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House Democratic lawmakers today unveiled a package of commonsense gun safety measures they say will work to curb gun violence and save lives in Ohio. The call comes amid a spike in gun violence and Ohio’s new no duty to retreat bill taking effect earlier this month.

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Mon, Apr 19, 2021

Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items this week, including the establishment of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, which will allow Ohio to accept an estimated $5.5 billion under the recently passed American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic and aid the state’s economic recovery once appropriated. 

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Mon, Apr 19, 2021

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 23, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require that police officers and first responders be trained to interact with individuals with dementia.

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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 8, his bipartisan bill with State Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require the recording of interrogations for most major felonies, passed the Ohio House. 

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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) announced the state Controlling Board this week approved $69.8 million for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program, as well as nearly $20 million to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to fund substance abuse prevention and recovery programs as well as the state’s continued coronavirus pandemic response. 

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Tue, Apr 6, 2021

With Ohio’s new no duty to retreat law set to take effect Tuesday, Democratic Reps. Adam C. Miller (D-Columbus) and Thomas West (D-Canton) today renewed their call to Statehouse leaders to pass House Bill (HB) 38, their legislation to repeal Ohio’s new “shoot first” law, which passed in December 2020.

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Mon, Apr 5, 2021

Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) joined House Democrats today to vote opposition to a motion to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial Republican legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises.

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Wed, Mar 24, 2021

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that the House Commerce and Labor Committee unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 23, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require that police officers and first responders be trained to interact with individuals with dementia.

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Wed, Mar 17, 2021

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) and Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) today announced that the House Health Committee unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 135, their bill to cut out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for patients. The legislation is supported by a large coalition of patient advocate and healthcare provider organizations.

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Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate voting 66-34 to confirm now-former U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights) as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

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Wed, Mar 10, 2021