Representative Glenn W. Holmes - House District 63
 

07.06.17 - Holmes: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“Current law already addresses the rare mistake that gun owners may unknowingly bring their weapons into gun-free zones,” said Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald). “This bill goes too far in relaxing the responsibilities of concealed carry permit holders with the confidence that, should they be caught, there will be little to no consequence as a result of their actions. As a concealed carry license holder myself, I believe this law undermines the culture of personal responsibility that many gun owners I know, myself included, strive every day to promote.”

 
 

06.08.17 - Holmes Tapped To Lead State And Local Government Committee For House Dems

 

State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) this week was selected to serve as the top Democratic member of the House State and Local Government Committee.

“Having served for well over a decade as a chair of various regional planning organizations, city councilperson, and then as the mayor of McDonald, I feel well-prepared to take on this leadership role on the State and Local Government Committee,” said Holmes. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with my fellow committee members in my new capacity as ranking member.”

 
 

05.10.17 - GOP To Firefighters Suffering From Cancer: "It's Your Fault"

 

Democratic members of the House Insurance Committee today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death.

Today’s proposed restrictions follow the House’s December 2016 passage of extended workers’ compensation protections for firefighters who developed cancer as a result of work conditions. The bill creates a condition in which courts presumes the firefighter didn't wear their protective gear correctly, resulting in the medical condition or cancer. 

“This is a direct attack on our first responders, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to save lives,” said the lead Democrat on the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland). “It is horrifying to think that some Republican lawmakers would make it harder for our first responders and their families to get the help they need, when they need it.”

 
 

05.02.17 - Holmes: Valley Lawmakers Vote No On Unbalanced State Budget

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today voted to reject House Bill 49, the $63.7 billion state budget bill, which remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. Valley legislators were concerned that the budget failed to protect schools and local communities from further cuts, and included no fix for the funding counties and transit systems are slated to lose with changes to Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) taxes. 

“I am very concerned and deeply disappointed by the fact that the budget was passed out of the House today without a provision to provide financial relief to local communities that have suffered from significant state cuts,” said Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald). “I believe the failure to utilize the budget stabilization fund in the fight against the opioid epidemic presents philosophical, ideological, and even moral questions as to the sincerity with which we face this problem. The budget fails to treat the opioid crisis as the life-or-death emergency that it is for thousands of Ohioans, or prioritize it as such.”

 
 

05.01.17 - Holmes Applauds Budget Amendments To Remove Controversial Park Board Provisions, Connect Federal Installations To Research Network

 

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today applauded the incorporation of two amendments affecting the Mahoning Valley into the latest version of House Bill 49, the state budget bill.  The first amendment, offered by Boccieri, expands eligibility for the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) to include all federal installations and local universities. 

“I am thrilled that the Legislature is recognizing the innovative contributions Youngstown State University, Kent State University and our federal installations are providing, and that connecting them to the state support from OFRN will only further advance Ohio,” said Boccieri. “I believe this will be a huge opportunity for our base and local universities.” 

 
 

03.01.17 - Holmes Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House

 

State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, a bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.

“As a father and a grandfather, I am glad to see the legislature modernize our domestic violence laws,” said Holmes. “Violence against women cannot be tolerated, and the perpetrator should always be held accountable. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation that will protect thousands of vulnerable Ohioans.”

 
 

02.22.17 - Valley Lawmakers, Mahoning County Commissioners Team Up To Fight State Budget Cuts

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) this morning hosted all three Mahoning County commissioners for a meeting with House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). 

Commissioners David C. Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti traveled to Columbus to voice their concerns regarding the negative local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed fix to the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax formula.  

“I’m pleased our delegation’s meeting request to the budget chairmen was granted, and that our commissioners had the opportunity to express their concerns about local revenue loss,” said Boccieri. “The chairmen demonstrated that the legislature is still open to listening to local officials who are on the frontlines and can provide essential perspectives on what will keep our local communities strong and transportation systems running.” 

 
 

02.02.17 - Holmes Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“I applaud my fellow legislators for their time and dedication on this important and pressing humanitarian issue,” said Holmes. “Although we have made great strides to expand awareness and increase treatment options for victims, modern day slavery still affects thousands of Ohioans every day. I’m confident in our ability not only as a state, but as a nation to continue this fight together to help as many victims as possible reach safety.”

 
 

01.23.17 - Valley Legislators Pen Letter To Governor: 'Cuts To Revenue Share Are Devastating'

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) last week wrote a letter to Gov. John Kasich urging him to preserve the revenue local governments and public transit systems receive from the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have given Ohio a deadline of June 30, 2017 to remedy its MCO tax structure so that it complies with CMS policy, but any changes may threaten the millions of dollars local communities currently receive from the tax. 

“As a former mayor, I know that communities across Ohio depend on MCO tax revenue to keep their public transportation networks, local infrastructure projects and police and fire departments afloat,” said Holmes. “I’m looking forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to find a replacement revenue stream, as further cutbacks to these vital services are unacceptable.”

 
 

01.04.17 - Holmes Sworn In As State Representative

 

Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday as state representative of the 63rd House District. Holmes, elected to his first House term in November, will serve the people of Trumbull County in, but not limited to, Hubbard, Lordstown, Niles, Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls.

“I am honored to join the state legislature, and I am committed to being an effective voice for the people of the sixty-third district,” said Holmes. “I believe that through God, community, and country all things are possible. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to ensure all Ohioans have the opportunity for a high quality of life in a state they are proud to call home.”

Holmes served his community as Mayor of McDonald for the past nine years, and as McDonald Village councilman prior. During his leadership as Mayor, Holmes was able to save the village millions in healthcare costs while providing working people with quality care, resulting in a $2 million budget surplus. The village was also able to maintain investments in essential services while enhancing the local community with the addition of a new community center and summer splash park for children and families.

Holmes believes cooperation is key to building new relationships and getting things done. He is a devoted husband and proud father of three adult children and grandfather of four.

 

 
 

01.04.17 - Glenn Holmes Sworn In As State Representative

 

Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday as state representative of the 63rd House District. Holmes, elected to his first House term in November, will serve the people of Trumbull County in, but not limited to, Hubbard, Lordstown, Niles, Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls.

“I am honored to join the state legislature, and I am committed to being an effective voice for the people of the sixty-third district,” said Holmes. “I believe that through God, community, and country all things are possible. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to ensure all Ohioans have the opportunity for a high quality of life in a state they are proud to call home.”