Representative Nicholas Celebrezze - House District 15

07.31.18 - Celebrezze: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend


State Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers. 


07.24.18 - Crucial Consumer Protections Headed To Governor's Desk, Says Celebrezze


House Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 123, a bipartisan effort to enact consumer protections for the thousands of Ohioans who utilize short-term loans every day. Borrowers in Ohio currently pay some of the highest rates in the nation for payday loans, with estimated average interest rates at over 500 percent.


06.07.18 - FBI Investigation Pushes Divided House GOP Forward On Overdue Payday Lending Reform


After a year of evading promised reforms of an out-of-control payday lending industry, a divided House Republican Caucus pushed through House Bill (HB) 123 amid an ongoing FBI investigation into potential Republican pay-to-play tactics on their once-lauded reform legislation.


06.06.18 - Celebrezze: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker


After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.


05.23.18 - Celebrezze Responds To Continued Statehouse Dysfunction


Ohio House Democratic Assistant Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) issued the following statement in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Republican speaker:


04.11.18 - Assistant House Dem Leader Celebrezze Responds To House Speaker Rosenberger's Resignation


Assistant House Democratic Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) today issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s (R-Clarksville) Tuesday announcement that he will resign effective May 1:

“This is a deeply troubling situation that restricts the ability of this institution to focus on issues and laws that improve people’s lives. While I personally like Cliff Rosenberger, the citizens of Ohio deserve to know the truth behind these allegations as the public trust of the taxpayers should be of utmost importance.”

“The one-party rule that has dominated our state for decades has led to unchecked power that has damaged not only this institution, but our state. Ohioans deserve better and that is why I agree that Cliff should step down immediately.”

“When public officials appear to act in their own interest instead of public interest, it shakes the entire confidence of the taxpayers. It is my sincerest hope that the nature of these allegations is made public soon, so that the House can refocus on the job at hand and move our state forward.”


03.06.18 - Celebrezze: Real State Of The State Shows Ohio Losing Ground To Too Many Other States


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers this evening responded to Gov. Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Westerville, Ohio. Though the governor touted a comeback for the Buckeye State, House Democrats noted that Ohioans disproportionately face lower quality-of-life standards than the rest of the nation. 


02.23.18 - Celebrezze: Ohio House Dems Stand With Ohio Workers, Speak Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills


State Rep. Nicholas Celebrezze (D-Parma) and Democratic House members from across the state today issued statements in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State.

“These proposed so-called ‘right to work’ bills are SB 5 on steroids, doubling down on the same tired policies voters overwhelmingly rejected—policies that make working people poorer and less safe on the job.”—Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma)


08.21.17 - Husted Seeks No-bid Contract With GOP Campaign Consultant For Taxpayer-funded Ads


Controlling Board member state Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) today raised concerns over a $265,000 no-bid contract between Ohio Secretary of State John Husted and Columbus-based Pierce Communications, Inc.’s for work on Husted’s upcoming “voter education effort.” Husted’s unbid quarter of a million dollar contract comes amid growing public concern and new legal restrictions on taxpayer-funded self-promotion of politicians in Ohio, after it was discovered Treasurer Josh Mandel spent almost $2 million in tax dollars on self-promotional ads with no oversight.

“Ensuring voters have information is fundamental in maintaining a robust American democracy. That’s why it’s equally important that elected officials don’t abuse the public trust by using public service announcements as self-promotional stepping stones to higher office,” said Celebrezze. “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to worry about Columbus politicians using their money to advance personal political ambitions.”


07.06.17 - Celebrezze: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs


In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“While the majority of Ohioans are law abiding citizens and responsible gun owners, there is always the possibility that a tragic event could happen in what should be our safest locations," said Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma). "This bill puts citizens and most importantly our children in harm’s way. HB 233 essentially eliminates any penalty for permit holders who knowingly carry a deadly weapon in a secure area if they leave the premises upon request.


01.31.17 - Celebrezze To Help Shape Public Policy Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. and Assistant Democratic Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) today announced the committees on which he will serve to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly.

“On behalf of all the citizens of Ohio, I am eager to work together to get back to the business of creating opportunity and moving our state forward,” said Celebrezze. “Safety and equal opportunity for everyone are my top priorities. I will continue to listen to concerned citizens offer testimony on legislation that directly impacts them and their loved ones with an open mind and heart.”


12.08.16 - Ohio Finally Joins Majority Of States To Extend Cancer Protection To Firefighters


House Democratic lawmakers today heralded the passage of Senate Bill 27, legislation to ensure firefighters disabled by cancer as a result of their hazardous line of work are eligible for benefits from the workers’ compensation fund and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

“The first responders who keep us safe shouldn’t face medical uncertainty or financial instability after years of selfless sacrifice,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma). “That’s why this reform ensures our everyday heroes don’t have to go it alone.”

Research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that firefighters show higher rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population as a result of occupational exposure. The study also found that the chance of a lunch cancer diagnosis or death for a firefighter increases with the amount of time spent at fires, while the chance of leukemia death increases with the number of fire runs.   


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


Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk Tuesday 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.


06.28.16 - Assistant Minority Leader Celebrezze Comments On SNAP Audit Report


House Assistant Minority Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) today issued the following statement in response to the state’s audit of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) released today:

“Food security is an essential tool in the fight to prevent hunger and reduce poverty among families, veterans, and those searching for better paying jobs and struggling to regain their footing during tough economic times.

“In a state that ranks among the worst in the nation for families forced to skip meals or eat less because they can’t afford to put food on the table, SNAP helps families provide critical nutrition for their children and loved ones. 


04.06.16 - Dems Call For Investigation Into Apparent Partisan ODOT Youth Hiring Practices


House Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) and State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today asked the Inspector General to investigate alleged illegal hiring practices connected to summer youth employment opportunities with the Ohio Department of Transportation. 


02.12.16 - Five Years After SB5, Ohio Workers Still Face Attacks


Five years ago this month, Senate Bill 5 was introduced in the Ohio Senate to strip workers of their right to come together and speak with one voice to negotiate fairer wages and safer workplaces.

In the months that followed, tens of thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life traveled to Columbus to rally against the extreme measure, and that fall voters sent a clear message to politicians at the Statehouse when they soundly overturned Issue 2 at the ballot box.

Despite the overwhelming rejection of SB5/Issue 2, Ohio’s working families continue to face legislative attempts by Republicans to gut the prevailing wage law, slash workers’ unemployment compensation benefits to give employers a tax cut, and restrict workers’ right to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe workplaces.


06.26.15 - Rep. Celebrezze Issues Statement On Historic Supreme Court Ruling


On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Celebrezze issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

"Today's historic decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding marriage equality should be celebrated by all Ohioans and Americans.  As not only a legislator who has sworn to protect our nation's and state's constitution but also as an attorney I am overjoyed that the Supreme Court rendered this decision."


05.14.15 - Rep. Celebrezze Named To State Fatherhood Commission After Welcoming Newborn


State Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) announced today that he has been appointed to the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, just days after welcoming a healthy baby boy into the family. The Parma lawmaker and his wife, Doctor Niki Celebrezze, celebrated the arrival of Luka James Celebrezze on Monday evening.

“Engaged and active fathers are the foundation of strong families,” said Rep. Celebrezze. “I’m looking forward to both growing in my role as a father and also helping to strengthen other Ohio families through my work on the commission.”


12.03.14 - Under Area Lawmakers' Bill, Victims Of Crime Could See Added Benefits


State Representatives Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) and Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) recently introduced legislation to eliminate filing deadlines for supplemental claims under the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program, which assists victims of crime affected by physical injury, emotional harm or homicide.


10.20.14 - Latest Newspaper Report On Attorney General's Office Prompts Lawmakers To Strengthen Push For Investigation


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) sent a letter today to Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder asking him to consider legislation, House Bill 628, that would authorize the state’s Inspector General (IG) to investigate the Attorney General’s (AG) office for any wrongful acts or omissions following continued allegations of harassment in the office.


10.01.14 - Reps. Celebrezze, Antonio Re-introduce '08 Measure To Investigate AG's Office


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) today introduced House Bill 628 to authorize the state’s Inspector General (IG) to investigate the Attorney General’s (AG) office for any wrongful acts or omissions following allegations of sexual harassment in the office. 


08.08.14 - State Rep. Nick Celebrezze Joins In Calls For Aramark Contract Termination


Today, State Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) joined the growing calls from lawmakers for termination of the state prisons’ service contract with Aramark Food Services. Aramark has been fined $272,300 so far this year for contract violations, including failing to hire enough workers to prepare and serve meals.