Representative Kristin Boggs - House District 18

02.06.20 - Franklin County House Dems Call On Secretary Of State To Break Tie


A group of Columbus-area House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose calling on him to break the tie vote at the Franklin County Board of Elections over whether to continue a longstanding public information campaign to provide accurate voting information to Franklin County residents. Republican Board of Elections members oppose providing this information to voters. The Secretary refused to break the tie despite state law requiring it. See the letter below.


01.31.20 - Reps. Boggs, Leland Testify On Bill To Allow Local Communities To Advocate For Traffic Safety Measures


COLUMBUS— State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and David Leland (D-Columbus) testified Tuesday on House Bill (HB) 384, their bill to allow local residents the ability to petition for the installation of stop signs or reduced speed limits in their neighborhoods.


10.30.19 - Boggs, Democratic Women Lawmakers Call For Action On Bills To Combat Domestic Violence


The Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus (ODWLC) today called for hearings on several anti-domestic violence bills they say will protect victims and ensure safer homes for thousands of children and families across Ohio. 


08.21.19 - Reps. Boggs, Crawley And Lightbody Held Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) yesterday held a community town hall 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.

“It was inspiring to see so many neighbors come out last night to learn about the Ohio Promise and talk about issues that matter to them,” said Rep. Boggs. “I truly appreciate their engagement because it helps me better serve our community in the Statehouse.”


07.08.19 - Boggs, Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio 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 - Reps. Boggs And Crawley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Sexual Violence Victims


Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) introduced legislation designed to protect victims of sexual violence in Ohio in a joint press conference with state Sens. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Columbus) this afternoon at the Ohio Statehouse. The proposed legislation recognizes that health care professionals who use their status of trust and power to violate people under their care and supervision must have enhanced consequences. 


06.03.19 - Boggs, Galonski Applaud Attorney General's Call To Lift Statute Of Limitations On Rape


Ohio House Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) andHouse Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued a statement following Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s announced support for ending the state’s statute of limitations on rape. Boggs and Galonski are sponsoring a proposal this legislative session to modernize Ohio’s rape code, including lifting the statute of limitations on rape. 


06.01.19 - Dem Lawmakers Issue Statement Of Support Of Ohio LGBTQ Community As Pride Month Begins


Central Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, including Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), Erica Crawley (D-Columbus), David Leland (D-Columbus), Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), Beth Liston (D-Dublin), Adam Miller (D-Columbus), and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington), today issued a statement in support of the nearly 500,000 LGBTQ taxpaying Ohioans who call the Buckeye State home. The statement follows controversial remarks from House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), regarding the permissive use of libraries for LGBTQ events.


05.29.19 - Misguided Energy Bill Threatens Ohio Jobs, Says Boggs


House Democratic lawmakers today largely voted against House Bill (HB) 6, legislation to bail out several energy corporations and all but eliminate energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Ohio.


05.23.19 - Dems Unveil Clean Energy Jobs Act As Controversial Corporate Bailout Clears Committee


House Democratic lawmakers today unveiled the Clean Energy Jobs Act, their proposal to protect existing jobs, grow new ones and invest in Ohio’s clean energy future. The announcement follows the latest changes to House Bill (HB) 6, which Republican lawmakers amended to bail out more corporations and all but eliminate energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Ohio. The bill passed out of committee Thursday.


05.15.19 - Boggs: "Stunt Committee Hearing" On Nuclear Bailout Bill Collapses


Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee today released a joint statement after Republicans running the committee banned questions from the elected officials in a failed effort to promote partisan legislation – House Bill 6 – designed to bailout one energy company in the state at expense to taxpayers.


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


State Rep. and Ohio House Democratic Assistant Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) 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.


05.02.19 - Boggs, Dem Lawmakers Propose Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan


House Democratic lawmakers today announced their Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan to protect and grow good jobs across the state, improve the health of Ohioans and avoid rate hikes on consumer utility bills.


04.24.19 - Rep. Kristin Boggs Introduces Bipartisan Second Half Of Reagan Tokes Act


State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township)  today announced the introduction of the Reagan Tokes Act, which will implement new standards to improve the monitoring of violent offenders.  This bill follows the passage of House Bill 365, also known as the Reagan Tokes Act, last year which created indefinite prison sentencing standards for violent offenders. The bill is named for Reagan Tokes, a student at The Ohio State University who was brutally kidnapped, raped and killed after leaving work at a Columbus restaurant in 2017. 


04.02.19 - Boggs, House Dem Lawmakers Introduce Ohio Equal Pay Act On Equal Pay Day


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) joined Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today during a Statehouse news conferenceintroduced the Ohio Equal Pay Act, legislation to recognize the full value and potential of Ohio’s working women. The announcement comes as advocates mark ‘Equal Pay Day’ across America, the date to which women must work to make up for the lost wages relative to their male counterparts.


03.15.19 - Boggs: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state.


12.14.18 - Senate Bill Supporting Boggs' Reagan Tokes Act Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced the House passage of part of the Reagan Tokes Act, Senate Bill  (SB) 201, which will provide indefinite sentencing for felony-one and two-level offenders. The bill is named for Reagan Tokes, a student at The Ohio State University who was brutally kidnapped, raped and killed after leaving work at a Columbus restaurant in 2017. 

“This legislation is the first step to make Ohio safer by ensuring that the most violent offenders who have demonstrated while in prison that they continue to pose a danger to society, are not automatically released back into our neighborhoods,” said Boggs.


08.21.18 - Boggs Proposes State Ban On Taxpayer-funded Hush Money


As questions surrounding the appropriate use of non-disclosure agreements arise for government employees, Ohio too has seen the use of these unique secrecy contracts by the now-defunct, taxpayer-funded online charter school ECOT, which spent over half-a-million dollars to buy former employees’ silence against making statements that would be critical of the school or it’s for-profit management companies.


The contracts also prevent former ECOT employees from bringing legal action against the online charter or its founder, Bill Lager.

State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) said the ECOT hush money, and reports that it attempted to silence a former employee-turned-whistleblower with a similar contract and cash pay-out, pushed her to draft legislation to ban the practice in Ohio.


06.20.18 - Rep. Boggs' Reagan Tokes Act Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 365, known as the Reagan Tokes Act, her bill to implement new standards to improve the monitoring of violent offenders. The bill is named for Reagan Tokes, a student at The Ohio State University who was brutally kidnapped, raped and killed after leaving work at a Columbus restaurant in 2017. 


05.14.18 - Reps. Boggs, Smith Introduce Bill To Stabilize 26 Fiscally Distressed Communities


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced legislation to support struggling communities hit hardest by Governor Kasich’s budget cuts and tax shifting policies over the past several years. Since taking office, Gov. Kasich cut the local government fund by forty-five percent. Over 70 cities have lost at least $1 million each year due to Kasich’s budgeting and tax decisions. These cuts have forced to communities to raise taxes, cut essential services, and delay needed repairs, just to keep their heads above water.

If passed, this legislation will allocate money from the Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to 26 communities on the Auditor of State Fiscal Distress List that received lower Local Government Fund (LGF) allocations than what they received in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008.


05.04.18 - State Lawmakers Look To Federal Authorities For Answers On Former House Speaker's Alleged Corruption


Ahead of an anticipated May 16 vote to elect a new speaker of the Ohio House, two lawmakers are seeking answers as to why former Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned abruptly, amid reports of potential corruption. State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today asked the special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio to provide any or as much information as possible on any current or potential investigation of Rosenberger’s unprecedented resignation.


05.02.18 - Columbus State Reps. Boggs, Miller Introduce Bill To Clean Up Urban Blight


State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Adam Miller (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation to clean up blighted properties in urban communities across Ohio. The bill comes as many communities struggle with the state’s ongoing opioid crisis, underemployment and an abundance of foreclosed and abandoned properties. The Columbus-area lawmakers say their plan would combat neighborhood blight and increase local property values.


02.23.18 - Boggs, Leland Announce Legislation Supporting Safer Neighborhoods


State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced legislation that would allow local residents to request for increased roadway safety standards. House Bill (HB) 436 would allow residents or a recognized neighborhood association to petition for a stop sign or lower speed limits on their street.

“The goal of this bill is to cut unnecessary costs and empower communities to advocate for better safety standards,” said Boggs. “We believe that Ohioans deserve a fair and clearly defined process for requesting the installation of stops signs and lowering of speed limits when the majority of residents join in support.”


01.31.18 - Boggs: 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.


11.30.17 - Rep. Boggs Announces Unanimous Passage Of Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) yesterday announced the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 98, the Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act, an effort to provide high school students with information on career and education opportunities after graduation.


07.18.17 - New Bill Would Ensure Young Pregnant Women Get Adequate Care


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced new legislation to help ensure young pregnant women in Ohio have a say in their own healthcare decisions.

“I believe that all expectant mothers should have access to healthcare and safe delivery options, regardless of their age,” said Boggs. “I hope this legislation will encourage expectant mothers to get the care they need to support their health, and their baby’s health, even if their legal guardians are unwilling to support their pregnancy.”


02.24.17 - Dems Look To Outlaw Marital Rape In Ohio


State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation to eliminate spousal exemptions for sex offenses, including rape and sexual battery. Ohio is one of just 13 states which legally treat marital rape differently from other forms of rape.

“We must modernize Ohio’s laws and eradicate unacceptable policy that allows someone to commit violence against their spouse,” said Boggs. “Women and men experiencing sexual violence at the hands of their spouses should not be denied the right to seek justice just because they happen to be married to the offender.”


02.06.17 - Columbus-area Lawmakers Propose Law Change To Protect Ohio's Drinking Water


State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) last week introduced legislation to keep Ohio’s drinking water clean and safe by preventing the destruction of natural buffer zones around drinking-water reservoirs, like the Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County.

“It is simply bad policy to give a select few people the power to alter public landscape in a way that could negatively impact everyone's water supply,” Boggs said. “This legislation will help protect Franklin County's water quality and the health of all our residents.”


12.07.16 - Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Gov. Kasich's Desk


Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk this evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion. 

“I am extremely disappointed that the Ohio General Assembly thinks it can intervene in a woman's constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. These private decisions need to remain between a woman and her doctor,” said State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)


11.28.16 - Rep. Boggs Issues Statement On Violent Attack At Ohio State University


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), whose legislative district encompasses the Ohio State University campus, today released the following statement in response to this morning’s violent attack that harmed nine individuals:

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s terrifying act of violence at the Ohio State University.

“A student’s experience at college should encompass learning and debating new ideas, and developing lifelong friendships and memories – not senseless, violent tragedy. 


06.27.16 - Rep. Boggs Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Women's Right To Comprehensive Healthcare


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution: 

“I applaud the Supreme Court's verdict finding that the restrictive measures adopted under Texas law were not medically necessary. I believe that today’s decision will send a clear message to state legislatures across the nation – including our own here in Ohio – that similar politically-motivated obstacles to prevent women from accessing abortion will be struck down.”


05.27.16 - Boggs Supports Legislation To Close Domestic Violence Loophole


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 362, bipartisan legislation to close a domestic violence loophole by making strangulation a felony offense of the third degree. Non-fatal strangulation is typically charged as a misdemeanor assault in Ohio. 

Before being sworn in as a member of the 131st General Assembly, Rep. Boggs oversaw the legal unit of Ohio Attorney General's Crime Victims Section, and expressed the need for strangulation to be a criminal offense, distinct from assault, while HB 362 was being drafted in the Ohio House. 

"We know that a victim of strangulation is seven times more likely to be killed by the offender at a later incident." Said Boggs. "It is essential for the victim's safety that the offender faces a criminal charge that reflects the seriousness of the crime." 


05.05.16 - Proposed Legislation Discourages Nonessential State Travel To North Carolina


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) this week introduced a resolution urging all state employees and officials to refrain from engaging in nonessential official state travel to North Carolina. The resolution comes in response to the passage of the controversial bathroom access law in North Carolina that critics, and now the U.S. Department of Justice, say allows discrimination against LGBT individuals. 


04.01.16 - Dem Lawmakers Push Solution To Stabilize 31 Fiscally Distressed Communities Hit Hard By Kasich's Budget Cuts


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced a new plan to assist struggling communities hit hardest by Governor Kasich’s budget cuts and tax shifting policies over the past several years. Since taking office, Gov. Kasich cut over $1.7 billion in local community funding. Over 70 cities have lost at least $1 million each year due to Kasich’s budgeting and tax decisions, and 12 small cities have lost at least $2 million each, per year.


03.22.16 - Women Lawmakers And Advocates Push For Gender Diversity Among Public Corporations


State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron), State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), and State Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) held a news conferencetoday to discuss a new resolution to urge publicly held corporations in Ohio to support gender diversity on their boards of directors. The lawmakers were joined by women’s rights advocate Julie Graber, who serves as the CEO of the Institute on Women, Managing Director of InterOrganization Network (ION), and CEO of GenderEQA.


03.21.16 - Columbus State To Complete Over $1M In Technology, Safety Renovations


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced over $1 million in state investment in two critical renovation projects on the campus of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) that will bolster connectivity and improve student and faculty safety. 


02.09.16 - Rep. Kristin Boggs Selected To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy. 


01.29.16 - Rep. Kristin Boggs Hits Ground Running With Columbus Listening Tour Starting Monday


State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced a full schedule of community office hours events the first half of February. The former assistant attorney general, sworn in as state representative this week, will travel throughout House District 18 to meet with constituents and listen to their concerns. 


01.26.16 - Kristin Boggs Sworn In As State Representative For 18th House District


The Ohio House Democratic Caucus today swore in former assistant attorney general Kristin Boggs as state representative for the 18th House District. Boggs – the daughter of former State Senate Minority Leader and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Bob Boggs – will take over the seat most recently held by former Rep. Michael Stinziano, who left at the end of 2015 to serve on Columbus City Council. 

“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of the 18th House District, it will be an honor to serve the community. There are many important issues being debated at the statehouse, and I will strive to advance policies that keep central Ohio growing in the direction that our residents expect and deserve,” Boggs said. “Columbus enjoys a world class university system, a growing economy and thriving cultural community— I will work hard to make sure that all individuals and families have opportunity, equality, and success.”