Representative Kristin Boggs - House District 18
 

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.”