As State Representative, representing the 16th Ohio House District - Westlake, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Bay Village, I am pleased to report a flurry of legislative activity after returning to the statehouse in March. House Bill 310, otherwise known as the Capital Budget Bill, included two District 16 community projects.
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Legislation sponsored by Rep. Nan Baker (R-Westlake) to strengthen penalties on drunk drivers passed unanimously by the Ohio House Judiciary Committee last week. The committee’s passage sends the bill to the House floor for a full chamber vote.
State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) applauded the House passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 64 (Am. Sub. H.B. 64), the biennial state budget bill that allocates funding to schools, community projects and government initiatives, as well as providing significant tax relief to all Ohioans and small businesses in the state.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will present a Hot Topic discussion in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The one hour lecture, “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” will be presented by Cleveland-Marshall’s Dean Emeritus, Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) been named the Chairwoman of the Ohio House Economic and Workforce Development Committee for the 131st General Assembly.
"I am excited to again chair the Economic Development Committee with a focus on Workforce Training. Since I began my service at the Ohio House, creating an environment to retain, create and bring jobs to Ohio has always been our goal,” said Baker.
When this race began in the spring, many voters had never heard of me. I’ve never held an elected office; my life experience has been raising my family, serving my country, teaching kids, and paying my bills. But I’ve also been paying attention to what goes on in Columbus.
What I see is that there are many representatives in the Ohio General Assembly who seem to be most interested in taking care of special interests, raising campaign contributions, and furthering their own political careers. I am running for State Representative because I feel that we need a representative who will support our public schools, local governments, seniors, and middle-class families.
Thank you to The Rockport Observer for giving me the opportunity to share some of the exciting work we've accomplished in this 130th General Assembly. I am serving my sixth year at the Ohio House as your District 16 State Representative representing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake. I currently chair the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee and serve on the Ways and Means and Labor and Commerce Committees.
State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) recently joined Governor John Kasich for the signing of House Bill 314 and House Bill 393. House Bill 314 requires prescribers to obtain informed parental or guardian consent for minors to receive a controlled substance containing opioids.
Under the provisions of the bill, the "Start Talking" consent form for the controlled substances—which have the potential of being abused—would be separate from other documents seeking consent for treatment and be maintained in the minor’s medical record.
State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) has announced that Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 107, which creates a $1 million pilot project to provide grants to certain businesses for employing high school students to career exploration internships.
With the Governor (from left to right), Pauline Van Dyle; Duane Van Dyke, owner of Van Dyke Architects; State Rep. Nan Baker; Garrett Van Dyke; Andrew Mangles, President of Westlke Porter Library; John Sobolewski, President of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce; Athena Fassett, mother of Nan Baker; and Craig Baker, husband of Nan Baker, President of Cricket Power and Lawn Equipment.