Committee Cancelation Pushes Ohio Fairness Act Hearings Into 2018
More than 200 Ohio businesses expressed support of House Bill 160
December 12, 2017
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State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today expressed disappointment with the delay of a second hearing on House Bill (HB) 160, which is being rescheduled for an unspecified date in January. HB 160 would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations in Ohio.

“HB 160 is supported by many of Ohio’s most successful businesses and has the potential to serve as an economic catalyst to drive innovation, spur investment and attract the best and brightest to Ohio,” said Rep. Antonio. “We’re not deterred by this delay, and I look forward to hearing from our local and statewide chambers of commerce and over 200 businesses who have joined Ohio Business Competes to support fairness for all Ohioans as we continue hearings in the new year.”

Ohio remains one of 28 states without clear, inclusive, non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. Nineteen Ohio cities have already passed non-discrimination ordinances, and 80 percent of top employers in Ohio have corporate policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

More than 200 leading Ohio businesses have offered support of HB 160 since it was introduced earlier this year.

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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.