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Today, Gov. Kasich, Speaker Batchelder and President Faber spoke to members of the business community during a year-in-review speech at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. State Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) released the following statement in response to today’s speech:

“Ohio is 44th in the nation for job creation; unemployment is at 7.5 percent-- significantly higher than the national average. Governor Kasich and Ohio’s GOP elected officials need an economic reality check. Instead of prioritizing millionaires and special interests, Ohio needs to grow our economy by putting working and middle class families first.  What we heard today is more of the same failed trickle-down policies, which knocked Ohio back down just when we were starting on the road to recovery.”

 
 
Over 427,000 unemployed in Ohio, GOP policies have invested in the richest
December 18, 2013

Today, Gov. Kasich, Speaker Batchelder and President Faber spoke to members of the business community during a year-in-review speech at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. State Rep. John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) released the following statement in response to today’s speech:

 
 
At 44th in nation for job creation, JobsOhio far from adequate
December 18, 2013

Today, Gov. Kasich, Speaker Batchelder and President Faber spoke to members of the business community during a year-in-review speech at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. State Rep. Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) released the following statement in response to today’s speech:

 
 
As many as 400K Ohioans could be affected when Senate Bill 23 signed into law
December 12, 2013
Ohio General Assembly Approves Adoption Birth Record Overhaul

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced on Wednesday the passage of Senate Bill 23, a bill to provide persons adopted between 1964-1996 access to their original birth certificate. The bill passed by a nearly unanimous vote of  88 to 2.

 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard released the following statement today paying tribute to longtime Ohio House Majority Leader and personal mentor, State Rep. William Mallory Sr.:

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of Leader William L. Mallory, Sr. Ohio has lost a distinguished statesman and trailblazing soldier.

“As a legislator, Rep. Mallory broke barriers, serving as the first African American Ohio House Majority Floor Leader under late-Speaker Verne Riffe. Rep. Mallory’s personal leadership helped guide me as the first African American female House Majority Leader, and I had the distinct honor of calling him a mentor and a friend. It is a privilege to follow in his wake.

Let us keep his beloved widow, sons, daughter and extended family in our thoughts and prayers.

“May we remember the legacy of Leader Mallory in word and deed as we strive to give honor to service and integrity to leadership and work for the advancement of Ohio and her citizens.”

 
 
Lawmaker calls for Statehouse flags to fly at half-
December 10, 2013

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement this afternoon in response to the passing of former Majority Leader and OLBC founding member William L. Mallory, Sr.:

 
 
Rep. Gerberry calls on Husted to testify on number of voter suppression bills
December 9, 2013

State Rep. Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) on Thursday called on Secretary of State Jon Husted to testify on pending elections bills in the Ohio legislature. Rep. Gerberry sent a letter to House Policy & Legislative Chairman Mike Dovilla requesting that the Secretary of State attend committee to address these complex changes and the capacity of Boards of Elections and poll workers to prepare for them before statewide officeholder elections in less than a year.

 
 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement, paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela:

 

“Today we lost a world champion of change and peace. Because of his sacrifice and determination to fight against apartheid and for voting rights in South Africa, the world is a better place. In his spirit, we must continue to fight for voting rights, justice and equality for all—even in the face of great odds.”

 

                                                

 
 
Legislation would direct some $400M to "Straight A" fund
December 5, 2013

On Wednesday, State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) introduced legislation to grow the state’s “Straight A” fund with some $400 million in expected budget savings from Medicaid expansion.