COLUMBUS—Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today voted in favor of the Fair School Funding Plan, House Bill (HB) 305, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) that would transform the way Ohio’s schools are funded. Democratic lawmakers have long fought to reform the state’s school funding formula, which the Ohio Supreme Court has found unconstitutional four times, beginning with the DeRolph decision in 1997.
COLUMBUS – State Representative Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced his appointment to the Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight. The Committee will hear legislation designed to repeal House Bill (HB) 6, the $2 billion corporate bailout tied to an ongoing FBI investigation into an alleged $60 million scheme to get the bill passed. Bipartisan legislation offering a clean repeal of HB 6 had previously languished in the Committee on Rules and Reference without any movement from the Majority Caucus for over a month before being referred to the newly formed Select Committee after House Democrats launched an effort to discharge it from Rules and Reference.
State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) announced Ohio schools may begin applying for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant beginning today, Monday, August 10. A total of $50 million will be allocated to expand high-speed internet access for Ohio students utilizing remote learning during the COVID crisis by providing hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.
COLUMBUS – State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $300 million in federal funding to offset Ohio’s K-12 schools and colleges and university’s costs of keeping students and staff safe in the fall.
COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in several Ohio counties, including Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced the unanimous Senate passage of House Bill (HB) 264, a bipartisan bill that provides for the refinancing of loans for certain public water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today applauded the unanimous passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.
COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) joined House Democrats to release their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century. Highlights of the plan include mailing a ballot with prepaid return postage to every voter, extending the ballot postmark date to Election Day, enhancing safety for in-person voting and expanding voter registration.
State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Reps. Gil Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced a town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the McKinley Auditorium at the McKinley Memorial Library to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led gains for working people and families in the Mahoning Valley.