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Says inclusive policies will attract workers, business investment to Ohio
March 11, 2021

COLUMBUS— Today, State. Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) reintroduced the Ohio Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations. Rep. Skindell has sponsored or co-sponsored versions of the Ohio Fairness Act every legislative session since 2003.

 
 
Says GOP bill propped up by misinformation will do real harm to public health and safety
March 10, 2021

House Democrat leaders, led by Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today sent a letter to Governor DeWine urging his veto of Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises. Democrats voted in unison against the measure during House session Wednesday. It passed on party lines. 

 
 
Say legislation a step in the right direction, but full repeal still needed to undo damage of tainted HB 6
March 10, 2021

Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), the top Democrat on the House Public Utilities Committee, issued statements Wednesday on the passage of House Bill (HB) 128, legislation to repeal parts of HB 6 from the 133rd General Assembly (GA). 

 
 
Say GOP bill propped up by misinformation will do real harm to public health and safety
March 10, 2021

House Democrats today voted in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial Republican legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises. Every Democratic lawmaker voted against the bill.

 
 
Rep. Robinson Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Ohio's School Report Card System

State Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon) and State Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) today introduced legislation that would improve Ohio’s school report card system. The proposed legislation would make several changes to Ohio’s current report card system with the intent to change the current system from one of flawed metrics and punitive measures to one that provides a document that schools, parents and communities can understand and use to properly assist when making improvements to a school.

 
 

Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), the ranking Democrat on the House State and Local Government Committee, issued a statement Tuesday as Republican lawmakers voted to pass Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises. 

 
 
Celebrating 110 years of Achievement
March 8, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recognizes March 8th as International Women’s Day. Now in its 110th year of celebration, International Women’s Day is recognized in multiple countries as way to acknowledge and uplift women worldwide. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement as Ohio prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of its first confirmed coronavirus cases. The governor issued a state of emergency on March 9, 2020, after three Ohioans reportedly tested positive for the virus. 

 
 

House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland), Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood), Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement as the Biden administration announced today that Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center has been chosen as a mass vaccination site, with the ability to administer 6,000 vaccine doses each day over eight weeks beginning March 17. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today as state officials announced a number of regional mass vaccination sites across Ohio, which will be able to administer up to 1,000 vaccines a day beginning later this month. Sites include Akron, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Marietta, Maumee, Wilmington, Youngstown and Zanesville. Another four mobile sites will open in Ada, Athens, Mansfield and Steubenville.