COLUMN: Addressing Our Shared Priorities
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager
December 12, 2017
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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. As your state senator, I make it a priority to keep my constituents informed of the issues of the day, and keep you up-to-date on our continued efforts to address our shared priorities. Important changes are being made every day in our state, and I encourage you to check out some of the recent legislation that has passed the Senate:

Honoring the Sacrifice of Fallen Ohioans

Ohio is full of brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect what we hold dear. Recently, we honored a number of Ohio's most exemplary citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice, and ensured their memories will live on by:
  • Designating a portion of State Route 795 in Wood County as the "Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer Memorial Highway." In 2010, the Toledo native was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan;
  • Naming Interstate 75 in Hamilton County the "Lance Corporal Christopher J Dyer USMC, Lima Co, 3/25 Marines Memorial Highway" in honor of the late Lance Corporal Dyer and his unit; and
  • Honoring the fallen police chief who lost his life responding to the tragic shooting in Kirkersville this year by designating fo a portion of U.S. Route 40 in Kirkersville as "The Steven Eric DiSario Memorial Highway."
Eliminating Barriers for Veterans

When our armed forces return from combat, it is vital that they are given the necessary tools to transition back into civilian life. I am proud that we have worked to aide in this transition by passing legislation that would help provide job opportunities to many of Ohio's veterans by waiving the skills test for a commercial driver's license for veterans who have applicable military certifications.

Preparing Students for Jobs of the Future

In today's ever-changing economy, it is important that we equip our children with the skills needed to succeed as they enter the workforce. The trend toward more technological advancement over the next several years means that we must provide students with the option to choose an education that values and strengthens computer science opportunities.

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims

There are loopholes in the current law that this legislation helps to eliminate, in order to protect victims of domestic violence. At a ceremonial bill signing this week, legislation was signed into law by Governor John Kasich that strengthens existing law so that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of the order can be prosecuted. This bill helps create these much needed opportunities for high school students in Ohio.

Making Our Work Accessible To You

As you can see, we have been very busy the last few weeks, with lots of important pieces of legislation coming before the Senate. We make every effort to make the work we do in Columbus easily accessible to you, our constituents. Your involvement is the processes is crucial, which is why we expanded television coverage of the Senate’s work to include several key committees and made those proceedings available on, on the Ohio Channel online and on local public access broadcast stations. 

Looking ahead, we will continue to make your priorities, our priorities. I welcome your questions and feedback at any time. Please reach out to me at or by calling my office at (614) 466-0626.
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