Ohio Senator Pushes Budget Amendments to Benefit Children

Senator urges amendments that focus on education and mentorship programs, nutrition human trafficking and more.

girl-2252145_640Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) is urging the House to approve over fifty individual amendments to Substitute House Bill 49, or the state budget bill.

Senator Brown says the amendments are in an effort to protect working Ohioans, improve the health and wellbeing of citizens and provide at-risk youth with opportunities for success.

“I’ve worked hard to address the most pressing concerns expressed by my constituents during this budget cycle,” said Senator Brown. “Though funding is limited, it’s critical that we’re allocating resources properly. I hope my colleagues will recognize how important these amendments are for families and communities across Ohio.”

The amendments include:

  • Funding for education and mentorship programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio and the Toledo Grace Community Center.
  • Implementing the Children’s Summer Nutrition Bill to expand access to nutritious meals after school’s out.
  • Funding for the Healthy Lake Erie Program.
  • Allowing municipalities to maintain lead abatement regulation authority.
  • Support for lead-based paint abatement, containment and housing rehabilitation in the historic south neighborhoods of Toledo.
  • Subsidizing the University of Toledo’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Senator Brown is also looking for legislative leaders to act to prohibit hospitals from requiring a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to work overtime as a condition of continued employment, except in emergencies.

For a more detailed synopsis of Senator Brown’s proposed amendments click here.

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