(Columbus) – Ohio Senate President Keith Faber issued the following statement today regarding proposed Right to Work legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives:
“We have an ambitious agenda focused on job creation and economic recovery, and Right to Work legislation is not on that list. After discussions with other leaders and my caucus, I don’t believe there is current support for this issue in the General Assembly. The only purpose this discussion serves right now is to generate a bunch of breathless fundraising appeals from the Ohio Democratic Party.”
“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."
"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."
"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."
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.