Representative Alicia Reece - House District 33
 

10.25.17 - Ohio State Rep. Reece Reacts To Tragic Shooting At Grambling State University

 

State Rep Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), a lifetime alumna of Grambling State University and former Miss Grambling State University, today issued the following statement in response to the tragic early-morning shooting deaths of two young men, Earl Andrews, 23, a Grambling State University senior from Farmerville, Louisiana, and Monquiarius Caldwell a 23-year-old from Farmerville:

“I woke up at four this morning to the tragic news that a shooting had occurred on my alma mater’s campus and two young men were killed as a result. I am deeply saddened by the senseless killing of Earl Andrews and Monquiarius Caldwell. Today we are once again faced with more violence in our country, and now find ourselves searching for answers amidst the heartbreak. My prayers are with the families of Earl Andrews and Monquiarius Caldwell. 

 
 

10.02.17 - Rep. Alicia Reece Shares Heartfelt Condolences With Families Following Deadly Las Vegas Shooting

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement in response to the deadly Las Vegas Strip shooting which claimed the lives of at least 50 people and injured serval hundred others:

“Just as many other Americans, I woke up this morning stunned to hear news of the latest attack in Las Vegas. With over fifty killed and hundreds injured, many are categorizing this attack as the ‘deadliest’ shooting in modern U.S. History.

 
 

08.03.17 - Reece Shines Spotlight On Minority Businesses At First Ohio Municipalities Business Conference

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today spoke to some 1000 attendees at the first statewide Ohio Municipalities Business Conference, an effort organized by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther to link more minority businesses with city and state agencies.

Serving on a panel of mayors and civic leaders, Reece took the opportunity to champion recent state-level minority business successes, but also to outline continued work to build opportunity and inclusion in the Buckeye State.

 
 

07.06.17 - Reece: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion would have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage. 

“At a time when Ohio leads the nation in opioid deaths, too many babies are dying before their first birthday and many families have loved ones fighting some type of cancer or other serious health condition, today’s decision against a Medicaid freeze was positive, but I remain concerned with the many other roadblocks to access quality healthcare Republicans passed.” -Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati).

 
 

06.28.17 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Votes No On State Budget That Could Negatively Impact Medicaid For Thousands Of Ohioans

 

COLUMBUS— Amid a more than $1 billion financial shortfall, Ohio’s legislative Republicans pushed state budget negotiations closer to the brink Tuesday and today with eleventh hour horse-trading over a Medicaid lockout and complex money maneuvers, leaving Gov. John Kasich less than 48 hours to review the state budget, House Bill 49, before the start of the new fiscal year.

 

“This budget not only threatens the economic well-being of working families, but attacks the health of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Ohioans,” said Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati). “At a time when Ohio leads the nation in opioid deaths, too many babies are dying before their first birthday in our state, and many families have love ones fighting some type of cancer or other serious health condition, blocking access to Medicaid for those who need it most literally puts the lives of Ohioans on the line.”

 
 

06.22.17 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Honors Constituent Otto Warmbier, Family On House Floor

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today called for a moment of silence during House session, honoring Otto Warmbier, a native of the city of Wyoming, Ohio who recently returned home after a nearly year-and-a-half long detainment in North Korea. Warmbier, who was 22 years old, was medically evacuated from North Korea last week after falling into a coma, and passed away June 19. Click the above video to watch Reece's floor speech. 

 
 

05.30.17 - Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece Responds To US Supreme Court Accepting Case On Ohio Voting Rights

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear a case regarding last year’s cancellation of voting registrations ordered by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“Because the right to vote is our most fundamental freedom as Americans, it is deeply troubling that elected officials charged with upholding our freedom have fought for the exact opposite, blocking over one-million people from having their voices heard,” said Reece. “By taking away their chance to go to the polls, these Ohioans were denied their guaranteed constitutional right. The ugliness of this issue is clear: purging voters is anti-American, and it needs to be stopped once and for all. I hope the highest court in our country agrees and rules in favor of the people – against the politicians.”

 
 

05.17.17 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Votes No On Workers' Compensation Bill

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict workers’ access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday.

In committee earlier this week, Rep. Reece questioned why police officers were not included in new protections that provide benefits to some first responders if they contract cancer due to their work. 

 
 

05.05.17 - Reece Issues Statement On US House Passing Trumpcare

 

Ohio House Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to the Republican passage of Trumpcare in the U.S. House of Representatives by a razor thin margin yesterday: 

“The House Republicans’ push to roll back the Affordable Care Act is a dangerous step toward cutting off millions of Americans – including one-million Ohioans – from lifesaving healthcare. I am especially outraged by the irresponsible actions of Congressional Representatives from southwest Ohio, who voted for a bill that jeopardizes their constituents’ health and well-being. In the wealthiest country in the world, people should not have to go bankrupt or mortgage their future to access the care they need. Trumpcare threatens the health, safety and economic stability of millions of Americans young and old, especially people with pre-existing conditions. I hope yesterday’s vote will motivate Americans to come together and send a strong message to the Senate to do the right thing and put a stop to these unhealthy and unsafe restrictions.” 

 
 

05.03.17 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Speaks Out Against Unbalanced Budget Bill

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) voices her concerns regarding the state budget bill on the House floor. 

 
 

05.02.17 - Reece: Ohio House Pushes Unfinished, Unbalanced State Budget Off On Senate

 

Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard. 

Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy.

“Ohio is now dealing with the hard reality that too many of my constituents deal with back home – living paycheck to paycheck,” said State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati). “There is no guarantee that the next paycheck will be as high as the last one, and recent revenue numbers prove that to be true in Ohio. We needed to cut $800 million but Republican leaders only conserved a portion of that, leaving a gapping money hole for our counterparts in the Senate to deal with. This is an “if” budget— “if” the projections hold.”

 
 

04.13.17 - ICYMI: Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece Introduces Keynote Speaker Martin Luther King, III At ODOTs First Annual Civil Rights Symposium

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) joined the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) earlier this week to present a proclamation to Martin Luther King, III at the Ohio Civil Rights Symposium for his advocacy work for human rights and his involvement in significant policy initiatives for equitable treatment. Rep. Reece introduced keynote speaker Mr. King and spoke about the importance of minority inclusion in the state’s public transportation systems. 

 
 

03.01.17 - Rep. Reece: State Transportation Budget Clears Ohio House

 

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House today approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years.  

“This bill represents lawmakers coming together in a bipartisan way to invest in Ohio’s infrastructure and includes critical funds for the Western Hills Viaduct,” said Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), the highest ranking Democrat on the House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation. “While I believe more investment is needed in Ohio’s public transit systems to help ensure people can get to and from work, this bill is a good compromise. In the meantime, I will also continue to fight for commonsense changes to Ohio’s transportation laws, such as removing the front license plate requirement.” 

 
 

01.23.17 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Calls On Ohio Attorney General To Investigate Hateful Vandalism In Cincinnati

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today sent a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine urging him to investigate recent incidents of vandalism involving hateful symbols and speech in Cincinnati. 

Reece’s alma mater, Whithrow High School, was targeted by vandals this weekend, who spray-painted swastikas and racist and homophobic graffiti on the school’s exterior. 

This latest incident marks the fourth time in three months that hateful language and images have been painted on homes, schools and public spaces in the Southwest Ohio city.

 
 

01.23.17 - OH Rep. Alicia Reece Issues Statement On Hate Crimes Targeting Cincinnati Alma Mater

 

State Rep. and former president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement after touring her alma mater, Withrow High School in Cincinnati, where vandals defaced the school with swastikas and threats:  

“With two similar acts of hate, ethnic intimidation and property damage targeting educational institutions in Cincinnati, it is important the state steps up to become an active participant in the investigation and enforcement of state laws against these appalling and hostile acts. To that end, I will formally ask the state attorney general to investigate these as an emerging criminal pattern. 

 

 
 

12.08.16 - Reece: Bipartisan Justice Reform Measure Will Reduce Barriers To Employment

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 618, bipartisan justice reform legislation to automatically and completely expunge the criminal records of people who are arrested through a case of mistaken identification.  

“When someone is wrongfully arrested for mistaken identity, an arrest record is still created and can show up on background checks later down the line – even if the person is released as innocent that same day,” said Reece. “Innocent people should not have to face an additional barrier to employment or housing just because they fit a description and were mistakenly arrested.” 

 
 

10.11.16 - OLBC President Reece Celebrates Historic Progress On State's Minority Business Inclusion

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) applauded today’s announcement that Ohio met its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification goals for the second consecutive year since the program was established over 30 years ago.

“I am proud that we have been able to move a thirty-plus year law championed by the OLBC from goals and aspirations into results and reality for Ohio’s African American and minority businesses,” said Reece. “This record level of investment is historic and demonstrates that OLBC’s advocacy and partnership with the governor and state is leading to a stronger promise of prosperity and economic opportunity for our entrepreneurs and business leaders who create jobs and pay taxes.”

 
 

09.23.16 - Reece Applauds Federal Decision Ordering Stop To Ohio's Illegal Voter Purge

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) responded to today’s 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning the district court and ordering Secretary of State Jon Husted to stop purging voters for inactivity:

“Thankfully, today’s court decision effectively halts Ohio’s unlawful voter registration cancellations and will hopefully lead to the end of this arbitrary silencing of voters’ voices.” 

 
 

09.13.16 - Reece Responds To SCOTUS Ohio Same Day Registration And Voting Decision

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) responded to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision denying a stay request by Democratic leaders in Ohio to reinstate same day registration and the first week of early voting in Ohio – a process used by some 90,000 Ohioans in the past:

 
 

08.23.16 - OLBC Pres. Alicia Reece Responds To Court Decision Backing "Golden Week" Elimination

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) responded to today’s federal appeals court decision backing Ohio’s elimination of “Golden Week,” a period in which voters were able to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day. The appellate ruling overturned a district judge’s finding that eliminating “Golden Week” had violated the Voting Rights Act by disproportionately impacting African American voters.  

 
 

06.30.16 - Reece Responds To Federal Court Decision In Purge Lawsuit

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement in response to the recent federal district court’s decision in the voter purging lawsuit:

“Purging voters from the rolls simply for being inactive is undemocratic and disproportionately disenfranchises minority and low-income voters in Ohio. I am deeply disappointed that a federal district court has signed off on the secretary of state’s efforts to strip thousands of Ohio voters of their most fundamental freedom.    

 
 

06.28.16 - Rep. Reece Recalls Inspiration Of Late Coach Pat Summitt

 

“Today, as many athletes and coaches mourn the death of legendary Coach Pat Summitt, who broke down barriers for women not only in basketball but in all sports, I am reminded of the impact Coach Summitt had on my life as a young athlete.

“I first met Coach Summit when her team, the Tennessee “Lady Vols”, came to my hometown of Cincinnati to play in the Communiplex Women's Sports Hall of Fame tournament started by my parents, Dr. Steven and the late Barbara Reece. Coach Summitt not only brought her team to play – and win, I might add – but she became a friend to my parents and engaged them in the Title IX movement. She later helped brin the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final to Cincinnati in 1997, when she led the “Lady Vols” to their fifth national title.   

 
 

06.23.16 - Rep. Reece: SCOTUS Decision Ensures American Dream Can Be Reality For Millions

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and state Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms that higher education can continue to be a path out of poverty for the many historically disadvantaged Americans. I am pleased that some of our most basic American values - the equal opportunity to pursue an education and an appreciation for our nation’s diversity - are being upheld to ensure generations of Americans have the opportunity to carve their own path toward greatness. 

 
 

06.17.16 - OLBC President Reece Comments On Kasich Veto Of Poll Tax Bill

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to Governor Kasich’s veto of Senate Bill 296:

“I am pleased that the governor heeded the call from Democratic lawmakers and voters across the state to veto this modern-day poll tax. As we have witnessed here in Hamilton County time and again, it is critically important that citizens and officials be able to respond to emergencies and ensure voters are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote,” said Reece. “Both the recent court rulings on Ohio’s unconstitutional voting restrictions and the governor’s action today highlight how disconnected the majority’s legislative priorities are from reality. Instead of throwing up roadblock after roadblock to voting, we need action to permanently protect every Ohioan’s right to the ballot box.”  

 
 

06.13.16 - Senate Version Of Reece's Bipartisan Cosmetology Signed Into Law

 

The governor today signed into law Senate Bill 213, companion legislation to State Reps. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and Kristina Roegner’s (R-Hudson) bipartisan bill, HB 227, to reform cosmetology licensing in the state. In addition to making it easier for owner-operators to run their own salons, the bill adds human trafficking awareness as a continuing education requirement and makes it easier for practitioners of braiding, threading and shampooing to find work in salons. 

“This bipartisan, common-sense measure will make it more efficient and practical to train, become licensed, and operate as a cosmetologist, one of the oldest professions in the African American community,” said Reece. “By modernizing outdated laws and cutting red tape, we are empowering small businesses across the state to grow, hire more workers and contribute to their local economies.” 

 
 

06.07.16 - Reece Announces $2.8M For Cincinnati Community Organizations To Combat Infant Mortality

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced the release of almost $3 million in state funds for five community-based programs to address the city’s high infant mortality rate. The state investment is part of a total $26.8 million allocated in the last state budget to support community-driven proposals to combat infant mortality at the local level and enhance coordination among various agencies that provide care for women and infants at risk. 

 
 

05.31.16 - OLBC President Reece: Local Hiring Ban Will Harm African American Communities

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today expressed disappointment in the signing into law of House Bill (HB) 180, saying the ban on local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. 

“I am deeply disappointed that the governor ignored the request by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus to veto these unfair restrictions,” said Reece. “At a time when African Americans in our state are struggling economically and remain out of work at a rate two times higher than the state average, local hiring goals are a critical tool for urban communities trying to combat local unemployment. By banning local hiring goals, we are handcuffing our communities from making economic development decisions that put more money in the pockets of local residents and more money into local economies.” 

 
 

05.25.16 - Legislative Black Caucus Introduces Bill To Remove Slavery From Ohio Constitution

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and members of the OLBC today introduced a resolution to remove slavery references from the Ohio constitution, calling the references archaic and offensive to all Ohioans, including those whose ancestors were kidnapped and held captive as slaves.

 
 

05.24.16 - OLBC President Reece Comments On Court Decision On Same Day Voter Registration

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to the recent federal district court decision that Ohio legislation eliminating a week of same day registration violated both the 14th amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

“I am pleased that the federal court has affirmed what we knew all along – that the elimination of the same day voter registration was an unconstitutional restriction on our most basic democratic right that disproportionately affected minority voters in Ohio,” said Reece. “Today’s court decision and that fact that we continue to face voting restrictions in the state legislature only six months before a major presidential election underlines how badly we need a Voter Bill of Rights to enshrine our most fundamental freedom in the state constitution.” 

 
 

05.18.16 - Senate Version Of Reece's Bipartisan Cosmetology Reform Bill Clears Legislature

 

The Ohio House today gave the final legislative nod to Senate Bill 213, companion legislation to State Reps. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and Kristina Roegner’s (R-Hudson) bipartisan bill, HB 227, to reform cosmetology licensing in the state. In addition to making it easier for owner-operators to run their own salons, the bill adds human trafficking awareness as a continuing education requirement and makes it easier for practitioners of braiding, threading and shampooing to find work in salons. 

“The thousands of hardworking cosmetologists in Ohio are part of the small business engine that drives our state’s economy,” said Reece. “We need to make it more efficient and practical to train, become licensed, and operate as a cosmetologist in Ohio, and I’m pleased this bill does exactly that. Today we’re modernizing outdated laws and cutting red tape to give small businesses the freedom they need to grow and hire.” 

 
 

05.12.16 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Calls On Kasich To Veto Local Hiring Ban Bill

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today called on Governor John Kasich to veto House Bill 180, saying the legislation to ban local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland.

 
 

05.11.16 - Rep. Reece: Proposal To Legalize Medical Marijuana Passes Ohio House

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement in response to the Republican-controlled House’s passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio:

“After years of politicians in Columbus refusing to act on commonsense medical marijuana reform, the legislature is now fast-tracking a piecemeal bill with the hopes that it will diffuse an impending citizen-led effort to put medical marijuana rights in our constitution. The legislature needed to take a complete and fair approach to decriminalizing marijuana by supporting automatic expungement for past offenders and ensuring patients can access their medicine without fear of losing their job or unemployment benefits simply because they are sick. The people of Ohio should – without interference from the legislature – have the fundamental freedom to make their voices heard at the ballot box and chart a course for the future of their state.” 

 
 

05.04.16 - Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece Highlights ODOT Minority Contracting Disparities During Finance Committee

 

Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece highlights ODOT minority contracting disparities during finance committee

 
 

04.28.16 - Rep. Reece Teams Up With ODOT To Donate Equipment To Urban League's Construction Connections Program

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will join the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in presenting construction tools and safety equipment donations to graduating students of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League (GCUL) Construction Connections workforce development program. The students will receive the 500 donated items at the program’s graduation ceremony on Friday, April 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League headquarters.

 
 

04.20.16 - Reece Applauds Harriet "Moses" Tubman $20 Bill

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the selection of Harriet Tubman as the new face of the U.S. $20 bill.

 
 

04.15.16 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Says State Can Do More To Connect Minority Contractors To Transportation Construction Jobs

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) called on the state Friday to take action to reduce barriers between state highway contract opportunities and minority-owned businesses in Ohio. A “disparity study” released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) revealed that minority and women-owned businesses receive a disproportionately small percentage of the state highway contract opportunities available. 

“Today’s news confirms what we already knew: that minority-owned businesses still face too many barriers – historic and systemic – to economic opportunities in this state,” said Reece. “It took over 30 years for the state to finally meet its Minority Business Enterprise benchmarks, and we cannot wait another 30 years to close the gap in connecting minority-owned businesses with highway construction contracts and jobs opportunities. The state can do more to create a fair and equitable environment for minority-owned businesses.”

Reece said the OLBC wants to see the state do more through increased diversity within the ODOT organization, greater access to capital and bonding for minority companies, a statewide urban apprenticeship and on-the-job training program, Minority Business Enterprise inclusion for ODOT projects, and an internship initiative with Ohio’s historically black colleges – Wilberforce University and Central State University.

Reece also said the OLBC is calling for a legislative halt to proposed local hiring bans, Senate Bill 152 and a House-passed companion version, which would prohibit communities from setting local workforce participation standards on infrastructure construction projects – a tool that has been used in urban cores with high-minority population density like Cleveland, Akron, Toledo and Cincinnati.

 
 

03.29.16 - Reece's Three-year Push To Restrict Juvenile Shackling Pays Off With New Supreme Court

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to news that the Ohio Supreme Court adopted new restrictions on juvenile shackling. The Cincinnati lawmaker has called for an end to juvenile shackling since 2013, introducing two bills to restrict the practice.     

 
 

03.08.16 - State Rep. Alicia Reece To Deliver Keynote Speech At ODOT Construction Summit In Cincinnati

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will deliver the keynote speech at the 2016 Ohio Department of Transportation Construction Summit TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. Rep. Reece and the OLBC have long fought for greater opportunities for Ohio minority businesses. This year, the state awarded $228 million in contracts—the largest investment in Ohio history—for the support, growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in Ohio. 

 
 

02.24.16 - Black Lawmakers Take Action On "Justice For All" Agenda During Statewide Gathering At Statehouse

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece today joined OLBC lawmakers, community leaders and hundreds of citizens from around Ohio at the Statehouse for the OLBC’s Fourth Annual Day of Action. The two-hour event began with the State of Black Ohioans address from Reece, followed by a presentation of the OLBC’s 2016 “Justice for All” policy agenda. 

“Black Ohio taxpayers deserve an up-or-down vote from the legislature on bills that create economic stability for their families, address health disparities, allow our children to learn the skills they need to succeed, and restore faith in a criminal justice system that has failed a generation of black Ohioans,” said Reece. “We cannot wait any longer to confront the challenges facing our community. We had the taskforces and we have the facts – now the public wants immediate action from the Statehouse.”  

 
 

02.23.16 - Reece Seeks Limitations On Shackling Of Juveniles

 

State lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee today heard proponent testimony on House Bill (HB) 363, legislation to limit the shackling of juveniles in Ohio. The bill, sponsored by Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece, seeks to modernize the Ohio Revised Code by curbing the use of handcuffs and other restraint devices on juvenile suspects in courtrooms across Ohio. 

“Hamilton County Juvenile Court, like many juvenile courts across Ohio, has received low marks when evaluated on implementing best practices in regard to shackling juveniles,” said Rep. Reece. “States like New York, Florida and Pennsylvania have implemented no-shackle policies. It is time we step up in Ohio and do the same.” 

 
 

02.22.16 - State Releases Funding To Support Elderly And Disabled Cincinnatians

 

State Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced the release of $215,000 for renovations to the People Working Cooperatively (PWC) Whole Home building in the Paddock Hills area. The state funds will help pay for major improvements to the first floor of the Whole Home building, which houses services to assist seniors and those with disabilities to be able to live independently in their homes.

 
 

02.22.16 - Reece: State Releases Funds To Support Elderly And Disabled Cincinnatians

 

State Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced the release of $215,000 for renovations to the People Working Cooperatively (PWC) Whole Home building in the Paddock Hills area. The state funds will help pay for major improvements to the first floor of the Whole Home building, which houses services to assist seniors and those with disabilities to be able to live independently in their homes. 

“People Working Cooperatively is a regional leader in providing services to some of our most vulnerable community members,” said Reece. “In the face of challenges related to illness, disability or job loss, PWC helps connect people with the services and products they need remain safe in their own homes.” 

 
 

02.19.16 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus To Mark Black History Month With Day Of Action

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will join OLBC members, community leaders and citizens from around the state for the OLBC’s fourth Annual Day of Action next Wednesday, February 24, at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre Lobby from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This year’s event will highlight the OLBC’s 2016 agenda on issues that are important to Ohio’s African American community – including voting rights, jobs and economic opportunities, criminal justice reform, infant mortality, and more.

“As we celebrate black history month, citizens from all over the state will gather at their capitol to make their voices heard. Our constituents, the people of Ohio, are tired of sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the legislature to act on issues like justice reform, voting rights, economic opportunity and infant mortality,” said Reece. “That is why we will be calling for action to effect positive change on a statewide level to make sure the future looks brighter for African Americans in Ohio. As we enter the new year, African-American unemployment remains double the state average and black babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies. We must move beyond just words by taking action to help address the challenges faced by the African American community in Ohio.”

WHAT:           The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Annual Day of Action

WHO:             Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, advocates, activists, faith community

WHEN:           Wednesday, Feb. 24

                     10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Riffe Center Capitol Theatre Lobby

                     77 South High Street

                     Columbus, Ohio 43215

 
 

02.16.16 - State Rep. Alicia Reece To Honor Village Of Lockland, Police Department

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will present the Village of Lockland and their police department with a commendation TODAY, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. for their services to the Lincoln Heights community. For over a month in 2014, when the Lincoln Height Police Department was out of commission, the Lockland Village Police Department stepped in and provided assistance to Lincoln Heights. 

 
 

02.09.16 - OLBC Members And Chief Justice O'Connor Meet To Discuss Grand Jury Reform

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) members today met with Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to discuss the urgent need for grand jury reform. The meeting – which included OLBC President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), along with State Senators Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), and Edna Brown (D-Toledo) – was arranged after Rep. Reece sent a letter to Chief Justice O’Connor welcoming the creation of a grand jury reform task force and requesting her to meet with the OLBC. 

 
 

02.03.16 - State Rep. Alicia Reece Questions Adoption Of Utilities Service Tax

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D- Cincinnati) released the following statement while the Hamilton County Commissioners today held a public meeting on the adoption of a county-wide utilities services tax:

 
 

01.29.16 - OLBC President Welcomes Chief Justice O'Connor's Response To Grand Jury Reform Calls

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today sent a letter to Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor welcoming the creation of a grand jury reform task force and requesting her to meet with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC).

 
 

01.15.16 - OLBC Pres. Alicia Reece To Give Keynote Speech At Local MLK Day Event

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will serve as guest speaker at the U.A.W. Local 647’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration this coming Monday, January 18 at 12:15 p.m. The full event is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the U.A.W’s union hall,located at 10020 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio 45241. The theme of Rep. Reece’s speech will be “What does Dr. King’s dream mean in 2016?”.  

“Nearly fifty years after Dr. King’s death, the next generations are still fighting to make the reverend’s dream a reality,” said Reece. “From new efforts to disenfranchise voters, to criminal justice reform, to securing good-paying jobs for all working people, the battles that Dr. King fought and died for remain the battles of today. We must continue to push forward and do our best to translate Dr. King’s inspirational words into present day actions.” 

Reece is a long-time voting rights advocate and spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

 
 

12.28.15 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Responds To Tamir Rice Grand Jury Decision

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) responded today to the news that a Cleveland grand jury has decided to not bring charges against police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year old Tamir Rice that occurred last November. 

“Today’s decision is disappointing and disheartening for all those left searching for meaning and answers in the wake of such an unthinkable tragedy that claimed the life of an innocent young boy, Tamir Rice. The year-long grand jury process that brought us today’s decision underscores our state’s immediate need for action on social and criminal justice reforms, especially as they relate to making the grand jury process more transparent,” said Reece. “The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus will continue to push for this and other commonsense criminal justice reforms that provide solutions to help restore faith in the criminal justice system and trust between law enforcement and the public. My heart and prayers go out to Tamir Rice’s family and friends.”

 
 

12.08.15 - Rep. Reece Responds To Ohio Supreme Court Announcement Regarding Juvenile Shackling

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to news that the Ohio Supreme Court has opened the public comment period for a rule to prohibit the automatic and indiscriminate shackling of children appearing in juvenile court. The Cincinnati lawmaker has for years called for an end to the practice of juvenile shackling, and has introduced legislation in multiple General Assemblies to ban the practice statewide. 

 
 

12.02.15 - Reece's Bipartisan Bill Looks To Restore Trust In Communities Affected By Police-involved Deaths

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) provided sponsor testimony this week in House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 380, legislation to create a more transparent investigative process following police officer-involved firearm deaths.

 
 

11.19.15 - Reps. Reece, Sykes Call For Statewide Investigation Into Voter Disenfranchisement Issues

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) joined Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today in calling for a statewide investigation following troubling reports that hundreds of Akron voters had their absentee ballots voided because they lacked a postmark. 

 
 

11.18.15 - Rep. Reece Pushes For More Transparency In Officer-involved Fatality Investigations

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Cincinnati) recently held a news conference to discuss House Bill 380, newly introduced legislation to create a more transparent investigative process with deaths that result from a law enforcement officer’s use of a firearm.

 
 

11.11.15 - Reece Reminds Us To Honor Our Veterans With Opportunities

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement today commemorating Veteran’s Day:

“So many brave men and women have dedicated and even sacrificed their lives in order to serve our country, yet too many veterans are confronted with homelessness and joblessness when they return home. I call on our community and our state to make a commitment to reduce the number of homeless and jobless veterans with the same amount of steadfast determination as our veterans display when defending our country.”

 

 
 

11.03.15 - Ohio State Rep Alicia Reece Demands Answers Regarding Voting Irregularities In Hamilton County

 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported this morning, issues with the new electronic system to register voters at some polling locations are slowing the voting process today, while at least one polling location opened later than scheduled. According to the report, ten separate Hamilton County precincts experienced trouble with the electronic poll books, leading some voters to be turned away or given provisional ballots.  

 
 

10.27.15 - OLBC President Alicia Reece To Be Honored For Work Promoting Minority Business Inclusion

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece announced today that she has been selected to receive an award for her work in promoting minority inclusion in state contracts. Rep. Reece will receive the Top Elected MBE Advocate award at a ceremony on Wednesday.

 
 

10.23.15 - Rep. Reece Pushes For More Transparency In Officer-involved Death Investigations

 

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) joined with Republican Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) this week to introduce House Bill 380, legislation to create a more transparent investigative process with deaths that result from a law enforcement officer’s use of a firearm.

“Perceptions of injustice following an officer-involved shooting death – whether substantiated or not – can further erode a communities’ trust in the criminal justice system,” said Reece. “By requiring full disclosure and transparency, we can ensure honesty in the investigative process. This bill is a positive step in the right direction that will allow the public to get the answers and information they deserve.”

 
 

10.01.15 - State Rep. Alicia Reece Joins ODOT, Urban League To Announce Job Partnership Renewal

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece announced a $300,000 job partnership renewal between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati today during a press conference at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio headquarters. 

 

 
 

08.25.15 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Applauds $1.6M Funding Shift For Central State University

 

The President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC), State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), commented today on the news that state will speed up the release of over $1.6 million in state funds for Central State University (CSU) to draw down on federal 1890 land-grant matching dollars. The money was initially slated to be released during the state’s next fiscal year. According to information from the state’s budget management agency, the total federal award to Central State University could be as high as $5.1 million. 

 
 

08.20.15 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Applauds State Announcement Of $228.5 Million For Minority Contracts

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece spoke at a press conference today announcing that the state of Ohio met its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification goals for the first time since the program was written into law over 30 years ago. Officials announced that the State of Ohio spent a record $228 million with 325 MBE-certified businesses for FY 2015. 

 
 

08.05.15 - Rep. Reece Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced Ohio’s first-ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 7-9. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. Not only will the temporary holiday help offset Ohio’s 4.5 percent sales tax increase enacted by the 2013 state budget, but for three days shoppers will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year.

 
 

08.05.15 - Reece Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

 

Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate

Rep. Reece released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

"We’re beginning the next chapter in a new generation’s fight for our most basic and fundamental rights,” said Rep. Reece, who also serves as the President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. “Unfortunately, fifty years since the passing of the historic Voting Rights Act, we are faced with new efforts to disenfranchise voters and to weaken the law that allows for all Americans to exercise their sacred duty as citizens. It is critical that we take the next step forward to protect our rights by passing a Voter Bill of Rights constitutional amendment, which will enshrine our commitment to an open and fair democratic process.”

 
 

08.03.15 - State Rep. Alicia Reece Petitions Kasich To Take Action On Body Cameras, Front License Plate

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) sent a letter Friday to Governor John Kasich urging him to work toward removing Ohio’s front license plate requirement and to implement a statewide mandate for body-worn cameras for law enforcement officials.

 
 

07.29.15 - State Rep. Alicia Reece Responds To Indictment In Samuel Dubose Shooting

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement on the indictment of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing:

 
 

07.20.15 - Rep. Reece: Cincy-based TechSolve Receives Over $1 Million In State Funds To Assist Local Manufacturers

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced the release of over $1.08 million in state funds to TechSolve, an organization that provides technical and business assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Cincinnati area.

 
 

07.09.15 - Ohio Rep. Reece Pushes For Ex-offender One-stop Job Center In Cincinnati

 

Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece today hosted the Second Chance Job Fair in her district at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Cincinnati. The event features employers from manufacturing, non-profits, restaurants, government agencies and construction industries who have immediate job openings. During the kickoff, Rep. Reece announced that she will seek the creation of a community Reentry One Stop in Cincinnati.

 
 

06.30.15 - Reece: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities. 

“This bill is taxation without participation. Removing local hiring quotas allows for more out-of-state contractors to come over from Kentucky and Indiana and take away jobs from workers in Ohio,” said Reece. “I admit, I’m representing a special interest when it comes to this issue: the people of Ohio. We need to respect local control and empower local workers.” 

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Alicia Reece Issues Statement On Approval Of The State Budget

 

Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement today on approval of House Bill 64, the state’s two-year operating budget bill:

“I fought hard to adequately fund Ohio’s historically black college, Central State University, and though I am pleased the state budget included more funding for the school—it was inadequate for the federal match. 

“Too many of my constituents are concerned about their families’ future and how they will find ways to make ends meet, let alone get ahead. It is unfortunate that the largest budget in our state's history has left too many Ohioans behind. The bad outweighs the good in this budget and that is why I voted no.”

 
 

06.08.15 - Reece Applauds Governor's Appointment Of Harris To Police Training Oversight Board

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the governor’s decision to appoint Clayton Harris as a member of Ohio’s Peace Officer Training Commission.

“I applaud Governor Kasich for heeding our call for diversity on the state’s main police training oversight board,” said Reece. “While I have not had a chance yet to work with Chief Clayton Harris directly, I strongly believe it is important to have diversity on the state’s police training oversight board.”

In her position as OLBC President, Reece has been an outspoken proponent of bringing more diversity to the board in the wake of calls for justice reform and better police-community relations in the state. Reece also serves as a founding member on the governor’s Community-Police Relations Task Force.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Peace Officer Training Commission can make recommendations to the attorney general on rules governing the training and minimum requirements for law enforcement officials. The commission can also:

 
 

06.08.15 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, ODJFS Announce Summer Youth Employment Initiative

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today $2.7 million in funding to expand the 2015 youth employment program to include 14- and 15-year-olds. This will give additional teens the opportunity to gain work experience and earn a paycheck.

“Youth employment programs provide paid work experience to low-income teens,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “Through these programs, young men and women gain confidence, explore careers and build their resumes.”

“We are pleased to partner on this funded initiative. This employment initiative is one of the key elements of OLBC’s action agenda. Investing in our 14- and 15-years old while giving them work experience is critical at a time when our state is filled with teen suicide, poverty and crime reduction efforts,” said Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece, who held a press conference in Hamilton County announcing the initiative with clergy and community leaders today.

ODJFS will provide additional funding to well-established programs in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Montgomery counties. These programs have a proven history of serving 14- and 15-year-olds.

“I’m proud to see a partnership with business owners and community leaders to mentor and train fourteen and fifteen year-olds during summer work employment, which is critical to youth development,” said Rep. Christi Kuhns of Cincinnati. 

 
 

06.01.15 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Applauds 'box Ban' For State Job Applications

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement applauding the state’s decision to ‘ban-the-box’ on applications for Ohio civil service jobs beginning today:

“Banning the box gives a fair shot to men and women who have distanced themselves from past mistakes and want to contribute to society as productive, tax-paying citizens.

“Too many Ohioans who want to work are denied the opportunity based upon mistakes they made ten or twenty years ago. By propping up artificial road blocks against individuals who have worked hard to reform themselves, Ohio marginalizes a significant chunk of the workforce.

“The state’s policy change is an endorsement of the idea that men and women do not have to be defined by their past mistakes, but can move past them to take hold of the economic opportunity and security a job provides.”  

 
 

05.21.15 - African American Lawmakers Push For State Action On Justice Reform

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) joined OLBC members today to call for justice reform and to urge the governor to release an action report on executive efforts toward reform in Ohio. The justice reform agenda* developed by the OLBC aims to guide state and community efforts in dialogue and action between communities of color and the state justice system.

“Public outcry and civil unrest following the police-led deaths of unarmed African American men has started a new public dialogue surrounding police-community relations and the need for justice reform immediately in Ohio and throughout the nation,” said Rep. Reece. “We need to take hold of a moment in time when Americans and Ohioans are crying out for meaningful justice reform that keeps us safe, treats citizens fairly and restores faith in our justice system. Now is the time to take action for real justice reform.” 

 
 

04.29.15 - OLBC President Reece Joins Gov. Kasich In Call For Action On Justice Reform

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President (OLBC) and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement after joining Gov. John Kasich and her colleagues on the state’s 24-member Community-Police Relations Task Force today to present their recommendations on strengthening Ohio’s justice system:

“I am proud of our recommendations we put forth and believe they are the first step in restoring faith and trust in our justice system. I am also pleased that the governor used our work in Cincinnati as a model for a collaborative approach in implementing these recommendations at a statewide level.

“We need to hold this effort and public officials in our state accountable to ensure that the first step we took today is not the last, but the beginning of real and lasting reform. I am hopeful the legislature takes our findings seriously as well and works with us on justice reform bills to give our work the permanence and funding needed to make our communities open for people of all backgrounds to lead happy and productive lives free from fear.

“In addition to reforms in our justice system, we must also take seriously the need for economic reforms that level the playing field for all people—regardless of race—to have a fair shot at prosperity in our state. I look forward to seeing a report on our progress before summer begins.”

While serving as city councilwoman, Rep. Reece played an integral role in brokering Cincinnati’s 2002 police-community relations collaborative agreement following the city’s 2001 race riots sparked by the police shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas. 

 
 

04.07.15 - Rep. Alicia Reece To Attend National Civil Rights Convention

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will attend the National Action Network (NAN) convention in New York today where she will join other elected officials and civil rights activists for four days of panel discussions, workshops and events.

“I am proud to work with so many dedicated individuals through the National Action Network to bring together civil rights leaders in the pursuit of a new era of equal opportunity for all,” said Rep. Reece. “Whether it’s equal opportunity at the ballot box or in the justice system, the board room or the classroom, we are building a movement that recognizes our nation has much work remaining to build a more perfect union.”

National Action Network Founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton will kick off the annual convention with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday followed by a 2016 Presidential Election panel that morning. Panels and workshops will continue in the following days, addressing topics like, women in business, police brutality, crime, homophobia housing and healthcare.

Samaria Rice, mother of slain Ohio youth Tamir Rice, will speak on a victim-centered panel on justice and police, while other panels will include people like, presidential advisor Robert Gibbs, Dr. Ben Carson, actor Anthony Anderson, former RNC Chair Michael Steele, Senator Bernie Sanders and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Reece will present a “Woman of Power” award to a featured guest during Wednesday’s “When Women Win, We All Win” luncheon.

 
 

04.01.15 - Alicia Reece Applauds Veto Of Student Voting Barrier

 

Leading Democrat of the House transportation budget committee, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today applauded Gov. Kasich for using his veto authority to strike a line in the state’s transportation budget that would have made it harder for college students to vote in Ohio. The provision, inserted into the bill late by Senate Republicans, would have forced students from other states to get a driver’s license and register their vehicles in Ohio within 30 days of registering to vote.

“Thanks to the work of my Democratic colleagues, the governor, voting advocates and students around this state, cooler heads have prevailed and the controversial restriction that would have made it harder for students to vote has been removed from the this bill,” said Reece. “Instead of getting caught up in a legal fight over ballot access, we can continue to focus on jobs and economic development in our state. It’s the right thing to do.”

Reece and the Ohio House Democratic Caucus asked the governor to veto the voting restriction last week. Reece also penned a letter to the governor on her own last week, a copy of which can be seen below.

You can hear Reece’s comments during the House floor debate by clicking the video. 

 
 

03.31.15 - Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece Asks Governor To Lower Flags In Honor Of Fallen Firefighter

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today sent a formal request to Governor Kasich to lower all flags at the state capitol to half-staff today in honor of fallen Cincinnati Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon.

Gordon died tragically in the line of duty on Thursday, March 26th, while fighting to save residents in the King Towers apartment complex in Madisonville. He is the father of two daughters, a husband, and a 26-year veteran of the force.

Rep. Reece will be joining others to honor his life and service on Wednesday for the funeral procession.

 
 

03.05.15 - Alicia Reece Bringing Ohio Civil Rights Outlook To Selma, Ala. This Weekend

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) is traveling to Selma, Alabama tomorrow, Friday, March 6 for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first historic march that ushered in a civil rights consciousness throughout the nation and ultimately led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“From Selma to Ohio, we are beginning the next chapter in a new generation’s fight for our most basic and sacred rights,” said Reece. “Fifty years later, too many are left wondering where we go from Selma. I view this trip not only as a celebration of the civil rights movement, but as a rededication to our generation’s fight for fairness and justice on new frontlines like Ohio.”

 
 

02.18.15 - OLBC, Community Leaders Gather For Annual Day Of Action, State Of African Americans In Ohio

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece joined OLBC members, community leaders and citizens from around Ohio today for the OLBC’s Third Annual Day of Action. The event began with the State of African Americans in Ohio presentation followed by the unveiling of the OLBC’s 2015 policy agenda.

The Day of Action also included an interactive town hall meeting, a voting rights action meeting with clergy and civil rights leaders and an African American business action update.

“Next week, the governor will give his state of the state. We thought it was important to give the State of African Americans in Ohio— African Americans who are facing 15 percent unemployment and one-third of whom are living below the poverty line while confronting the harsh reality that 50 percent of our children live in poverty in our state,” said State Rep. and OLBC President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati). “As we debate the proposed 70 billion dollar state budget, it is time to invest in the economic prosperity of African American citizens who have been left behind.”

John Crawford II, father of slain Beavercreek teen John Crawford III, also attended the day of action to show his support for the group that championed legislation in his fallen son’s name.

“Too many individuals know the problems and challenges our communities face, but it can seem hopeless without identifying solutions and putting a plan in place,” said State Rep. and OLBC Day of Action Chair Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “The Day of Action brings people together from all over the state to discuss real change we can effect on a statewide level to make sure African Americans in Ohio have a fair shot at a higher quality of life.”

During the State of African Americans presentation, Rep. Reece unveiled the OLBC’s “Prosperity Plan” for 2015. The lawmaker proposed action items that must be taken up to continue empowering and advancing the black community.

 
 

01.20.15 - Reece Responds To I-75 Bridge Collapse

 

An aging bridge that was being prepared for controlled demolition unexpectedly collapsed on Monday, killing a construction worker and injuring a truck driver. The Hopple Street bridge collapsed around 10:30 p.m. when a section being prepped crumbled and fell onto I-75 below.

State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement in response to the incident:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families who have been affected by this tragedy. We now need answers as to how this happened and what the state can do to prevent something so tragic from happening again. As the ranking member of the transportation finance committee, I am committed to ensuring a full investigation takes place to detail the cause of the collapse and to ensure we have every possible protocol in place to protect workers and the public.” 

 
 

01.15.15 - Rep. Alicia Reece To Lead House Democrats On Legislative Panel

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) Monday was named the Transportation Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.

 
 

12.05.14 - Statewide Community-Police Relations Effort Announced Today

 

“We are moving in a proactive approach. We must restore confidence in the justice system. Too many of our citizens—not only in Ohio, but throughout this country—have lost or are losing faith in the system. So today’s step, with an action-oriented task force, will allow us hear the voices and bring all the stakeholders to the table. But, it will also produce a corrective action plan that will restore faith, restore confidence and build relationships to bring our state together to be a leader and a model that other states can follow.” —Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati)

 
 

12.04.14 - Rep. Alicia Reece Responds To Justice Department Findings On Cleveland Police Force

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the Cleveland Police Department:  

“The Justice Department’s findings come at a critical time as so many citizens of our state and nation search for answers for these tragic shootings. It is no secret that recent tragedies involving Mike Brown, John Crawford III and Tamir Rice have strained relations between our local communities and law enforcement. While today’s announcement cannot bring back the lives lost, I believe it has taken us a step in the right direction for meaningful conversations surrounding race and our justice system. I hope and pray that we can continue to work toward a greater understanding in our state and nation.”

The Justice Department finding says that Cleveland Police have a pattern of using excessive force and that a court enforceable order will require monitoring of the department to ensure necessary reforms.

Rep. Reece is introducing “John Crawford’s Law” following the deadly police-led shooting of John Crawford III who was holding a BB gun he found on a shelf in a Beavercreek Walmart this summer. The legislation would require toy guns to be easily identified as such by having prominent fluorescent markings or finishes. Reece announced her legislation after Cleveland Police recently shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was also playing with a toy gun when police responded to a 911 call.

During her time as city councilwoman, Rep. Reece also played a role in brokering Cincinnati’s 2002 police-community relations collaborative agreement following the city’s 2001 riots sparked by the police shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas.

 

 
 

12.03.14 - Legislative Black Caucus Reelects Rep. Alicia Reece As President

 

Members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) reelected State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) to her second term as caucus president Tuesday evening.

“I want to thank the members for re-electing me to a second term,” said Rep. Reece. “We will build on the 47-year legacy and the work we started last General Assembly— fighting for a voting rights constitutional amendment, funding for early childhood education, increasing Minority Business Enterprise funding, reducing infant mortality, fighting to reduce unemployment of African Americans by creating jobs, opposing so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation, sentencing reforms and health disparities. OLBC will focus on issues affecting the 1.4 million African Americans in our state, and we will be on the front lines as we deal with race relations heightened by the tragedies of John Crawford III and Tamir Rice here in Ohio.

Other caucus leadership positions will include:

-First Vice President, Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo).

-Second Vice President, Representative-elect Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland).

-Third Vice President, Representative-elect Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus).

-Treasurer, Senator-elect Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati).

-Secretary, Representative-elect Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland).

-Parliamentarian, Representative-elect Christie Bryant Kuhns (D-Cincinnati).

-Sergeant-at-Arms, Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo).

 

 
 

11.23.14 - Deadly Shootings Prompt Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece To Introduce "John Crawford's Law"

 

In response to the fatal shootings of John Crawford III in a Dayton-area Walmart this summer and a 12 year-old-boy in Cleveland on Saturday, Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today announced she will soon introduce legislation to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent florescent strips.

 
 

11.20.14 - State Rep. Alicia Reece Honored As Public Elected Official Of The Year By Ohio Social Workers

 

Tonight, Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will receive the 2014 Public Elected Official of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter at their annual conference in Columbus. 

 
 

09.24.14 - OLBC Pres. Alicia Reece Backs US DOJ Decision To Investigate Crawford Shooting

 

Ohio State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to US Department of Justice’s decision to investigate the fatal shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford in a Dayton-area Walmart:

“Many African Americans are concerned about how this case was handled and the lack of transparency from the beginning. I applaud and fully support the US Justice Department’s decision to investigate the fatal shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford III.

“What has wrongly been described today as a ‘perfect storm of circumstances’ has actually been a  nightmare for the Crawford family and the citizens of Ohio.

 “I am hopeful the Justice Department can provide answers to Mr. Crawford’s family and the public.”

 
 

09.08.14 - Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Urges Governor, Ohio EPA To Release Funds For Compost Cincy Site Clean-Up

 

Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) recently sent a letter to Governor John Kasich and the Ohio EPA in support of the City of Cincinnati’s request to repurpose a grant to clean up the Compost Cincy site on Este Avenue, a failed composting site in Rep Reece’s district. 

 
 

08.29.14 - OLBC Pres. Alicia Reece Urges DeWine To Release John Crawford Tapes

 

Ohio State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) sent a letter to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday urging him to release Walmart surveillance video in the recent fatal shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford.

 
 

07.02.14 - Rep. Reece: On The 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act, A New Civil Rights Movement Needed

 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement:

 
 

05.28.14 - OLBC President Reece Mourns Loss Of Dr. Maya Angelou

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement mourning the loss of iconic author, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou:

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou, and yet we are able to find great joy and comfort in knowing that her indelible contributions to social justice, civil rights and positive social discourse will carry on for lifetimes to come.

“I consider meeting Dr. Angelou one of the greatest honors of my life. Her dedication to bettering the lives of others truly made our world a better place. She redefined beauty and self-esteem among African American girls and women, and she defined courage in her iconic poem ‘Still I Rise.’”

 
 

02.26.14 - Rep. Alicia Reece Disappointed With Husted's Decision To Cut Early Voting

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement today on Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive to cut in-person early voting hours and eliminate evening and Sunday voting for all 88 Ohio counties:

 
 

01.17.14 - State Rep. Alicia Reece To Speak At MLK Day Celebrations

 

State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will be the keynote speaker for two Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations on Monday, January 20, 2014. Rep. Reece will give her first keynote speech of the day at 10:00 a.m. during the Annual UAW Local 647 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and another at 7:30 p.m. during Wilmington College’s Annual Martin Luther King Day Program.

 
 

01.15.14 - Diabetic Shoe Fitting Bill Passes House Unanimously, Would Increase Access To Therapeutic Devices

 

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) applauded the passage of her diabetic shoe-fitters bill, House Bill 326, from the Ohio House today. HB 326 would increase access to therapeutic devices used by diabetic Ohioans. 

 
 

01.13.14 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Reacts To The Passing Of Arnold Pinkney

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement this afternoon in response to the passing of long-time political strategist Arnold Pinkney:

"Today we lost one of Ohio’s most influential political strategists, business pioneers and public servants, Arnold Pinkney. His influence in politics and community service stretched far beyond his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Arnold Pinkney was as a special advisor to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and an advocate for minority businesses, voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans. We will continue to fight for these issues in honor of his legacy.”

Rep. Reece announced today that OLBC will have a special recognition of Arnold Pinkney’s legacy at their annual Black History Day of Action at the Statehouse on February 19, 2014.

 
 

12.10.13 - OLBC President Reece: Mallory's Legacy Will Never Die

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement this afternoon in response to the passing of former Majority Leader and OLBC founding member William L. Mallory, Sr.:

 
 

12.05.13 - OLBC President Alicia Reece Reacts To Passing Of Nelson Mandela

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement, paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela:

 

“Today we lost a world champion of change and peace. Because of his sacrifice and determination to fight against apartheid and for voting rights in South Africa, the world is a better place. In his spirit, we must continue to fight for voting rights, justice and equality for all—even in the face of great odds.”

 

                                                

 
 

11.19.13 - Lawmakers To Host Masonic Day At The Statehouse

 

The Ohio House of Representatives will host a Masonic Day at the Statehouse on Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00 p.m. The brethren of Ohio’s Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons and the Grand Lodge of Ohio Free and Accepted Masons will come together for a reception and presentation to honor past Grand Masters James Olmstead, Steven Reece, Sr. and the late Carl Lindner. 

 
 

11.08.13 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Members To Speak At Regional Conference For Top Ladies Of Distinction

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) will speak at the Top Ladies of Distinction Area V 39th Annual Conference on Saturday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m. in Columbus. 

 
 

11.08.13 - Rep. Alicia Reece To Give Keynote Address At Banquet Honoring Masons' New Grand Master

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will give the keynote address at the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons’ celebratory banquet on Saturday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Dayton.

 
 

10.30.13 - Rep. Alicia Reece Criticizes 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to the Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee’s second hearing on House Bill 203, Ohio’s Stand Your Ground bill.

 
 

10.25.13 - Rep. Alicia Reece Disappointed With Husted's Call For Suppression Agenda

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s recently unveiled agenda. Husted outlined his proposed limits on voting rights in a letter to legislative leaders yesterday, showing his support for shortening early voting hours and limiting minor party candidates from being placed on the ballot. 

 
 

10.22.13 - Rep. Alicia Reece Applauds Approval Of Medicaid Expansion

 

Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio. The move to expand Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level is a fundamental component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The decision of the panel follows the GOP-controlled legislature’s 10 months of inaction and nine false, self-imposed deadlines. 

 
 

10.03.13 - OLBC, Ohio Community Leaders Take Action Against Stand Your Ground

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) was joined by OLBC members and statewide community leaders for a Day of Action against a proposed Stand Your Ground law in Ohio. The group held a press conference to address the dangers of Stand Your Ground; delivered petitions and municipal resolutions opposing the bill to Governor Kasich, Senate President Faber and House Speaker Batchelder; lobbied state legislators; and hosted a faith rally. 

 
 

09.23.13 - Rep. Alicia Reece Testifies Before Presidential Election Panel

 

State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) discussed Ohioans’ battle with voter suppression and disenfranchisement during her testimony before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration today.

“Ohioans have had to fight to have their provisional ballots counted and have faced voter suppression tactics, including attempts to shorten early voting periods and implement stricter voter ID laws,” said Rep. Reece. “We expect leadership from our statewide elected officials, especially from those tasked with overseeing the fundamental American right to vote. Unfortunately, the actions of Ohio’s elected officials are clearly aimed at restricting voter participation.”

 
 

08.28.13 - State Rep. Alicia Reece: It's Time To Make The Dream Real

 

State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement today in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington:

“As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington, President Obama's speech confirmed that there is still much work to be done for equality, race relations, voting rights, and economics to ensure that everyone has a chance at the American Dream. It is time to work with a sense of urgency to make Dr. King's dream real.”

 
 

08.23.13 - State Rep. Reece To Speak At March On Washington 50th Anniversary

 

State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will be speaking at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, tomorrow, August 24th at 10 a.m. in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The event is being organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and will focus on issues such as economic injustice and racial inequality.

During her speech, Rep. Alicia Reece will call for a Voter Bill of Rights state constitutional amendment to be launched in Ohio and across the nation in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Her initiative aims to provide concrete rights to voters that would extend access to polls, protect voters against voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, and ensure citizens’ right to vote.

Ohio State Rep. Reece has been a strong advocate for voting rights since her days at Grambling State University.  She has fought against voter intimidation and suppression in Ohio and she has championed numerous voting rights bills.  Rep. Reece is a national board member of the National Action Network, and has been asked to participate as a speaker at the March on Washington at the Mall on Saturday, August 24th.You can learn more about Rep. Reece’s work on voting rights here. A high resolution photo of the Cincinnati lawmaker is attached.

 
 

07.19.13 - OLBC Denounces Ohio GOP's "Stand Your Ground" Proposal

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus announced their opposition today to House Bill 203, Ohio’s version of the recently criticized “Stand Your Ground” law. The group plans to initiate a petition drive and to work with government and community leaders throughout Ohio to draw attention to the controversial bill, with hopes of preventing any legislative action on the measure.

“Ohio already has reasonable self-defense laws,” said Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece. “The shooting of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy that should have never occurred. Our constituents are outraged over this Stand Your Ground Law.  We will stand up with Ohioans across the state and oppose this dangerous legislation."

 
 

02.27.13 - Uniformity Needed In State's Administration Of Deferred Action Program

 

State Representative Alicia Reece (D- Cincinnati), President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, offered an amendment to the state’s transportation budget today that would ensure the Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) follows federal guidelines to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants. She was joined in her effort by State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain).