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Democratic members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee today objected to the anticipated committee passage of House Bill (HB) 2 along party lines, saying the GOP-led “No Rights at Work” bill will strip Ohio employees of critical protections from workplace discrimination. The legislation was scheduled for a vote last week, until it was pulled down at the last minute. The bill will receive a fifth hearing this afternoon, but is not yet scheduled for a vote. 

“Harassment and discrimination will increase in the workplace if employees lose their right to hold supervisors accountable for misbehaving and bullying,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), the highest ranking Democrat on the committee. “I believe workers deserve to feel safe and welcome when they go to work every day to provide for their families.” 

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Tue, Mar 14, 2017

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 54, legislation to establish a state bond bank to help fund public projects and permanent improvements. 

“As a Youngstown resident and member of the team of dedicated elected officials, local leaders and residents who are working hard to revitalize our city, I enthusiastically support HB 54 because it provides an effective way for the state of Ohio to support our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am pleased that this innovative and critically important legislation moved through the House without opposition. I urge my Senate colleagues to consider and pass HB 54 as quickly as possible so we can begin using this new tool to rebuild communities across the state.” 

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Thu, Mar 9, 2017

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House yesterday approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years.  

“While I’m disappointed that amendments to improve the bill were rejected on the House floor, at the end of the day I supported this legislation because it will fund critical infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help drive economic growth in our state,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). 

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Thu, Mar 2, 2017

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House yesterday approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years. 

“While I’m disappointed that amendments to improve the bill were rejected on the House floor, at the end of the day I supported this legislation because it will fund critical infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help drive economic growth in our state,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown).

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Thu, Mar 2, 2017

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) this morning hosted all three Mahoning County commissioners for a meeting with House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). 

Commissioners David C. Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti traveled to Columbus to voice their concerns regarding the negative local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed fix to the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax formula.  

“I’m pleased our delegation’s meeting request to the budget chairmen was granted, and that our commissioners had the opportunity to express their concerns about local revenue loss,” said Boccieri. “The chairmen demonstrated that the legislature is still open to listening to local officials who are on the frontlines and can provide essential perspectives on what will keep our local communities strong and transportation systems running.” 

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Wed, Feb 22, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), the highest ranking Democrat on Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, today commented on legislative efforts underway at the Statehouse to limit the rights of public and private workers in Ohio to collectively bargain: 

“At a time when Ohio is on the “verge of a recession” and so many middle class families are struggling to stay afloat, it’s troubling that some lawmakers would seek to weaken the ability of working people – including police officers and firefighters – to have safer working conditions and earn wages that can sustain a family. 

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan’s (D-Youngstown) today objected to House Bill (HB 50), recently-introduced legislation to require photo identification of most food stamp recipients be included on their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. 

Last June, Auditor Dave Yost released findings of a state audit of Ohio’s food stamp program. While the audit did highlight possible cases of fraud, the actual fraudulent costs identified totaled less than the cost of the audit. Yost did not recommend requiring photo IDs for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants at that time. 

“In attempting to combat potential fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, HB 50 fails to follow the recommendations detailed within the auditor’s own SNAP audit,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Ohio’s weak economy over the last six years has left many families and working poor struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table each night. Instead of unfairly targeting vulnerable Ohioans, lawmakers should focus on creating good jobs that pay a wage that can sustain a family.” 

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today commented on the Senate confirmation of newly-appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:

“Today, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, who may be the most unqualified candidate ever to be nominated for a cabinet post, as secretary of education.

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Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Rep. Lepore-Hagan was selected to serve as the highest-ranking Democrat on the Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee. 

“I am determined to accomplish what I have started, working alongside my fellow legislators to ensure our communities are provided equitable opportunities on important issues,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Our children, our schools, our workers and our communities need leaders who will fight for them. I will continue to champion these causes on behalf of the Mahoning Valley.” 

Lepore-Hagan will also serve on the following committees this General Assembly: 

- Health
- Transportation and Public Safety 

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Tue, Jan 31, 2017

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) last week wrote a letter to Gov. John Kasich urging him to preserve the revenue local governments and public transit systems receive from the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have given Ohio a deadline of June 30, 2017 to remedy its MCO tax structure so that it complies with CMS policy, but any changes may threaten the millions of dollars local communities currently receive from the tax. 

“Our community has already suffered from severe state budget cuts over the past few years and cannot afford to lose another round of millions in shared revenue,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I hope that governor will show leadership on this issue and offer a formula fix that preserves the valuable resources communities rely on to deliver services to their residents.” 

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Mon, Jan 23, 2017