State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today kicked off Safe Sleep Awareness Month with visits to Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa Health Systems Akron Campus to drop off onesies and discuss safe sleep practices with new mothers.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now in its 31st year of recognition, Domestic Violence Awareness Month honors those who lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrates survivors, and connects advocates who work to end domestic violence. Sykes dedicated much of her work in the legislature to address Ohio’s domestic violence concerns by updating and modernizing Ohio’s domestic violence laws through bipartisan legislation.
“With the passage of House Bill 1, victims in violent dating relationships will now have life-saving protections under Ohio law,” said Sykes. “It is vitally important we continue raising awareness for victims of domestic violence and continue thinking of how we as elected officials and as members of our communities can make an impact.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $177,716.05 in state funds to improve school safety in the 34th House District. Under House Bill (HB) 318, a bipartisan effort sparked by increased gun violence on school grounds, all of Ohio's public schools, private schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities will receive additional funding to employ and develop standards for school resource officers.
In addition to the funding included under HB 318, the Ohio Attorney General’s office will provide active-shooter training curriculum to educators, as well as guidelines for emergency safety planning.
“It is impossible for students to grow and thrive if they feel under attack,” said Sykes. “By increasing school security measures and setting clear guidelines in place, I hope we can create an environment free from threat that gives students the ability to reach their fullest potential. This new funding is truly an investment for our future.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) today sent a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine urging him to join other attorneys general across the nation in denouncing the Texas lawsuit that seeks to terminate the Affordable Care Act nationwide.
“The Affordable Care Act has been instrumental in Ohio’s ability to expand Medicaid and provide private insurance options to over 157,000 Ohioans, which dramatically reduced the amount of people without insurance in Ohio,” Rep. Sykes said. “The Attorney General must act to protect Ohioans’ healthcare.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today responded to the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s assessment of Ohio’s 2014 Medicaid expansion. The evaluation analyzed Group VIII participants who were enrolled in Medicaid for at least 30 days and included a detailed telephone survey, biometric screening and qualitative interviews. Representative Sykes has been a strong supporter of Medicaid’s Expansion since its inception in 2014.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the Statehouse School Transportation Grant application process opens for submission at 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 2018. A total of 75 school transportation grants will be awarded throughout the state on a first come first served basis.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) hosted a local Small Business Summit on Friday, August 24th, at Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, Inc.
“I enjoyed being able to connect with Akron’s local business owners about what they do and hope to achieve as small businesses,” said Rep. Sykes. “I encourage all local businesses, no matter what type of company you own, to take advantage of the wide range of—mostly free— state, county and city resources.”
State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recently sent a letter* to Gov. John Kasich asking him to bring his administration to the mediation table to resolve her Ohio Civil Rights Commission investigation into reported discrimination and bias surrounding Statehouse security practices.
“You frequently talk about bringing people together to solve problems and making sure our actions reflect our American values of equality and fairness,” Sykes wrote to Kasich. “I appeal to you in an effort to gain your assistance in bringing your Department of Public Safety and Department of Administrative Services to the mediation table with me and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to resolve experiences of gender discrimination and racial bias in Statehouse security practices.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today responded to the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s decision to fire the state’s pharmacy middlemen after reading an advance copy of Auditor Dave Yost’s report on the deceptive healthcare pricing scheme that cost Ohio taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Yost reported his findings to the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) earlier today.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is optimistic that four agencies will sit down by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s (OCRC) Aug. 16 mediation deadline to address racial profiling and discrimination by State Highway Patrol and private guards at the security checkpoints for the Riffe Tower and the Statehouse.
"Now that the State Highway Patrol’s self-review is completed, the next step is to sit down with all parties for mediation,” said Sykes. “I'm keeping an open mind and remain hopeful that we can come together to ensure everyone is treated equally at their state capitol.”
Sykes said that if some parties aren’t willing to meet OCRC’s mediation deadline, she will rely on the outcome of the commission’s independent investigation to determine a final resolution.