Pups for Patios

Have you ever taken Fido on a walk and wanted to stop for a bite at a restaurant? House Bill 263 sponsored by Representative Laura Lanese (R- Grove City), and Senate Bill 182 sponsored by Senator Bill Coley (R- Liberty Township) would provide that opportunity by allowing restaurant owners to decide whether or not to allow dogs on their outdoor patios. Both bills received their first hearings in committee last week, and we believe there is a high likelihood of passage.

Partner Mike Caputo’s Dog Scout

Pups on Patios and Yappy Hours have been growing in popularity in recent years, however, state law does not currently permit this practice. That would change under HB 263 and SB 182, which would give restaurants discretion on whether or not your furry friend may join you for a bite to eat.

Lanese said the idea for the bill came from her constituents who told her they were no longer allowed to take their dogs with them to restaurants even though they had many times before. She said local businesses were also shocked to learn the practice is illegal under current law.

Under the bill, if a food service establishment does not allow dogs on their patios, they must make an exception for service animals.

“This bill gives recognition of the importance of the animals in our lives,” said Lanese. “We already have pet-friendly hotels, pet-friendly parks, and pet-friendly events. It’s a good opportunity for marketing our state as pet-friendly for tourism purposes as many travelers want to bring their pets along with them when they travel.”

Our client, the Cleveland Animal Protective League, supports HB 263 and SB 182, and applauds the work of Lanese and Coley to enact business-friendly legislation in support of animals.

“People love their animals and want to spend as much time with them as possible,” said Sharon Harvey, President and CEO of the Cleveland APL. “These bills allow owners to celebrate their pets as important members of the family and include them in fun family outings, and support local restaurants at the same time.”

For more information about this article, contact Rebecca Kuhns at (614)407-4224.

Rebecca Kuhns
Vice President of Government Relations

Kelsey Romanchik

Capitol Partners Welcomes New Associate, Kelsey Romanchik

COLUMBUS, June 1, 2017 — Matthew Cox, President of Capitol Partners, announced today that the firm has added Kelsey Romanchik as an Associate in the Columbus office.

Romanchik will focus on client relations, office management and support of the firm’s legislative and executive lobbying efforts.

Kelsey comes to Capitol Partners from the Ohio House of Representatives, where she served for two-and-a-half years as Legislative Aide to State Representative Louis Blessing III. As an aide, Kelsey coordinated interested party meetings, conducted policy research and drafted legislation and amendments on a diverse range of policy issues.

Previously, Kelsey was a Fellow in the Ohio House of Representatives Republican Caucus for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. In that role, she was assigned to the House Speaker’s Office as well as five Representatives from across Ohio.

Kelsey also was a Victory Captain for the Ohio Victory for Romney/Ryan campaign in Richland and Warren Counties in 2012.

Kelsey holds a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in International Studies & General Business from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She resides in Columbus.

“We are excited to have Kelsey join our firm,” said Cox. “Kelsey has experience in all sides of the business – policy, political, constituent services and client interaction. She will be a great asset to our team and the clients we serve.”

Capitol Partners has seven professionals in Columbus and Cleveland assisting corporate, public sector and nonprofit clients in governmental matters at the local, state and national levels, including legislative and executive lobbying, grassroots public affairs, corporate consulting and issues management.

For more information about Capitol Partners, visit www.capitolpartnersohio.com

Matthew Cox on 90.3 FM NPR’s The Sound of Ideas

After months of finger-pointing and attack ads, finally Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stood on the same stage in the same arena–to debate and present their ideas to the country.

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It’s the first of three high-stakes showdowns. President of Capitol Partners Matthew Cox will be a guest on NPR’s 90.3 FM The Sound of Ideas on Tuesday September 27th at 9:00am to discuss the outcome of the debate.

Click HERE to tune in.

Capitol Partners Welcomes Vice President, Dora Pruce

Matthew Cox, President of Capitol Partners, announced today that the firm has added Dora Pruce as Vice President.

Dora Pruce, Attorney

Pruce joins partners Cox, Eric Weldele and Rob Frost. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Government Relations at John Carroll University (JCU), managing direct advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.  She also managed oversight of the NBC/JCU Meet the Press fellowship in honor of alumnus Tim Russert ’72.  She will continue to serve as the state and federal liaison for JCU, performing Government Relations on behalf of the University.

Previous to her higher education experience, Dora served in the United States Senate for the late U.S. Senator George Voinovich as the District Director for the Cleveland office. In this capacity, she served as the primary liaison to the Senator in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties. She also represented the business community at the state and federal levels as the Director of Government Affairs at the Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE, and started her career in the Ohio Statehouse working for State Representative Kerry Metzger and as Legislative Liaison at the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services.

Dora holds a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Wooster. She resides with her family in Chagrin Falls.

“We are thrilled that Dora Pruce is joining our firm. Dora is one of the most well respected and accomplished government affairs professionals in Ohio. Her experience, integrity and deep connections in Northeast Ohio will be of great benefit to our current and future clients,” said Cox.

Capitol Partners assists corporate, public sector and nonprofit clients in governmental matters at the local, state and national levels, including legislative and executive lobbying, grassroots public affairs, corporate consulting and issues management.