COLUMBUS —Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley) offered testimony today before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Senate Bill 8, his legislation that would allow spouses of active duty military members to be eligible for unemployment compensation when their family is transferred to a new duty assignment. Currently, 44 other states and the District of Columbia provide similar benefits to military spouses.
“We should no longer force our military families to choose between splitting up or losing a large portion of the family income,” LaRose said. “Our state is home to a number of key military installations. The changes made by Senate Bill 8 are part of an ongoing effort to make Ohio a more military-friendly state. This is not just simply the right thing to do but will also help keep those key installations in Ohio.”
Senator LaRose also noted that the U.S. Department of Defense, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio National Guard and a number of other veterans organizations support the changes made by Senate Bill 8. More information about Senate Bill 8 can be found here.
"Over the past six years I’ve had the pleasure of working with several dedicated young men and women who were part of the LSC Fellowship Program," said LaRose. "They were all given the unique opportunity to learn firsthand how Ohio policymakers shape our state’s future. Additionally, each of them contributed significantly to the work my office does to serve the Ohioans we represent."
“Transportation issues touch the lives of all Ohioans," said LaRose. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a transportation budget that invests in Ohio's diverse transportation infrastructure to enhance prosperity and improve safety for Ohio’s families.”
"The concept is pretty straightforward," said Senator LaRose. "This bill will update Ohio's campaign finance law to allow local entities to join a system that has operated smoothly for over 15 years. There is no good reason to deny the public the opportunity to view local campaign finance reports online when state reports are already available."
"Our county boards of elections work hard to stretch every taxpayer dollar as far as it will go to ensure efficient, fair elections," said LaRose. "Forcing them to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of time and taxpayer resources. This commonsense, bipartisan bill would remove the unnecessary cost burden placed on local communities and improve efficiency in the administration of our elections."