Senator Matt Dolan led the charge to pass House Bill 197 that continued vital state government operations, provided flexibility to schools for distance learning and responded to the COVID-19 global health emergency. Included in House Bill 197:

  • Allowed school district flexibility and waived testing requirements.
  • Filled healthcare workforce vacancies by creating a temporary license for new nursing graduates.
  • Ensured Ohioan’s water supplies would not be shut off.
  • Extended government-issued licenses and provided a 90-day window for renewal.
  • Streamlined unemployment compensation benefits.

DISTRIBUTING CRITICAL FUNDING TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Matt sponsored and passed the two bills that directed $1 billion federal CARES Act funding to our counties and local communities to help them purchase PPE and battle COVID-19 on the frontlines.

Senate Bill 310 provided $350 million to counties, municipalities and townships.

Senate Bill 357 quickly passed to get an additional $650 million of federal CARES Act to our local communities.

CHAMPIONING EFFORTS TO SUSTAIN K-12 SCHOOL DISTRICTS

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Dolan saw a need to drastically reduce detrimental budget cuts to our K-12 school districts after the state experienced a budget shortfall. He authored an amendment that capped the state funding reductions proposed by the Governor at 6% for the next school year when offset by federal CARES dollars allocated to schools.

“Strongsville City Schools appreciate Senator Dolan’s efforts to secure necessary state funding for our District. Due to Senator Dolan’s efforts, our District will now only see a $544,022 reduction in state funding, compared to the Governor’s original proposal of $1.5 million in reductions. His efforts have significantly supported our District’s ability to meet the deeds of all students during these unprecedented times, while at the same time protecting the investment of our local taxpayers.”

Superintendent Cameron Ryba

SUPPORTING VITAL COMMUNITY SERVICES

Senator Dolan worked with Governor Mike DeWine and state leaders to determine the needs of Ohio’s vital community-centered services and helped to distribute nearly $2.7 billion in federal CARES Act funding to communities across the state as they continue to fight and recover from COVID-19. The funds distributed included:

  • $50 million for K-12 remote learning
  • $15.3 million for Educational Service Centers
  • $18.3 million for Ohio’s libraries
  • $31 million for the Department of Jobs and Family Services to pay publicly funded childcare centers
  • $89.5 million for the Ohio Department of Health to expand testing efforts
  • $8.75 million for domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers
  • $3 million for congressionally-chartered veterans’ organizations, such as VFWs