Columbus – Today, State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced that she will soon reintroduce legislation to help Ohioans pay for major household appliances that qualify as Energy Star products. The bill would create a tax holiday for the first Friday through Sunday in April.
“My Energy Star tax holiday bill will help working families pay for major household purchases,” said Senator Brown. “This legislation helps Ohioans on two levels. The tax holiday offers significant immediate savings. And, in the long term, consumers will save on their utility bills thanks to decreased energy usage.”
Products to be covered include air conditioning units, furnaces, heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, and dehumidifiers. Currently, the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have similar tax holidays for Energy Star products.
“I think it is important to note that these products help meet some of the most basic needs of Ohio families,” added Senator Brown. “From the health and financial benefits of safe food storage, to relief from severe allergies, to heating and cooling during extreme temperatures, these products ensure the health, safety, and comfort of many Ohioans.”
COLUMBUS - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have launched a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio.
Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) testified before members of the State and Local Government Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 to urge Commissioner Robert Manfred to reinstate Pete Rose to Major League Baseball. The resolution also encourages the Baseball Writers' Association to consider Pete Rose for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cleveland—Today, Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement calling for accountability after Judge John O'Donnell found Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams: