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 :

Economic Development, Commerce, and LaborHealthTransportation and Public Safety
 
 
 
 
Rep. Lepore-Hagan speaks against the 6-week abortion ban

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.”

 
 

09.19.17 - Wage And Benefit-killing Bill Picks Up Steam In GOP-controlled Ohio House

 

The Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives held a second committee hearing on legislation that critics say would reduce wages and benefits for non-union and union workers in construction and building trade careers.

The legislation, House bill 163, would effectively limit wages and benefits for workers by kicking communities off the state’s prevailing wage structure before allowing them to reapply. Under current law, local communities and state universities undertaking public construction projects hire contractors who pay employees an industry-recognized standard wage, or prevailing wage, that is in line with their profession.

“Prevailing wages helped build the American middle class while delivering safe buildings to taxpayers on time and under budget,” said the state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), the lead Democrat on the House Commerce and Labor Committee. “It would be a mistake to take us back to a time when poverty wages and dangerous buildings were considered the standard.” 

The Ohio Department of Commerce works with the U.S. Department of Labor to calculate prevailing wages and benefits to protect workers with careers as plumbers, painters, roofers, electricians, masons, elevator technicians, metal fabricators, and bricklayers.

 “Without fair wages, we’re looking at contractors who want to cut corners to increase company profits by hiring out-of-state and foreign workers with little experience for next to nothing,” added Lepore-Hagan. “It’s hypocritical for Republicans to encourage children to learn a trade or go to career-tech while they roll back wages and benefits that let those same workers buy a car, own their home and have a family. People are tired of politicians who say one thing and do another.”

Ohio’s “prevailing wage” laws have encouraged career paths for skilled workers and artisans in the building and construction industry since the early 1930’s.

 
 

07.24.17 - Lepore-Hagan Urges Ohio To Commit To Paris Climate Agreement

 

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and David Leland (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation urging fellow Ohio House members to affirm the state’s commitment to the international Paris Agreement. The lawmakers’ action follows recent news out of Washington that the United States will withdraw from the historic climate change pact, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating. 

“Instead of taking the global back seat on charting a sustainable and secure energy future, Ohio and our nation should be a driving force for the good-paying jobs and economic growth that come with advanced energy development and manufacturing,” said Lepore-Hagan. “We can’t afford to let other nations lead while we fall behind and miss out on the good jobs, growth and national security that come from common sense renewable energy policy.”

 
 
 
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