Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to the administration’s Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) proposal to address lead contamination and drinking water concerns throughout the state:

“I am glad to see the administration is addressing the critical issue of lead contamination in Ohio’s drinking water. I have been actively working to improve Ohio’s testing and public notification procedures since we first learned of these problems in the Village of Sebring in January. My bill – S.B. 269 – shares many similarities with the administration’s proposal. We are eager to work to ensure that, in the future, no Ohioans or their communities are forced to face the difficulties we have been seeing in Sebring." 

"It is equally encouraging to see the administration’s proposal to help fund water infrastructure improvements. As we know, this area of investment has been woefully underfunded. That’s why I introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), which would authorize $1 billion in local water and sewer infrastructure upgrades without raising taxes. I want to make sure Ohio communities have the resources and the flexibility to address concerns specific to their area. SJR 3 would do just that." 

"I look forward to continued conversations and real legislative action on these pressing issues from leaders on both sides of the aisle.”

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