Legislative Roundup - March 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Written by OTF member, Zach Wike
Around the State
Ohio Primary Results
- In the Ohio House of Representatives, all incumbents
eligible for re-election fended off their primary opponents except for Tony
Burkley (R-82). Also of interest, current Senate President Keith Faber,
term-limited in the Ohio Senate, won the Ohio House primary uncontested in the
84th District. All 99 Ohio House seats are up for election in November as they
all serve two year terms.
- In the Ohio Senate, all incumbents up for re-election
were able to win their primary. There are 16 of 33 seats up for election in
- A national group based out of DC, Marijuana Policy
Project, released proposed language to amend Ohio's constitution to allow legalized
medical marijuana use. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved the
ballot summary for the issue, and the group must now obtain nearly 306,000
signatures by July to place the issue on the November ballot. If successful,
Ohio would become the 24th state to allow medical use of marijuana. More to
come as this evolves.
Harmful Algal Bloom
- The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful
Algal Bloom Research Initiative has awarded $1.9 million in funding to eight
Ohio universities. The funding will support 13 collaborative research projects
directed at providing the state of Ohio with comprehensive solutions for the
harmful algal blooms that have affected Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, and
Buckeye Lake. The focus of the research will focus on bloom sources and
movement, producing safe drinking water, and protecting public health.
Around the Nation
- Growing awareness of the decline in the bee population
has prompted General Mills to remove the bee mascot from Honey Nut Cheerios
boxes as they launch a #BringBackTheBees campaign. Link to article here.
- A pair of agricultural economists provide
contradicting data, showing that the number of honeybee colonies is rising and
honey production is at a 20-year high. Link to article is here.
- Industry professionals can help educate the public
about being pollinator stewards through many avenues, including the Operation
Pollinator program from OTF partner, Syngenta.