In February, the Youngstown Developmental Center received notice that it would be one of two centers in the state shutting down over the next two years, but residents are already beginning to be moved out of the facility that they have long called home.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) announced Monday that she is working with legislators across the aisle to prevent the Youngstown Development Center from closing. Specifically, a modified version of House Bill 73, which the representative introduced in response to the announced closure of the YDC, has garnered bi-partisan support in the form of a budget amendment.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and State Rep. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick) announced today the introduction of legislation aimed at preventing unintended pregnancies and abortions through increased education and access to resources. The Ohio Prevention First Act, House Bill 132, would prevent unintended pregnancies by offering comprehensive, abstinence-inclusive sex education for teens; increasing access to birth control, including emergency contraception for rape survivors; and creating a state Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task.
“Half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion. If the legislature wants to be serious about preventing abortion, it would devote more resources to providing comprehensive sex-ed and access to contraception-- it is as simple as that,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.
State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) Monday called on Governor John Kasich to abide by Ohio law and immediately take the steps necessary to secure millions of dollars in long-promised and much-needed funding for the communities that are home to the state’s racinos.
Tuesday State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) with House Democratic lawmakers and healthcare advocates, discussed policies in the state budget that would limit pregnancy care, family planning and breast and cervical cancer treatment for lower income Ohioans. The changes in healthcare coverage are being proposed as Ohio ranks second highest in the nation for infant mortality.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement today in response to the news that Vallourec Star will temporarily shut down its Youngstown plant for three weeks due to declining oil prices:
“I am deeply concerned for the families and workers that will be hurt by the mill’s idling. I reached out to Vallourec Star management several weeks ago, as it became apparent that steel workers in Ohio could bear the brunt of declining oil and gas prices. Although I am disappointed with this set back, I respect the proactive approach Vallourec used to minimize effects on employees.
“Ultimately, Vallourec Star’s initial decision to invest in Youngstown was informed in large part by our worker’s expertise in manufacturing and the robust work ethic found in Northeast Ohio— nothing about that has changed. I remain hopeful that changes in the oil and gas market will not negatively affect our area in the long-term. The sooner our folks can get back to work, the better.”
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) Wednesday sent a letter urging opposition to the reauthorization of federal Fast Track authority, which allows the executive branch to negotiate international trade agreements behind closed doors. The lawmaker, who serves as the ranking minority member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, urged her colleagues to lobby their congressional counterparts to reject the measure.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) applauded the awareness raised by today’s sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brings together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) Monday was named Commerce & Labor Committee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.