Ohio House Representative Tom Patton spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 17 to discuss updates on important pieces of legislation in the Ohio House.
Rep. Patton first acknowledged former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who was recently indicted on racketeering charges. Rep. Patton then discussed the Republican members of the house unanimously voting to place Representative Bob Cupp as the new speaker of the House.
Amending House Bill 6
Householder was indicted due to his involvement with a bribe paid for support for House Bill 6. Due to the newly uncovered crime, H.B. 6 is being updated.
Rep. Patton credited Householder’s poor moral judgement for how parts of the bill were drawn up. The bill is now being amended to be a positive for the taxpayers of Ohio, as opposed to only being beneficial to corporations and politicians.
Compensation for first responders
Rep. Patton went on to discuss Ohio H.B. 308. The bill provides compensation and benefits to peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), regardless of physical injury.
He said mental health is just as important as physical health and this bill will provide those struggling with PTSD the benefits and compensation to help them live a better life.
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