COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities during their annual awards ceremony at the Statehouse. Each year the Council honors a member of the House and Senate who demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving the lives of Ohioans living with disabilities. 

Senator Beagle was honored for his sponsorship of legislation addressing children's mental health and efforts to assist individuals living with disabilities. 

“I am truly honored for this recognition," said Senator Beagle. "I'd like to commend the members of the GCPD for their tireless efforts to ensure that legislators are made aware of the issues affecting Ohioans with disabilities. Your voices are being heard and together we will continue to remove barriers and create new opportunities that allow all Ohioans to reach their God-given potential."

Created in 1982, the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities serves as an advisory council for the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently, gain meaningful employment or to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

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