Representative Jeffrey A. Crossman - House District 15

08.03.20 - Reps. Crossman And Brent Introduce Bill To Designate Feb. 21 As "John Lewis Voter Registration Day"


COLUMBUS—In honor of the late civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, State Representatives Jeffrey A. Crossman (D- Parma) and Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) introduced legislation on Thursday, July 30, the day that Lewis was laid to rest, to designate Feb. 21 as “John Lewis Voter Registration Day.” The day, picked because it is Lewis’ birthday, would promote voter registration throughout Ohio and remember all the important work Lewis did to expand voting rights for all Americans.


07.23.20 - Reps. Crossman, Russo, Introduce General Assembly Employee Unionizing Bill


COLUMBUS — State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today announced the introduction of a bill that would strike provisions in the Ohio Revised Code prohibiting collective bargaining for currently exempted General Assembly employees, including legislative staff.



07.15.20 - Reps. Crossman And Sobecki Reiterate Their Call For DeWine And ODE To Seek Federal Waiver For School Assessments


COLUMBUS – State Reps. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today reiterated their call for Ohio Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria to seek a federal waiver to cancel state assessments for the 2020-21 school year.


07.14.20 - House Democrats Announce Plans For A Bill Allowing Legislative Staff To Unionize Following Positive COVID-19 Case In The Ohio House


COLUMBUS— State Representatives Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) announced plans on Tuesday to introduce a bill that would strike the provision in Ohio Revised Code that prohibits collective bargaining for currently exempted state employees, including legislative staff.  A co-sponsor request was sent to the entire House of Representatives on Monday. The deadline to sign on as a co-sponsor is Monday, July 20.


06.26.20 - Rep. Crossman And Holmes Introduce Drone Privacy Protections Act


State Representative Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport) today introduced legislation that would allow prosecution of persons using unmanned drones to violate a person’s privacy. 


06.12.20 - Rep. Crossman: House Republicans Vote To Protect The Confederate Flag


COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs. The U.S. MarinesU.S. Navy and NASCAR recently announced similar bans on Confederate memorabilia. Republicans rejected the amendments largely along party lines, voting instead to protect the sale of the Confederate flag. 


06.11.20 - Representatives Crossman, Holmes And Butler Announce Comprehensive Ohio Drug Addiction Solution


COLUMBUS – State Representatives Crossman (D-Parma), Holmes (R-Nashport) and Butler (R-Oakwood) unveiled legislation yesterday that addresses Ohio’s opioid crisis.


06.10.20 - Reps. Rogers, Crossman Give Testimony On Legislation To Allow Business Interruption Insurance To Cover Certain Pandemic-related Losses


COLUMBUS– State Representatives John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) yesterday gave sponsor testimony before the Ohio House Insurance Committee on House Bill (HB) 589, to create the Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Act. This legislation would require certain business interruption insurance coverage policies to cover losses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


06.04.20 - Rep. Crossman: GOP Election Bill Sets Stage For Confusion And Chaos In November


COLUMBUS— Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) issued a statement today as Republican lawmakers voted to fast-track legislationthat does little to prepare the state’s Boards of Elections to safely conduct a presidential election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


06.04.20 - Rep. Crossman Applauds Passage Of Bill To Send $350 Million In Federal Funds To Local Communities To Fight Coronavirus


COLUMBUS—Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities. If the Governor signs the bill in its current form, the city of Parma would receive approximately $2.3 million in pandemic related funding. 


06.01.20 - Reps. Sobecki And Crossman Introduce Bill To Waive State Testing For Upcoming Academic Year


COLUMBUS- State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today introduced House Bill (HB) 686 to waive end-of-year state testing for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the uncertainty for the upcoming school year, the bill requires the Ohio Department of Education to seek a federal waiver for testing requirements and hold districts harmless regarding the State Report Card.


05.28.20 - Rep. Crossman Opposes Passage Of HB 606


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) today voted against Sub. House Bill (HB) 606, which restricts the ability of Ohioans to seek damages for negligent exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 


05.22.20 - Reps. Crossman, Crawley, Send Letter To Governor Urging Further Action To Address COVID-19 In Overcrowded Prisons


COLUMBUS—State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine calling for further action to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio’s overcrowded jails and prisons.


05.19.20 - H.B. 595 Transcript Withholding Ban Receives First Hearing In House Higher Education Committee


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 595, her jointly sponsored legislation with Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) to require higher education institutions to release student transcripts regardless of student-owned institutional debt, received a first hearing in the Ohio House Higher Education Committee.


05.06.20 - Rep. Crossman, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic


COLUMBUS—State Representative Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  


04.14.20 - Reps. Crossman And Crawley Call For Further Action To Limit Coronavirus Spread In Overcrowded State Prisons


COLUMBUS—State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued statements following approval of early release for some 141 state prisoners serving sentences for low-level, non-violent offenses. The Democratic lawmakers called for further action to address health and safety concerns in Ohio prisons, which have already seen deaths from COVID-19.


04.08.20 - Rep. Crossman Introduces First Responders Testing Act


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) today introduced the “First Responders Testing Act”, bipartisan legislation to make temporary changes regarding peace officer and firefighter certifications during COVID-19 and to declare an emergency to make this legislation immediately effective.


04.08.20 - Reps. Crossman, Crawley Issue Statement As CIIC To Consider Early Releases During COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS—State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued the following statement after Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) will notify the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) of an overcrowding emergency and the need for early releases or sentence reductions throughout state correctional facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.


03.25.20 - Rep. Crossman, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.


03.23.20 - Reps. Crossman, Rogers Introduce Tax Related Legislative Package Creating An Economic Safety Net For Ohio's Vulnerable


COLUMBUS– State Representatives John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today introduced a number of legislative proposals aimed at assisting with the economic wellbeing of Ohioans impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and the State’s Executive orders addressing the pandemic. This package would temporarily modify the tax code, other statutes and state funding in an effort to protect Ohioans who are at risk of significant personal financial loss as this crisis moves forward.


03.22.20 - Eviction And Foreclosure Moratorium Bill Introduced By Reps. Crossman, Leland


COLUMBUS— State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) introduced a bipartisan bill Sunday morning to put a stop to evictions and foreclosures for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.


03.13.20 - Reps. Sobecki And Crossman Call For Cancellation Of State Testing Requirements For Public Schools


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today have sent letterS to Governor DeWine and State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria insisting that state mandated testing be canceled for this academic year now that schools have been closed for at least the next three weeks due to concerns about the spreading Coronavirus.


03.12.20 - Reps. Crossman, Manning Introduce Legislation On Accountability For Charter School Operators


COLUMBUS – On Wednesday, March 11, State Representatives Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) and Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) held a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation to strengthen the accountability of community charter school operators. The bill would allow the records of an operator to be subjected to a review by the Ohio Auditor.



03.10.20 - Rep. Jeff Crossman To Announce Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Bill


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Harding Press Briefing Room at the Ohio Statehouse to introduce the Community (Charter) School Operator Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation to increase accountability and ensure consistent education standards among all Ohio schools.


02.14.20 - Reps. Becker, Crossman Introduce Bill To Give Local Citizens Voice In Location Of Residential Treatment Facilities


State Reps. John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 505, bipartisan legislation to strengthen home rule and restore local communities’ ability to approve zoning for residential treatment facilities, commonly known as halfway houses.


01.10.20 - Rep. Crossman Introduces Bi-Partisan Municipal Court Jurisdiction Reform Bill


State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D- Parma) today announced the introduction ofHB 463 which will broaden the scope of a Municipal Court’s jurisdiction and enhance the ability for Ohioans to seek and obtain justice in civil courts. Crossman’s bill is joint sponsored by State Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville).


12.19.19 - Dem Lawmakers Urge House Leaders To Pass Bill To Protect Healthcare Coverage For Ohioans With Pre-existing Conditions


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D- Parma) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today called on Statehouse leaders to protect Ohioans’ healthcare by advancing the bipartisan Pre-Existing Protection Act, House Bill 390. The call comes hours after a decision in Texas v. United States raised more uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) future, including its provision to protect healthcare access for those with pre-existing conditions.  


11.01.19 - Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Pre-Existing Protection Act As Open Enrollment Begins


Today, State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) & State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna), along with several Republican cosponsors, filed their bill to protect patients with pre-existing conditions on the day open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins.


10.23.19 - Dem Lawmakers Announce Legislation To Protect Healthcare Coverage Of Ohioans With Pre-existing Conditions


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D- Parma) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today joined House Democrats at a Statehouse press conference to announce legislation that would incorporate into Ohio law patient protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The legislation comes as a ruling in Texas v. U.S. by the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is pending—a decision that could threaten the healthcare coverage of millions of Ohioans with pre-existing conditions if the ACA is overturned.


10.22.19 - Dem Lawmakers To Introduce Pre-existing Condition Protection Legislation


Democratic state Reps. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) will hold a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Harding Senate Press Briefing Room to introduce legislation that will incorporate protections for patients with pre-existing conditions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into Ohio law. While Representatives Crossman and Clites have been working on this legislation for several months, they are choosing to introduce this legislation during Breast Cancer Awareness month and ahead of this year’s ACA open enrollment date of November 1. This legislation is also offered amid an expected ruling any day in Texas v. U.S. which is pending in the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and threatens healthcare coverage for persons across the country, including many Ohioans.


10.17.19 - Dem Lawmakers Outline Plan To Support Ohio Workers As GM Strike Reaches A Tentative Deal


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D- Parma) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today joined lawmakers and UAW workers at a Statehouse press conference to announce legislation to extend unemployment benefits and food assistance to union workers fighting for fair wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. The call comes amid a nationwide strike by UAW employees, who reached a tentative labor agreement Wed. on the 31st day of their strike with General Motors.


10.16.19 - Dem Lawmakers To Outline Plan To Support Ohio Workers As GM Strike Reaches A Tentative Deal


Democratic state Reps. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) will hold a press conference TOMORROW, Thursday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Harding Senate Press Briefing Room to introduce legislation to extend unemployment benefits and food assistance to union workers fighting for fair wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. The call comes amid a nationwide strike by UAW employees as they reach a tentative agreement today on the 31st day of the strike with General Motors.


08.15.19 - Rep. Crossman Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today announced a town hall meeting on MondayAugust 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Parma-Snow Branch Library to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Columbus.


08.05.19 - Rep. Crossman Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe


State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D- Parma) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:

“People are tired of phony calls for ‘thoughts and prayers.’ It’s long past time for action. I’m sickened by these senseless tragedies that continue to occur because legislators refuse to engage in dialogue about common sense solutions,” said Crossman


08.01.19 - Rep. Crossman Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday will take place starting on Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“I am pleased that the state has decided to continue to support this important cost saving measure,” said Rep. Crossman “As Ohio families prepare for the upcoming school year, this tax holiday will help them prepare without breaking the bank. We hope students, parents, and educators all have an opportunity to participate this weekend.”


07.31.19 - Reps. Crossman, Boyd & Howse Applaud UnitedHealthcare's $1.1M Grant To Cleveland-area Nonprofits


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today applauded the recently announced expansion of services to Cleveland-area nonprofits through the release of $1.1 million dollar grant provided by UnitedHealthcare, Inc. 

“We appreciate United Healthcare’s dedication to helping our nonprofits meet our residents’ healthcare needs. I am particularly pleased to see United Healthcare’s support for supplying food pantries with the resources they need to continue serving their clients. Access to healthy foods mean healthy outcomes and emergency food resources are not typically considered in the same conversation as health care providers so this is certainly welcome and appreciated.”–said Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma)


07.23.19 - Rep. Crossman: Misguided Corporate Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Energy Future


State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out First Energy Solutions’ nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.


07.17.19 - Reps. Crossman, Sweeney Send Letter Urging DeWine To Veto Several Problematic Budget Provisions


Ohio state Reps. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter* to Governor Mike DeWine asking him to veto several provisions within the state budget, House Bill 166, they say are problematic.

“Each of the items are of significant interest to our respective House Districts and, by leaving these items in the bill, these items have the potential to hurt the constituents of our Districts,” wrote the lawmakers.


07.17.19 - Rep. Crossman: Budget Compromise A Step In The Right Direction To Restore Ohio's Promise Of Better Lives, Brighter Futures


Ohio State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“I was pleased that the Republican members of the Conference committee were finally able to resolve their differences to get a budget done. Too many Ohioans were being affected by this unnecessary delay.


07.03.19 - Crossman, Cuyahoga Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


Cuyahoga County House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.


06.18.19 - Rep. Crossman, Sen. Antonio To Introduce Jail Oversight And Accountability Reform Legislation


State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and state Sen. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) unveiled a legislative proposal to increase accountability for compliance with jail standards across Ohio.

“It is apparent that there are changes that can and must be made legislatively to address systematic issues that manifested in Cuyahoga County's jail,” said Crossman. “As state legislators, we bear responsibility for helping get this right. The issues with the jail in Cuyahoga County did not develop overnight and appear to represent a failure of a larger system. However, it is important to be clear, our purpose with this proposal is not to cast blame or find fault, it is to acknowledge the existing problems and work together to make improvements that deliver on Ohio's promise to treat all of its citizens fairly and with dignity.”


06.17.19 - Rep. Crossman, Sen. Antonio To Host Press Conference Introducing Jail Oversight And Accountability Reform Legislation


State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and state Sen. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Harding Senate Press Room to address issues with the Cuyahoga County jail and unveil a legislative proposal to increase accountability for compliance with jail standards across Ohio.


06.06.19 - Antonio, Crossman Respond To Governor's Proposed Changes At Cuyahoga County Jail


State Sen. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and state Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued the following statements after the governor announced several proposed changes Thursday to address growing concerns regarding the Cuyahoga County Jail:


05.21.19 - Rep. Crossman Introduces Bill Designating May As Brain Cancer Awareness Month


State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) appeared today before the Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee to introduce House Bill (HB) 230, which would recognize May as Brain Cancer Awareness Month in Ohio. 


05.10.19 - Crossman: Dem Priorities Shape State Budget


State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) Thursday voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.


05.08.19 - Crossman Applauds GM Creation Of New Jobs In Parma


State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) today issued the following statement in response to General Motors’ announcement that it will invest $700 million to create 450 jobs at three facilities in Ohio including the Parma Stamping Plant:


05.02.19 - Crossman, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


House Democrats yesterday announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.


04.17.19 - State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman To Serve As Lead Dem On Financial Institutions Panel


State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today was appointed as Ranking Member to the House Financial Institutions committee on which he will serve to help shape and refine public policy related to banks, credit unions and other lending businesses during the 133rd General Assembly.


03.01.19 - Crossman Responds To Deal To End Parma Teacher Strike


State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement following reports that teachers at the Summit Academy Parma reached a deal with school administrators to end the ongoing teacher strike at the school.


01.07.19 - Jeff Crossman Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 15


State Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning his first term as state lawmaker.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to get the opportunity to serve our community as a state representative,” said Crossman.