Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Senator Kearney Spends a Night Under the Stars for Early Voting

CINCINNATI - Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) camped outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections last night, September 27, to raise awareness of early voting.

Early voting began today, Tuesday September 28, 2010 at 8:00AM and will continue until Monday November 1, 2010 at 4:00PM when the Board of Elections closes. More information about early voting dates and times in Hamilton County can be found on the website at http://www.hamilton-co.org/boe/. In-person early voting is done at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

“Early and absentee voting can decrease the wait time often associated with the lines on election day,” Senator Kearney said. “It is more convenient and can be especially beneficial to voters who attend school outside of their district, work during the day, or are immobilized.”

Voters must apply in writing for mail-in absentee ballots. Requests should be sent to the board of elections of the county in which the voter resides no later than noon on October 30, 2010. Full early and absentee voting guidelines and regulations for Ohio voters may be found under “Voter Services” on Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s website: www.sos.state.oh.us.

Senator Kearney spent the night in his orange and tan/gray Coleman tent at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Broadway Street in Cincinnati.

“My tent is new, but my sleeping bag is about 30 years old. But I’ll still be there all through the night and into the morning!” Senator Kearney said before his camp-out.

Senator Eric H. Kearney represents parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Cleves, Cheviot, Norwood, Golf Manor, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Silverton, Springfield Township, North Bend and Addyston.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Senator Joe Schiavoni - September 2010 E-Newsletter

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Senators Capri S. Cafaro and Dale Miller presented with Home Care and Hospice Hero awards

The Home Care and Hospice Hero Award was established by the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice to recognize government officials who work to help Ohioans of all ages receive much needed care in their homes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Senator Morano Named a Hero to Ohio’s Home Care Community

Columbus – The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) will present State Senator Sue Morano (D-Lorain) with a Home Care and Hospice Hero Award today for her service to Ohio’s home care and hospice community. The award will be given this evening during the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice legislative reception in the downtown Hyatt Regency Fairfield Room.

“It is an honor to be recognized by such a dedicated group of practitioners,” Senator Morano said. “As I receive this award, I want to say the true heroes are those in the field who commit themselves everyday to improving the health and well being of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The Home Care and Hospice Hero Award was established by OCHCH to recognize government officials who work to help Ohioans of all ages receive much needed care in their homes.

Late last year, Governor Ted Strickland signed Senator Sue Morano’s bill (SB 89), addressing a critical shortage of nursing educators in Ohio. In addition to her duties as a State Senator, Sue Morano is also a Registered Nurse who works 3 nights a month in the Intensive Care Unit at Community Health Partners Hospital in Lorain.

The Annual Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice Conference will be held this evening, September 14, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Hyatt Regency Fairfield Room (350 North High Street, Columbus). OCHCH has arranged for photo opportunities at the event.

Senator Turner Introduces Legislation to Repeal Ohio's Statute of Limitations for Rape

Columbus – State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced Senate Bill 300 to repeal Ohio’s statute of limitations for the crime of rape. Current state law limits prosecution to 20 years after the crime occurs.

“Because of the heinous nature of this crime we should take every step possible to ensure that rapists are brought to justice,” said Senator Turner. “My legislation will allow the process of investigation and prosecution to move forward once all the facts are found, regardless of when that may be.”

According to Human Rights Watch, rape has the lowest prosecution rate of all violent crimes in the United States. “Unfortunately too many criminals are falling through the cracks,” said Senator Turner. “We must give investigators additional time so more rapists are successfully prosecuted.”

Senator Turner’s legislation builds upon the passage of Senate Bill 77 which extends the period of time the state must keep DNA evidence for several felony crimes. Specifically, SB 77 requires that biological evidence from rape investigations be kept for 30 years.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Senator Kearney's Legislation will Protect Victims of Sex Offenders

CINCINNATI – Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 299 preventing incarcerated sex offenders from possessing photographs of their victims.

Senate Bill 299 came about at the request of a constituent who was concerned that the incarcerated attacker of her daughter was in possession of photographs of his victim and there was nothing in the law to prevent him from having such items. Currently the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will only confiscate such photos at the request of the victim or their family.

“Requiring the victim to have knowledge of their attacker possessing photographs is grossly onerous and should not be required for the materials removal,” said Senator Kearny. “When this situation was brought to my attention I could hardly believe it was possible. We need to take action immediately to change the law and prevent these kind of atrocities from happening.”

In addition to prohibiting possession of victim photographs in cases where the offender’s crime involved a child, possession of photographs of minors will also be prohibited. Under Senate Bill 299, possession of such prohibited items will considered an act of aggravated menacing and punishable as a felony.

“I think most people would be very surprised to learn this is allowed under Ohio law, I know I was. But that shouldn’t prevent us from addressing it now” said Senator Kearney. “To provide victims closure and a sense of justice we must ensure these perpetrators are paying for their crime.”

Senator Eric H. Kearney represents parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Cleves, Cheviot, Norwood, Golf Manor, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Silverton, Springfield Township, North Bend and Addyston.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mahoning Valley’s future looks brighter with launch of Chevrolet Cruze

Columbus – Senate Democratic Leader Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) released the following statement today after the official launch of the Chevrolet Cruze at GM’s Lordstown Assembly Plant:

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in helping launch the Chevrolet Cruze. This outstanding car is poised to be a market leader among small fuel efficient vehicles thanks to a dynamic partnership between General Motors and the United Auto Workers. I am pleased that GM recognizes the quality of our local workforce and has made this commitment to Lordstown.

“The launch of the Cruze, combined with Eastern Gateway Community College and the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center coming to downtown Warren, shows we are continuing to make progress toward a stronger local economy.”

Friday, September 3, 2010

Senator Nina Turner - September 2010 E-Newsletter

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kearney Tax Credit Adds Value to Neighborhoods

Kearney Sponsors 25% Tax Credit for Historic Home Renovations

Difficult economic times have encouraged Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) to introduce legislation providing a 25% tax credit for the renovation of homes built before 1950 in low income neighborhoods. The ongoing recession has homeowners struggling to not only pay their mortgage but to maintain the value of their homes with updates. Kearney hopes to spur development in areas of Cincinnati like the West End, Over-the-Rhine, Lower Price Hill, the East End, Riverside, and Prospect Hill.

“Both the property and the greater community benefit from home renovations,” Senator Kearney said. When homeowners invest in their properties the monetary value of the neighborhood increases along with its reputation.”

The legislation gives the Ohio Department of Taxation authority to administer a certificate for a 25% non-refundable tax credit not to exceed $30,000 per credit for home renovations. Only 5,000 certificates can be dispensed every year, and the credit may only be claimed for the taxable year specified in the certificate.

The taxpayer benefits too because they may also carry forward any balance of the credit in excess of the amount claimed for that year for up to five years, and must deduct any amount claimed for any such year from the amount claimed in an ensuing year.

Senator Kearney said today, “This legislation is drafted with the intent of addressing a need to rehabilitate and beautify owner-occupied homes built before 1950 in low-income census tracts. Providing incentives to home owners to invest in lower-income neighborhoods will add value to Ohio’s communities.”

Senator Kearney represents Cincinnati, Norwood, Deer Park, Silverton, Springfield Township, Golf Manor, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Cheviot, Addyston, North Bend, Columbia Township and Cleves.

The Caucus

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

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