State Rep. Antonio Applauds Introduction Of Equality Act
Federal bill would add anti-discrimination protections for LGBT community
 
 

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today applauded the introduction of the Equality Act of 2015 in the U.S. Congress. The bipartisan federal legislation will set uniform federal standards to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, financial transactions and jury selections.


“Currently there is only a patchwork of laws in some states that seek to protect the rights of LGBT Americans in their schools, workplaces and communities,” said Antonio. “It is time for federal legislation that protects all Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression.”  


If passed, the Equality Act of 2015 would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include civil rights protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Ohio law currently does not prohibit such discrimination. 

 
 
 
  
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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.