Committees will visit our county

One of the most important responsibilities of a state legislator is to take the time to listen to the people of Ohio and learn about the issues that are important to them.

For this reason, I was pleased when Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger announced that three House committees would be traveling the state this summer to examine and discuss ways that we can work together to improve our communities and our state.

I am honored and excited that two of these committees will be traveling to Columbiana County in September – the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Community and Family Advancement Committee.

On Sept. 1, the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee will travel to the Kent State University Salem branch to hear testimony regarding rural development and the new ways rural land is being used to assist the economy and provide jobs to the community.

The Ohio House is committed to the continued economic development of rural areas, and I am excited to show my colleagues what Columbiana County has to offer in this regard.

The committee members will tour the Momentum Gas Processing Facility in Kensington to learn about how Momentum has developed facilities in the Appalachian area of our state which provide customers with centralized natural gas compression.

On Sept. 15, the Community and Family Advancement Committee will meet at the Kent State University branch in East Liverpool to examine the effects of poverty on Ohio families and discuss how the state can help these struggling families find work and improve their overall quality of life.

As vice chair of this committee, I am looking forward to hearing from local leaders about how we can continue to work together to lift up the less fortunate among us.

I believe that hearing directly from members of the community allows state lawmakers to more accurately address the needs of everyday Ohioans.

I encourage anyone who is interested in these committees to attend the hearings in Columbiana County and interact with their state lawmakers. It is only by working together on the issues most important to our community and state that we will arrive at the best solutions.


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