Rep. Stephanie Howse (left) with former Rep. Annie L. Key (middle) and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (right)
Rep. Stephanie Howse (left) with former Rep. Annie L. Key (middle) and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (right)
 Rep. Lepore-Hagan presenting Jim Tressel with a House Resolution congratulating him for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame
Rep. Lepore-Hagan presenting Jim Tressel with a House Resolution congratulating him for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame
 
 

Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan is a wife, a mother and a working woman who cares deeply about her community, region, and state. Her grandparents were Italian and Irish immigrants that came to America in search of a better life. They worked tirelessly to build a better future for her parents. 

 
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Representative Lepore-Hagan Serves In the Following Committees :

Transportation and Public SafetyEconomic Development, Commerce, and LaborHealth
 
 
 
 
Rep. Lepore-Hagan speaks against the 6-week abortion ban

12.14.17 - Railroad Safety Bill Clears Last Stop Before House Vote

 

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that House Bill (HB) 190, bipartisan legislation to require drivers to stop for on-track equipment at railroad crossings, passed out of Transportation and Public Safety Committee. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), passed out of committee by a 14-0 vote.

“On-track equipment used to repair or clean the railroads are often as big as trains themselves,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Requiring people to stop at rail crossings to look out for this equipment will help prevent serious collisions that are similar to car-train accidents, better ensuring safety on the roads. I am glad and proud today that my colleagues supported this common-sense legislation.”

 
 

12.13.17 - Bills Honoring Valley Icons, Female Veterans Pass Ohio House

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that a flurry of bills they sponsored to create memorial highways for Mahoning Valley icons and a bridge in honor of women veterans unanimously passed the Ohio House. House Bill (HB) 376 would create a memorial highway along U.S. Route 422 for Harry Meshel, HB 375 designates part of State Route 680 outside of Youngstown State University as “Frank Watson Memorial Highway” and HB 387 named the Austintown bridge on Mahoning Avenue and State Route 11 the “Women Veterans Bridge.” 

 
 

10.11.17 - Rep. Lepore-Hagan Supports Bill To Pave The Way For Legal Fireworks

 

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today voted in favor of House Bill 226, a bill to legalize the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Ohio starting in 2020. The bill also establishes a legislative study committee tasked with making recommendations on storage, licensing and manufacturing facilities by the end of 2019, in time for the legalization to take effect.

 
 

10.04.17 - Lepore-Hagan Proposes "Fair Lending Through Land Contracts" Bill Targeting Unfair Lending Practices By Out-of-state Investment Firms

 

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today introduced House Bill 368, The Fair Lending through Land Contracts Act, which will establish new protections for Ohioans who are buying homes through “lease to own” or “rent to own” agreements. Along with protecting consumers, the legislation will strengthen communities throughout the state by requiring sellers to correct code violations and pay outstanding fines before they can enter into a land installment contract (LIC) with a prospective buyer.

“When done right, these contracts provide a path to home ownership for people who do not qualify for a traditional mortgage loan,” said Lepore-Hagan. “It is unfortunate that a growing number of unscrupulous firms are now using the agreements to trap trusting buyers in predatory loans.”

Rep. Lepore-Hagan drafted the legislation in response to concerns about abuses in the LIC market raised by consumers, traditional lenders, advocacy organizations, local government officials and the news media.

“Companies swooped into Ohio and other states devastated by the collapse of the housing market, bought homes for pennies on the dollar, inflated the value of the homes, then enticed borrowers to enter into high-interest, long-term loans they have little, if any, chance or repaying,” Lepore-Hagan said.

The problem has become so severe that the City of Cincinnati recently filed suit against Harbour Portfolio Advisors, the nation’s largest seller of foreclosed properties, alleging that the firm is a ‘predatory actor’ that targets unsuspecting and vulnerable borrowers.

“My bill will stop the type of exploitation and manipulation that is wrecking families and destroying neighborhoods while preserving the opportunity for homeownership,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan added. “The Fair Lending through Land Contracts Act will benefit consumers, enhance communities, strengthen Ohio’s real estate market, create business for trustworthy lenders, landlords, and realtors, and drive bad actors out of our state.”

 
 
 
Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan
District 58
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-9435
Fax      (614) 719-3960
Email Representative Lepore-Hagan
 
Hometown : Youngstown
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term