COLUMBUS— State Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 13, Democratic priority legislation to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband to unserved residential households.
COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs. The U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and NASCAR recently announced similar bans on Confederate memorabilia. Republicans rejected the amendments largely along party lines, voting instead to protect the sale of the Confederate flag.
COLUMBUS— Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 163 by the Ohio House. SB 163 is an omnibus bill that includes House Bill (HB) 664, sponsored by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Galonski (D-Akron), to create a Summit Metro Parks license plate and have the associated fees put towards the Metro Parks Foundation.
COLUMBUS—Today, Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and fellow House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to ban the use of tear gas by all county, municipal and township police departments indefinitely.
Ohio House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), are acting swiftly to respond to the thousands of concerned voices being raised in cities and towns throughout Ohio by announcing today their preliminary legislative plans to combat police brutality. The proposed bills would prohibit profiling, tear gas, and the use of quotas by all law enforcement agencies, as well as call for the independent investigation of officer-involved shootings and the creation of databases to better track problematic behavior and employment history of law enforcement officers.
COLUMBUS—Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) 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.
COLUMBUS—Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) 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.
COLUMBUS—Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) released a statement today following the weekend’s protests throughout the state:
COLUMBUS— Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the introduction of the Worker Protection Act, Democratic-sponsored legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.
COLUMBUS—Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today applauded the 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.