Evans#8217; sessions helps him stay accessible

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CHESAPEAKE — He travels to every county he represents every month for an Open Door session.

Ohio Rep. Clyde Evans makes it a point to be available to answer questions and assist the people he represents.

On Monday, he was in Chesapeake at the Lawrence County Briggs Library for his monthly session.

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“I’ve held 280 Open Door sessions since I’ve been in office,” Evans said, who became a legislator four years and eight months ago.

The people who visit him during the sessions set the agenda, he said.

“Today, at Oak Hill, I ran into truck drivers that felt that they were being zeroed in on by the state patrol and they felt they’ve been getting a lot of tickets for violations they thought were very close,” he said.

Sometimes people see him about workers’ compensation problems or community problems with the state.

One of the bills that he sponsors is House Bill 50 that allows township trustees to remove junk vehicles from private property.

“That bill has passed the House,” Evans said. “I think there were only two negative votes. It’s in the Senate now but we have not had a vote on it. Polling the committee members — I polled all of them but two — and I have no negative votes there.”

In September, there is probably a good chance it will pass, he said.

Several issues will be in the forefront when the session opens Sept. 11. One will be the gambling issue.

“There is a question about the machines that they have developed whether they be a game of skill or a game of chance,” Evans said.

Another issue that is going to trigger a lot of emotions is the pension fund proposal, HB 151, that as introduced, in part, would prohibit any public investor or any asset manager investing on behalf of any public investor from investing in a foreign company with active business ties or operations in or with the Islamic Republic of Iran or Sudan.

“It’s my position that I would like to see them do that but … the state should get out of the pension funds,” he said. “It’s not the state’s business to do that. These pension funds belong to the people who’ve worked hard and they should be making the decisions on that.”

One bill he has an interest in will allow board members to have board meetings through telecommunications.