Columbus – Last night the Ohio House of Representatives’ committee on Community and Family Advancement passed Senate Bill 30, introduced by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus).  Senate Bill 30 would establish the Ohio Family Stability Commission, which would not only look at ways to reduce the number of single-parent households in the state, but would also address the challenges that are faced by single-parent families.  

“We recognize that single parents who are raising their children to be well-adjusted, contributing citizens should be heartily commended,” stated Senator Tavares. “However, it is extremely difficult for single-parent households to raise and care for children properly today. The Ohio Family Stability Commission will not engage in any form of stereotyping, rather it will perform vigorous research in order to submit a set of recommendation to the Ohio General Assembly that will strengthen families across the state.”

The Ohio Family Stability Commission was first introduced by former Senator Ray Miller after he convened a statewide conference that included elected officials and faith leaders. After Senator Miller’s term expired in 2010, Senator Tavares – who also participated in the conference – introduced the Ohio Family Stability Commission in each subsequent General Assembly. 

The Commission would be made up of 25 commissioners who have expertise in areas that include: non-marital births, marital divorce, employment, child custody, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, judicial system, and faith-based initiatives. The Commissioners would meet for no more than 4 years, provide the General Assembly with recommendations, and would offer assistance for the implementation of their recommendations. 

“I am grateful to Chairman Ginter, Ranking Member Boyce, and all those who support the passage of Senate Bill 30,” said Senator Tavares. “It took many years of hard work to get us to this point. However, the work that was done on SB 40 ensures we have crafted the best bill possible. The importance of the issues facing the health, security and well-being of our children and families will be addressed with our residents and stakeholders.”  

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