Representative Randi Clites - House District 75

06.09.20 - Ohio House Passes Legislation To Designate The CPL Benjamin C. Dillon Memorial Highway


COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the passage of House Bill 616, which was amended to include the contents of House Bill 376, sponsored by Rep. Clites, to designate the CPL Benjamin C. Dillon Memorial Highway at mile marker 44 on Interstate 76 in Portage County.


06.04.20 - Rep. Clites Applauds Passage Of Bill To Send $350 Million In Federal Funds To Local Communities To Fight Coronavirus


COLUMBUS—Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.


06.04.20 - Rep. Clites: GOP Election Bill Sets Stage For Confusion And Chaos In November


COLUMBUS—Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) issued a statement today as Republican lawmakers voted to fast-track legislationthat does little to prepare the state’s Boards of Elections to safely conduct a presidential election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


05.21.20 - Rep. Clites Calls On The Federal Government To Act On Prescription Drug Shortages


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna), along with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, introduced House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 29 calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress to take action to remedy the drug shortage problem in America.


05.20.20 - Rep. Clites' Bill To Designate March As Bleeding Disorder Awareness Month Passes House


COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 358, which was amended to include the contents of HB 383, her bill designating March as “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.”


05.19.20 - Rep. Clites, House Democrats Release General Election Proposal


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) joined House Democrats to release their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century. Highlights of the plan include mailing a ballot with prepaid return postage to every voter, extending the ballot postmark date to Election Day, enhancing safety for in-person voting and expanding voter registration.


05.12.20 - Rep. Clites Testifies On HB 568 In House Insurance Committee


COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today offered sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 568 in the Ohio House Insurance Committee. HB 568 expands the amount of certain covered drugs a patient can access during a state of emergency through insurance and Medicaid coverage.


04.28.20 - Rep. Clites, House Dems Call For A "responsible Restart" For Ohio


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well as feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 


04.08.20 - Rep. Clites Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.


03.25.20 - Rep. Clites, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) released a statement today 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.


03.13.20 - Rep. Clites Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Clites’ call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.


02.11.20 - Rep. Clites Receives National Organization Of Rare Disorders' Rare Impact Award


COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today was announced as an honoree of the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ (NORD) 2020 Rare Impact Award. The NORD Rare Impact Award recognizes individuals, organizations and industry innovators who have performed outstanding work for the rare disease community. The 2020 Rare Impact Awards program will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 2020.


02.06.20 - Rep. Clites' Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council Act Unanimously Passes House


COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 412, bipartisan legislation joint-sponsored by Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) that will create the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council.


02.04.20 - Rep. Clites' Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council Act Passes Health Committee Unanimously


Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the unanimous vote of the Ohio House Health Committee to favorably report House Bill 412, to create the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council. Rep. Clites and Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) are joint sponsors of the bill.


01.28.20 - Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Preventing Discriminatory Pharmacy Benefit Managers Contracting


COLUMBUS – Today, State Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna), Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview), and Sen. Bob Hackett (R-London), held a press conferencedetailing House Bill 482 and Senate Bill 263, their bipartisan legislation to fight the predatory practices of certain Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) targeting 340B providers with discriminatory contracts. They were joined by supporters of the bill, Julie DiRossi-King of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, and Logan Yoho, the Director of Pharmacy of Hopewell Health Centers.


12.19.19 - Dem Lawmakers Urge Statehouse Leaders To Pass Bill To Protect Healthcare Coverage For Ohioans With Pre-existing Conditions


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D- Parma) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today called on Statehouse leaders to protect Ohioans’ healthcare by advancing the bipartisan Pre-Existing Protection Act, House Bill 390. The call comes hours after a decision in Texas v. United States raised more uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) future, including its provision to protect healthcare access for those with pre-existing conditions.  


11.13.19 - Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Ohio Rare Disease Council Act


Today, state Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and Tim Ginter (R-Salem) held a Statehouse press conference to introduce bipartisan legislation to create the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council. The bill would bring together medical researchers, physicians, nurses, patients, lawmakers and state officials to begin addressing many of the issues facing those living with rare diseases. 


11.12.19 - Lawmakers To Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Create Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council


State Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and Tim Ginter (R-Salem) will hold a press conference TOMORROW, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11:00 a.m. at the Statehouse Senate Press Room to introduce bipartisan legislation that would create the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council.


10.29.19 - Rep. Clites Announces Over $1.4 Million For State Investment In Public Transit


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today issued a statement announcing over $1.4 million in funding for the Portage County Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), which was passed with Democratic backing in the state’s transportation budget earlier this year.


10.23.19 - Democratic Lawmakers Announce Legislation To Protect Healthcare Coverage Of Ohioans With Pre-existing Conditions


State Reps. Jeff Crossman (D- Parma) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today joined House Democrats at a Statehouse press conference to announce legislation that would incorporate into Ohio law patient protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The legislation comes as a ruling in Texas v. U.S. by the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is pending—a decision that could threaten the healthcare coverage of millions of Ohioans with pre-existing conditions if the ACA is overturned.


08.23.19 - Reps. Clites And Weinstein To Host Second Leg Of Freshman District Bus Tour


Democratic state Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) will host a press conference Wednesday, August 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hudson Public Library to highlight the second leg of the freshman district bus tour, which includes Clites and Weinstein’s House Districts 75 and 37, respectively. 


08.06.19 - Rep. Clites Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced a town hall meeting on Thursday, August 8, at 4:00 PM at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Portage County.


08.02.19 - Clites Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday that will take place starting on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.


07.30.19 - Rep. Clites Announces Passage Of Legislation Allowing Cultivation Of Hemp In Ohio


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today attended the signing of Senate Bill (SB) 57 by Gov. Mike DeWine at the Ohio State Fair. SB 57 decriminalizes hemp and CBD products, allowing for the growth and processing of industrial hemp and hemp products in Ohio.


07.23.19 - Rep. Clites: Misguided Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Clean Energy Future


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.

“This bill is not about clean air or jobs, like those supporting this bill claim. If it were, it would provide protections to the hundreds of thousands Ohioans in the renewable energy sector and support environmental programs rather than giving taxpayer dollars to a corporation,” said Rep. Clites. “Eliminating the renewable energy and efficiency standards in this bill will end the economic growth in this sector and threaten good-paying, clean energy jobs across the state.”


07.17.19 - Rep. Clites: Budget Compromise A Step In The Right Direction To Restore Ohio Promise Of Better Lives, Brighter Futures


Ohio State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.

“The budget bill was not perfect, however it did provide access to revenues badly needed in programs that I know our community will take advantage of to deliver better services to our community,” said Rep. Clites. “Our work is not done here. We must do more to fairly fund public schools, provide better access to affordable healthcare and protect our voting rights. I hope the Governor will line item veto these issues to protect our Ohio Promise to our citizens that if you work hard you should be able to get ahead.”


07.12.19 - Rep. Clites, KSU Students Respond To University's Delayed Tuition Bill Distribution


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and students at Kent State University today responded to a notification the university released Thursday informing students of a delay in issuing tuition bills due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Ohio state budget.

“As legislators, it is our constitutional duty to pass a long-term budget by June 30. Interim budgets bring uncertainty and break the promise we made to taxpayers to do so. The delay in billing at Kent State shows the detrimental effects of missing the budget deadline has had on all Ohioans, including students who rely on financial aid and student loans,” said Rep. Clites. “In a state with one-party rule, we should not be putting Ohio students and families in such an uncertain position. I am committed to working together to get this done and I call on Statehouse Republicans to do the same.”


05.01.19 - Clites, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.


04.11.19 - Rep. Clites Statement As Ohio's Latest Abortion Ban Signed Into Law


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today released a statement following Governor Mike DeWine signing Senate Bill (SB) 23 into law. SB 23 contains the most extreme abortion ban in the country, prohibiting abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant.


04.02.19 - Clites, House Dem Lawmakers Introduce Ohio Equal Pay Act On Equal Pay Day


State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today during a Statehouse news conference introduced the Ohio Equal Pay Act, legislation to recognize the full value and potential of Ohio’s working women. The announcement comes as advocates mark ‘Equal Pay Day’ across America, the date to which women must work to make up for the lost wages relative to their male counterparts.


01.07.19 - Randi Clites Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 75


State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) 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 honored to be representing the people of District 75 and am looking forward to serving the needs of my neighbors,” said Rep. Clites.