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COLUMBUS – State Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) announced this week the passage of House Bill (H.B.) 614, legislation that allocates a total of $650 million in federal CARES Act relief funds for local governments in Ohio. The funds are to be used to offset costs faced by local governments directly caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously approved by the Ohio Senate, the bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

COLUMBUS — Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) issued a statement today following the informal hearing of Senate Bill (SB) 357, which appropriates the remaining $650 million local government Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.

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Tue, Sep 22, 2020

COLUMBUS –Today, on the first-ever National Black Voter Day, State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) issued a statement calling for action to eliminate systemic barriers to voting in Ohio. The call comes as the Ohio Senate considers House Bill (HB) 680, the GOP election bill that would create new voting restrictions like shortening the time for voters to request absentee ballots, eliminating the ability for the secretary of state to prepay return postage for ballot materials, and barring the Health Director and other officials from affecting the conduct of elections—even in the interest of public health.

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

COLUMBUS –Yesterday, State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) participated in a virtual press conference with other House Democratic lawmakers to discuss legislative solutions that are needed as the state faces multiple unprecedented crises. The Ohio House was scheduled to meet for an if-needed House session yesterday, but Speaker Robert Cupp canceled on Friday, Sept. 11.

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Wed, Sep 16, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today hosted a press conference alongside Greater Stark County Urban League (GSCUL) President Diane Robinson, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Director Kim Hall, Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei, Canton City Councilwoman Chris Smith, and others to announce a new workforce development pilot program aimed at addressing poverty and unemployment in Stark County.

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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the local recipients of the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant program. Awards from the Governor’s office were given to the following area schools:

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Mon, Sep 14, 2020

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

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Fri, Sep 11, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Ohio House Democrats today announced the end of their Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, which comprised more than two-dozen virtual town halls since June on topics including COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice, gun safety and voting access. Across the state, over 20,000 Ohioans tuned in to these town halls to hear from their elected officials and ask questions.

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Thu, Sep 3, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that he had sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to consider deploying members of the Ohio National Guard as poll workers if county boards of elections continue to face shortages heading into the November election.

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Tue, Aug 25, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak as school districts prepare for fall semester.

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Mon, Aug 24, 2020