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A welcome message from Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko.
 
 
 
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 justice 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
October 7, 2022
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued a statement in response to President Biden's announcement that he would pardon federal convictions for simple marijuana possession and direct the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. The announcement also called on governors to issue similar pardons at the state level.
 
September 16, 2022
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement after the Ohio State Board of Education announced that it will consider adopting a resolution that would urge school districts to oppose and disregard the enhanced Title IX protections proposed in June 2022 that would prohibit all schools that receive federal funds - including public, charter, private, and parochial schools - from "adopting a policy or engaging in a practice that prevents a person from participating in an education program or activity consistent with their gender identity."
 
July 19, 2022
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote that the congressional maps adopted by Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission on March 2, 2022 are unconstitutional. The court ordered legislature 30 days to adopt new congressional district maps for use in the 2024 election cycle. The Ohio Redistricting Commission will have 30 days to adopt new congressional maps if the legislature fails to do so.
 
June 24, 2022
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, which overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, removes the federal constitutional right to abortion and gives the power to restrict or ban abortion to each state:
 
June 22, 2022
Today, state Senators Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) introduced the Defend Our Children Act, a gun safety plan to reduce violent crime and keep children safe.
 
June 3, 2022
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement to praise the Ohio Senate's passage of Senate Bill 323, which designates a portion of State Route 315, extending from King Avenue to Broad Street in Columbus, as the "Jesse Owens Memorial Highway."
 
May 27, 2022
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after a federal court ordered Ohio to hold the 2022 election using state legislative maps that were previously ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court:
 
May 17, 2022
Today, Senate Assistant Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), House Minority Whip Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park), Senator Sandra R. Williams (D-Cleveland), and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) held a press conference to discuss their proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution that would ensure all people have the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and health care. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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