Columbus, Ohio - 

COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township) this morning hosted a social studies class from Lakota West High School, taught by Ms. Pamela Owen, at the Ohio Statehouse. The group held a mock legislative hearing in Ohio Senate’s North Hearing Room.

The students have been studying the legislative process for several weeks and this mock hearing was an educational exercise to afford the children a chance to put those lessons into practice. The panel of State Senators called the hearing on Senate Bill 347/House Bill 119, which seeks to modify Ohio’s indoor tanning laws for children under 18. Both bills are pending in their respective chambers.

The fifty high-school students were split into three groups, each instructed to research the bills from a different angle. Each student prepared testimony to support their viewpoint and delivered that testimony before the committee.

Senator Coley was joined on the committee by State Senators Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), John Eklund (R-Munson Township), and State Representative Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati).

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