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        State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D- Oregon), last week expressed concerns that the input of urban communities will be left out of a newly formed joint legislative committee to address harmful algal blooms at Lake Erie’s Western Basin. The committee comes in response to public and industry pressure to further study one of the most critical issues facing the state.

       A bill designed to reform what is called predatory short-term lending will benefit working families and consumers in Ohio, State Representative Michael Ashford, D- Toledo, said last week after Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law.

        “After years of discussions, false starts and negotiations, I am proud that predatory lending reform today is becoming a reality for the consumers and families of Ohio. For the last decade, predatory lenders have exploited a loophole in Ohio law and taken advantage of consumers by charging some of the most outrageous and unfair interest rates and fees in the nation,” Rep. Ashford said.

        The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a 15-year credit for First Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic solar panels, which is constructing a new plant in Lake Township.

        Under the agreement, First Solar will receive a 2.267 percent credit against the company’s commercial activity tax but will be required to maintain operations at the project location for at least 18 years.

        Oregon officials last week expressed concerns about the fire department’s ability to respond to emergency calls in a timely manner.

        “Recently, our city has experienced some increasing problems with our fire department/EMS call response time,” City Councilman Tim Zale said at a council meeting on Monday. Zale is chairman of the city’s Safety Committee.

        Oregon City Council on Monday voted unanimously against “The Sensible Marijuana Ordinance,” which sends the proposal to the November ballot for voters to decide.

        Mayor Mike Seferian said council had two options: To pass the ordinance, which would then become law, or reject it, allowing voters to decide the issue.




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