State Rep. Rex Damschroder
State Rep. Rex Damschroder
A northern Ohio Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would restrict "double dipping" (collecting retirement benefits while continuing to work for the taxpayers) for state government employees.

House Bill 388 would amend sections of the Ohio Revised Code and repeal section 5505.161 of the ORC to suspend, during the period of employment, the retirement benefit of a public retirement system retiree who returns to public employment.

State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, has announced that he has introduced the legislation.

“It’s just not right,” Damschroder told The Dayton Daily News of “double dipping.”

“Retire means to stop working,” said Damschroder. “That’s what a pension is for.”

The lawmaker also said that double dipping means that fewer jobs are available for new public employees, according to the DDN.

Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, who represents Highland County in the 86th House District, said he has not had a chance to visit the bill, but plans to speak with Rep. Damschroder about it.

Damschroder represents the 81st district, which includes all of Sandusky County and portions of Seneca and Ottawa counties.

He has served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and also served six years on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, where he served as chairman of the Transportation and Public Safety Subcommittee, responsible for the state’s transportation budget issues. He also served as chairman of the Ohio Turnpike Oversight Committee.

Prior to his election to the Ohio House, Damschroder owned and operated several businesses in his community. He has been elected to the Terra Community College Board of Trustees and served on the Ohio Republican State Central Committee. From 2005-07, Damschroder served as an at-large member of Fremont City Council.

He has served as an adjunct faculty member of Terra Community College and Flight Safety International. In addition, he is a State of Ohio licensed Realtor.