Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:44

Slaby Replaces Slaby

House Republican leaders in Columbus didn't have to look far for a candidate to replace Lynn Slaby in the House.

She's from Slaby's house.

Slaby's wife Marilyn was appointed to the post today by Speaker Bill Batchelder following Lynn Slaby's appointment to the Public Utilities Commission.

She'll be officially sworn in as the 41st District state representative next week.

(News Release) Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today announced that former state representative Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) will fill the seat recently vacated by her husband, Lynn Slaby (R-Copley), following his recent appointment to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

“I am delighted that Mrs. Slaby will be once again joining the House Republican Caucus,” Speaker Batchelder said. “She has a wealth of experience in state government and in the private sector, which will serve her constituents well in the Ohio House.”

Marilyn Slaby is a retired educator and served for ten years as an employee with the Summit County Board of Elections. Previously, she served as state representative of the 41st House District in 2004, where she was vice-chair of the House Education Committee and member of the Health and Local Government committees. Additionally, she has owned and operated two small businesses over the years. Marilyn also serves as vice-chair of the Summit County Central Committee and is an elected member of the Republican State Central Committee.

Mrs. Slaby was recommended by the Summit County Republican Party for the seat, therefore eliminating the need for a screening panel to convene and select a candidate. She will be sworn-in during House Session on Tuesday, April 24 at 11:00am.

Mr. and Mrs. Slaby have three children and four grandchildren.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 17:30

AUDIO UPDATE Trading Bricks For Scholarships

The University of Akron and Akron Public Schools taking their collaborative efforts to the next level -- so long as state lawmakers go along with the idea.

University President Dr. Luis Proenza and Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James tag-teaming members of the General Assembly in Columbus Wednesday, hoping to drum up support for changes in state law that would give first refusal of public school property for sale to universities. In exchange, universities would lend local school districts assistance across a wide range of products and services, including teacher training and even scholarships.

In Akron's case, when the former Central Hower High School is fully de-commissioned by the Akron school district the University would have an appraisal performed, and convert the value of the property for full scholarships for students in the top 10% of their class or graduate with at least a 3.0 grade point average.  Students, regardless of class rank, have to achieve certain ACT scores to quality.

If state lawmakers approve State Representative Lynn Slaby's "Innovation Generation Scholarships" measure, it would allow such partnerships across the state. The U of A and APS already partner on other efforts, including the STEM school at the old Inventors Hall of Fame.

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(University of Akron) Ohio legislators are being asked to approve a novel concept in the transfer of ownership of public school property to public universities for the purpose of advancing public education. The request is a unique approach to creating the building blocks necessary for a new scholarship program at The University of Akron.

“This is an innovative way to launch our new Innovation Generation Scholarship,” explains Luis M. Proenza, president of The University of Akron. “Through this scholarship, we will offer Akron Public School students who have worked hard and performed well in school full tuition to the University.”

Last month, The University of Akron released its strategic plan, Vision 2020: A new Gold Standard of University Performance. The Vision includes an ambitious growth in enrollment and unique programs to help students succeed in college and in the workforce. Student success includes connecting the academic experience with community and industry, so that the knowledge acquired in college inspires innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving societal and economic problems.

“Our students must be prepared for a world of rapid change and growth,” says Proenza. “Our new Innovation Generation Scholarship will provide expansive opportunities for the motivated student. We know that scholarship programs like this incentivize students to work harder to achieve better grades, increase graduation rates from high school and college, and ease the financial burden on students and families. The scholarship opportunity allows students to go to college full-time, rather than have to balance college and part-time work, which usually delays graduation.”

Proenza and Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James appeared together today before the House Education Committee to ask for support for House Bill 381. Specifically, the legislation would require a public school district that is selling a building (real property) to offer that property first to a state university. The university could accept the offer and, in exchange, provide the school district with in-kind services or educational programs valued at the appraised fair market value of the property.

The new legislation would apply directly to Central-Hower High School (photo, left), a 230,000 square foot facility that is located on the main campus of the University. Due to declining enrollment in the Akron Public Schools, Central-Hower is scheduled for decommissioning. In his sponsorship of HB381, State Representative Lynn Slaby suggested that such decommissioned properties be made available first to public universities through the exchange of in-kind services "in the form of assisting the public school district, its teachers, administrators and students, through a broad array of higher education expertise, initiatives and incentives, all with a focus on increasing the college readiness of students."

If the legislation is approved, the University of Akron would use the appraised value of Central-Hower HS to launch the Innovation Generation Scholarship. Graduates of the APS would be eligible for full tuition scholarships if they:

- Have a 3.0 high school GPA and score a 27 on the ACT, or

- Rank in the 10% of their high school class and score a 26 on the ACT, or

- Have a 3.5 high school GPA and score a 24 on the ACT.

“We developed these criteria to provide motivation and incentive for students to prepare themselves for college, and for parents and schools to support the students’ aspiration,” said Proenza. “As part of our new Vision 2020, we are building pathways to success for each of our students. Those pathways really begin before they set foot on our campus.”

The University already has partnerships with the Akron Public Schools through the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM middle school, and the Early College Program.

According to David James, APS Superintendent, “the Early College program offers Akron public high school students a truly unique experience. They take courses on campus while they’re still in high school, and by the time they’ve graduated from high school, they’ve earned college credits; some receive an associate’s degree and move on seamlessly to further higher ed. We take pride in the fact that the students in the early college program at the University outperform nearly all their peers throughout Summit County. This is clear evidence that our students will excel, when given opportunities and access. The new Innovation Generation Scholarship opens more doors to more of our students by removing the financial barriers to higher education.”

The Innovation Generation Scholarship would be available to eligible APS graduates following the approval of HB381 and the appraisal of the Central-Hower property.

The University of Akron believes that the launch of the Innovation Generation Scholarship through this novel public/public partnership to support public education will act as a catalyst for other community leaders, foundations, and industry to broaden the funding, sustain and grow the scholarship program, and expand opportunities for students throughout the state.

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Its a growing problem in Ohio and nationwide, cyber fraud targeted at the elderly and disabled. Now the Ohio House Has overwhelmingly approved a bill that increases the penalties for those convicted of such crimes.

State Representative Lynn Slaby of Akron gives an example of one cyber fraud scam targeting the elderly.

"One of them that seems to have been catching on are calls to elderly persons like grandparents, that are supposedly coming from grandchildren who want money to be mailed overseas because the grandchild indicates that they are in difficulty and don't want to tell their parents. The grandparents will send the money overseas in order to help their grandchildren, but its fraudulent and there is no grandchild overseas."

Slaby says Senate Bill 223 also includes stiffer penalties for scams committed over the phone.

In the House Criminal Justice Committee, Slaby, who is committee chairman, amended the bill to eliminate a requirement that an offender must know that the victim is an elderly or disabled person, for the offender to be guilty of telecommunications fraud against an elderly or disabled adult.

The measure now goes back to the Senate for the amendment change and is expected to be approved and sent on to Governor Kasich. 

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:51

Slaby Applies For PUCO Job

Retired Summit County judge, former County prosecutor, and current state representative Lynn Slaby is one of 20 state residents who have applied to fill a vacant commissioner's position with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the PUCO Nominating Council will review the resumes of the applicants and make a recommendation to Governor John Kasich on who should be appointed . The Ohio Senate must also confirm the appointment . 

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Monday, 05 December 2011 13:07

Slaby Runs Again

State Representative Lynn Slaby wants to hang on to his latest title.

Slaby is announcing that he'll run for another term in the Ohio House.  Slaby represents western and northern parts of Summit County, but the new proposed district will also include a portion of Stark County.  The former prosecutor and judge cites criminal sentencing reform among his accompishments as a state representative.

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State Representative Lynn Slaby (R-Copley) today announced his candidacy for Ohio State Representative of the 38th District, which will include portions of Stark and Summit counties.

While serving in the Ohio House of Representatives, Slaby has served on the Finance and Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Higher Education, the Judiciary and Ethics Committee, and is the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, a rare responsibility for a new legislator. “It has been a very challenging but rewarding experience,” Slaby says. “We have balanced a budget with an $8 billion deficit without raising taxes.”

Representative Slaby moved sentencing reform through his committee with bipartisan support. This will ensure that the most serious criminals receive the most serious punishment, while protecting the safety of our community. But, where warranted, those who commit minor offenses will receive help to get education, training, and services where needed.

While serving in the Ohio House, Slaby has maintained a commitment to fiscal discipline and economic policies that will make Ohio more competitive for jobs. He has helped to pass legislation to ensure that state regulations do not strangle small businesses. He has also voted to support House Bill 1, which aims to make Ohio’s job creation efforts more responsive to the needs of the rapidly changing economy.

“We were given a great opportunity during this General Assembly to make some very meaningful improvements to the way the State of Ohio does business, and we certainly took advantage of that opportunity,” Slaby says. “We are thinking outside of the box in a way that I am sure has not ever been seen before in Ohio. I hope that the residents of the newly apportioned 38th District entrust me to continue serving their families in Columbus and making the difficult decisions that need to be made.”


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:57

Housing Crisis Laid To Rest In Mock Funeral

There were no tears during a Tuesday morning funeral. That could be because it wasn't real.

The Home Builders Association held a mock funeral to bury the housing crisis, symbolizing the fact that they will no longer dwell on the things they can't control.

President Richard Bancroft says he hopes burying the housing crisis will allow others to move forward and help with economic growth.

"We are not going to participate in the negative press, we are going to move forward," Bancroft said.

Following the funeral, Bancroft announced the construction of a new addition that will house the Akron Area Board of Realtors to the headquarters of the Home Builders Association on White Pond Dr. The complex will be known as The Greater Akron Housing Center.

Bancroft says the new alliance of the two organizations will stress the benefits of home ownership.

"Home ownership creates stability, pride, a sense of accomplishment and economic growth. 2,100 jobs are created for every 1,000 new home that are built," he said.

Mayor Don Plusquellic, State Representative Lynn Slaby and Summit County Executive Russ Pry joined together to put a five nails in the coffin, to finally bury the negativity of the housing crisis.

Consistent with the message, Mayor Don Plusquellic  announced the construction of a housing development in Akron that will begin later this spring.

The new housing development will be placed where the empty Guinther school building is located on Carnegie Ave.

A total of 19 single-family homes will be constructed for moderate family incomes ranging from $110,000 to $130,000.

"These homes, I think, will provide a recommitment on our part for bringing back the housing market," Plusquellic said. 


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Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:12

AUDIO Slaby Looking For Tax Opinions

Akron State Representative Lynn Slaby is looking for opinions from businesses, residents and governments in Ohio concerning the the tax structure.

Slaby is a member of the Tax Structure Study Committee, which will meet Friday morning beginning at 10:30 at the Martin Center on the University of Akron campus.

The Tax Structure Committee has been meeting around the state of Ohio gathering opinions on the Tax Code in Ohio. The goal of the committee is to sit down and write a bill that would streamline the tax structure.

Slaby says there are three areas that the committee will examine. First is the 'CAT' tax, or Commercial Activities Tax. Second, is the sales and use taxes. Third, is how tax expenditures are spent.

Meetings have already been held in Columbus, Dayton and Toledo. Next Monday, a meeting will be held in Zanesville before shifting back to Columbus.

The 11-member committee is made up of 7 Republicans of the Ohio House of Representatives and 4 Democrats. 

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