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Akron state lawmakers, Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes and Tavia Galonski, today issued the following joint statement in response to former Akron Police Chief James Nice’s use of racial slurs while in office:

“While our nation seems to be approaching a critical intersection of hateful and divisive dialogue, Nice’s language plays to this ugliness, distorting who we are as a community. We condemn Nice’s behavior in the strongest terms possible. We also urge our neighbors and constituents to look beyond one man’s failings in order to champion the good and righteous within our community. We are more than one person’s bad decisions. We are more than one man or woman’s judgement. We are Akron.”

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Fri, Sep 1, 2017

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) this week joined 128 state legislators from 36 states at the 2017 National Issues Forum organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators. The event offered opportunities for attendees to collaborate on policy solutions to combat climate change, remove toxins from drinking water and consumer products, and conserve water, public lands, and endangered species.

“I am very proud to be part of a nationwide coalition advocating for modern day solutions to modern day problems,” Galonski said.  “I believe we have an opportunity in Ohio to be at the forefront of the growth and economic opportunity that rethinking environmental challenges can bring. From good-paying advanced manufacturing jobs to research and development jobs, commonsense energy and environmental policies can catapult us as a leader in an emerging sector of our rapidly changing global economy.”

The forum agenda featured a keynote address from former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who spoke about the ability of states to innovate and create environmental models for the federal government to adopt. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also keynoted the event. He highlighted the fact that states had already been passing legislation that proves it is possible to simultaneously protect the environment and support economic growth, and noted that such efforts are now more important than ever.

Schwarzenegger underscored the need for bipartisanship cooperation and state and local action on climate and the environment. “I don’t see the environment as a political issue. There is no Republican air or Democratic air, we all breathe the same air. There is no Republican water or Democratic water, we all drink the same water, so let’s work together on this,” he said. “States, provinces, cities, and neighborhoods have tremendous power, and we should wield that power… This i Read Full Story

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“As hard working taxpayers look to simply enjoy life, Statehouse Republicans have now added fear of deadly weapons to our otherwise peaceful coexistence," said Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron).

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Thu, Jul 6, 2017

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“When a family member is ill, the last thing they need is additional stress about healthcare costs,” said Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron). “I am bewildered by the additional burdens placed on hard-working Ohioans in this state budget.”

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Thu, Jul 6, 2017

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) recently announced the release of $500,000 in state funds for Community Support Services in Akron to build a new apartment building with full accommodations for mentally ill individuals.

“In conjunction with support from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Agency, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health (ADM) Services Board contracts with Community Support Services to provide exceptional, proven treatment services to help patients live life to the fullest,” said Galonski. “I am pleased to see the state support a project that will improve the health and well-being of Ohio’s most vulnerable, and families can rest assured their loved ones are in good care thanks to the support of Summit County ADM Services Board.”

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Tue, Jun 20, 2017

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced her election as treasurer of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) for the 132nd General Assembly. Galonski was appointed to replace former state rep. Greta Johnson in early May.

“I am honored to serve as treasurer for the House Women’s Caucus,” said Galonski. “I look forward to working with the Women’s Caucus, using our platform to advocate for equality and develop policies that put fairer principles into practice.”

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Thu, Jun 1, 2017

State Rep. Galonski (D-Akron) recently announced the Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is underway to ensure children ages eighteen and under receive free nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

Additionally, young adults ages nineteen through twenty-one that are currently enrolled in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are also eligible to use the Summer Food Services Program. The program is free and there is no sign up required. 

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Tue, May 23, 2017

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

“Today, Republican lawmakers made it easier for careless employers and big corporations to rig workers’ compensation rules for undocumented employees and force taxpayers to foot the bill if there is a workplace accident,” said Galonski. “Corporations that don’t play by the rules and hire undocumented workers should take responsibility when something goes wrong in the workplace.”

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Wed, May 17, 2017

Accompanied by family at the Ohio Statehouse today, Tavia Galonski, a previous Summit County Juvenile Court magistrate, was sworn in by retired federal bankruptcy court Judge Randolph Baxter, her uncle. The House Democratic Caucus voted on seating Galonski today during House session after a House panel recommended Galonski following eight applicant interviews for the 35th House district seat.

“We are excited to welcome Tavia into the caucus, and eager to work with her on some of the greatest challenges facing our state,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “From the creation of new, better-paying jobs to fully funding our schools and protecting our children, Tavia and the caucus share priorities that will benefit from her expertise and work.” 

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Wed, May 10, 2017