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Legislative Roundup - March 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016  
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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 November.

Medical Marijuana

  • 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 Research

  • 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

Pollinators

  • 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.


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