Ohio senator, ex-lawmaker push for more civility

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A Republican state senator and a former Democratic Ohio lawmaker are working together in an effort to foster more civility among legislators.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1eWNZjp ) reports Republican Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley Township and Democrat Ted Celeste of Lakewood plan to set up an off-the-record Statehouse meeting Sept. 17 for possibly dozens of lawmakers to share more about how they form political views and how they might better cooperate.

LaRose says he thinks people are less likely to dismiss opposing views if they know more about the colleagues who have perspectives different than theirs.

He and Celeste attended a civility workshop at a recent Council of State Governments regional meeting. They’ll talk about that topic at a Sept. 6 meeting sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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