Reps. Brenner, Ginter Announce Passage of Legislation Offering Tax Exemption for Spouses of Deceased Public Servants
COLUMBUS — State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today (June 20) announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation that would grant surviving spouses of public service officers killed in the line of duty an extension of Ohio’s homestead exemption.
House Bill 513 would give a widow or widower of a peace officer, firefighter, EMT, or paramedic a $50,000 homestead exemption. Ohio’s homestead exemption helps certain homeowners to reduce their property tax bills by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation.
“House Bill 513 is just one of many ways we can show our gratitude and appreciation for those who have had so much taken from them,” said Brenner. “I hope that this bill goes a long way in showing our commitment to not only our first responders, but to their families as well.”
Currently, Ohio’s homestead exemption applies to military veterans who are disabled and low-income senior citizens. Under House Bill 513, the surviving spouse must apply to the county auditor with a letter of verification from the department or state pension fund confirming the death of the officer in the line of duty.
“There could be no more appropriate description of the spirit and goal of House Bill 513—to provide some monetary relief to the spouses of our first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the public,” said Ginter.
House Bill 513 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.
Reps. Brenner, Slaby Announce Passage of Cursive Writing Bill
COLUMBUS — State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) today (June 20) applauded the Ohio House for passing legislation they jointly sponsored that gives school districts the opportunity to teach cursive writing to students since it is currently not a requirement.
House Bill 58 requires the State Board of Education to develop and adopt a model curriculum in cursive handwriting instruction by December 31, 2018, which may be used by public schools. Once this model curriculum is adopted, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) would be required to provide this information to all Ohio schools, including community schools, STEM schools and college preparatory schools. This will allow each district to determine if they would like to implement the curriculum.
In committee testimony, Rep. Slaby outlined the educational benefits of teaching cursive writing in school. Being proficient in cursive allows children to develop improved literacy skills, fine motor skills, as well as increased cognitive development. Specifically, students with autism and dyslexia have found some benefit from learning this skill.
“I am glad children will be better able to learn to read and write cursive,” Rep. Slaby said.
Rep. Brenner in committee underscored the fact that “teaching to the test” and focusing on new modes of technology have diminished the instruction of foundational skills, such as cursive.
“Cursive writing is so much more than just learning how to sign your name to a check,” Rep. Brenner said. “For example, studies have shown that learning how to write in cursive helps student learn how to spell and read, especially children with dyslexia. I’m honored that my colleagues agree that cursive is an important and invaluable skill on multiple levels and should be made available to Ohio’s students.”
Since the bill allows districts to be flexible in their decision to teach cursive, various educational organizations and schools supported the legislation.
House Bill 58 passed with bipartisan support and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
NFIB Honors Two State Legislators with the Guardian of Small Business Award
COLUMBUS, July 18, 2018 – NFIB, the state’s leading small business association in Ohio, presented its prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award to State Representative Mark Romanchuk, Ohio House District 2 (Ontario) and State Senator Kris Jordan, Ohio Senate District 19 (Delaware). The recognition is for their outstanding efforts to support small business issues in the Ohio Legislature.
“Representative Romanchuk has a distinguished record in the Ohio Legislature. During that time, he has been a staunch supporter of Ohio’s small businesses, maintaining a 95% lifetime voting record with NFIB” said Roger Geiger, vice president/executive director of NFIB in Ohio. “As a fellow member of NFIB, he has consistently reached out to the small-business community because he understands that growing Ohio’s economy begins with the economic engine of the state that has created two out of three new jobs in the past several years. He is truly deserving of this recognition.”
“Senator Jordan also has an impressive record on small business issues in the Ohio General Assembly. During his tenure there, he has been a steady and strong advocate of Ohio’s small businesses, maintaining a 97% lifetime voting record with NFIB,” said Geiger. “His work to curtail the growth of government and keep taxes in check is appreciated by the membership of NFIB in Ohio.”
The recognition dates back to 1988 and has been presented to an exclusive list of state legislators in its over 30-year history, with generally one member of the Ohio Senate and one member of the Ohio House of Representatives annually receiving the award. The NFIB Leadership Council for Ohio, which is comprised of NFIB members from across the state, voted to present Representative Romanchuk and Senator Jordan with the Guardian of Small Business Award.
“I am truly honored to receive the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award. As a small-business owner and fellow NFIB member, I know the importance of having the voice and perspective of entrepreneurs heard in the Statehouse and across Ohio. I understand the challenges our businesses face. I have a record of fighting for small business and will continue to work to ensure Ohio has a climate that fosters job creation,” said Representative Romanchuk.
“It is a privilege to be selected by NFIB to receive their Guardian of Small Business Award. I have spent my legislative career working to reduce regulatory restrictions and taxes to help encourage an environment that allows our small businesses, the leading job creators, to thrive. I look forward to continuing my efforts and working with NFIB to ensure Ohio is the best state to own, operate, and grow a business,” said Senator Jordan.
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the one, true Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as the engine of the American economy and its biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.