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Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) criticized Republican lawmakers for limiting public testimony during Thursday’s meeting of the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council. Concerned Ohioans were barred from offering in-person testimony on their experiences with the state’s unemployment system during the coronavirus pandemic. The committee accepted only written testimony.


House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement on Gov. DeWine’s announcement Wednesday that the state would end all health orders effective June 2 and roll out series of million-dollar drawings to random vaccinated Ohioans.

Discussion and advocacy focuses on gender equality, opportunity in Ohio
May 11, 2021

COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus (ODWLC) hosted their virtual Women’s Lobby Day. The virtual event gathered participants from across the state to discuss policy solutions to the challenges Ohio women and families face.



Today, Rep. Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced that she will introduce legislation this week to strengthen transparency requirements in the redistricting process and help Ohio fulfill its duties under the fair redistricting reforms voters passed in 2015 and 2018.

Say any bill that rolls back right to vote is a nonstarter
May 7, 2021

Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus elections and voting rights working group today responded to the introduction of House Bill 294, a Republican anti-voter bill that would roll back ballot access and intentionally make the process more confusing for voters.


State Rep. Juanita O. Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced she will soon be introducing a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.


House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) joined Democrats in opposing a Republican resolution that would urge Congress not to pass HR 1, the For the People Act, federal pro-voter legislation that would protect the freedom to vote, prevent billionaires from buying influence in elections, and make sure voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states.


House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and House Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) issued statements today on the passage of a pair of bills, Senate Bills (SB) 108-109, which would direct $682 million in aid to Ohio businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Forthcoming bill will be part of the Democratic police reform package outlined earlier this week
April 30, 2021

State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) today announced that they will soon introduce legislation to limit qualified immunity for police officers in Ohio.

Fair Districts Necessitate a Transparent, Bipartisan Process
April 28, 2021

In response to a proposed constitutional amendment from Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima), the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) is deeply concerned with the potential of reducing or eliminating public hearings and public input from the redistricting process. 

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