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Rep. Lightbody, House Dems: Ohioans facing uncertainty amid unprecedented crises demand change

Say successful Ohio Promise Virtual Tour shows Ohioans want action on people first legislation
September 2, 2020
Mary Lightbody News

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) and Ohio House Democrats today announced the end of their Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, which comprised of more than two-dozen virtual town halls since June on topics including COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice, gun safety and voting access. Across the state, over 20,000 Ohioans tuned in to these town halls to hear from their elected officials and ask questions.

Rep. Lightbody hosted town halls on July 14: COVID-19 and The Impact on Public Health, Education, and Unemployment; July 22: Civil Rights During COVID-19: Racism and Equality, and August 5: We still work for you!

“My colleagues and I hosted these Zoom Town Hall conversations to discuss the COVID-19 and public health issues, as well as to engage with our constituents on their areas of concern.  While the pandemic keeps us physically distanced from one another, our communities are still facing economic insecurities, confusion over how best to avoid the virus with changing and conflicting recommendations, and questions about how best to return and conduct school safely and how to obtain childcare support,” said Rep. Lightbody.

“My priority is to be open and available for my constituents during these difficult days, especially as we move into the fall and the virus threat is still with us. We work for Ohioans and will always fight for their protection and safety, especially in the midst of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. Please let me know how I can be of service to your family. You can reach me best through my House email:”

The Ohio House returned to session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and House Democrats were ready to address the rent and mortgage crisis, unemployment compensation and recovery for both COVID-19 and the economic crisis that has followed. However, Speaker Robert Cupp (R-Lima) and House Republicans brought no relevant bills to the floor. This was the first time the Ohio House had convened in over a month.

When Democrats readied to offer several amendments that would have repealed House Bill (HB) 6, the $2 billion corporate bailout tied to an ongoing FBI investigation into an alleged $60 million scheme to pass the bill, Speaker Cupp abruptly ended House session rather than hear the Democratic amendments. Former Speaker Larry Householder, who was present during the September 1 session and voting on legislation, has been arrested and indicted for his role in the alleged corruption scheme.