GUEST PODCAST: Lockdowns vs. Liberty | Falkirk Podcast 60 w/Jena Powell

Earlier this month Rep. Jena Powell had an opportunity to jump on a podcast and discuss Ohio, lockdowns, and our freedom! Check it out below.

“Look out! Government lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are coming around again, leaving many Americans divided on how to respond. Are these orders really effective or do they cause incalculable damage because they go unnoticed? Entrepreneur and Ohio State Representative Jena Powell joins the Falkirk Center podcast to discuss the tensions between individual liberties and the government’s authority over your liberty.”

Powell Supports Business Fairness Act

Powell Supports Business Fairness Act

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) today supported the House passage of House Bill 621, legislation that allows any business that can comply with safety standards from government orders or regulations to stay open.

“I am proud that the Ohio House took action today to protect our small businesses and keep Ohio open,” said Powell. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and deserve keep their employees on the job.”

The bill, known as the Business Fairness Act, creates competitive fairness by giving small businesses the ability to maintain operations during a public health emergency.

“There is more work to be done, and I will continue to fight to have the voices of my constituents heard,” added Powell.

H.B. 621 is supported by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and Ohio Small Business Council.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Open Ohio and Protect the Most Vulnerable

Over the last seven months, our community, state, nation, and world have been dealing with the novel coronavirus.

At the beginning, our state made bold decisions because we didn’t know all the risk associated with COVID-19. So we stayed in our homes to protect our community until we gained knowledge about the pandemic risks.

As months have gone by, thankfully the virus is not as deadly as was once predicted.

My push, after the initial panic, has been to open Ohio and protect the most vulnerable. The Ohio House, in fact, has passed a dozen measures designed to support small businesses, first responders, health care workers, our schools and more. This includes SB 1, legislation to limit orders issued by the state health director to only 14 days without legislative extension approvalGovernor DeWine vetoed this bill.

The legislature must change state law in order to provide checks and balances upon the power of the executive branch during a public health emergency.

Long-term consequences of the economic shutdowns have become worse for many than the virus itself.

Over the next several weeks, we will be seeing a large rise in COVID-19 cases across our state and nation. This will be due to more testing, more people congregating inside as the weather gets colder, and the normal ebbs and flows of a virus.

As a community, we do not let fear rule our lives. We must protect the most vulnerable among us. We must work to contain the virus while continuing to live our lives.

The CDC and Governor DeWine have changed the COVID guidelines many times over the past year.

As I have said repeatedly since April, the secondary effects of the coronavirus are proving to be far worse than the coronavirus itself. This will continue being true. Consider the following:

  • We’ve had huge increases in suicide, mental illness, and opioid overdoses. We have seen a 178% increase in drug overdose calls to the Troy Fire Department. The House, Senate, and Administration have worked hard combating the opioid epidemic over the past five years, but now one epidemic is causing the rise of another.
  • We are seeing a rise in suicide in our community. Troy alone has experienced a 267% increase in suicide calls this year.

According to a summer CDC survey, 24.7% of 18-24 year olds and 19.5% of 25-44 year olds started or increased substance use to cope with pandemic-related stress or emotions. The same survey, taken at the end of June, found that 25.5% of 18-24 year olds and 16.0% of 25-44 year olds had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

The secondary effects for many are far worse than the virus itself. I will continue pushing against the government overreach that the executive branch has taken during this time of crisis. They expanded their own agenda instead of 1) allowing people to choose for themselves and 2) letting the legislature have a voice.  We must change state law in order to limit the powers of the executive branch during an emergency, improve legislative oversight and protect the rights of all Ohioans. We will continue to work on legislation that will provide key checks and balances to the Administration.

We must protect the most vulnerable among us while restoring the freedom of the people of Ohio.

-Jena Powell

POWELL WINS REELECTION!

Rep. Jena Powell (R) won reelection to the Ohio House, defeating Democrat challenger Ted Jones to once again represent District 80 with unofficial results showing her with 76 percent of the vote.
“Thank you so much for the support from Darke County,” said Powell. “I am thrilled to represent you in the legislature and fight for our conservative values in the next two years. As always, if you have questions or want to tell me your story, you can email or call my office at any time. I am looking forward to continue fighting for the 80th District in Columbus.”

Conservative Values and Election Day with Jena Powell and special guest David Closson

Join me on Facebook live as we discuss in-depth policy from a conservative perspective.
Do Christians have a moral or biblical obligation to participate in government? Is there a distinctively Christian conservative way to engage in the political process? How do I vote my pro-life values? What’s the biggest contrast between Trump Vs. Biden?
I’ve received so many incredible questions that we will be discussing next week.
I will be hosting David Closson to dig into these questions and so much more. Mark your calendar and join us on Facebook live.
Meet special guest David Closson:
David Closson serves as the Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council. He researches and writes on life, human sexuality, religious liberty, and related issues from a biblical worldview.
David is the author of FRC’s Biblical Worldview Series, which seeks to help Christians and Christian leaders apply the teachings of the Bible to difficult moral questions.
While in seminary, he served as a Teaching Assistant for courses including Introduction to Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology I, Personal Spiritual Disciplines, and Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission. He also served as an assistant to the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary for two years.
David has served as a Program Leader for Covenant Journey, leading trips to Israel designed to strengthen Christian college students in their faith through an experiential journey of biblical and modern Israel. He has served on staff or as an ordained deacon at churches in Florida and Kentucky. He also interned for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. His writing has appeared at Fox News, National Review, Real Clear Politics, The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, The Gospel Coalition, and Townhall. David is a regular guest on Washington Watch, FRC’s national radio program heard on over 350 stations in thirty-nine states. Currently, David is completing a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and the University of Central Florida (B.A., political science, cum laude). David lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
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Miami County Community Resources


Drug abuse/mental health services:

  • Project DAWN
    • Phone Number: 937-573-3500
    • Project DAWN distributes naloxone and trains participants on what to do in the case of an overdose
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • This is a national hotline for any individuals or families facing substance abuse or mental health struggles. They will provide resources and refer the caller to local organizations.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services
    • Address: 1100 Wayne Street Suite 4000, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937) 335-7727
    • This organization provides a host of services focused on mental health and addiction recovery, ranging from medical treatments and medication to education and counseling.
  • SafeHaven
    • Address: 633 N. Wayne St. Piqua, OH 45356
    • Phone Number: 937.615.012

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES:

  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Miami County Hotline
    • Phone Number: 800-351-7347
    • This statewide organization approaches suicide as a preventable public health issue and provides services and trainings to combat suicide
  • UVMC Outpatient Behavioral Health Center
    • Phone Number: (937) 440-7626
    • Medical and therapeutic mental health treatment appointments
  • Miami County Department of Job and Family Services Child Care Program
    • Address: 2040 N County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373
    • Phone Number: 937-440-3471
    • Citizens can apply online for financial aid in paying for child care if they demonstrate need.

CHILD CARE RESOURCES:

  • Miami County Children’s Services
    • Address: 510 W. Water St., Suite 210, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937)335-4103
    • This government agency provides child care support and oversees the foster care system in the county.
  • Miami County YMCA Child Care
    • Address: 223 W. High St., Piqua, Ohio, United States, 45356
    • Phone Number: 937-778-5241
    • The YMCA provides child care/ day care to kids from 6 weeks- 12 years of age, including Toddler Care, Little School, Infant Care and Pre-School Child Care.

SENIOR CARE RESOURCES:

  • Resource Connection
    • Address: 105 S. Wilkinson St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
    • Phone Number: (937) 228-3663
    • This organization provides food to anyone over the age of 60. Homebound residents can be delivered Meals on Wheels and others can come to congregate sites including Lincoln Square, Troy Senior Center, Laura’s Country Diner and Premier Senior Housing.
  • Adult Protective Services (DJFS)
    • Phone Number: 937-440-3471
    • Statewide Reporting Hotline: 855-644-6277
    • This division of the Department of Job and Family Services fields, investigates and evaluates reports of abuse, neglect.

FOOD PANTRIES:

CHURCH RESOURCES:

  • Covington Church of the Brethren
    • Address: 101 N. Wall Street, Box 206 Covington, OH  45318
    • Phone Number: (937) 473-2415
    • The church houses the Covington Outreach Association, which provides emergency financial assistance to needy families in Covington.
  • Greene Street United Methodist Church
    • Address: 415 W Greene St, Piqua, OH 45356
    • Phone Number: (937) 773-5313
    • This church provides a food pantry each Monday and Wednesday to anyone in need, no questions asked.

Darke County Community Resources

Drug abuse/mental health services:

  • Miami County Recovery Council (serves Darke County as well) list of services and resources: http://www.mcrcinc.org/uploads/1/4/9/1/14911028/2018_3-county_guide[1].pdf
  • Project DAWN
    • Phone Number: 937-573-3500
    • Project DAWN distributes naloxone and trains participants on what to do in the case of an overdose.
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • This is a national hotline for any individuals or families facing substance abuse or mental health struggles. They will provide resources and refer the caller to local organizations.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services
    • Address: 1100 Wayne Street Suite 4000, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937) 335-7727
    • This organization provides a host of services focused on mental health and addiction recovery, ranging from medical treatments and medication to education and counseling.
  • Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio
    • Address: 600 Walnut St, Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: 937-548-6842
    • This organization provides counseling, treatment and education tailored to groups and individuals of all ages and both genders.
  • Family Health Services
    • Addresses
      • Greenville: 5735 Meeker Rd. Greenville, OH 45331
      • Arcanum: 702 N. Main Street, Arcanum, OH 45304
    • Phone Numbers
      • Greenville: 937-548-9680
      • Arcanum: 937-692-6601

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES:

  • 24-Hour Tri-County Crisis Hotline
    • Phone Number: 800.351.7347
    • This is a 24 hour crisis hotline available to residents of Darke County.
  • Coalition for a Healthy Darke County
  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Darke County Hotline
    • County Hotline: 800-351-7347
    • This is an emergency hotline specific to Darke County, operated by a statewide agency.

CHILD CARE RESOURCES:

FOOD PANTRIES:

  • Grace Resurrection Community Center
    • Address: 433 E Water St. Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: 937-548-2595
    • This is a community center run as a collaboration between over 20 churches, the center provides Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, Resource Referral Service, Medical Fee Assistance in cooperation with Family Health and a BackPack Program.
  • Fish Choice Pantry
    • Address: 400 Markwith Ave. Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: (937) 548-2000
    • This is a food pantry serving the residents of Darke County 3 days a week.

SENIOR CARE RESOURCES:

  • Coalition for a Healthy Darke County List
  • Wayne HealthCare Senior Behavioral Health
    • Address: 835 Sweitzer StreetGreenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: (937) 547-7430
    • Wayne HealthCare provides short-term inpatient psychiatric medical care for seniors.
  • Miami Valley Community Action Partnership
    • Phone Number: 937-547-9129
    • This organization provides transportation services to Darke County seniors, both general and medical.

CHURCH RESOURCES:

  • Bradford Church of the Nazarene
    • Address: 300 W Keller St. Bradford, OH 45308
    • Phone Number: 937-448-2308
    • This church offers food ministries as well as an Angel Tree, focusing on serving residents of Bradford school district.
  • Many churches pool their resources together to the Grace Resurrection Community Center mentioned above.

OP-ED: Media Lies vs. Reality – Our Community Cares

 Media Lies vs. Reality – Our Community Cares

It is easy to look at the past six months and see only hardship throughout our nation. But, if you look a bit closer, it is not hard to see the solidarity that our community has shown. If you look at social media and turn on the news, it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like riots are filling our streets and deep-rooted hate is the norm across America. But I don’t believe it. Our community is more than what the media portrays. Our community is full of loving individuals who risk it all for the sake of one another.

Let’s stop allowing the liberal media to tear our community apart. As your state representative, I get a special inside look, a peak behind the curtains. I’ve talked to thousands of people in OH-80 (Miami and Darke counties) in the past couple months. Here is just some of what I’ve learned and want to share with you.

Our community is generous with love and care

A couple months back, I did a Facebook Live and told the story of a young mom who wasn’t receiving her unemployment money. I left the Facebook live and put down my phone. An hour later, I came back to numerous messages from individuals asking to help this young mom – covering everything from food to paying her rent. These messages came from people both financially well off, as well as others who were barely making it themselves. I was humbled and blown away by the generosity.

Businesses stepped up in the face of uncertainty

When COVID first hit, schools were closed and children had to learn from home. This left many children without a place for daily food. The schools were working overtime to help, but were also overloaded with transitioning all classes to online schooling. Business owners stepped up, and provided free food for many kids, until the schools could transition to delivering meals or having drop-off locations for food. Thousands of children in our community were fed, on the dime of small business owners who didn’t know if they would have to permanently close down themselves. Truly heroic efforts by women and men business owners practically caring for our children.

Servant-hearted law enforcement

A couple months ago, I stopped by a nonprofit in our community. As I was looking around, I saw a police officer playing with young boys, teaching them about sports, and talking about life. Law enforcement in our community protect us well, and they are deeply about the welfare of our community. Law and order must be preserved. The officers in our community do everything they can to build relationships and make it safe for people to walk our streets. The heart and kindness of these officers will never be portrayed by the media, but I see it on display weekly.

 

I’m proud of our community. I’m proud of our businesses. I’m proud of the families who sacrifice daily for others. The liberal media skews the truth, and wants us to turn on our neighbors and friends. Our community will not stand for the lies the media is trying to stuff down our throats.

We stand for truth. We stand for law and order. We stand for the American flag, and we will continue caring for our community.

-Jena Powell

GOOD NEWS: Powell Announces Legislation Protecting Elections, Places of Worship Signed into Law

Powell Announces Legislation Protecting Elections, Places of Worship Signed into Law

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced that legislation protecting in-person voting and places of worship was signed into law this week.

“Protecting in-person voting and keeping our churches open is a top priority for me,” said Powell. “I’m thrilled this legislation will now become law.”

House Bill 272 prohibits public officials and government bureaucrats from ordering the closure of all places of worship. The bill also ensures that no public official can change the time, place or manner of conducting an election, ensuring that an incident like the March 2020 primary will not happen again.

“This is another big win for Ohioans,” added Powell. “There is still more work to be done, but this law is a step in the right direction of restoring the balance of power in Ohio.”

H.B. 272 was originally introduced to extend Ohio’s court jurisdiction to allow Ohioans to hold out-of-state individuals or companies accountable for the damage of harm they cause to Ohioans. The bill was amended on the Senate floor to include the elections and places of worship provisions.

Powell voted in favor of the legislation earlier this month.

Powell Announces ‘Good Samaritan Expansion Bill’ Signed into Law

Powell Announces ‘Good Samaritan Expansion Bill’ Signed into Law

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) today announced that legislation
protecting healthcare providers, first responders, schools, small businesses and others
from frivolous lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law.
“This is great news for Ohioans,” said Powell. “Our small businesses and workers have
suffered enough, and this legislation gives Ohioans the comfort of knowing they will not be
sued for simply doing their jobs.”
House Bill 606, also known as the Good Samaritan Expansion Bill, grants immunity to
healthcare providers, schools, local governments, businesses and others from lawsuits
stemming from the pandemic, unless those individuals or entities are reckless or engage in
intentional misconduct. The legislation received extensive support from a wide range of
trade associations, including the state’s largest associations representing large and small
businesses, agriculture, public schools, local governments, hospitals and healthcare
providers.
The bill is intended to provide peace of mind that Ohio’s healthcare workers, hospitals,
schools, businesses and others are protected from unnecessary and costly lawsuits.
“My job is not done until every Ohioan can live in freedom,” added Powell. “It’s crucial we
continue working on good policy to protect families, businesses, churches, non-profits, etc.
and ensure that the balance of power is retained here in Ohio.”
The bill applies to acts, omissions, conduct, decisions, or compliance from the date of the
Governor’s Executive Order, 2020-01D, issued on March 9, 2020, declaring a state of
emergency due to COVID-19, through September 30, 2021.

Powell voted in favor of the legislation earlier this month.

 

State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative.
She represents the 80 th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.