Senator Dave Burke Honored by Ohio Disability Association as 2011 Legislator of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2011

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Senator Dave Burke Honored by Ohio Disability Association as 2011 Legislator of the Year


Marysville lawmaker lauded by organization for advocacy during state budget process

WORTHINGTON, Ohio – The Ohio Association of County Boards – Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (OACB) announced Friday that Senator Dave Burke (R‐Marysville) has been chosen as their 2011 Legislator of the Year. The state disability group
presented Burke with the award in a ceremony held last week at the association’s annual convention in Columbus. “Senator Burke has fought for people with developmental disabilities since his first day in office,” said Dan Ohler, OACB Executive
Director. “I have had the pleasure of working alongside Senator Burke before he was elected, during his time in the Ohio House, and now in the Ohio Senate. People with developmental disabilities have a friend in Senator Burke, and we are proud to honor him
with this distinction.”

“Despite the challenges we are facing in Ohio, we must ensure that those with disabilities continue to receive the care and support they need,” Burke said. “I am honored to receive this recognition from the OACB, and will continue to be an advocate for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations.”

Earlier this year during the state budget process, Burke worked with his colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure passage of a reduction in processing fees charged to county boards of developmental disabilities for federal Medicaid waivers – eliminating approximately $3 million in administrative overhead expenses that will now go toward providing services to people with
disabilities. He also fought against raising certain administrative fees for job training programs to help transition‐age youth find meaningful work in their communities after leaving high school.

 
“As state representative, Senator Burke supported policies that kept local levy dollars where they were intended – providing critical services to people with developmental disabilities at Ohio’s 88 county boards of DD,” Ohler said. “Now in the Senate, he remains a major advocate for people with disabilities. We hope to continue working with him for years to come.”
OACB presents at least one legislative award at their annual convention each fall.

 


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