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State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today highlighted several key priorities Democrats were able to deliver for Ohio taxpayers in 2020, including securing $4.53 billion in funding to assist local communities, front line workers, first responders, schools, small businesses, and Ohio’s working people and families affected by coronavirus and ongoing economic uncertainty.

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Tue, Dec 29, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 442, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) to enact Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure reform, has cleared the legislature after the House concurred Senate amendments. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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Tue, Dec 22, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the introduction of the $2.1 billion capital appropriations budget for fiscal years 2021-2022 as an amendment during the Senate Bill (SB) 310 conference committee. The capital appropriations budget includes $186.5 million for community projects, a number of which will benefit Stark County municipalities and organizations in the 49th Ohio House District, including:

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Tue, Dec 15, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement after receiving a negative test result for COVID-19:

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Tue, Dec 15, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that the Ohio House unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 441, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) to require that police officers and first responders be trained to identify and interact with individuals with dementia.

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Tue, Dec 8, 2020

COLUMBUS—Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today voted in favor of the Fair School Funding Plan, House Bill (HB) 305, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) that would transform the way Ohio’s schools are funded. Democratic lawmakers have long fought to reform the state’s school funding formula, which the Ohio Supreme Court has found unconstitutional four times, beginning with the DeRolph decision in 1997.

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Thu, Dec 3, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement in response to news that the city of Cleveland has agreed to pay a wrongfully convicted individual, David Ayers, $4.85 million due to a botched investigation that sent Mr. Ayers to prison for a crime he did not commit:

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Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Democratic Reps. Adam Miller (D-Columbus), and Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued statements as their bills to enact commonsense gun safety finally came before the House State and Local Government Committee Tuesday. House Bills (HB) 319 and 320, part of legislative Democrats’ comprehensive gun safety package, were introduced over a year ago following the mass shooting in Dayton. HB 319 would restore local control of certain gun violence prevention efforts while HB 320 would prohibit the sale of a gun while a background check is pending.

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Tue, Dec 1, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that he has been elected Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President for the 134th General Assembly following an official vote by OLBC members in the Ohio House and Senate.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020