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July 1, 2024 Antonio Announces Over $40M Investment in Northeast Ohio Higher Education Facilities
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) commended the state's capital budget (House Bill 2) that was signed into law last Friday, which invests roughly $43.9 million into public universities and community colleges in Northeast Ohio. 
June 26, 2024 Antonio Announces $5.4B in Transformational Investments: Over $100M in Cuyahoga County
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of the state's capital budget (House Bill 2), which includes $70.6 million for projects within Ohio's 23rd Senate District and over $100.5 million for Cuyahoga County as a whole.
June 26, 2024 License for Literacy: Antonio Introduces License Plate to Benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
License for Literacy: Antonio Introduces License Plate to Benefit  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 290, which would create the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library license plate.
June 21, 2024 Antonio Reacts to SCOTUS Decision to Uphold Law Disarming Domestic Abusers
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Rahimi to uphold a law that prevents those who are subject to restraining orders for domestic abuse from possessing firearms.
June 17, 2024 Antonio Statement on Senate Capital Budget Proposal
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lawkeood) issued a statement following the introduction of Senate Bill 292, the Senate's capital budget proposal.
June 12, 2024 Antonio, Craig Testify in Support of Doula Awareness Week
Antonio, Craig Testify in Support of Doula Awareness Week
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Democratic Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 69, their legislation to designate Ohio Doula Awareness Week.
June 10, 2024 Antonio Statement on Senate OTSCIF Proposal
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lawkeood) issued a statement following the introduction of Senate Bill 288, the Senate's proposal for the One Time Strategic Community Investment Funds (OTSCIF). 
May 31, 2024 Antonio Blasts Republican Power Grab While Putting President Biden on the Ballot
Antonio Blasts Republican Power Grab While Putting President Biden on the Ballot
 
Today, Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 1, which bans political contributions by foreign nationals and unnecessarily expands the attorney general's enforcement authority, sidelining the bipartisan Ohio Elections Commission.
May 30, 2024 Antonio Calls on DNC for Biden Ballot Fix
This week, Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) condemned Ohio Senate Republicans for again including unrelated and controversial language in a bill to fix the Biden ballot situation.
May 22, 2024 Antonio Celebrates Passage of Senate Bill 183
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement after Senate Bill 183, which would designate an apportion of I-90 in Cuyahoga County as the Lance Corporal Jimmy Rizzo Memorial Highway, passed unanimously out of the Senate.
May 22, 2024 Antonio Votes Against Partisan Bill to Distort Our Judicial Process
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) voted against House Bill 305, which originally aimed to modernize courts' electronic filing processes but was amended at the last minute in the Senate to include over a dozen changes, including controversial language about ballot initiative contributions.
May 22, 2024 Antonio, Smith Call for End to Corporate Personhood
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and state Senator Kent Smith (D-Euclid) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Resolution 180, which calls on state and federal legislators to support an amendment to the United States Constitution that would eliminate corporate personhood and the idea of money as speech.
May 20, 2024 Antonio, Smith Present Letter Regarding REI Labor Negotiations
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and state Senator Kent Smith (D-Euclid), along with Northeast Ohio Democratic legislators, rallied with supporters and delivered a letter to REI's corporate leadership calling on the outdoor retailer to continue good faith negotiations with workers who voted to unionize at the Beachwood, Ohio store over a year ago.
May 16, 2024 Antonio Condemns Most Recent Attack on the LGBTQ+ Community
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) responded to the offering of Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, which seeks to further attack the LGBTQ+ community. 
May 8, 2024 Antonio Objects to Amended House Bill 114
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) voted no on House Bill 114, which initially aimed to permit campaign funds to be used for childcare expenses, but was amended to include language that would make it harder for citizens to access the statewide ballot initiative. 
April 26, 2024 Democratic Caucus Leadership, Franklin County Delegation, Jewish Caucus Release Statement on Ohio State University Demonstrations
Leaders of the Ohio Democratic Caucus, the Franklin County House and Senate delegation and the Jewish Caucus released the following statement concerning the overnight protests and arrests on the campus of the Ohio State University. 
April 24, 2024 Antonio Celebrates Passage of Legislation to Modernize Ohio's Rape Code
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 161 to end the spousal exemption for rape and other sex crimes in Ohio:
April 16, 2024 Antonio Condemns Passage of Anti-Trans Administrative Rules
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) condemned the passage of several administrative rules that would unnecessarily ban gender reassignment surgery on minors, even though such surgeries have never taken place in Ohio.
April 12, 2024 Antonio Remembers C.J. Prentiss
Antonio Remembers C.J. Prentiss
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement on former Ohio Senate Democratic Leader C.J. Prentiss, who passed away on April 9, ahead of her funeral this weekend:
April 10, 2024 Antonio Responds to Governor's State of the State Address
Antonio Responds to Governor's State of the State Address
 
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address.
April 3, 2024 Antonio Statement on Taiwan Earthquake
Today, Senate Democratic Leader and Co-Chair of the Taiwan Friendship Caucus Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement regarding the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan:
February 28, 2024 Antonio Condemns Senate Bill 215
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) condemned the passage of Senate Bill 215, a Republican bill that is titled to limit certain campaign contributions from foreign nationals but creates a host of consequences " whether intended or unintended.
February 28, 2024 Ohio Senate Democrats Dedicate Portraits to Honor Former Ohio Democratic Leaders
Ohio Senate Democrats Dedicate Portraits to Honor Former Ohio Democratic Leaders
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Antonio (D-Lakewood) and the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus held a ceremony to unveil and dedicate portraits of three former Ohio Senate Democratic leaders at the Ohio Statehouse, including the Honorable Rhine McLin.
February 22, 2024 Ohio Democrats Request U.S. Justice Department Investigation Following Reports of Potential Corruption at Highest Level of State Government
Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced that they have sent a letter to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio requesting assistance from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Parker in the ongoing House Bill (H.B.) 6 political corruption scandal.
February 5, 2024 Ohio Senate Democrats Submit Public Comments to ODH on Gender-Affirming Care Rules
Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus submitted public comments to the Ohio Department of Health on the proposed administrative rules that will impact gender-affirming care in Ohio.