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State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) recently gave the keynote address at The Ohio Commission on Minority Health’s (OCMH) Kickoff Event for Minority Health Month. The Akron lawmaker touched on various topics during her address, including how to best promote healthy lifestyles and the importance of educating Ohioans on how to proactively practice disease prevention. Most notably, Rep. Sykes highlighted the inequities in health outcomes between Ohio’s minority and non-minority populations.

“The Commission on Minority Health has done a wonderful job of combating health disparities during the past 28 years, but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done,” said Sykes. “However, by working together, all of us – the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, the state legislature, our community healthcare providers and partners – can help close the gap in health outcomes for minority Ohioans.”

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Wed, Mar 30, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.

“The purpose of unions is to give a voice to every employee—regardless of membership—because every American deserves to work in a safe and fair environment. I applaud the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds our workers’ constitutional right to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions,” said Sykes.

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Tue, Mar 29, 2016

State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded the filing of a lawsuit against Ohio for the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, also commonly called the “Pink Tax.” The class-action lawsuit argues that the “Pink Tax” violates equal protection laws because only women must use these products. Despite the U.S. Food and Drug administration classifying tampons and pads as medical devices, Ohio is one of many states that continue to tax feminine hygiene products.

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Mon, Mar 28, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and State Medicaid Director John McCarthy recently announced the release $1,555,177 in state funds for four community-based programs to address the city’s high infant mortality rate. 

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Tue, Mar 15, 2016

State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) this week introduced House Bill 484, legislation to help working and middle class families make ends meet by reducing the cost of every essential items, such as feminine hygiene products, disposable baby diapers and non-prescription medications and drugs. 

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Thu, Mar 10, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today honored Archbishop Hoban High School football team and the girls soccer team on the floor during House session for winning state titles during the 2015 season. 

This past December, the Archbishop Hoban Knights football team won the Division III title, claiming the program’s first-ever state championship trophy. The girls soccer team also took home their first-ever Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division II state championship title in November.  

“I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and perseverance of the coaches and players on both teams,” said Sykes. “The teams have set a wonderful example for their school, and for our community by showing that, through hard work, we can achieve our goals.” 

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Tue, Feb 23, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-34) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

“The LSC fellowship program is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates and young people to become a part of Ohio’s government,” said Sykes. “This program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to be exposed to how state government works and the many ways it impacts the daily lives of Ohioans. I strongly encourage anyone who is interested to apply for this program.” 

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016

A House legislative panel today came one step closer to passing legislation, Senate Bill 152, that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.

Some Ohio communities use local hiring requirements on publicly financed projects as a way to strengthen local workforce participation and, in turn, strengthen local economies. The City of Akron – currently in the midst of a $1.4 billion sewer system upgrade project – has a local hiring target of 30 percent, with that goal increasing to 50 percent by 2018.

“I am very disappointed that the legislature continues to ignore The City of Akron and our freedom to make decisions that get people back to work and stabilize our local economy,” said State Rep. Emilia Sykes. “My colleagues and I worked diligently to present alternatives that would employ city residents.”


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Wed, Feb 3, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today responded to Secretary of State Husted’s recent directive on how boards of election should treat absentee ballots with missing postmarks, describing it a as step in the right direction but calling for implementation of more comprehensive controls to prevent voter disenfranchisement. 

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Fri, Jan 29, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) sent the below letter to Secretary Husted today urging him to notify voters of any postmark issues with their ballot and give voters the opportunity to correct any issue. Summit County saw unusually high numbers of ballot rejections last fall because of Ohio’s confusing law about postmarks.

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Thu, Jan 21, 2016