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Kent lawmaker pushes back against GOP voter suppression in SB 216
March 3, 2014

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) recently condemned the Ohio GOP’s partisan elections agenda, including  the passage of Senate Bill 216, which makes counting provisional ballots more difficult.

 
 
Onslaught of voter suppression bills proof positive of disenfranchisement
February 28, 2014
 
Support Changes to Eliminate Deceptive Language
February 28, 2014
 
The Democratic response to the State of The State Address
February 25, 2014
 
Proposal to lessen burden of Kasich's sales tax hike for back-to-school shopping
February 21, 2014

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Thursday that he introduced House Bill 450 to establish a three-day period in August—the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday— each year during which school supplies, clothing, computers and computer accessories are exempt from state and county sales and use taxes. 

 
 
Program would fight state's heroin epidemic and prescription drug problems
February 21, 2014

State Rep. Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) announced today that he will introduce legislation to encourage lawmakers to launch a major statewide initiative to battle Ohio’s heroin epidemic and prescription drug problems.  

 
 
Governor last shot at upholding voting rights, ballot access
February 20, 2014
 
Lawmakers repeat call for accountability to taxpayers as Ohio economy falls behind
February 18, 2014
Three Years Later, Nothing to Show at JobsOhio

Marking the three-year anniversary of the creation of JobsOhio, State Reps. John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) and Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown) today called on GOP leaders to hold hearings on the JobsOhio Accountability Act, citing stagnant job creation and underperformance at the state’s controversial economic development entity.

Since the creation of JobsOhio three years ago, investigative news reports have chipped away at the secret, so-called economic development entity, finding an agency mired in conflicts-of-interest questions, misappropriations, accounting problems and severe underperformance. One analysis found that JobsOhio actually did worse than its state-run predecessor, targeting $16.8 million more in taxpayer subsidies to corporations while bringing in 1,258 fewer job commitments.

Meanwhile, Ohio trails the national job creation rate, and ranks 45th for private-sector job growth over the last year. 31,000 more Ohioans are looking for jobs than at this time last year.

Today’s call follows a litany of requests to GOP officials for transparency and accountability at JobsOhio. Most requests—including those for investigations and public records—remain unanswered.

A copy of the letter can be seen below:

 
 
Over 800 privately-employed police departments currently exempt from public records laws
February 13, 2014
Bipartisan Proposal Would Provide Transparency in Police Records

State Reps. Heather Bishoff (D–Blacklick) and Michael Henne (R-Clayton) on Wednesday outlined a bill to provide transparency in police records. Their legislation, House Bill 429, would require private police forces to comply with the same records requirements as public forces.

 
 
Rep. Rogers introduces bill to update safety guidelines for new school facilities
February 12, 2014

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) recently introduced the “Student Safety Act,” bipartisan legislation to increase student safety by requiring specific security features for newly-constructed school buildings.