State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement in response to the latest developments in the Ohio voter purge scheduled to take place today:
I am extremely pleased that voters who moved within their county who remain eligible to vote will stay on the rolls. The House Democratic Caucus called for this action and now it’s happening.
Over the last 48 hours, new evidence of errors in the Ohio voter purge list has surfaced making it impossible to know at this point how many still-eligible Ohioans will be affected by today’s purge. I’m cautiously optimistic that today’s hard-won improvements will keep thousands more eligible Ohioans on the rolls and I will continue monitoring this matter.
State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement in response to the news that the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute settled its legal challenge against Secretary of State Frank LaRose such that Ohioans’ ballots will be counted even if they are caught up in the voter purge. See the settlement agreement here and her statement below.
State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced a town hall meetingon Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Senior Center to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in the Cleveland area.
“The state budget is the single most important document that we produce as legislators. It spans thousands of pages and appropriates nearly seventy billion dollars each year over the biennium. My constituents deserve to know how the State of Ohio spends their money,” said Rep. Sweeney. “My first months in office gave me a unique opportunity to craft the state budget and prioritize issues that matter to House District 14. I look forward to sharing these efforts to restore our Ohio Promise with my constituents.”
House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter* to Secretary of State Frank LaRose alerting him to new problems with the purge list and urging him to cancel the upcoming voter purge. Thousands of Ohio registered voters are being targeted for removal from the rolls at the beginning of September, many of whom are still eligible to vote. Last Thursday, community groups working to help find people on the purge list also raised problems with the process and the tools provided by the Secretary and asked for more time to help people stay registered.
State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) last week introduced new legislation, House Bill (HB) 316, that would allow family members, household members, or law enforcement officers to file for a court order temporarily preventing individuals considered to be an imminent danger to themselves or others from possessing firearms.
“In many instances of gun violence, there were clear warning signs the shooter posed a serious risk of injuring themselves or others with a firearm,” said Rep. Russo. “Extreme risk protection orders save lives by giving families and law enforcement time to quickly intervene before those warning signs escalate into tragedies, while also respecting Second amendment and due process rights.”
State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) 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:
State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) 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.
“Back-to-school can be a financially stressful time for Ohioans and I applaud the efforts made by the legislature to try and mitigate that stress,” said Sweeney. “I encourage my constituents and all Ohioans to take advantage of this great opportunity for sales-tax free school supplies.”
State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to reconsider and cancel the Sept. 6 voter purge which threatens the registration of some 235,610 Ohio voters—many of whom remain eligible to vote.
“For years, we’ve had Automated Voter Purging but not Automated Voter Registration,” wrote Sweeney. “I ask that you reconsider and cancel this voter purge so that my constituents – those who vote and those who don’t – are not struck from the rolls. Let’s get back on track with Automated Voter Registration and leave Automated Voter Purging in the past.”
State Rep. Bride Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $55,000 in state funds for Dental Health Services in Parma Heights to provide dental health care at two regional behavioral healthcare providers.
“I applaud the great work of Dental Health Services and am looking forward to this investment coming to my district,” Sweeney said Monday. “Every Ohioan deserves access to essential health care services that contribute to their well-being.”
Ohio State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) 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.
“This isn’t the budget that Democrats wanted, but Ohioans cannot afford another interim budget. Compromise is an important part of keeping our promise to taxpayer and making government work for its people. One of the key components to my yes vote was the historic investment in higher education. Education is the great equalizer and we are expanding the opportunity to give Ohioans a better life, better job, and brighter future,” said Sweeney.