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.”


Ohio Business Competes is a nonpartisan coalition of businesses dedicated to creating nondiscrimination policies in the workplace and throughout the state. As of today, there are 208 businesses in the coalition. Earlier today, Equality Ohio, joined by Key Bank, held a press conference announcing the number of businesses that have joined Ohio Business Competes.


Recently, Antonio introduced House Bill 160, “The Ohio Fairness Act”, legislation to prohibit discrimination 

 
 
 
  
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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.