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House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement Monday following the passage of the state budget, House Bill 110. Democrats expressed concerns about a number of provisions within the bill, including a more than $1.64 billion tax giveaway to largely benefit the wealthiest Ohioans and an increase in funding for the state’s EdChoice Voucher Program, which undermines public education in Ohio.

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Mon, Jun 28, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) penned an OpEd in the Columbus Dispatch this week in which she called on Governor DeWine to combat vaccine hesitancy and increase access for vulnerable population

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Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio will no longer receive federal funding for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), both of which are federally funded programs.

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Thu, Jun 24, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement Wednesday concerning the ongoing budget deliberations, urging the governor to be ready to step in to veto a number of anticipated provisions when the budget reaches his desk in the coming days.

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Wed, Jun 23, 2021
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Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) hosted one of many Ohio stops of the Freedom to Vote Tour in Akron on Friday, June 4. The tour, which had additional stops in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo, gives Ohioans the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns on House Bill (HB) 294, controversial anti-voter legislation that would roll back ballot access and intentionally make the process more confusing for voters.

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Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement after the Majority Floor Leader exploded in a furious tirade, screaming, pointing at and lunging toward Leader Sykes and Democratic committee members as she asked the Government Oversight Committee Chair to maintain decorum during Thursday’s hearing on Ohio’s Anti-Voter Bill, House Bill 294. The Majority Floor Leader was verbally harassing Democratic members of the committee when the Leader tried to intervene with her point of order. Leader Sykes and Democrats later moved to adjourn the meeting citing safety concerns. Republicans rejected the motion. 

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Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement on the expulsion from the Ohio House of former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019.

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Wed, Jun 16, 2021
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House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recognizes the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It all started with the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 where New York City police raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn. This led to days of protests and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. One year later, the first Pride march was held in June to celebrate the legacy of Stonewall and to set the precedent of Pride month for years to come. 

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Mon, Jun 14, 2021
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House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today joined members of Akron Children’s Hospital, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Akron Post, and the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center in Akron to promote the 10th annual “Put A Lid On It” Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month initiative by providing free helmets to children. 

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Fri, May 28, 2021

Today, House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Media Production Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2022.

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Wed, May 26, 2021