House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state.
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and state Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) hosted the 10th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. This year, the event focused on how the opioid crisis has impacted and increased the risk of human trafficking.
“I am so incredibly honored to be part of Human Trafficking Awareness Day again this year. Celebrating 10 years of sharing information, honoring survivors, and connecting people with advocacy groups is an amazing accomplishment,” said Representative Galonski. “Still, there is so much work to be done. Senator Fedor and I will continue advocating for these survivors as we aim to eliminate this modern day slavery known as human trafficking. We cannot standby as women and children are being sold and exploited.”
State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) accepted an appointment last Friday to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court task force, which examines how bail is determined in Ohio’s criminal justice system.
“As current Co-Chair of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Sentencing Subcommittee, I understand the importance of comprehensively examining our criminal justice system to ensure a fair sentencing process for all Ohioans,” said Galonski. “I believe bail reform is an integral part of criminal justice reform, and I take honor in this opportunity.”
State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today highlighted her opposition to House Bill (HB) 78, an anti-worker bill designed to reduce pay for skilled labor by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.
State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced her appointment to the Ohio House Civil Justice, Criminal Justice and Higher Education committees for the 133rd General Assembly. She was also appointed as Co-Chair of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Sentencing Subcommittee.
State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today introduced a bill to address infant mortality through increased sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening for expectant mothers. The legislation would require healthcare professionals to test pregnant women for HIV, syphilis and gonorrhea at different points of the pregnancy in order to connect mother and baby to appropriate treatment and counseling.
State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today complied a short list of shelters and food pantries available to local residents as communities prepare for the anticipated snow storm this weekend.
House Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair and state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued a statement following claims that state Senator-elect Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) was discriminated against by security staff while entering the Vern Riffe Center government building in Columbus Tuesday.
In the late hours of lame duck session, the Ohio House of Representatives voted 82-3 to pass House Bill (HB) 461, legislation introduced by state Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) to bring Ohio law into compliance with federal law in cases involving the human trafficking of minors aged 16 and 17 years old.
State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House will tonight pass Senate changes to House Bill 491, which extend alternative pathways to graduation for 2019 and 2020 Ohio high school seniors.
“Though I share the frustration of students and families who have been looking for a graduation solution from the Statehouse for almost a year, I am happy we will ultimately extend alternative graduation pathways through 2020,” said Galonski. “We have a lot of work left to do to ensure stability and consistency in Ohio’s ever-changing graduation requirements, so students can plan for their future and have an equal opportunity to succeed.”
The Akron lawmaker, who serves on the House Education Committee, introduced her own legislation, House Bill 630, to extend alternative pathways. The bill gained the attention of concerned students and parents, but was only given one hearing by majority Republicans. Galonski’s bill would have given career and college-ready Ohio high school seniors the opportunity to graduate in 2019 and 2020, similar to the language ultimately included in HB 491.
“I am committed to working toward fair requirements that recognize individual student success and performance instead of putting too much weight on standardized testing alone to determine graduation,” added Galonski. “We can’t afford to hold career and college-ready students back just because education standards in Columbus are broken.”
According to the Ohio Department of Education, some 50,000 students were at risk of not graduating in 2019 due to an overreliance on standardized testing – an approach that has been roundly criticized by lawmakers of both political parties.