Representative Brigid Kelly - House District 31

06.15.20 - Rep. Kelly Statement As U.S. Supreme Court Rules Workers Cannot Be Fired For LGBTQ Status


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law. 


06.15.20 - Rep. Kelly Applauds House Passage Of Democratic Priority Bill To Expand Broadband Coverage To Unserved Residential Households


State Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 13, Democratic priority legislation to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband to unserved residential households.


06.15.20 - Rep. Kelly Announces Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Moves To Governor's Desk


State Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 11, moving this Democratic priority legislation to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes to the governor’s desk for his signature.


06.15.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Dems Applaud Passage Of Bill To Send $350 Million In Federal Funds To Local Communities To Fight Coronavirus


State Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 481, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.



06.15.20 - Rep. Kelly, Democrats Say Concealed Carry Bill Threatens Police Safety And Puts Black Lives At Risk


House Democrats voted against House Bill 425, a GOP-backed bill that would modify concealed carry laws, eliminating the requirement for licensees to promptly notify law enforcement of their permit and if they are carrying. The bill also eliminates penalties for failure to notify, which opponents say will lead to confusion and potentially dangerous escalation—especially for people of color.


06.12.20 - Rep. Kelly: House Republicans Vote To Protect The Confederate Flag


COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs.


06.09.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Democrats Reveal Legislative Plans For Police Reforms


COLUMBUS— Ohio House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), are acting swiftly to respond to the thousands of concerned voices being raised in cities and towns throughout Ohio by announcing today their preliminary legislative plans to combat police brutality. The proposed bills would prohibit profiling, tear gas, and the use of quotas by all law enforcement agencies, as well as call for the independent investigation of officer-involved shootings and the creation of databases to better track problematic behavior and employment history of law enforcement officers.


06.03.20 - Reps. Kelly, Ingram, Denson, Miranda Outraged At Republican General Election Proposal


State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) today issued the following statements in response to House Bill (HB) 680, the Ohio House Republican Caucus general election plan:


05.29.20 - Rep. Kelly Signs Onto Resolution To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis


COLUMBUS— Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today signed onto a House resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.


05.28.20 - Rep. Kelly's Proposal To Extend Workers' Comp Benefits Passes The House As Amendment To HB 606


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 605 as an amendment to HB 606. The final bill would now give workers in grocery stores, food packing and processing facilities, peace officers, fire fighters, emergency medical workers and correctional officers access to workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19 while on the job.


05.28.20 - Rep. Kelly's Bipartisan Sports Gaming Bill Passes The House


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced passage of House Bill (HB) 194, her bipartisan bill with Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Cleveland) to legalize and regulate sports gaming businesses in the State of Ohio. The bill would also create a 10 percent sports wagering tax, which would be utilized specifically for public education and gaming addiction.


05.27.20 - Rep. Kelly Co-sponsors Worker Protection Act To Ensure Safety, Security For Ohio Workers Amid Global Pandemic


COLUMBUS— Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) yesterday announced the introduction of the Worker Protection Act, Democratic-sponsored legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.


05.20.20 - Rep. Kelly Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


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


05.11.20 - Rep. Kelly Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


05.06.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic


COLUMBUS—State Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  


05.01.20 - Rep. Kelly: May Expected To Be A Stressful Month For Ohio's Working Families As Many Return To The Workplace


COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with impossible decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.


04.29.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Dems Call For A "responsible Restart" For Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 


04.15.20 - Reps. Kelly, Miranda Urge Lawmakers To Address Safe Gun Storage During COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State Reps. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today emphasized the need to address safe gun storage during the COVID-19 pandemic, as unsecured guns pose a significant risk to children spending more time indoors due to the stay-at-home order.



04.08.20 - Rep. Kelly Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.


04.02.20 - Rep. Kelly's Provision To Repeal The Pink Tax Takes Effect


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) announced the provision she sponsored in Senate Bill (SB) 26 to eliminate the Ohio sales taxes on menstrual hygiene products, commonly known as the Pink Tax, took effect on April 1st, 2020.


04.01.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Democrats Renew Calls For A Stop To Evictions And Foreclosures, Debt Collection During The COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— For many, the first day of a new month means rent and bills are due. For those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, April 1st could be the most financially devastating day yet as fears of evictions and foreclosures may loom.


03.27.20 - Rep. Brigid Kelly Issues Statement As Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed Into Law


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded Gov. Mike DeWine as he signed into law House Bill (HB) 197, which will provide needed supports to working people, families and businesses in Ohio amid the coronavirus outbreak. It passed both legislative chambers unanimously Wednesday.


03.25.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.


03.23.20 - Rep. Kelly, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


03.13.20 - Rep. Kelly Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Kelly’s call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.


02.06.20 - Dem Lawmakers Celebrate The Passage Of The PRO Act


State Reps. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the PRO Act, H.R. 2474 today, which would protect workers’ right to organize. The bill would give millions of workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. 


02.05.20 - Dem Lawmakers Urge Congressional Delegation To Protect Workers' Right To Organize


State Reps. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) joined House Democratic lawmakers today to urge Ohio’s congressional delegation to support the PRO Act, H.R. 2474, which would protect workers’ right to organize. The vote is pending before the U.S. House.


01.27.20 - Statement From Rep. Kelly On The Passing Of Todd Portune


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement regarding the passing of former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune:


01.27.20 - Statement From Rep. Kelly On The Passing Of Civil Rights Icon Nathaniel Jones


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement regarding the passing of former federal judge and Cincinnati civil rights icon, Nathaniel Jones:


01.22.20 - Rep. Kelly Gives Sponsor Testimony On Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) on Tuesday provided testimony alongside her joint sponsor, Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin), on House Bill (HB) 321, known as “Erin’s Law,” which would require all public schools to implement age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention curriculum.


01.21.20 - Rep. Kelly Receives Democrat Representative Of The Year Award


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today received the Democrat Representative of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO). Rep. Kelly was presented with the award for her ongoing bipartisan efforts to make elections more safe and accessible at an OAEO conference hosted in downtown Columbus.


11.15.19 - Rep. Kelly Statement On Latest GOP Extreme Abortion Ban

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State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement on the latest extreme total abortion ban introduced by House Republican lawmakers this week. 


11.06.19 - Rep. Brigid Kelly Announces Governor's Signing Of Pink Tax Repeal Into Law


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced Senate Bill (SB) 26, which includes a provision she sponsored to eliminate Ohio sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, commonly known as the Pink Tax, was signed by Governor DeWine into law. She released the following statement:

“I am appreciative of the Governor for signing this bill making medically necessary products more equitably accessible to women and girls in our state. This is an important step towards ensuring that everyone who has a period is able to lead a healthful life and fully participate in their communities as they choose.”


10.23.19 - Rep. Brigid Kelly Statement As Pink Tax Repeal Heads To Governor's Desk


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced Senate Bill (SB) 26, which includes a provision she sponsored to eliminate Ohio sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, commonly known as the Pink Tax, was approved by the Ohio Senate and will head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. She released the following statement: 


10.10.19 - Rep. Brigid Kelly Statement On Passage Of Pink Tax Repeal


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 26, which includes a provision she sponsored to eliminate Ohio sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, commonly known as the Pink Tax, which would save Ohio women millions of dollars each year. She released the following statement: 


08.22.19 - Rep. Brigid Kelly Recognizes Black Women's Equal Pay Day


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today raised awareness about the wage gap for Black women and their families by recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day in the new year to which Black women must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic men made in the previous year alone.


08.19.19 - Reps. Kelly, Denson, Ingram, Miranda Held Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) held a community town hall last Thursday as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.

“This was a really important evening for the community to come together,” said Rep. Kelly. “I’m grateful for those who shared their concerns with us and for the opportunity to discuss issues that matter most to you and your family.”


08.05.19 - Rep. Kelly Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:

“I am saddened and outraged at the deaths of our fellow Ohioans in Dayton this weekend, and grateful for the service of our public servants and first responders. Building a safer, stronger Ohio means that we must act on gun safety measures. We must come together not just in mourning, but in taking action to stop these tragedies,” said Rep. Kelly.


08.05.19 - Reps. Kelly, Denson, Ingram, Miranda Announce Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) today announced a town hall meeting on Thursday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. at People Working Cooperatively to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Hamilton County.

“We are looking forward to hearing more about what issues are important to you, and to have the opportunity to discuss the state budget and other legislation that is currently being proposed at the Statehouse,” said Rep. Kelly.

The event will provide constituents with a legislative update, as well as an open forum to ask questions and identify community concerns that can be addressed through state government.


07.25.19 - Rep. Kelly Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday will take place starting on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity to help hardworking Ohio families get ready for the school year while supporting local workers and local businesses,” said Kelly. “Saving money on important and necessary items like clothing and school supplies will make it easier for families to ensure that their children are properly prepared to go back to school." 


07.24.19 - Rep. Kelly Comments On Norwood Drinking Water Quality Issue


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today responded to a letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding drinking water quality in Norwood. 

“We are aware that folks have questions about what’s happening with the water in Norwood. The Ohio EPA has confirmed that the water is being tested daily to ensure it is safe to drink," said Rep. Kelly. "Our office is working closely with the Ohio EPA and local elected officials to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.”

The Ohio EPA announcement is attached. 


07.24.19 - Rep. Kelly: Misguided Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Clean Energy Future


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.


07.17.19 - Rep. Kelly: Final Budget Falls Short For Working People And Families


Ohio State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted in opposition to the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.

“While some progress was made in the budget, the reality is that it fails to make up for a decade of Republican budget cuts and tax giveaways to millionaires and corporations,” said Kelly.


06.26.19 - Kelly: Gun Bill Moves Ohio In The Wrong Direction


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill (HB) 178 in the Ohio House Federalism Committee. HB 178 eliminates the requirement to obtain a concealed weapons license before carrying a firearm, expands the types of deadly weapons permitted for carry and eliminates the duty to notify law enforcement officers if a weapon is present.


05.31.19 - Rep. Kelly To Co-chair CSG National Task Force Subcommittee


Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced she will co-chair the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) National Healthy States Task Force Interventions to Save Lives Subcommittee alongside Rep. Steve Eliason of Utah. The subcommittee will explore innovative state preventive health programs that have a positive impact on state budgets and make a difference for patients.


05.29.19 - Rep. Kelly's Bipartisan Bill Guaranteeing Employee Access To Pay Stubs Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement following the passage of House Bill (HB 137), which she joint-sponsored alongside Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana). HB 137 would require employers to provide written, printed or electronic pay statements to their employees:

“Ohio is one of only nine states that do not require businesses to provide their employees with regular pay statements even though employers are still required to keep track of how much they pay their employees.


05.22.19 - Kelly, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.


05.10.19 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Child Access Prevention Gun Law


State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) this week introduced the Child Access Prevention law in the Ohio House, commonsense gun safety legislation to ensure firearms are stored safely and securely out of the reach of minors.  


05.09.19 - Kelly: Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.


04.10.19 - Kelly: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty


House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.


03.07.19 - Kelly Opposes Ohio Transportation Budget


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget to fund road and bridge improvements and public transit throughout the state. While HB 62 includes an historic $200 million investment in the state’s public transportation system, it also stands to raise the gasoline tax to fill the state’s $1 billion shortfall for road and bridge maintenance and construction.


02.22.19 - Kelly: GOP Puts Ohio's Working Class Under Attack, Again


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today highlighted her opposition to the recently introduced House Bill 78, a GOP anti-worker bill designed to reduce pay for skilled labor by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.


02.20.19 - Gun Bill "fix" Fast Tracked Through Committee Process


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill 86, legislation designed to correct a technical error in House Bill 228 better known as the ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill. House Bill 228, passed through a lame duck session at the end of last year, included ambiguous language that some say could inadvertently ban certain weapons.


02.08.19 - State Lawmakers Urge Wright State Officials To Help End Strike


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today wrote a letter* to the Wright State University Board of Trustees urging them to come back to the negotiating table and work with teachers to put an end to the almost three-week faculty strike.

“As lawmakers, we want to attract talented workers to our state and provide them with the opportunities they need to build a life for their families here. Access to health care, fair compensation, safe working conditions and ensuring hardworking people have a seat at the bargaining table not only strengthens our workforce, but our entire state’s economy,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.


02.05.19 - Reps. Kelly, Antani Introduce Bills To Repeal Sales Tax On Feminine Hygiene Products, Baby Diapers


State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today announced a bipartisan package of legislation to repeal state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products and baby diapers. The Ohio House voted last December to exempt tampons and pads from the state sales tax, but the Senate did not pick up the bill in time before the end of the legislative session.


01.11.19 - House Democratic Whip Brigid Kelly To Leave Leadership Post


Ohio House Democratic Caucus Whip and state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement announcing she will leave her leadership post with the caucus at the end of Jan:

“I’m proud of the progress the House Democratic Caucus has made during my time in leadership, welcoming an historic number of women and minority lawmakers and adding nearly a half-dozen new seats to our ranks—efforts nearly a decade in the making.

“I look forward to working with the new leadership team and my colleagues to continue to find commonsense ways to come together and give working people the tools they need for a better life.”


12.05.18 - Kelly Commends Passage Of Tax Bill That Includes Feminine Hygiene Product Exemption


State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House for including language that exempts feminine hygiene products from state sales tax under House Bill (HB) 545, a larger tax-related bill which passed the Ohio House this afternoon. The provision came out of HB 61, introduced by Kelly and former state Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) in February 2017.

“Eliminating the tampon tax will put more money into the pockets of women, in-turn strengthening the families they support and nurture,” said Kelly. “I am thankful we were able to come together to even the playing field for women, girls and families on medically necessary products. No one should face extra economic challenges simply because of their gender.”


11.15.18 - Kelly: House Passes Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation During First Week Back At Work


The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant. 


11.14.18 - Kelly Pushes For Commonsense Gun Safety As GOP Passes So-called Stand Your Ground Bill


Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families. 

"Thousands of students, moms, families – and even our own Republican Governor – have asked us to put commonsense gun safety laws in place. But this isn’t commonsense, it’s nonsense that will cost us lives and increase gun violence," said House Assistant Minority Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). "We want safe streets and neighborhoods, but this bill makes us all less safe."


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.