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State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today the designation of April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Ohio. Originally introduced under House Bill (HB) 335 in 2017, Sarcoidosis Awareness Month passed the House today as part of Senate Bill (SB) 86.

“I am proud to work with Rep. Howse as we raise awareness for sarcoidosis and recognize those who bravely fight this disease,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I look forward to Ohio’s first Sarcoidosis Awareness Month this spring as we advocate for awareness, support and treatment statewide.”

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Thu, Dec 13, 2018

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today urged members of the House State and Local Government Committee to take a major step toward protecting the health and safety of all Ohioans by approving House Joint Resolution (HJR) 14. The measure proposes a constitutional amendment that would generate funding for local water infrastructure projects by permitting the state to issue up to $1 billion in additional general obligation bonds.

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Mon, Dec 3, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the release of $80,149 in state funds to the City of Campbell for the construction of two new bocce courts and a pavilion.

“Bocce is a time-honored tradition in the Mahoning Valley, and I am certain that this facility will become a popular destination for the people of Campbell and beyond,” said Lepore-Hagan. “This funding award would not be possible without the hard work of Mayor Nick Phillips and his administration. I look forward to the impact the new bocce courts will have on Roosevelt Park and the many Campbell residents who benefit from its use.”

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Mon, Dec 3, 2018

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Kent Smith (D-Euclid), and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today joined Community Leadership Coalition on Education (CLCE) members during their legislative advocacy day urging the passage of House Bill (HB) 626, legislation to halt state takeover of public schools. CLCE is a group of advocates from Youngstown, Lorain, East Cleveland, and other communities around Ohio whose local school districts are or may soon be subject to state takeover as implemented under HB 70.

“HB 70 neutered the duly-elected school board members and gave an autocratic, unaccountable, appointed CEO total control over every facet of the system,” said Lepore-Hagan. “The Youngstown Plan has been a failure and a disaster, but it seems Gov. Kasich and the anti-public school zealots who created this debacle don’t use objective criteria to evaluate what has happened.”

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Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Mahoning Valley state Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today responded to General Motors’ (GM) announced 14,700 layoffs nationwide in the coming months, with plans to end production of the GM Cruze at their Lordstown, Ohio plant March 1, 2019:

“I am angered and dismayed by GM’s decision to abandon its commitment to Mahoning Valley workers after more than 50 years,” said state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). “This closure will have far-reaching effects, both in the Valley and across Ohio, as thousands of working families deal with the real consequences of corporate giants who put profits before people. I remain committed to working with local, state and federal officials, as well the UAW and the local business community to ensure every worker affected by this closure has the resources and services they need.”

The Lordstown Complex, which has produced vehicles since 1966, is likely the latest victim in GM’s corporate restructuring which will end production at five plants and eliminate 15 percent of the company’s total workforce.

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Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families.

“With ramped up hatred and divisive rhetoric across the nation, there has never been a worse time to pass a bill like this,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). “This dangerous and divisive legislation encourages life-threatening violence instead of encouraging cooler heads to prevail.”

HB 228 would reverse Ohio’s standard of proof in gun violence cases, requiring the state to prove that a defendant was not using self-defense. In addition, the bill would erode home-rule authority by preempting local control over gun safety regulations. Finally, HB 228 reduces firearm offenses to minor misdemeanors and eliminates certain requirements for those driving with a concealed weapon.

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and John Boccieri (D-Poland) today responded to the Ohio Supreme Court announcement that it will hear the Youngstown Board of Education’s appeal against House Bill (HB) 70. This hearing will be the latest chapter in an ongoing legal battle brought forth by the Board since HB 70 became law in July 2015.

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Wed, Oct 24, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-Girard) today responded to the recent announcement that the Northside Regional Medical Center, owned and operated by Steward Health Care, will cease operations on September 20. 

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Wed, Aug 15, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers.

“I am proud to support SB 226, which passed 93-3 in the House, to provide a small relief to families across Ohio,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Additionally, this legislation can boost our economy by keeping Ohio dollars local instead of being spent across the state line. SB 226 is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to supporting future legislation like this that benefits both families and businesses.”

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Wed, Aug 1, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today praised the passage of House Bill (HB) 123, a bipartisan effort to enact consumer protections for the thousands of Ohioans who utilize short-term loans every day. Borrowers in Ohio currently pay some of the highest rates in the nation for payday loans, with estimated average interest rates at over 500 percent.

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Tue, Jul 24, 2018