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Says national attack on reproductive rights underscores need for access to healthcare in Ohio
December 1, 2021

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, released a statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the most important abortion case in decades. The case regards a Mississippi law that would ban abortion procedures 15 weeks after conception, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade. 

 
 
Call comes as governor announces mandatory cameras for State Highway Patrol
November 24, 2021

State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today called on the House Criminal Justice Committee to hold legislative hearings on House Bill 367, known as Andre’s Law, which would require the use of body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras by peace officers, among other changes to increase transparency and accountability for police in Ohio. 

 
 
Calls governor's action "a shameful abuse of power" that betrays Ohio voters
November 20, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement as Gov. DeWine signed into law the Republican-passed partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2. Leader Sykes and House Democrats sent a letter Thursday to the governor urging his veto of the gerrymandered map. 

 
 

Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement as Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors Republican candidates 13-2. Leader Sykes and House Democrats sent a letter to the governor urging his veto of the gerrymandered map. 

 

 
 
Bill would ban public, private entities from requiring vaccination
November 18, 2021

COLUMBUS — State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Beth Liston (D-Dublin) today voted in opposition to House Bill (HB) 218, Republican-backed legislation that contains last-minute changes to prohibit schools, universities and employers from requiring students or employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It would also bar public and private entities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for any reason. 

 
 
Say focus should be on commonsense safety solutions for Ohio families
November 17, 2021

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democrats today condemned the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 227, GOP-backed legislation that would gut public safety laws that currently require permits for people who carry hidden, loaded handguns in public.  

 
 
Say Republicans failed to act in good faith and refused to negotiate
November 17, 2021

Democratic members of the Government Oversight Committee today voted in opposition to the Republican-backed congressional district map, which unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2. No public testimony was allowed on the partisan map, and when pressed by Democrats Wednesday, Speaker Cupp indicated Republicans had no intention of negotiating on fair maps with Democrats. After passing the Government Oversight Committee, the bill heads to the House floor for consideration.

 
 
Says HB 99 will make our schools and communities less safe
November 17, 2021

COLUMBUS—State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued a statement today following the House passage of House Bill (HB) 99, legislation that would allow teachers and staff to be armed in schools. House Democrats voted against the extreme proposal.

 
 

Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement on the revised Republican congressional district map proposal. The deadline to pass a congressional map is Nov. 30. 

 
 
Says bill expands on Ohio House Democratic wins secured in state budget
November 15, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement as President Biden signed into law historic investments in the nation’s infrastructure, from repairing roads and bridges and replacing lead pipes to expanding broadband internet access and supporting public transit. The bill is the largest investment in national infrastructure in decades and will deliver $11 billion to Ohio.