Rick Perales

photo of lawmakers speaking at podium
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

When natural disaster strikes, homeowners turn to their home insurance companies to help them with temporary housing and the repair or replacement of their permanent homes. But renters often don’t have those options. That’s why some Ohio lawmakers want to establish a permanent replacement housing program. 

State Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) saw damage firsthand after a tornado hit his Dayton area district in May. He says he also saw renters with damaged properties unable to find a suitable replacement home nearby.

photo of Rick Perales
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law making counterfeiting illegal in Ohio. The use of fake money was never outlawed on the state level until now. Lawmakers see this as another tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Republican Representative Rick Perales says federal law enforcement have been inundated with counterfeiting cases. He says making it illegal on the state level allows county prosecutors to go after offenders while federal agents can focus on bigger cases.

Photo of Perales
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Another state representative is being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Republican Rep. Rick Perales is being accused of an inappropriate relationship with constituent Jocelyn Smith, who says Perales choked and kissed her against her will three years ago. Smith is now running against Perales in the primary.