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Howie Beigelman, Executive Director howieb@ohiojc.org

Catherine Scheller, Legislative & Communications Assistant cscheller@ohiojc.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2017

Statement by Ohio Jewish Communities on Governor Kasich’s Signature of HB 384 and the Security Grant Program

Yesterday, Governor John Kasich signed HB 384 into law.  It had passed both chambers by wide, overwhelming, and bi-partisan margins.

Included in this law is funding of over $7.3 million to help nonprofits “target harden” their facilities against terrorist attack. Ohio is only the second state in the nation (after California) to enact such a program.

“Governor Kasich’s signature now helps make Ohio’s nonprofits safer.  For the Jewish community, already a top target, this couldn’t come at a more critical time.  Just this week, we saw a potential hate crime targeting Jews in Cincinnati and we are seeing increased threats of all kinds here and nationwide.  So this action is much needed and very welcomed.  

“We are grateful to the Governor for his leadership, extending beyond his office across the public safety and emergency management team throughout the administration.  They are each willing partners, and all of our communities look forward to doing even more with our federal, state, and local law enforcement, counterintelligence, homeland security, and emergency response professionals.  This law helps them keep us safer.

“Thanks are due as well to our champions in the Legislature, former Senate President (now State Representative) Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and their dedicated policy staff.

“Safer schools, more secure synagogues, and more protected communal spaces.  That’s both a very meaningful message and action, indeed.

“Thank you, Governor Kasich.  Thank you, Rep. Faber.  Thank you, Speaker Rosenberger.”

-- Howie Beigelman, Executive Director, Ohio Jewish Communities

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