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COLUMBUS– Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement following news that a jury had acquitted on all counts Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two men and injured one during racial justice protests last August in Kenosha, WI:

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Fri, Nov 19, 2021

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today issued a statement as Republicans passed on party lines a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2. 

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Thu, Nov 18, 2021

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement after a recent meeting with Sherwin Williams executives, at which the company renewed its commitment to contracting with local minority-owned and women-owned businesses, including in its Building Our Future (BOF) Project:

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Tue, Nov 16, 2021

COLUMBUS– Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate passed on party lines Senate Bill (SB) 258, which contains the Senate GOP’s proposed congressional map:

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Tue, Nov 16, 2021

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed 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.

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Tue, Nov 16, 2021

COLUMBUS– Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement after the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill (HB) 109, which would restrict the right to protest. HB 109 passed on party lines by a vote of 7-5.

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Wed, Nov 10, 2021

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today issued a statement after receiving the Outstanding Legislator award from the Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA):

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Mon, Nov 8, 2021

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Columbus) today issued the following statements after the Nov. 3 meetings of the Ohio House Government Oversight and Senate Local Government and Elections Committees, at which State Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) and State Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presented sponsor testimony on two separate congressional map proposals:

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Wed, Nov 3, 2021

COLUMBUS—In response to a recent Republican press conference on community engagement with law enforcement, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today urged action on comprehensive Democratic legislation to modernize policing in Ohio, improve community-police relations and ensure the safety and security of both officers and the public. Democrats unveiled their proposals in April 2021, which are a key pillar of their Opportunity Agenda for Ohio. Democrats say many of the reforms they introduced are already working to improve policing and public safety in communities and states across the country. 

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Tue, Nov 2, 2021

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the start of the open enrollment period for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period will run from Nov. 1 to Jan. 15, 2022, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. 

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Tue, Nov 2, 2021