State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced her plan to give the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA) the opportunity to correct a decades-old tax liability issue cleared the legislature late last night and is now headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
“On behalf of the YMHA, the families it serves and the residents of the city of Youngstown, I would like to thank the leadership of both parties as well as the members of the Senate and House for supporting this important, common sense legislation,” said Lepore-Hagan. “My amendment will allow YMHA to get back to focusing on helping those in our community who are most in need without having an unfair debt hanging over their head.”
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of the 2017-2018 state capital budget, or Senate Bill (SB) 310, to provide state support for infrastructure improvements and certain brick-and-mortar construction projects.
State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the introduction of House Resolution (HR) 383, legislation aimed at improving the safety of freight train operations in Ohio. The resolution expresses support for a recently proposed Federal Rail Administration (FRA) rule to require an operating crew of at least two individuals on all freight trains.
“A company should not take shortcuts simply to improve their bottom line. Safety must be the number one concern,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Imagine a train carrying toxic chemicals through a town and the engineer operating the train suffers a heart attack. The results would be disastrous; in fact, they were disastrous in a tragic train accident in Canada just three years ago.”
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 233, legislation aimed at boosting economic development and the rehabilitation of historic structures in urban centers by allowing municipal corporations to create downtown redevelopment districts (DRD).
“Downtown Youngstown has gone through many revitalization projects in the last decade, and this bill will help to continue to city’s work to attract more residents and businesses to our reemerging city,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am thankful that Rep. Schuring took the time to visit with members of our community last fall to discuss the needs of preserving Youngstown’s historic structures and creating DRDs that will boost business and improve the downtown area. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and look forward to the governor signing it into law.”
State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland), State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office will receive a $28,035.99 Marine Patrol Assistance Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The state grant is intended to help the local law enforcement agency provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for use on marine patrol vessels.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.