Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson - House District 44
 

09.29.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Announce Nearly $325 Million In Funds For COVID-19 Relief

 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the Controlling Board to further aid the state’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was also approved for voter education efforts and to support women-owned and veteran friendly businesses.

 
 

09.25.20 - Hicks-Hudson On Disreputable Vote Suppressor's Influence On LaRose's Ohio Drop Box Ban

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) responded today to national news outlet ProPublica’s revelations that the office of Secretary of State Frank LaRose sought direction from notorious national vote suppressor Hans von Spakovsky before issuing an order banning more than one drop box per county.

 
 

09.22.20 - Hicks-Hudson Statement On Ohio Voter Registration Failures

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) responded today to an announcement by Governor Mike DeWine that state agencies have not been meeting their federally mandated duty to offer voter registration to Ohioans when those Ohioans interact with government offices. Roughly 59,000 voters were affected at one agency.

 
 

09.22.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Recognize National Voter Registration Day

 

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today recognized National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to encourage participation in this November’s election despite challenges caused by the pandemic and a failure by Republican state leaders to make this unprecedented election more accessible.

 
 

09.18.20 - Toledo Area Representatives Disappointed By Governor's Waiver For Upcoming Mass Gathering

 

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) expressed disappointment today after Governor Mike DeWine decided to issue a waiver of his public health orders for political rallies, including an upcoming presidential rally in Toledo on Monday.

 
 

09.16.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Statement On Sec. LaRose Thumbing Nose At Judge's Order, Judge Demanding Answers By 3 P.m. Today

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) responded today to developments in a lawsuit against Secretary of State Frank LaRose about his limiting all Ohio counties to one ballot drop box per county. Yesterday, a Franklin County judge declared LaRose’s actions “arbitrary” and “unreasonable,” but Sec. LaRose continued to instruct counties they could have no more than one drop box. The court has now ordered LaRose to answer for himself by today at 3 p.m. 

 
 

09.14.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Slam GOP Lawmakers For Refusing To Fund Absentee Ballot Postage Ahead Of November Election, Urge Sec. LaRose To Take Action

 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and House Democrats slammed GOP lawmakers on the Controlling Board Monday for refusing to approve funds to cover the cost of absentee ballot postage for Ohio voters ahead of the November election.

 
 

09.03.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Holds Virtual Chat With Sen. Brown, Local Activists

 

COLUMBUS –On Tuesday evening, State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) held a virtual chat on civic engagement.

 
 

08.25.20 - Democrats Lament Another Broken Promise By LaRose

 

State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) responded to the state Controlling Board refusing to hear Secretary LaRose’s late request for additional authority to pay return postage for absentee ballots in its meeting yesterday. LaRose said he will come back to the Board in mid-September, but absentee ballot applications are set to be mailed to 7.8 Million Ohio voters before that – around Labor Day – without return postage. The members have been urging LaRose for months to use existing authority of his office to pay return postage for both applications and ballots.

 
 

08.21.20 - Democrats Urge LaRose To Keep His Word To Ohio Voters

 

State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to Secretary LaRose’s announcement that he is requesting additional permission from the state Controlling Board to pay return postage for voting materials. The deadline for submitting such requests was Monday, Aug. 17 for the Board’s Aug. 24 meeting. No request from LaRose’s office appears yet on the Controlling Board’s website. It is unclear whether the late request will be added to the meeting agenda or what specifically is being requested.  

 
 

08.18.20 - Democrats Unite To Tell LaRose: Do Your Job

 

The House Democratic Caucus today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing recent major developments in Ohio’s elections. Last week, the country watched in horror as Post Office mailboxes and processing machinery were dismantled and removed across the country and in Ohio.

 
 

08.12.20 - Black Lawmakers Urge LaRose To Do More As Pandemic Continues

 

State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose raising concerns about the treatment of Black voters who are being disproportionately harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers requested the secretary’s voter outreach plan, noting that he has undertaken an Ohio craft brewery tour without specific legal authority or funding to do so. They also requested his budget for using the $23 million in federal funds granted to the state and approved by the Controlling Board for spending on the election. 

 
 

08.10.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Responds To Friday Night Shake-up At The U.S. Postal Service

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today responded to disturbing news of mail delays, hiring freezes, and questionable management changes at the U.S. Postal Service. She recently sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy urging the United States Postal Service (USPS) to address postal delays in Lucas County. Nearly 100 Lucas County residents expressed to Hicks-Hudson that they had been experiencing postal delays that result in late bill payments and other disruptions to their lives.

 
 

07.16.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Statement On State Mask Mandate For Lucas County

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in Lucas County. The county falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.

 
 

07.15.20 - LaRose Falsely Claims That He Cannot Help Voters

 

State Representatives Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) responded to statements made by Secretary of State Frank LaRose today at a Columbus bar suggesting he could not pay return postage for voters’ ballots and ballot applications without a law change. The Democratic lawmakers earlier sent him a letter along with Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati)showing his authority to pay return postage and demanding he do so. 

 
 

07.15.20 - Dems Again Demand LaRose Take Action, Pay Return Postage

 

State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose again urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms and the absentee ballots themselves. State law prohibits boards of elections, but not the secretary, from paying return postage. COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in Ohio since the foursome last urged LaRose to take this step to encourage mail voting on June 18.

 
 

07.10.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Holds Virtual Chat

 

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) on Wednesday held a virtual community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, a series of digital events this summer where local lawmakers provide a Statehouse update on issues including COVID-19, education and the economy, and racial justice.

 
 

06.18.20 - Dems Tell LaRose To Pay Return Postage For Voting Materials

 

State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms that will be mailed to all voters and on absentee ballots that are ultimately mailed to voters who request them. State law prohibits board of elections from making such an expenditure, but the secretary is not similarly barred. The federal CARES Act included funding to the states for unanticipated increased expenses due to COVID-19. The Controlling Board approved on Monday the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election. 

 
 

06.12.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson: House Republicans Vote To Protect The Confederate Flag

 

COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs.

 
 

06.12.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Applauds House Passage Of Democratic Priority Bill To Expand Broadband Coverage To Unserved Residential Households

 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson  (D-Toledo) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 13, Democratic priority legislation to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband to unserved residential households.

 
 

06.12.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Moves To Governor's Desk

 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 11, moving this Democratic priority legislation to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

 
 

06.02.20 - Dems Introduce Bill To Combat Republican Attack On Voting

 

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced the introduction of House Bill 687, a bill to improve voting so Ohio can hold a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues. The bill is a strong contrast with the GOP’s HB 680, introduced last week by Rep. Cindy Abrams, which would repeal voter access provisions like the hard-won last three days of early voting and the mailing of applications to all voters.

 
 

05.29.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Signs Onto Resolution To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis

 

COLUMBUS— Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today signed onto a House resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.

 
 

05.20.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today applauded the passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.

 
 

05.15.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Democrats Release Proposal For General Election

 

COLUMBUS— House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), House Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), and State Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) released their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues.

 
 

05.12.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced the state Controlling Board yesterday approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

 
 

05.05.20 - Dems Blast Post-Election Rule Change On Counting Votes

 

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose challenging his order telling county boards of elections that they must throw out many of the provisional ballots cast in the primary election. Secretary LaRose in a Monday night social media post said he opposed House Bill 197, the COVID-19 relief bill passed in March that also contained primary election cleanup provisions, and he accused the three Democrats of not reading the bill.

 
 

05.04.20 - Dems Respond To LaRose Refusal To Count Provisional Ballots

 

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) released the below statements in response to Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s late night directive on Friday ordering counties to throw out many of the provisional ballots cast in the primary election.

 
 

04.30.20 - Dems Demand Provisional Ballots Cast On Tuesday Be Counted

 

State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today demanding that provisional ballots cast on Tuesday, April 28 be counted. Mail delays and confusion around the primary changes left some Ohio voters without a vote-by-mail ballot and no choice but to vote a provisional ballot in person on Tuesday. The three members make up the House Democratic Caucus’ COVID-19 Elections Working Group.

 
 

04.30.20 - Reps. Hicks-Hudson, Crawley Introduce Legislation To Provide Medicaid Coverage Of Doula Services

 

COLUMBUS—State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today issued a statement on their recently introduced legislation to provide Medicaid reimbursement for doula services. The legislation allows the Medicaid program to cover services provided by a doula with a valid provider agreement who submits specific documentation to the Medicaid director meeting requirements including, but not limited to, proof that the doula has a current, valid certificate issued by a doula certification organization.

 
 

04.24.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Seeks Answers From Sec. LaRose On Provisional Voting And Vote Counting On Tuesday

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today seeking assurances that voters will be permitted to vote if they show up on Tuesday, April 28 and that their ballots will be counted. Mail delays are reportedly leaving a lot of Ohio voters without a vote-by-mail ballot. The deadline to request a ballot is tomorrow, Saturday, April 25, at noon.

 
 

04.23.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Statement On Ballot Board Court Decision

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement on today’s Ballot Board meeting. Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court held that the Ballot Board violated the law when it split a voting rights ballot issue into four separate parts. The Board subsequently met today to certify it as a single issue.

 
 

04.17.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Welcome Input From Voting Rights Advocates

 

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to a letter from over 60 advocacy groups containing election policy recommendations for best practices, particularly in emergency situations like the country is now facing. The three representatives make up the House Democratic Caucus’ Elections Working Group which has been monitoring election challenges and crafting policy proposals to ensure elections remain safe and accessible. The coalition’s letter focused on expanding mail voting and providing adequate in-person voting opportunities, two top priorities of the House Democratic Caucus and its Elections Working Group. 

 
 

04.15.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Issues Statement On Ballot Board Court Decision

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement on yesterday’s Ohio Supreme Court decision in which the court determined that the Ballot Board violated the law when it split a voting rights ballot issue into four separate parts.

 
 

03.26.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis

 

COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse yesterday to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) released a statement following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.

 
 

03.23.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

03.03.20 - Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson, Juanita Brent Introduce Bill To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair In Ohio Schools

 

COLUMBUS—State Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today introduced legislation, known as the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act,” which would ban discriminatory policies in Ohio schools that penalize students, especially students of color, for wearing natural hairstyles that embrace their cultural identities.

 
 

02.24.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces $1.4 Million In State Funds For Infrastructure Improvements At Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital In Toledo

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $1,436,391.82 in state funds for infrastructure improvements at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.

 
 

02.24.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces Application Period For Legislative Fellowship Program

 

COLUMBUS- Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced today that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Media Production Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2021.

 
 

02.21.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces Ohio EPA Now Accepting Applications For Water Quality Improvement Project Grants

 

COLUMBUS- Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced that the Ohio EPA is now accepting grant applications for Water Quality Improvement projects for nonpoint source pollution affecting Ohio lakes and streams. Application materials must be received by March 16.

 
 

01.17.20 - Reps. Crawley, Hicks-Hudson, Jones To Host Third Grade Reading Guarantee Listening Session

 

COLUMBUS— State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus), Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Don Jones (R-Freeport) will host a listening session on Monday, January 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at South High School to discuss the state’s third grade reading guarantee.

 
 

01.13.20 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces Job Training Bill Signed Into Law

 

State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced Gov. Mike DeWine’s signing of House Bill (HB) 2, bipartisan legislation that expands job training and workforce development opportunities in Ohio. 

 
 

11.07.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson To Host Third Grade Reading Guarantee Listening Session

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) will host a listening session Monday, November 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Jones Leadership Academy of Business in Toledo, Ohio to discuss the state’s third grade reading guarantee.

The session will focus on how parents and caretakers of children feel about the test, its effectiveness, and whether the test needs to be changed or scrapped altogether.

 
 

10.30.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Highlights Early Voting Options

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today released a statement about Early Voting. Law changes meant to expand options for in-person Early Voting are causing confusion in the Toledo community. Rep. Hicks-Hudson sent a letter to the Board of Elections two months ago when reports of misinformation surfaced during primary voting.

“Early voters can show up and vote early just like they have for the last decade,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “All you need if to know the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Just ask the election officials for a ballot application and you’ll be given a form to fill out before you get your ballot.”

 
 

09.24.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Recognizes National Voter Registration Day

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today released the following statement in celebration of National Voter Registration Day:

 
 

09.16.19 - Hicks-Hudson, House Democrats Visit Critical Dam Facility Preventing The Spread Of Asian Carp

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) toured the critical Brandon Road Lock and Dam complex in Joliet, Illinois, on Friday with 25 other members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus. Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical choke point to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

 
 

08.29.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson, Toledo Officials Speak Out On Sept. Municipal Election, Next Week's Voter Purge

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) joined Toledo City Councilman Larry Sykes, Rev. James Willis of St. Paul Baptist Church in Toledo, and Anita Madison from the Toledo NAACP for a press conference Tuesday at the Lucas County Early Vote Center,where early voting for the Sept. 10 municipal election is currently underway.

 
 

08.20.19 - Hicks-Hudson Issues Letter On New Early Vote Procedures

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today sent a letter to Board Members at the Lucas County Board of Elections to urge training of election officials and poll workers on new procedures for early voting that began earlier this year. Early voters now have the option to present Election Day-style voter identification or provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number.

 
 

08.16.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Holds Ohio Promise Town Hall

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today held a community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.

“The only way we can continue to see positive change and progress is by working together,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “Part of House Democrat’s Ohio promise is ensuring that as elected officials, we work for you. I’m always happy to meet and discuss important statewide and local issues with my constituents.”

 
 

08.13.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced a town hall meeting on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at St Paul Missionary Baptist Church to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Toledo.

“I am looking forward to sharing important information regarding legislative activities from the Statehouse in Columbus,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “Informed citizens help make our government better.”

 
 

08.12.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces State Support For Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Local Minority-owned Business ASAP Mow And Snow

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $17,800 in state funds to support infrastructure improvements at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH), and the approval of a Minority Business Direct Loan in the amount of $86,250 to assist ASAP Mow and Snow in purchasing a new facility in Toledo.

“I am happy to see the state continue to support these important Northwest Ohio facilities,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “The release of funds will support a wide-range of safety infrastructure improvements at NOPH, and allow the growing ASAP Mow and Snow to expand their business and create jobs for Toledo residents.”

 
 

06.26.19 - Dems Elect Hicks-Hudson Whip, Brown Assistant Whip

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the election of Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) as Minority Whip and Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) as Assistant Minority Whip for the 133rd General Assembly. Brown joins the Democratic leadership team after former Whip Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) stepped down last week.

 
 

06.11.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces Release Of Over $1,900,000 In State Support For The Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $1,940,200 in state funds to support infrastructure improvements at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. The Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) is a state-owned and operated, in-patient behavioral healthcare facility located in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

 
 

05.22.19 - Hicks-Hudson, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe

 

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.

 
 

05.21.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces Over $270,000 In State Support For Lucas County Organizations

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $270,694 in state funding to support local infrastructure improvements and the University of Toledo’s workforce based training and equipment project. 

 
 

05.09.19 - Hicks-Hudson: Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House

 

House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.

 
 

05.02.19 - Hicks-Hudson, Dem Lawmakers Propose Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan

 

House Democratic lawmakers today announced their Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Plan to protect and grow good jobs across the state, improve the health of Ohioans and avoid rate hikes on consumer utility bills.

 
 

04.10.19 - Hicks-Hudson: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty

 

House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.

 
 

04.03.19 - Hicks-Hudson Urges Gov. To Veto Restrictions On Traffic Safety Cameras

 

House Assistant Minority Whip and state Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today sent a letter to Republican Governor Mike DeWine urging him to veto provisions in House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget, that would penalize cities using traffic safety cameras.

 

 
 

03.29.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces Funding For Workforce Based Training And Equipment Project

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $59,957.80 in state funds to support the University of Toledo workforce based training and equipment project.

 
 

03.15.19 - Hicks-Hudson: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage

 

House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state.

 
 

03.14.19 - Hicks-Hudson, House Dems Unveil Ohio Promise To Taxpayers

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today joined Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures.

 
 

03.05.19 - Hicks-Hudson, Toledo Lawmakers Call For Lake Erie Funding

 

Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and state Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) welcomed remarks from Governor Mike DeWine signaling a renewed focus on addressing algae blooms and the health of Lake Erie.

 
 

02.27.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces Release Of Over $1,700,000 In State Support For Lucas County Organizations

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $1,732,990.39 in state funds to repair local infrastructure, support adult habilitation services and renovate classrooms at the University of Toledo. 

“The Controlling Board is a committee of the legislature that is able to efficiently provide needed funds to local projects,” said Hicks-Hudson. “The following authorization from the state budget will help our community.”

 
 

02.11.19 - Rep. Hicks-Hudson Announces State Scholarships Available For Ohio Students Pursuing STEM, Oil And Natural Gas Careers

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced two statewide scholarship opportunities available for college students pursuing careers in STEM fields  and oil and natural gas industries.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and Foundation are accepting first-time and renewal applications for a $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing careers in natural gas and the crude oil industry. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion, will to award three $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing careers in STEM related fields.

 
 

01.30.19 - Hicks-Hudson Announces Release Of Over $8M In State Funding For Lucas County Projects

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $8 million in state funds for campus renovations and job training programs at University of Toledo, entrepreneurial services with NextTech Ohio and patient unit upgrades at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.

“I’m pleased to see the state support our Toledo community through the approval of these important projects,” said Hicks Hudson. “From infrastructure improvements, to expanding job training services, to ensuring our loved ones receive top of the line care, these investments will leave a lasting impact on our residents and their families.”

 
 

01.18.19 - Hicks-Hudson Commemorates State MLK Award Winners

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today commemorated local leaders of Lucas County in receiving statewide MLK awards in recognition for their efforts to advance nonviolent social change.

 
 

01.17.19 - Hicks-Hudson: Trump Shutdown Threatens Food Security, Health Of Ohio Children And Families

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today urged the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to end the federal government shutdown, which currently threatens food security for thousands of Ohio children and families as federal funding for food assistance programs runs out.

 
 

01.07.19 - Paula Hicks-Hudson Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 44

 

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning her first term as state lawmaker.

“I am excited to return to state government in order to serve the citizens of Toledo,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.