NEW BILL: Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act

COLUMBUS –
Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) is joint-sponsoring a bill with Rep. Derek Merrin (R-) to streamline the Ohio tax code. At their direction, the Legislative Service Commission identified errors in the tax code, of which 125 are corrected by HB 197. HB 197 fixes typographical errors, incorrect or non-existent cross references, obsolete sections, awkward organization, and generic references to the effective date of an amendment.

“Thrilled to be working on tax policy here in Ohio,” says Powell. “The tax code is confusing, and HB 197 will help clean up some of the mistakes in the code that make it hard to read. This bill will make it easier for businesses and families to thrive in our state.”

The bill has had its first hearing in Ways and Means Committee. You can read the bill and see the analysis at www.ohiohouse.gov if you search legislation for HB 197. As always, if you have state government concerns you can give our office a call at 614-466-8114 or email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

News Release: Ohio Resolution Declares Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Article from  Citizens for Community Value

Sponsored by Rep. Jena Powell, resolution also highlights the connection of pornography with human trafficking.

COLUMBUS — Representative Jena Powell and 18 co-sponsors have introduced a powerful Ohio House resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis. Along with highlighting the serious hardships pornography causes for men, women and children, the resolution emphasizes the connections between pornography and human trafficking.

A recent study ranked Ohio the “4th worst state in the nation for human sex trafficking.” As lawmakers and law enforcement work to end the exploitation of Ohio’s most vulnerable, the resolution brings to light the importance of protecting children from pornography, and enforcing existing obscenity laws.

“The #MeToo movement has awakened America to the epidemic of sexual assault, human trafficking, and the objectification of women,” said Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values. “But any serious conversation about ending a toxic sexual culture must include an honest assessment of the harms of pornography. Pornography is more widely available than ever before, and until we get serious about enforcing our existing obscenity laws and ensuring children aren’t exposed to porn, we will never end the exploitation.”

If the resolution passes in the House, Ohio will join at least 15 other states who have passed similar resolutions: Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

Citizens for Community Values and the National Decency Coalition worked with Representative Jena Powell to draft the resolution. Eighteen other House members have signed on as cosponsors—Rep. John Becker, Rep. Louis Blessing, Tom Brinkman, Rep. Bill Dean, Rep. Tim Ginter, Rep. Diane Grendell, Rep. Ron Hood, Rep. Candice Keller, Rep. Kyle Koehler, Rep. George Lang, Rep. Riordan McClain, Rep. Derek Merrin, Rep. Tracy Richardson, Rep. Craig Riedel, Rep. Mark Romanchuk, Rep. Todd Smith, Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, and Rep. Nino Vitale.

You can read the resolution online here.

 

 

Meet Our Summer Interns

 

This summer we have some amazing interns in our Columbus office. From research, to joining me at committee and session. They are getting experience at the Statehouse as we fight for our community. Follow along and meet the summer team!

 

Meet Austin:

“My name is Austin Lucous, and I am eager to work with Representative Jena Powell in serving Miami and Darke counties! I am currently beginning my junior year at Wright State University studying political science, and I am a proud 2017 graduate of Milton-Union High School in West Milton, Ohio. I began my journey in politics my senior year of high school when I campaigned for Rob Portman for US Senate. From there, I campaigned for Steve Huffman for State Senate, and finally, I campaigned for Representative Powell in her run for State Representative! When I’m not working on a campaign, I enjoy going out to eat with friends, playing tennis, and learning French. Living in the district my entire life, I am thrilled to work for my community and you!”

 

Meet Cameron:

“Hello my name is Cameron Haught, and I have interning in Representative Powell’s office since January. I am currently attending Clark State Community College in Springfield with plans on attending Wright State University next year to major in political science. While going to school and interning in Columbus, I work full time at Kroger in Springfield. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.”

 

Meet Mason:

“Hello, I am Mason Gordon and I began interning with Representative Powell in May of 2019. I am from Wayne Lakes, I went to Franklin Monroe High School and Edison State Community College, and I am an incoming political science major at the University of Dayton. I spend my free time with my family and playing soccer.”

 

 

 

 

Looking for a fall internship? Contact our office to submit an application.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our office at 614-466-8114 or email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

 

 

FM Junior Baseball & Softball Celebrates Opening Day

On May 4th, FM Jr. Baseball & Softball opened the 2019 season with an opening day celebration. The day was headlined by special guests Jena Powell, Mora Menzie, Jeff Kniese and Eric Fee. The day started with a town parade of team floats escorted by Pitsburg Fire Department, followed by opening ceremony, which included messages from Jena Powell and Jeff Kniese.

Eric Fee led with prayer and Mora Menzie performed the National Anthem and there were special baseball and softball first pitches completed to officially kick off the season. The remainder of the day included opening day games, chicken and pork chop barbeque and bake sale and special activities for the kids.

Jena Powell is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being elected in 2018. She is the youngest legislature serving in the General Assembly and has quickly become one of the Republican Party’s most up-and-coming, dynamic individuals.

Earlier this year Jena was named to the Forbes’ prestigious 30 under 30 list for Law & Policy across the United States. Jena delivered a brief message aimed towards encouraging a focus on family and community and pursuing opportunities to serve and make a positive impact in our communities and organizations.

Jeff Kniese is currently serving as CEO and President of Greenville Federal Bank. Greenville Federal has achieved the highest rating possible from Bauer Financial for 7 years in a row thus distinguishing itself as one of the strongest banks across the region. Greenville Federal is a multi-year sponsor for FM Jr. Baseball and Softball and is very active in Darke County local communities and serves numerous non-profit organizations.

Kniese spoke to the importance of prioritizing our kids and families and investing in organizations to position them for positive influence in our communities.

Mora Menzie is a 6th grader at Arcanum, daughter to Jake and Sara Menzie. Dating back several years Mora competed in the Kids Got Talent show and was selected among 20 finalists at the Arnold Classic talent show. More recently she has been performing the National Anthem for numerous events across the Midwest including USA Track and Field, Ohio State men’s basketball, NCAA Women’s DII National Championship and OHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals.

Eric Fee has been involved and served our community as volunteer member for Red Cross, Darke County Chamber, Darke County Mental Health, State of the Heart Hospice, Empowering Darke County Youth and is also a member of Kiwanis and EUM Church. Eric runs Tribute Funeral Homes and their goal is to serve people and their families.

“2019 FM Jr. Baseball and Softball Opening Day was very memorable for all involved,” said Kyle Cable. “We would like to extend extra thanks to our special guests Jena, Mora, Jeff and Eric, as well as the dozens of volunteers it took to make this day happen. A big “thank you to Bach to Rock” for letting us use their sound system. All these folks have been very gracious with their time and resources to help our kids and families. We are looking forward to a great year.”

Full article can be found below:

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/sports/72598/fm-junior-baseball-softball-celebrates-opening-day

POWELL VOTES NO ON GAS TAX INCREASE!

POWELL VOTES NO ON GAS TAX INCREASE!

To watch the full video regarding H.B. 62 follow the link below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuuP4d0lDoy/

“I’m all about infrastructure, but the way we are doing it is not fiscally conservative. The only responsible thing to do was vote no.”

Jena Powell invites student to State of the State Address

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-District 80) announced that her guests for Gov. DeWine’s State of the State Address will be Piqua High School student Mason Darner and his government teacher Troy Ouhlt.

The State of the State will take place Tuesday on the Ohio House Floor. Each state representative receives the option to invite two guests to join them on the House floor to attend the State of the State.

Rep. Powell decided her choice would be individuals from her district, and she is “thrilled to have Mason and Mr. Ouhlt joining me at the State of the State.”

Powell said “government is all about the people, and I’m excited to have community members joining me.”

Powell’s office welcomes constituents to reach out with any questions or thoughts and to visit the Columbus office anytime. For more information call 614-466-8114 or email rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/news/69683/jena-powell-invites-student-to-state-of-the-state-address

Local lawmaker expresses concern over potential increased gas tax

Jena Powell, who was recently elected to the Ohio House representing part of Darke County and all of Miami County talked to News Center 7’s Jim Otte about her feelings toward a potential increase in the state’s gas tax.

https://www.whio.com/news/local-lawmaker-expresses-concern-over-potential-increased-gas-tax/K71JMvzT8L4I7W0D2wpr1H/