COLUMBUS – State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the State Controlling Board approved over $3.8 million to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to continue supporting operations for unemployment benefits. Over $800,000 will be used to help combat unemployment fraud while over $2.9 million will be used to support UFacts unemployment application process. This process was initially established to implement the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
COLUMBUS – State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that the State Controlling Board approved over $96 million in additional funding for the Bridge Formula Program from the recently passed federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
COLUMBUS– State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-34) introduced legislation this week to reinstate the Ohio Women’s Policy and Research Commission (WPRC). The commission, if the bill is passed, would be tasked with identifying and addressing issues that impact women’s advancement. Including addressing health, economic, educational, and other inequities that women face today.
COLUMBUS– State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) last week announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 597, which reappropriates over $2 billion in capital funds for the FY 2023-24 biennium.
COLUMBUS – Today, House and Senate Democrats issued a joint response to Gov. DeWine’s State of the State speech.
AKRON – Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several major items, including $530,000 for the University of Akron Campus Safety Project. Rep. Sykes previously supported this project during the Capital Budget of the 133rd General Assembly.
COLUMBUS – Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including $150 million to increase testing services and the availability of at-home rapid tests.
COLUMBUS- State Rep. Emilia Strong-Sykes (D-Akron) today announced a, short survey for constituents of House District 34 to share their thoughts, concerns and legislative priorities with Rep. Sykes at the start of 2022.
AKRON – Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), who served as co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, and state Representative Emilia Sykes (D- Akron), who also served on the Ohio Redistricting Commission, released the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote that the state legislative maps passed on party lines by the Commission are unconstitutional.
COLUMBUS—Today, Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong-Sykes (D-Akron), on behalf of House Democrats, sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to veto Senate Bill (SB) 157, the latest Republican anti-abortion bill. Opponents say SB 157 would put patients in danger by interfering with the ability for doctors and patients to make appropriate and life-saving medical decisions if faced with a medical crisis during pregnancy.