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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.

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Fri, Mar 15, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that the Dallas Swogger Act, which adds skateboards to the list of items prohibited under Ohio law from being attached to a moving vehicle, passed the Ohio House through an amendment to House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s transportation budget. The practice of attaching a skateboard to a moving vehicle, known as “skitching,” led to the tragic death of Canton, Ohio teen Dallas Swogger in October 2017.

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Mon, Mar 11, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) last week introduced an amendment to the state transportation budget creating a dedicated source of funding for public transportation in Ohio. The amendment seeks to add a two dollar per day user fee on vehicles from a vehicle rental company, with a capacity of $28 per rental transaction.

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Tue, Mar 5, 2019

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. 

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Tue, Jan 29, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) has been appointed to the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, a bipartisan and bicameral committee tasked with providing oversight of all facets of the Ohio’s Medicaid program.

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Thu, Jan 24, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) took the oath of office Monday during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, starting his second term as a state lawmaker.

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Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families. 

“Although I support an individual’s right to carry, I believe stand your ground expands gun laws to the detriment of our communities by allowing individuals to shoot first and ask questions later,” said Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton). “We already had the Castle Doctrine in Ohio, which was adequate enough to allow us to protect ourselves by using force, including deadly force, in our homes or cars when we needed to. The Castle Doctrine encouraged people in those situations to avoid violence as much as possible, which is what we need during times of high stress and fear. Now our communities across Ohio will be more susceptible to gun violence and less safe for our families.”

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 598, bipartisan legislation that seeks to give local townships and land banks more flexibility the process of foreclosure. West and bill joint-sponsor state Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) introduced HB 598 earlier this year.

“I am proud to see the House prioritize the health of our neighborhoods and the revitalization of our communities by passing this bill,” said West. “Removing blight is an important step in stabilizing neighborhoods still recovering from the housing crisis of the mid-2000s. Additionally, this bill gives communities more flexibility to address vacated properties and greater opportunity to execute long-term recovery plans.”

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the Statehouse School Transportation Grant application process opens for submission at 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 2018. A total of 75 school transportation grants will be awarded throughout the state on a first come first served basis. 

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Thu, Aug 30, 2018

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today reacted to recent reports that the Republican-controlled legislature is prioritizing his legislation to ensure families who have lost loved ones do not mistakenly believe they are obligated to pay the deceased’s debts. West’s House Bill 615 will be a top priority for passage by the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee during the final months of the session. 

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Thu, Aug 23, 2018