Cupp to chair House committee

By Craig Kelly -

COLUMBUS — A local legislator is in line to head a committee overseeing an important part of everyday life for Ohioans.

Ohio House of Representatives

Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima: Cupp has been named the chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville. Cupp replaces Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, who was elected the House Majority Floor Leader in June.

“I’m honored and grateful for Speaker Rosenberger’s confidence in appointing me to lead the important work of the House Public Utilities Committee,” Cupp said in a statement. “The issues that this committee considers are some of the most interesting and challenging public policy questions facing our state. I look forward to leading the committee’s work and deliberations.”

“Rep. Cupp brings a brilliant legal and policy mind to so many of the complex decisions we make in the Ohio House,” Rosenberger said. “His work ethic and commitment to promoting ideas that are best for Ohio make him a natural fit to fill such an important role at the Statehouse. I am grateful that he has accepted this opportunity and I look forward to working with him as Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee.”

U.S. Senate

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: On Friday, Brown announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $6,700 to the Wren Volunteer Fire Department for safety upgrades. The award to the department, located in Van Wert County, was given through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, which provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to equipment and facilities and other needed supplies.

“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” Brown said in a statement. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Wren have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio: As a vote looms in the Senate on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, Portman has faced pressure to vote against the bill from state Democrats. A release from the senator’s office emphasized that when the Senate goes back into session Monday, he will prioritize access to healthcare for those using Medicaid as well as treatment for opioid addicts.

“Rob’s goal is to create a workable system that lowers health care costs for families and small businesses, while protecting the most vulnerable in our society,” Portman Press Secretary Emily Benevides said. “He has opposed the House-passed measure because it doesn’t do enough to protect those currently receiving health care under expanded Medicaid. In his discussions with his colleagues, Rob is working to ensure that those on expanded Medicaid continue to have good health care options under a new system, whether it’s under the current Medicaid structure or affordable health care options on the private market.”

By Craig Kelly

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.