Today Governor John R. Kasich and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) issued the following statement regarding S.B. 310 (Balderson), legislation that initiates a process to update Ohio’s renewable energy mandates:

"The well-intentioned strategy developed in 2008 to encourage alternative energy generation mandated levels which are now emerging as a challenge to job creation and Ohio's economic recovery. They are simply unrealistic and will drive up energy costs for job creators and consumers.  However, alternative energy sources are an important component of Ohio’s diverse energy portfolio, which is why we've rejected the notion of scrapping Ohio's renewable standards.  Instead, by temporarily holding at our current level while problems are ironed out, we keep the progress we've made, ensure we steadily grow new energy sources and preserve affordable energy prices for both businesses and consumers.”


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Jones And Lehner Hold Informational Hearing On Improving Health And Well-being Of Our Youngest Ohioans


“The issues we work on in our respective committees often overlap, yet the solutions are frequently discussed through narrow lenses,” said Jones. “The purpose of this joint informational hearing is to provide members of these committees with an opportunity to learn about the successes of other states and to explore different avenues for investing in Ohio's children. Innovative strategies have the potential to improve overall health and help lower costs for Ohio taxpayers."


Faber Tours Edison State Darke County Campus And Celebrates Launch Of New Agribusiness Program


"I'm grateful for the investment Edison State is making in Darke County," said Faber. "Because of their vision and leadership, educational opportunities are being created that mirror the economic needs of our community. I'm particularly excited about the launch of their new agribusiness program. It's a testament to the partnership between our local schools, businesses and government to equip Ohioans with the tools they need to be successful."


OCTOBER UPDATE: Kit Testing Initiative Continues To Help Deliver Justice For Victims Of Sexual Assault


"Ohio's kit testing initiative allows our prosecutors to pursue offenders, helping to deliver justice for the victims of these heinous crimes," said Obhof. "Hundreds of indictments have resulted from the initiative already."


Continuing The Fight Against Infant Mortality


Last month we took another step forward in this battle with the passage of Senate Bill 332. This legislation reflects the important work of Ohio’s Commission on Infant Mortality, chaired by my Senate colleague Shannon Jones, which was tasked with taking inventory of the state’s response to infant mortality and making recommendations for future steps our state can take. The Commission identified several critical needs: that Ohio improve the collection and sharing of data as it relates to infant deaths, make reforms in how we deliver health care services, and perhaps most importantly, investigate the social determinants of health or why some mothers and babies are more at risk than others.