A look at recent Ohio legislative actions:
House Bill 416: Forgives up to four additional school “calamity days” for students because of weather but only three for teachers (goes to House-Senate conference committee)
Sponsors: Rep. Tony Burkley (R., Payne), Rep. Brian Hill (R., Zanesville)
Vote: Passed on Feb. 26 with a vote of 32-0, with one senator not voting.
Area senators: Sen. Edna Brown (D., Toledo), yes; Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green), yes; Sen. Cliff Hite (R., Findlay), yes; Sen. David Burke (R., Marysville), yes.
S.B. 243: Creates a three-day sales tax holiday each August for back-to-school shopping (goes to House).
Sponsors: Sen. Kevin Bacon (R., Columbus)
Vote: Passed on Feb. 26 with a vote of 30-2, with one senator not voting.
Area senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. Hite, yes; Mr. Burke, yes.
S.B. 216: Increases the field of information voters must provide to have their last-resort provisional ballots counted (goes to governor).
Sponsor: Sen. Bill Seitz (R., Cincinnati)
Vote: Passed Feb. 26 with a vote of 59-37 with 2 representatives not voting.
Area representatives: Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), no; Rep. Mike Sheehy (D., Oregon), no; Rep. Michael Ashford (D., Toledo), no; Rep. Barbara Sears (R., Monclova Township), yes; Rep. Tim Brown (R., Bowling Green), yes; Chris Redfern (D., Catawba Island), no; Rep. Rex Damschroder (R., Fremont), yes; Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R., Napoleon), yes; Robert Sprague (R., Findlay), yes; Tony Burkley (R., Payne), yes; Jeff McClain (R., Upper Sandusky), yes
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