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State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms that will be mailed to all voters and on absentee ballots that are ultimately mailed to voters who request them. State law prohibits board of elections from making such an expenditure, but the secretary is not similarly barred. The federal CARES Act included funding to the states for unanticipated increased expenses due to COVID-19. The Controlling Board approved on Monday the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election. 

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Thu, Jun 18, 2020

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today signed onto a concurrent resolution urging Congress to designate June 19th a paid federal holiday. This date is to be known as Juneteenth Independence day in recognition of June 19, 1865, when news of the end of slavery reached the southwestern states two months after the end of the American Civil War.  

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Thu, Jun 18, 2020

COLUMBUS—Yesterday, State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and fellow Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Paolo DeMaria urging that he follow the original intent of Congress when it passed the CARES Act to provide support and target relief to students who need it most. The request follows conflicting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education that states CARES Act funds should instead be distributed to all students regardless of their family’s income.

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Wed, Jun 17, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today called on the Ohio Developmental Services Agency (DSA) to reinvest funds collected from General Motors (GM) in Mahoning Valley.

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Tue, Jun 16, 2020

COLUMBUS—Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 11 on Thursday, moving this Democratic priority legislation to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.

 

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 13, Democratic priority legislation to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband to unserved residential households.

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Fri, Jun 12, 2020

COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs. The U.S. MarinesU.S. Navy and NASCAR recently announced similar bans on Confederate memorabilia. Republicans rejected the amendments largely along party lines, voting instead to protect the sale of the Confederate flag. 

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Fri, Jun 12, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 163, legislation creating the Purple Heart/international access symbol license plate.

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Wed, Jun 10, 2020

COLUMBUS—Yesterday, Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and fellow House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to ban the use of tear gas by all county, municipal and township police departments indefinitely. 

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Wed, Jun 10, 2020