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June 13, 2024 Sykes, Romanchuk Pass Bill to Support Children with Disabilities
This week, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 176, bipartisan legislation from state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario), which allows judges to issue child support orders for adult children with disabilities.
May 29, 2024 Sykes Pushes for Clean Biden Ballot Fix
Yesterday, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) disagreed with Ohio Senate Republicans again for including unrelated and controversial language in a bill to fix the Biden ballot situation.
May 22, 2024 Sykes Commends the Passage of Senate Bill 141
Sykes Commends the Passage of Senate Bill 141
 
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commends the Ohio Senate for its unanimous passage of Senate Bill 141, which designates a section of I-77 in Akron between I-76 and Lovers Lane as the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Memorial Highway.
May 17, 2024 Sykes Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) remarked on the legacy of the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) on the 70th anniversary of the decision.
April 11, 2024 Sykes Responds to Governor's State of the State Address
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address.
April 8, 2024 Sykes Remembers C.J. Prentiss
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) remembered former member of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus C.J. Prentiss, who passed away on April 2.
February 23, 2024 Ohio Legislators Introduce Bills to Designate Ohio Black Media Week
State Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Michele Reynolds (R-Canal Winchester) and state Representatives Elgin Rogers (D-Toledo), and Josh Williams (R-Sylvania) recently introduced Senate Bill 210, and respective companion legislation House Bill 368, to designate Ohio Black Media Week.
February 6, 2024 Sykes Recognized for Contributions to NEOMED College of Dentistry
Sykes Recognized for Contributions to NEOMED College of Dentistry
 
This week, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) joined President John Langell of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to be recognized as a key supporter of the new Bitonte College of Dentistry.
February 1, 2024 Sykes Approves Additional Funding for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Loans
This week, as a member of the Ohio Controlling Board, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) approved an additional $4 million for the Women's Business Enterprise Loan Program and an additional $2.5 million for the Ohio Micro-Loan Program for certified minority- and women-owned business at the Ohio Department of Development.
December 13, 2023 Sykes Commends the Expansion of Educational Interventions
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of Senate Bill 162, which would provide Ohio students demonstrating limited skills in English language arts and math with evidence-based academic interventions.
December 12, 2023 Senate Democrats Present Gun Death Prevention Legislation
Senate Democrats Present Gun Death Prevention Legislation
 
Today, Assistant Minority Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus), Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) held a press conference to discuss a new package of legislation to prevent gun deaths and violence in Ohio.
December 6, 2023 Sykes Reflects on the Passage of House Bill 86
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) reflected on the Ohio Senate's vote to approve House Bill 86, which makes changes to Ohio's adult-use marijuana law.
November 7, 2023 Democrats Celebrate Election Results
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus responded to the results of the November 7 general election.
November 1, 2023 Sykes Commends TANF Funding Across the 28th District
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) congratulated the organizations receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding across the 28th Senate District.
October 18, 2023 Sykes, Romanchuk Introduce Bill Supporting Disabled Adult Children
This week, state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) introduced Senate Bill 176, their bipartisan legislation that would allow judges to issue child support orders for adult children with disabilities.
October 4, 2023 Sykes, Reynolds Bill Would Increase Opportunities for Minority Businesses
State Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Michele Reynolds (R-Canal Winchester) introduced Senate Bill 166, their bipartisan legislation to increase opportunities for minority businesses. Specifically, the bill will allow current funds for minority businesses to be used to increase their working capital, empowering them to grow their companies.
September 27, 2023 Sykes Statement on Ohio Redistricting Commission Maps
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statement after the Ohio Redistricting Commission's unanimous vote to advance state legislative maps.
September 26, 2023 Sykes Issues Statement on UAW Strikes
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commented on the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike expanding to Streetsboro in the 28th Senate District.
September 20, 2023 Senate Democrats Issue Statements on Lawsuit Filed Against Overhaul of Board of Education
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee state Senator Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Senate Education Committee member state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commented on the lawsuit filed by members of the Ohio State Board of Education challenging the constitutionality of the K-12 education overhaul which passed as part of the state operating budget, House Bill 33.
August 28, 2023 Sykes Commemorates the Anniversary of the March on Washington
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commemorated the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
August 10, 2023 Sykes Hosts Fishing Clinic for Youth
Sykes Hosts Fishing Clinic for Youth
 
This week, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), resumed his annual fishing clinic at Portage Lakes Fishing Area.
July 28, 2023 Sykes Applauds DeWine Administration for Investment in Critical Water Infrastructure Projects
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement following Governor DeWine's announcement awarding $135 million in grants to support Critical Water Infrastructure Projects in 64 counties throughout the state, including $1.5 million for the City of Streetsboro in Portage County.
June 30, 2023 Sykes Condemns State Budget
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to accept conference committee changes to House Bill 33, the state operating budget.
June 27, 2023 Sykes Recognizes the One-Year Anniversary of the Shooting of Jayland Walker
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement to recognize the one-year anniversary of the police shooting of Jayland Walker.
June 15, 2023 Sykes Condemns Senate Budget
Sykes Condemns Senate Budget
 
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass their version of House Bill 33, the state operating budget.