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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today commented on the enactment of House Bill 463, legislation signed into law this week by Gov. John Kasich that will help communities fight blight by establishing an expedited foreclosure process for abandoned and vacant homes.

“Abandoned homes stuck in the lengthy foreclosure process can depress neighborhood property values and attract vandalism and crime,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Modernizing Ohio’s foreclosure laws helps stabilize neighborhoods and prevent urban decay by giving communities a tool to speed up the foreclosure process.” 

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Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Flanked by family in a ceremony at the Statehouse today, state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) took the oath of office from newly-elected Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D’Apolito*. 

“I am eager to continue working in this new General Assembly to address issues important to the economic stability of Ohio families,” said Lepore-Hagan. “From ensuring a quality public education for our children to protecting the rights of working people, I remain dedicated to being a voice at the Statehouse for the people of the Mahoning Valley.” 

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Tue, Jan 3, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the release of $280,880 in state funds to Youngstown State University (YSU) for campus-wide renovations and upgrades. The university will use the funds to contract with Youngstown-based design firm BSHM Architects, Inc., who will provide architectural design services for the project. The state funding was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“YSU has long been a pillar of excellence, both academically and in providing students a home away from home,” says Lepore-Hagan. “This state investment will not only help YSU continue to provide a quality education and a modern, inviting campus to students and the community, but will support a leading local business and contribute to our local economy here in the Mahoning Valley.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week pledged to continue her legislative efforts to addresses concerns from families and educators following the state takeover of the Youngstown City Schools. Rep. Lepore-Hagan plans to reintroduce House Bill (HB) 379, her legislation to increase community input into the “Youngstown Plan,” next year after the bill was only granted a single hearing during this General Assembly. 

“Students, parents and teachers deserve transparency and accountability within our local school system,” Lepore-Hagan said. “This legislation will help ensure a more community-based approach to improving our school system.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) recently testified in the House Health and Aging Committee on House Bill (HB) 132—or the Ohio Prevention First Act—legislation that seeks to prevent unintended pregnancies by offering comprehensive, abstinence-inclusive sexual health education for teens and ensure greater access to contraception.

“By providing young adults with responsible sexual education, we can not only prevent unintended pregnancies, but educate those on the health risks of unprotected sex,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Adolescents will engage in sexual activity whether we acknowledge it or not. It is important that we provide them with the necessary tools to make informed decisions when it comes to sex and contraception.”

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Thu, Dec 8, 2016

House Democratic lawmakers today voted against Substitute Senate Bill 331, legislation that lets the state grab more power from local communities by overriding local bans on unlicensed puppy mill sales to pet stores and prohibiting local communities from taking up ballot issues on policies like minimum wage and paid family leave. 

“Local communities are best positioned to set their own priorities and shape their future through local decision-making and consensus.” –State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)

The last-minute power grab comes as Toledo and Grove City pursue local ordinances banning puppy mill sales, and Cleveland and other metropolitan areas study local ordinances to raise wages and benefits within city limits.

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Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk Tuesday evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion.

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Wed, Dec 7, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today provided sponsor testimony for House Bill (HB) 73, her legislation to prohibit the governor from unilaterally closing, selling, or privatizing any state institutional facility. The Mahoning Valley lawmaker introduced the legislation after the state announced the planned closure of the Youngstown Developmental Center (YDC), home to over 80 developmentally disabled residents and workplace of hundreds of dedicated staff members. 

“The families of residents are understandably upset and the employees are disappointed by the unilateral decision of governor and the Department of Developmental Disabilities to close the Youngstown Developmental Center,” Lepore-Hagan said. “Families, residents and workers deserve a more measured approach to key policy decisions that not only affect the state’s operations, but the security and comfort of residents and the ability of families to maintain close proximity to their loved ones.” 

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Tue, Dec 6, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the release of $147,000 to the Ohio Department Mental Health and Addiction Services for a contract with Campbell-based Pro Quality Land Development, Inc. The local family-run company will complete a demolition project at the Northcoast Behavioral Health (NBH) campus in Summit County. The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting. 

“Small business owners and their enterprises are the lifeblood of our regional economy,” said Lepore-Hagan. “The fact that Pro Quality Land Development, Inc. secured this state contract over ten other competitors speaks to the reputation they’ve earned during nearly twenty years of quality work.”  

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Mon, Dec 5, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced she is introducing companion legislation to Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s Senate Bill 298 to bring more accountability and transparency to Ohio’s online charter schools. 

“Investigations show that online charter schools in Ohio are collecting millions in taxpayer dollars, likely by inflating the reported number of enrolled students. This alleged fraud damages the trust of families who look to online charters to prepare their children for success,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Introducing this legislation in both chambers gives lawmakers every opportunity to prove they’re serious about cracking down on rampant fraud and abuse in the online charter school industry.”  

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Wed, Oct 26, 2016