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House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement as House Republican leaders pushed a House floor vote on House rules that would stifle the voices of Ohioans in committee hearings and on the House floor. Democrats say the changes silence legitimate concerns of millions of Ohioans.

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Wed, Feb 3, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement on House Democratic budget priorities for the 134th General Assembly, which include coronavirus relief, healthcare modernization and education funding. The governor released his initial plan Monday.

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Mon, Feb 1, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement on Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States, cementing Democratic control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

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Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump. 

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Wed, Jan 13, 2021

I hope this message finds you and your family well. According to Ohio Revised Code, the Summit County Fiscal Officer must reappraise the value of all real property in the County every 6 years. 2020 was the year for Summit County's reappraisal. While our County Fiscal Officer attempted to delay this process due to the pandemic, the delay was not allowed. As such, many of you received a tax bill that was substantially higher than expected; as property values rise, property taxes may also increase. 

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Wed, Jan 13, 2021

“The attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol by terrorists is the direct result of Republicans undermining the very democratic institutions and principles that they were elected to and swore to protect and uphold. The shallow words from so-called ‘leaders’ like U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Gov. Mike DeWine, GOP Chairman Jane Timken, and all the others is nothing but a sham to cover their own complicity.  

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Thu, Jan 7, 2021
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Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today condemned the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 175, Shoot First legislation that would permit the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered anywhere in the state. Democrats spoke against the extreme Shoot First bill in late December, saying it will threaten Black lives and makes Ohioans less safe. Sykes sent the governor a letter urging his veto of the controversial legislation Dec. 22.

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Mon, Jan 4, 2021
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House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) took the oath of office during the opening session of the 134th Ohio General Assembly (GA) at the Ohio Statehouse Monday, officially beginning Sykes’ 4th and final term as state representative for the 34th District. 

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Mon, Jan 4, 2021

A PDF with HD 34 COVID-19 resources as of December 31, 2020 is attached here.

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Thu, Dec 31, 2020