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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

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement today after a Franklin County Common Pleas judge denied a motion for an injunction to block the so-called Youngstown Plan from taking affect this week:

“I am very disappointed the judge did not act to temporarily block the CEO takeover of Youngstown City Schools while the constitutionality of the takeover law is still being determined in court,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Youngstown residents have the right to testify on laws that will radically reshape public education in their community, and I remain hopeful that the court will ultimately decide that the so-called Youngstown Plan – crafted behind closed doors and rushed through the legislature – violated these rights. I am determined to continue fighting for an education plan that reflects the unique needs and challenges of the Valley and one that will be shaped by the voices and opinions of its parents, teachers, and other residents.” 

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Tue, Oct 13, 2015

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 

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Wed, Oct 7, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week urged Governor John Kasich to reconsider his decision not to include the city of Youngstown in his request for a time limit waiver for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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Tue, Oct 6, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to the public records released by the Ohio Department of Education relating to the illegal charter school data scrubbing done by David Hansen, Gov. Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband:

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015