Representative Lisa A. Sobecki - House District 45

02.06.20 - Sobecki Votes In Favor Of Bill Containing Adjustments To EdChoice Vouchers, Says Plan "a Step In The Right Direction"


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) Wednesday voted in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 89 which contains adjustments to the EdChoice Voucher program. She issued the following statement:


01.22.20 - Sobecki Statement In Support Of Women's Right To Choose On 47th Anniversary Of Supreme Court Roe V. Wade Decision


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) released a statement today expressing support of a woman’s right to choose on the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade Decision.

“For 47 years, it has been established by our country’s highest court that every woman, regardless of who they are, rich or poor, have the right to choose to do what they feel is best for themselves, whether it be to give birth to a child, have an abortion, or put a child up for adoption,” said state Rep. Sobecki. “There is a movement to restrict a woman’s access to abortion. I want to repeat something I’ve said over and over. Restricting access to safe abortions will not stop abortions. Instead, it puts women at greater health risks. Abortions are a normal medical procedure and the decision a woman makes should be between her and her doctor, not an over-zealous government.”


12.17.19 - Fedor, Sobecki: "State School Report Card Study Committee Didn't Do Its Job"


Today, state Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued the following statements after the release of the State Report Card Study Committee’s Final Report:

“I am deeply frustrated with the State School Report Card Study Committee’s final report because it failed to meet statutory requirements,” said State Rep. Sobecki. “The report did not offer any concrete recommendations for improvements to the State School Report Card. The process was a disservice to Ohio taxpayers. The Republicans in charge seemed more interested in checking a box than producing a meaningful report. The committee abdicated its responsibilities and we owe it to our youngest Ohioans to do better.”


10.30.19 - Sobecki, 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. 


10.18.19 - Rep. Lisa Sobecki Announces Appointment To The State Report Card Study Committee


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) announced her appointment to the State Report Card Study Committee.

“I am pleased to be the only Democratic member of the Ohio House appointed to this committee,” said Rep. Sobecki. “Being appointed to the committee, I look forward to ensuring that the new state report cards are actually reflective of the hard work and dedication by our school districts across Ohio.”


10.17.19 - Democratic 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.


10.08.19 - Sobecki Statement On Gov. DeWine Gun Safety Proposal


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s STRONG Ohio Plan:


10.03.19 - Reps. Sobecki, Lepore-Hagan Introduce Legislation Protecting Victims Of Domestic Violence


State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 351, legislation allowing tenants to terminate their rental agreement if they are a victim of domestic violence or rape.


09.19.19 - Sobecki Supports UAW Workers On Strike, Calls On GM To Continue To Negotiate In Good Faith


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued a statement today supporting UAW workers on strike from GM. 


09.13.19 - Rep. Sobecki And Rep. Robinson File Bill To Reinstate The Joint Education Oversight Committee


State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon) filed a bill today to reinstate the Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC), a state legislative committee comprised of members from both parties in the State House and State Senate which provided non-partisan, fact based and in-depth analysis of K-12 education in Ohio at a great value to taxpayers.


09.12.19 - Sobecki Statement On The Release Of State Report Cards For Toledo Public Schools And Washington Local


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a statement on the release of the State Report Cards for the Toledo Public School (T.P.S.) and Washington Local School districts.


08.06.19 - Rep. Lisa Sobecki Issues PSA In Support Of Toledo Jeep Fest


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a Public Service Announcement in support of the 2019 Toledo Jeep Fest, which will take place Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11.


08.05.19 - Sobecki Demands Legislative Action In Response To Dayton Tragedy


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) released a statement today in response to the Dayton, Ohio mass shooting, which occurred early Sunday morning, August 4.


07.26.19 - Sobecki Announces Tax Holiday Weekend For Back-to-school Supplies


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) announced the upcoming sales tax holiday weekend for back-to-school supplies will take place Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. 

“The tax holiday weekend for back-to-school supplies is a great benefit for parents, families, students and teachers,” said Rep. Sobecki. “This is an excellent opportunity to relieve some of the financial burden from back-to-school shopping, while helping our communities focus on their families in an effort to keep Ohio’s promise of a better life and brighter future for everyone.”


07.23.19 - Sobecki Statement On HB 6 Concurrence Vote


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued a statement regarding the concurrence vote for House Bill (HB) 6, a bill to subsidize Ohio’s nuclear power plants and other high-production energy plants that service the Buckeye State.


07.17.19 - Sobecki Votes No On Budget, Saying It "fails Student Across Ohio."


Ohio state Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) voted no on the conference report for the Operating Budget (H.B. 166) today because of several components which hurts education, students, and taxpayers. She released the following statement:

“Despite increasing funding for wrap –around services and foster care, the final version of the Operating Budget voted on today contains several aspects which fail students and our children. First, instead of fully addressing the Academic Distress Commissions which were rushed into existence by the controversial H.B. 70, the house voted to kick the can down the road.


07.08.19 - Sobecki, 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.


07.01.19 - Rep. Sobecki Statement On Budget Deadline Failure


Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a statement following last night’s vote to temporarily avoid a government shutdown as Republican legislative leaders could not come to a compromise on state budget provisions.


06.29.19 - Sobecki Statement On The 50th Anniversary Of The Stonewall Riots


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) released the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.


06.13.19 - Sobecki Votes To Address Drug Overdoses, Children's Behavioral Health Issues


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today joined her colleagues in the Ohio House in voting to pass House Bill (HB) 10, creating the Office of Drug Policy to help coordinate statewide and local efforts to combat drug addiction and overdose issues; and House Bill (HB) 12 creating the Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Network, which will create a new approach to addressing children’s mental and behavioral health issues.


06.11.19 - Rep. Sobecki Announces State Support For Projects In Lucas County


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced the release of approved state funding for the University of Toledo’s athletic department and the multiple Lucas County developmental centers.

“I’m pleased the state is investing in the University of Toledo and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities,” said Sobecki. “These important projects will help the university attract new talent, along with strengthening our commitment to helping adults with developmental disabilities become self-sustaining.”


06.06.19 - Rep. Sobecki Congratulates Toledo Walleye On Second Place Kelly Cup Finish


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today offered congratulations to the Toledo Walleye hockey team on their season despite their loss to the Newfoundland Growlers in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup:


06.06.19 - Sobecki: Democratic Priorities Help Shape Workers Comp Budget


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 80, the two-year state Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) budget, which contained a number of Democratic priorities, including benefits for first responders with PTSD and reforms to the state’s employee misclassification laws.


05.22.19 - Sobecki, 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.


05.21.19 - Sobecki: Ohio Effort To Make All Rape And Assault Illegal Undercut By Weak GOP Proposal


State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today criticized a new Republican bill that fails to outlaw all instances of rape and assault in Ohio, regardless of when they occurred. 


05.09.19 - Sobecki Statement On The House Passing The Operating Budget


Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today joined her fellow Democratic colleagues to pass the state operating budget, which incorporated investments in public education and some social programs. 


05.08.19 - Sobecki Statement On GM's New Investment In Ohio


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced General Motors will be investing $700 million and creating 450 new jobs in Ohio at multiple facilities including the Toledo Transmission Plant.


05.06.19 - Sobecki Statement Regarding Mercy St. Vincent Nurses' Strike


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued the following statement Monday after nearly 2,000 nurses and additional support technicians employed by Mercy Health’s St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo went on strike:


05.06.19 - Sobecki Commends Teachers' Hard Work In Recognition Of Teacher Appreciation Week


As Teacher Appreciation Week begins, State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) expressed her gratitude and appreciation for teachers across Ohio:


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


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) 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 - Sobecki Votes To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) joined her fellow legislators today to vote in favor of HB 154, which will dissolve Academic Distress Commissions and prevent public school districts like Toledo’s from being taken over by a state-appointed CEO.  


05.01.19 - Sobecki, 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.


04.25.19 - Sobecki Appointed To Ohio Facilities Construction Commission


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced her appointment to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) as a non-voting member.


04.10.19 - Sobecki Statement Regarding House's Passage Of Near-total Abortion Ban


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) released the following statement regarding the Ohio House’s passage of 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:


03.14.19 - Sobecki, House Dems Unveil Ohio Promise To Taxpayers


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today joined Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures.


03.08.19 - Sobecki Statement Regarding The Shutdown Of The GM Lordstown Plant


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a statement regarding closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM Plant. 


03.07.19 - Sobecki Statement On House's Passage Of Transportation Budget


Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today joined fellow Democrats to vote in favor of Sub H.B. 62, a bipartisan amended transportation budget bill providing for an increase of local and public transit funding.


03.05.19 - Sobecki, Toledo Lawmakers Call For Lake Erie Funding


Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and state Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) welcomed remarks from Governor Mike DeWine signaling a renewed focus on addressing algae blooms and the health of Lake Erie.


03.05.19 - Rep. Sobecki Responds To State Of The State Address With Cautious Optimism


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today reacted to Governor Mike DeWine’s State of the State address and welcomed her guests from the 45th House District for the address, Andre and Tricia Baker.


02.21.19 - Sobecki Statement Opposing GOP Anti-worker Attack On Prevailing Wage


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today released a statement urging state lawmakers to reject House Bill (HB) 78, a Republican-sponsored, anti-worker bill that would reduce pay for Ohio workers by eliminating the state’s prevailing wage requirements.


01.16.19 - Federal Shutdown Hurting Ohio Children And Families, Says Sobecki


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today warned that thousands of Lucas County families could lose access to essential food assistance programs in the coming weeks due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.


01.09.19 - Sobecki To Meet With All 98 House Members In 100 Days


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced her plan to meet with every single member of the 133rd Ohio House of Representatives within the first 100 days of the session.


01.07.19 - Lisa Sobecki Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 45


State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) 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.