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Central Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, including Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), Reps. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), Beth Liston (D-Dublin), and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington), today issued a statement following protests in downtown Columbus Thursday night.

 
 
House and Senate Democrats introduce resolution in light of nationwide protests, Ohio statehouse demonstrations
May 29, 2020

COLUMBUS—The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today announced plans to introduce legislation that would declare racism a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County recently. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.

 
 

COLUMBUS – Ohio House Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), House Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today issued a statement condemning an incident that occurred on Saturday which involved a threat of violence against Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and her father, Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron).

 
 
Calls on Governor and Secretary of State to reject House Republican plan
May 27, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to House Bill (HB) 680, the Ohio House Republican Caucus general election plan:

 
 
Say bill will improve safety, security for workers during global pandemic
May 26, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, led by Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), today introduced legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.

 
 
Call for creation of task force, expansion of early release efforts for low-level, non-violent offenders, and halt on new inmates
May 22, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine calling for further action to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio’s overcrowded jails and prisons.

 

 
 
Say bill will improve safety, security for workers during global pandemic
May 21, 2020

Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced plans to introduce legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits. The proposal is the latest effort from House Dems to improve the safety and security of Ohio workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 
Says governor's inaction has led to preventable COVID-19 infection and death among black and brown Ohioans
May 21, 2020

COLUMBUS—House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today voiced her frustration following Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement related to the Minority Health Strike Force. Today’s statement follows multiple written and verbal conversations where Sykes urgently pressed DeWine to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio’s minority communities, which have been hit the hardest by the worst global pandemic in more than a century. Though black Ohioans are just 13 percent of the population, they account for 26 percent of confirmed cases and 17 percent of deaths from coronavirus in Ohio. 

 
 

COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement following Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement today regarding next steps with the Minority Health Strike Force.

 
 
Passage comes as domestic violence on the rise amid COVID-19 lockdown
May 20, 2020

House Democrats today applauded the unanimous passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.