Representative Janine R. Boyd - House District 9

06.27.18 - Ohio House Passes Boyd-sponsored Bill To Invest $5 Million In Kinship Care


The Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 126, sponsored by state Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Jeff Rezabek (R-Dayton). HB 126 would create a statewide system of kinship navigators that will help keep families together and provide needed assistance for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. 


06.27.18 - Ohio GOP Majority Writes Discrimination Into Law


State Reps. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed disappointment with the passage of House Bill (HB) 36, which writes discrimination into Ohio law by allowing ministers not to solemnize marriages that are contrary to their personal beliefs.


06.06.18 - Boyd: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker


After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.


04.17.18 - On Tax Day, House Dems Push Tax Reform That Puts Families First


Marking National Tax Day, House Democratic lawmakers today detailed a state tax reform package they say will make life better for families in the Buckeye State. After seven years of Republican tax policies benefitting the wealthiest one-percent, Democratic lawmakers say the tax responsibility has been unfairly shifted to middle-class and working families.

“For too long we’ve seen tax schemes worked up to benefit the wealthy at the expense of hardworking Ohioans,” said Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire). “Our plan works to fix this by offering real, commonsense solutions that allow working families to get ahead.”

Proposals include House Bill 333, a bill to end Ohio’s marriage penalty, as well as a plan to expand Ohio’s tax credit for families who adopt. Democrats also outlined a blueprint to stop forcing families to pay for state inaction on the state’s worst-in-the-nation opioid epidemic.

“Ending Ohio’s marriage penalty and expanding tax credits for families looking to adopt are commonsense ways to support hardworking families,” said Rep. Rich Brown (D-Canal Winchester). “Also, by creating a tax credit to help our families that struggle with addiction, we help Ohioans get back on their feet to support their families and strengthen our communities.”

In addition, Democrats are looking at new legislation to reduce the cost of essential everyday products by eliminating certain items from the state sales tax, including feminine hygiene products, diapers, over-the-counter medicine, child safety seats and other goods.

“Republicans have continued to nickel and dime hardworking people by shifting taxes from the wealthy to middle-class and working people, especially women and young parents,” said Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland). “By eliminating certain essential products from the state sales tax, we increase consumer purchasing power and make it easier for families to afford life’s necessities.”

Since 2011, state lawmakers have continually shifted taxes from the wealthiest one-percent to middle and working class Ohioans, most notably through more expensive property taxes, a one-billion-dollar per-year sales tax hike, a sales tax expansion and more local tax levies to fund schools and communities who have shouldered over $3 billion in state budget cuts, collectively.

“Shifting taxes away from the wealthy and onto the backs of middle-class and working Ohioans was supposed to create jobs and strengthen our economy—neither of which happened,” said Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake). “Our economy is barely moving and families are feeling the squeeze. Family First tax reform puts money back into the hands of those that need it—working families—so they can focus on what really matters.”

Rogers also introduced bipartisan legislation, House Bill 186, to allow families to deduct up to $2000 per year from state income taxes for qualifying higher education expenses like tuition, fees, books and supplies. Ohio ranks first in the nation in the total burden of student loan debt.  

An outline of the lawmakers’ proposals is attached.


03.21.18 - Mom's Demand Action Lobby Day Gives Democratic Lawmakers Hope For Momentum On Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act


Two Cleveland-area lawmakers are saying today’s lobby day at the Ohio Statehouse by Moms Demand Action gives them hope that their legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers could gain momentum in the Republican-controlled legislature. State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced House Bill (HB) 305, the “Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act” in July 2017.



02.06.18 - Rep. Boyd Statement On Passage Of Congressional Redistricting Reform Bill


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) issued the following statement on the congressional redistricting proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 5, voted out of the General Assembly today:


01.31.18 - Dem Lawmakers Unveil Paid Family Leave Bill


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced legislation to establish the Ohio Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which would provide economic stability to working families in times of a medical emergency, when caring for a sick loved one, or welcoming a newborn into the family. While federal law provides some workers the ability to take leave, it does not provide those workers with any guarantees that they will have compensation while on leave.


07.14.17 - Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Common Sense Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) yesterday introduced legislation to better protect victims of domestic violence from their abuser by requiring those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served a civil protection order (CPO) to temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement.

“On behalf of the victims of domestic violence – those whom we've lost and those whom we hope to save with our bill – I hope my Republican brothers and sisters will support empowering local law enforcement and courts in their vital efforts to deescalate some of the most dangerous domestic situations in our state,” said Boyd.


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


Today, 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.

"The fact of the matter is that my Republican brothers and sisters could have responsibly addressed the budget shortfall by working with us on a bipartisan tax plan that benefits all Ohioans,” said Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights). “It is irresponsible to try to fix the budget gap by restricting Ohioans’ access to Medicaid. Many people will be cut off from life-saving services like breast and cervical cancer screenings."


05.10.17 - GOP Attacks First Responders In Workers' Compensation Budget


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill (HB) 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death. 

“My Republican brothers and sisters frequently self-promote their unconditional support for our safety forces – our police officers, military and firefighters. However, all too often, their policy proposals chip away at the resources our brave defenders and rescuers have earned in the line of duty – from cutting Medicaid expansion in the budget and proposing limits to veterans' benefits via block grant funding formulas, to this latest attempt to limit access to healthcare for firefighters who contract serious illnesses from their jobs.  


03.28.17 - Help Fighting Pay Discrimination In OH Would Be A Phone Call Away Under Two Lawmakers' Proposal


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 138, legislation to fight pay discrimination in Ohio by establishing a toll-free equal pay hotline, an easily accessible, anonymous resource for workers to report wage discrimination and gather more information to find out if they could be victims of pay discrimination. 

“Ohio workers should be able to discuss their salaries and report discrepancies without fearing they will be treated differently, demoted or fired,” said Boyd. “With women making up nearly half of Ohio’s workforce, the gender wage gap not only affects them but their entire families. This pay gap takes money out of the pockets of hardworking Ohioans that could otherwise go to helping families put food on the table, gas in the tank or even make a rent or mortgage payment.” 


10.31.16 - Boyd Announces Approval Of State Investment Expected To Create 25 New Jobs In Shaker Heights


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced state approval of a $100,000 investment in a local roadwork development project* that will help two Shaker Heights businesses create 25 new jobs. As a result of roadway improvements and state assistance provided, ABA Insurance will create 15 new jobs and Paragon Advisors will create 10 new jobs, for a total of nearly $2 million in new payroll. The state signed off on the $100,000 investment at today’s meeting of the Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“Maintaining strong infrastructure in our cities is vital to driving economic development and creating new jobs,” said Boyd. “Many communities are struggling to maintain and improve their roads and bridges after being hit by drastic state budget cuts in recent years. I am glad in this instance that the state was willing to partner on this important project to bring new jobs to Shaker Heights.”  


10.04.16 - Dem Lawmakers Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. Advocates with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network today gathered to present an annual report of Ohio Domestic Fatality Data at a press conference in the state capitol.


07.13.16 - Dem Lawmakers Push Equal Pay Hotline As New Resource To Fight Pay Discrimination


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced a new proposal to fight pay discrimination in Ohio by establishing a toll-free equal pay hotline, an easily accessible, anonymous resource for Ohio workers to report wage discrimination and gather more information to find out if they could be victims of pay discrimination. 


06.29.16 - State Lawmakers, Advocates Unveil Action Plan To Support Ohio Families With Multi-system Youth


State Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today joined families, youth, advocates and colleagues from across the aisle to announce the release of the Joint Legislative Committee on Multi-System Youth Recommendations, a bipartisan action plan on how the state can better deliver behavioral and developmental services to children and families in need while reducing the need for custody relinquishment. 


04.05.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Propose Creation Of Ohio's First-ever Paid Family Leave Insurance Program


State Reps. Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced a proposal today to create Ohio’s first-ever paid family and medical leave insurance program. The bill would allow all Ohio workers to continue earning a portion of their pay during a family medical emergency or the birth or adoption of a new baby. Also participating in today’s announcement were Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, small business owner Gail Dudley, and Innovation Ohio President Keary McCarthy. 


03.22.16 - Reps. Boyd, Antonio Propose "Safe At Home" Bill To Keep Guns Out Of DV Offenders' Hands


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence from gun violence by requiring individuals convicted of a domestic violence crime or served with a civil protection order to turn over their firearms to law enforcement. 


12.30.15 - Lawmakers Push For Independent Investigations Into Police Use Of Deadly Force


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) this week introduced a justice reform measure to ensure fair, independent investigations when a law enforcement officer uses deadly force. The legislative proposal follows the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s grand jury investigation into the police-led deadly shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice last November. The grand jury ultimately declined to bring charges against the officers involved.

“Communities must be able to believe that when an officer takes the life of a civilian, an independent and fair investigation will provide answers and facts that can be trusted,” said Boyd. “This bill will help restore faith in the justice system by cutting down on questions of bias or partiality during these types of investigations.”

The new legislation would require that at least two outside law enforcement officials conduct investigations into an officer’s use of deadly force. The outside investigators would be required to come from jurisdictions separate than that of the officer under investigation.

Upon completion of an investigation, a report will be submitted to the local prosecutor. If it is determined that no crime was committed, the report must be made available to the public.

“The introduction of our bill is a necessary action in creating greater public trust in our criminal justice system,” said Kuhns. “We need to maintain a system where fairness and justice are the top priorities.”


10.07.15 - Boyd Votes In Favor Of Sweeping Charter School Reform Bill


The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 


08.05.15 - Boyd Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act


Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I am reminded of our precious Holocaust survivors who we honor with a spectacular and moving monument on the state house front lawn, but many of whom lost their birth certificates to genocide and the fight to survive. I am reminded of the many African Americans who were born in the South in this country before the Civil Rights Movement, like my uncle, a Korean War Veteran, who does not possess a birth certificate because “colored” people were not afforded such documents at that time. On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I humbly ask this governor, this speaker, this senate president, this General Assembly to remember too.”


06.30.15 - Boyd: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.

“Local hiring standards are the bootstraps with which people can help pull themselves out of poverty,” said Boyd. “Making hiring decisions locally strengthens our local economy and regional workforce. House Bill 180 handcuffs local decision-making and sends Ohio jobs out of state.”   


05.27.15 - Rep. Boyd: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today gathered with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women face. 


04.22.15 - Boyd To Offer Budget Amendment Restoring Funds For Local Communities


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) announced today that her amendment to raise the local government fund distribution from 1.66 percent currently to 2.25 percent will be offered on the House floor. Local Government funds represent a revenue sharing between the state and local communities that help fund essential safety services and programs.  


03.25.15 - Cleveland Lawmaker Says Six-week Abortion Ban Not The Role Of Government


COLUMBUS— The Ohio House today approved the strictest anti-abortion bill in the nation, the six week ban, largely along party lines. House Bill 69 would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as 6 weeks gestation—often before a woman knows she is pregnant. H.B. 69 makes an exception only in cases where the life of the mother is at risk and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

The bill, which was introduced and failed to garner adequate support during the last two General Assemblies, is generally recognized as unconstitutional. Democratic lawmakers say the bill would amount to a near total abortion ban and is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade which established viability, not a heartbeat, as the determining factor for whether or not abortions should be legal.

“I voted against this legislation because I support a woman’s right to make her own health care choices free from government intrusion.”- Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights)

 In 2014, federal judges overturned so-called fetal heartbeat legislation in North Dakota and Arkansas.


01.21.15 - Boyd To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy.


01.07.15 - Janine Boyd Sworn In As State Representative


“I am honored that voters have entrusted me with this responsibility,” said Rep. Boyd. “I believe my public service experience and my background in advocacy for children and working families will serve our district well. I look forward to fighting for good jobs and quality services for our neighbors and community members. We have to focus on improving the quality of life for all Ohioans.”