Bexley News

Town hall provides forum for dialogue on legislation


A town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, will give residents an opportunity to share thoughts with District 18 state Rep. Mike Stinziano (D-Columbus) about issues that he and other legislators are currently tackling.

The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St.

The meeting agenda will cover the Ohio General Assembly's fall legislative calendar as well as Medicaid expansion and how it will affect residents in Bexley and other parts of District 18, Stinziano said.

The meeting will provide "a forum to make people aware of what's going on," he said.

Stinziano convened a small-business advisory council in Bexley last spring to discuss the state budget and holds monthly community information sessions around the district. The Nov. 7 event will be the first official town hall meeting that Stinziano has held in Bexley.

The purpose of the meeting is to "educate and make people aware of some of the legislation that we're working on at the Statehouse," he said.

A major issue the meeting will address is municipal income tax reforms proposed in House Bill 5, Stinziano said.

"That's something that definitely affects Bexley, that lot of people aren't aware of, and something we've worked with (officials) at City Hall and the mayor on," he said.

The town hall meeting also will address proposed election law reforms and legislation on guns and Internet cafes.

"We're raising that awareness, educating people -- if they have questions, concerns -- hearing from them," Stinziano said.