Press Releases


Reps. Butler And Sykes Introduce House Bill 260

June 7, 2017

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) have introduced legislation which corrects a current injustice in the criminal justice system related to driver’s license suspensions and the granting of limited driving privileges. Currently, for many offenses unrelated to the operation or use of a vehicle, such as failure to pay child support or a court fine, complete license suspension is used as a punishment.


Reps. Butler And Zeltwanger Unveil Airport Hub Proposal

May 31, 2017

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) today held a press conference to unveil legislation they are introducing that aims to create jobs through the development of multiple airport hubs in the state of Ohio.





Representative Butler Applauds Inclusion of Healthcare Cost Transparency Provision in BWC Budget Bill

July 2, 2015

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today applauded the inclusion of provisions designed to make healthcare costs more transparent in House Bill 52, the biennial budget for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  The new initiative is a key component in a comprehensive healthcare reform bill, House Bill 157 (Reps. Butler & Johnson, T.), which was introduced earlier this year and remains under consideration in the House of Representatives.  Rep. Butler offered the entirety of HB 157 as an amendment to the budget, and two key components, the Healthy Ohio Plan and health care price transparency, were ultimately adopted and signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.


Representative Butler Announces Budget Amendment Encouraging Veteran Employment

July 2, 2015

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) announced today a policy initiative in the biennial operating budget bill, House Bill 64, which will incentivize and encourage employment of veterans.  Rep. Butler authored the amendment in the House, and the provision remained intact throughout the budget process.  House Bill 64 was signed by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday, June 30th.


Representative Butler Authored ‘Out of Pocket Disclosure’ Provision in State Budget Bill

July 2, 2015

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today commended a new provision inserted into the state operating budget bill, House Bill 64.  The provision requires insurers offering health benefit plans through an exchange to make available a list of the top twenty percent most-common health care services covered under the plan and, for each service, the expected out-of-pocket costs for those services.  When much of the focus on the cost to consumers for an insurance plan typically focuses on the monthly premium cost, this provision will shed much needed light on the total costs to consumers shopping for plans offered on Health Care Exchanges.  Many premiums for health insurance might be very low, but the cost sharing component of those plans through deductibles and co-payments might be very high.  Arming consumers shopping on an Exchange with this information will help foster more competition among plans to provide the lowest actual prices.


Representative Butler Praises Inclusion of Healthy Ohio Plan in State Budget

July 2, 2015

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) today praised the inclusion of a new policy proposal known as the Healthy Ohio Plan in the state operating budget, House Bill 64.  The new initiative is a key component in a comprehensive healthcare reform bill, House Bill 157 (Reps. Butler & Johnson, T.), which was introduced earlier this year and remains under consideration in the House of Representatives.  Rep. Butler offered the entirety of HB 157 as an amendment to the budget, and two key components, the Healthy Ohio Plan and health care price transparency, were ultimately adopted and signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.


Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 508

March 29, 2014

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 508, which will  give prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials an additional tool to use in Ohio’s war on drugs.  Simply put, this bill will significantly increase criminal penalties for drugs dealers.


Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 479

March 21, 2014

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 479, legislation to establish a new type of school known as an Enterprise Academy that can be started by a public school district or consortium of districts.  

Here are some of the key components of the Enterprise Academy System:


Reps. Butler and Romanchuk introduce House Bill 467

March 6, 2014

COLUMBUS – State Representatives Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Mark Romanchuk (R – Ontario) have introduced House Bill 467, which will provide the legislature with the capabilities to prepare a biennial budget bill independent of the one prepared by the Governor, and to authorize, upon request of the Speaker of the House or the President of the Senate, the performance of an independent actuarial review of a proposed bill.


Representatives Butler and Young Introduce Legislation to Protect the Right of Habeas Corpus in Ohio

November 25, 2013

COLUMBUS – State Representatives  Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Ron Young (R – Leroy Township) have introduced House Bill 354 to address a law passed by Congress and signed by the President that allows the federal government to arrest and endlessly imprison, without trial, any American citizen merely by alleging the citizen aided terrorism.  Specifically, the bill addresses a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, which states, Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons pending disposition under the law of war.


Rep. Jim Butler Introduces Compressed Natural Gas Legislation

November 5, 2013

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced comprehensive new legislation to facilitate and expedite the conversion to vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) for state and local government fleets, as well as privately owned fleets.


Representative Butler To Hold In-District Office Hours

October 17, 2013

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) will be holding office hours to meet with constituents for an informal conversation about the ongoing work of the Ohio House of Representatives, and to hear feedback and concerns from the residents of the 41st Ohio House District.



Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 225

June 27, 2013

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 225, which will create a procedure for settling civil actions between businesses and other organizations through offers of settlement.  The goal of the legislation is to improve the business lawsuit climate in Ohio by creating a fair procedure that will reduce the number of long, drawn out, costly legal battles between organizations, especially businesses.


Representative Butler Introduces House Bill 198

June 7, 2013

COLUMBUS – State Representatives Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Tony Burkley (R – Payne) have introduced legislation which will establish a procedure to allow property owners to opt out of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentive districts. 

About TIFs:  TIF is a method which uses hypothetical gains in property taxes to sell bonds.  The bond revenue is spent on improvements that are projected to create the conditions for said gains.  The completion of a public or private project often results in an increase in the value of surrounding real estate, which generates additional tax revenue.  TIF creates funding for public or private projects by borrowing against the future increase in these property-tax revenues.


Representative Butler Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act

May 29, 2013

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7, also known as the “Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act,” which will provide law enforcement officers with information on suspects with a history of mental illness.


Rep. Butler and House Republicans Urge Prompt Delivery of Benefits for Military Veterans

May 9, 2013

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) yesterday joined Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and other members of the House veterans caucus in demanding that veterans’ disability benefits be administered by Washington in a significantly more timely fashion.  This process has worsened considerably in the past several years.

House Concurrent Resolution 21 urges President Barack Obama, the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the United States Congress to take immediate action to reduce the processing time for veterans’ disability benefit claims. 


Representative Jim Butler Introduces House Bill 442

February 14, 2013

COLUMBUS – State Representative  Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 442, which will provide health insurance benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of a police officer, correctional officer, or firefighter killed in the line of duty.


Rep. Butler Announces Legislation for New Prison Work Program

September 14, 2012

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) is pleased to announce new legislation to establish an innovative new work program within Ohio’s prison system.  The bill will create a voluntary program for offenders wherein they can choose to participate in manufacturing goods that currently are not produced in the United States.  This program will help offset the costs of incarceration, provide valuable skills and training to offenders, improve our national trade deficit, and create jobs.