Representative Nickie J. Antonio - House District 13
 

10.25.17 - Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.

 
 

10.18.17 - Rep. Antonio Renews Call To Abolish The Death Penalty In Ohio

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today introduced legislation to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life sentence without parole.

“The death penalty is a punishment that has shown to be administered with disparities across economical and racial lines, while also failing to deter violent crime,” said Antonio. “I continue to believe that our best move for death penalty reform in Ohio is to abolish the use of capital punishment and replace it with a sentence of life without parole. I truly believe Ohioans’ taxpayer dollars would be better spent pursuing constructive, positive policies that enhance the quality of life in our local communities.”

 
 

10.17.17 - Antonio Announces State Support For New Mental Health Facility

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $500,000 in state funds to build a new multi-family apartment building for those with severe mental illness, with on-site staff assistance offering round-the-clock care. The non-profit contract agency of the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board, EDEN, Inc., agreed to provide Permanent Supportive Housing at the new building for the next 30 years.

“Collaborative work between the state and local organizations to provide essential resources for our neighbors who are struggling with serious mental health issues is incredibly crucial for our community,” said Antonio. “I am proud to have this work being done in my district, and I look forward to visiting the building once it is constructed.”

 
 

09.14.17 - Antonio Comments On Equality Ohio's Press Conference Regarding Ohio Business Competes

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today commented on Equality Ohio’s recent announcement regarding the updated number of companies within Ohio Business Competes: 

“As a legislator who has worked for years on legislation promoting fairness for all LGBTQ+ Ohioans, I see this as a step in the right direction. I hope more businesses realize that nondiscrimination policies only help attract and retain the best talent, which ultimately makes our industries more competitive nationally and internationally. I am thrilled to see our business leaders pave the way for further inclusivity in our state, and I look forward to working with all of the members of Ohio Business Competes in the future.”

 
 

08.16.17 - Rep. Antonio Responds To Horrendous Vandalism In Lakewood Neighborhood

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today responded to hate-filled vandalism found in her neighborhood: 

“There is no place for hate in Lakewood. Last night, someone vandalized a driveway on Belle Avenue by painting two swastikas on it. I made the decision not to post the photos online as I believe it gives the symbols too much attention.

 
 

08.11.17 - Rep. Antonio Comments On President Trump's Opioid Crisis Declaration

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today responded to President Donald Trump recently declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency and promising to spend significant federal dollars to combat the public health crisis:  

“I am pleased to see leaders at the federal level acknowledge what Ohio Democrats have long said: that the opioid epidemic devastating our rural areas and urban centers alike is a public health emergency that will require a strong, unified response and emergency funding in order to save lives and prevent additional tragedy.

 
 

07.31.17 - Rep. Antonio Comments On President Trump's Proposed Transgender Ban In The Military

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement last week to reinstate a ban on transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military:

“This measure by the President is incredibly disappointing to say the least. It is important to note that discrimination anywhere negatively effects democracy everywhere. His proposal is not about money, as he stated in his tweet. It is about discrimination at the very core and completely disrespectful to the brave transgender men and women fighting every day for our country. Once again, the President works to distract people from scrutinizing his actions and accountability.” 

 
 

07.26.17 - Rep. Antonio Comments On First Ohio Execution In Over Three Years

 

Ohio House Democratic Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today in response to Ohio carrying out its first execution in over three years:

“As a longtime opponent of capital punishment, I agree with former Attorney Generals Jim Petro and Lee Fisher that our state should not resume executions so long as the ‘serious, systemic problems inherent in Ohio’s capital punishment laws and practices’ remain. 

 
 

07.18.17 - New Legislation 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.

“A labor and delivery nurse actually brought this important issue to my attention,” said Antonio. “Too many young women in Ohio are not receiving the prenatal treatment they desperately need. This legislation will help ensure happy, healthy babies are brought into the world.”

 
 

07.14.17 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Common Sense Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) yesterday introduced legislation to better protect victims of domestic violence from their abuser by requiring those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served a civil protection order (CPO) to temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement.

“Separating deadly weapons from a domestic abuser weakens their power over the victim. By stopping gun violence before it starts, we can stop burying innocent people who should have been legally protected under a CPO,” said Antonio. “It’s common sense: domestic abusers should not have access to guns.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Antonio: 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.

“This bill will not keep our children and communities safe. In fact, it will trample on their right to be in safe public spaces that are deadly weapon-free,” said Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). “This legislation is reckless, placing dangerous weapons over private property rights and public safety.”

 
 

06.28.17 - Antonio: GOP Workers' Comp Budget Kicks Ladder Out From Under Ohio Firefighters

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s $581 million Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27.

“This bill neglects the most courageous Ohioans who put their lives on the line by making them jump over unnecessary, major hurdles,” said House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). “House Bill 27 will only prove to make life more difficult for hard-working men and women in our state.”

 
 

06.22.17 - Antonio: House Dems Highlight State's Grim Financial Reality, Dismal Economic Outlook Ahead Of Final Budget Negotiations

 

Before state lawmakers head into conference committee to hammer out the final details of the state biennial budget, House Democratic leaders today questioned whether the legislation adequately addresses the state’s current fiscal crisis that has left Ohio families struggling to make ends meet and communities underwater. 

“The question we have to ask is how bad does it have to get before we change course? The statewide opioid crisis is claiming so many lives every day that we literally don’t have a place to put all the bodies,” said Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “Republicans sticking their heads in the sand and denying there’s a fundamental problem won’t turn our economy around or create new, better-paying jobs. We will be back here in the fall when the state and taxpayers are faced with even bigger problems.”

 
 

05.17.17 - Antonio: GOP Packs Worker's Comp Budget With Attacks On Workers

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

“Creating more hoops for injured or ill firefighters to jump through in order to get the care they need is not the support our selfless first responders deserve,” said Antonio. “I cannot vote for a bill that takes away protective policies just given to our firefighters days ago.”

 
 

03.23.17 - Rep. Antonio Moves To Protect LGBT Ohioans From Housing, Employment Discrimination

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced she will reintroduce legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing or public accommodations. Labeled the Ohio Fairness Act, the legislation will add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the lists of classes protected from discrimination under Ohio law. 

“All Ohioans, including LGBT women and men, deserve an equal opportunity to pursue a career, enjoy safe housing and be a contributing member of society,” said Antonio. “Unfortunately, LGBT Ohioans still must live in fear of being thrown out of their homes based on their gender identity, or fired from their jobs based upon whom they love. I believe it is past time for Ohio to embrace true equality for all citizens.”

 
 

03.16.17 - Rep. Antonio Renews Call For Step Therapy Reform, Testifies On Bipartisan Bill

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) joined joint-sponsor Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) yesterday to present sponsor testimony for House Bill (HB) 72, legislation to reform Ohio’s step therapy practices, during the bill’s first hearing in Health Committee.

“If a patient knows that a particular medicine won’t work for her or him, they should not be forced through the practice of step therapy to try it before getting the drug that will actually work,” said Antonio. “What we’re calling for is freedom for a doctor and patient to quickly access and use the most effective medicine right from the beginning— not to prolong treatment or discomfort through several other fail-first practices.” 

 
 

03.08.17 - Rep. Antonio Seeks To Empower More Women On International Women's Day

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), elected as Minority Whip of the 132nd General Assembly, released the following statement in honor of International Women’s Day:

“On this observance of International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements and advancements of women across the world while still recognizing the challenges women continue to face. I am hopeful for our future because of the strong young women and girls we have raised. I believe that a brighter future is certainly female. 

 
 

03.01.17 - Antonio Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.

“I am proud to co-sponsor and cast a yes vote in support of this important measure to protect victims of domestic violence,” said Antonio. “No person should have to live in fear of their significant other, and this bill closes the legal loophole that left thousands without protection.”

 
 

02.16.17 - Rep. Antonio Speaks Out Against Pastor Protection Act In House Committee

 

Breaking with Statehouse tradition, State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) yesterday presented opponent testimony on House Bill 36 – dubbed the “Pastor Protection Act” by supporters – in the House Community and Family Advancement Committee:

“I was moved to testify because I am deeply saddened that we are having this conversation yet again, even though we know House Bill 36 is a solution in search of a problem.  

 
 

02.08.17 - Bipartisan Step Therapy Legislation To Improve Patient Access To Medicine

 

In a Statehouse press conference this morning, Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) joined the Ohio Step Therapy Coalition and Senators Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) to announce they will soon reintroduce legislation to improve patient access to vital prescription medicine. 

“Treatment should not be based on cost alone, but what works best for each individual patient,” said Antonio. “Ohioans battling disease and chronic illnesses cannot afford to wait. It is time to reform step therapy and remove barriers that keep patients from receiving the best treatments possible.”

 
 

02.03.17 - Antonio Responds To Court Ruling Against State's Local Hiring Ban

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement regarding the recent Cuyahoga County court decision ruling against the state’s ban on local hiring quotas:

“The ban on local hiring quotas goes against everything Ohioans believe about local control and home-rule. Clearly, the judge thought so, too.

“It only makes sense for a city or other local government to hire its own people for public work. It is beyond my comprehension why our Attorney General would want to waste taxpayer dollars appealing this decision, while our precious resources could be much better spent on attacking the opiate epidemic or human trafficking.”

 
 

01.31.17 - Rep. Antonio To Continue Serving As Lead Health Committee Member For House Dems

 

State Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced that she has been selected to serve on four committees in the Ohio House – including Finance, which covers the state budget.

Antonio's committee assignments include:

-Finance

-Health, highest ranking Democrat

-Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education

-Rules and Reference

 
 

01.26.17 - Antonio Cites Mounting Legal Barriers In Renewed Call To End Ohio Death Penalty

 

Ohio House Democratic Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today in response to a ruling by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Merz that declared Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process unconstitutional. Merz also indefinitely suspended three planned executions of Ohio inmates, including one scheduled in February.

“When the proposed drugs for lethal injection are found to be unconstitutional because they may cause ‘substantial risk of serious harm’, it is immoral for the state to continue to fight to use them,” said Antonio. “I believe it is long past time we abolish the death penalty in Ohio and replace it with a sentence of life without parole.”

 
 

12.27.16 - Rep. Antonio Applauds Vetoes Of Energy Standards "goals," Government Shutdown Legislation

 

House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today expressed support for vetoes of several bills, including House Bill (HB) 554, legislation to change the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019.

“HB 554 was a poorly-disguised extension of the energy standards freeze, which harms the state’s economic growth, the environment, and most importantly the health and well-being of Ohio families,” said Antonio. “Today’s veto helps put Ohio back on the path toward pursuing sensible energy policies that save consumers money, create thousands of manufacturing-based jobs, and help reduce pollution. I will continue to support and push for stronger renewable energy standards and cleaner energy options for all Ohioans.”

 
 

12.07.16 - Antonio: Legislature Sends Opioid Omnibus Legislation To Governor's Desk After Summer Of Silence

 

The Ohio House today put the final stamp of approval on opioid omnibus legislation after months of inaction during the rapidly growing opioid addiction crisis. Ohio was recently identified as the national leader in opioid and heroin overdose deaths by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data.

“If politics is getting in the way of calling this epidemic what it is – a statewide emergency, we should at least be willing to address families, first responders and treatment providers with the sense of urgency and respect that they deserve,” said House Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “As we lead the nation in heroin deaths, we cannot afford to wait one more day.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 319, passed after a trio of amendments from Democratic lawmakers to provide much-needed emergency funding and allow immediate implementation of the bill were rejected by GOP lawmakers. 

 
 

12.07.16 - Antonio: 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 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.

The unprecedented six-week abortion ban was amended into House Bill 493, legislation that strengthens Ohio’s child abuse reporting system. The last-minute amendment comes as the legislature closes out the 131st General Assembly on Thursday. 

“This vote says to the women of Ohio that legislators do not trust your ability to make personal decisions. Legislators should not practice medicine without a license. We need to respect the constitutionally protected right to privacy and honor women's decision making ability. House Democratic lawmakers call on Governor Kasich to immediately veto this extreme and unconstitutional restriction.” –House Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood)

 
 

12.05.16 - Antonio: Complex Bridge Rehab Project Moves Forward

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the release of $345,287 in state funding to complete construction contract plans for the rehabilitation of the State Route 176 southbound bridge over Interstate Route 71 southbound in Cuyahoga County. The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

 
 

11.02.16 - Rep. Antonio: Kasich Should Focus On Ohio's Heroin Emergency Before Sending Manpower To North

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio(D-Lakewood) today issued the following statement responding to Gov. John Kasich’s decision to send state highway patrol to help tamp down the growing controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline:

“If the governor wants to truly be responsive to an emergency, he need not look beyond his home state. Communities across Ohio are in desperate need of additional resources to combat the growing opioid crisis that has already claimed an historic number of Ohio lives. First responders, treatment providers and local law enforcement have been stretched perilously thin by the opioid and heroin crisis, but so far the governor has refused to free up critical additional state resources by recognizing the crisis for the statewide emergency that it is. 

 
 

10.21.16 - Rep. Antonio Honored For Efforts To Improve Public Health, Combat Statewide Opioid Crisis

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio(D-Lakewood) today received The Center for Community Solutions Award for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala for her efforts to address Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis and her work on the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee to improve the rate of spending and quality of Medicaid care.

“I am extremely honored to accept this award from The Center for Community Solutions, an organization known for their dedicated efforts to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans,” said Antonio. “I will continue to work diligently to expand treatment opportunities for those struggling with addiction, ensure local law enforcement have adequate resources, and increase prevention programs to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in Ohio.”

 
 

10.04.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. Advocates with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network today gathered to present an annual report of Ohio Domestic Fatality Data at a press conference in the state capitol.

 
 

09.28.16 - Dem Lawmakers Say State Can And Should Do More To Combat Statewide Opioid Emergency

 

Democratic lawmakers from the Ohio House and Senate held a press conference today pushing for legislative action to combat the worsening statewide opioid emergency. Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and state Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Greta Johnson (D-Akron) pushed for the legislature and the governor to finish work on Senate Bill (SB) 319, opioid and heroin omnibus legislation that the Senate passed before the summer recess but has since stalled in the House.

 
 

09.14.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Call For End To Outsized Corporate Influence On Democracy

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and state Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood) joined local advocates and elected officials today in South Euclid, Ohio to highlight pending legislation that calls for amending the U.S. Constitution and eliminate First Amendment protections for corporate personhood, abolishing the notion that money is equated to speech. The lawmakers are introducing a statewide resolution in the Ohio legislature to support the proposed federal amendment.

“Our democracy has been pushed out of balance by allowing a very small group of extremely wealthy individuals to essentially take control of our political system to speak for the general public,” said Antonio. “Our country was founded on a government created of the people, by the people, for the people. It’s time to make the people’s voice just as strong and forceful as private corporations in the election process.”

 
 

09.09.16 - Rep. Antonio Reacts To Denial Of Ohio's Medicaid Waiver Application

 

Ohio House Health and Aging Ranking Member and State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) denial of the state’s request to charge premiums for Ohio’s Medicaid Program, regardless of age. The federal decision cited concerns that such charges undermine access to coverage and the affordability of care, and do not support the objectives of the Medicaid program.

“On behalf of the thousands of low-income parents, foster care youth and beneficiaries with breast and cervical cancer, I am pleased to hear of the CMS decision to deny Ohio’s special demonstration project waiver application, which would have imposed additional premiums for those insured by Medicaid or Medicare,” said Antonio. “In the denial letter, CMS officials identified the same concerns that House Democratic lawmakers noted as fundamental flaws in the request to change Ohio’s Medicaid program by requiring premiums and excluding individuals from care indefinitely if they failed to pay premiums and all arrears premium payments. I hope this decision is a step toward evidence-based policy solutions that aim to improve the overall health of our state and all of its citizens.”

 
 

08.17.16 - Rep. Antonio Calls On Kasich To Reverse Cuts To Early Childhood Education

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today called on Gov. Kasich to put a stop to an administrative rule change that would leave child care centers across the state with fewer resources to provide critical enrichment opportunities to vulnerable, low-income Ohio children and their families.

The state estimates the rule change will cut $12 million in state funding to pre-school providers throughout Ohio, not counting hundreds of millions of lost dollars in federal grants for early childhood programs. 

 
 

08.08.16 - Antonio: Over $1M To Push Lakewood Schools Renovation To Final Construction Phase

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $1,392,709 for the Lakewood City School District Master Facility Plan Amendment.

“This additional funding is essential to completing a 13-year long project to establish top-of-the-line education facilities and increase technological support in the classroom,” said Antonio. “Lakewood City Schools have long been recognized for excellence in academics, community service, the arts and sports, and will soon be recognized for having some of the best facilities across the state. I look forward to the completion of this project and the positive impact it will provide for the learning experience of both students and teachers.”

 
 

08.04.16 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Call Center Protection Legislation

 

Today, Democratic legislators from both the House and Senate announced the introduction of legislation aimed to protect Ohio’s call center jobs. The Consumer Protection Call Center Act of 2016 would ban state grant or loan opportunities for companies that transfer or relocate call centers from Ohio to overseas for five years.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative to protect Ohio jobs that pay above the minimum wage,” said Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). “If passed by the Ohio General Assembly, this legislation would help pave a path to economic stability for working families by keeping call center jobs from being shipped overseas. The end goal of the Consumer Protection Call Center Act is to keep Ohio jobs in Ohio, with a workforce of Ohioans.”

 
 

08.01.16 - Rep. Antonio Applauds Federal Grant To Bolster Cleveland Metroparks' Transit Project

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $7.95 million in federal grants to expand bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks as part of the “Reconnecting Cleveland” project.

“This grant given to Cleveland Metroparks will undoubtedly bolster non-automobile transit throughout both Lakewood and the city of Cleveland,” said Antonio. “Dedicated pedestrian and biking paths are proven economic catalysts for city neighborhoods, as they help with overcoming transportation barriers affecting our city.”

 
 

07.14.16 - Rep. Antonio Applauds Cleveland Vote To Protect Transgender Ohioans

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement regarding the recent vote by the Cleveland City Council to allow transgender Ohioans to choose whichever restroom, shower, or locker room aligns with their gender identity, without fear of discrimination:

 
 

06.30.16 - Antonio: State Investment To Spur Restoration Of Historic Veronika Building

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today celebrated the announcement that an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit of $82,402 has been awarded for the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Veronika Building in Lakewood. Formerly a tavern with apartments on top, the first ever Historic Preservation Tax Credit awarded in Lakewood will allow for the rehabilitation of the building’s apartments along with the installation of new wood storefronts modeled on the originals, reopening the commercial space to the street.

“Lakewood’s first ever Historic Preservation Tax Credit will help breathe new life into an historic structure and contribute to the growing vibrancy of our community,” said Antonio. “Northeast Ohio is rich in history and culture, and I am pleased that the state has recognized this project among a long list of worthy candidates.”

 
 

06.27.16 - Rep. Antonio Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Women's Right To Comprehensive Healthcare

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) 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 am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today confirmed what common sense had already told us – that needless red tape in the form of transfer agreements and other restrictive measures do not help protect women’s health, but instead are imposed in order to shame and discourage women from seeking to exercise their legal right to an abortion. 

 
 

06.24.16 - Lawmakers Push Bills Guaranteeing Equal Opportunity In The Buckeye State

 

Democratic state lawmakers today called for the state legislature to consider three bills they say will guarantee equal opportunity for gay, lesbian and transgender Ohioans. The renewed push for consideration comes in the wake of the tragic Orlando massacre that targeted the LGBT community and in advance of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to guarantee marriage equality in America.

“Our state and our country have taken great strides toward true equality over the past several years, but there is still much work to do to ensure LGBTQ members of our community have an equal opportunity to work, have a safe place to call their home and – most importantly – be who they are without fear of intimidation, coercion or violence,” said Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “Ohio has an opportunity to create a more inclusive society that promotes freedom and opportunity for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”   

 
 

06.20.16 - Antonio Announces Selection Of Cleveland Company To Assist Ohio School For The Deaf

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the state has awarded a contract worth $29,680 to Cleveland-based Craun Liebing Company to complete an important renovation project at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Franklin County.

“I am pleased the state is recognizing the excellent work and reputation of homegrown businesses like the Craun Liebing Company, which has been a successful local enterprise for over 90 years,” said Antonio. “I am certain that their quality work will help the Ohio School for the Deaf serve the next generation of students.” 

 
 

06.15.16 - Antonio Announces $3 Million State Grant To Reduce Infant Mortality

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the allocation of $3 million in state funds for First Year Cleveland, a city-county initiative to combat Cuyahoga County’s alarmingly high infant mortality rates. The state investment is part of a total $26.8 million allocated in the latest state budget to support community-driven proposals to combat infant mortality at the local level and enhance efficacy among various agencies that provide care for at-risk women and infants.

“I am very pleased that the state is taking concrete steps to combat infant mortality in Cuyahoga County,” said Antonio. “First Year Cleveland’s partnership with the state will help educate the public on preventative practices, provide prenatal care for mothers and pursue innovative solutions to help more infants reach their first birthday.”

 
 

06.13.16 - Rep. Antonio Calls For Unity After Orlando Mass Shooting

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood, Ohio) today released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting in Orlando this weekend that left 50 dead and 53 wounded:

 
 

06.13.16 - Antonio Calls For Unity After Orlando Mass Shooting

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood, Ohio) today released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting in Orlando this weekend that left 50 dead and 53 wounded:  

 
 

05.26.16 - Northeast Ohio Lawmakers Announce Naming Of The Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 159, which designates a portion of State Route 2 – also known as the West Shoreway, beginning in Lakewood and connecting to Cleveland – as the Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.
 
“I am pleased to announce the passage of this bill, which honors hometown public servant Richard F. Celeste and his career of service to our state,” said Rep. Antonio. “The naming of this portion of the shoreway celebrates an outstanding governor and the Celeste family’s legacy of public service to Ohio.”

 
 

05.23.16 - Antonio Comments On Federal Court Ruling Against State Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

 

State Rep. and House Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement in response to federal Judge Michael R. Barrett’s issuance of temporary restraining order against Ohio, through June 6, to block the implementation of a state law designed to defund Planned Parenthood. 

“Judge Barrett’s ruling today sends a positive signal to healthcare advocates and women throughout our state. By temporarily blocking the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Ohio, the courts are effectively recognizing this bill for what it is – political posturing that puts women, infants and families in greater danger. I remain hopeful that these politically motivated healthcare restrictions will be stopped once and for all. Ohioans deserve comprehensive access to healthcare services.”

 
 

05.13.16 - Rep. Antonio Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Increase Hate Crime Protections For LGBT Individuals

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today introduced legislation to expand the scope of ethnic intimidation law and include specified crimes committed based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity along with disability, ethnicity and gender. This legislation also renames the offense of “ethnic intimidation” to “bias-motivated crime”.  

 
 

05.05.16 - Proposed Measure 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. 

 
 

04.14.16 - Dem Lawmakers Announce State Support For Key Community Projects

 

House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The Variety Theatre, the Lake Link Trail and Wendy Park, and the Irish Town Bend are some of the major projects in the Lakewood area expected to receive state funds. 

“We will continue the hard work of securing resources that add to the economic health and well-being of our district,” said Antonio. “It is an honor to be a part of this capital budget process, and I will continue to insist that these funds stay committed to necessary projects that ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the region.” 

 
 

03.22.16 - Dem Lawmakers Propose "Safe At Home" Bill To Keep Guns Out Of DV Offenders' Hands

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence from gun violence by requiring individuals convicted of a domestic violence crime or served with a civil protection order to turn over their firearms to law enforcement. 

 
 

03.21.16 - Antonio, Boyd To Discuss Bill To Keep Guns Out Of Violent Offenders' Hands

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights)will highlight a new legislative proposal to allow for the removal of firearms in certain domestic violence situations Tuesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ladies Gallery at the Ohio Statehouse. Legislators and advocates will discuss the intersection between gun violence and violence against women and common sense policy solutions. 

 
 

02.08.16 - State Releases Funds For Local Company's Work On Mine Safety Training Site

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the release of $160,269 in state funds for pre-construction design work by Lakewood’s Regency Construction Services Inc. at a new mine safety training facility in Harrison County.

 
 

01.20.16 - Rep. Antonio Calls For Open Committee Meetings After Women's Healthcare Organization Denied Access

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today sent a letter to the chair of the House Health and Aging Committee in response to a women’s healthcare access organization being prohibited from video recording during today’s committee hearing. Although the organization had properly followed the established procedure and filled out the necessary paperwork in time in order to record the hearing, the committee chair denied their credentials. 

 
 

11.17.15 - Rep. Antonio Issues A Statement On The Passage Of Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 31

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) voted against House Concurrent Resolution 31, legislation to ban Syrian refugees fleeing from war and terror from settling in the state of Ohio. She issued the following statement on her decision to vote against the resolution:

 
 

10.28.15 - Rep. Antonio To Introduce Equal Housing And Employment Bill

 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced today that she will be reintroducing legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing or public accommodations. Dubbed the Ohio Fairness Act, the legislation will add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the lists of classes protected from discrimination found in the Ohio Revised Code.  

 
 

10.21.15 - Rep. Antonio: Ohio Should Reconsider Death Penalty In Light Of Execution Drug Shortage

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a one year delay of executions in Ohio due to a lack of access to lethal injection drugs and in response to calls for alternative execution methods:

 
 

08.21.15 - Antonio To Host State Budget Town Hall In Lakewood

 

State Rep. and Assistant Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will host a town hall meeting regarding the recently passed state budget and other legislative updates on Monday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Main Branch of the Lakewood Public Library in the multi-purpose room.

The non-profit, non-partisan policy research organizations Innovation Ohio and Policy Matters Ohio will be on hand to provide in-depth analysis of specific policy areas in the state budget.

Citizens are invited to come and learn about how the state budget will affect them and their families. 

This event is free and open to the public and news media. 

 
 

07.27.15 - State Rep. Antonio Applauds Introduction Of Equality Act

 

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today applauded the introduction of the Equality Act of 2015 in the U.S. Congress. The bipartisan federal legislation will set uniform federal standards to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, financial transactions and jury selections. 

 
 

07.15.15 - Lawmakers Renew Push To Abolish Death Penalty

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township) today called for an end to capital punishment in Ohio and introduced bipartisan legislation to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life sentence without parole.

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Antonio: State Budget Benefits Special Interests And Millionaires, Attacks Working Ohioans

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today stood in opposition to House Bill 64, the state’s two-year budget bill. Democratic legislators voted against the measure, which they say lacks a vision to grow the economy and offers little opportunity for average Ohioans to get ahead. Instead, Democrats argue the bill advances partisan attacks on working Ohioans and policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests.

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Antonio 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. Antonio issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

"I join all Ohioans in applauding today's decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to grant all couples the right to marry if they so choose. From this day forward, all families – including families like mine – have the opportunity to experience the full depth and breadth of constitutional equality and the freedom to celebrate the love that binds our family, and all families – including those of same sex couples.

“This ruling gives me hope that sometime in the near future, Jean Kosmac, my partner of 21 years, and I will gather our daughters, friends and family and legally marry - a decision the State of Ohio has denied to us until today. We have much work to do to achieve full equality for members of the LGBT community, but this decision affirms our families and grants them the dignity and respect we have sought for ourselves and our children.”

 
 

01.16.15 - Antonio Reacts To US Supreme Court Decision To Rule On Marriage Equality

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule on marriage equality:

“I join all fair minded Ohioans in applauding today's decision by the Supreme Court of The United States to hear all cases from the 6th Circuit Court, which includes Ohio’s case. I am ever hopeful of a time in our future when all couples will have the right to marry so that families like mine have the opportunity to experience the full depth and breadth of constitutional equality.”

 
 

01.15.15 - Rep. Antonio Announces Money For Local Community Development Project

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday announced state money for a local community development project in Cuyahoga County. The City of Lakewood will receive $105,000 to replace playground equipment and the playground surface at Lakewood Park.

 
 

10.20.14 - Latest Newspaper Report On AG'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.

 
 

10.02.14 - Democratic Lawmakers 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. 

 
 

08.26.14 - Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus Women's Equality Day Reflection

 

Today, Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair and State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) reflected on and celebrated national Women’s Equality Day.

 
 

08.12.14 - In Wake Of Extended Moratorium, Lawmaker Continues Push For Legislative Action On Death Penalty

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday renewed the call for hearings on her legislation, House Bill 385, to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. 

 
 

06.17.14 - Ohio's Violence Against Women Act Signed Into Law

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced that Ohio’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law Tuesday. The measure helps ensure continued funding for Ohio services and resources that support victims of domestic violence, violence against women, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking.

 
 

06.06.14 - Rep. Antonio Condemns GOP Obsession With Restricting Women's Fundamental Access To Reproductive Health Care

 

The Ohio House Insurance Committee heard sponsor testimony Tuesday on House Bill 351, legislation to limit insurance coverage options for women seeking reproductive health care. State Rep. and Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) joined Democratic lawmakers in chiding the GOP for their prioritization of policies that would limit Ohio’s women access to safe and affordable health care options, including birth control. 

 
 

06.06.14 - Rep. Antonio Introduces Tip Fairness Act

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Wednesday introduced and offered sponsor testimony on the Tip Fairness Act, House Bill 534, legislation prohibiting employers from requiring employees to participate in tip pools. Currently, restaurants throughout Ohio use this business practice, which takes a percentage of a server’s gross sales during a shift to ensure that other employees’ wages reach minimum wage.  

 
 

05.29.14 - Rep. Antonio: Energy Standards Freeze Will Cost Ohio's Economy, Consumers And Environment

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s—by most accounts, successful—advanced energy standards. These standards, passed by the legislature in 2008 with wide bipartisan support, have created thousands of jobs and saved $1.03 billion for Ohio consumers and businesses.

 
 

05.15.14 - Rep. Antonio: Local Communities Shortchanged By Tax Increase

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) on Wednesday voted against House Bill 375, legislation that increases the tax rate on oil and gas drilling in Ohio, but returns little money to the local communities in which the drilling takes place. 

 
 

04.10.14 - Rep. Antonio Brings Expertise To Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) was recently appointed as Ranking Minority Member to the newly-formed Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC). The nine-member bicameral, bipartisan panel is charged with providing oversight to Ohio’s Medicaid program.

 
 

04.10.14 - Rep Antonio: MBR Should Fix Budget Mistakes, Not Prioritize Politics

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today on Wednesday in opposition to part of the state’s mid-biennium review, House Bill 483. Noting that the original intent of the MBR is to fix mistakes in last year’s state budget, Democrats offered several amendments that highlighted community needs and reversed previous harmful legislation.

 
 

02.20.14 - Rep. Antonio: Partisan Election Bills Build Wall Between Voters & The Ballot

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) criticized the Ohio GOP’s partisan efforts to limit Ohioans’ voting rights following the House of Representatives’ passage of two contentious voter suppression bills on Wednesday, Senate Bills 205 and 238.

 
 

01.30.14 - Rep. Nickie Antonio Announces House Passage Of Athletic Parity

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced Wednesday the passage of House Bill 113, the Lakewood lawmaker’s legislation to allow schools to offer a waiver from Physical Education to students who participate in a school sponsored club sport. The bill passed out of the House 82-9. 

 
 

01.23.14 - Lawmakers Call On Kasich To Impose A Moratorium On Executions

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday calling on him to impose a moratorium on executions in Ohio to further review the new execution drug combination policy and provide a thorough report of last Thursday’s execution. This comes after last week’s controversial execution, in which the State used an untested two-drug lethal injection method. The family of inmate Dennis McGuire plans to file federal lawsuit against the state, citing the U.S. constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

 
 

01.15.14 - Protecting Women Survivors

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the passage of HB 257, legislation which protects survivors from custody battles who become pregnant as a result of rape.  The bill prohibits parental rights to men who father children through rape when there is a conviction or plea of guilty to rape or sexual assault.  The bill passed out of the House with a unanimous vote of 93-0.  

 
 

12.12.13 - Ohio General Assembly Approves Adoption Birth Record Overhaul

 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced on Wednesday the passage of Senate Bill 23, a bill to provide persons adopted between 1964-1996 access to their original birth certificate. The bill passed by a nearly unanimous vote of  88 to 2.

 
 

12.05.13 - Reps. Antonio & Ramos, Advocates Renew Call To Abolish Death Penalty

 

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) on Tuesday called for an end to the death penalty in Ohio, highlighting a proposal that would replace the death sentence with life in prison without parole.  

 
 

10.22.13 - Rep. Antonio Applauds Medicaid Expansion As A Victory For Ohioans

 

Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) applauded the state Controlling Board’s decision to approve Medicaid expansion in Ohio. The opportunity to expand Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level is a key part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Controlling Board was tasked with approving funding for the measure after the state legislature’s 10 months of inaction and nine false, self-imposed deadlines.

 
 

09.30.13 - Rep. Antonio, Sen. Tavares Call On Congress To End Political Showdown

 

With a government shutdown seemingly imminent, State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) — along with 100 women legislators and 100 women community leaders from more than 35 states —gathered in Washington D.C. this morning  to call on Congress to work together to end the brinksmanship and get back to business doing the work of the American people.

"Certainly our schools and local governments could benefit from some community investments and elected lawmakers getting back to the business of serving the people," said Rep. Antonio, Ohio State Director for WiLL.

The group is part of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and its program Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL), a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities. Rep. Nickie J. Antonio serves as the Ohio State Director for WiLL and is among the 100 women state lawmakers gathered in Washington D.C. this week.

 
 

06.12.13 - Bill To Provide First-time Funding For Rape Crisis Centers Clears House

 

The Ohio House unanimously approved Substitute House Bill 108 today, legislation to provide first-time funding to some 27 rape crisis programs throughout the state by appropriating $2 million from the General Revenue Fund.  HB 108 also establishes a Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund administered by the Attorney General and funded through registration fees of sex offenders, new fines for sexually oriented offenses and donations.

“This legislation is long overdue,” said Rep. Antonio. “For the thousands of survivors of sexual assault there is new hope for healing through programs that could be supported throughout Ohio by this bill.”

 
 

05.22.13 - Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus Hosts Women's Lobby Day

 

Tuesday, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted a Women’s Lobby Day to discuss issues of concern to women and working families across our state. The event featured legislative briefings, an expert “How to Lobby” training from former Rep. Nancy Garland, and keynote speaker, Kathy Groob, a former elected official and author of Pink Politics. This thirdWomen’s Lobby Day brought together over 60 women from all across Ohio to get involved with their state government and to meet their representatives.