State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement expressing his cautious optimism following the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States:


“Though many Americans are uncertain about the future, I remain positive today in my belief that our best days are still ahead of us. I look forward to the role we can play in Ohio to advance our shared priorities of rebuilding our infrastructure and creating new, better-paying jobs.


“If the President truly means what he said about working together for all Americans, I look forward to seeing that progress.


“While I am willing to give our new President a chance, that does not mean giving him a free pass. We must continue to hold him accountable for what he says and does.”

 
 
 
  
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West Continues Fight For Quality, Affordable Healthcare For All Ohioans

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today responded to reports that a number of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) have been charging Ohio taxpayers three to six times as much as the industry standard to process prescription drugs for Ohio Medicaid recipients. For prescriptions that should cost between 95 cents and $1.90, PBMs CVS Caremark and Optum Rx have been charging Ohio taxpayers $5.60 and $6.50 per script, respectively.



 
 

West's Bipartisan Bill To Lower Cost Of Prescription Drugs Passes Ohio House

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 479, the Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act, his bipartisan legislation that would save consumers money by prohibiting gag rules that prevent pharmacists from informing consumers when they are overpaying for prescription drugs.



 
 

Reps. West, Fedor Introduce Resolution Calling For Universal Preschool

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Thomas West (D-Canton) today introduced a joint resolution to establish universal preschool in Ohio. The proposal would amend the Ohio Constitution to require free, universal preschool for all four and five-year-olds who reside in the Buckeye State.



 
 

Rep. West Announces Bill Package To Curb Gun Violence

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive set of legislation to curb gun violence in Ohio. This announcement comes on the heels of nationwide outcry on the issue of gun safety following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The set of legislation would implement a 72-hour waiting period, raise the minimum purchasing age for purchasing assault-style rifles to 21 and close the Charleston Loophole that allows felons to purchase weapons if their background check does not process after 72 hours.