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State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget to fund road and bridge improvements and public transit throughout the state. While HB 62 includes an historic $200 million investment in the state’s public transportation system, it also stands to raise the gasoline tax to fill the state’s $1 billion shortfall for road and bridge maintenance and construction.

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Thu, Mar 7, 2019

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today highlighted her opposition to the recently introduced House Bill 78, a GOP anti-worker bill designed to reduce pay for skilled labor by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.

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Fri, Feb 22, 2019

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill 86, legislation designed to correct a technical error in House Bill 228 better known as the ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill. House Bill 228, passed through a lame duck session at the end of last year, included ambiguous language that some say could inadvertently ban certain weapons.

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Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today wrote a letter* to the Wright State University Board of Trustees urging them to come back to the negotiating table and work with teachers to put an end to the almost three-week faculty strike.

“As lawmakers, we want to attract talented workers to our state and provide them with the opportunities they need to build a life for their families here. Access to health care, fair compensation, safe working conditions and ensuring hardworking people have a seat at the bargaining table not only strengthens our workforce, but our entire state’s economy,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.

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Fri, Feb 8, 2019

State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today announced a bipartisan package of legislation to repeal state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products and baby diapers. The Ohio House voted last December to exempt tampons and pads from the state sales tax, but the Senate did not pick up the bill in time before the end of the legislative session.

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Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Ohio House Democratic Caucus Whip and state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement announcing she will leave her leadership post with the caucus at the end of Jan:

“I’m proud of the progress the House Democratic Caucus has made during my time in leadership, welcoming an historic number of women and minority lawmakers and adding nearly a half-dozen new seats to our ranks—efforts nearly a decade in the making.

“I look forward to working with the new leadership team and my colleagues to continue to find commonsense ways to come together and give working people the tools they need for a better life.”

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Fri, Jan 11, 2019

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House for including language that exempts feminine hygiene products from state sales tax under House Bill (HB) 545, a larger tax-related bill which passed the Ohio House this afternoon. The provision came out of HB 61, introduced by Kelly and former state Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) in February 2017.

“Eliminating the tampon tax will put more money into the pockets of women, in-turn strengthening the families they support and nurture,” said Kelly. “I am thankful we were able to come together to even the playing field for women, girls and families on medically necessary products. No one should face extra economic challenges simply because of their gender.”

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Wed, Dec 5, 2018

The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant. 

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Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families. 

"Thousands of students, moms, families – and even our own Republican Governor – have asked us to put commonsense gun safety laws in place. But this isn’t commonsense, it’s nonsense that will cost us lives and increase gun violence," said House Assistant Minority Whip Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). "We want safe streets and neighborhoods, but this bill makes us all less safe."

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the beginning of International Central Service Week. The annual celebration starts the second Sunday in October, honoring central service professionals responsible for decontaminating, cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments prior to use.

“Central service professionals play a critical, yet often overlooked, role in our healthcare system,” said Kelly. “Through their unwavering commitment to patient safety and health, these men and women ensure that surgeries and procedures are performed effectively and without delay. If you or someone you love has ever undergone an operation, a central service professional was instrumental in its success.”

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018