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COLUMBUS- State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today announced he will be introducing emergency legislation with Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) that would allow any student currently working on or making progress towards a high school credit during the 2020-2021 school year to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year to retake or supplement courses the student already has taken.

 

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Tue, May 11, 2021

State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) joined Democrats in opposing a Republican resolution that would urge Congress not to pass HR 1, the For the People Act, federal pro-voter legislation that would protect the freedom to vote, prevent billionaires from buying influence in elections, and make sure voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states.

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Thu, May 6, 2021

Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $39 million to cover the administrative costs of running the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Unemployment Insurance programs.

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Mon, May 3, 2021

State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today announced he will serve as co-chair of the Legislative Mental Health Caucus for the 134th General Assembly. He will replace Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) who has diligently served as co-chair since 2019.  

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Fri, Apr 23, 2021

COLUMBUS –Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today issued the following statement on the House passage of House Bill 110, the state’s two-year budget. House Democrats largely opposed the bill, saying it was a missed opportunity to invest in everyday Ohioans still struggling amid the health and economic crisis.

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Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Rep. Dontavius Jarrells announced today that he was invited to join the Council of State Government 2021-2022 Healthy State National Task Force due to his expertise and commitment to policy change and improvement. The task force is comprised of approximately 60 state leaders from all three branches of government across the country. 

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Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today applauded the House passage of a $2 billion package of coronavirus relief bills to deliver direct aid for rent and utility assistance, childcare providers, bars, restaurants, lodging and schools, among other industries facing economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic lawmakers also expressed concern over the months-long delay in the release of the funding, which they say slowed the state’s recovery.

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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

COLUMBUS –Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) issued a statement following the final passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget. Democrats fought against the governor’s proposed cuts to public transit funding in the bill, securing more than $221 million over the next two years, more than doubling the governor’s proposed investment. 

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Fri, Mar 26, 2021

COLUMBUS—Rep. Dontavius L. Jarrells (D-Columbus) will be introducing legislation removing additional derogatory language within the state’s code. This legislation will be continuation of the work started by House Bill 158 in the 131st General Assembly, which replaced references to “mentally retarded person” in the Ohio Revised Code.

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Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Today, Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) signed on as a co-sponsor to the Ohio Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations. A previous version of the Ohio Fairness Act (The Equal Housing and Employment Act) passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Sept. 15, 2009, with bipartisan support. Last General Assembly, the Ohio Fairness Act had 3 hearings but did not receive a committee vote.

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Thu, Mar 11, 2021