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COLUMBUS— House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), House Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), and State Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) released their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues.

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Fri, May 15, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to the Ohio Supreme Court Ruling in Youngstown City School District Board of Education et al. v. the State of Ohio:

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Wed, May 13, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

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Mon, May 11, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  

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Wed, May 6, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose challenging his order telling county boards of elections that they must throw out many of the provisional ballots cast in the primary election. Secretary LaRose in a Monday night social media post said he opposed House Bill 197, the COVID-19 relief bill passed in March that also contained primary election cleanup provisions, and he accused the three Democrats of not reading the bill.

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Tue, May 5, 2020

State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today demanding that provisional ballots cast on Tuesday, April 28 be counted. Mail delays and confusion around the primary changes left some Ohio voters without a vote-by-mail ballot and no choice but to vote a provisional ballot in person on Tuesday. The three members make up the House Democratic Caucus’ COVID-19 Elections Working Group.

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Thu, Apr 30, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Dr. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) today called for action on HB 560, universal vote-by-mail (UVBM) legislation. The bill would require ballots to be mailed to all registered voters with return postage pre-paid and without the added step of having to apply for a ballot first. The bill also includes preservation of safe in-person voting opportunities.

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Wed, Apr 29, 2020

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders.  

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Tue, Apr 28, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to a letter from over 60 advocacy groups containing election policy recommendations for best practices, particularly in emergency situations like the country is now facing. The three representatives make up the House Democratic Caucus’ Elections Working Group which has been monitoring election challenges and crafting policy proposals to ensure elections remain safe and accessible. The coalition’s letter focused on expanding mail voting and providing adequate in-person voting opportunities, two top priorities of the House Democratic Caucus and its Elections Working Group. 

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Thu, Apr 16, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to Governor DeWine’s announcement on hospital capacity and the inclusion of the Covelli Convention Center in Mahoning County as a site for potential hospital bed expansion:   

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Mon, Apr 6, 2020