Senate District 28
Vernon Sykes
May 12, 2020
This week, state Senator Dr. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) supported the decision by the Ohio Controlling Board to release $52.5 million in federal funding to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services for improvements in the state's unemployment compensation system.
April 13, 2020
Today, state Senator Dr. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) supported the decision by the Ohio Controlling Board to appropriate more than $200 million in federal funds to a number of state departments to aid in the unprecedented fight against COVID-19.
December 3, 2019
November 13, 2019
Today, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to approve state Sens. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Peggy Lehner's (R-Kettering) bill to prohibit the restraining or confining of incarcerated pregnant women. State Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) co-sponsored the bill and issued the following statement:
November 7, 2019
On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill, co-sponsored by state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), to designate 28 highways and four bridges across the state in memory of fallen soldiers and law enforcement officers, House Bill 276. Sykes secured the inclusion of a designation to rename the eastbound and westbound lanes of State Route 261 in Akron, between Home Avenue and North Main Street, as "Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield Memorial Highway."
October 30, 2019
Today, state Sen. Vernon Sykes announced that Akron Metro RTA will receive a $2.05 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
September 19, 2019
Yesterday, state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) honored Connor Harris and Chika Nkwocha for receiving awards at the 2019 NAACP National Afro-American Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). Connor Harris won a bronze medal for his research on the EPHA6 gene mutation and its correlation to colorectal cancer in African Americans. Chika Nkwocha won a silver medal for her expressive painting portraying black identity and experience.
August 6, 2019
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement in response to Governor DeWine's legislative proposals following the mass shooting in Dayton:
August 2, 2019
On Wednesday, state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) hosted his annual fishing clinic for Akron's children in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
June 27, 2019
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on cases out of Maryland and North Carolina, deciding that partisan gerrymandering cases cannot be resolved by federal courts. The ruling means a similar, pending Ohio case against the state's congressional district maps will not go forward.
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