Brown Introduces Surprise Medical Billing Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC, May 17 – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his Senate colleagues this week to introduce the bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Brown joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and other bipartisan cosponsors Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in introducing this legislation.

2019 is the Year of the Vegan

Cleveland, May 17, 2019 - Last December, The Economist proclaimed that 2019 would be the year of the vegan. Their assessment is proving to be accurate---veganism has become mainstream.

Together We Celebrate Older Americans Month

Each year, older adults are making positive contributions in Ohio. As dedicated volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, caregivers and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. We must celebrate and recognize their impact each and every day – especially during the month of May which is Older Americans Month.

Brown Applauds Vote To Reject Hedge Fund Takeover Of Gannett

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16 – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led 21 Senate Democrats in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund. The vote comes one day after Brown led the Senators in a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid. Alden Global Capital has a history of buying local papers only to then turn around and dismantle them by firing reporters and selling company assets.

ODNR Partners with Girl Scouts for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Program

COLUMBUS, OH – Let’s paint Ohio State Parks Girl Scout green! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is partnering with the Girl Scout Councils of Ohio’s Heartland, Western Ohio and North East Ohio to support girls, troops and families in exploring all that Ohio State Parks has to offer. Girl Scouts can celebrate our new partnership by visiting an Ohio state park with their troops or with their families on July 13-14 for a special weekend with outdoor activities planned.

Brown Applauds Vote To Reject Hedge Fund Takeover Of Gannett

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16 – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led 21 Senate Democrats in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund. The vote comes one day after Brown led the Senators in a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid. Alden Global Capital has a history of buying local papers only to then turn around and dismantle them by firing reporters and selling company assets.

Joyce Issues Statement on FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, May 15 - Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior Appropriations bill, which was passed out of the subcommittee and now heads to the full committee for consideration:

House tax plan needs an overhaul

May 15 - Policy Matters Ohio today released an analysis of the biggest provisions of the tax plan in the Ohio House budget bill, which calls for limiting an income-tax deduction for business owners, eliminating two tax brackets and reducing rates by 6.6%. It found that only 1% of Ohio tax filers would pay more under the plan, but that the tax cuts would do nothing for most of the poorest Ohioans.

Brown, Smith, Watson Coleman Introduce Bill To Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Access Affordable Health Care During And After Pregnancy

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15 – On the heels of Mother’s Day, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) today introduced legislation to expand healthcare options for expectant mothers. Brown, Smith and Watson Coleman’s bill, the Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act, would ensure that all women eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, as well as women eligible for other individual or group health plan coverage, can access affordable health coverage throughout their pregnancies.

Brown, Gonzalez Introduce Bill To Increase Resources For Law Enforcement Mental Health Crisis Training

WASHINGTON, May 15 -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16) today introduced the Law Enforcement Training For Mental Health Crisis Response Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to improve police training. Brown introduced the Senate bill with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Gonzalez introduced companion legislation in the House with Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK-5).

New Study Reports Seniors, Older Adults In Ohio Face Alarming Rates Of Food Insecurity

COLUMBUS, May 14 – As Ohio’s population continues to age, Ohio’s foodbanks are experiencing increasing demand for help with food from seniors. That trend is reflected in the newest research released today by Feeding America, The State of Senior Hunger, which found that food insecurity among seniors and older adults across the country remains more prevalent than prior to the Great Recession.

The 5Rs of sentencing reform

May 13 - In part because of work by activists and criminal justice reformers, policymakers across the spectrum are recognizing that we need to reduce Ohio’s prison population and direct more funding toward addiction treatment. Researcher Piet van Lier takes a closer look at current proposals in a report just out today.

The 5Rs of sentencing reform

In part because of work by activists and criminal justice reformers, policymakers across the spectrum are recognizing that we need to reduce Ohio’s prison population and direct more funding toward addiction treatment. Researcher Piet van Lier takes a closer look at current proposals in a report just out today.

Ohio Department Of Agriculture Seeks To Recognize Farm Families Leading In Conservation

REYNOLDSBURG, May 13 – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2019 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals.

Rogers: Dem priorities shape state budget

COLUMBUS, May 5 — House lawmakers today voted in a bipartisan fashion to favorably move House Bill 166 or the state‘s biennium budget, to the Ohio Senate for its consideration. This legislation is a balanced approach amounting to an all funds total of approximately $141,52 billion, and reflects a concerted effort to invest in Ohio and the promise of a better, more secure future, by investing in working people and our communities.