The Ohio legislature has been dedicated to the cause of designating. Over the years, the General Assembly has designated more than 90 special days, weeks or months. They include Ohio Turfgrass Week, Dean Martin Day (he was an Ohio boy), Ohio Wines Month, School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day and Save for Retirement Week.
The Ohio legislature has been dedicated to the cause of designating.
Over the years, the General Assembly has designated more than 90 special days, weeks or months. They include Ohio Turfgrass Week, Dean Martin Day (he was an Ohio boy), Ohio Wines Month, School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day and Save for Retirement Week.
In a true show of bipartisanship last month, senators came together to designate March as Ohio Maple Syrup Products Month, an initiative that passed without objection. It now goes to the House.
Maple-syrup production has a stronghold in northeastern Ohio, and the state is consistently ranked in the top five for production each year.
“You may often think of Vermont, Canada, even Mrs. Butterworth and that great bottle when you think maple syrup, but this is going to change all that, Mr. President, members of the Senate, because now you’re going to think Ohio,” co-sponsor Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, said on the chamber’s floor on May 28.
On the last day of the session before summer break last week, the Senate passed a bill that would designate Feb. 21 as Rascal Flatts Day. The Grammy-award-winning country-music band has central Ohio roots, and the date will commemorate the release of the trio’s first No. 1 single, 2000’s Prayin’ for Daylight.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, who said the band should be commemorated for its impact on the Ohio economy and its allegiance to the state.
The Senate introduced a measure in November that would designate the second Tuesday in April as Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day.
“Internships and co-ops provide students with exciting opportunities and insight into new career possibilities,” said sponsor Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City. “The hands-on experience that accompanies these programs offers future professionals a jump-start into the workforce.”
And while some of the designations are for fun things, the legislature also has considered several bills aimed at raising awareness of particular medical issues. These include making Sept. 23 Hereditary Hemochromatosis Awareness Day and March 9 Meningitis Awareness Day, both of which were set to be delivered to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
However, measures that designate Childhood Asthma Awareness Day on May 5 and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12 are sitting in committee.