Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in response to Ohio’s existing congressional district map being struck down as unconstitutional by the federal courts:


“Today’s ruling is a victory for voters that upholds our fundamental American values of free and fair elections. This decision means voters will have their voices heard and have elected officials who work for their districts – not just special interests or political parties.


“After decades of mistrust, predetermined outcomes and representation rigged against the voter, our state will have a real opportunity to give taxpayers an honest choice.


“I am proud of the recent state constitutional changes to congressional redistricting that Democrats successfully won, and I look forward to testing principles of those reforms before the 2020 census to put people over politics in Ohio.


“Ultimately, the court was right – the people of Ohio must be represented and communities must be kept whole. The people of Ohio deserve fair districts.”


The court ordered Ohio officials to enact a new map no later than June 14, 2019.

 
 
  
 
Eighth Annual Women's Lobby Day Seeks To Empower Women By Engaging Advocates From Across The State
Discussion and advocacy focuses on equal opportunity for better lives, brighter futures for all Ohioans
May 02, 2019
 
 

State Rep. and Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) Chair Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today joined the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) in hosting the eight annual Women’s Lobby Day, a legislative advocacy day at the Statehouse pushing for women’s social and economic equality featuring a panel of women lawmakers.


“From restrictions to women’s healthcare to the gender wage gap, women and girls in Ohio are being left behind,” said OHDWC Chair Tavia Galonski (D-Akron). “Closing the wage gap would mean more food on the table, more gas in tank and more money available for a rent or mortgage payment. As long as pay discrimination persists, we are cheating families out of their full earning power.”


The annual event brings elected officials and advocates together to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to the many challenges Ohio women and families still face today. The program included policy briefings from women lawmakers and allowed guests the opportunity to meet and lobby with legislators during the afternoon.


“As your state elected officials, we have a responsibility to legislate opportunity for all, but too many Ohio women are still greatly disadvantaged today at no fault of their own,” said Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “The wage gap affects not only women, but also their families and local communities. Now, it’s up to us to restore Ohio’s promise of a better life and brighter future for everyone by ensuring women have the tools they need to succeed.”


In Ohio, the average working woman earns 78 percent of what her male counterpart earns.* Based on today’s wage gap, a woman who worked full time, year round would typically lose $10,169 per year or $406,760 over a 40-year career. She would have to work nearly ten years longer than her male counterpart to make up this lifetime wage gap.


“With women making up nearly half of Ohio’s workforce, unpaid family and medical leave on top of Ohio’s gender wage gap is not a viable option for families struggling to make ends meet,” said Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus). “Our neighbors deserve the opportunity to get ahead, not just get by. Ensuring equal pay for equal work will help all Ohio families.”


The OHDWC also outlined their policy priorities for the remainder of the General Assembly, which include:



  • Ohio Equal Pay Act- to require employers to provide equal pay and opportunity in the workplace regardless of gender, encourage transparency in the workplace and empower employees to negotiate for the earnings they deserve.

  • Working Families First Tax Credit- to remove Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) income caps and make credits refundable for taxpayers.

  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program- to provide 12 weeks of family and medical leave benefits that can be used to address a serious health condition, to care for a family member or to bond with a new child.

  • Eliminate the tampon tax- to eliminate the state sales tax on feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads and menstrual cups.

  • Eliminate the statute of limitations for rape- to eliminate Ohio’s statute of limitations for rape, which is currently 20 years.


The mission of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify and support emerging women leaders by serving as mentors; to educate and empower women and increase women's involvement in public life and in the Ohio General Assembly.


Here is what other Democratic lawmakers are saying about Women’s Lobby Day:


“I was thrilled to help welcome hundreds of women from across Ohio to this year’s Women’s Lobby Day,” said Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo). “It is extremely important for women to be engaged in the political process, especially at the Statehouse. I am proud to be a female legislator, standing up each and every day to fight for issues that matter most to women in Ohio.”


“In all fifty states, working women make up the majority of households benefitting from both federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits,” said Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus). “In line with the Ohio Promise, a refundable EITC would provide a pathway out of poverty for working families to earn and save, build assets, and create a better future for themselves and their children.”


“It is incredibly important that we empower Ohio’s women and girls, who are the pillars of our communities,” said Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton). “I look forward to supporting legislation to improve health, safety and quality of life for all Ohio women and families.”


“I have a young daughter who I want to make certain has an equal opportunity when she grows up, but regardless, we should all be concerned about the equal treatment of women and the policies that impact them the most,” said Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon). “Women in Ohio and across the country face pay discrimination, higher healthcare costs, domestic and sexual abuse, lost work and wages due to lack of paid family leave or universal pre-K and all-day kindergarten, and many other disparities. We must address the reality that 51 percent of Ohio’s population are put on an inequitable playing field.”


“It is vital that we continue to have a Women’s Lobby Day at the Statehouse,” said Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland). “When women lobby for important policies like equal pay, family leave and eliminating the statute of limitations on rape, they are not only lobbying to better their own lives, but also to improve the lives of their families, communities and all of Ohio. When women lead, Ohio will succeed.”

 
 
  

House Democrats today expressed optimism that the latest state budget draft is moving in the right direction, after updates included key Democratic tax priorities that they say make the bill a “more realistic blueprint” for the state’s fiscal future.


“I am proud of our Democratic members and their work to make this a better budget by including our key tax priorities,” said Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “Walking back a tax system rigged against working people will help our state better live within our means and let working families have a better chance to get ahead. This draft is a more realistic blueprint for our state’s future.”


Key tax fairness provisions included in the budget by Democrats include lowering the LLC loophole threshold to $100,000 from $250,000 and leveling the playing field for Ohio small businesses by administering online-sales tax collection for large corporations.


The latest budget also eliminates the bottom two income tax brackets and reduces the middle two brackets, saving working people and families more money following a decade of tax shifting that had cost them more to fund giveaways for the wealthiest one-percent. Long-held Democratic priorities of closing tax loopholes, like the corporate jet timeshare exemption, also made it into the budget.


“Our changes bring the budget more into balance and put us in a better position to meet some of the governor’s spending increases,” said Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), the lead Democrat on the House Budget panel. “Though we’re making progress, there is still a lot of work to make sure this is a balanced plan for more growth and more opportunity in our state.”


Cera and Sykes said Democratic lawmakers will continue to review the changes in advance of next week, when additional changes are expected before a committee vote.


Additional Democratic amendments in the updated version of the state budget, House Bill 166 include:


-         H2Ohio Advisory Council.


-         Double funding for Rape Crisis Centers.


-         Increase textbook assistance for students.


-         Create Ohio FAFSA incentive.


-         Increase minimum wage of direct service providers.


-         Fully fund Adult Protective Services.


-         Add Commission on Minority Health to Pregnancy resk assessment work group and home visiting consortium.


-         Protect workers through increase in BWC wage and hour division.


-         Incentivize online trades education at Eastern Gateway Community College.


-         Increases to kinship care, multi-system youth and foster recruitment.


-         Increase funding for local emergency communication (MARCS).


An anticipated budget vote is expected in the House next week, sending the bill to the Ohio Senate for review before the June 30 deadline.

 
 
  
 
Dem Lawmakers Propose Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan
Say cost-neutral energy blueprint will protect and grow jobs
May 02, 2019
 
 

House Democratic lawmakers today announced their Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan to protect and grow good jobs across the state, improve the health of Ohioans and avoid rate hikes on consumer utility bills.


“For generations, Ohio led the nation in manufacturing, building the strongest middle class the world had ever seen,” said Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs plan restores that promise of better jobs and brighter futures, and gives the next generation of Ohio workers the opportunity to lead again—in advanced, clean energy jobs that will power our state into the future.”


The Clean Energy Jobs plan strengthens Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency benchmarks and re-envisions the state’s Advanced Energy Standards (AES) to save consumers money and grow emerging sectors of Ohio’s clean energy economy. According to the latest report, Ohioans could realize some $3.5 billion in additional economic value under updated efficiency standards.


“The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs plan is a bold blueprint for our energy future that welcomes the kind of innovation that will grow our economy, drive job creation and restore the promise of better jobs and brighter futures for working people and families,” said Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)


The plan would re-envision and modernize Ohio’s AES to support nuclear technology as part of the state’s energy future and create Advanced Energy Credits to maintain a 15 percent baseline generation capacity from emissions-free nuclear power.


“This plan protects current workers and ensures no community is left behind in our all-of-the-above approach,” said Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo). “By guaranteeing we Buy Ohio energy – not out of state generation – we’re keeping more money in our local community and keeping thousands of Ohio workers on the job.”


According to Ohio energy grid operator PJM, without the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants, Ohio would have to subsidize in-state energy use by purchasing electricity generated out-of-state, often times from dirtier sources.


“Strengthening our commitment to energy efficiency and emerging industries will make our economy more attractive and competitive on a national level,” said Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), the lead Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs plan is a great first step to renew our state’s fundamental promise as an opportunity state.”


In addition, the Clean Energy Jobs plan would establish a 50-percent renewable energy portfolio standard by 2050, fix setback requirements to encourage large-scale wind turbine investment, and require a 50 percent in-state preference for new wind and solar projects.


“An energy portfolio that contains a mix of nuclear and clean, renewable sources is essential to Ohio’s ability to compete on a national level for skilled workers, entrepreneurs and innovators looking for a place to live, raise a family and start a business,” said Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson). “Our plan is a real win for both consumers and workers.”


Other parts of the plan would optimize savings for Ohio consumers through commonsense energy efficiency standards reforms, including expanding weatherization programs for low-income Ohioans. 


“Walking back clean energy and efficiency standards now would threaten jobs and put our economic future at risk,” said Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus). “The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs plan is a real, sustainable alternative to expand Ohio’s energy portfolio, benefit consumers and expand opportunity for working people in our state. We look forward to working with the Speaker and our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to get this right.”


The proposal would also create training programs for jobs in growing clean energy fields. Ohio currently ranks among the top states in the region for clean energy jobs, with more than 112,000 Ohioans working as sheet metal workers, home weatherization installers, technicians, engineers and other professions within the sector.

 
 
  
 
House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control
Say takeovers have failed students, districts, Ohio
May 01, 2019
 
 

House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.


“State takeovers aren’t working, and we owe it to our kids to get this right,” said House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “Ending school takeovers is one of our caucus priorities, and this bipartisan effort stands as a testament to our ability to deliver results for Ohio taxpayers. Today is a real win for our state and it helps restore our promise to taxpayers that, at your Statehouse, we work for you.”


HB 154 would dissolve existing Academic Distress Commissions, prevent the creation of new ones, and require local boards of education to establish improvement plans for low-performing schools, including adding more wraparound services like after-school enrichment and social and health services.


“Top-down, unaccountable school takeovers have failed to provide struggling schools with the support they need,” said Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst), the bill’s sponsor. “Today’s vote is an important step in giving a voice back to our communities and ensuring that our children receive the quality education they deserve.”


The school takeover law, which passed as an eleventh-hour amendment to HB 70 in 2015, has come under fire as unelected academic distress commissions headed by out-of-district CEOs have taken over duties of democratically-elected school board members in East Cleveland, Lorain and Youngstown, which critics say aren’t working


“Failed school takeovers have been bad for students, bad for districts and bad for Ohio,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). “We can’t let students continue to fall behind. HB 154 is a collaborative, months-long effort to bring everyone to the table—parents, administrators and education officials—to restore local control and give districts a path forward to ensure every child receives a good education.”


Under the current state takeover system, 10 more districts are in danger of being stripped of local control, including Ashtabula, Canton, Columbus, Dayton, Euclid, Lima, Mansfield, North College Hill, Painesville and Toledo.


“As the state representative who represents East Cleveland and its 181-year-old public high school, I believe that every Ohio child can change the world. Perhaps the next great Lordstown innovation is currently in a Youngstown classroom.  Perhaps the solution to the Lake Erie algae crisis is a Lorain student. Perhaps the next great civil rights leader is walking down an East Cleveland school hallway,” said Minority Whip Kent Smith (D-Euclid). “These kids, our kids, can do great things. But to help ensure their potential is fully realized, local voters and local school boards should be in control. Passing HB 154 today is good for East Cleveland and good for Ohio.”


Democrats, led by Rep. Phillip M. Robinson (D-Solon), the lead Democrat on the House education panel that heard testimony on HB 154, held a series of meetings with school officials, administrators and education advocates throughout the legislative process.


“It was so critical for us to bring everyone to the table to get this right for our children. This bill is a victory for families and students by having local communities be proactive and at the center of addressing the education challenges that face their schools,” said Rep. Phil Robinson. “This will give teachers and children the ability to succeed and restore Ohio’s Promise that if you work hard, with the right support and equal opportunity, you can get ahead.”


After receiving bipartisan support in the House, the bill moves to the Senate for further consideration.


Here is what other Democratic lawmakers are saying:


“As a career educator and former middle school science teacher in the Columbus City Schools, I am very pleased that the Ohio House of Representatives helped us keep our Promise to the 1.2 million children in Ohio and their families by passing Substitute House Bill 154 today,” said Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville). “Keeping control of our school districts in the hands of local elected officials while continuing to improve the quality of our schools and helping prepare all our children for their futures is of utmost importance and a significant win for our schools.”


“I applaud this bipartisan effort to overhaul the school takeover process. As elected officials, we have a responsibility to our constituents to reform the failed school takeover process and I believe that HB154 takes a big step toward that goal.” –Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester)


“Making sure that the control of our school districts in the hands of local elected officials is a significant win for our schools. We know that what is best for our children is being able to react quickly to their needs." –Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna)


“Local school districts know what’s best for their students and the community. HB 70 undermined their ability to provide a quality and equitable education to their students,” said Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus). “House Bill 154 is the first step on a long road to improving our state’s education system. I am committed to working with the community and stakeholders to restore and maintain local control of schools.”


“Educating our children is critical to our future. This bill returns control to communities to support our students.” –Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) 


“We should be supporting teachers, para-professionals, aides, and all others working to make their students and schools successful, not behaving as if the legislature is the master educator of all school districts that are struggling. The real victims of school takeover legislation are the kids.


“School takeovers force administrators into making decisions that are unattainable for staff, students, and communities. If we plan to make change, we must be addressing failing schools through a school-level, holistic perspective, instead of painting a broad stroke and saying all schools and all children have the same needs. I believe real change will happen on a pupil-by-pupil basis, and by making changes that address barriers to success including increased recess time, bringing back the arts to school, providing healthier food choices, on-site laundry, housing stability, and more.” –Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights)


“Ending school takeovers is a vital step to give local communities the ability to take the necessary actions to work collaboratively to ensure our children receive a good public education. Supporting our children in their education journey can only take place when the state supports local communities versus working against local communities. House Bill 154 restores local control and provides a path forward for local communities to work with the State of Ohio to provide a good public education for Ohio’s children.” –Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)


“House Bill 154 is the first step in giving back our public school district a local voice. The State of Ohio needs to focus on equitable funding of our school district and developing policy that best support our local schools. That is how we keep Ohio’s promise to our people.” –Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) 


“CEOs and corporate special interests have no place in the classroom. I’m proud to have helped pass HB 154 before Toledo gets caught in the wake of these state takeovers.” – Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Toledo) 


“Having been a school board member for 20 years as well as a trustee and then President of the Ohio School Boards Assn, I applaud the bipartisan decision today to return the accountability of our school districts' success back to the communities which they serve. We have much more work to do, but H. B. 154 allows us to move forward for Ohio's most vulnerable children. This is another 'Ohio Promise' kept.” –Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) 


“Unlike the rushed process for HB 70, HB 154 actually helps our local schools, like TPS, get back on track to improve the educational experience for our children. Instead of the threat of a state takeover and an unchecked CEO, local communities will now be empowered and supported by the state to help struggling schools. Our actions today in the Statehouse live up to the Ohio promise.” –Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo)


“The last minute school takeover of the Youngstown School District was wrong from the beginning. I feel that school control should be in the hands of the elected school board members, as they continue the quality of education in their particular districts.” –Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren)

 
 
  
 
Dem Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Housing Discrimination
Bill seeks to end a new generation of redlining
May 01, 2019
 
 

State Reps. Adam C. Miller (D-Columbus) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) this week announced House Bill (HB) 229, legislation that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants who utilize the federal government’s Housing Choice Voucher program.


The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was amended in 1988 and prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability. Once unit-based, the process of applying for public housing has shifted over the years to a voucher-based system in order to eliminate redlining, or discrimination in housing laws. The voucher system ensures recipients can find housing in communities of their choice. However, discrimination in housing—particularly against economic disadvantaged minorities—continues.


“Most landlords are stepping up and doing the right thing,” said Rep. Miller. “This bill simply codifies common sense: you shouldn’t be able to deny someone a home just because they are getting some help. The whole movement to vouchers was aimed at inclusion and choice, and this bill ensures that.”


In Ohio, approximately 34% of households rent their homes, and more than 225,000 households use a federal housing voucher to help pay the rent. Housing Choice Voucher holders often struggle to find a rental home from landlords who have blanket policies against accepting vouchers as payment. In most areas, landlords are permitted under the law to openly discriminate against these possible tenants.


“Too many Ohioans, and especially Ohioans of color, are working harder than ever but still have trouble paying their rent,” said Rep. Upchurch. “This legislation will help prevent a new form of redlining and work to create true multi-income, multi-cultural communities.”


The new bill would prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on form of payment–particularly the use of federal vouchers for rent. Fifteen states have passed similar laws.


HB 229 will be referred to a committee for further consideration.

 
 
  
 
House Dems Hold Independent Review Of State Energy Bill Amid Widespread Criticism
Sykes says caucus focused on protecting consumers, public health, good jobs
April 29, 2019
 
 

Amid widespread criticism of House Bill 6, legislation that ends renewable energy standards and increases consumer and business taxes by some $300 million per year, House Democrats this week will hold their own caucus-wide review of the fast-tracked proposal.


“It’s our job as lawmakers to cut through the politics and ugly, false narratives that seem to be surrounding this legislation,” said Leader Sykes. “Our priority with statewide energy policy remains focused on protecting consumers, protecting public health and creating an environment where good jobs grow.”


House Democrats will come together as a caucus this week, independent of official committee hearings, to hear from advocates and opponents of the legislation that critics say is a bailout for First Energy Solutions, the company in bankruptcy proceedings that runs Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants in Ohio.


“Supporting nuclear energy is part of an all-of the-above strategy that keeps energy reliable and secure for Ohioans,” added Sykes. “But taxpayers deserve an honest conversation about how this legislation will impact them directly, and we hope to add to that. Our promise to Ohio taxpayers, consumers and businesses is that we work for them.”


After marathon hearings last week, the bill has yet to be scheduled for a hearing this week as House lawmakers work to release an updated version of the governor’s two-year state budget.

 
 
  
 
Rep. Sweeney Statement On Voter Registration Study Group
Group to study potential for automated registration in Ohio
April 24, 2019
 
 

State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement following a press conference announcing the creation of a bipartisan working group to study the potential for automated voter registration in Ohio.


“I’ve been interested in voting issues and modernizing Ohio’s current, outdated system since I joined the legislature, and I am encouraged that we’re finally coming together in a bipartisan manner to discuss commonsense ways for us to improve and simplify our voting system. If implemented, automated registration could add more than 1 million eligible voters to the rolls, save taxpayer money and encourage more Ohioans to exercise their most fundamental freedom.


“I look forward to having this discussion and working with the Secretary of State, voter advocates and local elections officials to ensure we get this right for everyday Ohioans.”

 
 
  
 
Rep. Kristin Boggs Introduces Bipartisan Second Half Of Reagan Tokes Act
Bill would protect Ohioans by better monitoring violent offenders
April 24, 2019
 
 

State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township)  today announced the introduction of the Reagan Tokes Act, which will implement new standards to improve the monitoring of violent offenders.  This bill follows the passage of House Bill 365, also known as the Reagan Tokes Act, last year which created indefinite prison sentencing standards for violent offenders. The bill is named for Reagan Tokes, a student at The Ohio State University who was brutally kidnapped, raped and killed after leaving work at a Columbus restaurant in 2017.


“The Reagan Tokes Act offers critical, commonsense reforms to the way we monitor violent offenders, making our communities safer,” said Rep. Boggs. “Hopefully by passing this legislation, no family will have to endure another heartbreaking tragedy like the one the Tokes family experienced this past year.”


“Ohio clearly needs to better manage the re-entry of dangerous individuals into society,” remarked Rep. Carfagna. “In addition to providing law enforcement with real-time access to GPS information, it’s also crucial that we ensure parole officer workloads are reasonable and allow for the proper levels of monitoring.”


The Reagan Tokes Act makes several important reforms to post release control supervision, such as adopting guidelines for GPS monitoring and reducing parole officer caseloads.


On February 8, 2017, Reagan Tokes was abducted and later found in a Grove City, Ohio metro park. She was killed by a convicted sex offender that had been released from prison homeless three months prior, while being monitored by a GPS. It was later discovered that in the months leading up to Reagan’s death, he had committed a series of armed robberies.


The bill will now be assigned to a committee for further consideration.

 
 
  

State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 208, bipartisan legislation to secure protections for sports officials. The bill would bring the penalty for assaulting a referee on the job or in retaliation for a prior incident in line with current legislation protecting teachers, school administrators and bus drivers.


“As a referee for 20 years and as a coach, participant and parent, I understand the power of athletic competition to bring people together and teach important life skills,” said Rep. Miller. “However, sometimes emotions run high and tempers flare during competition. It’s important that we support our officials and send a message that physical confrontations are never an acceptable recourse.”


HB 208 was referred to the House Rules and Reference Committee, where it will receive a committee assignment.

 
 
  
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Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe

 

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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. 



 
 

House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control

 

House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.