Posts Tagged 'State Rep. Stinziano'

Rep. Stinziano Applauds President Obama for Protecting the Voting Rights of Ohioans

State Rep. Michael Stinziano released the following statement on the decision by President Obama’s campaign to file suit in federal court to restore early voting during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.

“I applaud the lawsuit that was filed by the Obama campaign to restore voting rights to Ohioans.  When I co-sponsored HB 224 with Rep. Dovilla to protect voting rights for Ohio’s men and women in uniform, we took that responsibility very seriously. I never thought that this common sense solution to a known voting issue created by outdated Ohio law would then be used to take away voting rights from properly registered Ohio civilians.  

“Never in the debate about HB 194 or HB 224 was there a purposeful effort to create two different deadlines during the early voting periods – particularly for voters in identical circumstances.  All voters who are located in their county of residence on the weekend and Monday before voting should have the exact same early voting period.  This local control standard is ideal to address each county’s needs for a smooth and efficient election. Having two non-uniform periods of voting for civilian and military voters lacks any common sense and does nothing but confuse voters and create unnecessary problems for voters and election officials.

“Colleagues in both chambers supported protecting military voting rights when they voted for HB 224.  However, it remains ridiculous how some members of the General Assembly have twisted some last minute technical amendments into a way to take away the voting franchise of properly registered Ohio voters.

“As the former Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, I have seen and experienced firsthand the importance of an efficient early voting period.  In 2008, almost roughly 93,000 voters appeared at their early vote center during the last three days of early voting prior to Election Day. Unfortunately, instead of building on this success and a desire for a smooth election day, there are apparently policy makers who prefer the long election lines encountered in 2000 and 2004 and are fighting to limit voting rights instead of expanding them. 

“Fortunately, the Supreme Court said in Bush v. Gore that every voter is entitled to equal protection of the laws of this country. That means that similarly situated voters must be treated similarly.The new lawsuit highlights the lack of justification or sound election policy for having two different early vote periods.”




Rep. Stinziano Named to ‘Forty Under 40’ by Business First

State Representative Michael Stinziano has been named to Business First’s “Forty Under 40” for 2012.

Rep. Stinziano represents the residents and businesses of Franklinton, German Village, The Hilltop, Lockbourne, Merion Village, Obetz, The University District, Victorian Village, Westgate, The South Side, and Far-South Franklin County.

“It is fitting that Michael Stinziano is being honored with this recognition and we salute his achievement,” said Don McTigue, Managing Partner of McTigue & McGinnis LLC.  Rep. Stinziano is an attorney practicing election and campaign finance law.

Before coming to McTigue & McGinnis, Stinziano served as director of the Franklin County Board of Elections and on the staff of former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

In January, the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) recognized Stinziano as its Outstanding Legislator of the Year for his work in elections and his ability to work across party lines.

During his time in the Ohio House of Representatives, Rep. Stinziano has introduced several pieces of legislation ranging from protecting young athletes from concussions to the creation of a new economic development program in the state. In July last year, after unanimous passage in both chambers, the Governor signed legislation sponsored by Reps. Stinziano which would expand voting access to military and overseas voters.

Stinziano, who lives with his wife Caroline McNamee Stinziano in Victorian Village, serves on the boards of Gladden Community House, the Boys and Girls Club, the International Visitors Council, and Friends of the Hilltop.

The winners of Business First’s annual ‘Forty Under 40” awards, announced Friday, will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on May 23 at The Columbus Athenaeum. A special supplement tied to the awards will appear in Business First’s May 25 edition. Since its inception in 1993, Columbus Business First has recognized forty individuals under 40 nominated by their peers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in community involvement and professional achievement.

Rep. Stinziano Introduces Legislation to Hold Landlords Accountable for Negligent Homicide

State Rep. Michael Stinziano announced that he will introduce legislation to hold criminal landlords accountable for negligent homicide.

Rep. Stinziano’s proposed legislation would allow a property owner, property manager or landlord to be charged with negligent homicide if that person rents a property they know is deemed uninhabitable by the municipal authority and a death occurs due to the victim’s actions to alleviate the uninhabitable condition.

“Recent tragic events have highlighted that there are bad actors who rent property that is unsafe and uninhabitable,” said Rep. Stinziano, who represents residents of Franklinton and the Hilltop. “They do so knowing they are in violation of the law with complete disregard for the safety and wellbeing of others. My legislation will hold these bad actors accountable by giving our prosecutors another tool through which to seek justice. The overwhelming majority of landlords go above and beyond their legal obligations and this legislation will not impede or dissuade anyone who is following the law.”

Currently, ignoring an order to vacate a property is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, if convicted. The charge of negligent homicide is a first degree misdemeanor which, if convicted, is punishable by 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A Christmas Eve fire killed three people in a Franklinton home on Wisconsin Avenue. Authorities say a space heater ignited a mattress in the home. Gas service had been shut off because of a leak inside the house, according to news accounts. News reports say the city had issued orders to vacate the house more than two years ago after inspectors found no gas service to heat the house, open electric boxes, leaking plumbing and a defective water heater and electrical outlet.

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