State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today applauded recommendations released by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force calling for better parameters surrounding the use of the death penalty in the state of Ohio.


Recommendations submitted by the panel included requiring DNA or video evidence for a death penalty conviction, providing funding for death penalty expert staff in public defender offices and prohibiting death penalty convictions for the mentally ill.


“These proposals represent an important step in the right direction for death penalty reform in Ohio. I am glad to see the panel taking its responsibility seriously and offering conscientious recommendations that inform the ongoing debate in Ohio,” said Rep. Antonio. “Ultimately, Ohio should put an end to using the death sentence as a penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole.”  


The recommendations approved by the board will now go to Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor for approval. Some measures would require legislative action by the Ohio General Assembly to become law.  

 
 
 
  
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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.