Representative Stephanie D. Howse - House District 11
 

10.27.17 - OLBC President Howse Responds To Report Showing African-American Children In Ohio Worse Off Than Most

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) responded to the report issued today by the Annie E. Casey foundation showing African-American children in Ohio are worse off and have less opportunity than children in most other states.

“Sadly, this report reflects what many of us already know: children of color, especially African-American children, have to face barriers that prevent them from opportunities that others are guaranteed,” Howse said. “It is both saddening and alarming to see that Ohio is especially horrific at providing conditions for black and brown people to live a decent life. I hope this new information inspires my colleagues on both sides to embrace policies that put family first like paid family leave, equal pay and pre-k for all.”

Of the 44 states that had enough data to analyze, Ohio ranked 42nd in the nation for the well-being of African American children.

 
 

08.09.17 - Howse Says Rolling Back Equal Opportunity At American Colleges Limits Potential Of Students Everywhere

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to limit affirmative action policies in college and university admissions.

“Attorney Sessions’ decision to target our fundamental American values of equal opportunity and fairness threatens the future of higher education and limits the potential of students everywhere,” said Howse. “In this day and age, we should be banded together as a country, seeking to spread opportunity and expand the franchise of the American Dream for people who work hard and pay taxes.”

 
 

08.09.17 - Howse Joins Legislators From 36 States To Collaborate On Bipartisan Solutions To Environmental Challenges

 

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) joined more than 100 state legislators from 36 states and both major political parties to build consensus on leading environmental issues at the 2017 National Issues Forum in Boston this week organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). The event offered opportunities for lawmakers and sustainability advocates to collaborate on policy solutions to remove toxins from consumer products, and to conserve water, public lands and endangered species.

“The dangers of ignoring environmental issues and the benefits of using clean energy are crystal clear,” said Howse. “By laying a foundation for environmental sustainability, we can help grow our economy, attract clean energy businesses and bring better jobs to our state.”

 
 

07.31.17 - Ohio Legislators To Celebrate OLBC 50th Anniversary Event In Canton

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that Canton, Ohio has been selected to host the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus’ 50th anniversary celebration this fall. African American state lawmakers from all across Ohio will convene in Stark County for the two-day event on October 1-2 to recognize the important milestone and chart a course for the future for the historic legislative organization. 

“For fifty years, the OLBC has been a leading voice in the fight to improve the lives of all working Ohioans, including the more than 1.6 million African Americans who call Ohio home,” said OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “We are excited to celebrate our 50-year milestone in Canton and look forward to continuing to push for policies that promote equality and expand economic opportunities for minority Ohioans.” 

 
 

07.06.17 - Howse: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“This bill places a dangerous precedent by allowing deadly weapons in daycares and schools and offers out-of-line protections for concealed gun holders” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “Public safety is a concern for all legislators, but this bill raises a higher public safety concern by seeking to protect gun owners more than our children.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Howse: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“While we may be able to sigh a bit of relief as the freeze on Medicaid expansion was put on hold, the attack on working families and poor people in Ohio continues," said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). "Preventive healthcare should not be optional, based on the opinion of a select few in the legislature. The gap between the haves and have-nots is growing and Ohio's economy is lagging most of the nation. We need to focus our attention on improving our state's economy and the overall wellbeing of Ohioans.”

 
 

06.23.17 - Howse Joins NCEL Members Committed To Preserving Paris Agreement Goals

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) earlier this week joined the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), over 550 state legislators from across the country, in issuing a statement regarding their commitment to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that has broad effects from the local to global level. The scientific evidence on changes in our environment is very real and alarming,” said Howse. “This may potentially cause economic harm by not requiring top businesses to commit to clean energy production, even though CEOs and business leaders nationwide advocated for the continuance of the Paris Agreement. I believe state and local governments need to continue the discussion on solutions for climate change and work together to help the U.S. have a stake in the global economy for clean, renewable energy.”

 
 

05.17.17 - Howse: Hits To Workers Prop Up Boss' Handouts In State Workers' Comp Budget

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict workers’ access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

“Ohio’s brave firefighters deserve the right to healthcare benefits for work-related cancer,” said Howse. “First responders are on the frontlines everyday fighting fires and rescuing our citizens from disasters – they deserve better than this legislation.”

 
 

04.26.17 - OLBC Day Of Action Champions Causes Of Black Ohioans

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) joined fellow OLBC lawmakers Tuesday for the group’s annual Day of Action. The event provided an opportunity for Ohioans to interact with state legislators and discuss issues that affect their families, communities and everyday life. The theme this year, “Still History, Still Black: Championing the Causes of African-Americans in Ohio Year-Round,” focused on struggles that disproportionately affect the black community.

“Black history is more than one month,” said Howse. “The problems and triumphs black Ohioans experience are year-round. We must nurture and encourage more engagement between black people and their elected officials to make sure all Ohioans feel connected and empowered to advocate for their own interests. We also need lawmakers to be more aware of the obstacles we all experience as Ohioans but that disproportionately affect black families. Together we can make sure black Ohioans are stronger, because when black Ohioans are strong – our state is strong.”

 
 

04.06.17 - Reps. Howse, Clyde Announce Ohio Equal Pay Act

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of the Ohio Equal Pay Act, a bill that would help close the longstanding gender pay gap between men and women in the Buckeye State. 

“The Ohio Equal Pay Act is important because women across Ohio are giving their all, both in the workplace and in the home, and are being paid less than they’re worth,” said Rep. Howse. “More women than ever before are the primary breadwinner for their families. Without equal pay, these families are living with a financial deficit they will never make up. Equal pay isn’t just right for women, it’s right for families and our economy as a whole.”

 
 

04.04.17 - Rep. Howse: With Ohio "on The Verge Of Recession" Kasich Fails To Address Real State Of The State

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) tonight expressed disappointment in Gov. Kasich’s state of the state address, saying the governor failed to provide 11 million Ohioans an explanation on why the state is on “the verge of a recession” after six years under his leadership. The lawmaker also noted that the governor’s budget failed to adequately address the real state of the economy, education, healthcare and recent drastic state cuts to communities in Ohio.

“The Governor's proposed budget does not make necessary investments to meet the unique needs of all Ohioans,” said Howse. “Representing one of the poorest districts in Ohio, I hoped the State of the State would focus on equitable education funding, livable wage career opportunities and proper investments in public infrastructure and transportation to help put our citizens on the path toward a brighter future.” 

 
 

03.28.17 - Bipartisan Bill Works To Increase Training Opportunities For New Truck Drivers In Ohio

 

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) recently introduced legislation aimed at increasing on-the-job training opportunities for Ohioans pursuing a career in truck driving. 

House Bill 155 would provide tax credits to trucking companies that offer training programs for individuals interested in starting a career in the industry. Employers would be eligible for up to a 50 percent match of up to $50,000 in annual tax credits, and the total annual statewide tax credit would be limited to $3,000,000 per year. Facilitated through the Ohio Development Services Agency, the program provides an opportunity for companies to have the necessary resources to train new employees, fill in-demand jobs, and address the country’s severe and growing shortage of qualified drivers. 

“House Bill 155 provides business owners with an incentive to provide real job training opportunities that will connect Ohioans who are unemployed or underemployed to real jobs today,” said Howse. “This investment from the state of Ohio will be another step to help families break the cycle of poverty.”

 
 

03.01.17 - Reps. Howse, Smith: State Needs Innovative Infrastructure Plan To Drive Economic Growth In Ohio

 

In an 83-13 vote, the Ohio House today approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years. 

“Our current transportation budget falls short of meeting the real transportation needs of all Ohioans,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “In the 2015 Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study, the Ohio Department of Transportation identified a need of $120 million for transit, but the current budget allocates only $33 million in federal funds. Ohio must be willing to make fair and equitable investments in transit and public infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our state, so that our roads are safe, our children can get to school and hard working men and women can travel to and from their jobs to provide for themselves and their families.”

 
 

02.28.17 - Cleveland-area Lawmakers Propose Bill To Recognize Louis And Carl Stokes

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 83, legislation to designate the local boulevard known as Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland as the “Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor.” 

“The Stokes brothers made significant contributions to our state and nation through their dedicated careers in public service, and their lasting legacy still inspires younger generations even today,” said Howse. “I am proud to be a joint sponsor of legislation naming the Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor. Together, we can help ensure Louis and Carl Stokes continue to receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve.”

 
 

02.07.17 - Dem Lawmakers, Advocates Discuss New Bill To Preserve Spirit Of America In Buckeye State

 

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) hold a news conference in the Harding Senate Press Room to discuss legislation that would make Ohio a sanctuary state.

 
 

01.04.17 - Howse Sworn In For Second Term As State Representative

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives this week as state representative for the 11th House District. Howse, elected to her second House term in November, represents the citizens of Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights and parts of Cleveland. 

“I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to continue serving my constituents in this new General Assembly,” said Howse. “From the heroin crisis to justice reform, I am ready to work in a bipartisan manner to tackle the challenges facing our communities and our state.”  

 
 

12.05.16 - Howse Announces Over $19M In Funding For Cleveland-area Technology Start-up Programs

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $18,799,086 in state funding to JumpStart Inc. in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, to expand the Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

 
 

11.28.16 - Rep. Howse Welcomes Unified Approach To Fighting Lead Contamination

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) call for a unified response to evidence of elevated lead levels in the water at multiple Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) buildings:

 
 

10.31.16 - Howse Announces State Funding For Incarcerated Youth Art Therapy Programs

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of just over $80,433 to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for a contract with the Art Therapy Studio in Cuyahoga County to facilitate art therapy programs at two local juvenile correctional facilities (JCFs). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

“Our incarcerated youth are faced with some of the most difficult times of their lives during crucial development years,” said Howse. “The services provided by the Art Therapy Studio will help ensure that our youth are not simply serving time, but are being rehabilitated and receiving treatment. We all benefit when the state works with local organizations to strengthen our communities by helping rebuild families.”

 
 

08.23.16 - Ohio Black Caucus Applauds Cleveland Suit Against State For Local Hiring Ban

 

Democratic lawmakers and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus today applauded The City of Cleveland’s decision to sue the state to challenge Republican-led legislation that prevents local communities from setting hiring standards on publicly financed projects – a possible violation of Ohio’s “home rule” guarantee in the state constitution.

 
 

08.10.16 - Rep. Stephanie Howse Presented With Civility Award In State Governance From NICD

 

StateRep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was recently presented with the National Institute for Civil Discourse Award for Civility in State Governance yesterday evening at the National Conference of State Legislators 2016 Legislative Summit. Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), presented Rep. Howse with the award in recognition of her commitment to working in a civil, productive manner for the good of her constituents.

 
 

07.18.16 - Rep. Howse Applauds Habitat For Humanity's Housing Efforts, Says State And Federal Inaction Have Hurt Ohio Homeownership

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for their work with “Buckeye Build,” while saying state and federal inaction has made affordable housing in the Cleveland area and throughout the state hard to come by. Recent reports show that, though the nation as a whole has experienced a decrease in the number of Americans losing their homes, more Ohioans continue to lose their homes to foreclosure.

“Though affordable housing is out of reach for too many Ohioans and our state continues to be a leader in the number of people losing their homes to foreclosure, I am pleased Habitat for Humanity has managed to build over 180 houses over the last 25 years while engaging politicians to raise awareness and get their hands dirty,” said Howse. “As Ohio’s GOP continues to provide tax cuts for the wealthy while Cleveland and many cities across the state are in dire need of assistance, Habitat for Humanity is working hard to offer some of our most vulnerable populations a path towards economic stability.”

 
 

06.09.16 - Cleveland Lawmaker Calls For Restoring Civility To American Politics

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today joined Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, retired American astronaut Mark Kelly, and elected officials from across the country at a press conference to call for a restoration of civility to American politics and public discourse.

 
 

05.12.16 - OH Legislative Black Caucus Calls On Kasich To Veto Local Hiring Ban Bill

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today called on Governor John Kasich to veto House Bill 180, saying the legislation to ban local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. 

 
 

05.10.16 - Proposal To Legalize Medical Marijuana Passes Ohio House

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.

 
 

04.18.16 - Black Lawmakers Say State Can Do More To Connect Minority Contractors To Transportation Construction Jobs

 

President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) called on the state Friday to take action to reduce barriers between state highway contract opportunities and minority-owned businesses in Ohio. A “disparity study” released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) revealed that minority and women-owned businesses receive a disproportionately small percentage of the state highway contract opportunities available. 

“With the realization that the state of Ohio passively participates in race- and gender-based discrimination, the state must dedicate resources to eliminate barriers within the marketplace to ensure that African American- and Hispanic-owned businesses receive a fair share of contracting opportunities,” said Howse. 

 
 

04.07.16 - Rep. Howse Disputes Kasich's Rosy State Of The State Claims

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Cleveland lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of healthcare and communities in Ohio. 

 
 

04.04.16 - Howse To Participate In International Political Exchange To Africa

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced her participation in an upcoming 10-day political exchange program to Morocco and Tunisia as a delegate on a trip organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).   

Howse will join six other emerging political and policy leaders between the ages of 25 to 40 from across the United States to explore the governance, politics and policy making in Morocco and Tunisia. The exchange is being arranged by ACYPL in partnership with the Morocco-based OCP Policy Center and the Tunisian American Young Professionals, and made possible by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“This trip is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience in different global perspectives on governance and policy making,” said Howse. “I am looking forward to connecting with emerging leaders in a different part of the world and sharing my unique experience as a Northeast Ohio lawmaker.”

 
 

03.29.16 - Howse Applauds Outcome Of Friedrichs SCOTUS Case

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation. 

“Today is a great day for working families, who have been under constant attack both here at home and across the nation,” said Howse. “The Supreme Court’s ruling has reaffirmed the constitutional right of working people to come together to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. Ohioans voiced their support for collective bargaining rights when they voted to overturn Senate Bill 5, and now the highest court in the land has spoken as well.”

 
 

03.10.16 - Rep. Howse Praises Local Impact Of Ohio Housing Trust Fund In Fight Against Homelessness

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)  this week toured Greenbridge Commons to experience first-hand how the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) benefits Cleveland-area residents.

In 2011, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) developed the Greenbridge apartment building, located along the Euclid Corridor, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. CHN received $1.2 million from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund to support Greenbridge and other projects.

“When we invest in affordable housing, we are making room for everyone in our community to have a safe, decent place to live,” said Howse.

 
 

02.05.16 - Ohio Legislator Tapped To Co-Chair NICD's National Civility Network

 

Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) has been selected to co-chair a national network of state legislators, a program of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD), which is committed to returning civility, rationality and respect to American politics. The new leadership will work to expand the Network just as the presidential primary season opens and with new polls showing American are fed up with hyper-toxicity in politics.

 
 

12.09.15 - Dem Lawmakers Look To Increase Safety Regulations At Reproductive Healthcare Clinics

 

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) held a news conference today to announce House Bill 408 (HB 408), legislation that would create a buffer zone for patients and medical staff at reproductive healthcare providers. The bill would also provide victims of non-physical harassment the ability to pursue legal action. 

 
 

12.08.15 - Rep. Howse Joins Democratic Colleagues To Fight For Debt-free College

 

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and fellow Democratic lawmakers from around the country held a conference call yesterday to address concerns over growing student loan debt. The call was part of a national campaign urging state lawmakers to enact policies promoting debt-free college. 

 
 

10.30.15 - Rep Howse: Embracing Science, Technology Will Position Workforce For 21st Century Economy

 

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Stephanie Santoso, Senior Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), participated in a roundtable discussion this week held by the Cleveland Public Library to inform area stakeholders of new Science, Technology, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs available in Northeast Ohio. The policymaker stressed the importance of ensuring STEAM programs reach students in underserved urban communities, especially those in the Cleveland area.

 
 

10.06.15 - Rep. Howse Participates In National Conference On Empowering Women In Politics

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) recently attended a national conference centered on the ways women leaders can influence national priorities and push for true gender equality.

 
 

09.23.15 - Reps. Howse, Clyde Introduce The Ohio Equal Pay Act

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men. 

 
 

08.20.15 - "Louis Stokes Day" To Honor Legacy Of Trailblazing Congressman

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced that she will introduce legislation officially creating “Louis Stokes Day” in honor of the late Cleveland-area congressman. February 23, the congressman’s birthday, will be the designated day of recognition.  

 
 

06.30.15 - Howse: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.  

“HB 180 is a direct attack on communities within House District 11 and across Ohio that are working to provide inclusive job opportunities to their residents,” said Howse. “This legislation undermines the progress that has been made to provide pathways to careers that pay a livable wage and further widens the gap between the haves and have-nots.” 

 
 

06.10.15 - State Expands Summer Youth Employment Initiative In Cuyahoga County

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)  announced $2.7 million in funding to expand the 2015 youth employment program to include 14- and 15-year-olds. 

 
 

06.10.15 - Local Hiring Ban Passes House Committee Along Partisan Lines

 

Democratic lawmakers expressed their disappointment Tuesday with the committee passage of legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting local hiring requirements for public works projects. The measure, which initially turned up in a rewrite to the state’s transportation budget last month before being nixed by the Ohio Senate and House, was reported from the House Commerce and Labor Committee this afternoon along partisan lines. 

 
 

05.27.15 - Howse: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today convened with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy
solutions to challenges Ohio women face.

 
 

05.26.15 - Rep. Howse Applauds Federal Consent Decree, Eyes Progress For Community-police Relations

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the consent decree negotiated between the City of Cleveland and the federal Department of Justice, saying the agreement is an important step toward achieving real progress on community-police relations in Cleveland.    

Announced at a joint press conference this afternoon, the ground-breaking agreement between the city and federal justice officials includes provisions on community engagement, use-of-force, support and resources, minimizing stereotyping, accountability and crisis intervention. In particular, the agreement enables Cleveland to continue its city-wide implementation of body cameras for all officers and establishes a new community police commission that will work with neighborhoods to provide input into police matters.

“The reforms being implemented in Cleveland will make our officers better equipped to perform their duties while ensuring fair treatment for all city residents,” said Howse. “With the cooperation of federal authorities and local and state leaders, this brings us closer to significant justice reform in our community and state.”

 
 

04.22.15 - Rep. Howse: $131.6 Billion State Budget Clears House With Attacks On Working Ohioans, Tax Cuts For Richest One-percent

 

Today, State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to the state’s two-year budget proposal, House Bill 64. Democratic legislators said the bill failed to lay out a real plan for the future of the state and instead advanced partisan attacks on working Ohioans and policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests.

 

 
 

04.07.15 - Bipartisan Proposal Would Create STEM Public-private Partnership School Pilot

 

State Reps. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 145 to create the STEM Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program. This workforce development and education program would give high school students the opportunity to receive education in a targeted industry while simultaneously earning high school and college credit.

“This is a tool that can help make sure every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential while better preparing them to compete for jobs of the future,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse. “Building partnerships between schools and businesses strengthens our communities and makes higher education more accessible and more affordable for our kids and families.”

 
 

02.09.15 - Rep. Howse Encourages Local College Seniors & Graduates To Apply For Statehouse Fellowship

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) is now accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative Fellowship Program. LSC will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2016.

 
 

01.06.15 - Stephanie Howse Sworn In As State Representative

 

Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Monday as State Representative for the 11th House District. Howse, elected to her first House term in November, will serve the citizens in Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights and parts of Cleveland.