Monday, August 31, 2009
Senator Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati) appeared on Ohio in Focus to discuss his effort to reduce childhood obesity. The Senator has introduced Senate Bill 24 which would ban junk food from vending machines in public schools.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Senate Democratic Leader Capri S. Cafaro co-chaired a meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the Impact of the Changing Automobile Industry at Kent State University's Trumbull campus in Warren.
Monday, August 24, 2009
August 21, 2009
WARREN — Senate Democratic Leader Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) co-chaired today the meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the Impact of the Changing Automobile Industry in Ohio. The bi-partisan legislative committee met at Kent State University Trumbull in
“We heard thoughtful and sometimes emotional testimony from people in the
The automotive industry touches every corner of the state accounting for 20% of all manufacturing activity in
The Joint Select Committee, created recently by the Ohio General Assembly, will make recommendations for laws regulating and supporting the automobile industry and submit a report to Governor Ted Strickland by September 30, 2009. The committee’s next meeting is Tuesday, August 25th, from 1pm to 4pm at
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
“The Auto Industry has always been a cornerstone of the economy in the
The Joint Select Committee on the Impact of the Changing Automobile Industry in Ohio consists of the following: 2 members of the Senate appointed by the Senate President, 1 member of the Senate appointed by the Senate President based on the Minority Leader’s recommendation, 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker, and 1 member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker based on the Minority Leader’s recommendation.
The committee’s study will include automobile franchise laws, consumer protection issues, and warranties. Recommendations will be made by the committee concerning
The Automobile Industry Committee has already met in
- August 25 –
Sinclair Community College( ) Dayton
- September 8 – North Central State University (Mansfield)
All meetings will run from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
LORAIN — Senate Democratic Leader Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) participated Tuesday, August 18th in a meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the Impact of the Changing Automobile Industry in Ohio. The bi-partisan legislative committee met at Lorain County Community College to discuss the automobile industry as it relates to manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and consumers.
“This hearing provided a variety of perspectives on the auto industry’s role in Ohio’s economy,” said Senator Cafaro. “Dealers, local government officials, educational professionals and others spoke of their needs and concerns. I’m confident the task force members will carry this information back to the General Assembly to make positive and proactive policy decisions to strengthen our local economies across Ohio”
The automotive industry touches every corner of the state accounting for 20% of all manufacturing activity in Ohio. Automotive related manufacturing businesses can be found in 76 of 88 counties.
The Joint Select Committee, created recently by the Ohio General Assembly, will make recommendations for laws regulating and supporting the automobile industry and submit a report to Governor Ted Strickland by September 30, 2009. The committee’s next meeting is Friday, August 21st, from 1pm to 4pm at Kent State’s Trumbull campus.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Senator Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) was appointed to the Minority Business Advisory Council for the 128th General Assembly. The Council, established by executive order by Governor Ted Strickland, will coordinate the state’s efforts to maximize opportunities and growth of minority businesses.
“Minority owned businesses have occupied an important place in
U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 2007 show that although there has been an increase in the number of minority-owned firms in
The Minority Business Advisory Council will be charged with collaborating with the Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Department of Administrative Services to carry out responsibilities in the areas of economic development, employment, procurement, training and other matters affecting the economic vitality of the minority business community.
The Council will also advise state entities on diversifying and opening its markets, as well as identifying and promoting opportunities for minority business. Additionally, the Council will provide guidance on current legislation and practices that have an impact on the minority business community.
The Council will consist of a maximum of 40 individuals who are currently involved or have previously been engaged in the development of minority businesses, through private industry, government or scholarly work. The membership should be a diverse representation of regions and ethnic groups in the state of
Senator Smith Announces Progress on Inner Belt Plan, Reopening of Lanes and Ramps into Neighborhoods
Having worked closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation to pursue an aggressive timeline on repairs to Cleveland’s Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge, State Senator Shirley Smith and ODOT officials are advancing the latest and most comprehensive phase of the Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan with plans to reopen closed lanes and ramps as early as the end of November.
"Many neighborhoods have had limited access to I-90 since ODOT restricted traffic on the aging structure in October 2008," said Senator Smith. “This is especially true for Tremont’s
The work announced today is part of the state’s $10 million investment this construction season on the
This phase of work was made possible only after an extensive, detailed analysis of the steel members and connections of the main structure. The majority of work on this phase of the Safety Plan will be performed during daytime hours while the bridge remains open for service. ODOT says limited overnight and weekend closures may be necessary as crews work to complete repairs. Work is expected to begin in mid- to late September.
In March, 2009 ODOT announced plans to construct a new $400 million westbound
Monday, August 10, 2009
“These funds will preserve vital protective services in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties,” said Senator Cafaro. “I am hopeful that the federal stimulus money will have a positive impact on improving the safety of our communities and enabling law enforcement agencies to communicate more effectively.”
The following projects have been awarded Justice Assistance Grants:
Jefferson Village - MARCS Communications Compliance: $16,497.50
Village of Roaming Shores Police Department - IT Infrastructure Program: $6,868.49
Village of Geneva-on-the-Lake - MARCS II Radio Interoperability: $16,497.50
North East Ohio Community Alternative Program - Restorative Project: $115,087.10
Someplace Safe, Inc. – Personnel JAG Stimulus: $42,382.93
Warren Police Department -TEAM TROUBLE: $356,465.73
Hubbard Township Police Department - JAG LE Block Grant: $14,669.81
Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority - Trumbull Metro Street Crimes Unit: $122,074.68
Newton Falls Police Department - Newton Falls Technology Enhancement: $80,103.00
Trumbull County Sheriff's Office – North East Ohio Tri-County IJIS: $173,759.88
Friday, August 7, 2009
Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Canfield) extended congratulations to the two Mahoning Valley Recipients of the EfficientGovNow Award. The EfficientGovNow program aims to accelerate government collaboration and efficiency by providing as much as $300,000 in funding to as many as three collaborative government projects from throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Mahoning Valley collaboration projects to receive grants from the Fund for Our Economic Future are listed below:
$57,541 will be awarded to Rollin’ on the River: Mahoning Valley River Corridor Redevelopment Project. Nine communities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are collaborating with Youngstown State University to implement a website to market sites in those locations for economic development. The communities are Youngstown, Warren, Niles, Girard, Struthers, Campbell, Newton Falls, McDonald and Lowellville.
$120,000 will be awarded to Mahoning-Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS). With this funding, the Mahoning County auditor’s office, Youngstown, Boardman, Austintown and the city of Canfield will share broadband technology for law enforcement, disaster recovery and general-information technology services.
“I’m extremely impressed with the amount of support the Valley has shown for these two projects and want to thank those who took the initiative to vote,” said Senator Schiavoni.
A total of 13,483 qualified votes were cast by residents of Northeast Ohio in July to determine the three EfficientGovNow collaboration projects that would receive funding.
“I know that many individuals and groups worked diligently to secure votes from residents across the Mahoning Valley and it’s great to see their collaborative efforts paid off,” said Senator Schiavoni. “Both projects will be an asset to the continuing development of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.”
Thursday, August 6, 2009
In this edition of Ohio in Focus, State Senator Sue Morano (D-Lorain) discusses her role as a State Senator and her passion for the Nursing profession.
To view more videos from the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/OhioSenateDemocrats
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Senator Sue Morano (D-Lorain) announced today that German chemical company BASF will build a chemical processing plant in
“This facility will bring well-paying jobs to a community that has been battered by the recent economic downturn,” said Senator Morano. “It will improve battery technologies for hybrid and electric cars and will move
The announcement came after BASF Corporation received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Advanced Battery and Electric Vehicle Manufacturing grant of $24.6 million to build the plant in
German chemical company BASF Corporation has more than 15,000 employees in
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Senator was invited to the event by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative to discuss House Bill 3, which would place a six month moritorium on foreclosures in Ohio. Senator Schiavoni discussed some of the important points of the Bill and said he will support HB 3 when it reaches to the Senate.
“We had the opportunity to hear compelling testimony from a wide range of people, including members of the community and experts from the auto industry,” said Senator Fedor. “I think what the committee members took away from this meeting was a clearer understanding of the impact the auto industry’s troubles are having on real people.”
The Joint Select Committee, created recently by the Ohio General Assembly, will make recommendations for laws regulating and supporting the automobile industry and submit a report to Governor Ted Strickland by September 30, 2009. The committee has additional meetings scheduled in Lorain, Warren, Dayton and Mansfield.
Minority Leader Eric H. Kearney - Cincinnati - 9th District
Assistant Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni - Canfield - 33rd District
Minority Whip Nina Turner - Cleveland - 25th District
Assistant Minority Whip Edna Brown - Toledo - 11th District
Senator Tom Sawyer - Akron - 28th District
Senator Charleta B. Tavares - Columbus - 15th District
Senator Shirley Smith - Cleveland - 21st District
Senator Michael J. Skindell - Cleveland - 23rd District
Senator Lou Gentile - Steubenville - 30th District
Senator Capri S. Cafaro - Hubbard - 32nd District