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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:


Senator Turner Praises Ruling To Extend Equality To Ohio Couples


COLUMBUS—Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) released the following statement expressing her support for the ruling by Judge Timothy Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio regarding same sex marriages in Ohio. Judge Black stated that Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses just as it recognizes all other out-of-state marriage licenses. In his ruling, Judge Black wrote critically of Ohio’s “ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”