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.”

The local hiring quota ban was enacted through Senate Bill (SB) 152, which passed the legislature in May. The City of Cleveland sued the state in August, leading to the decision made on the case this week.

The state has announced it plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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