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OSCPA recognizes outstanding legislators

Written on Aug 26, 2021

By Greg Saul, Esq., CAE, OSCPA tax policy director 

The Ohio Society of CPAs periodically awards legislators who are critical to our success on key OSCPA issues of concern, who regularly work closely with OSCPA to help move our profession’s priorities forward, and who merit special recognition for their efforts and involvement. 

This year, OSCPA is recognizing four legislators as recipients of our 2021 Outstanding Legislator Award: Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Township, Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, Rep. Bill Roemer, CPA, R-Richfield, and Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson.

The Ohio Society on Aug. 20 presented awards in Summit County to two of the recipients, joining Jim Schulte, CPA, and other members of Schulte & Company CPAs in Fairlawn. Sen. Roegner and Rep. Roemer should be familiar to those members who have been regularly attending our virtual Town Hall Series, as they were both well-received past speakers of the event. 

Upon receiving the award, Senator Roegner said “I’m honored to receive the Outstanding Legislator Award from The Ohio Society of CPAs. A tireless advocate for common sense reforms, it is always a pleasure to work alongside them on issues important to Ohioans and Ohio businesses.” 

Rep. Roemer, who is the only CPA currently serving as an Ohio legislator, commented, “I was honored to be recognized as a Legislator of the Year along with my friend Senator Kristina Roegner. Thanks to Jim Schulte, CPA for hosting us and Barb Benton and Greg Saul of the OSCPA for presenting the awards.” 

Below are just some of the significant achievements highlighted at the event: 

Sen. Kristina D. Roegner, R – Senate District 27 

  • Vice Chair, Senate Ways & Means Committee (Chair last session) 
  • Chair, Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee 
  • Primary Sponsor of S.B. 18, tax conformity legislation (enacted March 31) 
  • Primary Sponsor of S.B. 97, municipal income tax withholding refunds (amended into H.B. 110 and enacted)
  • Primary Sponsor of S.B. 210 (133rd GA), repeals the marriage tax penalty
  • Offered amendment in S.B. 18 and H.B. 110 to permanently exclude BWC refunds/dividends from CAT (enacted)
  • Primary Sponsor of S.B. 9, reduce regulatory restrictions (red tape) in administrative rules
  • Provided significant help in securing Senate passage of H.B. 442 (120/150 bill)  
  • Prime Sponsor of multiple government efficiency bills, including OSCPA-recommended independent three-year financial outlook program to give government and the public transparent anticipated costs/impacts to State of Ohio
  • Advocate of occupational licensing reform, including Ohio inclusion of state compacts to ease movement into Ohio workplaces 

Rep. Bill Roemer, CPA, R – House District 38 

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