THE COMMUNICATOR A News Magazine from State Representative Dave Greenspan
Welcome to our news magazine - The Communicator. The Communicator is intended to provide the residents and businesses of the 16th Ohio House District and the State of Ohio with periodic updates on legislative issues that are important to all Ohioans.
It is my honor to represent the Cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.
About Representative Greenspan
"As powerful as government is, it can only do so much by itself. Government can never take the place of parents in raising children. Government can never take the place of families and churches and synagogues in teaching values.
Government can never take the place of people in our communities working together and looking out for each other. Government can, of course, provide opportunities and encouragement. Government can help the next generation become better off. But government cannot make the next generation better. Government can set goals but only people can touch souls.“
A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat, Author Senator Zell Miller, Stroud & Hall Publishers, 2003.
Representative Dave Greenspan is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 16th Ohio House District, which includes the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.
Representative Greenspan has a wealth of experience in local government, serving in different capacities across the country. He served on the inaugural City Council for the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia and helped establish its Fire and Police Departments, develop its first Fund Balance Reserve Policy, and expand the city’s parks program.
Most recently, Representative Greenspan served two terms on the Cuyahoga County Council, first elected to the inaugural County Council in 2010. During his tenure, Representative Greenspan was the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Finance and Budgeting Committee, directing the adoption of a $3 billion biennial budget, which is the largest county operating budget in the state of Ohio.
Dave graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. In addition to his dedication to public service, Representative Greenspan has held a variety of roles in the public sector, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He has held leadership positions with the Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting, Turner Media Consultants, and the PGA TOUR Radio Network. Currently, Representative Greenspan is a small business owner and Chief Executive Officer of Green Elk Consulting Services, a consulting company that focuses on emerging/start-up ventures and turn-around business entities.
Representative Greenspan is married with three children and is active in their education, extracurricular activities, and civic organizations. He and his family currently live in Westlake, Ohio.
State Representative Dave Greenspan
State Representative Dave Greenspan
Reflections on Serving District 16
COLUMBUS— Representative Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bill 38, The Public Safety and Military Protection Act, which passed the House unanimously and is now waiting for approval from the Senate. The bill is designed to increase the penalties for violent offenders only in cases when it is the offender's specific purpose to attack a law enforcement officer, first responder, or military member. The bill specifies that intentional acts of murder against first responders, military members and federal law enforcement officers shall carry the charge of aggravated murder. Additionally, the bill provides protection to anyone who is in training to be, is active or has served as a public safety official or member of the military.
Ohio Anti-Bullying and Anti- Hazing Act
House Bill 360
As we begin the New Year I would like to reflect back on my first year serving the people of the 16th District. I spent 2017 working diligently on various issues facing my district and all Ohioans. 2017 was active and filled with numerous learning opportunities and engaging issues. One of the most important and impactful experiences that I had was the privilege to work on the biennial state operating budget. I was fortunate to have included in the budget amendments that not only assisted local communities in the area of public safety but also early childhood education, to mention a few. Additionally, I hosted 15 in-district events - 5 “Donuts with Dave” and ten roundtables focusing on specific topics such as the opioid epidemic, economic development and aging and long term care. These events continue to provide me the opportunity to stay connected with my district and hear my constituent’s voice.
I have introduced nearly a dozen pieces of legislation. I am proud of the several pieces of legislation that I have introduced with both Republicans and Democrats and many of my bills have received overwhelming bipartisan support. This news magazine highlights a few of the legislative projects I have been working on.
Alongside my other work, I also served on two of the Ohio Speaker’s Task Forces on Base Realignment and Closure and Heroin, Opioid, Prevention Education and Safety. The mission of these task forces is to study the impacts of both of these important issues and their impact on our State. I also joined the Ohio House Veteran’s Caucus which is an informal group aimed at meeting to discuss veteran’s issues and policies
I am proud of our accomplishments over the past year, and am continually honored to be your representative. I am immensely grateful for this experience and know I have the citizens of District 16 and Ohio to thank. I look forward to 2018 and all of the plans in place to better serve our communities.
COLUMBUS – State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Scott Ryan (R-Newark) today introduced legislation that would give local governments greater control and financial discretion over road repairs.House Bill 415 would establish the Local Government Road Improvement Fund, which would be funded by 50 percent of state surplus revenue. Any revenue within the fund would be directly distributed to villages, cities, and townships to go towards road improvements.
Representative Greenspan's Legislative Priority Bills
COLUMBUS— State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) has introduced a bill that would establish a standard general protocol for addressing acts of bullying and hazing while continuing to respect the concept of local control. The bill is comprised of many best practices from other state legislatures.
The Public Safety and Military Protection Act
House Bill 38
Increased Funding for Local Governments - Roads
House Bill 415
COLUMBUS— Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bill 251 that would allow local governments to increase maturity of bonds eligible for investing interim money. The bill gained unanimous bipartisan support in the House and awaits approval from the Senate.
Recent Legislation Sponsored by Representative Greenspan - Continued
The Ohio Channel
Representative Greenspan has announced a partner bill co-sponsored by Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), that would generate funding for bullying prevention and related-educational programming. The Stop Bullying License Plate bill would create a voluntary license plate option for Ohioans to purchase for an additional $25. The bill was introduced in the House on January 30th, 2018.
I strive to be an active and engaging representative, and my top priority is keeping in touch with my constituents. That is why I take advantage of all our communications departments resources. One of those opportunities is the Ohio Channel.
The Ohio Channel is a public broadcasting service that publishes session, certain committees, and PSA's.
I utilize this resource to discuss my bills and other initiatives and work, as well as general happenings in the Ohio Assembly.
You can view all of my past videos and archived recordings of committee and session meetings on their website http://www.ohiochannel.org.
Recent Legislation Sponsored by Representative Greenspan
Driver's License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative
House Bill 336
COLUMBUS – The Ohio House approved House Bill 336, legislation sponsored by State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and John Barnes (D-Cleveland), to help decrease the high number of Ohioans with suspended drivers license.
The short-term program is intended to help indigent Ohioans who are unable to afford the reinstatement fee or fines that they have accrued throughout their license suspension. According to bill sponsors, many of these individuals continue to drive, risking further financial repercussion for either themselves or other drivers on the road.
"Stop Bullying" License Plate Bill
House Bill 481
Increased Investment Authority for Local Communities
House Bill 251
COLUMBUS – State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Representative Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) joint sponsored House Bill 276. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support. HB 276 would expand the offense of aggravated menacing to prohibit threatening a utility worker with intent to obstruct the operation of a utility. This bill will protect utility workers from being threatened while performing their duties as a utility worker.
Utility Worker Protection Act
House Bill 276
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Representative Dave Greenspan
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-0961
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