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COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) joined the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and House Democrats in a press conference celebrating Black History Month and the contributions Black Ohioans have made to our state. 

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Thu, Feb 29, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today announced that the Controlling Board allocated $625K for architecture and engineering improvements to the Rhodes and Riffe Towers located in downtown Columbus. Both projects will contract services from the local architecture firm, Meacham & Apel, to bring space floor improvement to the Rhodes Tower and relocate the Auditor of State’s office to Riffe Tower.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

COLUMBUS - State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today announced, in a move to combat the economic barriers hindering Ohioans' transition from public assistance to the workforce, his reintroduction of The Actionable Help and New Dignity for Upward Progression (A HAND UP) Act. This innovative legislation aims to establish a pilot program through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to effectively address the challenges associated with the benefits cliff.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Dontavius L. Jarrells (D-Columbus) and Monica Robb-Blasdel (R-Columbiana) today announced that their House Bill (HB) 226, overwhelmingly passed out of the House on February 7th and was sent over to the Senate for consideration.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

COLUMBUS - State Rep. Dontavius L. Jarrells (D-Columbus) today expressed his deepest sorrow upon the discovery of 5-year-old Darnell Taylor's body, marking a tragic end to the extensive search initiated by a statewide Amber Alert last week.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today is urging Ohio families to act swiftly to utilize unspent pandemic food benefits. A staggering $16M in benefits, provided to assist Ohio students during the pandemic, remains unclaimed and is in jeopardy of expiring starting March. These benefits, part of a federal initiative to combat childhood hunger during school closures, were distributed last summer but have not been utilized by an estimated 131K recipients.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Dontavius L. Jarrells (D-Columbus) and Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) today announced that they have formally introduced legislation to phase out the payment of subminimum wages to individuals with disabilities in Ohio over the next five years.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

COLUMBUS - State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) last week announced the successful passage of House Bill (HB) 2 in the Ohio House of Representatives. This landmark legislation will allocate $2B in state funds towards initiatives aimed at driving economic growth and expanding opportunities throughout the state. Importantly, it earmarks more than $52M for projects and organizations within House District 1, promising substantial local impact.

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Mon, Feb 12, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today announced a $7.5M allocation for school-based health centers and local health departments. The money is granted through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, with the purpose of establishing, expanding and sustaining a public health workforce. The $7.5M will specifically be used for meeting staffing levels required to administer quality care in health centers and health departments throughout Ohio. 

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Tue, Jan 30, 2024

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today reflects on the journey of reproductive rights in America, exactly 51 years after the Roe v. Wade decision, particularly in light of Ohio's recent strides. Ohio’s November passage of Issue 1, a constitutional amendment to protect abortion and reproductive rights, represents a significant victory in the ongoing battle for reproductive freedom.

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Mon, Jan 22, 2024