State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) yesterday held a community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with constituents from across Franklin County; thanks to all who attended,” said Rep. Lightbody. “My colleagues and I were glad to share information about how the Democratic caucus has been working for them to uphold Ohio’s promise of good jobs, safe communities, and a quality education for everyone. We work for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any further questions or concerns.”
State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:
State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.
“There is a significant need to invest in renewable energy initiatives for Ohio’s future,” said Rep. Lightbody. “Energy efficiency initiatives and an emphasis on renewables should have been our focus under this bill, instead of working to prop up failing nuclear power plants and a coal-powered plant in Indiana. Consider the unprecedented rainfall and impact on agriculture, as well as flooding in low-lying areas. To help our communities compete in a 21st century economy, we must do everything we can to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.”
Ohio State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today voted in opposition to the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.
“The budget presented on the House floor was a step in the right direction, but did not go far enough to uphold the promises my Democratic colleagues and I made to work toward the best outcomes for Ohio’s residents,” said Lightbody. “While progress was made to support the libraries and protect the environment, compromise was not upheld on vital issues that will have an impact on Ohio’s future. I hope the governor will attend to the list of line items provided by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes for his line-item veto.”
House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.
Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.
House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.
House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.
House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.
State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today joined Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures.