Rep. Antonio To Continue Serving As Lead Health Committee Member For House Dems
Will work with colleagues to help shape public policy
 
 

State Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced that she has been selected to serve on four committees in the Ohio House – including Finance, which covers the state budget.


Antonio's committee assignments include:


-Finance


-Health, highest ranking Democrat


-Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education


-Rules and Reference


“I am honored to continue to provide policy leadership in the Ohio House and look forward to working with my fellow colleagues to serve the 11 million Ohioans that count on us,” said Antonio. “As we turn our focus to the state budget over the next few months, I will urge my colleagues to prioritize spending that creates jobs to ensure a strong economy, while protecting the health and well-being of all Ohioans, especially women and mothers.”


The Finance Committee is especially important this year, as members will be asked to review and craft the state’s two-year operating budget. This legislation outlines spending for the state, including the essential services provided by Medicaid, Job and Family Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.


Antonio, elected to her fourth term in November and sworn in earlier this month, previously has served on the House Finance committee and has been the highest ranking Democrat on the Health Committee for several years.

 
 
 
  
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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.