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Senator Gentile Reacts To Failed Prison Food Service Contract


ColumbusState Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) released the following statement today in response to the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ announcement of a $140,000 fine against Aramark Correctional Services for failing to meet contract requirements.  According to DRC and the Department of Administrative Services, the company has failed to provide adequate staffing and meet sanitary regulations and proper dietary needs.  Senator Gentile represents the 30th Senate District, which includes the Belmont and Noble Correctional Institutions.


Tavares Joins National Organization In Calling For The Restoration Of Voting Rights


Columbus-Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader (D-Columbus) and Regional Director of NBCSL  announced – In the face of recent suppressive attacks on voting rights across the nation, that the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) released a special report on state-led, expansive voting rights legislation.  Senator Tavares joins NBCSL in its state-by-state call for the full restoration of voting rights for every American. 


"Testimony Tuesday" Highlights Tax Shifts And Cuts To Local Government Funding


COLUMBUS—In recognition of National Tax Day, legislators from the Ohio House and Senate and leaders from local organizations joined State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) at the third “Testimony Tuesday” at the Statehouse. The event focused on the ongoing tax shifts that have disproportionately burdened working class families and local governments throughout the state.


Senator Tavares Comments On Pentagon Spending On National Tax Day


Columbus- State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on National Tax Day in relation to the implications of Pentagon spending. Tax Day also signifies the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. The Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), where Senator Tavares serves as a state director, also penned a letter to Congress concerning the 50% allocation to the Pentagon each year from the federal discretionary budget: