The Chronicle: HB 154 passes first House committee

“House Bill 154, one of three pieces of legislation addressing the state’s takeover of struggling school districts, passed the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee on Tuesday evening.

The bill, introduced by state Reps. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, and Don Jones, R-Freeport, looks to dissolve existing Academic Distress Commissions and prevent the creation of new ones and require improvement plans for low-performing buildings, passed 11-2. State Reps. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and Todd Smith, R-Germantown, voted against the bill.”

Zach Stepp The umpire strikes back: Ohio bill would make assaulting sports referees a felony

“Miller, an Amherst Democrat, said he’s heard stories of other umpires who have taken huge amounts of abuse.

“We just have too many adults that are bringing bad behavior to the sporting arena, and then they’re directing it at officials, umpires, referees and such,” Miller said.”

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Fox 8 News: Fear on the fields: A push for stronger penalties for assaults on referees

“And Roemer, and his co-sponsor Joe Miller agree. Roemer, who umpired baseball games for close to two decades, said he believes lawmakers have to take action.

"The Ohio High School Athletic Association is having a lot of difficulties finding umpires, they are having trouble finding soccer referees, and football officials," Roemer said. "The number one reason identified is the abuse the umpire and referees take.""

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The Oberlin Review: State Representative Speaks at Kendal at Oberlin

“Ohio State Representative Joe Miller came to Kendal at Oberlin Friday, April 12 to discuss women’s rights, the so-called “heartbeat bill,” and the challenges he faced in the first four months of his first term.

Miller was hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area at their monthly Legislative Luncheon. The audience included Kendal at Oberlin residents; members of the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area; Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group; and Lorain County Rising.”

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The Morning Journal: Ohio Rep. Joe Miller to soon introduce legislation on school takeovers

“State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced March 8 he will introduce bipartisan legislation with Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) to repeal portions of House bill 70, the 2015 bill that brought on state takeovers of local schools in Lorain, Youngstown and East Cleveland, according to a news release.

“Placing these districts under state control has been a disaster,” said Miller in the release. “In each case, the Academic Distress Commission has been unable to work effectively alongside the district’s teachers, school leaders and community at-large.”

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