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.
COLUMBUS— Today, Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) signed on as a co-sponsor to the Ohio Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations. A previous version of the Ohio Fairness Act (The Equal Housing and Employment Act) passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Sept. 15, 2009, with bipartisan support. Last General Assembly, the Ohio Fairness Act had 3 hearings but did not receive a committee vote.
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) testified this week on House Bill (HB) 100, his bipartisan legislation with Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) to abolish the practice of state takeovers of public school districts. The legislation follows the controversial state takeovers of Youngstown City Schools, Lorain City Schools, and East Cleveland City Schools which have created more problems than benefits. Ohio Department of Education (ODE) reviews of these districts post-takeover indicate that the takeovers have not led to better educational outcomes for students, and often, gains made by these districts have been lost.
Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), the top Democrat on the House Public Utilities Committee, issued statements Wednesday on the passage of House Bill (HB) 128, legislation to repeal parts of HB 6 from the 133rd General Assembly (GA).
House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland), Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood), Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement as the Biden administration announced today that Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center has been chosen as a mass vaccination site, with the ability to administer 6,000 vaccine doses each day over eight weeks beginning March 17.
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today along with Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King, joined Governor DeWine for a vaccination event at the Salvation Army Friday morning in East Cleveland. Following the tour, they held a press conference where each of them spoke to the media and made remarks.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) issued a statement following the 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 $193.7 million over the next two years, double the governor’s proposed investment. Smith voted in favor of the bill, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) was selected by The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators as the 2021 Ohio State Lead. This position reflects a continued sense of dedication to environmental issues in Ohio and a demonstrated leadership role within the Caucus.
COLUMBUS—State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today released a video paying tribute to five Black authors that have Ohio roots. The five authors are Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Sharon Draper and Rita Dove. These five authors have made Ohio proud with their tremendous contributions to American culture.
Ohio House Public Utilities Committee Ranking Member Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) issued a statement as five bills aimed at repealing or undoing the damage caused by tainted House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly were brought before the House Public Utilities Committee Wednesday. HB 6, corporate bailout legislation at the center of an alleged multi-million dollar corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder and several associates remains part of Ohio law.