RAM to make return to Ashtabula in April 2019
Mr. Patterson, Jefferson, D-99th District, statements are from State Rep. John Patterson’s Facebook page.
From June 21st.
“Today was a banner day for the 99th District! Several bills I joint-sponsored with my colleagues across the aisle passed muster in the House.
First, House Bill (HB) 541, streamlines the process for licensed, out-of-state medical professionals to volunteer at charitable healthcare events in Ohio. The bill helps communities to better staff volunteer clinics, like Ashtabula’s own RAM Clinic. Earlier this year, our RAM offered free health services to nearly 1,000 people, resulting in roughly $500,000 in services at no cost!
Second, the House also passed HB 454, which allows townships to buy back unused cemetery plots-this was a result of constituent input to change existing Ohio Law.
Third, the House passed Senate Bill 86, which includes two of my individually sponsored initiatives. The bill designates Covered Bridge Week in October (for Ashtabula County is the covered bridge capital of Ohio); SB 86 also creates Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in June. This is critically important as our population continues to mature rapidly which will create additional challenges for all of us, but the first step is awareness.
Finally, the House Finance Committee, just yesterday,
unanimously passed HB 643 (known as the Clean Lake 2020 Plan) a bipartisan effort to reduce harmful algal blooms by investing $36 million in multi-faceted, innovative programs to clean up Lake Erie.
Thank you to my joint sponsors, Rep. LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Rep. Arndt (R-Port Clinton), and to all those who helped make this legislation possible.”
From June 28
“Proud to say that SB 229 passed out of the House and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. SB 229 is the companion bill to HB 643 (Arndt/Patterson), the “Clean Lake 2020 Plan.” The legislation provides more than $36 million in additional funding for a variety of programs aimed at supporting the lake and reducing toxic algae. Specifically, $20 million is allocated for grants and loans for farmers to reduce phosphorous runoff in the western basin; $10 million to research alternative uses for dredged sediment—critical for keeping our own ports of Conneaut and Ashtabula open for use; $3.5 million for soil and water conservation districts in the western basin; and $2.65 million to research and monitor algal growth at OSU’s Stone Lab.
Many thanks to my joint sponsor Rep. Arndt (R-Port Clinton), and our own Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) for sponsoring the Senate version of the bill.”