Letter: McColley, Ohio Senate shouldn’t override veto on local control

As a grandparent, I am concerned about Big Tobacco’s enormous toll on our state. To reduce tobacco’s negative impact on Ohio, I am calling on Sen. Rob McColley not to support a vote to override Gov. DeWine’s veto of legislation that will limit local control.

Before the holidays, the Ohio House voted to override a veto by Gov. Mike DeWine, which protected local government control and existing local laws. Keeping local government rights to pass laws stronger than state law promotes good health and well-being. Amid the growing youth tobacco epidemic, we need local communities to have the ability to pass laws to protect our kids. Local governments are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the people in their communities.

My mother smoked cigarettes for decades, and I watched as she suffered and eventually passed away from a tobacco-related cancer. I can’t imagine watching my kids or their friends go through the same.

When it comes to tobacco control, Ohio can and must do better. As someone who has been touched by cancer and tobacco-related disease and wanting to help others avoid going through the same, I urge Sen. McColley and other lawmakers to prioritize the health of Ohio residents and not vote to override the governor’s veto.

Pam Niese



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