July 19, 2018
Xenia Daily Gazette
State Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) made a campaign stop in his bid for Treasurer of State July 16 at the Greene County Republican Headquarters. Sprague was the featured speaker at the first lunch with legislators and shared his vision for the treasurer’s office. Sprague outlined his commitment to working with public and private sector leaders to implement a social impact bond program through the Treasurer of State’s Office.
June 29, 2018
My Town NEO
TWINSBURG — State Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) visited Twinsburg as part of his campaign for Treasurer of State.
Sprague toured Twinsburg’s Cleveland Electric Laboratories to discuss workforce development and his platform.
“Cleveland Electric Laboratories Co. was honored to host Ohio Rep. Robert Sprague at our Twinsburg corporate offices June 28. After spending time with Rep. Sprague, we were able to provide a tour of our thermocouple manufacturing plant,” said Jack Allan Lieske, President & CEO. “It was an honor to show off our 98-year old Ohio family business.”
In his private sector career, Sprague served as a management consultant for Ernst and Young where he advised companies world-wide on complex business matters before owning and operating his own investment consulting business.
As a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Sprague served on the finance committee and chaired the subcommittee overseeing one of the largest areas of state spending.
Sprague resides in his hometown of Findlay with his wife, Amanda, and their five children, Cole, Davis, Graham, Tate, and Mary Hannah.
June 25, 2018
I urge everyone, especially parents, to visit the website DontLiveInDenial.org to view the powerful new public-service announcement and campaign aimed at preventing opioid abuse.
As a father of five children, I understand how difficult it can be to acknowledge that the threat of drug abuse and addiction spares no one. This campaign is a wake-up call that merits vast distribution so that parents across our state are emboldened to take the first step and open a dialogue with their children about the grave consequences of prescription-drug abuse.
Behind this ad, however, is an equally important message that deserves attention about the good that can be done when the public and private sectors come together to help their community. The comprehensive media effort, spearheaded by the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, takes the type of all-hands-on-deck approach that is critical to effectively battling this deadly epidemic.
As a state representative, I see the increasing amount of pressure placed on our state and local budgets as a result of the opioid crisis. In order to give us the strongest ability to overcome this challenge, I believe we must harness the innovative spirit of the private sector and tap into a funding stream that is not solely reliant on taxpayer dollars.
One way the government can encourage this is through social-impact bonds — a type of pay-for-success financing model. Social-impact bonds foster partnerships between the public and private sectors: The private market develops new programs, but the public sector pays only if the programs deliver results.
In the last state budget, I sponsored language that authorized the use of social-impact bonds and as state treasurer, I plan to further promote this program as a new way to help address some of Ohio’s greatest, and most expensive, challenges. The creation of the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance demonstrates that the desire exists within the private sector to make a positive difference; let’s make sure they have all the tools they need to do so.
State Rep. Robert C. Sprague, Findlay
Republican candidate for state treasurer
June 21, 2018
COLUMBUS-State Representatives Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today announced that the Ohio House has passed House Bill 231, legislation they joint sponsored that would enact a pilot program in pharmacies for tamper-resistant containers.
House Bill 231 would require the State Board of Pharmacy—contingent upon an appropriation from the General Assembly—to administer a two-year pilot program that would dispense schedule II controlled substances in lockable or tamper-evident containers. Schedule II drugs include narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and more. The goal of the legislation is to cut down on misuse of prescription drugs by reducing the accessibility of the medications and the threat of theft.
“Pilfering is a common means for people, especially young people, to access prescription medications that are not prescribed to them,” said Ginter. “This bill will promote the dispensing of controlled substances in containers that have a locking mechanism and/or tamper-evident features through a two-year, optional pilot program. In addition, the bill creates a point of contact between patients and pharmacists to discuss the potential for abuse and diversion of controlled substances.”
The bill would also require the State Board of Pharmacy to reimburse pharmacies for the cost of participating in the program, which includes expenses related to the special packaging for eligible prescriptions.
“Seventy percent of people addicted to prescription drugs get those drugs from friends and family,” said Sprague. “This pioneers new, lockable pill vials that will help reduce the stealing of pills from friends and family. If we are ground zero for the heroin epidemic, then we should try new ideas to make Ohio ground zero for solutions to the heroin epidemic.”
House Bill 231 now awaits consideration by the Senate.
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April 6, 2018
With the Republican Primary quickly approaching, it’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Team Sprague! Not only did we release our first TV commercial last Monday, but we’ve been busy on the campaign trail at Lincoln Day dinners and meetings with Republicans across our state. Robert’s earned the endorsements of conservative organizations, Pro-Life advocates and County Republican Parties and his team of supporters continues to grow each and every day.
Can you believe that early voting for the May Primary starts Tuesday?! If you’re interested in casting your vote for Robert Sprague for Treasurer before Election Day on May 8th, be sure to check with your local County Board of Elections for your in-person voting options or to request an absentee ballot by mail.
We’re in the home stretch and need your help now to make sure that Robert Sprague is our Republican candidate for Treasurer of State! Please keep reading to find out ways you can help make a difference or contact us anytime at Zachary@SpragueForOhio.com and we can get you plugged into grassroots opportunities right in your neighborhood.
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