Columbus –Today, the Ohio Statehouse passed Senate Bill 134, which names numerous roads and bridges across the state after great Ohioans. This legislation includes three bills offered by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) earlier this year. Senator Schiavoni’s portions of SB 134 will name two highways and a bridge in the Mahoning Valley.

“It is a privilege to be able to honor those who sacrificed their lives to protect our citizens,” said Senator Schiavoni.

The bill honors two fallen Poland Township police officers. The first, a portion of State Route 170 in Mahoning County, will be designated as the “Poland Township Police Officer Richard E. Becker Memorial Highway.” This commemorates Richard Becker, an officer who was killed in the line of duty. Another highway, a portion of U.S. Route 224 in Mahoning County, will be named the “Poland Township Police Officer Charles K. Yates Memorial Highway.” Patrolman Yates served with the department for six years before his death.

SB 134 also renames the bridge on Mahoning Avenue that spans State Route 11 in Austintown Township. The bridge will now be called the “Women Veterans Bridge,” to honor women veterans across the state.

“Veterans have sacrificed so much for all Ohioans. As we continue to fight for policy changes that assist our men and women in uniform, it’s important that we also acknowledge that women represent one in five of those currently serving. I’m pleased that we finally gave women veterans credit for their achievements,” said Schiavoni.

The bill passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. 

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