Representative David Leland - House District 22
 

09.20.17 - Bill Honoring African American Baseball Pioneer Heads To Governor's Desk

 

Sponsors state Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the Senate passage of their legislation designating October 7 as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio to honor the nation’s first professional African American baseball player.

“Honoring Moses ‘Fleetwood’ Walker is more than just honoring a baseball player, because anytime we recognize and celebrate the fight for equality in our society, it moves the whole country forward,” said Leland, who also serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ Triple A farm team. 

 
 

09.18.17 - Bipartisan Push To End Ohio's Marriage Penalty On 2.5M Ohioans Gets Attention At Statehouse

 

A new, bipartisan effort to end Ohio’s Marriage Penalty – extra income taxes on married couples who file jointly in Ohio – will get attention from the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 121 of the Statehouse.

Because Ohio is the only state in the Midwest to require married couples to file state tax returns mirroring their federal filing status, married couples in Ohio pay at least an extra $159 per year according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and John Becker (R-Union Township) are hoping to change that by allowing married people in the Buckeye State to choose the state filing status that suits them best.

 
 

08.31.17 - Bipartisan Legislation Would End Ohio's Marriage Penalty

 

State Reps. John Becker (R-Union Township) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced House Bill 333 to eliminate Ohio’s marriage penalty tax by allowing married couples to file separately on their state tax returns. A married couple with each person working full time and earning minimum wage pays an Ohio Marriage Penalty of $159, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation.

“Ohioans shouldn’t be forced to pay higher taxes just because they get married,” said Leland, who introduced the same bill in 1983.* “This bipartisan legislation will eliminate the Ohio marriage penalty and allow over two-and-a-half-million Ohioans to keep more of their hard-earned dollars.”

 
 

08.17.17 - Legislation Pushes Lawmakers To Officially Denounce Hate In Ohio, Affirm White Supremacist Groups As Terrorist Organizations

 

State Rep. David J. Leland (D-Columbus) today announced he is introducing legislation pushing Ohio lawmakers to officially denounce white nationalists and neo-Nazis and recognize white supremacist groups as terrorist organizations in Ohio.

“We have a responsibility as keepers of the public trust to stand against violent hate, bigotry and racism in our society and to fight back against domestic terrorism that seeks to threaten our very way of life as Americans,” said Leland. “It’s on us as elected officials to ensure tyranny and oppression have no place in a free and democratic society.”

 
 

07.24.17 - State Legislators Urge Ohio To Commit To Paris Climate Agreement

 

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation urging fellow Ohio House members to affirm the state’s commitment to the international Paris Agreement. The lawmakers’ action follows recent news out of Washington that the United States will withdraw from the historic climate change pact, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating.  

“The Paris Agreement delivers a powerful signal that the nations of the world are committed to curbing emissions and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, cleaner energy economy,” said Leland. “In addition, the agreement is a clarion call for all to embrace the biggest job creating opportunity of this century.” 

 
 

07.24.17 - Leland Urges Ohio To Commit To Paris Climate Agreement

 

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation urging fellow Ohio House members to affirm the state’s commitment to the international Paris Agreement. The lawmakers’ action follows recent news out of Washington that the United States will withdraw from the historic climate change pact, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating. 

“Instead of taking the global back seat on charting a sustainable and secure energy future, Ohio and our nation should be a driving force for the good-paying jobs and economic growth that come with advanced energy development and manufacturing,” said Lepore-Hagan. “We can’t afford to let other nations lead while we fall behind and miss out on the good jobs, growth and national security that come from common sense renewable energy policy.”

 
 

07.14.17 - Leland Represents Ohio In National Call To Keep Anti-Semitism Envoy At State Department

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) recently joined Jewish lawmakers from across the country in urging President Donald Trump to appoint and adequately fund a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism. The U.S. State Department position, created in 2004 with bipartisan congressional support, is currently vacant following the transition in presidential administrations. 

Recent news reports indicated that the State Department’s anti-Semitism office would be entirely unstaffed as of July 1, 2017. 

“At a time when we have witnessed a rise in anti-Semitism both abroad and even here at home, I believe it is critical that the United States take the lead in combatting insidious acts of prejudice and hate,” said Leland. “Filling this important State Department post will send a clear message to the international community that the United States believes anti-Semitism and other acts of discrimination cannot and will not be tolerated.” 

 
 

06.20.17 - Leland To Push For Tax Dollar Accountability In Charter School Funding

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) will offer testimony during Education and Career Readiness Committee TODAY, Tuesday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the Statehouse on House Bill (HB) 220, legislation to shine a light on how charter schools spend taxpayer dollars. The Columbus lawmaker’s testimony follows the Columbus Dispatch’s recent editorial reporting of nearly $200 million tax dollars that ECOT, the state’s largest online charter school, spent on management fees to companies owned by its founder.

“Just as Ohio parents want to know that their children are receiving the highest quality possible education in school, Ohio taxpayers deserve to know how their hard-earned dollars are being used,” said Leland. “Our Constitutional mandate to create a “thorough” and “efficient” public school system demands nothing less.”

WHO:              State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus)

WHAT:            Education and Career Readiness Committee

Sponsor testimony for HB 220

WHEN:            TODAY, Tuesday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Ohio Statehouse, Room 121

 

 

 
 

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.”

 
 

02.13.17 - Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Bill Honoring African American Baseball Pioneer

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus)—aka “Mr. Baseball”—and Thomas West (D-Canton) reintroduced legislation today to honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, the nation’s first professional African American baseball player, by designating Walker’s birthday of October 7 as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio.

“Walker prevailed against all odds, overcoming obstacles to break into professional baseball during one of our nation’s bleakest periods,” said Leland, who also serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ Triple A farm team. “We introduce this bill today with the hopes of cementing Walker’s rightful place in history as the first African American to play major league baseball in the United States.”

 
 

02.06.17 - Columbus Lawmakers Propose Law Change To Protect Ohio's Drinking Water

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) last week introduced legislation to keep Ohio’s drinking water clean and safe by preventing the destruction of natural buffer zones around drinking-water reservoirs, like the Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County.

“The Hoover Reservoir is a vital source of public water for Columbus, and the strip of land encircling Hoover and other reservoirs acts as a natural filter that removes contaminants that would threaten our water supply,” said Leland. “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 all Franklin County residents.” 

 
 

01.26.17 - OH Seeks To Join National Popular Vote Interstate Compact To Restore Citizen's Democracy

 

State Reps. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and David Leland (D-Columbus) earlier this week announced the reintroduction of legislation that proposes Ohio join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a group of states that pledge their entire Electoral College delegation to the winner of the national popular vote during the general election.

“On the weekend following the 2017 inauguration, with millions of people taking to the streets to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, we witnessed the largest outpouring of dissent this nation has ever seen,” said Leland. “Part of the energy that fueled this protest was the belief that Trump was not a legitimately elected president because he lost the popular vote by a landslide— nearly 3 million votes. This legislation is not a re-litigation of the recent general election. Instead, it will change the way we elect future presidents, so that never again will someone be elected without winning the popular vote of the people.”

 
 

12.08.16 - Leland Issues Statement On Passing Of US Sen. John Glenn

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

 “John Glenn was the ultimate All-American, All-American military pilot, All-American space pioneer, All-American public servant. 

“John Glenn embodied the best of America in every aspect of his life. My prayer for America is that we are able to produce many more public servants like John Glenn.”

 
 

12.01.16 - Leland: Partisan Rejection Of Kasich PUCO Appointee Underscores Need For H.B. 122

 

Along party lines, the Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Committee today rejected Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of M. Howard Petricoff, a Democrat, to the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Petricoff’s appointment to the PUCO more closely followed historical interpretations of Ohio law that prevents PUCO from having more than three commissioners affiliated with or belonging to the same political party.

“The Senate’s rejection of Mr. Petricoff is a case in point as to why reform is needed in the way Ohio’s public utility law has been interpreted in recent years,” said David Leland (D-Columbus). “In Mr. Petricoff, it seems we have a qualified and experienced choice that would bring balance and diversity in philosophy to the work of the commission, but recent party-line appointments have empowered lawmakers to put political party above all else. Balance and competing perspectives are fundamental to ensuring sound public policy that weighs the interests of business with the health and checkbooks of Ohio consumers.”

 
 

10.26.16 - Letter: Clean Energy Yields Jobs

 

To protect public health while driving economic growth, it is time to take action on climate. On Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard legal arguments on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Its decision will have a significant impact here in Ohio.

 
 

06.27.16 - Rep. Leland Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Women's Right To Comprehensive Healthcare

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution:  

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, which once again confirms that access to reproductive healthcare is a constitutionally protected right and must be treated as such.”

 
 

06.23.16 - Leland Responds To Democratic PUCO Appointment

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today applauded the governor’s appointment of M. Howard Petricoff as a Democratic member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Petricoff will serve as the only Democratic member of the five-person regulatory panel, which Ohio law prevents from having more than three commissioners affiliated with or belonging to the same political party.

“Mr. Petricoff is a knowledgeable, talented and experienced selection for a position that must balance multi-billion dollar decisions with the best interests of consumers and our state,” said Leland. “I applaud the governor’s decision that effectively restores bipartisanship to one of our state’s most important oversight panels."

 
 

05.20.16 - Leland Calls For Restored Bipartisanship On Utilities Commission Via Open Seat

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today called on the governor and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) nominating council to return bipartisanship to the utilities oversight commission by filling an upcoming vacancy with a Democratic commissioner.

The PUCO nominating council is accepting applications for the commission seat Chairman Andre Porter vacates today.

“Bipartisanship is vital to good government – it ensures we have checks and balances so that decisions are measured and fair,” Leland said. “With an agency like the PUCO, which makes multi-billion dollar decisions affecting millions of Ohioans, bipartisanship is absolutely essential.”

Without Porter, a Republican, the commission is comprised of two Republicans and two independents. Leland’s legislation, House Bill 122, would require that both major political parties be represented on the PUCO.

 
 

05.16.16 - Bipartisan Bill Could Improve Cancer Research, Outcomes

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today announced new legislation to create an income tax check-off for the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS), the Ohio Department of Health program charged with collecting, analyzing and reporting cases of cancer across the Buckeye State.

 
 

02.08.16 - Rep. David Leland Encourages Local College Grads To Apply For Paid Statehouse Fellowship

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

 
 

11.16.15 - Bill To Restore Ohio Drinking Water Protection Gets First Hearing

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) will provide sponsor testimony for House Bill (HB) 304 on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ohio House Local Government Committee. The legislation will repeal a provision inserted into the most recent state budget that would allow certain residents to significantly alter the buffer zones that help protect public water supplies.     

 
 

09.28.15 - Rep. Leland Encourages Colleagues To Consider Bipartisan Nuisance Bill

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) will give sponsor testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee this week on House Bill 126, bipartisan legislation to allow law and code enforcement officials to use acts of violence in court cases that are brought against nuisance properties.  

 
 

09.22.15 - Rep. Leland Sponsors Green Apple Day Of Service Resolution

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today sponsored a resolution with Representatives Howse (D-Cleveland) and Duffey (R-Worthington) to recognize Saturday, September 26, 2015 as Green Apple Day of Service. Green Apple Day of Service is a global volunteer movement focused on improving school environments by making them safer, more cost-efficient, and more engaging for students.  

 
 

07.16.15 - Columbus Lawmakers To Introduce Legislation To Protect Franklin County Drinking Water

 

State Representatives David Leland (D-Columbus) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) today announced plans to introduce legislation to prevent the destruction of natural buffer zones growing around Hoover Reservoir. The legislation will repeal a provision included in the state budget that allows residents to significantly alter those zones.

 
 

01.30.15 - Rep. Leland Looks To Give Law Enforcement Added Tool To Close Dangerous Properties

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today announced that he will soon introduce legislation to help cities and local law enforcement officials shutter dangerous properties with a history of violence.

 
 

01.07.15 - David Leland Sworn In As State Representative

 

"I called this campaign my ‘Back to the Future’ effort to once again serve my community that has been so important to me and my family," said Rep. Leland. “There is much to be done, and I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to help make Ohio an even better place to live, work and raise a family."