Reps. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today sent Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, along with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, a letter detailing their concerns with the continued promotion of FirstEnergy Corp. by the Cleveland Browns and the City of Cleveland.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released a statement today after Republican Ohio legislative leaders proposed new state House and Senate maps that if passed, would likely award them a disproportionate share of Ohio state legislative seats, which would allow them to maintain a veto-proof majority at the Statehouse despite new rules approved by Ohio voters meant to discourage gerrymandering.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released a statement after a controversial Texas law banning abortions after six weeks went into effect Wednesday following a lack of judicial intervention from the Supreme Court. This is the first time a six-week abortion ban has been allowed to go into effect.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced several town hall meetings across Ohio House District 8 as part of the Ohio Promise: Opportunity Agenda Town Hall Tour. The first stop will occur this Monday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the East Cleveland Public Library and will provide an overview of his legislative priorities and the recently-passed state budget before taking questions from audience members on issues related to state government.
Today, state Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) held a press conference detailing legislation to create a program administered by the Ohio Department of Commerce to recognize workplaces that are succeeding at closing the pay gap between men and women. The program would offer an opportunity for workplaces to earn a “Fair Paycheck Workplace” designation from the Ohio Department of Commerce and be recognized as a leader in paycheck fairness. They were joined by Sarah Pariser of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced today that Ohioans with unemployment overpayments through no fault of their own can now request a waiver that would absolve them of repaying these funds back to the state. Ohioans who have already repaid these overpayments but qualify for the waivers will have their money returned.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and the Ohio House Democratic Members of the Public Utilities Committee today sent a letter urging Gov. DeWine to veto Senate Bill (SB) 52, controversial legislation that would let local governments restrict wind and solar energy project development on public and private property, which Democrats say attacks clean energy jobs and limits the state’s ability to compete for emerging technologies.
On Wednesday June 16th, House Concurrent Resolution 23 was officially filed with the clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives. HCR 23 urged the United States federal government to designate June 19th as a national holiday. State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) was proud to be one of 27 Democratic cosponsors of the resolution at the date of its filing. The next day, Thursday June 17th, President Joe Biden signed legislation designating June 19th as America's 12th federal holiday.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 163, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) that prohibits mandatory overtime work for nurses as a condition of continued employment. The bill passed by a strong vote of 82-12.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) voted in opposition Wednesday to House Bill (HB) 157, legislation that would prohibit the collection of income taxes from workers who aren’t physically in an office inside the city or village limits.