Legislative Update: McColley encourages field trips to statehouse


By Craig Kelly - ckelly@limanews.com



Sherrod Brown


Rob Portman


Rob McColley


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and state Rep. Rob McColley


COLUMBUS — A state legislator has announced that financial help is available for an educational opportunity for students.

Ohio House of Representatives

Rep. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon: On Tuesday, McColley announced that an online application is available for Ohio schools to receive a school transportation grant to help fund field trips for students to visit the Ohio Statehouse.

The amounts for the grant, which is administered by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Capitol Square Foundation, are based on one-way mileage from the school to Columbus. Schools ranging from one to 50 miles away can receive a $200 grant, with schools 51 to 100 miles and 101 miles and over eligible for $300 and $400 grants, respectively. Twenty-five grants will be available for each distance category.

Trips are limited to fourth- through 12th-grade trips during the 2017-18 school year, with grants awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I would like to encourage the schools in my district to take advantage of this funding opportunity,” McColley said. “Every student deserves the chance to view Ohio’s legislature up close and costs should never inhibit them from such a rewarding educational and civic experience.”

Information and the application can be found at http://bit.ly/2wfRapO.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: On Tuesday, Brown sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting information on domestic terrorism and hate groups and how both the FBI and the Department of Justice communicate with state and local law enforcement about hate crimes in Ohio.

“All Ohioans have a right to feel safe where they live, worship or go to school — but right now too many of our communities are scared by the hate and bigotry gripping our country,” Brown said. “I want to make sure Ohio communities have the resources and support from our federal law enforcement agencies to protect people and help people feel safe. We must learn more about how the FBI and DOJ work with local and state law enforcement so they can help go after perpetrators of hate crimes and domestic terrorism.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio: On Wednesday, Portman hosted a roundtable discussion in Dayton with area business leaders to receive input on efforts in Congress to reform the nation’s tax reform system in a way that would help create jobs and encourage investment.

“Our tax code is too burdensome, too complicated, and decades out of date. Business leaders across the state, and those I met with here in Dayton today, tell me they need Congress to reform the tax code so they can create jobs and raise wages for Ohio workers,” Portman said. “Instead of encouraging our companies to take jobs and investments overseas and making it easier for foreign corporations to buy up our companies, we should be working to keep jobs here and give American workers a competitive advantage. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in the United States Senate to deliver for workers here in Dayton and across Ohio who deserve a better tax system.”

On Friday, Portman applauded the announcement of a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a task force aimed at helping to craft a response to the opioid epidemic.

“I applaud the work of Secretary Price to convene this Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force,” Portman said. “This task force will work to bring together experts in the field of addiction to make recommendation across federal agencies to ensure that we stem addictions caused by the overprescribing or inappropriate use of prescription pain medications. As I travel throughout Ohio, it is clear that our state is in a crisis and we need more help. That’s why this new task force authorized by CARA, legislation I authored last year, is so important to Ohio. As we focus on best practices and provide more resources to address this issue, Ohioans will have better access to addiction treatment and long-term treatment and recovery programs that work. Today we’re taking another important step to finally turning the tide of this epidemic.”

Sherrod Brown
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Rob Portman
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/08/web1_Portman-Rob.jpgRob Portman
Rob McColley
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and state Rep. Rob McColley
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/08/web1_Legislative-Update-1.jpgU.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and state Rep. Rob McColley

By Craig Kelly

ckelly@limanews.com

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

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