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COLUMBUS—Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) members today held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Juneteenth and provide updates on legislation that builds up Black families in Ohio. 

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Wed, Jun 16, 2021

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today issued the following statements from State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) condemning House Bills (HB) 322 and 327, legislation to restrict schools from teaching or advocating certain so-called divisive concepts:

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Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $74 million to support Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. $11.9 million will be spent on distributing vaccines, $24.1 million will be spent on contact tracing, and $38.3 million will be spent on testing. The Controlling Board additionally approved the release of more than $17 million for testing in Ohio’s prisons.

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Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Today, Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) announced today that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Media Production Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2022.

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Fri, May 21, 2021

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced that House Bill (HB) 247, their bill to consolidate two state certification processes for plumbing inspectors, passed the Ohio House.

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Wed, May 19, 2021

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 8, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require the recording of interrogations for most major felonies, has been signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine.

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Mon, May 17, 2021

COLUMBUS – Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of former State Rep. Otto Beatty, Jr.:

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Fri, May 14, 2021

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 8, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require the recording of interrogations for most major felonies, will head to the governor’s desk after the House voted to concur with Senate amendments. 

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Wed, May 12, 2021

 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 167, COVID-19 relief legislation that will deliver $465 million in direct aid for rent and utility assistance, was signed into law. House Democrats have called for rent and utility relief since the onset of the pandemic, introducing bills that would have created a program for immediate rental assistance, postponed evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevented utility shutoffs during an emergency.

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Tue, May 11, 2021

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 45, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) to establish a temporary tax amnesty program that would forgive interest and penalties on delinquent taxes and fees, received its first hearing in the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee.

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Tue, May 4, 2021