A number of Ohio House Democrats have received nice honors over the past few weeks.
The Ohio Environmental Council has named State Rep. Dennis Murray (D-Sandusky) their Public Servant of the Year. The award is in recognition of Rep. Murray’s “significant contributions to securing healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.”
“Representative Murray is one of Mother Nature’s most stalwart friends at the Ohio Statehouse. This year, alone, he spoke truth to power during not one, but two high-profile, high-stakes debates. He lead the fight against oil and gas drilling in Ohio’s state parks and against a flawed scheme to allow massive water withdrawals from Lake Erie,” said Jack Shaner, Deputy Director for the Ohio Environmental Council. “Somewhere, somehow, someone is always scheming hot to take advantage of our natural world. But as long as he is in the General Assembly, Dennis Murray will be there to balance the scales. Ohioans are better off, thanks to this true public servant.”
Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) was awarded the Representative C.J. McLin Award from the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (OJACC) for her work in passing her Sentencing Reform Bill known as HB 86. The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections is a coalition of elected officials and correctional providers working together to improve and promote community corrections. OJACC attempts to achieve this goal through legislative initiatives and public education.
State Rep. Barbara Boyd (D-Cleveland) was named Legislator of the Year by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO). This award is given to state legislators who take the lead in advocating for children and child welfare.
Rep. Boyd established the Kinship Incentive Program to support children in the homes of family or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot. She also worked to save it from being gutted through budget cuts.