A New Legislature Convenes in Columbus

The 129th General Assembly has kicked off with new leadership in the House, the Senate and the Governor’s Office. There’s very little question that the legislative agenda is going to focus on Ohio’s economy and how to deal with an historic state budget deficit. Tight budgets are certainly nothing new during budget deliberations, however, this year lawmakers are looking at an $8 billion gap and will need to determine where and how to strike the balance before the next fiscal year begins July 1.

Representatives of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure statewide public policy committee recently paid a visit to the offices of a number key legislative members to discuss funding for the Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP), which funds early screening and detection services in many of Ohio’s most underserved areas of the state. The meetings were to establish support for a proposal that would create a permanent line of funding for the BCCP by offering Ohioans the opportunity to make a donation to the program when they file their income tax return.

In the weeks ahead, Komen affiliates throughout Ohio will be determining the policy agenda for this year and identifying proposals that support and improve early breast cancer detection and screening services in Ohio and which legislative proposal the organization will stand behind. Komen Columbus and the other affiliates around the state will be calling on volunteers, supporters and grantees to contact their State Senator or Representative in Columbus to advocate on behalf of policies that promote early detection. To participate in these activities or to volunteer on the Komen Columbus Public Policy Committee, please contact Megan Knapke at 614-297-8155 ext. 204 or email outreach@komencolumbus.org.

– Guest post written by Mark Rickel
Komen Columbus Public Policy Committee Chair