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Lawmakers discuss significance of holiday and legislative priorities
June 16, 2021

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. 

Says House needs to move quickly to expel disgraced former speaker
June 15, 2021

Ohio House Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today issued a statement following a meeting of the House Rules and Reference Committee, which held a second hearing on a resolution to expel former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). Householder testified in person before committee members Tuesday. 


House Democratic lawmakers today reacted to hearings on two controversial bills that would force teachers to deny the reality of racism and other topics when creating age-appropriate curricula for Ohio students. The bills, House Bill (HB) 322 and HB 327, received their first hearing in the State and Local Government Committee Tuesday.


House Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on the start of the state budget conference committee Tuesday:


House Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on the start of the state budget conference committee Tuesday:


Statement comes as HBs 322 and 327 receive first committee hearings
June 15, 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:

Leader Sykes Recognizes June as Pride Month

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recognizes the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It all started with the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 where New York City police raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn. This led to days of protests and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. One year later, the first Pride march was held in June to celebrate the legacy of Stonewall and to set the precedent of Pride month for years to come. 

Says she will continue to push for investments to benefit all Ohioans
June 10, 2021

House Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) issued a statement today as House lawmakers voted to reject Senate changes to House Bill 110, the state’s two-year budget. 


COLUMBUS — As the Ranking Member of the House Government Oversight Committee, State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today condemned the party-line vote to advance House Bill (HB) 149 out of committee. The legislation would require certain Ohio judicial candidates to run in partisan elections, cherry-picking some elections while leaving out others.

Say it is past time to restore integrity to the People's House
June 10, 2021

House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today testified before the House Rules and Reference Committee on their resolution to expel disgraced former Republican Speaker Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) from the Ohio House for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019. 

Dems call controversial amendment another example of Republican culture of corruption
June 9, 2021

Democratic lawmakers on the House Civil Justice Committee, including Ranking Member Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus), Tuesday voted in opposition to an amendment to House Bill 286 that would allow for a change in jurisdiction for certain public corruption cases from the Franklin County Prosecutor to the defendant’s county of residence. 

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