Senator Jay Hottinger - Senate District 31
 

02.15.17 - Hottinger Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Create Full-time Perry County Judgeship

 

“Creation of the Perry County Municipal Court will help to address the growing caseload and allow for more personalized attention to be given to drug-related cases, which has the potential to reduce recidivism,” said Hottinger.

 
 

02.14.17 - Hottinger To Serve On The Ohio Ballot Board

 

“It is a privilege to be chosen to serve on the Ohio Ballot Board," said Senator Hottinger. "I look forward to working with Secretary Husted and the rest of the Board to ensure that the issues put before Ohio's voters are easy to understand and consistent with the rules laid out in Ohio law."

 
 

02.07.17 - Hottinger Announces 2018 Legislative Fellowship Program

 

“The Legislative Service Commission fellows that I have had the privilege of working with are incredibly smart and driven individuals who have gone on to great careers in government and the private sector," said Hottinger. "I encourage any new college graduate to apply to this meaningful fellowship because they will acquire the experience and skills necessary to be successful in life.”

 
 

02.03.17 - Hottinger Sponsors Legislation Helping Families Save For College And Disability Related Expenses

 

“Senate Bill 5 is an important piece of legislation in pursuit of the Ohio Senate’s goal to reduce the financial burden of higher education because it will allow Ohio taxpayers to keep more of their hard earned money if it is set aside into a college savings account. The legislation also helps families who have a child with a disability by increasing the maximum tax deductions for Ohio’s ABLE saving accounts.” 

 
 

01.11.17 - A Look Back At Ohio's 131st General Assembly

 

Over the last two years, my colleagues and I have been addressing various issues aimed at making our state and region a safer, better place to live, work and raise a family. 

 
 

12.13.16 - Preventing OVI Offenders From Endangering Lives On Ohio's Roadways

 

Drunk driving remains a major hazard on Ohio’s roadways. Motorists who chose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol claimed the lives of more than 350 Ohioans last year. The decision to drink and drive is senseless and inexcusable.

 
 

10.13.16 - Hottinger Named 'Friend Of Agriculture'

 

“I’m honored to receive the Friend of Agriculture award and proud to support the state's largest industry at the Ohio Statehouse," said Hottinger. 

 
 

09.30.16 - Hottinger Honored As Champion Of Public Education

 
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“I’m honored to receive the Champion of Public Education award in its inaugural year,” said Hottinger. "I'm a proud product of public schools and happy to work with our schools to address their challenges as they strive to continually improve the quality of education they provide our students.”  

 
 

08.24.16 - Skyrocketing Premiums Are Further Proof That Affordable Care Act Is Anything But Affordable

 
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State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, today released the following statement regarding data recently released by the Ohio Department of Insurance illustrating how the cost of insurance premiums have skyrocketed as a result of the Affordable Care Act:

 
 

08.24.16 - Setting Your Child Up For Success

 

As a parent, you know the importance of preparing your children for school in hopes of giving them the tools to succeed in all of their endeavors. By providing a nurturing home environment you can give your child the keys to a successful future. Your consistent involvement in conjunction with Ohio’s dedicated teachers is the formula for a quality education.

 
 

08.08.16 - Community Celebrates Historic Opening Of The Holmes County Fair At Harvest Ridge

 
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"For a county of this size to take on a relocation project of this scale is extraordinary," said Hottinger. "Holmes County residents should be proud of what today represents for the future of this fair and the community."

 

 
 

08.08.16 - Hottinger And Obhof Honor Local Cheese Maker At State Fair Sale Of Champions

 
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"As the nation's number one producer of Swiss cheese, we can take pride in knowing that Ohio has the best in both the quantity and quality of our products thanks to the high standards set forth by companies like Guggisberg," said Hottinger.

 
 

07.19.16 - Making The Public Records Process More Accessible

 

A transparent government is what set America apart centuries ago, and today we must strive to ensure our government stays open and honest. This is why the members of the Ohio Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 321. This legislation, introduced by Senate President Keith Faber, created a process that makes it quick, cost-effective and simple for average Ohioans to navigate the public records request system.

 
 

05.25.16 - Hottinger Receives Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Legislator Of The Year Award

 
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“I've had the opportunity to partner with so many great advocates for CF throughout the years,” said Hottinger. “I’m humbled to have helped advocate for the healthcare needs of Ohioans impacted by this condition.”

 
 

05.24.16 - The War Against Fentanyl

 

Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. The destructive new influence of fentanyl is just one more indicator that we as a state must engage in an all-out attack on the opiate epidemic in Ohio. We can't sit idly by while opiate addiction attacks the health of individuals, undermines the strength of families and unravels the fabric of entire communities. We must act immediately and decisively.

 
 

05.16.16 - Hottinger Announces Approval Of $2M For Roadwork In Etna Township Near Amazon Site

 
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“We are very excited that Amazon has decided to build its facility here in Etna Township,” said Hottinger. “Workers will need easy access to the new facility and the roads must be in great condition. We must ensure Ohio is a welcoming place for companies like Amazon that are looking to bring jobs to our state.”

 

 
 

02.29.16 - Empowering Ohio's Good Samaritans To Take Action When A Child's Life Is At Risk

 

Children should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of time. But when they are, we as a state can protect those who take action from potential repercussions. It is important that Ohio's Good Samaritans know they are protected when they seek to do the right thing. 

 
 

01.20.16 - Hottinger Urges Buckeye Lake Small Businesses To Consider Loan Application

 
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“Many of the businesses at Buckeye Lake have had a difficult time due to the lower water level and the construction process,” said Senator Hottinger. “If it makes sense for them and their situation, I’d strongly encourage small businesses to apply for the SBA disaster loan to help relieve the economic burden they may be experiencing.”

 
 

01.11.16 - Hottinger Announces Approval Of $10.9M For Buckeye Lake Dam Renewal Project

 
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“We are very pleased with the progress we have made on this project thus far,” said Hottinger. “We are on schedule and consistent with budget projections. Buckeye Lake construction has already begun, and we will continue to move forward towards a better lake and a safer community.”

 
 

01.07.16 - Insurance Prior Authorization Reforms Seek To Provide More Efficient Medical Treatment For Ohioans

 

As Chairman of the Senate Insurance committee, I understand the challenges facing many consumers as they navigate the health insurance market. This past year, I had the opportunity to oversee the passage of Senate Bill 129 out of the Senate Insurance committee. This legislation, sponsored by my colleagues Senators Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) makes several important changes to how prior authorization is handled by health insurers.

 
 

12.17.15 - Hottinger Ends Year With 100 Percent Voting Record

 
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“Representing the people of the 31st Senate district is something I take great pride in doing,” said Hottinger. “It is an honor to be our community’s voice on important issues before the General Assembly. I’m proud to be recognized yet again for my perfect attendance, and I believe our community needs and deserves this type of dedication.”

 
 

11.22.15 - In Depth: A Buckeye Lake Update With Senator Hottinger

 

A closer look at the significant progress happening at the Buckeye Lake dam renovation project, featuring interviews with Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer and local residents.

 
 

09.28.15 - Hottinger Announces State Funds For Scholarships

 
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"I spoke with the members of Controlling Board and I’m pleased they recognized the importance and value of this program," said Hottinger. "This scholarship will help ensure students have the opportunity to pursue their education. Crooksville is a great selection for the pilot program and it is my hope that it is a great success."

 
 

08.14.15 - Education Success Starts At Home

 

Mom or Dad, you may be wondering how you might take a more active role in your child’s education. The tasks you can do are simple but important, and if done consistently can work wonders in getting your student excited about learning.

 
 

08.03.15 - Giving Families A Tax Break This Back-to-School Season

 

Summer always seems to fly by. As fall approaches, families will start heading out to local stores and shopping centers for inevitable back-to-school purchases. This year, however, will be different. From August 7 through August 9, the state of Ohio will be instituting a sales tax holiday on back-to-school items to help families shoulder the costs of preparing for the fall.

Next weekend, clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less, and school instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less will all be exempt from state sales and use tax. As a father of three, I know from experience that back-to-school purchases can be expensive. In 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that the average amount families spent on back-to-school items was $688.82. This sales tax holiday will relieve some of the financial burden for families – especially families who are tight on cash.

 
 

07.20.15 - Hottinger Announces Approval Of $8.4M To Contract Engineering Firm For Buckeye Lake Dam Renewal Project

 
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"The momentum behind the Buckeye Lake Dam Renewal Project continues to grow," said Hottinger. “Rehabilitating Buckeye Lake Dam is a massive undertaking, but today's decision demonstrates the state's commitment to expedite the process as much as possible."

 
 

06.29.15 - Working To Make Higher Education More Affordable

 

While our state government, colleges and universities have together taken significant steps to increase the affordability of Ohio’s higher education institutions, we recognize that more can be done.

 
 

06.25.15 - Ohio Senate Honors Granville High Softball Champions

 

“It was an impressive victory achieved by an impressive team,” said Hottinger. “We’re very proud to have this group of talented, dedicated young women representing the district. This victory speaks to their determination and ability.”

 
 

06.25.15 - Ohio Senate Recognizes Newark Catholic Baseball Champions

 
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This year's victory marks the eighth state baseball title for the Newark Catholic Green Wave, who soundly defeated Berlin Center Western Reserve in a 6-0 final game at Huntington Park. Newark Catholic has played in the big ballpark for three consecutive years, winning the state title in 2013. 

 
 

06.24.15 - Hottinger Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Save Lives Of Pain-Capable Unborn Children

 
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"When we think of each one of these lives lost, we should question why abortion at 20 weeks continues to be legal. This legislation acts to protect unborn babies and their mothers, whose lives also come under serious threat from late-term abortions." 

 
 

06.18.15 - Hottinger Applauds Passage Of Senate Budget Maintaining Historic Preservation Tax Credit

 

"We needed more time to discuss the issue than the budget deadline allowed," said Hottinger. "I am confident that as we study the issue and continue the conversation with state leaders in historic preservation, the best way forward will become clear."

 
 

05.29.15 - Hottinger Welcomes Amazon Investment In New Albany

 

"Today's announcement by Amazon means more jobs, more economic development and more opportunity for central Ohio and western Licking County," said Hottinger. "Amazon and its subsidiary Valdata are the latest in an growing list of companies who call New Albany home."

 
 

05.27.15 - Hottinger Honors Millersburg Cheese Maker For Winning National Championship With 200-Pound Swiss Cheese Wheel

 

Hottinger said, "Once again, national judges have confirmed what everyone in my community already knows: Guggisberg cheese is second to none. Richard Guggisberg and his team deserve high praise for the ingenuity, commitment, and attention to detail that make their products so outstanding."

 
 

05.21.15 - Family Of Fallen Reynoldsburg Soldier Receives Ohio Military Medal Of Distinction

 

"We can never repay the debt that we owe to this brave soldier and his family," said Hottinger. "Stephen Byus will always be remembered for his selfless service and his dedication to family, community, and country."

 
 

05.18.15 - Building A New Foundation For Buckeye Lake

 

To the casual observer, the 177-year-old lake is a picture of beauty and serenity—the water level seems curiously low, but you may not immediately notice the signs that could shatter the idyllic scene at any time. This month, I visited various sites around the lake with Jim Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). When you know what to look for, signs of serious structural problems are everywhere—trees and cracks deeply rooted in the lake's dam, seepage and persistent wet areas, and other signs of deterioration. 

 
 

05.13.15 - Hottinger Honors Somerset Mayor Thomas Johnson For Receiving Prestigious Arts Award

 

"Mayor Johnson has been a real friend to the arts in Perry County," said Hottinger. "His passion for developing arts and historic development projects has brought much-needed investment to the region."

 
 

04.14.15 - Hottinger Disappointed By Closing Of Former Manufacturing Giant, Pledges To Fight Against Job Loss

 

“In light of our community’s efforts to prevent this closure, we are sad to see Meritor go,” said Hottinger. “Nevertheless, we refuse to be discouraged. We will continue fighting to lower the cost of business and reduce barriers to economic growth in central Ohio so that the private sector can thrive.”

 
 

04.01.15 - CAUV Program Offers Property Tax Relief

 

I understand the importance of making sure Ohio has the healthiest possible economic climate for our farmers, and I am encouraged by the changes that will be made in calculating CAUV rates. As the improvements are implemented and the review of the CAUV tax system continues, I am optimistic that as a state, we will work to ensure that Ohio’s agriculture continues to grow and thrive.  
 

 
 

02.03.15 - Hottinger Reintroduces Legislation Aimed At Retaining STEM Talent

 
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State Senator Jay Hottinger reintroduced a bill that seeks to strengthen Ohio’s workforce and retain top talent in the state, while making education more affordable.

 
 

01.23.15 - Hottinger Named Chairman Of Senate Insurance Committee

 
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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today appointed Senator Jay Hottinger to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance.

 
 

01.23.15 - Sen. Hottinger Announces Legislative Scholarship Opportunity For Career Training

 
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State Senator Jay Hottinger has announced the 2015 Legislative Scholarship Program that assists students in obtaining necessary education and training to obtain a job in an Ohio business or industry.

 
 

01.05.15 - Hottinger Sworn-in, Retakes Seat In Ohio Senate

 
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During the Opening Ceremonies, Jay Hottinger (R–Newark) was sworn-in as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 31st District in the state legislature’s upper chamber. Senator Hottinger won election to the seat in the November 4, 2014 General Election.