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Says budget doesn't do enough to invest in working people, families and communities
June 28, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement Monday 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.

 
 

House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued a statement Monday as GOP lawmakers passed Senate Bill 19, which included a last minute amendment to undercut funding for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) by limiting the its ability to generate operating revenues through the local sales tax. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) penned an OpEd in the Columbus Dispatch this week in which she called on Governor DeWine to combat vaccine hesitancy and increase access for vulnerable population

 
 

State Reps. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) issued statements today after House Republicans voted to add an anti-vaccine provision to an unrelated bill, Senate Bill 111, legislation to direct $844 million in federal coronavirus relief to Ohio communities. The extreme amendment would prohibit public and private entities from requiring COVID-19 vaccines. 

 
 

State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, released a statement after House Republicans amended the collegiate name, image and likeness bill, Senate Bill 187, to effectively ban transgender athletes from participating in high school and collegiate sports.

 
 
So-called "anti-riot" bill seeks to restrict right to protest
June 24, 2021

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement condemning the House Criminal Justice Committee’s passage of House Bill (HB) 22, legislation that would restrict the right to protest:

 
 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement after House Republicans amended the collegiate name, image and likeness bill, Senate Bill 187, to effectively ban transgender athletes from participating in high school and collegiate sports. 

 
 
Says Republicans continue to prioritize wealthy and well-connected over working people and families, urges governor to have veto pen ready
June 23, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement Wednesday concerning the ongoing budget deliberations, urging the governor to be ready to step in to veto a number of anticipated provisions when the budget reaches his desk in the coming days.

 
 
Say disinvesting in public transit hurts workers and stifles economic development
June 23, 2021

Toledo-area Democratic lawmakers Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued a statement after GOP lawmakers Tuesday inserted an amendment to undercut funding for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) into Senate Bill 19, a totally unrelated bill dealing with wetland mitigation projects. 

 
 

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement after the Majority Floor Leader exploded in a furious tirade, screaming, pointing at and lunging toward Leader Sykes and Democratic committee members as she asked the Government Oversight Committee Chair to maintain decorum during Thursday’s hearing on Ohio’s Anti-Voter Bill, House Bill 294. The Majority Floor Leader was verbally harassing Democratic members of the committee when the Leader tried to intervene with her point of order. Leader Sykes and Democrats later moved to adjourn the meeting citing safety concerns. Republicans rejected the motion.