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As Black Maternal Health Week 2019 comes to a close, House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and state Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced the initial meeting of the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus, the state’s first-ever group of state lawmakers dedicated to improving black maternal health across the state. Members will meet in Columbus early next month to discuss the group’s mission and shared vision to strengthen Ohio women, children, families and communities.

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Wed, Apr 17, 2019

House Democrats today announced a series of proposals to modernize Ohio’s tax system to benefit working people, families and small businesses. The comprehensive plan would put more than $400 million back in the pockets of working people, seniors and families in each of the next two years, a move that Democrats say will bring growth and investment to Ohio.

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Thu, Apr 11, 2019

COLUMBUS—House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.

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Wed, Apr 10, 2019

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today reminded constituents to share their concerns, suggestions and thoughts on a variety of state issues through a new online survey.

Citizens can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HouseDistrict34

“I created this district survey to make it easier for my constituents to express their opinions so we can work together to restore the Ohio promise of better lives, better jobs and brighter futures,” said Sykes.

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Mon, Apr 8, 2019

House Democratic Leader and state Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today invited constituents to Akron’s Towpath Trail for a nature walk celebrating Ohio Trails Opening Day. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail entrance near Spaghetti Warehouse, located at 510 S. Main Street in Akron, Ohio.

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Thu, Apr 4, 2019

House Democrats today supported the final passage of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan two-year transportation budget. The bill makes historic investments in public transit and local communities for road and bridge repairs.

“Democrats were able to come together to make historic investments to improve public transit and allow local communities to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges,” said House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “I am encouraged that moving forward we can continue to work together to put people and communities first to restore the promise of our state.”

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Tue, Apr 2, 2019

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today released an online questionnaire for constituents to share their concerns, suggestions and thoughts on a variety of state issues through a new online survey.

Citizens can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HouseDistrict34

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Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in support of state Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Bob Cupp’s (R-Lima) comprehensive school funding reform efforts, which were outlined today and will be detailed throughout the week in House committee:

 

“Today’s announcement is the result of over a year’s worth of bipartisan work to fix the broken, unconstitutional school formula that has held back too many Ohio children for over a generation.

 

“Through this ongoing bipartisan effort, I believe we have a real opportunity to ensure every child in every school across the state can live up to their individual, God-given promise and the promise of our state.

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Mon, Mar 25, 2019
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House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) joined Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today to announce that the first of eight remaining House committee rooms has been wired to broadcast committee hearings through the Ohio Channel. 

“Taxpayers deserve more access to what’s going on at their Statehouse, the People’s House,” said Sykes. “Increasing transparency and making government more accessible lets taxpayers know we’re working for them—together—to restore Ohio’s promise as a place where you can live, work and have the opportunity to get ahead.”

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Tue, Mar 19, 2019

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today responded to the federal approval of an Ohio Republican-led Medicaid waiver that is likely to result in some 36,000 Ohioans losing access to healthcare.

 

“With these new restrictions, tens of thousands of Ohioans stand to lose their healthcare, some when they need it the most,” said Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “We all want better lives and brighter futures for ourselves and our families, but restricting access to healthcare makes it harder for our state to live up to its full promise.”

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Fri, Mar 15, 2019