I remain committed to increasing the public’s confidence in elected officials to act transparently and justly and I will continue support efforts to keep our government accountable to you and all Ohioans.
“For residents, business owners and those who travel to Buckeye Lake, today is another milestone day that will have a positive impact on the community for generations," said Senator Hottinger.
My staff is trained to recommend state resources that are available to Ohioans. When you encounter difficulty resolving an issue, please don’t hesitate to call me and ask for help. Recently, a family member of one of our soldiers brought to my attention the distressing veteran suicide rates. He wanted to know how his state was addressing the issue. After some research, I was able to follow-up with him and bring to his attention a multi-agency program in Ohio that monitors and helps veterans with mental health issues.
“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.
“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."
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
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:
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.
"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."
"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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
"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."
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.
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.
"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."
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.
“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.”
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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.
"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."
“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.”
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.
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.
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.