Rep. Crawley Introduces Legislation To Create A Legislative Youth Advisory Council
Council would allow young Ohioans to have a voice in the policymaking process
 
 

COLUMBUS— Last week, State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) introduced legislation to create a Legislative Youth Advisory Council in Ohio to facilitate communication between young Ohioans and the General Assembly on important youth issues. 


“I believe it is vitally important that we offer our youth opportunities to have their voices heard in the policymaking process, especially on issues that impact them directly. Young people are constantly having decisions made for them, although they are more than capable of making decisions for themselves and knowledgeable about what is happening around our state,” said Crawley. “This youth advisory council gives young people a seat at the table so we can receive their input on issues that impact them which will allow us, legislators, to make better-informed decisions.”


The Council would be housed under the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives and consist of Ohio students ages 14 to 19 who are also in ninth to 12th grade. Potential members would have to complete an application process with references in order to be considered. After the application process, the 36 member council would be made up of two members from each of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts and four at large members who will be selected in a manner which reflects the diversity of the state to the greatest extent practicable.


Several states already have Legislative Youth Councils in place. This legislation awaits a bill number and committee assignment.


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