A look at Ohio legislative and congressional actions and how lawmakers representing the area voted.
OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
H.B. 497: Capital budget, a $2.4 billion, two-year borrowing-fueled budget for bricks, mortar, and equipment projects across the state.
Sponsor: Sen. Ron Amstuz (R., Wooster)
Vote: Passed on March 26, 89-2.
Northwest Ohio representatives: Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), yes; Mike Sheehy (D., Oregon), yes; Michael Ashford (D., Toledo), not voting; Barbara Sears (R., Monclova Township), yes; Tim Brown (R., Bowling Green), yes; Chris Redfern (D., Catawba Island), not voting; Rex Damschroder (R., Fremont), yes; Lynn Wachtmann (R., Napoleon), yes; Robert Sprague (R., Findlay), yes; Tony Burkley (R., Payne), yes; Jeff McClain (R., Upper Sandusky), yes
H.B. 162: Pension forfeiture as a result of corruption. Measure would add extortion, perjury, and certain federal offenses to the list of convictions that can cost a public official his retirement benefits.
Sponsors: Rep. Mike Dovilla (R., Berea) and Rep. Marlene Anielski (R., Walton Hills).
Northwest Ohio representatives: Ms. Fedor yes; Mr. Sheehy, yes; Mr. Ashford, not voting; Ms. Sears, yes; Mr. Brown, yes; Mr. Redfern, not voting; Mr. Damschroder, yes; Mr. Wachtmann, yes; Mr. Sprague, yes; Mr. Burkley, yes; Mr. McClain, yes.
H.B. 234: Allows licensed hunters to use noise suppressors on their guns while hunting wild game.
Sponsor: Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R., Grove City), Rep. John Becker (R., Cincinnati).
Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 76-15.
Northwest Ohio representatives: Ms. Fedor, yes; Mr. Sheehy, yes; Mr. Ashford, yes; Ms. Sears, yes; Mr. Brown, yes; Mr. Redfern, not voting; Mr. Damschroder, yes; Mr. Wachtmann, yes; Mr. Sprague, not voting; Mr. Burkley, yes; Mr. McClain, yes
S.B. 155: Approves House changes to a bill allowing multicounty ditch commission meetings to be held using video and audio teleconferencing
Sponsor: Sen. David Burke (R., Marysville)
Vote: Passed on March 25, 31-0.
Northwest Ohio senators: Edna Brown (D., Toledo), yes; Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green), yes; Cliff Hite (R., Findlay), yes; David Burke (R., Marysville), yes
H.B. 497: Capital budget.
Vote: Passed on Tuesday, 30-1.
Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. Hite, yes; Mr. Burke, yes
S.B. 278: Requires coroners and others who investigate the sudden, unexpected death of a child under the age of 1 to complete a report for better tracking.
Sponsors: Sen. Shannon Jones (R., Springboro) and Sen. Charleta Tavares (D., Columbus)
Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 31-0.
Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. Hite, yes; Mr. Burke, yes.
H.R. 2824: Amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to require state programs for regulation of surface coal mining to incorporate the necessary rule concerning excess spoil, coal mine waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams.
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Johnson (R., Ohio).
Vote: Passed on March 25, 229-192, with 10 members not voting.
Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan representatives: Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), no; Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green), yes; Jim Jordan (R., Urbana, Ohio), yes; Tim Walberg (R., Tipton, Mich.), yes.
H.R. 4152: Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014.
Sponsor: Rep. Harold Rogers (R., Ky.).
Vote: Passed on Tuesday, 378-34, with 19 members not voting.
Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan representatives: Miss Kaptur, yes; Mr. Latta, yes, Mr. Jordan, yes; Mr. Walberg, yes.
H.R. 4302: Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.).
Vote: Passed on Monday, 64-35, with one senator not voting.
Ohio and Michigan senators: Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), yes; Rob Portman (R., Ohio), no; Carl Levin (D., Mich.), yes; Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), yes.
SOURCES: Library of Congress and govtrack.us
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