Representative Richard D. Brown - House District 20
 

09.03.20 - Rep. Brown Expresses Concern For Workers Following Passage Of HB 606

 

COLUMBUS- State Representative Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) voted “no” on House Bill 606, sponsored by State Representative Dianne Grendell (R-Chesterland), during Tuesday’s House session after the majority caucus blocked provisions that would protect essential workers who contract COVID-19 on the job from being included in the legislation.

 
 

08.25.20 - Rep. Brown, House Dems Announce $361 Million In COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds For State Agencies, Local Governments

 

COLUMBUS- Assistant Minority Whip Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak as school districts prepare for fall semester.

 
 

08.19.20 - Rep. Brown Joins House Democrats To Urge LaRose To Do More To Prepare State For November Election

 

COLUMBUS— Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and House Democrats Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing recent major developments in Ohio’s elections. Ohioans watched last week as Post Office mailboxes and processing machinery were dismantled and removed in Ohio and across the country. Following national outcry over potential election interference, USPS has said they would halt additional reorganization changes until after the November election, but it is still unclear whether the reductions in service and processing will be undone.

 
 

08.05.20 - Rep. Brown Recognizes Ohio Military Family Month

 

COLUMBUS – House Assistant Minority Whip Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today issued a statement in honor of “Ohio Military Family Month,” which recognizes the unique sacrifices of Ohio’s military families.

 
 

07.22.20 - Rep. Brown Calls For The Immediate Resignation Of Speaker Householder

 

COLUMBUS— House Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today called for the resignation of Republican Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) following federal charges that he engaged in a $60 million bribery, racketeering scheme. This is the second FBI investigation into House GOP leadership in three years.

 
 

07.15.20 - Reps. Brown, Crawley, Lightbody, And Russo To Host Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall July 22, 2020

 

COLUMBUS –State Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), Erica Crawley (D-Columbus), Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) will host a virtual town hall WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2020 at Noon. The event is a part of the Ohio House Democrats’ Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, a series of digital events this summer where local lawmakers will give a Statehouse update and provide constituents the opportunity to ask questions and offer input on ways to address the issues facing their communities.

 
 

07.14.20 - Rep. Brown Announces $300 Million To Help Colleges, Universities, And K-12 Schools Prepare For Fall Semester Amid COVID-19

 

House Assistant Minority Whip Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $300 million in federal funding to offset Ohio’s K-12 schools and colleges and university’s costs of keeping students and staff safe in the fall. 

 
 

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

 

COLUMBUS—Assistant Minority Whip Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) 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.

 
 

06.02.20 - Rep. Brown: Black Ohioans Are Not Okay

 

COLUMBUS—Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) released a statement today following the weekend’s protests throughout the state:

 
 

05.29.20 - House Dem Lawmakers Issue Statement Following Protests In Downtown Columbus Thursday Night

 

Central Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, including Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), Reps. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), Beth Liston (D-Dublin), and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington), today issued a statement following protests in downtown Columbus Thursday night. 

 
 

05.26.20 - Rep. Brown Co-sponsors Worker Protection Act To Ensure Safety, Security For Ohio Workers Amid Global Pandemic

 

COLUMBUS—Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today announced the introduction of the Worker Protection Act, Democratic-sponsored legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.

 
 

05.07.20 - Rep. Brown, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic

 

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Assistant Minority Whip State Representative Richard Brown (D- Canal Winchester) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  

 
 

05.01.20 - Rep. Brown: May Expected To Be A Stressful Month For Ohio's Working Families As Many Return To The Workplace

 

COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with very difficult decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.

 

 
 

04.14.20 - Rep. Brown Urges Passage Of HB 10 After New Report Details Spike In Overdose Deaths In 2019

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today again urged for the passage of House Bill (HB) 10 following a report from the Franklin County Coroner’s Office that showed a 14 percent increase in overdose deaths in Franklin County in 2019, in addition to seven deaths from drug overdoses that occurred in the county this past weekend over a 24 hour period.

 
 

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

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) 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.

 
 

04.01.20 - Rep. Brown, House Democrats Renew Calls For A Stop To Evictions And Foreclosures, Debt Collection During The COVID-19 Crisis

 

COLUMBUS— For many, the first day of a new month means rent and bills are due. For those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, April 1st could be the most financially devastating day yet as fears of evictions and foreclosures may loom.

 
 

03.31.20 - Rep. Brown Renews Call For House Bill 10 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today renewed his call for the passage of House Bill (HB) 10, which would create the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy to combat the overdose crisis in Ohio in a unified, comprehensive manner. HB 10 was designated a priority bill by Speaker Householder and is being supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

 
 

03.27.20 - Rep. Richard Brown Issues Statement As Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed Into Law

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today applauded Gov. Mike DeWine as he signed into law House Bill (HB) 197, which will provide needed supports to working people, families and businesses in Ohio amid the coronavirus outbreak. It passed both legislative chambers unanimously Wednesday.

 
 

03.25.20 - Rep. Brown, 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. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) 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.

 
 

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

 

House Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) 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.

 
 

02.12.20 - Rep. Brown Praises Passage Of House Bill 308 Extending Coverage For PTSD To First Responders

 

Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today joined colleagues in applauding the passage of House Bill 308, which would allow first responders diagnosed with work-related PTSD in the absence of any physical injury to qualify for BWC compensation and benefits, something Democrats have prioritized in recent General Assemblies.

 
 

08.05.19 - Rep. Brown Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:

 
 

07.30.19 - Brown Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday that will be in effect from Friday, August 2 until Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“The upcoming sales tax holiday will help families in House District 20, and across the state, save some of their hard earned dollars while shopping for back-to-school supplies,” said Brown. “This tax holiday will be a major relief for working Ohio families, and I am proud of the work we did to ensure that it remains a permeant holiday in our state.”

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday that will be in effect from Friday, August 2 until Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“The upcoming sales tax holiday will help families in House District 20, and across the state, save some of their hard earned dollars while shopping for back-to-school supplies,” said Brown. “This tax holiday will be a major relief for working Ohio families, and I am proud of the work we did to ensure that it remains a permanent holiday in our state.”

 
 

07.01.19 - Brown Statement On GOP Missing Budget Deadline

 

Ohio House Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today criticized the House and Senate Majority leadership for their inability to strike a budget deal before the constitutionally-mandated June 30 deadline.

 
 

06.26.19 - Dems Elect Hicks-Hudson As Whip, Brown As 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.

“I want to thank Rep. Smith for his service to this leadership team and dedication to strengthening our caucus. I know he will continue to use that same vigor to fight on behalf of his constituents here at the Statehouse,” said Leader Sykes. “I look forward to welcoming Rep. Brown into our leadership team and continuing working with Rep. Hicks-Hudson as we move Ohio forward and restore our 

 
 

05.01.19 - Brown, 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.

 
 

04.26.19 - Rep. Brown Introduces Legislation Increasing Access To Audio Prescription Label Readers

 

State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) introduced legislation this week to increase awareness of and access to audio prescription label readers for those who are blind or have vision impairments. House Bill (HB) 214 would require pharmacies in Ohio to provide label readers upon request for at least the duration of a prescription.

 
 

04.10.19 - Brown: 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.

 
 

02.27.19 - Rep. Brown Reintroduces Bipartisan Prostate Cancer Awareness Legislation

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) this week reintroduced bipartisan legislation with state Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) to create ZERO - The End to Prostate Cancer license plate to raise awareness about prostate cancer and honor the nonprofit’s work promoting early detection of the disease.

 
 

02.25.19 - Rep. Brown Reintroduces Bipartisan School Bus Safety Bill

 

State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation alongside Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to increase safety for Ohio students by cracking down on motorists with multiple violations of passing a school bus with its stop arm activated.

 
 

02.21.19 - Rep. Brown Details Opposition To Anti-worker GOP Bill Attacking Prevailing Wage

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today highlighted his opposition to House Bill 78, an anti-worker bill designed to reduce pay for skilled labor by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.

 
 

02.19.19 - Rep. Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize Ohio School Bus Camera Law

 

State Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today introduced House Bill 83 to codify current Ohio Department of Public Safety policy and allow districts to install safety cameras on their school buses. The cameras, to be installed on the exterior of the school buses, are intended to assist in catching motorists who illegally pass stopped buses.

 
 

02.11.19 - Brown Named Top Democrat On House Civil Justice Committee

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) was named the Ranking Democrat on the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee Friday. 

 
 

12.04.18 - Rep. Richard Brown Encouraged By DeWine's Recovery Ohio Announcement

 

State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Columbus) today applauded Governor-elect Mike DeWine’s announced “opioid czar” tasked with leading the new administration’s response to Ohio’s opioid crisis. 

 
 

11.14.18 - Brown: Right To Work Is Wrong For Ohio

 

In response to an Ohio House committee hearing yesterday on House Bill 53, legislation to make Ohio a so-called “Right to Work” state for first responders, teachers, nurses and other public employees, state Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) issued the following statement:

“Ohioans have rejected dangerous ‘Right-to-Work’ legislation most recently during the current Kasich administration. Gov. Kasich has even said that it is time to move on from this anti-worker agenda, and I strongly agree in spite of the efforts of Speaker Smith and a cosponsor list that consists of the most radical members of the majority.

 
 

08.30.18 - As Opioid Crisis Deepens, Officials Look To Create Ohio Office Of Drug Policy For Unified, Strategic Statewide Plan

 

As Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis deepens and shows little sign of letting up, state Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and local officials from Central Ohio and Dayton today announced new legislation to create a unified cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy to serve as a coordinated, comprehensive entity for community officials, law enforcement officers, social workers and local communities to seek out best practices, available grants, state rules, new education programs, and more anti-drug abuse resources.

“We read it in the news. We see it in our neighborhoods. We hear about it at work and at home. And, sadly too many Ohio families are forced to face the grim reality every day that Ohio is the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic,” said Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester). “It is clear more can be done to take on this crisis in a strategic and unified way. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this legislation today and look forward to working with members of both political parties who want to ensure addiction no longer holds our state back from living up to our full promise and potential.”

A historic number of Ohioans – 5,232 a year or 14 every day—are dying of unintentional overdose, a 39% spike in the last year. Ohio’s rates are three times the national average. According to a congressional study, Ohio’s current efforts won’t be enough to slow the historic number of deaths from opioids.

“We need more than a piecemeal, ad-hoc approach. What works in Dayton may or may not work in Columbus or Canal Winchester, but we frankly just don’t know without a strategic partnership from the state,” said Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton. “A coordinated Office of Drug Policy would offer more hands-on guidance to local communities by serving as the state partner with regional opioid taskforces, counties, cities and community providers.”

 
 

06.27.18 - Brown Responds To Anti-worker Janus V. AFSCME SCOTUS Decision

 

State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today condemned the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in its ruling on the AFSCME v. Janus case. 

 
 

06.08.18 - Brown Applauds Passage Of Bill To Increase Statewide Opioid Data Sharing And Communication

 

State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 535, legislation to increase reports of opioid overdoses and the effectiveness of naloxone treatments to the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Brown was an original co-sponsor of the legislation, the Opioid Data and Communication Expansion Act, before it unanimously passed the House floor Thursday.

“Better communication and information sharing about the Opioid Crisis will only help to paint a more complete picture of what’s going on in Ohio,” said Brown. “Compiling more information about what’s working and what isn’t across the state will only help us better respond to the ongoing crisis. I am proud to have been a co-sponsor on this important piece of legislation”

House Bill 535 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. Brown supports the Ohio Senate’s swift passage of the legislation.

 
 

05.23.18 - Amid Partisan Legislative Shutdown, Brown Urges Consensus Building, Cooperation To Fulfill Promises To Taxpayers

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today questioned the majority caucus leadership for again cancelling session and allowing their internal strife to close the Ohio House for business.

“I am deeply concerned that internal Statehouse politics has been allowed to get in the way of the legislative process,” said Brown.

 
 

05.10.18 - Brown Looks To Increase Student Safety With Bipartisan Bus Safety Bill

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to deter drivers from recklessly passing school buses while they load and unload students. Each year, 17,000 students are involved in school bus-related injuries and of those, 24 percent happen while students are getting on or off the bus. In Ohio, Reynoldsburg schools have seen an uptick of incidents involving reckless drivers and stopped school busses. 

 
 

03.22.18 - Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Increase Prostate Cancer Awareness

 

State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation with state Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) to create the “ZERO-The End to Prostate Cancer” license plate. ZERO, a non-profit established in 1996, works to raise awareness about the disease and has screened over 130,000 men for the prostate cancer.

 
 

06.28.17 - Brown Sworn In As New State Representative Of Ohio's 20th House District

 

Accompanied by family at the Ohio Statehouse today, Richard Brown, a lawyer from Canal Winchester, Ohio, was today sworn in as state representative of the 20th House District, which encompasses the southeastern portion of Franklin County. The House Democratic Caucus voted on seating Brown today during session after a House panel recommended Brown to replace former State Rep. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick).       

“We are excited to welcome Richard Brown into the Ohio House Democratic Caucus,” said Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “With his extensive legal background and long record of community service, we look forward to working with Rep. Brown as we continue to fight for improved schools, higher wages and stronger communities.”