At the start of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly, Representative Arndt was appointed the Chair of the Ohio House’s new Aging and Long-Term Care Committee. A standing policy committee, its purpose is to focus on the strategies and solutions that can support Ohioans and their families as they age. Representative Arndt has guided this committee during this General Assembly and has brought in a wide variety of experts to educate committee members on the various challenges and opportunities facing the state. Issues include expanding the purchase of long-term care insurance, increasing the number of nurses, finding new strategies to assist families and individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia, and elder abuse. The major accomplishments for the Aging and Long Term Care Committee include passing Palliative Care and Elder Financial Abuse legislation. Moving forward, Rep. Arndt hopes that this committee can work on bills dealing with the following issues establishing caregiver support and training for community-based settings, certification for memory care units and a statewide plan for Aging and Dementia.
This issue is personal for Steve, as he was the caregiver for his mother towards the end of her life. She passed away on the date, August 21st, which is Representative Arndt’s birthday. For his efforts on this vital issue, Steve Arndt was named legislator of the year by the Association of Area Offices on Aging.
Of all the issues that Representative Arndt has worked on throughout his 40 years of public service, he is most passionate about protecting Ohio’s greatest natural resource, Lake Erie. As Ottawa County Commissioner, Arndt was recognized by Toledo Area Council of Governments with the Regional Leadership Award. The award recognized his work for his testimony before the U.S. Congress for the reauthorization of the Clean Water Act, forming the Portage River Basin Council and spearheading an international conference on water quality.
Since becoming a state representative, Steve Arndt has focused on bringing stakeholders from the agricultural, environmental and manufacturing communities together to protect the lake. He believes strongly that we can only solve this issue is by bringing different groups together. That is why he, along with Senator Randy Gardner, led the effort to pass the bipartisan Clean Lake 2020 Bill, which invests $36 million to preserve and protect Lake Erie. The funding will go toward soil and water conservation districts in the Lake Erie Basin and to the Water Phosphorous Program for activities such as soil testing, tributary monitoring, water and drainage management, and an agricultural phosphorous reduction loan program. Further, the bill money to be used to purchase in-lake monitoring equipment. This bill passed the Ohio General Assembly in 2018 and was signed by the Governor this summer.
Moving forward, Representative Arndt wants to utilize the same mindset of bringing people together to preserve Lake Erie. Specifically, Rep. Arndt would like to focus on bringing more resources to support best practices that preserve and protect our precious resources.
Representative Steve Arndt has vast experience working on the security and accessibility of the ballot box.
As Ottawa County Commissioner, Rep. Arndt worked his local board of elections in implementing two new voting systems, the last one as part of the Help America Vote Act. As a State Representative, Arndt has focused on ensuring that Ohio has the most advanced and safe election process in the country. He believes that voting should be as convenient as possible for all Ohio citizens. This is why he fought (successfully) to fund the voter machine replacement program, alongside Democratic colleague Rep. John Patterson, in the state budget in 2017. In 2018, Steve Arndt cosponsored Senate Bill 135, which provides $114 million dollars for counties to assist them in updating their equipment. The bill passed the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor in the summer of 2018.
For his efforts on this crucial issue, Representative Arndt was awarded the 2018 Robert E. Hughes Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Association of Elected Officials.
Representative Arndt sees the vast progress made in the nation’s and the state’s economy during Republican governance. In the last 8 years, Ohio businesses have created hundreds of thousands of jobs in part due to the low taxes and more favorable regulatory environment that the General Assembly and the Governor provided.
Steve Arndt is a strong supporter of small businesses. As a state representative Rep. Arndt has worked on the issue of crowdfunding and legislation that allow small businesses to remit sales tax on b the cash bases. For his work on these issues, Rep. Arndt has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Arndt is also committed to fighting for the laborer and union members. He has provided assistance on many economic development projects and workforce development initiatives. For his work for the laborer, Steve Arndt has been endorsed by many local union organizations. Please click here for a list of Representative’s Arndt’s endorsements.
Steve Arndt is passionate about the safety and success of Ohio’s children. Since his time in the Ohio House of Representatives, Arndt has promoted a high-quality education system and school safety by sponsoring H.B. 37. He has voted for historic investments for schools and hopes to see more funding for public schools in the next General Assembly and presently serves on a special school funding task force. Steve has also sponsored legislation to protect students from cyber bullying. Due to his efforts, Representative Arndt has been endorsed by the Ohio Education Association for his 2018 campaign.
Representative Arndt also sponsored House Bill 549, which would have schools start back after Labor Day. While school boards would be able to opt out of the provision, this legislation would begin conversations across the state about when it is best for students to head back to school. Steve knows the importance that summer jobs have on a young person’s work ethic and academic motivation. Further, this bill would increase economic activity from ensuing vacations that families would take. The bill is currently in the House Education & Career Readiness Committee.
Steve Arndt has also supported funding into drug prevention and treatment services for those afflicted by the opioid epidemic. Moving forward, Rep. Arndt wants to continue the war against the epidemic because he understands the tragic impact it has on so many individuals and their families. This includes more funding for drug prevention, treatment for those afflicted, as well as more resources for law enforcement to combat drug dealers and cartels.