Representative Juanita O. Brent - House District 12
 

06.25.20 - Rep. Brent Issues Statement On 18th Birthday Of Tamir Rice

 

CLEVELAND — Today, State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) honors what would have been Cleveland native Tamir Rice’s 18th birthday. This year marks the sixth anniversary of his death at the hands of law enforcement officers as he played with a toy. As a victim of police violence, Tamir has become a symbol of injustice and the need for police reform.

 
 

06.18.20 - Rep. Brent Introduces Resolution To Declare Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

 

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today introduced a concurrent resolution urging Congress to designate June 19th a paid federal holiday. This date is to be known as Juneteenth Independence day in recognition of June 19, 1865 when news of the end of slavery reached the southwestern states two months after the end of the American Civil War.  

 
 

06.16.20 - Rep. Brent's House Bill 285 Signed Into Law

 

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill (HB) 285, a bill she introduced that establishes permanence of the Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction and Amnesty Program. This legislation not only expands the number of people who qualify for a waiver of reinstatement fees, but automatically enrolls eligible individuals in the program.

 
 

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

 

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. 

 
 

06.12.20 - House Democrats: "House Republicans Vote To Protect The Confederate Flag"

 

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 - Rep. Juanita Brent Offers Amendment To Ban Confederate Memorabilia At County, Local Fairs

 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) offered an amendment to prohibit the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at local and county fairs. Brent offered the amendment to House Bill 665 during today’s House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee meeting. Republicans rejected the measure.

 
 

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

 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland ) 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.

 
 

06.01.20 - Rep. Brent Signs Onto Resolution To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis

 

COLUMBUS— Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) signed onto a resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.

 
 

05.29.20 - Rep. Brent's License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction Bill Moves To Governor's Desk

 

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 285, her legislation to establish the permanent Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction and Amnesty Program. The program will determine if a person qualifies for a reduction in pending reinstatement fees or if a person is eligible for a complete fees waiver. HB 285 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

 
 

05.28.20 - Rep. Brent Testifies On Elder Abuse Prevention Bill

 

COLUMBUS- Yesterday, State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) provided sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 461, also known as “Esther’s Law,” that would permit a long-term care facility resident or the resident’s sponsor to authorize the installation and use of an electronic monitoring device in the resident’s room under certain conditions. HB 461 would also prohibit discrimination or retaliation against a resident who authorizes electronic monitoring.

 
 

05.21.20 - Rep. Brent To Introduce Kinship Care Bill Of Rights

 

COLUMBUS— In honor of May being National Foster Care Awareness Month, State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that she will be introducing legislation to create the Kinship Care Bill of Rights. Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives, or in some cases, close family friends.

 
 

05.15.20 - Rep. Brent Introduces Cannabis Bill Package

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that she will be introducing a cannabis bill package.

 
 

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

 

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

 
 

05.05.20 - Rep. Brent Recognizes World Hand Hygiene Day

 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) todayrecognized May 5 as World Hand Hygiene Day. Every year on May 5, World Hand Hygiene Day brings awareness to the importance of adhering to proper hand hygiene practices.

 
 

04.28.20 - Rep. Brent Calls For Gov. DeWine To Address School District Concerns

 

COLUMBUS— In a formal letter sent to Gov. Mike DeWine yesterday, State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) outlined the major concerns facing her school districts as the governor begins his plan to reopen Ohio.

 
 

04.27.20 - Rep. Brent Introduces Hand Hygiene Education Bill

 

COLUMBUS— Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today introduced legislation that would provide educational materials regarding proper hand hygiene to hospital patients and long-term care residents of healthcare facilities.

 
 

04.08.20 - Rep. Brent Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.

 
 

03.30.20 - Rep. Juanita Brent Decries Racist Attacks, Says Coronavirus An Opportunity To Come Together

 

Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in support of Northeast Ohio’s Chinese, Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities amid increased racist incidents as COVID-19 continues its spread across the country. Brent noted that the Cleveland area is home to the state’s largest Chinese, Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. 

 
 

03.25.20 - Rep. Brent, 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. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) 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 - Rep. Brent, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

03.23.20 - Rep. Brent Moves Remaining In-district Office Hours To Facebook And Instagram Live

 

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the cancellation of her remaining in-person in-district office hours. Instead, the office hours will take place via Facebook and Instagram Live. It will allow constituents to ask their questions online in real time as opposed to meeting in-person.

 
 

03.13.20 - Rep. Juanita Brent Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland ) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Brent’s call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.

 
 

03.05.20 - Rep. Brent Announces Honorary Road Naming Bill Signed Into Law

 

 COLUMBUS— State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 276, legislation naming a portion of I-271 in Cuyahoga County after the late Orange Village Councilman Ronald H. Barron was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine.

 
 

03.03.20 - Reps. Juanita Brent, Paula Hicks-Hudson Introduce Bill To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair In Ohio Schools

 

COLUMBUS—State Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today introduced legislation, known as the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act,” which would ban discriminatory policies in Ohio schools that penalize students, especially students of color, for wearing natural hairstyles that embrace their cultural identities.

 
 

02.24.20 - OTCA Approves Checkpoint Surgical Inc. And Market Track LLC Tax Credit Projects

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) announced today that the Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved Job Creation Tax Credits for expansion projects with Checkpoint Surgical and Market Track LLC (Numerator). The projects will take place in Highland Hills, which is located in Ohio House District 12.

 
 

01.10.20 - State Rep. Brent To Speak At Imagination Library Press Conference

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) will be joining First Lady Fran DeWine in Warrensville Heights to provide remarks on the launch of the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.

 
 

12.17.19 - Rep. Brent And Sen. Antonio Introduce Bill To Allow Private Cameras In Nursing Homes

 

This week, state Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) and state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) introduced companion legislation to allow residents of facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities to set up a video recording device in their room. The resident’s family could also provide consent if the resident is not capable of doing so. The goal is to mitigate elder abuse in Ohio.

 
 

11.15.19 - Rep. Brent Statement On Latest GOP Extreme Abortion Ban

 
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State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement on the latest extreme total abortion ban introduced by House Republican lawmakers this week. 

 
 

11.04.19 - Rep. Brent Announces More Than $1.6 Million In Funds To Address Homelessness In Northeast Ohio

 

State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced two projects to address homelessness in Cuyahoga County. Some $1,460,000 in state funds will go toward rapid re-housing assistance for men, women and families, while another $200,000 will go to help fund the YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s Norma Herr Women’s Shelter. 

 
 

10.29.19 - Rep. Brent Announces $15 Million For Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement announcing $15 million in funding for Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in Cuyahoga County, which was passed with Democratic backing in the state’s transportation budget earlier this year.

 
 

10.22.19 - State Rep. Brent Statement On Opioid Settlement Benefiting Summit, Cuyahoga Counties

 

State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) responded today to the announcement that Summit and Cuyahoga Counties this week agreed to a $215 million settlement as part of the ongoing negotiations with major drug companies accused of creating and encouraging the opioid crisis in Ohio.

 
 

10.11.19 - Income Tax Deduction For Teacher Expenses Passes The Ohio House Of Representatives

 

State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that Senate Bill 26, legislation that will authorize a state income tax deduction for teacher out-of-pocket expenses for professional development and classroom supplies, has passed the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously. Senate Bill 26 will also exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax.

 
 

09.24.19 - Rep. Brent Announces Live Stream Capabilities In All House Committees

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the installation of cameras in four additional House hearing rooms, signaling the completion of a major project to offer live coverage of all House committee meetings for the first time, fulfilling a long-time Democratic priority of a more open and transparent committee process.

“If you follow me on my social media accounts, you know that I do my very best to remain active and let Ohioans know how I spend my time on a day to day basis,” said Rep. Brent. “Now, not only can Ohioans see what I am doing personally but they can also see what all of us State Representatives do in the committee process. That way, taxpayers can visibly see their tax dollars at work and it creates a more transparent environment for everyone because ultimately, we work for you.”

 
 

09.24.19 - Rep. Brent Announces State Funds To Support Welding Program At Correctional Facility

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $141,061.13 in state funding to contract with IAP Government Services Group for the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility Welding Vocational Program project.

 
 

09.09.19 - Rep. Brent Announces State Funds To Support Newly-created Hemp Program

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $3,295,035 in state funding from the Emergency Purposes Fund to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to support the state’s newly-created Hemp Program.

 
 

08.23.19 - Rep. Juanita Brent Holds Ohio Promise Town Hall

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) held a community town hall Thursday as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.

 
 

08.20.19 - Rep. Brent Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced a town hall meeting on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Orange Village Hall to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Cleveland.

 
 

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

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) 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:

 
 

07.30.19 - Brent Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

 

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

“The back-to-school sales tax holiday will be a tremendous help for families and teachers alike when shopping for school supplies,” said Rep. Brent. “Ohioans work hard every day to provide for their families so we, as state legislators, must work hard for them to keep our Ohio Promise of living a better life right here at home.”

 
 

07.18.19 - Dem Lawmakers Praise Governor's Veto Of Budget Provision That Would Have Limited Money For Local School Districts

 

State Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon) today issued a joint statement applauding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a provision within the state budget, House Bill 166, that would have limited the ability of certain school districts to raise operating funds through local property taxes. 

 
 

07.12.19 - Rep. Brent Announces School Construction Project For Warrensville Heights

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced $12 million in state funding for improvements to Warrensville Heights City School District facilities. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, which oversees capital projects for Ohio’s public schools, authorized the spending.

 
 

07.03.19 - Brent, 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.

 
 

06.20.19 - Rep. Brent Announces House Passage Of Honorary Road Naming Bill

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 276, legislation naming a stretch of Interstate 271 in Cuyahoga County after Ronald H. Barron.

 
 

06.19.19 - OLBC Outlines Build Up Black Families Legislative Package Commemorating Juneteenth Anniversary

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) members today held a press conference outlining their Build Up Black Families legislative package in honor of Juneteenth, which marks the anniversary of the first announcement of the abolition of slavery in America.

“As we’ve been working to restore the Ohio promise of a better life and brighter future for everyone, we say that family comes first and we mean that,” said Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland). “Our members have been working together, drafting common sense legislation to deliver results for a real shot at the American Dream for black families in Ohio.”

 
 

06.14.19 - Rep. Brent Appointed To Governor's 2020 Census Complete Count Commission

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced her appointment to serve on Ohio’s 2020 census Complete Count Commission, which will consist of up to 51 individuals appointed by the governor.

 
 

06.13.19 - Brent: Highway To Be Named After Councilman Ronald H. Barron

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) announced this week that a stretch of Interstate 271 in Cuyahoga County will be named the “Ronald H. Barron Memorial Highway,” after former Orange City Councilman Ronald H. Barron, following the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 234 in the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee.

 
 

06.12.19 - Rep. Brent Announces State Support For Psychiatric Care At Warrensville Developmental Center

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $70,720 in state funding for University Hospital Medical Group, Inc. to continue to provide psychiatric services to residents of the Warrensville Developmental Center (WDC).

“It is essential that residents of House District 12 receive the care they need, with the facilities and doctors they trust like at the Warrensville Developmental Center,” said Rep. Brent. “I’m pleased to see the state making the health of our constituents a top priority with this release of funding.”

 
 

06.12.19 - Rep. Brent Announces Over $1.6M State Support For Local Tech Start-ups

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $1,650,000 in state funding to create the North Coast Angel Fund III, LLC (NCAF) in Mayfield Heights to support innovative early-stage technology companies in Northeast Ohio.

“This is going to be a tremendous opportunity for local tech entrepreneurs to get off of the ground with strong support from the state,” said Rep. Brent. “These funds will give residents of our Cleveland community a real shot at the American Dream, pursuing their own business venture.”

 
 

05.22.19 - Brent, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe

 

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.

 
 

05.09.19 - Brent: Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House

 

House Democratic lawmakers today 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 - Rep. Brent To Hold Press Conference To Discuss Commonsense Gun Safety Measures

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) will be joined by Mayor of Pepper Pike Richard Bain and Mary Anne Crampton, a representative from the gun violence advocacy group Moms Demand Action, on Monday, May 13 at 2:30p.m. at the Harvard Community Service Center in Cleveland to oppose House Bill (HB) 178, partisan legislation to loosen Ohio gun safety laws, which could put Ohio families and law enforcement officials at risk. 

 
 

05.02.19 - Brent: Eighth Annual Women's Lobby Day Seeks To Empower Women By Engaging Advocates From Across The State

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today joined the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) in hosting the eight annual Women’s Lobby Day, a legislative advocacy day at the Statehouse pushing for women’s social and economic equality featuring a panel of women lawmakers.

 
 

05.01.19 - Brent, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control

 

House Democrats today 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.

 
 

04.30.19 - Rep. Brent Introduces Bill To Commemorate Former Councilman

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today introduced a bill that would rename a stretch of Interstate 271 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio the “Ronald H. Barron Memorial Highway.”

 
 

04.10.19 - Brent: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty

 

House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.

 
 

03.06.19 - Rep. Juanita Brent Says Real State Of The State Shows Too Many Ohioans Still Stuck

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today responded to Gov. DeWine’s first State of the State Address. House Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to working with the governor to deliver real results, but noted that the state has more to do to turn around years of below average quality-of-life standards that have kept too many people from getting ahead.

 
 

01.24.19 - Juanita Brent Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 12

 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning her first term as state lawmaker.