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Representative Roegner’s Memorial Day Speech

May 28, 2012



Ohio now selling specialty license plate supporting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 Beacon Journal staff report
Akron Beacon Journal
October 21, 2016

plate-designOhioans can buy specialty license plates showing their support for everything from their favorite sports teams to horses to ovarian cancer.

Now, they can also purchase plates that benefit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The state Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering the plate, which features an image of Blue Hen Falls.

It costs an extra $35 a year, with $15 going to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the park’s nonprofit friends group.

State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, sponsored the bill to recognize the park as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary.

“My family has enjoyed the natural beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as we have spent countless hours hiking the trails or bicycling along the many bike paths,” she said in a prepared statement. “Each time we visit the park, the sheer magnificence of the experience takes our breath away.”

For more information about how to get the specialty plate, go


For the Ohio House: Kristina Roegner in the 37th District and Judith Lynn Lee in the 38th District

By the Beacon Journal editorial board

Akron Beacon Journal

September 28, 2016


This editorial page has disagreed sharply with Kristina Roegner during her six years in the Ohio House. That includes her support of the heartbeat bill, deep reductions in income tax rates and a freeze on standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. These and other differences remain. Yet the Hudson Republican delivered for the 37th District and the rest of the state when she pushed her party hard to bring much-improved oversight and accountability to the dismal charter school industry.

With that in mind, we recommend the re-election of Kristina Roegner on Nov. 8.

When the Republican majorities may have wanted to buckle, Roegner proved a steady, credible and decisive voice in support. She pressed for as strong of a measure as possible, for instance, gaining, after much struggle, language that requires for-profit management firms to provide greater detail about their spending.

Roegner knows that additional work remains on this front. She intends to propose legislation that would return funds misused by charter schools directly back to public school districts. All of this reflects something of the education of a legislator. Roegner readily acknowledges the need to focus on leading priorities at the Statehouse, matters that advance the state as a whole. So it is with the scandal in charter schools. Her voice will be needed if her fellow Republicans start to more


New law gives immunity in overdose cases

A new Ohio law that provides immunity to people for minor drug possession offenses when they seek emergency help for someone suffering a drug overdose takes affect on Tuesday.

By Edd Pritchard / Repository staff writer

Canton Repository

September 12, 2016

GREEN Ohio now has a law allowing people to avoid criminal charges if they call for help when someone is experiencing a drug overdose.

The “911 Good Samaritan” law, passed in June, takes affect today. It gives immunity on minor drug possession offenses when someone calls 911 for medical assistance. It also allows community police and fire departments to share information about overdose cases, said Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay.

The law won’t let drug dealers escape arrest, Sprague said, but it does spare someone from facing minor charges when seeking help for a person who has overdosed.

That would have made a difference for Cindy Koumoutzis when her daughter suffered an overdose in their home.

After reviving her daughter using CPR, Koumoutzis dialed 911 for help. But during the call she realized that law enforcement might come with paramedics. Koumoustzis asked the dispatcher if an officer would come to her house. When the dispatcher said an officer would be on the way, Koumoutzis canceled the call.

She had scanned her daughter’s bedroom. She saw drugs, a syringe and other paraphernalia used with heroin. If a police officer came to the house, would she be charged?

Because she feared possible charges, Koumoutzis — the state director for Ohio CAN, Change Addiction Now — decided to take her revived daughter to a hospital, where she recovered.

The situation was different for Travis Bornstein’s son, Tyler. When Tyler overdosed, the people he used drugs with dumped him in a vacant lot. He died and was found the next day.

Koumoutzis and Bornstein, both Lake Township residents, shared their stories Monday morning during a program with Sprague and local legislators Rep. Anthony DeVitis, R-Green, and Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson.

The three state representatives want to be certain that Ohio residents are aware of the law and that they can help someone without fear of facing criminal charges.

“You should never be afraid to call for help,” Roegner said.

The new law is just one tool available to help as Ohio battles an opiate addition epidemic, the lawmakers said. Sprague noted that most people who use heroin are doing the drug with friends. But when some suffers an overdose they usually are found alone because people scatter instead of trying to help.

“This bill will save lives as long as someone calls,” Kousmoustzis said.

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Legislative inaction adds to Ohio charter schools’ ills: Brent Larkin

by Brent Larkin

Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 21, 2015


As students throughout Ohio head back to the classroom, it’s time to take the first test of the new school year.

Q: What’s significant about 117,730?

A: That’s the number of children enrolled in charter schools in Ohio — a state with some of the worst such schools in the nation, a place in desperate need of meaningful reform and regulation.

What’s happening inside these schools isn’t part of Gov. John Kasich’s Ohio “miracle.” To the contrary, what’s happening is manmade. And it’s intentional.

Many of these schools take your tax money, but they fail miserably in the the task of educating children. And they get away with it because state regulation of these schools is inexcusably feeble.

Q: Doesn’t Article 6.02 of the Ohio Constitution require the state to provide a “thorough and efficient system of common schools throughout the state?”

A: It does. But Ohio has been willfully violating that requirement for years. The state legislature’s failure to adequately regulate charter schools amounts to nothing less than criminal neglect.

Q: How can this happen when so many state legislators are on record supporting better regulation?

A: Remember, some legislators lie a lot.

When it comes to people running the Ohio General Assembly, watch what they do. Ignore what they say.

Q: Earlier this year, the Ohio House passed a decent bill requiring charter schools to keep better records on student performance and to do a better job educating children, and making it easier to put the underperforming ones out of business. Isn’t that now the law?

A: No. The Senate made the law passed by the House, known as House Bill 2, even better. But House Republican leadership, headed by Speaker Cliff Rosenberger sent members home for the summer, saying there wasn’t enough time to deal with the Senate’s many changes.

Q: Is that a legitimate excuse?

A: It’s an intentional falsehood. Days earlier, the same House took about six seconds to wrest control of the Youngstown school system from the people who live there. The heist was done in broad daylight, without holding a single hearing, without giving the public a moment’s heads up.

There’s no law saying the legislature can’t meet during the summer. The “too many changes” argument advanced by Rosenberger and others was a canard.

State Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson and the prime sponsor of HB 2, told me, “I love the changes the Senate put in there.”

Q: Then why didn’t the House do what’s right for children and concur with the Senate bill?

A: Because some things matter more to many legislators than children. In the past 17 years, charter school operators have donated more than $6 million to Republican candidates and causes.

In late June and early July, as the future of HB 2 hung in the balance, online charter school leader William Lager contributed $91,726 to Republican candidates and lawmakers who were considering the charter reform measure, according to an Aug. 10 story in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

With more than 14,000 students, Lager’s Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is Ohio’s largest charter school. It’s also one of Ohio’s worst-performing.

Q: Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich said he wanted the legislature to enact stricter measures governing underperforming charter schools. Kasich must be furious over the House’s failure to do what he wanted, right?

A: If that’s the case, he’s hiding it well.

To my knowledge Kasich hasn’t said anything substantive about the House’s decision to go home instead of helping kids. An Aug. 12 email to Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols asking if the governor would have signed the bill sent him by the Senate went unanswered.

In an Aug. 19 campaign stop in New Hampshire, Kasich made a vague reference to it being hard for Republican legislators to crack down on charter schools, but made no direct mention of his cowardly GOP colleagues back home.

My guess is Kasich would have signed the Senate version. Nevertheless, it’s also worth noting that some of Kasich’s closest political allies and personal friends have been paid by Lager and other charter school operators to make sure the legislature protects bad schools.

Q: Won’t the House pass a reform bill when legislators return to Columbus in September?

A: Probably. Media outlets from every corner of Ohio will have shamed them into doing something. But by slinking out of town without acting on the Senate’s changes to the bill, House leaders guaranteed that kids get the shaft for at least another semester.

Plus, these people are not to be trusted. Expect them to slip in some provisions that water down the bill. Remember, with this crowd, donations trump a child’s needs.

Q: Rep. Roegner is a conservative Republican in a state run by conservative Republicans. How is it she failed to get this bill passed?

A: Roegner has traits that limit her effectiveness in the legislature. She’s smart, graduating with honors from prestigious universities (Tufts and Wharton) many of her colleagues have probably never even heard of.

She’s honest. Roegner cannot be bought.

She cares. With some notable exceptions, the best members of the legislature tend to be females. And the male leadership in both houses don’t like it one bit when the women in the House and Senate have the nerve to suggest doing what’s best for 11.3 million Ohioans.

“Sometimes I think I’m not singing from the same hymnbook as a lot of people in Columbus,” said Roegner. “I just want what’s best for these kids.”

Roegner didn’t have to take this test. She’s already earned her “A.”

Too bad there are so many deadbeats in her class.

Brent Larkin was The Plain Dealer’s editorial director from 1991 until his retirement in 2009.

Ohio representative drafting law to return some charter school money to public schools

by Gina Mace

Twinsburg Bulletin

August 24, 2016

TWINSBURG, Ohio — Based on a suggestion from a Twinsburg Board of Education member, a state representative has said she will craft legislation that could give misused money from charter schools back to public school districts, rather than have it sent back to the Ohio Department of Education.

The legislation, which Ohio Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-37) said is in its first draft, would return money from charter or community schools that is either misused, not spent on an actual student (perhaps a student who does not attend a charter school) to public school districts, rather than to the Ohio Department Education.

The money would be recovered as a audit by the state auditor.

“That money now goes back to the [Ohio] Department of Mark Curtis said during an Aug. 17 Board of Education meeting.

The draft legislation is the result of a suggestion made by Curtis during an Aug. 8 meeting with Roegner.


Representative Roegner partners with local libraries to promote importance of reading

Hudson Hub Times

June 19, 2016

COLUMBUS– State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) is partnering with local libraries to help promote her “Legislator for a Day” reading program. To participate in the program, children in grades 1st through 6th may stop by any participating library to pick up a bookmark that can be used to document five books they have read.

Each completed bookmark serves as an entry form. Winners will be selected from each participating library and will be invited to come down to Columbus with their parents and spend a day at the Statehouse as a mock legislator.

“I am excited to work collaboratively with our local libraries of Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls, Twinsburg, and Nordonia Hills to promote the importance of reading,” Roegner said. “I want to encourage children to visit their local libraries so they might discover and embrace the joy of reading.”

All participants need to have the bookmark completed and returned to one of the libraries by July 31 in order to qualify. Winners will be selected at random from each participating library. Winners will receive a tour of the Ohio statehouse, a private lunch with Representative Roegner and the opportunity to participate in a mock legislative session.


State House approves bill to establish speed limit zones for boarding schools

by Marc Kovac

Hudson Hub Times

May 23, 2016

COLUMBUS — Communities would be allowed to establish lower speed limit zones in the vicinity of boarding schools, including Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, under legislation OK’d May 18 by the Ohio House.

HB 455 moved on a unanimous vote and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

The proposed law changes were offered by Reps. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson), both of whom have boarding schools located in their districts.

Existing state law allows school zones with speed limits of 20 mph during certain hours — before and after school and during recess.

But current state law does not recognize boarding schools as part of those zones, Patterson said. HB 455 would enable local communities to establish zones at boarding schools, setting speed limits, effective hours and other details in consultation with school administration and county engineer.

“This bill is entirely permissive,” Roegner said. “It’s all about local control.”

Roegner earlier told lawmakers that there are seven boarding schools in Ohio, including WRA in Hudson, where about half of the 400 students who attend live on campus.

Patterson said a study of the road adjacent to a boarding school in his district tracked more than a third of drivers breaking the posted 35 mph speed limit. Nearly 400 of 5,500 vehicles were clocked at 51-60 mph.

“As you know, it only takes on accident to injure or, God forbid, take a life,” Patterson said. “The school, the township trustees and county prosecutors were all in agreement — College Street needed a special school zone to limit speeds at seemingly odd times/ Current law does not recognize, as I said, the formation of such a boarding school zone, hence the need for this legislation.”


Ohio senators and representatives talk Ebola, confident in state’s ‘aggressive’ response

by Brie Zeltner

Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 15, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio — About 100 Ohio state representatives and senators had a discussion Wednesday night about Ebola with Gov. John Kasich and state health officials, asking questions about the state’s preparedness for a potential outbreak after learning that Dallas Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson spent time in Ohio just before falling ill.

State Rep.Kristina Roegner, a Hudson Republican, organized the conference call with Summit County representatives and senators, she said. Throughout the day, however, it became clear that the entire state needed information. Working with Gov. John Kasich’s office, the call eventually expanded to about 100 people.

“Everyone is rightfully concerned,” Roegner said in a phone interview with The Plain Dealer after the call. “This is an issue that transcends politics, race, gender and socioeconomic status. The enemy is Ebola and we need to come together.”

The state representatives and senators asked questions, she said, mostly about Ohio’s preparedness and supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), the gear that nurses and healthcare workers need to stay safe when caring for Ebola patients.

“The health department said they recently increased their supply of PPE by 500 percent,” she said. “They have been planning since July 28th. I have to say it was very reassuring.”

Roegner said they discussed what the plan would be moving forward, as well. She said the state’s response to Ebola would be “more aggressive” than the CDC — people who have had direct contact with someone who is infected will be quarantined for 21 days; those who have been within three feet of the person but not had direct contact and are not showing symptoms will have to report somewhere twice a day to have their temperature taken for 21 days; those who have been only in the vicinity of an infected person will self-monitor. Anyone experiencing symptoms will be expected to report them immediately to a doctor or hospital.

The healthcare workers who had direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, including Vinson, were self-monitoring for symptoms during the time that Vinson traveled to Cleveland. CDC director Tom Frieden has said that she should not have been allowed to board a plane, given her contact with Duncan and the fact that she had a slightly elevated temperature of 99.5 degrees when she returned to Dallas.

Roegner said she is confident that Ohio is prepared to handle any cases that arise.

“We are on top of this in Ohio and we are going to be out in front of this making sure the disease doesn’t spread,” she said. “This is an aggressive illness, so we’re going to be aggressive in response.”

Ohioans with questions about Ebola can call a 24/7 call center staffed by nurses and other health professionals at the Ohio Department of Health at 1-866-800-1404.


Group selects Roegner as ‘Watchdog of the Treasury’

Hudson Hub Times

September 23, 2012

State Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) was honored recently at the “Watchdog of the Treasury” award ceremony, hosted by the United Conservatives of Ohio.

The award recognizes key legislators or policymakers who strive to restore responsible limited government, lower taxes, free enterprise and regulatory relief, and personal freedom.

“It is an absolute honor to receive this award from the United Conservatives of Ohio,” Roegner said.

The United Conservatives of Ohio supports the responsible spending of taxpayers’ dollars, the reduction of government waste, and a free-market system of competition among private sector firms, according to a press release from the organization.

POLITICAL NOTES: Roegner endorsed by manufacturers group

Hudson Hub Times

September 23, 2012

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Political Action Committee recently announced its endorsement of Kristina Daley Roegner (R-Hudson) in her candidacy for the 37th District Ohio House race for the upcoming November election.

Roegner is seeking her second term in the Ohio House and is facing Tom Schmida (D-Twinsburg). She represents the 42nd District, and is running for the newly created 37th district, which includes Stow, Monroe Falls, Silver Lake, Hudson, Macedonia, Twinsburg, Northfield, and Cuyahoga Falls Ward 8.

“Our goal is to help elect the most qualified candidates to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing,” said OMA president Eric Burkland. “With today’s endorsement, we’ve taken an important step in accomplishing that goal. Kristina Daley Roegner supports the issues that are important to Ohio manufacturers and their employees and understands that a strong manufacturing sector leads to a healthier economy, good jobs and improved quality of life for all Ohioans. We are pleased to support her.”

Candidate endorsements are made by the OMA-PAC board of directors based on a variety of factors including public records and OMA member support in the district.

“I am honored that the Ohio Manufacturers Association endorsed my candidacy again for State Representative. The OMA understands what it takes to create an environment inviting to manufacturing and to put Ohio back to work,” said Roegner.

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association is a volunteer-driven organization of more than 1,500 large-, medium- and small-sized member companies that serves as the voice of manufacturers in the Ohio General Assembly and before state regulatory agencies. The OMA’s mission is to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing.


Hudson, Cleveland state reps gain insight visiting each other’s districts

Akron Beacon Journal

April 30, 2012

Jo-Ann Fabrics president and CEO Travis Smith (left) shows the Jo-Ann Fabrics flagship store to State Representatives Bill Patmon, (D) Cleveland and Kristina Roegner, (R) Hudson, who spent a half day in each other's districts, on Monday in Hudson, Ohio. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)

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Sun shines on tea party in Falls

Akron Beacon Journal

Art Sichau of Hinkley voices his opinion at the Rescue America rally at Falls River Square Sunday in Cuyahoga Falls. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

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