MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR MYERS Y. COOPER
To the 89th General Assembly of Ohio
January 5, 1931
To The 8gth General Assembly of Ohio:
It becomes the duty of the Governor of Ohio, as provided by
the State Constitution, to communicate by message to every session of the General Assembly the condition of the State and to
recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient.
In compliance with this obligation, I now have the honor to
submit to the Assembly a report of the progress and development
of State Government, both as to legislative and administrative
activities. It is my purpose further to make certain definite recommendations which will, in my opinion, measurably enhance the
general welfare of this commonwealth.
It is well to review briefly the record and the outstanding
achievements of the 88th General Assembly. That body consummated a definite, constructive, and comprehensive program, affecting social, economic, and industrial conditions through new legislation and through the revision of certain existing statutes which
were infringing upon the rights, privileges, and earnings of the
masses of the people.
With sincerity of purpose, intelligent effort, and unquestioned integrity that Assembly established a record which will
illumine the pages of Ohio legislative history as worthy of emulation.
The recommendations made to that Assembly included not
only legislation affecting the general economic situation of the
commonwealth, but also stressed especially the imperative needs
of human welfare.
The Assembly enacted for the first time in the history of the
State a forward-looking conservation law, providing for a bi-partisan board with broad powers. This board is now functioning
and has adopted a sensible and practicable program comprehending the general field of conservation.
In the repeal of burdensome assessments on State Roads,