Rep. Craig speaking with Rep. Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Craig speaking with Rep. Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Craig and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
 Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig speaking during House session
Rep. Craig speaking during House session
 Rep. Craig takes oath of office with other members of the 131st General Assembly
Rep. Craig takes oath of office with other members of the 131st General Assembly
 
 

Representative Hearcel Craig brings his strong background of public service to the Statehouse after being elected to serve constituents of the 26th House District in November 2014.

 
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07.07.17 - Craig: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion would have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage.

“Although there isn’t a Medicaid freeze, Controlling Board will now decide the fate of Medicaid expansion,” said Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus). “Ohioans shouldn’t have to ask permission to have access to healthcare. Access to affordable quality healthcare is essential for all Ohioans.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Craig: 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.

“I am deeply concerned that this esteemed legislative body is willing to stand by and put children’s lives in danger,” said Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus). “I do support and fully understand the 2nd amendment, but there are serious long term implications of this bill that must be considered before acting erratically.”

 
 

06.23.17 - Bipartisan Bill To Grant Unemployment Benefits To Military Spouses Clears Ohio House

 

State Rep. Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) today announced the recent passage of House Bill (HB) 158, bipartisan legislation to allow military spouses to receive unemployment compensation benefits when leaving their jobs to accompany their spouses on a new military assignment. The bill, joint-sponsored by Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), passed out of the House this week by a 87-6 vote.

“Our military families make tremendous sacrifices, especially during periods of mobilization. As families move across state lines, change schools and uproot their lives, military spouses are often relied upon to make sure ends meet,” said Craig. “This legislation will help ensure military families’ financial stability as they continue to protect and serve our country. I believe it is but a small helping hand we can lend to the brave men and women in our armed forces.”

 
 

06.22.17 - Craig Announces Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate Unfair Traffic Fines

 

State Rep. Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 125, legislation to protect Ohio motorists from excessive traffic fines by specifying court jurisdiction over municipal traffic ordinances. The bill, joint-sponsored by Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), passed out of the House this week by 92-1 vote.

“I believe that House Bill 125 addresses a fundamental issue of fairness. Speeding tickets should be used to enforce the law, not just to bring in revenue,” said Craig. “This legislation will help ensure that our citizens are not falling victim to abusive, excessive fines, as well as predatory speed traps set up by rogue municipalities exploiting loopholes in state law.”

 
 
 
Representative Hearcel F. Craig
District 26
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-8010
Fax      (614) 719-3580
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term