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COLUMBUS— Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced the signing of executive order 2020-24D, which provided protections for unemployed Ohioans who are over 65 or considered “high risk” and asked to return to work by their prior employer. Where previously they would have been disqualified from receiving benefits for refusing an offer of suitable work, now these Ohioans will remain eligible for unemployment.

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Fri, Jun 19, 2020

COLUMBUSState Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today signed onto a concurrent resolution urging Congress to designate June 19th a paid federal holiday. This date is to be known as Juneteenth Independence day in recognition of June 19, 1865, when news of the end of slavery reached the southwestern states two months after the end of the American Civil War.  

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Fri, Jun 19, 2020

COLUMBUSRep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.

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Thu, Jun 4, 2020

COLUMBUS—Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) issued a statement today as Republican lawmakers voted to fast-track legislationthat does little to prepare the state’s Boards of Elections to safely conduct a presidential election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

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Thu, Jun 4, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) urging him to consider additional security measures for members receiving threats of physical violence. The letter follows threats of violence made against House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and her family in May. To date, the speaker has not publicly condemned the incident and has refused to make any additional security measures available to Leader Sykes.

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Wed, Jun 3, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) urging him to consider additional security measures for members receiving threats of physical violence. The letter follows threats of violence made against House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and her family in May. To date, the speaker has not publicly condemned the incident and has refused to make any additional security measures available to Leader Sykes.

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Wed, Jun 3, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today introduced House Bill (HB) 686 to waive end-of-year state testing for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the uncertainty for the upcoming school year, the bill requires the Ohio Department of Education to seek a federal waiver for testing requirements and hold districts harmless regarding the State Report Card.

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Mon, Jun 1, 2020

COLUMBUS— Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today signed onto a House resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, led by Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), today introduced legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

House DemocraticMembers of the Veteran Caucus today sent a letter to Governor DeWine calling on him to urge President Trump to rescind his orders ending National Guard deployments. The letter, signed by state Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson), Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) and Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), notes that the “hard stop” for deployments falls one day short of the 90-day threshold where National Guard service members would qualify to receive early retirement, education, among other benefits.

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Thu, May 21, 2020