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DEMOCRATIC PRIORITIES

Senate Democrats believe all Ohioans deserve good-paying jobs; quality, affordable health care; and fair treatment under the law. That’s why we promote investing in Ohio’s future by supporting quality schools and safe communities. We are committed to promoting fairness for all of Ohio’s workers and families, regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation.


Addressing the Covid-19 Pandemic
Many Ohioans have been set back as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping small businesses recover, giving schools resources they need to help students who have fallen behind and making sure all Ohioans have the opportunity to be vaccinated. We also support policies that will expand mental health services and address the heightened mental health crisis resulting from Covid-19.

Increasing Quality Education
For years, Ohio's unconstitutional school funding system has hurt our children and schools. We believe every child deserves to receive a good education in a safe environment. This starts by passing the Fair School Funding Act so school districts have the resources they need to provide quality education to all students.

Investing in Infrastructure
We prioritize making bold investments in our infrastructure. This includes fixing our state's roads and bridges and making sure all Ohioans have access to the fourth utility: broadband. By expanding broadband access, we will help fight inequities in education, health care, commerce and our workforce.

Fighting Racism
From health care and education to the criminal justice system and access to housing, racism is a powerful, detrimental force that affects all aspects of Ohioans' lives. We will continue to fight to recognize racism as a public health crisis, work to combat all forms of systemic racism and help guarantee opportunities to every Ohioan, regardless of their race.

Defending Voting Rights
As Democrats, we think the best way to eliminate barriers and increase voter participation is by investing in new technology to ensure that elections are secure, fair and accessible. We also support ending gerrymandering and will remain vigilant to ensure that the two redistricting reforms overwhelmingly approved by voters are followed properly as Ohio redraws its state legislative and congressional maps in 2021.

Keeping Ohioans Safe
The majority of Ohioans support commonsense gun reform. That's why we're committed to passing legislation to mandate universal background checks for all firearm transfers, keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, raising the minimum age for purchasing a firearm, restoring local control, and banning bump stocks.

Protecting the Environment
All Ohioans deserve a healthy environment. Our communities must have safe drinking water, free of harmful algal blooms, lead or any other dangerous contaminants. This starts by supporting initiatives like the H2Ohio project, which will protect Lake Erie and address problems like farmland runoff. We're also committed to investing in alternative and renewable energy sources to both create jobs and economic development in our state and protect our environment.

Reforming the Criminal Justice System
Senate Democrats seek to guarantee all receive justice from every part of our criminal jsitice system - from frontline police officers up to the Ohio Supreme Court. Every part of our system must work in a just, equitable manner. We seek to evaluate our adult and juvenile criminal justice systems to assess the impact of race, gender, age and financial means, then make improvements to ensure fair treatment for all Ohioans, no matter their background. We are also working to reform our bail and bond system to make sure people are not punished simply for being poor.
 
 
News
September 16, 2021
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, released the following statement after Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted state legislative maps that continue to gerrymander Ohio's communities and give the Republican Party an unearned advantage in the General Assembly:  
 
September 29, 2021
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, introduced Senate Bill 237, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus' proposal for a congressional district map. 
 
September 16, 2021
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) released the following statement after Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted state legislative maps that continue to gerrymander Ohio's communities and give the Republican Party an unearned advantage in the General Assembly:
 
September 9, 2021
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, released the following statement after a state legislative redistricting plan was presented by Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) on behalf of their caucuses during a meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission:
 
August 31, 2021
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, presented a state legislative map on behalf of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus during a meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission. 
 
June 29, 2021
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus urged Governor Mike DeWine to line-item veto concerning provisions in House Bill 110, the 2022-2023 state operating budget, which passed out of the General Assembly last night.
 
June 28, 2021
Today, state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) applauded the passage of House Bill 110, the $75 billion state operating budget, which includes provisions to provide $350 million to a newly developed Brownfield Remediation Fund and $150 million to the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Fund. 
 
June 28, 2021
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) announced that the Ohio General Assembly passed his legislation to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday, after adding it to House Bill 110, the operating budget.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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