Tracked House Bills – November 2021

Federal News:

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill signed, with key help from an Ohioan: On Monday, November 15, President Biden signed the largest public works bill since the Eisenhower Administration’s federal interstate highway program. On November 5, the House voted 228-206 to approve the bill (including 13 Republican House members, who have since received death threats and vitriolic messages from constituents… welcome to our America in 2021). For some local flavor, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D – Columbus), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, led the breakthrough in the House’s logjam in passing this measure.

Tracked Senate Bills – November 2021

Pending ARPA changes to expand and add new eligible uses of funds: Legislation currently under consideration in the Congress may serve to dramatically expand the eligible uses of ARPA funds. The proposed State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act does not add new appropriations under ARPA, but rather frees-up funding for (i) those governments which had no or low revenue impacts from COVID-19, (ii) emergency funding related to natural disasters, and (iii) an expanded list of infrastructure projects.

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce to Launch Love Local Campaign

The Seneca Regional Chamber will launch a campaign beginning on November 8th to encourage those living in Seneca County to support all things local instead of going out of town or online to non-locally owned and operated entities as the holiday season quickly approaches.

Putnam County Launches 7th Pre-Apprenticeship Program in NW Ohio

Putnam County launched its first state registered pre-apprenticeship program, Trade UP!, on August 25 with ten students in the 2021 cohort. According to Apprentice Ohio, this is only the 7th pre-apprentice program in northwest Ohio, which is comprised of 23 counties.