In another busy week for the Ohio Senate, my colleagues and I addressed several issues that were identified as concerns by our constituents. As a result, we succeeded in passing protections for Ohio homeowners, ensuring solvency of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirement System, and raising awareness of critical health issues.
 
Sponsored by State Representative Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton), House Bill 52 will protect Ohioans, particularly our elderly population, from deceptive marketing practices. This legislation will require companies to include information that makes it clear to homeowners that they are not required to have a copy of a deed to their home, and if they wish to have one, they can obtain a copy from their county recorder for a nominal fee. This is one additional step the legislature is taking to ensure that the citizens of our state are protected from consumer schemes.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers dedicate their careers to ensuring the safety of Ohioans on the roads and in their local communities. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirement System was in need of significant changes to maintain its solvency and fiscal health. This week I co-sponsored House Bill 362, sponsored by Representatives Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa) and Daniel Ramos (D-Lorain), which will ensure the State Highway Patrol Retirement System will continue to provide retired officers the benefits they earned during their service to our state. The bill passed with unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly.

I was proud to also support House Bill 252, which designates January as “Blood Donor Awareness Month.” The American Red Cross estimates that 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, however, less than 10 percent actually choose to donate. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day to treat patients in the United States, with someone needing blood every two seconds. House Bill 252 will help raise awareness of the need for blood donations and will hopefully encourage more people to make donating blood a priority.
 
I am committed to taking care of Ohio's most vulnerable populations, which is why I was proud to vote to designate June as Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month. CMV is a serious infection that is found in newborn babies. It can cause a wide range of health problems including hearing and vision loss, intellectual disability, small head size and seizures. While the disease is treatable when identified within the first three weeks after birth, it can also be prevented by raising awareness on steps that can be taken to stop the spread and transmission of the infection. 
 
As the Ohio Senate kicks off another full week, I will continue to make your priorities my main concern, and I welcome your feedback and opinions at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 466-0626, emailing Oelslager@OhioSenate.gov, or by writing me at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 

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