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A look at recent actions in the Ohio General Assembly and how lawmakers representing the area voted.

OHIO SENATE

S.B. 1: Concurrence on House changes to bill increasing penalties for drug trafficking involving fentanyl (returns to House).

Sponsor: Sen. Frank LaRose (R., Hudson).

Vote: Rejected on Wednesday, 0-33.

Northwest Ohio senators: Edna Brown (D., Toledo), no; Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green), no; Robert McColley (R., Napoleon), no; David Burke (R., Marysville), no; Matt Huffman (R., Lima), no.

S.B. 125: Authorizes state borrowing to help counties purchase new voting machines (goes to House).

Sponsor: Mr. LaRose.

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 32-1.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

H.B. 115: Establishes law enforcement database of people with communication disabilities (returned to House).

Sponsor: Reps. Theresa Gavarone (R., Bowling Green), Scott Wiggam (R., Wooster).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 33-0.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

S.B. 201: Reagan Tokes Act. Changes sentencing law for certain violent offenses in reaction to murder of former Monclova Township woman (goes to House).

Sponsor: Sens. Kevin Bacon (R., Columbus), Sean O’Brien (D. , Cortland).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 33-0.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

S.B. 231: Sierah’s Law. Creates violent offender registry in reaction to Fulton County murder of Sierah Joughin (goes to House).

Sponsor: Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 31-2.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

S.B. 257: Makes changes to laws governing hunting and fishing licenses (goes to House).

Sponsor: Sens. Joe Uecker (R., Loveland), Sean O’Brien (D., Cortland).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 33-0.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

H.B. 354: Gives Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court concurrent jurisdiction with Seneca County Common Pleas Court to operate a drug addiction recovery program (goes to governor).

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Reineke (R., Tiffin).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 33-0.

Northwest Ohio senators: Ms. Brown, yes; Mr. Gardner, yes; Mr. McColley, yes; Mr. Burke, yes; Mr. Huffman, yes.

OHIO HOUSE

H.B. 115: Concurrence on Senate changes to bill establishing law enforcement database of people with communication disabilities (goes to governor).

Sponsor: Reps. Theresa Gavarone (R., Bowling Green), Scott Wiggam (R., Wooster).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 91-0.

Northwest Ohio representatives: Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), yes; Mike Sheehy (D., Oregon), yes; Michael Ashford (D., Toledo), yes; Derek Merrin (R., Monclova Township), yes; Ms. Gavarone, yes; Jim Hoops (R., Napoleon), yes; Steve Arndt (R., Port Clinton), yes; Bill Reineke (R., Tiffin), yes; Robert Sprague (R., Findlay), yes; Craig Riedel (R., Defiance), yes; Robert Cupp (R., Lima), yes; Riordan McClain (R., Upper Sandusky), yes.

H.B. 263: Allows persons to bring their dogs into establishment’s outdoor dining areas (goes to Senate).

Sponsor: Rep. Laura Lanese (R., Grove City).

Vote: Passed on Wednesday, 86-10.

Northwest Ohio representatives: Ms. Fedor, yes; Mr. Sheehy, yes; Mr. Ashford, yes; Mr. Merrin, yes; Ms. Gavarone, yes; Mr. Hoops, yes; Mr. Arndt, yes; Mr. Reineke, yes; Mr. Sprague, yes; Mr. Riedel, yes; Mr. Cupp, yes; Mr. McClain, yes.

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