COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced today that House Bill (HB) 2, a long-held Democratic priority that creates the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, was signed into law. The program is specifically designed to bring broadband access to unserved residential households in both rural and urban areas of the state. The bill funds $20 million in grants for this year.
Today, Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) applauded the House passage of legislation that would allow more health professionals to administer the coronavirus vaccine, extend professional licenses and help low-income Ohioans pay for utilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) 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.
51 years ago, America changed at Kent State – and we should remember it today. The Kent State shootings still matter because it was the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.
COLUMBUS –Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued the following statement on the House passage of House Bill 110, the state’s two-year budget, saying that despite falling short of the bold opportunity for Ohio’s future Democrats wanted to see, the bill moves Ohio a step in the right direction to address the needs of working people and families.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) 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, music venues, 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.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) woke up this morning in Ohio's 8th House District, saw snow on car roofs and immediately sprang into action. Two days ago it was 73 degrees, yet the "Feels Like" temperature at 8AM this morning was 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It was even colder in Celsius.
COLUMBUS –Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) 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.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) joined House Democrats today to vote opposition to a motion to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial Republican legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) signed on as a co-sponsor to House Democratic priority legislation to declare racism a public health crisis. Previously introduced in the 133rd General Assembly as HCR 31, the resolution provides meaningful action steps to address racial health disparities and begin to dismantle systemic racism in Ohio.