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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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.”

 
 

05.02.17 - Craig: 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. Democratic lawmakers also offered several amendments on the House floor, including proposals to provide $500 million in real funding increases for opioid addiction treatment.

“I believe the statewide opioid epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing our state, and treatment providers, law enforcement and – most of all – families are looking to their elected officials to show leadership on this issue,”said Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus). “Unfortunately, Ohioans cannot count on the opioid-related money in this budget actually reaching their communities because more budget cuts must be made after House Republicans failed to craft a balanced, fiscally responsible budget. Moving forward, I hope state leaders will finally recognize the opioid epidemic for the statewide emergency that it is and invest real money toward helping those struggling with addiction.”

 
 

04.11.17 - Craig Comments On Video Showing Police Officer Stomp Restrained Suspect's Head

 

State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) today commented on a recently-posted video that shows a Columbus city police officer stomping on the head of a restrained suspect:  

“The extreme behavior captured on bystander video is totally irresponsible and unacceptable, and does not reflect the values of the vast majority of Columbus police officers dedicated to protecting our community. 

 
 
 
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 : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term