Most will agree that fair and free elections serve as the cornerstone of any true democracy. In order for the will of the people to have a true impact on society, it is vital that all public elections are conducted with genuine integrity. It is with that thought in mind that I recently introduced legislation to repeal House Bill 194, an elections law reform bill passed by the General Assembly last year. The bill was meant to provide local elections officials with the appropriate guidelines necessary for managing the upcoming presidential contest in a fair and efficient manner. However, due to a referendum measure by the bill's opponents, the reforms contained in the legislation will not be available for the 2012 election. In light of this development, an effort is being made to revisit this matter in hopes of reaching a more bipartisan outcome. Though the majority of House Bill 194 is non-controversial, some legislators, recognizing the call for reconsideration, have been working since late last year to find a compromise on this issue. Seemingly everyone acknowledges that changes must be made, and this re-evaluation of the legislation will allow those opinions to be shared. Senate Bill 295, the legislation that I have introduced, is based on a framework that was established two years ago with both Republicans and Democrats at the table. Considering the bipartisan nature of this legislation, it is my hope that the hyper-partisan rhetoric surrounding this issue subsides so that a sound and fair reform measure can be passed. While it is true that some of the changes associated with the original legislation can wait until after the November election, there remain a number of critical components that are needed this year in preparation of what may be one of the largest turnout elections Ohio has ever seen. As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached at (614) 466-8072, via e-mail at or by writing me, State Senator Bill Coley, 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
Senator Bill Coley represents Ohio's 4th Senate District and currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and Reform Committee.
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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.


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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those we've lost too soon to DIPG," said Coley. "This simple measure offers hope for families that one day we can overcome this disease and the heartbreak it causes."