Senator Thomas Introduces Resolution To Reinstate Pete Rose To Major League Baseball
Legislation has bipartisan support in the Ohio Senate
April 27, 2015
 
 

Columbus---Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 to urge MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred to reinstate Pete Rose to Major League Baseball. The resolution also encourages the Baseball Writers' Association to consider Pete Rose for induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

"This is the right time for the baseball community to welcome Pete Rose back into the game as a living legend," said Senator Thomas. "In recognition of his contributions, "The Hit King" should be permitted to participate in the All-Star festivities that will take place this summer."

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 14th at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the city where Rose spent a majority of his career as a player and manager. 

In August of 1989, Rose was voluntarily placed on Major League Baseball's ineligible list in response to an investigation into his gambling activities.  

Rose is baseball's all-time hit leader and a 17-time All-Star as well as the winner of three batting titles and two Gold Gloves. He also won three World Series titles, two with the Cincinnati Reds and one with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The resolution has received bipartisan support in the Ohio Senate from Senators Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Jim Hughes (R-Columbus).

 
 
  
 
Yuko And Clyde To Introduce Registration Modernization Act
Legislators seek to expand voting access to all eligible Ohioans
April 24, 2015
 
 

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) will soon introduce legislation to modernize voter registration in Ohio and potentially add over 1 million people to the voting rolls. Ohio continues to struggle to implement federal Motor Voter laws.  This bill will fix those problems and automate voter registration for graduating high school students as well.

The Registration Modernization Act will do the following:

  1. Automatically register to vote all Ohioans with a drivers’ license or state ID
  2. Automatically register to vote all Ohioans who interact with Jobs and Family Services offices and other agencies designated by the federal Motor Voter law
  3. Automatically register to vote all graduating Ohio high school students
  4. Allow anyone to opt out of registration in person or by mail
  5. Provide online registration for all eligible Ohioans, not just those with a photo ID
  6. Potentially add over 1 million eligible Ohioans to the voting rolls
  7. Fix Ohio’s long-standing failure to comply with the federal Motor Voter law

The bill is modeled on voter registration modernizing provisions passed by the House 6 years ago in House Bill 260 as well as the recent Automatic Registration legislation adopted by the state of Oregon.

“It’s 2015 and with all the technology we have at our disposal, there is no good reason not to modernize our voter registration system,” said Rep. Clyde. “We can easily make a list of all eligible voters in our state. The Registration Modernization Act will empower the people of Ohio to make their voices heard. Democracy only works when the people participate. Ohio lags the highest-voter-turnout states by 10 percentage points. We aim to fix that. Ohio is already engaged in data sharing with other states. It only makes sense for Ohio’s agencies to break down silos and share data within the state as well.”

Rep. Clyde and former Senator Nina Turner in past general assemblies urged the creation of a Motor Voter study committee to address Ohio’s glaring failure to comply with the federal Motor Voter law. As Ohio has shifted BMV and JFS services online, voter registration options have been taken away. Multiple data transfer failures between the BMV and the Secretary of State’s office endangered voters’ fundamental rights. With the Registration Modernization Act, those compliance problems will be eliminated.

“By passing this voting legislation, Ohio will move to the forefront in the modernization of election administration,” said Sen. Yuko. “As legislators, we should be doing everything in our power to expand the electorate. This bill will integrate voter registration into many routine everyday functions, lowering the burden on citizens and emphasizing the value of every voter."

Rep. Clyde is the Ranking Minority Member of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and Senator Yuko is the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Both committees hear elections bills in their respective chambers.

 

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement regarding the report by Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training:

“I am happy to see many of the Attorney General’s recommendations mirror what I have proposed within Senate Bill 23. However, the recommendations do not go far enough.

“It is critical that Ohio also establish a process of data collection on interactions between police and the community. In doing so, we can develop best practices that ensure safety for police and communities they serve.

“The recommended increased level of training  requires additional resources and as the Senate debates the state’s operating budget, I urge my colleagues to allocate the necessary funding for more law enforcement training.”

To read the Attorney General's Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training recommendations, click here

Senator Thomas represents Ohio’s 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.

 

 
 
  

On, April 22nd, State Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) honored the Warren G. Harding High School Girls Track Team for winning the State Championship in March during Senate Session. 

 
 
  

Today, Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) joined women's advocacy groups across the state for the annual Freedome of Choice Rally on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse where they spoke out against anti-women's health legislation. Senator Cafaro discussed her legislation, the Ohio Prevention First Act, that focuses on sexual health and contraception education in Ohio.

"In light of a recent influx of legislation regarding  additional abortion restrictions, the Ohio General Assembly should fully support women through an approach that also includes comprehensive reproductive health information, contraceptives, and compassionate assistance for rape victims," stated Cafaro.  

Key provisions of Senate Bill 101 include:

  • Provides comprehensive reproductive health education
  • Ensures that sexual assault victims have access to emergency contraception as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections in all hospital emergency rooms
  • Creates the Ohio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
  • Prevents a health insurance company from limiting or excluding coverage for FDA-approved prescription contraception
  • Requires a pharmacy to dispense any prescribed drug, device or over-the-counter medication in stock without delay with respect to all customers

For additional information on The Ohio Prevention First Act, click here

 

 
 
  

Today, Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) along with Senators Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood),  Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander), Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), honored The Ohio State University Wrestling Team for winning the 2015 NCAA Championship. 

 
 
  
 
Plain Dealer Letter To The Editor: Gay Conversion Therapy Has No Scientific Proof Of Success
Senator Tavares, author of SB 74, discusses why it is important to protect Ohio's gay youth from harmful practices.
April 21, 2015
 
 

Last week President Obama, inspired by the tragic suicide of Cincinnati teen Leelah Alcorn, called for states to end the harmful practice of gay conversion therapy against young people. I applaud the Plain Dealer's April 14 editorial ("President Barack Obama starts an important conversation on ending therapy to 'fix' gay minors") endorsing President Obama's decision to encourage Ohio lawmakers to follow suit with legislation banning the practice. This is why I introduced Senate Bill 74 in February of this year and in previous general assemblies (SB 188). The bill would prohibit the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation.

To read Senator Tavares's Letter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in full, click here

 
 
  
 
Senator Brown Announces Over $3 Million In Funding For Toledo Institutions
$3,647,469 capital appropriation approved for three projects in Toledo and Lucas County
April 20, 2015
 
 

Columbus –Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced the state Controlling Board has approved over $3.6 million in funding to three Toledo institutions for infrastructure improvements.   

“It is vital that we continue to make important investments in Norwest Ohio’s infrastructure,” said Senator Brown. “Projects like these create jobs and improve the public services available in our region.”

The campus of the University of Toledo will receive $2,800,040 in funding for infrastructure improvements. The university is in the second phase of funding towards improvements that will extend the Main Campus South steam and chilled water lines, connecting the east and west branches, and completing the South campus utility loop. Extending lines from the centralized plants lessens maintenance costs, provides reliable heating and cooling, and reduces overall utility costs.

The Toledo Correctional Institution will receive $177,644 in capital funds for a Fuel System Replacement project for diesel and gasoline tanks that are showing signs of deterioration. The fueling system was installed when the institution opened approximately 15 years ago and is used to dispense fuel for department vehicles

Lastly, the Controlling Board approved $669,785 for Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) hospitals, including Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo. The hospital will use the funds to improve its technology infrastructure.

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services hospitals rely on external applications and data to operate on a daily basis and it is critical access to this information is maintained. Work will include installing two main fiber lines underground to the main network room inside the building on each hospital campus.

 
 
  
 
Senator Yuko Honors National Infertility Awareness Week And National Immunization Week
Awareness weeks highlight health issues that growing families in America face.
April 20, 2015
 
 

State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) highlights Infant Immunization Week and National Infertility Week.

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is honored April 19th-25th and advocates to the public about the importance of understanding infertility and reproductive health. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)  held April 18th-25th, in collaboration with World Immunization Week to promote the benefits of immunizations to improve the health of children two years old or younger. National Immunization Week  highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and focuses on potential solutions. 

 
 
  

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 in the Ohio Senate to protect Ohio jobs. The bipartisan legislation, which has the support of Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), urges the United States Congress to oppose fast track legislation on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Trade agreements in the past have cost America jobs and we should do everything possible to avoid another bad deal for Ohio’s working men and women,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “This resolution sends a message from the citizens of Ohio to their elected representatives in Congress that trade deals should go through the democratic process so all the consequences can be fully discussed.”

Fast track legislation allows only a “yes” or a “no” vote on trade agreements without the opportunity to amend the deals.  SCR 3 would ensure that Congress has the opportunity to debate trade agreements and make changes if necessary to protect jobs. 

“Ohioans should have a voice at the table when trade agreements are being negotiated and Congress must play a role,” said Senator Gentile.  “Communities throughout the Ohio Valley have been devastated by previous fast track trade agreements and we can’t allow that to happen again.  We need fair trade deals that grow our economy and stop good paying jobs from leaving our shores.”

 
 
  
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Senator Thomas Introduces Resolution To Reinstate Pete Rose To Major League Baseball

 

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Yuko And Clyde To Introduce Registration Modernization Act

 

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) will soon introduce legislation to modernize voter registration in Ohio and potentially add over 1 million people to the voting rolls. Ohio continues to struggle to implement federal Motor Voter laws.  This bill will fix those problems and automate voter registration for graduating high school students as well.



 
 

Senator Thomas Comments On Attorney General's Advisory Group Report On Law Enforcement Training

 

COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement regarding the report by Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training:



 
 

Senator Cafaro Honors Warren G. Harding High School Girls Track State Champions

 

On, April 22nd, State Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) honored the Warren G. Harding High School Girls Track Team for winning the State Championship in March during Senate Session.