Senator Charleta B. Tavares urges passage of Senate Bill 19 on the Senate floor.

Columbus –Senate Bill 19, jointly sponsored by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), establishing the Ohio Family Stability Commission passed out of the Ohio Senate today with a floor vote of 32-1.

The Ohio Family Stability Commission will be a part of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.  It will seek to remedy problems caused by family instability such as the rate of poverty, academic failure, poor health status, crime, and incarceration that has long plagued urban centers across Ohio. The Ohio Family Stability Commission will also focus on the strengthening of Ohio families and emphasizing the well-being of children.

“The commission will be focused and time limited to address the critical needs of our families,” stated Senator Tavares. “We cannot afford to wait while our children suffer and our families break down. 

The primary goals of the commission will be to address the negative impacts attributed to single parent households such out-of-wedlock births, divorce, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. The commission will be focused on research, policy and communication initiatives that promote family stability.

The state of Ohio spends over $15 billion annually on public assistance services that provide for the needs of single parent households. Many of the current services focus on treating the disparities of multigenerational single parenting and poverty as mere symptoms; conversely, the commission will be tasked with analyzing and identifying comprehensive initiatives that will lead to family stability.

The commission will be in existence for four years and will be charged with compiling a report and presenting its findings along with a series of recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly.

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