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Say shoot first mentality threatens Black lives and makes us all less safe
December 18, 2020

Late Thursday, House Democrats delivered impassioned floor speeches against a last-minute, unvetted amendment to House Bill 175, Shoot First legislation that would permit the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered in any space, something Democrats say goes too far, and would threaten Black lives and make all Ohioans less safe. Then, in a move to silence more Democratic opposition, Republicans employed a rarely used parliamentary procedure to prematurely end debate, and voted to ram the bill through along party lines.

 
 

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) late Thursday night spoke on the House floor and voted against an amendment to Senate Bill (SB) 175, which grants civil immunity to handgun licensees who are responsible for injury, death, or other loss as a result of carrying a handgun. The proposed amendment mimics “Stand Your Ground” laws and permits the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered. This type of legislation is dangerous for Ohioans and disproportionately impacts the Black Ohioans.

 
 
Says Ohio House Blatantly Ignores Health of Legislators, Staff, and the Public
December 17, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) introduced two House Resolutions to allow House committees and/or session to be conducted virtually amid worsening conditions of the coronavirus pandemic as “Lame Duck” session occurs in the Legislature.

 
 

Ohio Democratic lawmakers Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) todaysent a letter to 42 Republican House members who last week, without evidence, urged the Ohio Attorney General to join the Texas Attorney General’s attack on the democratic presidential election result. 

 
 
Says SB 27 places undue burden on women, those seeking surgical abortions
December 14, 2020

COLUMBUS – Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong-Sykes (D-Akron) sent a letter Friday to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to veto Senate Bill 27, saying the extreme legislation would add an undue burden on Ohio women and those seeking surgical abortions in the state.

 
 

Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today issued a statement in response to the Ohio Attorney General's comments indicating he is considering joining on behalf of Ohio a lawsuit by Texas officials to subvert democracy and overturn the will of this nation's voters. 

 
 
HB 1 prioritizes rehabilitation by expanding access to drug treatments, allowing more opportunities for a fresh start
December 9, 2020

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced today that House Bill (HB) 1, her bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, was passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 1 prioritizes rehabilitation by expanding access to drug treatments, and it allows record-sealing of convictions for low-level, non-violent, non-sex offense felonies.

 
 

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong-Sykes (D-Akron) and Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today issued statements after House Republicans rejected their floor amendments to repeal House Bill (HB) 6 and to require facemasks at the Statehouse.

 
 
Say GOP trying to fast track limits on telehealth during pandemic
December 8, 2020

COLUMBUS- Ohio House Health Committee Ranking Member Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) todayissued statements in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 260, the latest Republican attack on women’s healthcare access that would ban abortion-related care via telemedicine.

 
 
Follows reports of multiple House members testing positive for virus in recent days
December 8, 2020

Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today sent a co-sponsor request memo to House lawmakers urging them to sign onto her proposal to allow House committees and/or session to be conducted virtually amid worsening conditions of the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio and across the country.