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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Youngstown lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of education in Ohio. 

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Wed, Apr 6, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.

“I believe that everyone who works should be able to makes ends meet, have a say in their futures, and have the right to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family,” said Lepore-Hagan. “While we may have won the battle today, there is still more to be done to ensure workers keep their fundamental collective bargaining rights.”

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Tue, Mar 29, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today voted in favor of House Bill 390, tax-related legislation that includes an amendment to give the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA) the opportunity to correct a decades-old tax liability issue.  

“I’m very pleased to have worked in a bipartisan manner to try to help the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, which serves families in need throughout our community,” said Lepore-Hagan. “The debt burden related to the YMHA’s Rockford Village should never have existed in the first place. The amendment to HB 390 is a common sense approach to remedying a long overdue problem.”

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Wed, Feb 24, 2016

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and John Boccieri (D-Poland) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today wrote to the Board of Directors of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District (MVSD) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Craig Butler, urging the EPA to take all necessary measures to protect the water of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District and asking both parties to provide clarification with regards to their drinking water testing practices. 

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Mon, Jan 25, 2016

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) held a news conference today to announce House Bill 408 (HB 408), legislation that would create a buffer zone for patients and medical staff at reproductive healthcare providers. The bill would also provide victims of non-physical harassment the ability to pursue legal action. 

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Wed, Dec 9, 2015

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) provided sponsor testimony this week before the House Commerce and Labor Committee for House Bill 371 (HB 371), legislation to require freight train operating crews to consist of at least two people. 

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Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today introduced legislation to strengthen the Youngstown City Schools by using a community-based approach to make improvements to the so-called Youngstown Plan. 

“We are not in favor of the top-down CEO takeover of the Youngstown City Schools, but, at the end of the day, what matters most is that our children have the best chance to succeed,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “After hearing from parents, teachers and local leaders, we believe this is a realistic approach that will hold the soon-to-be implemented CEO more accountable and give our community an opportunity to be involved in the education of our children.” 

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Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers and healthcare advocates took to the Ohio Statehouse steps this evening to push back against proposed restrictions that would defund and limit women’s access to healthcare in the Buckeye State. The event also drew hundreds of activists and supporters who donned pink glow-stick necklaces as a sign of solidarity.

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Tue, Oct 20, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) joined parents, educators, and local leaders to announce a community-based bill crafted in response to the so-called “Youngstown Plan,” which went into effect on Thursday.

“It is our responsibility to strengthen Youngstown City Schools to let children have the greatest opportunity to succeed,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “With the highest concentration of poverty in the state, Youngstown faces significant challenges that can be addressed through the Community Learning Center model. Unlike the top-down CEO takeover, the CLC model leverages parent, teacher, and community involvement to provide critical wrap-around services such as health and dental care, dentistry and mental health services, and additional tutoring. By working together, we can transform our schools into true the hubs of our community.”

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Fri, Oct 16, 2015