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Anticipating the fall season

There are lots of things happening both behind the scenes and on the main stage here in Ohio, and I would like to take some time to give you an update.

In recent times, Home First has helped many seniors stay in their homes, receive the most appropriate care, and save the state money.

Likewise, there are also people who are in need of care due to severe disabilities, and they might be able to be served more cost effectively in their own homes.

The recently passed budget also allows for this group to participate in Home First. While the particular rules are still being written for this provision, I am confident that this will be a viable option for certain disabled Ohioans.

Of course, there will always be a need for nursing home care, but with the aging population, the longer we can postpone nursing home level of care, the better for the individual and taxpayer.

In local news, the groundbreaking for Lake Hope State Park Lodge was held last month. Memorably, there were residents of Hungary present who visit the lodge every year.

They spoke about how much they treasure Lake Hope and look forward to the rebuilding of the lodge.

Tourism is an important industry in Ohio, especially in our area, and state parks are a crucial part of that economy.

I am happy to announce that ODNR has identified the money to replace the Lake Alma pedestrian bridge to the island.

The bridge is an enduring landmark in Vinton and Jackson counties, and this decision by ODNR points out Ohio’s commitment to our state parks.

Moving into the fall season, September has already started as a busy month.

Gov. Kasich recently named those who will be serving on the board of JobsOhio, and I appreciate he named Larry Kidd, from Jackson County, to represent the Appalachian region. I am sure Larry will do a good job and, wish him and the JobsOhio board much success.

When the House reconvenes this month, the number one issue will be redistricting.

Currently, some hearings are being held throughout the state on this topic. As such, a great deal of speculation has been circulating, but we do not have much concrete information yet on the redistricting plan.

The redistricting process takes place every 10 years after the decennial census, and this time around, it is especially significant because Ohio is losing two congressional seats due to population gains elsewhere.

Our area grew by a small amount, and I do not anticipate a lot of change in state representative and state senate districts, but only time will tell for sure.

Overall, it will be a difficult process, particularly the business of remapping the congressional districts.

I hope that this update finds you in good spirits as we say goodbye to summer and greet the crisp, cold air. Most of all, I want to ensure that you and your family are informed of all the developments in Ohio that affect our community.

I wish you and your family a happy autumn and look forward to my next chance to fill you in on what’s new in the Buckeye state.

John Carey serves in Ohio’s 87th District of the House of Representatives, which includes eastern Lawrence County. He can be reached at (614) 466-1366, by writing to: Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, or via e-mail at District87@ohr.state.oh.us.