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State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the passage of House Bill 411, her bill designed to realign Ohio’s wrongful imprisonment laws to ensure the wrongfully imprisoned are given the dignity and reasonable remedy process they deserve. 

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Thu, Jun 7, 2018

After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.


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Wed, Jun 6, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in response to the latest in a string of incidents where she and other black women lawmakers have been subjected to additional security measures when entering the Ohio Statehouse and other government office buildings. Upon entering the Riffe Center in Columbus last week, security officials stopped the Akron-area lawmaker despite her presenting her security access badge.

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Mon, Jun 4, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) last week joined members of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Summit County Councilman David Hamilton and local State Highway Patrol at Helen Arnold and Schumacher Community Learning Centers in Akron to promote the AAP’s Bike Helmet Safety Awareness initiative by providing helmets to children. 

“I’m proud to partner with the Ohio AAP to provide bicycle safety tips that will help keep our kids safe,” said Sykes. “We were able to give the kids a special presentation by teaching them the importance of wearing a bike helmet and then giving them a helmet to take home.”

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Tue, May 29, 2018

State Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued the following statements in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Speaker:

“This is embarrassing. We were elected to serve the people of Ohio. Important work is being delayed and the people of the 34th House district are being disrespected by the lack of leadership from the majority and I take that very personally,” said Sykes.

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Wed, May 23, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the award of $103,718 in community development grant money to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts in Akron.

“In Akron, we take pride in our community and welcome this opportunity to keep our parks, streets and neighborhoods clean. Reducing pollution through new recycling initiatives is a simple, common sense approach to protecting our environment,” said Sykes. “Keeping Akron beautiful keeps our community healthy, strong and vibrant.”

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Fri, May 11, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today celebrated 2018 National Small Business Week, which runs from April 29 – May 3. National Small Business Week annually recognizes entrepreneurship and celebrates small businesses across the United States. Events are celebrated locally in addition to a kick-off in the nation’s capital.

“Small Business Week is a time to celebrate locally owned businesses that are the backbone of our communities,” Sykes said. “Together we can grow small businesses through policies at the state level and offer support locally to new and longstanding businesses in Akron.”

Sykes is encouraging area small businesses or people looking to start one to look into the following state resources that can help them grow, create jobs and give back to the community:

-Ohio Department of Administrative Services:

-JobsOhio Regional Network Contacts:

-Secretary of the State Website for Client Service Center:

Sykes, who serves as the House Minority Whip, represents Ohio’s 34th House district, which includes Akron and parts of Cuyahoga Falls and Bath Township.

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Thu, May 3, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is inviting constituents of the 34th House District to Akron’s Towpath Trail for a nature walk celebrating the state’s 2018 Year of the Trails campaign. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. starting at the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, located at 47 W. Exchange St. in Akron. 

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Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Barbara Sears, during the agency’s public comment period, calling on the agency to rethink controversial and partisan Medicaid restrictions. The new restrictions would deny some qualifying Medicaid recipients their healthcare without notice if they cannot work a specified number of hours in a given month.

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Thu, Mar 15, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s $2.6 billion biennial capital bill. The capital budget is primarily used to fund the upkeep of state facilities, colleges and university campuses and state lands, but also includes a number of community projects of local or regional interest. Sykes announced the bill contains more than $22 million in local projects for House district 34.

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Wed, Mar 7, 2018