Representative Brigid Kelly - House District 31
 

10.15.18 - Kelly Recognizes International Central Service Week

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the beginning of International Central Service Week. The annual celebration starts the second Sunday in October, honoring central service professionals responsible for decontaminating, cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments prior to use.

“Central service professionals play a critical, yet often overlooked, role in our healthcare system,” said Kelly. “Through their unwavering commitment to patient safety and health, these men and women ensure that surgeries and procedures are performed effectively and without delay. If you or someone you love has ever undergone an operation, a central service professional was instrumental in its success.”

 
 

07.12.18 - Dem Lawmakers Support Retired Workers, Fight To Save Pensions

 

As workers and retirees from across the nation gathered on the Ohio Statehouse lawn today to speak out for pension protections for hundreds of thousands of retired American workers, Ohio House Democratic lawmakers spoke out in support of American retirees and urged the Ohio legislature to take up legislation, House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 8, that would urge members of congress to protect coal miner pensions.

 
 

06.27.18 - Kelly: Credit Report Freeze Bill Passes House

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 386, bipartisan legislation to give Ohio citizens unlimited access and autonomy to the status of their personal credit.

 
 

06.06.18 - Kelly: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker

 

After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.

 
 

05.23.18 - Rep. Kelly Responds To Continued Statehouse Dysfunction

 

Ohio House Assistant Democratic Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Republican speaker:

“Canceling session today and tomorrow is yet another indicator of the chaos and dysfunction hanging over the Statehouse since the former speaker resigned in disgrace. Republican gridlock means we are not spending time on important issues facing working families like higher pay, better jobs, and affordable healthcare. Taxpayers deserve elected officials who work for them, they deserve answers about what’s happening in Columbus, and they deserve real leadership that puts people before politics.”

 
 

04.13.18 - Dem Leader Says Former GOP Speaker's Expedited Resignation Amid FBI Involvement Creates New Questions

 

Ohio House Assistant Democratic Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today responded to former Republican House Speaker cliff Rosenberger’s expedited resignation from the Ohio House amid an FBI investigation into events in which he may have been involved. Rosenberger initially announced he would resign May 1, but late Thursday announced he was resigning immediately.

Kelly says the about face amid outside political-party pressure raises new questions about the legislature’s work and the breadth and depth of the federal investigation. Kelly issued the following statement:

“It is no secret that the people’s work in the state legislature has become overshadowed by suspicions of corruption and violations of the public trust since former Speaker Rosenberger announced he could be part of an FBI investigation. We are hopeful his expedited resignation helps us all get back to work on behalf of the taxpayers sooner, but the truth is, it also creates new questions about how the outside influence of political party pressure during an election year may be dictating the terms, conditions and deadlines of the people’s work in the legislature.

“The former speaker was right – allegations of public corruption and breach of the public’s trust is bigger than one person. That is why, even though one person has resigned, we are concerned that the impact and scope of this investigation remains unclear.” 

 
 

04.03.18 - State Lawmakers, Policy Experts Urge Action On Overtime Pay, Call Out GOP Obstruction

 

State Representatives Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D- Euclid) today announced legislation to strengthen Ohio’s outdated overtime pay rules. Policy Matters Ohio’s Hannah Halbert, who urged action on the nation’s outdated overtime pay rules, joined them. The event also highlighted how the Trump administration—as well as special interests and Republican officials, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine—are obstructing a rule that would ensure that workers are paid fairly for the hours they work.

 
 

04.02.18 - Kelly, Smith Joins Center For American Progress To Detail Statewide Overtime Rule Legislation

 

State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) will join Center for American Progress and Policy Matters Ohio for a news conference on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harding Senate Press Room to discuss public employee overtime wage protection legislation.

 
 

03.13.18 - Democratic Lawmakers Announce $15 Minimum Wage Bill

 

Ohio Democratic state lawmakers, workers and advocates today announced a bill to address Ohio’s bad economic growth and low wages with new legislation to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. House Assistant Democratic Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), Senate Assistant Democratic Whip Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and state Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) called for the legislation, which would give a raise to 1.8 million Ohioans.

 
 

03.06.18 - Kelly: Real State Of The State Shows Ohio Losing Ground To Too Many Other States

 

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers this evening responded to Gov. Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Westerville, Ohio. Though the governor touted a comeback for the Buckeye State, House Democrats noted that Ohioans disproportionately face lower quality-of-life standards than the rest of the nation. 

 
 

02.23.18 - Kelly: Ohio House Dems Stand With Ohio Workers, Speak Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Democratic House members from across the state today issued statements in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

“Instead of revisiting divisive anti-worker policies of the past—policies Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected—we should focus on commonsense ideas to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs that give working families the opportunity to get ahead and plan for the future,” said state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “By standing up with hardworking men and women, we can build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

 
 

01.31.18 - Rep. Kelly Applauds Ohio Tax Credit Authority's Approval Of Local Priority Project

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today commended the Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s approval of a 1.551 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for St. Bernard Soap Company in Hamilton County.

“St. Bernard Soap Company’s long standing professional excellence deem them more than worthy of this opportunity to grow,” said Kelly. “Successful and unique businesses are an essential asset in the Cincinnati region, and it is critical to recognize those that are making a considerable mark in shaping the community’s economic future. I’m excited to see what’s next for St. Bernard Soap Company and look forward to more high quality jobs coming to my district.”

 
 

12.19.17 - Kelly Responds To Flurry Of Proposed Anti-worker Restrictions

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and Democratic Assistant Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) issued the following joint statement today in response to six proposed anti-worker state constitutional amendments:

“Taxpayers expect us to work together to increase opportunity and create jobs with wages and benefits that can sustain a family. These anti-worker, anti-family restrictions will do the exact opposite. Dangerous, divisive bills like these will only push our economy further out of balance and make people more poor and less safe on the job.”

The restrictions, introduced by state Rep. John Becker (R- Union Township), range from Right-to-Work-is-Wrong for public and private sector workers to outlawing project labor agreements, or terms and conditions of construction projects that encourage careers in the skilled trades and ensure projects are completed on time and under budget.

Over 2 million Ohio taxpayers overwhelmingly rejected similar attacks on working people in 2011, handing the Republican legislature a 62 to 38-percent defeat at the ballot box with a citizen-led repeal of Senate Bill 5.

 
 

11.29.17 - Kelly Honors Service Members With Amendment

 

We know that emergency service personnel - and military service members - make important contributions to our communities every day. Whether a crime in progress, a house on fire, an injury to a loved one, or the ongoing protection of our state and nation, these individuals and their families make great sacrifice to serve.

 
 

11.01.17 - Kelly Introduces Bill To Create Gender Pay Disparity Task Force

 

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of Gender Pay Disparity Task Force legislation, a bill that seeks to analyze the extent of gender pay discrimination and report to the General Assembly legislative recommendations on how to close the gap. 

 
 

10.18.17 - Kelly Holds Public Forum On State Budget, Legislative Issues

 

Rep. Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and other Democratic Cincinnati lawmakers held a public town hall in Cincinatti to discuss the recently-enacted state budget and other legislative issues that impact taxpayers. 

 
 

10.10.17 - Kelly, Business And Civic Leaders Were Available For Questions, Comments On Feminine Hygiene Product Tax Exemption

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and supporters of House Bill 61, a bipartisan bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax, were available to press for questions and comments immediately following testimony on the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill’s second hearing comes less than a month after the Ohio House passed similar legislation exempting optical aids from the sales tax. 

 
 

08.02.17 - Rep. Kelly Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced Ohio’s third sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 4-6. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. This year’s sales tax holiday was created through the passage of Senate Bill 9, bipartisan companion legislation to Kelly and state Rep. John Patterson’s (D-Jefferson) House Bill 89. 

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity to help Ohio families as they prepare for the new school year, and for members of our communities to support local workers and local businesses,” said Kelly. “Saving money on important items like clothes and school supplies will make it easier for families to ensure that kids are well prepared for the upcoming school year, while also bringing a revenue boost to local businesses.” 

 
 

07.21.17 - Kelly Tapped To Serve On Bipartisan Alzheimer's Task Force

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced she has been named to the Ohio House of Representative’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a new bipartisan working group that will evaluate policy issues related to Alzheimer’s and similar illnesses affecting Ohio senior citizens. 

The task force, which will meet twice a month from August through October of this year, is expected to submit legislative recommendations to the Ohio House for further consideration when the chamber reconvenes this fall. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both side of the aisle to find creative policy solutions to the many struggles facing families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said Kelly. “Cincinnati is taking big steps forward to make our city safer, healthier and more affordable for senior citizens and I value the opportunity to provide partnership at the state level.” 

 
 

07.06.17 - Kelly: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“This isn’t just a solution looking for a problem, but it is creating a whole new set of public safety problems by overturning Ohio laws designed to keep us safe and secure,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “This will trample private property rights of business owners and create confusion in secure locations like airports, police stations, schools and daycares. As a gun owner and strong second amendment supporter, I think Ohioans deserve to feel safe and secure, free from the fear of intimidation or tragedies this bill could create,” added Strahorn.

 
 

05.10.17 - Kelly Helps Lead Bipartisan #MoveOver Bill To Make Roads, Citizens, Officers Safer

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today joined the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio and state Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) to announce bipartisan legislation to enhance officer safety on Ohio’s roadways by strengthening the state’s “Move Over” law. The legislation would increase the penalty when motorists’ failure to slow down and, if possible, change lanes away from law enforcement and roadside emergency vehicles results in the injury or death of an officer. 

“Just as the fearless men and women of Ohio’s police force keep us and our communities safe every day, we must do our part to ensure their safety in the line of duty,” said Kelly. “Strengthening Ohio’s ‘Move Over’ law is one way we can help ensure our officers make it home to their families each night, in addition to making us all safer on Ohio’s roads and highways.” 

 
 

05.02.17 - Kelly: 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. 

“The budget passed today reflects years of fiscal mismanagement under GOP leadership and falls short of the investments needed to turn our economy around,” said State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “This budget is more of the same burden-shifting to the middle class and local communities. This budget does not provide for long-term solutions in education, healthcare and the workforce that will drive our economy and quality of living forward.

 
 

04.13.17 - OH House Dem Leaders Show Path To Ohio Recession Paved By GOP Economic Policies

 

As the Ohio House of Representatives enters the next stage in state budget deliberations, House Democratic leaders today warned that GOP economic policies are blowing a hole in the Ohio budget and threatening the economic stability of working families.

“The GOP strategy of pushing costs down to local communities and families has created a dangerous cycle of lower economic power for the middle class which in turn leads to further revenue shortfalls,” said Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “The way to end the pattern and increase the economic vitality of our state is by making it easier- not more difficult- for hardworking Ohioans to pay for essentials such as clothing and medical necessities. As an alternative to more tax cuts for the wealthiest in the state, I have introduced pieces of legislation to create a sales tax holiday for back to school items and to end the discriminatory sales tax on menstruation products. The budget should be looking at creative, innovative solutions to present a long-term investment in all Ohioans, not more of the same failed policies.”

 
 

03.08.17 - Dem Lawmakers Respond To Kasich's Baseless Allegations Of Education Externship Program Being "partisan Politics"

 

State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued the following statement responding to the governor’s assertion that legislation to require the state’s chief executive to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school is motivated by “partisan politics”:

“We believe what is “more than disappointing” is the fact that under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has slashed critical funding for local communities and schools; has supported a for-profit charter school industry is failing to educate our children; and even allowed data-scrubbing to cover up charter school shortcomings to occur under this watch. 

 
 

03.07.17 - Dem Lawmakers Push Proposal To Send Governor Back To School

 

State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced new legislation – The “GET REALS Act” – to require the governor to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school ranked A-F. 

The Governor’s Externship for Training of Realistic Expectations of Academic Leadership in Schools (GET REALS) comes as Gov. Kasich seeks a law change in his state operating budget to require teachers to shadow businesspeople as a condition of maintaining their professional education licensure. 

“No one understands the challenges and opportunities our children experience in the classroom better than educators, and this bill would extend that same necessary insight to the governor and his policy proposals,” said Kelly. 

 
 

02.23.17 - House Dems Look To Renew "back-to-school" Sales Tax Holiday

 

State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of House Bill 89, bipartisan legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the first weekend of August for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. If enacted, HB 89 would establish the sales tax holiday for the third consecutive year. 

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity to help Ohio families as they prepare for the new school year, and for members of our communities to support local workers and local businesses,” said Kelly. “By saving families money, we can encourage Ohioans to spend their hard-earned dollars in their own backyard instead of crossing over the border into a neighboring state.” 

 
 

02.15.17 - Democratic Lawmakers Look To Sink "Pink Tax" In Ohio

 

In the midst of state operating budget discussions, State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation, House Bill 61, to eliminate the $4 million yearly sales tax on feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads. The lawmakers and a recent lawsuit contend the sales tax on essential women’s healthcare items, also known as the “Pink Tax,” disproportionately affects women who already face economic hurdles given Ohio’s gender-based wage gap.

“The “Pink Tax” holds Ohio families and women back from their full earning potential by unfairly targeting essential products needed by over half the state’s population,” said Kelly. “Continuing to nickel-and-dime women adds up, especially for minimum wage workers who will lose an even greater proportion of weekly earnings to this unfair state tax. This unfair tax ultimately means women have less money to save for their future and things like car repairs, medical costs and childcare.”

 
 

01.31.17 - Kelly Tapped To Lead Ag, Development And Natural Resources Finance Panel For House Dems

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) will serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development and Natural Resources for the new legislative session.  

In her leadership role, Kelly will help parse through several billions of dollars in proposed state budget expenditures for multiple state agencies, which in the past included departments that manage water safety, consumer protections, economic development programs, and fracking regulations and safety. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides the aisle to create stronger communities and more opportunity for families in our district and across the state,” said Kelly.