Representative David Leland - House District 22

04.12.19 - Leland Responds To Proposed State Energy Policy Changes


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement in response to today’s announced state energy policy changes:

“Although I’m still studying the details of the proposed energy plan, there are initial concerns that it will eliminate the programs that provide us clean air, clean energy and good jobs. With recent studies suggesting Ohio is positioned to be a national leader in clean energy job growth and related economic investment, we should be cautious that the state doesn’t trade that strong economic position for what could amount to a nuclear bailout tax on consumers.”


04.09.19 - Leland Responds To Clean Jobs Midwest Report Showing Statewide Economic Opportunities


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released the following statement in response to the report on clean energy jobs in the Midwest released Tuesday by the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2):

“We are the first generation to understand the human causes of climate change—and the last generation to be able to stop it. The results of this report are clear: clean energy powers Ohio’s economy, creates good paying jobs and contributes to a cleaner environment and happier, healthier families and communities.


03.15.19 - Leland: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state. 


03.12.19 - As Popular Vote Compact Gains Momentum, Ohio Takes A Second Look


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) tomorrow will push his House colleagues in the House Federalism Committee* to pass House Bill (HB) 70, his legislation to have 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.


03.07.19 - Leland Statement On Passage Of Historic, Bipartisan Investment In Public Transit


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today on the passage of House Bill (HB) 62, which makes a historic, $200 million investment in Ohio’s public transportation over the next two years.


11.29.18 - Leland: Access To Citizen-led Ballot Initiative The Only Backstop To An Extreme, Gerrymandered Legislature


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today in response to new, fast-tracked legislation, House Joint Resolution 19, that would limit citizens’ access to Democracy in Ohio by placing new, arbitrary restrictions on the constitutional ballot initiative process in Ohio: 

“Ohio Republican leadership want to rig our Ohio democracy against voters. The citizen initiative has been the only backstop to rigged, gerrymandered districts and the extreme political agenda at the Ohio Statehouse. In the last several years, the General Assembly has only acted on major issues like redistricting reform and medical marijuana when faced with the threat of a citizen-led ballot initiative.

“It’s strange, but the whole concept of popular democracy seems foreign to them. Leadership only holds their positions of power because gerrymandering subverts the will of the people. Now they want to severely restrict one of the only avenues left for the majority of people to be heard.”


11.14.18 - Leland Responds To Likely House Passage Of Stand Your Ground On Steroids


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released a statement following the Ohio House passage of 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.


10.05.18 - Lawmakers Honor First African American MLB Player On "Fleetwood Walker Day" At Mural Unveiling


State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), Thomas West (D-Canton) and David Leland (D-Columbus) will deliver remarks in a mural dedication ceremony honoring the nation’s first professional African American baseball player, Moses Fleetwood Walker, on Sunday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Steubenville. Legislation sponsored by the lawmakers naming October 7, Walker’s birthday, as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio was signed into law last year.

“Walker’s life story is a perfect example of how we must continue working together to create a world in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” said Cera. “I’m glad that Jefferson County is memorializing such a gifted athlete and brave American.”

Walker began his professional baseball career with the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883, but his career was cut short in 1889 when both the American Association and the National League unofficially banned African American players. It was not until 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson finally broke the color barrier.

“Honoring Moses Walker is more than just remembering a baseball player,” said Leland. “It is a reminder of who we are as a Nation, whose Constitution vows to protect everyone’s inalienable rights to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. It is also a cautionary tale, because sometimes, after we get something right, we lose our way. So as we honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, we remember that the battle for equality and justice is never finished.”

The mural was painted by artist Ruston Baker. An exhibit on Walker, housed in the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum, will be open to the public that day.

“Moses Walker is yet another hidden figure that is owed the respect for breaking color barriers during the era of Jim Crow and violent racism. Still, he persisted,” said West. “His story resonates with countless individuals, as it inspires those seeking courage during challenging and trying times. Walker’s life is an important piece of Ohio history and American history.”  


08.27.18 - Lawmakers Respond To Public Corruption Search Warrant Executed On Ohio House Republicans


State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today issued the following statements in response to the release of a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena into allegations of Ohio House Republicans’ pay-to-play culture of corruption at the Statehouse:

“As this investigation into the Republican culture of corruption unravels at highest levels of power in the Ohio House, Republican House leadership is working overtime to distance themselves from their involvement while trying to paint Cliff Rosenberger as the sole actor in any illegal, pay-to-play schemes.

“Though Rosenberger was the first House speaker in history to resign amid a federal corruption investigation, his leadership team and former roommate, Speaker Ryan Smith, is still in control of the Ohio House and potentially illegal campaign funds, creating more questions than answers as to how deep this river of corruption runs at the Statehouse.”—Rep. David Leland


08.01.18 - Leland: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. This bill helps lessen the sting of the statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget that cost taxpayers almost $2 billion.

“This tax holiday helps working families find necessary school items at a lower cost,” said Leland. “Most of the tax cuts enacted by this Republican legislature favor the wealthy— here is one tax cut that benefits everybody”


07.24.18 - Leland Statement On Passage Of Payday Lending Reform¿aka "Rosenberger Scandal Act"


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement after House agreed to Senate changes on House Bill 123, a bipartisan plan to enact consumer protections and crack down on predatory payday lenders. The bill now heads to the governor to be signed into law.

“Amid months of rumors, speculation and corruption that have rocked the Statehouse, I can say that this reform is the one good thing to come out of the Rosenberger scandal. The sad reality is we wouldn't be having this discussion about protecting consumers today if not for the FBI investigation into the Cliff Rosenberger scandal.”


06.26.18 - Amid Public Outcry, Ohio Republicans Backtrack On Planned So-called Stand Your Ground Vote


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today applauded concerned citizens and gun safety organizations who contacted Ohio Republican lawmakers and asked them to cancel their planned vote on House Bill 228, so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation, this week.

“By standing their ground and raising their voices, thousands of citizens’ calls and letters let the Statehouse Republicans know that voting to increase the potential for gun violence is completely unacceptable,” said Leland. “I applaud concerned citizens and gun safety groups for staying engaged and forcing Republican lawmakers to pull down a vote on this dangerous and divisive bill that would make Ohioans less safe.”

House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) last week indicated to reporters that Republican members of the House would bring the gun-safety loosening bill up for a full House vote Wednesday before the legislature recesses for summer.

“Until Republicans in the legislature get serious about Ohioans’ calls for commonsense gun safety reforms, we must all keep the pressure on them to do the right thing,” Leland added.

Numerous gun safety bills, some championed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, sit idle continue to sit idle in the Ohio legislature.


06.19.18 - Leland: GOP's Political Favor Trading For "Stand Your Ground" Will Cost Ohioans


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today telling reporters the House would likely vote on extremist “stand your ground” legislation, House Bill 228, next week:

“Now we know what Rep. Smith had to promise to get his paltry 44 votes for Speaker. Sadly, as a result, Ohioans will be less safe and local communities will be unable to protect their citizens from gun violence. As The Who said, ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss.’”

Leland, the lead Democrat on the House Federalism Committee, has spoken out against restrictions in the bill that will prevent local communities from passing gun safety laws. The Columbus lawmaker is encouraging citizens to contact Republican legislators using the following link to voice their opposition to a full House vote on the legislation:



06.06.18 - Leland Statement On House Speaker Vote


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to today’s House narrow, 11-round marathon vote to elect Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) Speaker of the Ohio House. Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) in April, after he announced he was under FBI inquiry related to his official duties. 


05.23.18 - Leland Responds To Statehouse Dysfunction As Republicans Remain Gridlocked


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) 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:

“In the wake of reports of FBI raids of the house of disgraced former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Republican leadership cancelled yet another session today. The majority remains haunted by the Rosenberger scandal. When we put partisan politics above the people, it’s the taxpayers who suffer. Ohioans deserve better. There is important work left for this General Assembly to do this year, and instead of holding the people’s work hostage, we should be coming together to defend the integrity of this institution and get back to the work we were sent here to do.”


05.16.18 - Leland Responds To House Session Cancellation Amid Failure To Elect New Speaker


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement in response to House Republicans’ decision to cancel scheduled session today after failing to reach consensus on electing a new House Speaker:

“It is important that the House continue to do the work the people of Ohio sent us here to do. It is clear that there are rules in place that would allow the House to move forward and not be impeded by this Republican internal struggle to elect a Speaker.”


05.04.18 - Lawmakers Look To Federal Authorities For Answers On Former House Speaker's Alleged Corruption


Ahead of an anticipated May 16 vote to elect a new speaker of the Ohio House, two lawmakers are seeking answers as to why former Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned abruptly, amid reports of potential corruption. State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today asked the special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio to provide any or as much information as possible on any current or potential investigation of Rosenberger’s unprecedented resignation.


04.21.18 - Lawmakers Call For Independent Investigation Of Rosenberger, House Activity


Following former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's abrupt resignation amid questions of possible FBI inquiries into matters he may have been involved with, two House lawmakers are saying the House and taxpayers deserve more answers, and soon. 

State Reps. David Leland and Kristin Boggs are asking two outside parties to indepently investigate the nature and extent of potential corruption at the Ohio House to ensure lawmakers can continue the People's work without getting caught up in pay-to-play lawmaking.

"Allegations of corruption targeted at the Ohio Speaker have never before resulted in a Speaker’s resignation. This is the first time in Ohio’s history that the Speaker of the Ohio House has resigned in such disgrace, and his resignation leads us to believe that illicit forces have been corrupting, and may continue to corrupt, the work of the Statehouse," the lawmakers wrote in their letter.

Click the link to read the whole letter.



04.11.18 - Leland Responds To Resignation Of House Speaker Rosenberger


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s announcement that House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) will resign effective May 1:

“This is a stain on our democracy that interferes with the people’s business and reduces public confidence in our legislative process. This unfortunate incident is a reminder of what happens when one political party controls every level of state government.

“Though this is the tip of the iceberg in fully understanding the extent and level of political corruption, it should serve as a sobering reminder for some that nobody is above the law. We need checks and balances, and new leadership to restore integrity and trust in state government.”


03.23.18 - Local Lawmaker To "March For Our Lives" Tomorrow In Columbus


As students and young people across the nation come together to speak out for safer, commonsense gun law reforms, lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse like David Leland (D-Columbus) are applauding their activism and supporting their efforts.

Tomorrow, Leland will join students, parents and concerned citizens in downtown Columbus at 11:00 a.m. to “March for Our Lives” from the West Bank Park to the Ohio Statehouse.

“I am proud of the students and young people who are lifting up their voices, organizing and fighting for a safer, better tomorrow,” said Leland. “Their clarion call to elected officials is informing the national discussion on gun safety and strengthening our rights and our American democracy.”

WHAT:           March for Our Lives and rally


03.16.18 - As State Takes First Step To Frack Public Lands, Leland Pushes For Commonsense Protections


On the heels of the first state Oil and Gas Commission meeting Thursday, state Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation that would protect Ohio’s parks and nature preserves from the impacts of fracking. The proposed bill will ensure adequate protections for Ohio’s state and local parks by refusing any new well permits for lands typically enjoyed by families and people who enjoy the outdoors. 

“It is my hope that we can all share a vision for our state that includes meeting our energy needs without ever having to sacrifice our beautiful state and local parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas,” said Leland. “Conserving Ohio’s public lands ensures they will be around for future generations to utilize and enjoy.”

This year’s state-budget-veto showdown between Gov. Kasich and Ohio House Republicans resulted in the appointment of members to the vacant Oil and Gas Commission, which is responsible for issuing drilling licenses for state lands. The commission held its first meeting Thursday in Columbus.

The footprint and disruption of fracking, or horizontal drilling, is much larger than conventional oil and gas wells, raising additional concerns over habitat fragmentation and wetland destruction. Fracking also typically costs Ohio’s communities much more in added cleanup, greater wear and tear on roads, and significant emergency response needs.


03.01.18 - Leland Responds To Kasich's Gun Safety Framework


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed gun safety framework in Ohio:

“By putting partisan divides behind us, we will be closer to the day when our children don’t have to live in fear of gun violence .Keeping those we love safe and protected from senseless, random acts of violence should be our highest priority. The framework proposed by the governor today brings us closer to that point. Ultimately, I believe we also need to have a serious conversation about prohibiting firearm and ammunition sales to people under the age of 21 in Ohio.”


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


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) 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. 

“We all need to be vigilant to make sure that everyone has the equal opportunity to succeed, that we remove any and all artificial barriers to personal achievement and that we make the investments necessary so that all can reach their potential. The American dream is based on a fair shot at a good job, but partisan attacks on working people threaten to undo the very fabric of that dream.” —Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus)


02.23.18 - Leland, Boggs Announce Legislation Supporting Safer Neighborhoods


State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced legislation that would allow local residents to request for increased roadway safety standards. House Bill (HB) 436 would allow residents or a recognized neighborhood association to petition for a stop sign or lower speed limits on their street.

“Local communities are in the perfect position to know if a stop sign or lower speed limit is in the best interests of their residents,” said Leland. “This bill cuts bureaucratic red tape and unnecessary expenses, and gives Ohioans the flexibility they need to keep our neighborhoods safe.”


02.20.18 - House Dems See Path To Commonsense Gun Laws Through Commonsense Process Reform At Statehouse


House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus), the top Democrat on the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee, today asked Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) to reconsider legislation that loosens multiple gun laws and penalties, House Bill 228.

The House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee is debating the sweeping changes under House Bill 228 instead of the House Criminal Justice Committee, a panel the lawmakers say is better equipped to deal with such radical changes to criminal laws around firearms.

“This complex bill is replete with repercussions that not only impact the law enforcement community but the public safety of the entire state,” the lawmakers wrote. “The eyes of the nation are on Ohio and we have the opportunity to show thoughtful and responsible deliberation on a bill that stands to dramatically impact criminal charging as well as penalties with regard to firearms. The Ohio Legislature has a responsibility to our communities to get this right.” *

The bill would change the burden of proof in a self-defense claim when a firearm is involved, reduce criminal penalties for illegal or improper use of handguns, and prohibit local communities from enacting their own gun safety laws.

*A copy of the letter is attached.


01.25.18 - Leland Pushes For Strong Clean Car Standards


State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced a resolution to express support for strong Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and clean car standards. The proposed resolution supports initiatives that promote job creation, protect public health, and work to keep Ohio an industry leader in manufacturing vehicles and automotive parts for years to come.


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."