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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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.