$2.2M grant awarded to fight youth homelessness

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It was announced Friday that five Southeastern Ohio counties (Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson, and Gallia) were recently awarded a $2.2 million Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project grant, which is part of a national effort aimed at preventing and ending youth homelessness. Service providers, advocates and local officials gathered together Friday morning, March 10 at the Jackson Christ United Methodist Church’s Family … Read More

Letter: State must attack opioid crisis

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The drug epidemic is an existential threat to our state. Opioid abuse has infiltrated our communities and has driven them to extreme lengths to combat this problem. Shockingly, several Ohio communities have been forced to rent mobile units to assist their local morgues with overpopulation issues. These disturbing reports reinforce my conviction that we must act now to fight this … Read More

Smith Honored as Champion for Ohio Public Libraries

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COLUMBUS—State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) yesterday received the Andrew Carnegie Award from the Ohio Library Council during the organization’s legislative luncheon. The Andrew Carnegie Award is presented to a government official who has exhibited outstanding support of public libraries and their efforts to assure quality public library services to all Ohioans. “It was an honor to receive the Carnegie Award … Read More

Ohio House Votes to Send Transportation Budget to Governor

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COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today approved the conference committee report on the state’s two-year transportation budget, House Bill 26. With approval from both chambers, the bill now awaits Governor John Kasich’s consideration. House Bill 26, invests more than $7.8 billion over the next two years through creative and financially responsible proposals to both meet Ohio’s current infrastructure needs and … Read More

Bill Aims To Help Relieve Cost Burden Of CDL Training

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COLUMBUS—State Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) this week introduced legislation that will provide a more cost-efficient pathway for Ohio students wanting to receive commercial driver’s license (CDL) training in order to pursue an occupation in truck driving. House Bill 154 would work to provide scholarship opportunities for the education of up to 1,000 drivers through the … Read More

Groundbreaking celebrates grocery store

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The more than three-year journey Vinton County citizens have taken while trying to obtain a grocery store was pointed out multiple times Monday morning, March 20, during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Campbell’s Market at the building site located adjacent to Vinton County High School at 630 E. Main St. in McArthur. The store is expected to be built … Read More

Rep. Smith Applauds House Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation Increasing Access To Summer Meal Programs

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COLUMBUS—State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) yesterday applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that permits non-profit organizations to operate summer food programs in a school facility. House Bill 80 was joint sponsored by Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid). House Bill 80 would permit a school district that opts out of offering summer food services to allow a … Read More

Representative Smith Applauds Passage Of Legislation Regarding Penalties For Trafficking And Possession Of Cocaine

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COLUMBUS—State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today announced the passage of legislation by the Ohio House that makes changes to drug trafficking and possession laws regarding cocaine. House Bill 4 restores the statutory penalties for possession of cocaine and clarifies the penalties for the trafficking of cocaine. Under Ohio’s statutory drug penalty framework, penalties increase with the quantity of the drug … Read More

Rep. Ryan Smith Announced as Chair of House Finance Committee

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COLUMBUS – Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) will continue to serve as Chairman of the House Finance Committee for the 132nd General Assembly, after previously serving as chair in the 131st General Assembly. “The state operating budget is the single greatest undertaking the legislature tackles during each General … Read More

Rep. Ryan Smith Sworn In As State Representative

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This week State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. This will be his third term as state representative, after being first elected in 2012. Smith released the following statement regarding the 132nd General Assembly: “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the 93rd … Read More