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Jordan Applauds Passage of Bill Eliminating Defunct State Boards and Commissions

COLUMBUS—State Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) applauded the passage of legislation today in the Ohio Senate that would eliminate 13 obsolete state boards and commissions, if the governor chooses to sign the bill into law.

Senator Jordan, who serves as Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government Oversight and Agency Review, touted the passage of House Bill 31 as a step in the right direction to eliminate defunct governing bodies.

During the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Jordan served as Chair of the Joint Sunset Review Committee, charged with providing recommendations to the legislature for the dissolution and consolidation of unnecessary state boards and commissions.

“Often created with limited scopes and tentative expiration dates, bureaucrats in Columbus have a keen ability to keep these programs on life support well beyond their prescribed period of existence,” said Jordan. “Regardless of how well-intentioned, the continuance of boards and commissions beyond their original life span should be scrupulously vetted.”

In 2016, Senator Jordan sponsored legislation with former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), which was later vetoed by Governor Kasich, that would have required all state agencies to be reviewed biennially. The measure sought to encourage routine discussions on the value of state agencies for Ohioans and the taxpayers who cover their costs.

Senator Kris Jordan serves the 19th Ohio Senate District, which includes all or part of Delaware, Franklin, and Knox counties. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Jordan.

Kent bill mandating peace officers to report child abuse passes committee

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today announced that House Bill 137, legislation to require peace officers to report child abuse or neglect, was passed unanimously by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

“As a legislature, one of our main goals is protecting Ohioans, especially our most vulnerable,” said Rep. Kennedy Kent. “I’m glad this bill inspired such bipartisan support, and I truly believe this legislation will help ensure children’s safety.”

Currently, forty states explicitly designate law enforcement officers as mandated reporters. Nine other states, as well as Puerto Rico, mandate that all residents report child abuse and neglect, as opposed to only a specific few. Ohio is the only state to not make officers mandated reporters.

“I truly believe this bill will provide another layer of protection sorely needed in the wake of the statewide opioid crisis, Ohio’s infant mortality rate, and child sex trafficking,” added Kennedy Kent.

House Bill 137 now awaits a vote on the House floor.

Tiberi Named to NDAA Conference Committee

WASHINGTON— Congressman Pat Tiberi released the following statement after being named by Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the House-Senate conference committee for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act:

“Ohio’s military installations, and the industries around the state that support them, make critical contributions to America’s national security and military readiness. I’m thankful for their work and for the service of all our men and women in uniform. The NDAA is vital in providing them with the resources they need to keep us safe and secure. I am honored to be named as a conferee for the NDAA and to play a key role in ensuring it is delivered to President Trump’s desk to become law.”

Note: The conference committee will resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY2018 NDAA. Sec. 701 in the Senate bill would set up a demonstration to allow TRICARE beneficiaries to enroll in a modified Medicare Advantage plan. This provision falls under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee, where Rep. Tiberi serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.

Franklin and Summit County Prosecutors Featured in Latest Yes on State Issue 1 Ad

COLUMBUS – The Yes on State Issue 1 campaign took to the airwaves with its third major television advertisement asking voters to support the Ohio crime victims bill of rights known as Marsy’s Law.

The most current spot called “Balance” features Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh urging support for the constitutional amendment. The two prosecutors believe State Issue 1 will ensure all crime victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect in Ohio.

“Justice for all. That’s the way things should be,” Prosecutor O’Brien says in the ad. “But Ohio’s judicial system is not balanced if you’re a crime victim. That’s why we need Issue 1, Marsy’s Law.”

“Marsy’s Law gives crime victims equal rights, like the right to be notified of court proceedings and be heard during every step of the judicial process,” Prosecutor Bevan Walsh says in the ad. “Issue 1, Marsy’s Law, restores the balance so there’s justice for all.”

The 30-second ad is part of a significant broadcast and cable television buy airing today throughout the state.

If voters approve the proposal this fall, State Issue 1 would grant a series of constitutional protections to crime victims and their immediate families for the first time in Ohio’s history.

Under the amendment, crime victims would have the right to notification of all proceedings as well as be guaranteed the right to be heard at every step of the process. Victims would also have the right to have input on all plea deals for offenders as well as the right to restitution resulting from the financial impact of the crime. A crime victim who feels their rights are being violated could go before a judge to ask that their rights be protected.

State Issue 1 is supported by a broad bipartisan coalition of more than 315 elected officials and law enforcement leaders across Ohio, including Governor John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The effort to place State Issue 1 in the state constitution comes after similar ballot issues were approved in California, Illinois, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Marsy’s Law movement began in 1983, when a young woman named Marsy Nicholas was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend. Only a week after her murder, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they saw the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, had no idea the accused murderer had been released on bail.

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