House Passes Rep. Antonio's Adoption Birth Records Overhaul
House Bill 61 clears chamber with overwhelming bipartisan support

COLUMBUSState Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) announce the passage of House Bill 61 today, a bill to provide persons adopted between 1964-1996 access to their original birth certificate. The bill passed by a nearly unanimous vote of  96 to 1.

 “As a joint sponsor of this bill, I am glad to have worked with my colleague across the aisle to pass legislation that will help bring equality for Ohio’s adoptees,” said Rep. Antonio. “This bill provides peace of mind as well as a chance to for adoptees to know their biological family’s medical history or their birth parents’ contact preference.”

 Rep. Antonio and Rep. Pelanda worked in a bipartisan way to move HB 61 through the chamber fairly quickly. Both Representatives have been touched personally by adoption, and were able to bring advocates from all over the country to the Ohio House to testify in favor of needed updates to Ohio’s adoption laws. 

 House Bill 61 will delay the effective date of the bill for one year after it is signed in to law to give birthparents a chance to voluntarily file a “contact preference form” alongside the birth certificate to make known how or if they wish to be contacted.

 House Bill 61 now goes to the Senate for committee hearings. Senators Beagle and Burke introduced Senate Bill 23, companion legislation to the House measure, 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.