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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 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
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. 
 
May 16, 2022
Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) issued a statement urging swift passage of Senate Bill 314, which would require insurance coverage of medically necessary donor human milk in response to the ongoing baby formula shortage.
 
May 5, 2022
Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) responded to the ORC's failure to adopt a new set of constitutional and fair state legislative maps by the May 6 Ohio Supreme Court deadline. Amid loud chants for fair maps from Ohioans, the majority of commissioners instead voted to adopt the third set of legislative maps, which were already ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court on March 16.
 
May 5, 2022
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) responded to the Commission's failure to adopt a new set of constitutional and fair state legislative maps by the May 6 Ohio Supreme Court deadline. Amid loud chants for fair maps from Ohioans, the majority of commissioners instead voted to adopt the third set of legislative maps, which were already ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court on March 16.
 
April 27, 2022
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement after NaloxBoxes - which contain naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication - were installed in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus:
 
April 7, 2022
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to ever serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
 
March 24, 2022
This week, state Senators Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) introduced Senate Bill 316, legislation that would move the date of the May 3 primary to June 28, 2022.
 
March 7, 2022
Today, state Sens. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), and state Reps. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) hosted the 13th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Summit. This virtual, day-long event brought together survivors, advocates and experts from throughout Ohio and the U.S. who are working to put an end to all forms of human trafficking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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