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Call on Republicans to act on coronavirus plan, HB 6 repeal
November 18, 2020

Following House session Wednesday, Democratic leaders condemned Republican lawmakers for continuing to refuse to act on proposals to slow the spread of coronavirus, financially assist working families and small businesses, and repeal House Bill (HB) 6, tainted corporate bailout legislation at the center of an alleged multi-billion dollar corruption scheme involving then-Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and close associates. 

Says bill is a "threat to the lives and livelihoods of Ohioans" as cases surge
November 17, 2020

Ranking Democrat Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement as the House State and Local Government Committee prepares to hear testimony on House Bill (HB) 618, Republican-backed legislation to curb executive authority from the state’s health director during public health emergencies:


COLUMBUS— Ohio State Representative Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) issued a statement today following reports of FBI agents executing a search warrant at the home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chairman Sam Randazzo yesterday morning. PUCO regulates Ohio utilities and was currently auditing FirstEnergy Corp, the company at the center of the House Bill (HB 6) controversy that led to a nearly $1 billion bailout.

Two lawmakers with degrees in public health rebuke the governor's lack of action
November 11, 2020

COLUMBUS —Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron)and State Reps. Allison Russo (D- Upper Arlington), two lawmakers with degrees in public health, today issued a statement following the Wednesday evening address from Governor Mike DeWine.

Despite record-breaking COVID-19 cases, majority of House Republicans refuse to follow best health practices like wearing a mask
November 10, 2020

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) issued a statement Tuesday blasting House Republicans for continuing to disregard best health practices to prevent the COVID-19 during the first full day of House committees since September. Since the House of Representatives last convened, Ohio has exploded by more than 325% to record levels, prompting Gov. Mike DeWine to say Ohio is reaching a “critical stage.”

Says his tendency to prioritize politics over lives has led to a crisis spiraling out of control
November 2, 2020

COLUMBUS— Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) issued a statement today in advance of potentially another record-shattering day of COVID-19 cases.

Make final call for chief elections official to address major concerns
October 30, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D - Toledo), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued statements on what to expect going into the last weekend of early voting in Ohio. The members also recapped their requests of Secretary LaRose over the last several months, requests that have largely been ignored. National news outlets this week covered Ohio’s long and entirely predictable early voting lines. The Guardian reported on Columbus’s “quarter-mile lines” and the Washington Post reported on Cuyahoga County’s “extraordinary, blocks-long lines.”


COLUMBUS- State Reps. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park), Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), and Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statements in response to yesterday’s lawsuit filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.


COLUMBUS – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


COLUMBUS— Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following a press conference with Governor Mike DeWine and Statehouse Republicans discussing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding.

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