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Legislation Safeguarding Taxpayer Dollars And Preventing Credit Card Abuse Passes Ohio House

Columbus -State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation creating standards for the use of credit and debit cards by political subdivisions, which he joint sponsored with Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton).

Current law in Ohio lacks a uniform policy across the state regarding the use of credit and debit cards by local government entities. House Bill 312 would require political subdivisions to follow certain procedures—including adopting a comprehensive policy, conducting a periodic review, and providing itemized receipts—for credit cards.

“House Bill 312 provides transparent, accountable, and practical safeguards to protect the integrity of our local communities, and the responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars is paramount to building and sustaining the public’s trust,” said Greenspan.

The bill requires the name of the political subdivision to appear on each credit card and check related to its account. Additionally, these entities, including counties, must report any rewards accrued from credit cards annually to the Auditor of State. House Bill 312 also generally prohibits the use of debit card accounts by local governments except for law enforcement purposes.

House Bill 312, which seeks to protect taxpayer dollars and encourage responsible spending, now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Reps. Greenspan, Thompson Applaud Passage Of Bill Affirming Ohio's Ties With Israel

Columbus - State Representatives Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House passed House Concurrent Resolution 10, which condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and brings attention to incidents of anti-Semitism at college campuses in Ohio.

House Concurrent Resolution 10 aims to reinforce the relationship Ohio has with Israel by strengthening ties and increasing collaboration with the country through business, government, the arts, culture and education. The resolution also works to raise awareness about recent events across the nation where anti-Semitic sentiments and the BDS movement have been promoted on college campuses.  In an effort to protect students’ right to free speech, the resolution also urges university administrators to discipline any faculty, staff or students who violate free speech at colleges and universities in Ohio. 

“I am privileged to lead this resolution to passage in the Ohio House with my joint sponsor, Rep. Greenspan,” Rep. Thompson said. “I know how important it is for Israel and for its many friends in Ohio, especially on our college campuses.”

“This resolution sends a strong message to our state and federal leaders that the General Assembly supports peace, justice, equality, democracy and human rights for all people in the Middle East and in the United States and that we condemn all attacks against the people of Israel and those who support Israel - regardless of their national origin, religion or beliefs,” said Rep. Greenspan.

House Concurrent Resolution 10 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

COLUMBUS - State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the House Insurance Committee unanimously approved House Bill 336, legislation he joint sponsored with Rep. John Barnes (D-Cleveland) that addresses driver’s license reinstatement fees.

The bill would require the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to establish a temporary six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for individuals who had their licenses suspended for a variety of specified offenses.

The program would set up certain eligibility requirements to receive a fee reduction or waiver, including the following: that at least 18 months have passed since the suspension was imposed, the offender is indigent, and the offense that led to the license suspension did not involve alcohol, drugs, or a deadly weapon.

The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative seeks to help Ohioans who may not have the extra funds to pay the fee and are trying to get back on their feet. Many with suspended licenses continue to drive anyway, and the bill would incentivize individuals to legally reinstate their license and keep their insurance coverage.

House Bill 336 now awaits consideration for a vote by the full House.

Legislation Seeks To Improve, Repair Roadways Across Ohio
COLUMBUS - State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Scott Ryan (R-Newark) today introduced legislation that would give local governments greater control and financial discretion over road repairs.

House Bill 415 would establish the Local Government Road Improvement Fund, which would be funded by 50 percent of state surplus revenue. Any revenue within the fund would be directly distributed to villages, cities, and townships to go towards road improvements.

"Maintaining our infrastructure is one of our core fundamental responsibilities," said Rep. Greenspan. "This is a public safety, economic development, and overall quality of life issue for our local partners and this distribution formula of state surplus funds is equitable."

The distribution of funds to counties would be based off the total number of miles of roadways maintained by a county divided by the total number of miles maintained by the state. The same holds true for roadways maintained by a political subdivision divided by the number maintained by a county.

"I am pleased to join Rep. Greenspan in offering this legislation which will provide an increased incentive for state and local governments to work together to provide more efficient government," said Rep. Ryan. "This bill will assist in maintaining and improving local infrastructure that is vital to the economic success of all Ohioans."

House Bill 415 now awaits a committee designation.

COLUMBUS - The Ohio House yesterday voted in favor of House Bill 251, sponsored by Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake), which expands the current five-year limit on political subdivisions investment ability to a limit of 10 years. This increases the maturity of the investment, which increases the municipality’s revenue opportunity.

Ultimately, House Bill 251 allows a political subdivision to purchase the debt of another subdivision for a longer period of time. This would be advantageous for both the purchaser and seller because it would result in more investment income for the municipality purchasing the debt, and less interest accrued for the municipality selling their debt, saving taxpayer money.

The current five-year limit hinders many subdivisions from investing in state and local bonds because the investment is impractical when restricted to such a short period of time, according to committee testimony.

House Bill 251 is a Buckeye Pathway bill that passed with bipartisan support and now awaits further consideration from the Ohio Senate.

COLUMBUS - Recently, it seems our country has been impacted over and over again by natural disasters. Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are still reeling from the number of hurricanes that hit the Caribbean over the past several weeks. And now, California is waging a war against wildfires that have already racked up too many deaths.

These events sparked the House’s passage of legislation that had already been in the works for months, the Disaster Relief Act. House Bill 133 will exempt out-of-state communications, utilities, infrastructure companies and other qualifying entities from certain taxes during a declared disaster. These tax exemptions include state and municipal income taxes, state and local sales taxes, the commercial activity tax, and occupational licensing requirements.

This exemption will eliminate red tape, allowing businesses to deploy resources faster and more quickly make repairs should a disaster occur in Ohio. While our state is typically out of the impact range for hurricanes and wildfires, we are still susceptible to natural disasters like tornados, floods, and blizzards. In these circumstances, it is important that our communities get needed help as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ohio has done its part to help other regions of our country in their rebuilding process after these disasters. Our National Guard has been deployed to aid in rescue efforts and contractors statewide have left to return power to people’s homes and rebuild roads and buildings. I’m proud that Ohio has been able to help our fellow citizens, and should we be in a similar situation, the Disaster Relief Act will help other states do the same for us.

I want to thank Nick Phillips for the opportunity to discuss public policy tonight on his show "The Advocate" on WHK Radio 1420 am in Cleveland. Thank you Nick.

Thank you to Jasen Sokol for having me on your show today to discuss House Bill 336 . It is always a privilege to speak to you and your listeners.

Representative Greenspan Applauds Passage Of Legislation Supporting Veterans' Organizations

Columbus - State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation granting certain veterans’ organizations an exemption from property taxes.

House Bill 24, sponsored by Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem), expands a current tax exemption for property to qualifying 501(c)(4) veterans’ organizations that are exempt from federal income tax. Property that is not used for meetings, administrative needs, or to provide programs or services is excluded from this exemption.

House Bill 24 now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

Guest Column From State Representative Dave Greenspan: Local Resources Necessary To Combat Opioid Epidemic

During my first year in the legislature, I have been closely monitoring the opioid epidemic that has been overtaking our state and country. It’s been a complex and comprehensive issue, one that has required cracking down on pill mills and prescription drug laws and increasing prevention efforts. We’ve made great strides in some areas, but a recent announcement by the Ohio Department of Health reveals that there is much more work to be done.

In 2016, over 4,000 deaths of Ohioans were caused by unintentional drug overdoses, a statistic up 32.8 percent from 2015. Much of this increase was found to be due to the presence of stronger drugs, like fentanyl and carfentanil, demonstrating how the opioid crisis continues to evolve. Fentanyl and related drugs were involved in more than half of these drug overdose deaths, compared to 37.9 percent in 2015.

Fentanyl can be hundreds of times stronger than heroin, and carfentanil is even stronger than that. These drugs are so often mixed with other substances, unknowingly to the user, resulting in tougher addictions and more overdoses. We have to help those who are struggling, putting an end to the addiction cycle and cutting off the demand for heroin and other drugs that keep dealers employed.

Through the HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education, and Safety) Agenda at the Ohio House, we’ve worked to establish preventative measures while funneling funds towards the organizations that are on the front lines of this epidemic. For those in the 16th House District and the rest of northeastern Ohio, the ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services) Board of Cuyahoga County is a great resource for the addicted and their loved ones.

Its mission is to improve the well being of our community by eliminating substance abuse and addiction in Cuyahoga County and enhancing support for mental illness, which is so often associated with addiction. More information can be found at or by calling (216) 241-3400. If you or someone you know is fighting addiction, I encourage you to reach out to the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County or another resource for support. Only through asking and receiving help can we hope to end this crisis and return to a healthy Ohio.

Representative Greenspan Announces Open Application Period For 2017 School Bus Rebate Program

COLUMBUS—State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 School Bus Rebate Program.

The EPA is offering up to $20,000 in grant money per vehicle to replace older school buses and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. New and retrofitted vehicles will help reduce harmful exhaust emission, improving the health of students and the community.

School districts, municipalities, or private entities that operate school buses through a contract may apply with the application form available at The application period is open until November 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Representatives Schuring And Greenspan Introduce Legislation Aimed At Protecting Taxpayer Dollars
COLUMBUS-State Representatives Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) and Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today introduced House Bill 312, which would require local governments to establish credit card policies to protect tax dollars. The bill would:

• Require all government entities to enact a credit card policy detailing allowable uses, number of cards, who can use them, credit limits, and reissue periods
• Require for some governmental entities that accounts and policies be reviewed regularly by an appointed compliance officer other than the treasurer of the government entity
• Ban the use of debit cards, except for certain law-enforcement purposes
• Authorize the Auditor of State to create rules for the disclosure and audit of credit card rewards accrued by local governments

“This legislation encourages and promotes additional transparency and oversight for spending Ohioans’ tax dollars, while affirming a responsive and responsible form of governing,” said Rep. Greenspan.

“I’m honored to be a part of Auditor Yost’s efforts to put safeguards around the use of credit cards by local governments, and I want to commend him for the time he has taken to develop the framework for this legislation,” said Rep. Schuring. “Without the checks and balances that are incorporated in this bill, there is potential exposure for local governments to negligently use or abuse credit cards in a way that will ultimately cost taxpayer dollars.”

COLUMBUS - State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) announced that the Ohio House has voted to override the Governor's veto of a provision in the state biennial budget bill related to the managed care organizations (MCOs) sales tax replacement plan.

Under the budget bill, House Bill 49, Medicaid managed care organizations would be subject to a franchise fee, replacing a state and local sales tax on purchases made by Medicaid MCOs. In 2014, the state of Ohio was advised by the federal government that applying this sales tax was no longer permissible under federal law and that Ohio must comply by the end of June 2017.

This franchise fee will be a replacement for the revenue local governments previously collected through the MCO sales tax. The House overrode the Governor's veto of this provision, including a measure that requires the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid to seek federal approval to raise the franchise fee, which has the potential to raise up to an additional $207 million each fiscal year.

"This is an important message to send to our local partners, including Cuyahoga County and RTA, that we support their efforts to serve the residents and businesses of northeast Ohio," said Rep. Greenspan.

The additional funds raised will be distributed to each county and transit authority that experiences reduced sales tax revenues due to the cessation of the sales tax on Medicaid MCOs, providing more aid to counties in their fight against the opioid epidemic.

Representative Greenspan Announces Passage Of "Judy's Law"

Judy's Law inspired by woman set on fire by estranged boyfriend

Columbus - State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House has passed House Bill 63, also known as “Judy’s Law,” which strengthens the penalties for perpetrators of felonious assault if an accelerant is used in committing the offense.

State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) introduced the legislation after learning about a Gahanna mother, Judy Malinowski, who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her estranged boyfriend. Over 600 days later, Malinowski has had more than 50 surgeries and is still fighting for her life. Due to current law, the judge was only able to impose an 11-year sentence on her abuser.

House Bill 63 would allow judges to add an additional prison term of six years for felonious assault if the offender used an accelerant in committing the offense and the abuse resulted in a permanent disfigurement or permanent substantial incapacity.

Despite her horrific condition, Malinowski has continued to speak out about domestic violence and has made every effort to warn other victims. She also bravely recorded video testimony encouraging legislators to pass House Bill 63.

NBC4 this week announced that Malinowski has been moved to a palliative care center and is no longer receiving medical care, but is resting comfortably. Malinowski’s family remains optimistic.

Judy’s Law passed unanimously with bipartisan support and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Ohio House Stiffens Penalties For Assault Or Murder Of First Responders, Military Members
COLUMBUS - State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation that would increase penalties against an offender who feloniously assaults or murders a first responder or member of the military with targeted intent.

House Bill 38, sponsored by Rep. Greenspan, expands the offense of aggravated murder to include purposely causing the death of a first responder or military member when the offender had specific intent to commit the crime against one of these individuals. Under the legislation, a first responder is defined as a firefighter or emergency medical service provider. Additionally, the definition of a military member includes a member of the United States Armed Forces, reserves, the Ohio National Guard, or a participant in ROTC.

The bill also increases the penalty for a targeted felonious assault against a first responder or military member from a second degree felony to a first degree felony, requiring a mandatory prison term of three to eleven years if the victim suffered serious physical harm.

“There have been repeated incidences of disturbing attacks on those who have dedicated their lives to protect and serve our communities and our nation,” said Representative Greenspan. “This bill sends a strong message of support to those brave men and women who see us at our worst or in our greatest times of need and to those who protect and defend our freedoms and liberties.”

Also known as the “Public Safety and Military Protection Act,” House Bill 38 comes in response to a recent upsurge in specifically directed attacks on police officers and other officials, including the murders of a Danville police officer and a Kirkersville Police Chief in Ohio. Passed during National Police Week, the bill retains current law with regard to enhanced protections related to law enforcement and peace officers, but expands those definitions to include those who previously served in such a capacity.

House Bill 38, a part of the Buckeye Pathway policy platform, now awaits further consideration in the Ohio Senate.

Representative Dave Greenspan Votes Yes for House Budget 
Budget bill prioritizes combating the drug epidemic, schools

COLUMBUS-The Ohio House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 49, the state operating budget. The bill addresses some of Ohio's most pressing issues, including more than $170 million in funding towards combating Ohio's opioid epidemic and providing additional resources to schools. Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) voted in support of the legislation.
In response to lower than expected revenue estimates, the House restrained spending and facilitated sound fiscal policies by staying under the rate of inflation for the first time in several years and spending about $2.5 billion less than the executive proposal over the biennium.
To underscore the importance of combating the state's deadly opioid epidemic, the House appropriated funds totaling $170.6 million in new money to invest in prevention, treatment, mental health care, and workforce programs through the HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education and Safety) Agenda. Resources will be directed as follows:
* $80 million toward treatment (transitional housing, nursing beds pilot program, ADAMHS boards, expanding treatment/detox programs, drug courts)
* $50 million toward supporting children (Child Protective Services and kinship care)
* $19.4 million toward mental health (stabilization centers, residential state supplement, BCI processing lab reports, telemedicine coverage and mental health court pilot program)
* $12.2 million toward prevention (community coalition funding, investing in innovation & technology, accessible educational resources and Start Talking!)
* $9 million toward workforce (Short-term certificates and SNAP workforce & training funding)
Enhancing opportunities for all Ohioans is a central component of the state operating budget through additional school funding, ensuring that students have the resources to learn and grow. House Bill 49 increases funding compared to the executive budget proposal by more than $90 million over the biennium.
Through a series of provisions, the budget strengthens accountability in the state's Medicaid program by placing guardrails on future Medicaid Group VIII spending through the Controlling Board. The bill also returns Medicaid oversight to the General Assembly by directing the Department of Medicaid to seek a federal waiver to require a Group VIII Medicaid recipient to be one of the following: over 55, medically fragile, employed, in an education or workforce training program, or in a recovery program.
Additional provisions in the budget include:
* Simplifying the tax code by reducing the number of tax brackets and eliminating tax changes included in the executive budget proposal
* Protecting vulnerable Ohio children by providing $400,000 to the Providence House for crisis care
* Investing in Ohio's history by providing $500,000 to the Western Reserve Historical Society for new facility construction
* Restoring the MARCS radio credit for local governments by having $4,000,000 restored for our local municipalities
* Addressing Ohio's rising prison population by expanding options for local communities to divert some low-level offenders from the crowded state prison system
* Ensuring children receive the care and attention they deserve by restoring the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) program and funding it at $3 million per year
* Directing additional resources to the local level by increasing funding for Indigent Defense
* Providing a head start for Ohio's youth by making sure 3 year olds have access to early childhood education centers
The House's budget bill, sponsored by House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

COLUMBUS— Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) yesterday appointed State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) to the Ohio Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC). Rep. Greenspan will serve as a non-voting member on the 15-member board.

The Ohio BEMC is an agency that works to advance education and accelerate learning for Ohioans through educational broadcasting services. In doing so, it promotes access to and use of educational television and radio and radio reading services. It also administers programs that provide financial and other assistance to these services.

“I am honored to serve on the Commission and utilize my years of experience in television and radio with Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting, and the PGA TOUR Radio Network,” said Rep. Greenspan.

Representative Greenspan’s appointment to the Ohio Broadcast Educational Media Commission took effect on April 17.

Representative Greenspan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Ohio's Vulnerable Populations

COLUMBUS-State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) yesterday announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation to help protect Ohio's seniors and other unsuspecting populations against deceptive marketing practices. House Bill 52 makes several reforms to regulate the solicitation of real property deeds.


House Bill 52, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton), comes in response to deed solicitation scams plaguing many Ohioans, whereby companies outside of Ohio will send official looking notifications to homeowners informing them that they need a copy of their property deed. Further, the notices will request up to $90 for the deed, preying on individuals who are unaware that they can receive a copy of their deed from the county recorder's office for a minimal fee.
"I support this common-sense bill for its added protections to consumers, but particularly our seniors," said Greenspan. "As elected trustees, it is important for us to provide citizens with the tools to combat financial fraud and abuse."
The provisions under the legislation require that specific disclosures be made to consumers when they are solicited a fee for real property deeds, including the cost to obtain the deed from the county recorder, the contact information for the county recorder, and the name and address of the person soliciting the fee. Other reforms prohibit the charging of a fee more than four times the cost to obtain a copy of a deed from the county recorder. A violation of these requirements falls under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and may result in a fine.
House Bill 52 is a part of the Buckeye Pathway, the policy platform of the Ohio House Republican Caucus, as it seeks to protect our vulnerable populations and strengthen families and communities. The bill now awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate.


State Representative Dave Greenspan Announces Upcoming District Event Calendar
COLUMBUS- State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today released a calendar of events in the 16th Ohio House District.

These events include District Roundtable Discussions and Donuts with Dave. 

District Roundtable Discussions are intended to bring Columbus to the district.  In so doing, Rep. Greenspan intends to invite the chairs of various House committees and subject matter experts to the district to discuss the legislative process and bills that have either passed through or are pending in a particular House committee. Additionally, this format will provide Columbus with an opportunity to share with the residents of the district the purpose and intent of public policy and to have an active grassroots dialogue of the issues facing the residents of the district.

Donuts with Dave is a less formal opportunity for constituents to meet one-on-one with Rep. Greenspan to discuss issues that are important to them while sharing a cup of coffee and a doughnut.

The upcoming events are as follows:

District Roundtable: Criminal Justice with Rep. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville)
Monday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
502 Cahoon Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

District Roundtable: Senior and Aging Issues with Rep. Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton)
Monday, April 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

District Roundtable: State and Local Government Issues with Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)
Monday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126

Doughnuts with Dave
Saturday, April 29th 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126

All constituents are welcome to attend any or all of these events. If you are unable to join these events but would like to meet with Rep. Greenspan, please contact his office by phone at (614) 466-0961 or by email at to schedule a meeting in the district or in Columbus.

Representative Greenspan Applauds Passage of Legislation Increasing Access to Summer Meal Programs in Local Schools
COLUMBUS-State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) yesterday applauded the Ohio House's passage of legislation that permits organizations to operate summer food programs Ohio's schools. House Bill 80 was joint sponsored by Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid), both of whom represent important areas in Northeast Ohio.
House Bill 80 allows school districts that opt out of providing summer food services to allow a summer food service program sponsor to utilize its facilities, with the approval of their local district board. The bill will increase access to meals for students who depend on free breakfast or lunch during the school year. Unfortunately, many school districts in this state are forced to opt out of this service due to local financial restraints. Under this bill, school districts would be able to charge a reasonable fee for the use of the school's facilities and related services. The food service program providers would be required to have insurance and be pre-approved.  One out of four children in Ohio experience food insecurity and if this bill helps provide relief to those children, then this further demonstrates responsive and responsible government," said Representative Greenspan. House Bill 80 now awaits further consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Representative Greenspan Announces House Committee Membership
COLUMBUS-Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced his committee assignments for the 132nd General Assembly.
"Each one of these committees will have the task of guiding policy and legislation through the Ohio House," Speaker Rosenberger said. "Through the standing committee process, members on both sides of the aisle are charged with utilizing their knowledge and expertise to address issues important to Ohio's constituents, and their work is vital to moving our state forward in a positive direction."
Transportation and Public Safety - Vice Chair
  • This committee receive all legislation for Ohio's transportation infrastructure, and community safety.
 Economic Development, Commerce and Labor
  • This committee is designed to tackle the issues facing Ohio's economic future, employee- management relations, and business development.
 Government, Accountability, and Oversight
  • The committee of Government Accountability, and Oversight will properly review a wide variety of legislation that is critical to the citizens of Ohio.
 Community and Family Advancement
  • This committee will face issues of drug addiction, poverty, and community redevelopment.
 Representative Greenspan released the following statement:

"I'm honored to serve the residents of the 16th House District and the State of Ohio on these very important committees." Representative Greenspan said. He continued by stating, "I'm looking forward to serving as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee. This committee will address some of the most basic and fundamental community based quality of life issues facing our neighborhoods."

Meet the Freshmen of the 132nd General Assembly: Dave Greenspan
Quick Bio Party: Republican
Age: 51
Occupation: Small business owner
Education: B.S. in business and accounting from Troy University
Path to General Assembly: Defeated Democrat Tommy Greene in 2016's closest race for the Ohio Legislature, replacing the term-limited Nan Baker in House District 16.
Marital status: Married
Religion: Jewish
Birthdate: Aug. 7, 1965
Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) has arrived at the Ohio Statehouse after successive turns in more than a half dozen communities in the U.S., bringing with him a keen appreciation for local differences and concerns.

Greenspan, who until recently served on the Cuyahoga County Council and chaired its Finance and Budgeting Committee, landed in Westlake a decade ago to reunite with his college sweetheart (now wife) and quickly became involved in local government after a previous council stint in Sandy Springs, GA.

"I'm fortunate I've been in elective office eight of the last 11 years," says Greenspan, who cites his work establishing police and fire departments in Sandy Springs and a fiscally stable $3 billion budget in Cuyahoga County as some of his more satisfying achievements. He has the distinction of serving on both governments' inaugural councils, with Cuyahoga County adopting a new charter in 2009 and Sandy Springs incorporating as a major municipality in 2005. Call that instant credibility.

"It was one of the largest communities ever to incorporate in the U.S.," Greenspan says of Sandy Springs, which exceeded a population of 100,000 in 2014.

He had spent his early days in New Jersey, completed junior high in south Florida, graduated from high school in Savanna, GA, completed a bachelor's degree in business and accounting at Troy University in Alabama, and began work at an accounting firm in Miami. Over the next 18 years, Greenspan rose to the position of senior production accountant with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta; project manager with Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting 1996; chief operating officer with PGA Tour Radio Network (also in Atlanta); chief financial officer with software company MyTurn, Inc. in Jacksonville Beach, FL; CFO and executive vice president with online auction site ExchangeBLVD, Inc. (back in Atlanta); and ultimately to chief executive officer of his own consulting firm in Westlake, OH, Green Elk Consulting.

It was his grandmother's work raising money for Israeli hospitals that ultimately led him to public service, he says.

"Giving of your time is really what's of value. It's not something you can re-earn," she had told him. "Once you've spent it, you've spent it."

Sandy Springs was an introduction to both state and local government, as Georgia's own Legislative Services Committee (LSC) and Joint Legislative Offices had drafted the city charter approved for local referendum by the Georgia General Assembly.

Greenspan says Cuyahoga County has increased his knowledge of large-scale budgeting, as it boasts the largest municipal budget in the state.

"It's the national model for how partisanly elected officials can operate in a non-partisan fashion," he says of the county's "outcomes-based" budgeting. "They choose to appoint chairmen based on skills rather than political affiliation."

His tenure on county council ran concurrent with the Kasich administration and resulting cuts to the Local Government Fund (LGF).

"It was somewhat of a challenging time to begin with. At the same time as the LGF cuts, you had income tax reductions and property tax reductions," he notes. "What has resulted from that is that our communities are working together more collaboratively to share services."

Greenspan says his own district is beginning to recover in both property and income tax collections, factors the General Assembly will have to consider as it enters a tight budget cycle.

"As legislators, we've got to identify what the priorities are for the state," he says. "Two priorities I think are essential are to ensure our local governments are operating effectively and efficiently and our local school systems are operating effectively and efficiently."

He notes there are still more unemployed Ohioans than available jobs, even if employers cannot always find people with the qualifications and life skills to fill them.

"If we don't get hold of this drug issue, it will undermine all the efforts we've made in the state to grow our economy. Otherwise, it doesn't make a difference if there are thousands of postings at the Ohio Means Jobs website. Businesses may take their jobs elsewhere," Greenspan says, describing an emerging trend in employment screening.

"Some employers are saying to candidates, 'Show up on time and pass a drug test, and we'll train you.'"

He says the state will have to get creative to solve the opioid problem. "There are only a finite amount of financial resources. We need to foster better collaborations with organizations that are handling the education and treatment of those individuals who are addicted."

Among other legislative priorities, Greenspan says the state must continue to pursue an income tax structure that will "put more money in constituents' pockets than government's pockets." He wants to do more research on a sales tax expansion, however.
"As a general rule, I 'm not in favor of broadening the base," he says, addressing one of Gov. John Kasich's recurring budget proposals.

In the meantime, Greenspan is at work on the Public Safety and Military Protection Act, legislation that seeks to protect first responders and soldiers by increasing penalties for those who attack them. It is likely to draw support from a diverse group of lawmakers, though he says more contentious legislation does not mean people cannot be collegial and respectful.

"I may not agree with all opinions, but I want people to feel comfortable that they can come to me. People should be treated fairly, whether it's a progressive opinion or a conservative opinion," says Greenspan.

I wanted to take a moment and express my most sincere thanks and appreciation for the trust that you have placed in me this past Tuesday.  I am humbled and honored to be your Representative Elect and am looking forward to taking office in January and being YOUR REPRESENTATIVE in Columbus. 

We ran an amazing campaign and I want to thank my family, friends, campaign staff and the dozens of volunteers that stood by me as we walked together toward our common goal. 

I also want to say a special thank you to my fellow colleagues and staff members of the Cuyahoga County Council.  Since 2011, we came together and forged a bond of responsible and responsive government, and those values I will take with me to Columbus. 

We will continue to hold town hall meetings beginning in 2017, and our door will always be open to each and every one of you should you have questions, comments, opinions, or ideas.  Together we will begin a new chapter to reclaim those days of innovation, growth, and prosperity here in Northeast Ohio and throughout the Buckeye State.

Thank you again, and I am looking forward to representing you in Columbus.


Westlake, Ohio: October 20, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District is pleased to announce that this past weekend we reached a milestone in the campaign:


"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our campaign staff, fellow elected officials and their staff & our dozens of volunteers for their tireless efforts and dedication. Your continued support is both energizing and humbling. This would not be possible without all of you. Thank you very much and I look forward to representing you in Columbus." Greenspan stated.

The 16th House District is comprised of the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

Please direct all interview requests to George Phillips 440.520.9828 or



Westlake, OH September 30, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District is pleased to announce that this past weekend we reached a milestone in the campaign, We knocked on our 40,000th door!!!!

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our campaign staff, fellow elected officials and their staff & our dozens of volunteers for their tireless efforts and dedication. Your continued support is both energizing and humbling. This would not be possible without all of you. Thank you very much and I look forward to representing you in Columbus." Greenspan stated.

The 16th House District is comprised of the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

Please direct all interview requests to George Phillips 440.520.9828 or

Dave Greenspan Launches First Campaign Advertisement

Westlake, OH September 13, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District is pleased to announce that his first campaign advertisement has been released.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my campaign staff and our dozens of volunteers that have made this possible. This is truly a team effort! I look forward to representing you in Columbus" Greenspan stated.

The 16th House District is comprised of the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

Please direct all interview requests to George Phillips 440.520.9828 or

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Westlake, OH September 6, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District is pleased to announce that this past weekend we reached a milestone in the campaign, We knocked on our 30,000th door!!!!

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our campaign staff, fellow elected officials and their staff & our dozens of volunteers for their tireless efforts and dedication. Your continued support is both energizing and humbling. This would not be possible without all of you. Thank you very much and I look forward to representing you in Columbus." Greenspan stated.

The 16th House District is comprised of the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

Please direct all interview requests to George Phillips 440.520.9828 or


Westlake, OH June 9, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District has opened a campaign office.

Campaign Director George Phillips stated, "We are pleased to announce that Team Greenpsan has opened a campaign office in the heart of the 16th District. This office will not only serve our staff and countless dedicated volunteers, but most importantly this will give the residents of the district a place and the opportunity to stop in, and talk with us regarding issues that are most important to them, their family and their community."

The office is located at:
20545 Center Ridge Road
Suite 408
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Please contact George Phillips at 440.520.9828 or for more information.

Westlake, OH June 9, 2016 - Dave Greenspan, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 16th District is pleased to announce the expansion of his campaign team for the upcoming general election.

George Phillips will serve as Campaign Director and William "Bill" White will serve as Campaign Manager.

"George and Bill bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. George's experience in the field as a former GOP Nominee for the Ohio House of Representatives and also as a consultant to various candidates and elected officials will greatly enhance our strategic planning for the campaign. Bill understands the inner workings of the Ohio House and has a proven track record of managing success campaigns for various representatives." Greenspan commented.

Also joining the team are Campaign Coordinators Jonathan Jurisevic, Alex Corbett, and Anna Rostomyan.

"Jonathan, Alex, and Anna are a welcome addition to the team. Each brings unique skills that will greatly enhance our campaign efforts." Greenspan added.
The 16th House District is comprised of the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

Please direct all interview requests to George Phillips 440.520.9828 or



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