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State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement regarding his upcoming testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee Tuesday on House Bill (HB) 5, his bipartisan bill to give lawyers who become public defenders tuition loan assistance of up to $85,000 for five years of service in underserved areas of the state:

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Mon, Oct 7, 2019

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus), Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced town hall meetings TOMORROW, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Norwich Township Safety Services Building in Hilliard and Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Whetstone Library to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Central Ohio.

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Tue, Aug 27, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released the following statement in response to Gov. DeWine’s call for bipartisan action to address gun safety for all Ohioans:

“I applaud the Governor’s proposals to take aggressive action to protect Ohioans. As Minority Leader Sykes (D-Akron) said earlier today: ‘Democrats stand ready to work together on the commonsense proposals of universal background checks and red flag protections.’

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Tue, Aug 6, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued a statement in response to legislative inaction on gun safety measures by the Republican-controlled General Assembly in light of the Dayton-area mass shooting that took place early on Sunday:

“This nation faces a mass-shooting epidemic, but instead of being proactive about gun safety in Ohio, state lawmakers have literally done the opposite – passing legislation that’s made it impossible for cities like Dayton and Columbus to monitor the guns on their streets and protect their citizens,” said Rep. Leland. “Just last week the Republican leadership called us back for a special session to bail out two nuclear power plants – the safety of all Ohioans should prompt an even greater commitment to act.”

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Mon, Aug 5, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill bailing out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and one coal-fired Indiana power plant. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which have created over 100,000 jobs and saved rate payers over 5 billion dollars.

“We should be investing in our communities and putting Ohio first and not forcing Ohioans to spend over a billion dollars bailing out bankrupt nuclear facilities and an Indiana coal plant,” said Rep. Leland. “Our goal here should be to solve the issues surrounding the nuclear facilities without destroying Ohio’s opportunity to be a part of the clean energy industrial revolution.”

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Tue, Jul 23, 2019

StateRep. David Leland (D-Columbus) will open the Clintonville Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. by acting as the official “bell ringer."

“I am honored to kick off our beloved farmers’ market,” said Leland. “It’s small business owners and local farmers who put their heart and souls in their work that make not only our community, but also our Clintonville Farmers’ Markets so special. I will continue to support their mission of supporting excellent growers and producers while nurturing community appreciation of wholesome local foods."

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Thu, Jul 11, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill (HB) 5, his bipartisan bill to give lawyers who become public defenders tuition loan assistance of up to $85,000 for 5 years of service in underserved areas of the state.

“In one word, HB 5 is about justice. In Ohio, 70 percent of all defendants facing jail time are indigent, and their representation falls to Public Defenders, who are currently overwhelmed by this enormous caseload. That translates into potentially unnecessary jail time, unwise plea agreements, and even wrongful convictions – clearly the lack of justice."

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Thu, Jun 20, 2019
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State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 5, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) to create the Ohio Public Defender State Loan Repayment Program to incentivize lawyers to work as public defenders in underserved areas of the state.

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Thu, Jun 20, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued a statement following the House passage of House Bill (HB) 136, which would prohibit the death penalty for offenders with a serious mental illness at the time of the offense. Leland offered an amendment on the House floor to correct an oversight in the bill that could have allowed some sentences to be retroactively voided.

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Wed, Jun 5, 2019

House Democratic lawmakers today unveiled the Clean Energy Jobs Act, their proposal to protect existing jobs, grow new ones and invest in Ohio’s clean energy future. The announcement follows the latest changes to House Bill (HB) 6, which Republican lawmakers amended to bail out more corporations and all but eliminate energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Ohio. The bill passed out of committee Thursday.

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Thu, May 23, 2019