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State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued a statement following 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.

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Wed, May 22, 2019

Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee today released a joint statement after Republicans running the committee banned questions from the elected officials in a failed effort to promote partisan legislation – House Bill 6 – designed to bailout one energy company in the state at expense to taxpayers.

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Wed, May 15, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.

“This budget is the embodiment of the bipartisan coalition we forged in the House earlier this year,” said Leland. “Our coalition stands as a model of what government should and can be— a cooperative collection of diverse views that finds common ground and holds itself accountable to the people we represent.”

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Thu, May 9, 2019

House Democratic lawmakers today announced their Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan to protect and grow good jobs across the state, improve the health of Ohioans and avoid rate hikes on consumer utility bills.

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Thu, May 2, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement in response to today’s announced state energy policy changes:

“Although I’m still studying the details of the proposed energy plan, there are initial concerns that it will eliminate the programs that provide us clean air, clean energy and good jobs. With recent studies suggesting Ohio is positioned to be a national leader in clean energy job growth and related economic investment, we should be cautious that the state doesn’t trade that strong economic position for what could amount to a nuclear bailout tax on consumers.”

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Fri, Apr 12, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released the following statement in response to the report on clean energy jobs in the Midwest released Tuesday by the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2):

“We are the first generation to understand the human causes of climate change—and the last generation to be able to stop it. The results of this report are clear: clean energy powers Ohio’s economy, creates good paying jobs and contributes to a cleaner environment and happier, healthier families and communities.

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Tue, Apr 9, 2019

House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state. 

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Fri, Mar 15, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) tomorrow will push his House colleagues in the House Federalism Committee* to pass House Bill (HB) 70, his legislation to have Ohio join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a group of states that pledge their entire Electoral College delegation to the winner of the national popular vote during the general election.

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Tue, Mar 12, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today on the passage of House Bill (HB) 62, which makes a historic, $200 million investment in Ohio’s public transportation over the next two years.

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Thu, Mar 7, 2019

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today in response to new, fast-tracked legislation, House Joint Resolution 19, that would limit citizens’ access to Democracy in Ohio by placing new, arbitrary restrictions on the constitutional ballot initiative process in Ohio: 

“Ohio Republican leadership want to rig our Ohio democracy against voters. The citizen initiative has been the only backstop to rigged, gerrymandered districts and the extreme political agenda at the Ohio Statehouse. In the last several years, the General Assembly has only acted on major issues like redistricting reform and medical marijuana when faced with the threat of a citizen-led ballot initiative.

“It’s strange, but the whole concept of popular democracy seems foreign to them. Leadership only holds their positions of power because gerrymandering subverts the will of the people. Now they want to severely restrict one of the only avenues left for the majority of people to be heard.”

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018