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Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), the ranking Democrat on the House State and Local Government Committee, issued a statement Tuesday as Republican lawmakers voted to pass Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises. 

 
 
Celebrating 110 years of Achievement
March 8, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recognizes March 8th as International Women’s Day. Now in its 110th year of celebration, International Women’s Day is recognized in multiple countries as way to acknowledge and uplift women worldwide. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement as Ohio prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of its first confirmed coronavirus cases. The governor issued a state of emergency on March 9, 2020, after three Ohioans reportedly tested positive for the virus. 

 
 

House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland), Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood), Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement as the Biden administration announced today that Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center has been chosen as a mass vaccination site, with the ability to administer 6,000 vaccine doses each day over eight weeks beginning March 17. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today as state officials announced a number of regional mass vaccination sites across Ohio, which will be able to administer up to 1,000 vaccines a day beginning later this month. Sites include Akron, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Marietta, Maumee, Wilmington, Youngstown and Zanesville. Another four mobile sites will open in Ada, Athens, Mansfield and Steubenville. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and House Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) issued statements following the passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget. Democrats fought against the governor’s proposed cuts to public transit funding in the bill, securing $193.7 million over the next two years, double the governor’s proposed investment. 

 
 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement after Gov. DeWine’s Thursday evening address to Ohioans:

 
 
Says inclusive policies will attract workers, business investment to Ohio
March 4, 2021

COLUMBUS— In a virtual press conference today, State. Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced he will be reintroducing the Ohio Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations. Rep. Skindell has sponsored or co-sponsored versions of the Ohio Fairness Act every legislative session since 2003.

 
 
Continues to push for transit funds to benefit Ohio workers, aid economic recovery
March 3, 2021

COLUMBUS – Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus), the ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee, issued a statement today on the committee passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget. Democrats opposed the governor’s proposed cuts to public transit funding and fought to secure $193.7 million over the next two years, doubling the total investment over the governor’s initial proposal.

 
 

Today, House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) celebrated Ohio’s Statehood Day today in honor of its 218th birthday. On March 1, 1803, Ohio’s General Assembly met for the first time in Chillicothe to take up the state’s business.

 
 
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