation Day.

The red carnation was McKinley’s signature flower. Both Senator Scott Oelslager and McKinley are from Stark County.


01.22.14 - Senate Passes Safety Measure For Delivery Of Certain Dangerous Medications


COLUMBUS–The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 230, jointly sponsored by Senators Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) and Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville), which would establish standards for the delivery of non-self-injectable cancer medications.


01.14.14 - Oelslager Announces More Than $1.8 Billion Local Government Infrastructure Investment


COLUMBUS–Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) today announced the Ohio Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to renew the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances public capital improvements to preserve and improve public infrastructure in communities across Ohio.


12.18.13 - Partnering To Advance Ohio Manufacturing


One of my top priorities has been protecting and growing Ohio jobs.  Throughout this General Assembly, it has been my privilege to help move forward policy that does just that and makes Ohio a better place to live, work and raise a family.


12.04.13 - Senate Committee Approves Oelslager Initiative To Modernize, Improve Treatment For Cancer Patients


COLUMBUS– The Senate committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions today passed Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) and Senator Charleta Tavares (R-Columbus), which would enhance the treatment of cancer patients in Ohio by ensuring that patients have affordable, safe and effective access to modern anti-cancer medications.


11.26.13 - Heinz Expansion Shows Economic Programs Work


Stark County received great economic news when H.J Heinz Co. announced a significant investment to expand its Ohio operations, which will bring 250 jobs to its factory in Massillon ("Heinz plans $28 million expansion in Massillon," Nov. 18). These jobs are further proof that Ohio is making an economic comeback.


11.22.13 - Making College Affordable And Preparing Graduates For Jobs In Today's Economy


Education today is what prepares the workforce of tomorrow.  A strong education system in Ohio is necessary to ensure we are leading the pack and preparing our next generation for the economy and workforce demands.  I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the higher education policy initiatives that were put into action with this year’s budget.


11.07.13 - Calling For Financial Responsibility In Washington


Last week, I was proud to co-sponsor Senate Joint Resolution 5, which calls for an amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution requiring Congress to balance the federal budget. Spending within our means and learning to be responsible with what we have are key principles in order to retain both financial and national security.


10.30.13 - William "Bill" Willis Pro-Football Hall Of Fame Exhibit At Statehouse


Pro-Football Hall of Famer, Bill Willis, is currently being recognized as a “Great Ohioan” in an exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse.  This football hero was signed by Paul Brown in 1946 making history as one of the first African-American pro-football players. Willis was legendary for his speed and agility on the field.

The Pro-Football Hall of Fame is located in Stark County, which is Senate District 29 represented by Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton).


10.28.13 - Quality Education - A Top Priority For Ohio


One of my top priorities as a state lawmaker is to support and improve Ohio’s education policies. This year, more than 40 percent of the state’s budget is dedicated solely to supporting the educational goals and needs for children preschool through high school.


10.10.13 - Celebrating Ohio Manufacturing


Retaining and growing Ohio’s existing workforce is essential if we want to meet the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.  Entrepreneurs right here in Ohio have made significant job contributions and it is exciting to partner with them to continue our state’s workforce success.


09.09.13 - Investing In Our Infrastructure & Creating Ohio Jobs


Earlier in 2013, the legislature approved the state’s biennial transportation budget legislation in March of this year – a $7.6 billion investment in Ohio’s transportation system over the next two years. The Governor signed the budget into law on April 1 and the law’s provisions became effective on July 1.


07.10.13 - Stark County OhioMeansJobs


Creating jobs and strengthening Ohio’s workforce is our number-one priority in the Statehouse.  That is why the first bills we introduced this legislative session work to provide additional avenues for job training and streamline the state’s job placement efforts. Among these initiatives is House Bill 1, of which I am a proud cosponsor.


07.02.13 - Oelslager Attends Signing Of State Budget


COLUMBUS —State Senator Scott Oelslager, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, took part in Sunday’s signing of Ohio’s two-year, $62 billion state budget into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich.


06.27.13 - Oelslager Announces Historic Tax Cut, Largest Investment In Public Education In A Decade


COLUMBUS– Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, today announced the passage of House Bill 59, the state’s two-year operating budget. The bill contains as its cornerstones one of the largest single-year tax cuts in Ohio’s history as well as the largest legislative investment in public education in more than 10 years.


06.18.13 - Scott Oelslager Talks Budget, Investing In Education And Tax Cuts For Small Businesses


Scott Oelslager today chatted with Ray Horner on how investing in education leads to workforce development and job creation, and also discussed tax cuts for small businesses. 


06.13.13 - Oelslager Named To Budget Conference Committee


Scott Oelslager was today named as a member of the Budget Conference Committee, which is comprised of 6 legislators, 3 from each chamber of the General Assembly. The committee is charged with the responsibility of reconciling the differences between the House-passed and Senate-passed versions of the state budget, House Bill 59.


06.06.13 - Oelslager Announces Approval Of Small Business Tax Cut, Historic Investment In Education


COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager today applauded the Ohio Senate’s approval of a state budget that includes a $1.4 billion tax cut for small businesses and makes the largest investment in public education in the last decade. The two-year, $61.8 billion budget also provides funding for state agencies and departments, as well as health and human services for Ohioans in need.


04.19.13 - School Safety Levy Gives Districts New Tool To Help Keep Students, Schools Safe


In the months since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, parents, lawmakers, school officials and public safety officials across the country have been working together to identify ways to prevent such an event from happening anywhere else. Here in the Ohio Senate, members of the School Safety Task Force held a series of public hearings earlier this year on this issue and are now discussing the various ideas and suggestions that were presented to the panel.


03.20.13 - Measures That Invest In Infrastructure, Workforce Development Adopted In Senate


COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that the Legislature has given final approval to House Bill 51, the $7.6 billion state transportation budget. In addition to funding the Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety, the bill contains a plan to allow $1.5 billion in bonds to be issued on the Ohio Turnpike. These funds will be used towards infrastructure projects in northern Ohio and throughout the state.


03.19.13 - Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Promote Infant Health


COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced the Ohio Senate voted to approve legislation that aims to provide earlier diagnosis and prevention of congenital heart defects in newborns. Oelslager jointly sponsored Senate Bill 4 with Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville).


02.26.13 - Oelslager Named "Legislator Of The Year"


State Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association in a ceremony last night.


01.28.13 - Senator Oelslager: Keeping Ohio's Business Climate Competitive


Ohio’s unemployment rate is at its lowest rate in more than four years, and we have added more than 120,000 new jobs since January 2011 – making us the number one job creator in the Midwest. While these figures are certainly good news, we still have a long way to go in getting our economy back on track and finding job opportunities for all Ohioans.


01.09.13 - Oelslager Named To Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee


COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager, who was named Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday by Senate President Keith Faber (R- Celina), announced the remainder of his committee assignments for the 130th General Assembly.


01.07.13 - Oelslager Sworn In For 130th General Assembly


COLUMBUS — Scott Oelslager was sworn in as the State Senator for the 29th Ohio Senate District during today’s opening ceremonies for the 130th General Assembly. Oelslager, who is currently in the middle of his first term, has more than two decades of legislative experience, having previously served in both the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives.


12.04.12 - Senate Acts To Protect Young Athletes


COLUMBUS— State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced the Ohio Senate voted to approve legislation that seeks to increase awareness among parents, coaches, referees and others involved in youth sports about the symptoms associated with a concussion. According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), emergency department visits for sports-related traumatic brain injuries – including concussions – increased by 142 percent between 2002 and 2009.


12.04.12 - Fallen Soldiers To Be Honored With Memorial Highways


Columbus – State Senator Scott Oelslager announced that language naming memorial highways in Stark County in honor of First Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf and USMC Sgt. Daniel J. Patron was included as part of legislation passed by the Ohio Senate today. House Bill 325 creates numerous memorial highways and bridges throughout the state in recognition of the sacrifices made by Ohioans serving in the armed forces and in law enforcement.


11.27.12 - Senate Acts To Protect Healthcare Workers


COLUMBUS— State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced the Ohio Senate voted to approve legislation that seeks to better protect healthcare professionals and hospital workers and security officials from workplace violence. House Bill 62 increases the penalties for assault when the victim is a healthcare professional or hospital worker engaged in their duties.


09.24.12 - Senator Oelslager: Legislature Approves Landmark Pension Reform

Columbus - 
Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

08.24.12 - Senator Oelslager: Celebrating Ohio Agriculture

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Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

08.17.12 - Senator Oelslager Appointed To Child Support Guideline Advisory Council

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State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) was recently appointed to the Child Support Guideline Advisory Council (CSGAC) by Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R- New Richmond). This noteworthy council will review the guidelines used to determine the amount of child support orders paid by Ohioans. The CSGAC will provide input to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which will submit a report of its findings to the Ohio General Assembly.

06.15.12 - Senator Oelslager: Senate Takes Action To Combat Human Trafficking

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Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

05.23.12 - Senator Oelslager: Ohio Senate Works To Extend Job Opportunities

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Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

05.03.12 - Senate Votes To Ban Texting And Driving

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Senator Scott Oelslager today joined his colleagues in the Ohio Senate in approving a statewide ban on texting while driving. House Bill 99, sponsored by Representatives Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) and Nancy Garland (D- New Albany), makes texting while driving a secondary offense, while including exemptions for emergency and navigational purposes.

05.01.12 - Senate Acts To Bolster Job Creation, Tourism In Ohio

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State Senator Scott Oelslager today applauded the passage of Senate Bill 314, legislation that will help continue job creation efforts by restructuring the Ohio Department of Development into the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA). The agency will work in conjunction with JobsOhio, providing essential services such as overseeing the administration of loans and tax credits used to help create and expand Ohio businesses.

04.23.12 - Senator Oelslager: FAA Testing Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

02.15.12 - Senator Oelslager: Toll Free And 24 Hours A Day

Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

02.15.12 - Oelslager Bill On Advanced Practice Nurses On Way To Governor

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The Ohio Senate (32-1) concurred today on House amendments to Senate Bill 83, sponsored by State Senator Scott Oelslager, which allows Advanced Practice Nurses under certain circumstances to prescribe schedule II substances.

02.14.12 - Senator Oelslager: Looking Out For Those On Patrol

Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

09.13.11 - Oelslager Appointed To Ohio Tuition Trust Authority By Ohio Senate President

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State Senator Scott Oelslager was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority (OTTA) by Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond). Oelslager also served on the OTTA Board during some of his previous terms in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House.

07.08.11 - Senator Oelslager: Senate Bill 171 Signed Into Law

Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

07.07.11 - Oelslager Announces Interstate Compact For Juveniles Signed Into Law By Governor

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State Senator Scott Oelslager announced that Senate Bill 122, legislation he sponsored that brings Ohio into compliance with 46 other states and jurisdictions that have adopted new reforms to the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, was signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich last week.

06.23.11 - Bill Adopting Interstate Compact For Juveniles In Ohio Sent To Governor

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State Senator Scott Oelslager announced today that Senate Bill 122, legislation that would bring Ohio into compliance with 46 other states and jurisdictions that have adopted new reforms to the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, has been passed by the Ohio House of Representatives.

06.23.11 - Senator Oelslager: Adult Adoption Bill Passes Senate

Guest column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

02.25.11 - Oelslager Announces Approval Of Regulatory Reform, Performance Audit Bills

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State Senator Scott Oelslager announced that the Ohio Senate voted earlier this week to approve legislation that would reform the way businesses are regulated in Ohio and require performance audits of state agencies, boards and commissions.

02.17.11 - Senator Oelslager Votes To Approve JobsOhio Plan

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State Senator Scott Oelslager voted Wednesday in favor of landmark legislation designed to revitalize Ohio's economy and streamline job creation efforts across the state.

02.15.11 - Oelslager Appointed To Ohio Retirement Study Council

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State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that he has been appointed to the Ohio Retirement Study Council (ORSC) by Senate President Tom Niehaus (R- New Richmond). The ORSC was created in 1968 to advise and inform the Legislature on all matters relating to the 5 statewide retirement systems in Ohio, as well as provide actuarial cost analyses and public policy recommendations on pension issues.

01.27.11 - Oelslager To Chair Senate Health, Human Services And Aging Committee For The 129th General Assembly

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State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that he has been named chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee by Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond). Niehaus cited Oelslager's many years of legislative experience and vast institutional knowledge in appointing him chairman of the nine-member panel.

01.03.11 - Scott Oelslager Sworn In As Member Of The Ohio Senate During Opening Of The 129th General Assembly

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As part of opening day ceremonies today for the 129th General Assembly, Scott Oelslager was officially sworn in as the State Senator for the 29th Ohio Senate District. Oelslager, who previously served 17 years in the Ohio Senate and eight in the Ohio House of Representatives, represents the 29th Senate District, encompassing most of Stark County.