Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
 St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
 Recognizing a constituent, Katie Brosmer, as the 2015 Big Sister of the Year
Recognizing a constituent, Katie Brosmer, as the 2015 Big Sister of the Year
 Rep. Leland presenting a resolution declaring September 26th, 2015 as Green Apple Day of Service
Rep. Leland presenting a resolution declaring September 26th, 2015 as Green Apple Day of Service
 Maize Manor Playground Dedication
Maize Manor Playground Dedication
Rep. Leland Reading helping a young constituent read as part of the Northern Lights Library's Reading Buddies Program
Rep. Leland Reading helping a young constituent read as part of the Northern Lights Library's Reading Buddies Program
 Representatives Leland and Curtin at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Representatives Leland and Curtin at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
 Rep. Leland serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
Rep. Leland serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
 Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
 Rep. Leland reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
Rep. Leland reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
Celebrating the 4th of July
Celebrating the 4th of July
 Rep. Leland visiting EWI as a part of National Manufacturing Day
Rep. Leland visiting EWI as a part of National Manufacturing Day
 Congratulating the Centennial HS STEM Club for being the 2015 National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition Champions
Congratulating the Centennial HS STEM Club for being the 2015 National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition Champions
Ohio Audubon Society Conference
Ohio Audubon Society Conference
 Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
 Receiving a carnation during House swearing-in ceremony
Receiving a carnation during House swearing-in ceremony
Rep. Leland during the 115th General Assembly
Rep. Leland during the 115th General Assembly
 Rep. Leland with the Columbus Clippers mascots
Rep. Leland with the Columbus Clippers mascots
 Rep. Leland speaks with a constituent
Rep. Leland speaks with a constituent
Rep. Leland with Minority Whip Boyce & Leader Strahorn
Rep. Leland with Minority Whip Boyce & Leader Strahorn
 Welcome to Clintonville!
Welcome to Clintonville!
 House honors National Championship OSU Football team
House honors National Championship OSU Football team
 

Representative David Leland has lived in the 22nd Ohio House District for more than 47 years; always committed to making this north Columbus community a better place to live and work. Over the years, he has volunteered with many organizations, such as the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Friends of the Library, and the Clintonville 4th of July Celebration. His commitment to community service was recognized by the OSU Alumni Association with its Citizenship Award.

 
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05.12.17 - Leland Aims To Shine Light On How Charter Schools Spend Taxpayer Dollars

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation to improve charter school transparency and accountability by permitting the state auditor to track all taxpayer money received by the private, for-profit schools. The proposed legislation follows a state ruling against ECOT, Ohio’s largest, failing online charter school, for misappropriating at least $60 million in taxpayer funds by falsely inflating student attendance.

“Ohio taxpayers deserve a full and complete accounting for every one of their hard-earned dollars invested in education, whether the money is directed to public school districts or charter schools,” said Leland. “Charter schools and their management companies shouldn’t be able to hide their spending of public funds behind closed doors. This bill will close a loophole in state law and help ensure charter schools in Ohio operate in a transparent, accountable manner.”

 
 

05.02.17 - Leland: 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.

“This budget violates the oath we took to uphold the Ohio Constitution – and because it’s not balanced – all budget items are at risk,” said state Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus). “It is a fantasy budget.” 

 
 

04.26.17 - Lawmakers Push Colleagues To Restore Ohio Drinking Water Protection

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) testified Tuesday during Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the Statehouse on House Bill 29, their legislation to prevent the destruction of natural buffer zones growing around municipally owned drinking-water reservoirs throughout Ohio.

The Columbus lawmakers’ legislation will repeal a provision surreptitiously included in the state’s last biennial budget that allowed residents to significantly alter those zones.

“This provision, which was inserted into the previous State Budget at the last minute without public input or participation, is a potential threat to the health and safety of residents throughout Ohio,” said Leland. “Our reservoirs are a vital source of public water for Columbus and other cities, and the strips of land encircling these reservoirs act as a natural filter that removes contaminants that would threaten our water supply. Given the drinking water issues Ohio has faced in the last couple of years, we should be doing more to protect our drinking water, not less."

“It is of the utmost importance to protect our water supply and ensure that it remains clean and safe for our community to drink." Boggs said. "It is simply bad policy to give a few people the power, without any oversight, to alter landscape in a way that could have a negative impact on our water quality."

 
 

03.08.17 - Ohio On Track To Recognize First African American Professional Baseball Player

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) – aka “Mr. Baseball” – and Thomas West (D-Canton) applauded the Ohio House’s anticipated passage of House Bill (HB) 59 today, their legislation to honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, the nation’s first professional African American baseball player. The bill designates Walker’s birthday of October 7 as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio.

“In the face of unrelenting discrimination, Moses Fleetwood Walker persevered and overcame, and his story as the first African American professional baseball player still inspires even today,” said Leland, who also serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A farm team. “It is also a reminder that sometimes after we get something right…we lose our way, and that the fight for equality and justice for all never ends.”

 
 
 

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Representative David Leland
District 22
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-2473
Fax      (614) 719-6961
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term