CLEVELAND— Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) at a press conference today announced that they will soon introduce the Energy Jobs and Justice Act, comprehensive energy policy rooted in equity, economic development, and accountability.
COLUMBUS – State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), the Ohio State Conference of the NAACP, and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative today filed a first-of-its-kind state constitutional challenge to “Stand Your Ground” legislation passed during the 2020 lame duck legislative session, saying the measure’s backers violated the Ohio Constitution by adding the measure to an unrelated bill and passing the package only an hour later without providing legally mandated opportunities for public notice and debate. Everytown Law, the largest team of litigators working full-time on advancing gun safety in the courts, is representing the plaintiffs, along with the Ohio firm Bloomekatz Law, LLC.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement today after the Redistricting Commission failed to meet its constitutional duty to release, hold three hearings on, and adopt a state legislative district map by Sept. 1. Even though other maps have been presented to the Commission, the Commission itself has neither produced nor worked on one, and co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has not given a date that the Commission will propose a map for review.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $121.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to support homeless youth, preschool students and children with disabilities.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $84.7 million for various highway and road construction projects across the state. Included was funding for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation to support construction, capital improvements, and/or the purchase of machinery and equipment at current and future facilities. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey.
COLUMBUS – State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) issued a statement today recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day when Black women’s pay catches up to that of non-Hispanic, white men from the previous year. Black women earn on average just 63 cents for every $1 a white man makes.
COLUMBUS – Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $7.8 million from the American Rescue Plan to support public transportation’s efforts to connect Ohioans in urban and rural parts of the state to vaccinations. The Controlling Board allocated an additional $919,200 from the American Rescue Plan for the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $19 billion to be distributed over the next two years to support education in Ohio under the new Fair School Funding formula.
COLUMBUS— State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today introduced legislation to implement a statewide Loving Cities Index, a tool and framework that provides a comprehensive analysis of local systems of love and support in order to address racial disparities in learning outcomes and provide better opportunities for brighter futures. The Index framework draws from communities and a large body of evidence-based research to identify 25 indicators that represent the supports needed for students to have the opportunity to learn and achieve academic and economic success. Each indicator reflects key city policies and practices needed to provide all children with care, stability, commitment, and capacity.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement following the passage of the state budget, House Bill 110. Democrats expressed concerns about a number of provisions within the bill, including a more than $1.64 billion tax giveaway to largely benefit the wealthiest Ohioans and an increase in funding for the state’s EdChoice Voucher Program, which undermines public education in Ohio.