State Legislator of the Month – OH Representative Jena Powell
Thank you, Rep. Jena Powell
For the month of April, we are pleased to announce Ohio Representative Jena Powell as the ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Month. This award is used to highlight substantive state policy successes by State Legislators – bringing their local story to a national platform. The FreedomWorks network of activists is second to none in supporting the efforts of liberty-loving state legislators.
During COVID-19, we’ve seen leaders step up to support Americans across the country. But in Ohio, a bill sponsored by Rep. Jena Powell, along with fellow ALEC member Rep. Derek Merrin, stands out. The legislation authorized the Ohio Tax Commissioner to extend the deadlines for personal income tax filing and payment for Ohio taxpayers from April to July 15, 2020. At the time of writing, no other state legislature has done this.
Many states have delayed their tax deadlines, but they’ve done so via executive order or by a government agency’s decision. Ohio is the first to do it legislatively and we applaud their work. The bill also supports rolling back licensing requirements, increasing flexibility for school choice programs and many more pro-liberty responses to the pandemic.
Thank you, Representative Powell, for protecting individual liberty and free enterprise in the states. Congratulations on being the newest ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Month.