Senator Joseph Schiavoni - Senate District 33
 

11.21.17 - Senator Schiavoni Praises Campbell And Youngstown For Working Together To Protect Drinking Water

 

COLUMBUS –State Senator Joe Schiavoni praised the City of Campbell for securing an interest free loan from the Ohio EPA to establish an emergency drinking water connection with the City of Youngstown. 

 

 
 

11.20.17 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Resolution Urging Congress To Create National Infrastructure And Manufacturing Bank

 

Columbus - Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution to urge the President and Congress to create a national bank dedicated to funding repair, renewal and construction projects of national scope, such as modern high-speed rail, water systems and power projects.

 
 

11.08.17 - Senators Schiavoni And Eklund Reintroduce Bill To Give More Ohioans Access To Fast Internet

 

Columbus—Today, State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and John Eklund (R-Munson Township) announced that they reintroduced a bipartisan bill to expand broadband internet access to more homes and businesses in Ohio. 

 
 

11.03.17 - Senator Schiavoni Calls On ODOT To Explain Purchase Of New Trucks

 

Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a letter to the Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation requesting information about ODOT’s pending purchase of new trucks.

 
 

11.02.17 - ECOT Seeks To Make A Mockery Of Ohio's Education System

 

(Columbus)—Democrats in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives filed an amicus brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow v. Ohio Department of Education. The brief responds to ECOT’s ongoing lawsuit to avoid repaying nearly $80 million after audits conducted by the Department of Education (ODE) determined the online charter school had inflated student attendance.

 
 

10.12.17 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Protect Waterways From Brine Dumping

 

Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has introduced legislation to address the illegal dumping of brine to protect the environment.

 
 

09.06.17 - Senators Schiavoni And Hite Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Give More Ohioans Access To Broadband Internet

 

Columbus—State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) announced bipartisan legislation to enable more Ohioans in rural areas to gain access to broadband internet service.  The bill would create a $50 million per year grant program using existing funding from Ohio Third Frontier bond revenue. 

 
 

08.29.17 - Senator Schiavoni Announces Plan To Stimulate Job Growth Across Ohio

 

COLUMBUS – Senator Joe Schiavoni announced a comprehensive plan to increase job growth and employment through targeted investments. The legislative package is the latest in a series of bills the Senator has introduced to improve Ohio’s small business climate and bolster job growth.

 

 
 

08.23.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On ECOT Becoming A School For Dropouts

 

Columbus—Senator Joe Schiavoni issued a statement after the board for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) voted to convert the troubled online school into a "dropout recovery" school effective immediately:

 
 

08.09.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Auditor's Guidance For Overpaid Charter Schools

 

Columbus—Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to the State Auditor's announcement that charter schools found to have been overpaid due to lack of verified student participation should seek repayment from their sponsors and management companies:

 
 

08.07.17 - Senator Schiavoni Announces Bill To Return Recovered Charter School Money To Ohio Students

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced a bill to ensure all money recovered from overpayments to charter and online schools would be returned to local school districts.

 
 

06.20.17 - Senator Schiavoni Pushes For Budget Amendment To Protect Injured Workers

 

Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) spoke out against an effort to undermine the rights of injured workers in Ohio.  A controversial provision of the Worker’s Compensation Budget (HB 27) for FY 2018-2019 would cut the statute of limitations for filing injury claims from the current two-year limit to only one year. 

 
 

06.20.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On ECOT Decision To Lay Off Teachers

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after ECOT announced they will lay off 350 workers as they prepare to pay $60 million unearned tax dollars back to the state.

 
 

06.12.17 - Senator Schiavoni: State Board Of Education Made The Right Decision

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the State Board of Education voted 16-1 to take back $60 million in unearned state dollars from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).

 
 

06.07.17 - Sen. Schiavoni Responds To Latest Court Ruling Against ECOT

 

Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Franklin County Court of Appeals denied a request by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) to block the Ohio Department of Education from forcing the online charter school to repay $60 million.  An ODE audit conducted last year determined that ECOT had greatly exaggerated student attendance.

 
 

05.31.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Attorney General's Lawsuit Against Drug Companies

 

Columbus—State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit today against five drug companies for flooding Ohio with prescription drugs.  Last week, Senator Schiavoni sent a letter to the Attorney General urging him to take legal action against the drug companies.

 
 

05.24.17 - Senators Yuko And Schiavoni Announce Bill To Keep Ohio Jobs In Ohio

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D- Richmond Heights) and Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced the Call Center Consumer Protection Act, Senate Bill 156. This bill would incentivize call centers to keep their jobs in the state of Ohio instead of moving them overseas. 

 
 

05.23.17 - Senator Schiavoni Urges Attorney General To File Lawsuits Against Companies That Contributed To Ohio's Opioid Crisis

 

Columbus—Following up on legislation introduced last week, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a letter to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today urging him to pursue legal action against prescription drug manufacturers, distributers and providers if there is evidence they contributed to Ohio’s deadly opioid crisis.  The letter follows Senator Schiavoni’s announcement of Senate Bill 154 last Wednesday.  The legislation would give communities across the state more resources to deal with a drug crisis that kills eight Ohioans every day.

 
 

05.17.17 - Senators Schiavoni, Yuko Announce Comprehensive Bill To Address Ohio's Opioid Crisis

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced a bill to address the immediate and long-term needs created by Ohio’s opioid crisis. This legislation - Senate Bill 154 - goes above and beyond what has been proposed by Governor Kasich and Ohio House Republicans. Senator Schiavoni was joined by Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), who is a joint sponsor of the bill, and by a drug dependency counselor.

 
 

05.05.17 - Senator Schiavoni Denounces ECOT For Forcing Teachers To Attend Demonstration

 

Columbus—Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued a statement denouncing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) for ordering its teachers to attend a demonstration and march next week in Columbus.  ECOT employees told the Columbus Dispatch that they are upset about being forced to sacrifice their classwork to attend the demonstration. 

 
 

05.04.17 - Senator Schiavoni Condemns US House Passage Of Bill To Repeal Obamacare

 

COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement to condemn the passage of an Affordable Care Act repeal bill out of the US House of Representatives. The "American Health Care Act" (AHCA) would repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that will cause millions of Americans to lose healthcare coverage. 

 
 

04.27.17 - Senator Joe Schiavoni Introduces Targeted Workforce Legislation

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 140, a workforce development bill that will help train skilled workers and provide targeted assistance to Ohio’s business community. SB 140 is the result of meetings with business leaders, workers, and several chambers of commerce throughout the state.

 
 

04.25.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On House Budget Proposal

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement regarding the House version of the state operating budget.

 
 

04.19.17 - Senator Schiavoni Steps Down As Minority Leader, Senator Yuko Assumes Leadership Of Senate Democrats

 

Columbus—Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) resigned his leadership position, effective next week, to concentrate on his campaign for governor. The members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus unanimously elected Kenny Yuko of Richmond Heights to replace him as Minority Leader.

 
 

04.13.17 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor Kasich's "Disastrous Economic Policies"

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to Governor Kasich's announcement of additional budget cuts:

 
 

04.04.17 - Senate Democrats React To Governor's State Of The State Speech

 

SANDUSKY – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements in response to Governor Kasich's State of the State address.

The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus believes all Ohioans deserve a fair shot at success. Caucus priorities for the 132nd General Assembly are based on a belief that all Ohioans deserve access to good jobs, quality schools, strong communities and affordable healthcare. 

 
 

03.22.17 - Senate Democrats Vote For State Transportation Budget

 

Columbus—All the members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus voted for the state transportation budget (House Bill 26) after more funding for public transportation was added to the bill.  The version of HB 26 that unanimously passed the Senate included an additional $30 million over the next two fiscal years for public transportation investments.  Those investments include new buses for transportation systems across the state.

 
 

03.21.17 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Bill To Boost Green Infrastructure In Ohio

 

COLUMBUS – Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni introduced legislation that would create a dedicated funding source to support green infrastructure projects in Ohio.

 
 

03.14.17 - Senate Democrats Respond To Trumpcare Report

 

Columbus—Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements regarding the consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with “Trumpcare.”  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has determined that 24 million Americans would lose their healthcare coverage as a result of the Republican plan now being debated in Congress.

 
 

03.09.17 - Senator Joe Schiavoni Responds To Latest ECOT Audit

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement regarding an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) conducted by State Auditor Dave Yost.

 
 

03.08.17 - Senate Dems Ask Ohio Department Of Education Not To Rush ESSA Plan

 

COLUMBUS - Today, all members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to Mr. Paolo DeMaria, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction, asking that the Department of Education (ODE) take additional time to seek public input on the state's plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 
 

03.02.17 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Bipartisan Resolution To Improve Water Quality, Create Jobs

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D–Boardman) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR 4), a bipartisan resolution to address water quality issues and create jobs throughout Ohio. 

 
 

02.08.17 - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni Introduces Strengthened E-School Reform Bill

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 39, a strengthened version of his online charter school (e-school) reform bill. The new provisions are based on input from Ohioans and legislators on both sides of the aisle. The bill is similar to Senator Schiavoni’s widely supported Senate Bill 298, which received several hearings – but no vote – in the 131st General Assembly.

 
 

02.07.17 - Senator Schiavoni Speaks Out Against Confirmation Of New Education Secretary

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the US Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the US Department of Education despite bipartisan opposition.

 
 

01.30.17 - Senate Democrats React To Governor's Budget Plan

 

Columbus—Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus responded to Governor Kasich’s proposed state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.  The budget is essentially more of the same from a Governor who continues to push for income tax cuts at the expense of schools, local communities and working families.

 
 

01.27.17 - Ohio Senate Democrats Lay Out Priorities For 132nd General Assembly

 

COLUMBUS – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus held a press briefing to discuss goals and priorities for the 132nd General Assembly. Senate Democrats believe that all Ohioans deserve a fair shot at success. Bills for the 132nd GA will follow this theme.

 
 

01.24.17 - Senator Schiavoni Announces New Jobs Bill To Grow Ohio's Economy

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced details for a jobs bill that will help train skilled workers and provide targeted assistance to Ohio’s business community. This legislation is the result of meetings with business leaders, workers, and several chambers of commerce throughout the state.

 
 

12.27.16 - Senate Democrats Applaud Governor's Vetoes Of Misguided Legislation

 

Columbus—Members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus applauded Governor Kasich’s decisions to veto House Bill 554 and Senate Bill 329—legislation that would have threatened Ohio jobs and put basic public services at risk.  All Senate Democrats voted against the bills and signed a letter to the Governor urging him to use his veto authority.

 
 

12.20.16 - Senate Democrats Call For Investigation Into Foreign Interference In 2016 Election

 

Columbus—Today, The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to the members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, requesting a full bipartisan investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 
 

12.13.16 - Senators Schiavoni And Tavares Respond To Governor's Action On Abortion Bans

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statements after Governor John Kasich vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill" (H.B. 493) but signed a 20-week abortion ban (S.B. 127).

 
 

12.13.16 - Senate Democrats Call On Governor Kasich To Veto Five Bills

 

Columbus—Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to Governor John R. Kasich, calling on him to veto the five bills the caucus views as the most inconsistent with the needs of Ohioans. 

 
 

12.08.16 - Minority Leader Schiavoni Comments On The Passing Of Senator John Glenn

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement on the passing of Former Senator John Glenn.

 
 

12.07.16 - Senate Democrats Condemn Passage Of Bill That Significantly Limits Community Rights

 

COLUMBUS – Tonight, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus expressed strong opposition to the passage of Amended Senate Bill 331. This bill eases restrictions on puppy mills and removes control from local communities on several different issues – including the ability to raise their own minimum wage. 

 
 

12.06.16 - Senate Democrats Strongly Oppose Last-Minute Six-Week Abortion Ban Amendment

 

COLUMBUS – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus voiced strong opposition to the last-minute addition of a 6-week abortion ban to House Bill 493. Senate Democrats originally objected to the amendment on the grounds that it was improperly filed. Democrats then voted against the amendment and the bill. HB 493 eventually passed 21-10.

 
 

12.06.16 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Decision To Drop GOP Unemployment Compensation Plan

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after legislators agreed to scrap a GOP unemployment compensation plan (SB 374 and HB 620). In the meantime, legislators and labor leaders agreed to a stopgap plan with the goal of reaching a final agreement by April 1st.

 
 

11.30.16 - Leader Schiavoni Testifies For Bill To Give Tax Relief To Disabled Veterans

 

COLUMBUS, OH - Today Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified with State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) in the Senate Ways & Means Committee for Senate Bill 302. This bill would provide a complete property tax exemption for honorably discharged veterans who were 100 percent disabled from a service-related injury.

 
 

11.29.16 - Leader Schiavoni Testifies For Bill To Improve Youngstown Schools

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified in the Senate Finance Committee for Senate Bill 230, which would make needed adjustments to further involve the community in school districts subject to academic distress commissions. Last year, a last-minute amendment was added to House Bill 70, now known as the “Youngstown Plan,” which replaced the structure and procedures for academic distress commissions. The amendment requires academic distress commissions to hire a CEO to run the affected school district.

 
 

10.26.16 - Senator Schiavoni Announces Improvements To E-School Reform Bill

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced several changes to further improve Senate Bill 298, legislation that would bring more accountability and transparency to Ohio’s online charter schools. The new substitute bill addresses suggestions that were raised by legislators and interested parties throughout the four legislative committee hearings on SB 298. 

 
 

10.14.16 - Senator Schiavoni Not Surprised By Poor Ratings Of Charter School Sponsors

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to new ratings for charter school sponsors.  The ratings show that 21 out of 65 sponsors flunked the ratings and could go out of business. Another 39 were rated as "ineffective."

 
 

10.05.16 - Leader Schiavoni Makes Appointment To The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) appointed Nancy Walsh Mosca of Mahoning County to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. As outlined in House Bill 523, the Minority Leader of the Senate is responsible for appointing a nurse to the committee.

 
 

09.30.16 - Senator Schiavoni Applauds Judge's Decision In ECOT Lawsuit

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after a judge denied the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT)’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Earlier this week, ODE informed ECOT that they had exaggerated enrollment by 9,000 students. That means ECOT received at least $60 million more than they were owed for the 2015-2016 school year.

 
 

09.28.16 - Dem Lawmakers Say State Must Do More To Combat Opioid Emergency

 

COLUMBUS— Democratic lawmakers from the Ohio House and Senate held a press conference today pushing for legislative action to combat the worsening statewide opioid emergency. Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and state Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Greta Johnson (D-Akron) pushed for the legislature and the governor to finish work on Senate Bill (SB) 319, opioid and heroin omnibus legislation that the Senate passed before the summer recess but has since stalled in the House. 

 
 

09.27.16 - Senator Schiavoni Requests Independent Auditor To Examine ECOT Records

 

COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent the following letter to the members of the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The letter requests that the Board explore hiring an independent auditor to examine the records of the embattled Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT).

 
 

09.26.16 - Senator Schiavoni Responds To ODE's Finding That ECOT Greatly Exaggerated Attendance

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) found in their final review that the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT) exaggerated student attendance by nearly 60%. This finding could potentially mean ECOT owes upwards of $60 million in funding back to the state.

 
 

09.23.16 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Federal Court Decision That Protects Ohio Voters

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has illegally removed names from voter registration rolls.

 

 
 

09.15.16 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Latest School Report Cards

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for all the schools districts in the state.  The report cards are the first since Ohio switched testing companies from PARCC to AIR.

 
 

09.08.16 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Make Revenge Porn Illegal In Ohio

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly distribute a private, sexually explicit image of a person without that person’s consent - commonly known as revenge porn.

 
 

07.13.16 - Senator Schiavoni Responds To Criminal Charges Against Sebring Water Operator

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after it was announced that James Bates, the former operator of Sebring's water system, now faces criminal charges as a result of the village's lead contamination crisis:

 
 

07.11.16 - Senator Schiavoni Responds To Judge's Ruling In ECOT Lawsuit

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni issued the following statement after a judge denied a request by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) to block the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)’s audit of student attendance. ECOT had issued a statement earlier in the day admitting that if the state is able to conduct a thorough and accurate audit of ECOT’s records, the school would be forced to return “significant portions of [its] funding,” or even close.

 
 

07.08.16 - Senator Schiavoni Condemns ECOT Lawsuit Against The Ohio Department Of Education

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni condemned a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT) to block the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) from doing a full audit of the school’s attendance records. ECOT argues in the lawsuit that they are not required to “provide” education to their students. They assert that they are only required to “offer,” or place, the courses online.

 
 

06.16.16 - Leading Charter Advocates Issue Call To Reform E-schools

 

Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) is pleased that today three of the leading national charter school advocacy groups joined the growing movement for higher standards for online public charter schools.  In a new report, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Operators and the 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now issued a call to action for state leaders to address the disturbingly low performance by online charter schools (or e-schools as they called in Ohio).

 
 

06.12.16 - Senator Schiavoni Releases Statement Following The Death Of George Voinovich

 

Columbus—Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the death of former Governor and United States Senator George Voinovich.

 
 

06.09.16 - Senators Schiavoni And Tavares Introduce Bill To Require Live Broadcast Of All Committee Hearings

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced a bill to significantly improve transparency in the Ohio General Assembly, using technology that is already in place. Senate Bill 338 would require the recording, live broadcast, and video archiving of all committee hearings through Ohio Government Television (OGT).

 
 

05.19.16 - National Spotlight Reinforces Need For Online School Reform

 

COLUMBUS – Today, a troubling New York Times article shed new light on the gravity of the problems at Ohio’s largest e-schools. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Cathy Johnson – former President of the Ohio School Boards Association and current President of the South-Western City School Board – responded to these revelations with a call for the immediate passage of Senate Bill 298, Leader Schiavoni’s e-school reform bill.

 
 

05.02.16 - Two Thirds Of Ohioans Support More Accountability For Charter Schools

 

Columbus—According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling (PPP), 66% of Ohioans support legislation creating more accountability for public charter schools. Strengthening state law enjoys strong bipartisan support with 74% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 60% of Republicans backing it.

 
 

04.27.16 - Support Grows For Leader Schiavoni's Water And Sewer Infrastructure Bill

 

COLUMBUS - Today, the Dayton City Commission voted to pass a resolution in support of Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), which would help fund local sewer and water infrastructure improvements statewide. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), who sponsored SJR3, testified before the Commission in favor of the resolution.

 
 

04.26.16 - Senator Schiavoni's E-School Reform Bill Receives First Committee Hearing

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified in support of his bill – Senate Bill 298 – which would improve attendance reporting and accountability at online charter schools, also known as e-schools.

 
 

04.14.16 - Leader Schiavoni Testifies To Require Faster Public Notification Of Hazardous Drinking Water

 

COLUMBUS—This week, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Senate Bill 269, a bill that would further clarify the responsibilities of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 
 

04.12.16 - Mahoning Valley Legislators Comment On Capital Budget Funding

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Democratic legislators in the Mahoning Valley Delegation announced that several million dollars in capital budget funds will go to projects in the Valley.

 
 

04.12.16 - Senator Schiavoni Applauds Passage Of Senate Bill 182

 

Today, a bill from Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) to name a portion of State Route 7 in Mahoning County the "Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark Memorial Highway" received final approval from the legislature. 

 
 

04.06.16 - Democratic Leader Schiavoni Responds To State Of The State Address

 

MARIETTA, OH--Tonight, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich’s State of the State Address at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio.

 
 

03.31.16 - Senator Schiavoni Statement On Administration's Proposal To Address Lead Contamination

 

Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to the administration’s Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) proposal to address lead contamination and drinking water concerns throughout the state.

 
 

03.29.16 - Senators Gentile And Schiavoni Propose Tax Relief For Disabled Veterans

 

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) introduced legislation with Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) to give a tax break to military veterans.  Under the terms of Senate Bill 302, any 100% disabled veteran would be exempt from paying all property taxes on their home.

 
 

03.22.16 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces E-School Reform Bill

 

(Columbus)—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will introduce legislation to strengthen attendance requirements for online charter schools known has “e-schools.”  The legislation follows revelations in the Columbus Dispatch that Provost Academy, an online school based in Columbus, over-billed taxpayers by nearly $800,000 by exaggerating student attendance.

 
 

03.21.16 - Senator Schiavoni Issues Statement On USDA Grant To Sebring

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the announcement that the Village of Sebring will receive a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist with water quality improvements.

 
 

03.14.16 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces "All For The Kids" Awareness Day Legislation

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced S.B. 294, which would designate May 15th as “All for the Kids Awareness Day.” 

 
 

03.02.16 - Sens Schiavoni And Sawyer Call For Complete Review Of E-School Attendance Records

 

Columbus – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) called for immediate action by the Ohio Department of Education after the Columbus Dispatch uncovered evidence that Provost Academy, an online charter school based in Columbus, had been vastly overpaid as a result of poor and inaccurate reporting of student attendance data. 

 
 

02.21.16 - Senator Schiavoni Statement On Governor Kasich Signing Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

 

Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich signed HB 294, defunding Ohio Planned Parenthood and all similar organizations, as well as any group that contracts with them.

 
 

02.17.16 - Senator Schiavoni Issues Statement On Firing Of EPA Employees

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio EPA fired two employees and demoted another in response to the agency's failure to adequately address the Sebring water crisis:

 
 

02.09.16 - Senator Joe Schiavoni Testifies In Favor Of Senate Joint Resolution 3

 

COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR3), legislation he introduced to protect Ohio’s drinking water, lakes, and streams. SJR3 would permit the issuance of state bonds to expand sewer and water improvement projects for municipalities, counties, townships, and other government entities.

 
 

02.01.16 - Senate Minority Leader Introduces Legislation To Require Faster Public Notification Of Hazardous Drinking Water

 

Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced legislation to strengthen and clarify the public notification responsibilities of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. S.B. 269 would require Ohio EPA and local water systems to alert the public much sooner when contaminants are found in drinking water.

 
 

01.29.16 - Senator Schiavoni To Introduce Legislation In Response To Sebring Water Crisis

 

Columbus—Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced he will introduce legislation to address the water crisis in Sebring.  One part of the legislation will require local water systems and the Ohio EPA to notify the public much sooner when tests show that a community’s drinking water is unsafe.

 
 

01.28.16 - Senator Schiavoni Sends Follow Up Letter To Ohio EPA

 

Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a follow up letter to the director of Ohio EPA in regard to the many still unanswered questions about the Sebring water crisis. The letter reads as follws:

 
 

01.25.16 - Senator Schiavoni And Representative Boccieri Issue Statement On Sebring Water Crisis

 

Youngstown--Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland) issued the following joint statement about the latest developments in the Sebring area water crisis:

 
 

01.25.16 - Schiavoni And Boccieri Send Letter To Ohio EPA Regarding Sebring Water Concerns

 

On Friday, January 22, 2016, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland) sent the following letter to Craig Butler - Director of the Ohio EPA - requesting additional information related to Sebring, Ohio, water quality concerns.  

 
 

01.20.16 - Senators Schiavoni And Gentile Call For Increased Penalties For Child Abusers

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Lou Gentile (D- Steubenville) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 178, which allows increased penalties for individuals who inflict serious physical harm on children under the age of 13.

 
 

01.08.16 - Senate Democrats Intensify Call For Education As A Statewide Priority

 

Columbus – In light of two separate reports criticizing Ohio’s failure to provide and support quality education, today Senate Democrats renewed their call for bipartisan action. They also vowed to continue their ongoing fight to make education and related poverty concerns a statewide priority.

 
 

12.08.15 - Senator Schiavoni To Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Charter Schools From Spending Tax Dollars On Advertising

 

Columbus—Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will introduce legislation in non-voting session today to stop charter schools from spending tax money on any advertising, recruiting or promotional materials. The legislation would level the playing field with traditional public schools that are currently prohibited from using state funds on advertising.

 
 

11.17.15 - Legislation Honoring Local Fallen Hero Passes Ohio Senate

 

COLUMBUS - Today, the Ohio Senate voted to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 200 from Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman). The amendment names a portion of State Route 7 in Mahoning County the "Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark Memorial Highway," in honor of a Boardman High school graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2008. 

 
 

11.04.15 - Senators Schiavoni And Yuko Send Letter To Elected Officials Calling For Medical Marijuana Discussion

 

COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) sent a letter to leaders of the Ohio General Assembly and statewide office holders, asking for a collaborative effort in crafting legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Ohio.

 
 

10.22.15 - Senate Democrats Lauch Statewide Tour Of Ohio Schools

 

COLUMBUS - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have launched a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio.

 
 

10.16.15 - Senators Schiavoni And Tavares To Visit Columbus School, Kick Off Education Tour

 

COLUMBUS - This coming Monday, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus will launch a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio. The event series, titled “Columbus to the Classroom: Doing our homework on Ohio schools,” will be held in coordination with legislators and community leaders.

 

 
 

10.16.15 - Senator Schiavoni And Representative Lepore-Hagan Announce Bill To Improve Youngstown Schools

 

YOUNGSTOWN – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) joined parents, educators, and local leaders to announce a community-based bill crafted in response to the so-called “Youngstown Plan,” which went into effect on Thursday.

 
 

10.15.15 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Strengthen Railroad Safety

 

COLUMBUS—Democratic lawmakers in both the House and Senate joined together to introduce legislation aimed at strengthening train safety. Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), along with Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), say that the bill, which requires an operating crew of at least two individuals on freight trains, will cut down on operator fatigue and reduce the likelihood of fatal accidents.

 
 

10.13.15 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Lawsuit To Stop CEO Takeover Of Youngstown Schools

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after a Franklin County Common Pleas Judge denied a motion for an injunction to block the so-called Youngstown Plan from taking affect this week.

 
 

10.07.15 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Passage Of Charter School Reform

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) called the passage of H.B. 2 an important starting point for the charter school reform movement, but stressed that there is still more to be done.

 
 

10.06.15 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Bill To Name Portion Of State Route 7 After Local Fallen Hero

 

COLUMBUS - Yesterday, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced S.B. 221, which would name a portion of State Route 7 in Mahoning County the "Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark Memorial Highway," in honor of a Boardman High school graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

 
 

10.01.15 - Senate Approves Bartter Syndrome Legislation From Senators Schiavoni And Cafaro

 

COLUMBUS - Yesterday, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) introduced S.B. 128, which would designate May 30th as Bartter Syndrome Awareness Day. The Senate passed S.B. 128 with unanimous support.

 
 

09.08.15 - Minority Leader Schiavoni Joins U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown In Calling For State And Federal Legislation To Improve Water Quality

 

Youngstown – Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Aaron Young, Executive Director of Mill Creek MetroParks to call for state and federal legislation to assist communities across Ohio in improving outdated sewer and water systems.  Senator Schiavoni and Senator Brown discussed the legislation during a press conference at Mill Creek Park—the site of a sewage spill earlier this summer that polluted waterways and killed fish.

 
 

09.01.15 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Bipartisan Resolution To Address Statewide Water Quality Issues

 

COLUMBUS – This week, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced S.J.R. 3, a resolution to address water quality issues throughout Ohio. The resolution would permit issuance of state bonds to help preserve and expand sewer and water capital improvements for municipal corporations, counties, townships, and other government entities.

 
 

07.20.15 - Senator Schiavoni Joins Call For State Board Of Education To Remove Superintendent Ross

 

COLUMBUS— Top democratic lawmakers in both the House and Senate today called on the State Board of Education to dismiss Superintendent Dick Ross, citing the recent scandal involving the cover up of failing charter school grades in state evaluations, the plan to takeover the Youngstown public schools crafted behind closed doors, and general lack of accountability to the State Board of Education and the public.

 
 

07.17.15 - Minority Leader Schiavoni Requests Special Audit Of Ohio Department Of Education

 

COLUMBUS, OH--Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a letter to State Auditor Dave Yost requesting that his office launch a special audit of the Ohio Department of Education.  The request follows several news reports that questioned whether ODE may have broken state law by not counting the failing grades of some online charter schools when determining the ratings of their sponsors.

 
 

07.13.15 - Youngstown Residents Speak Out Against CEO Takeover Of School District

 

Youngstown – Astanding room only crowd packed McGuffey Elementary School in Youngstown for a public meeting hosted by Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Youngstown Mayor John McNally to discuss the Youngstown School Plan.  Parents, teachers and community residents protested the plan contained in House Bill 70 that gives broad and unprecedented powers to an unelected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to run the district.

 
 

07.06.15 - Senator Schiavoni, Representative Lepore-Hagan, And Mayor McNally To Host Public Meeting On Youngstown City Schools

 

Columbus--Next Monday, July 13, 2015, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan, and Youngstown Mayor John McNally will host a meeting to address questions and concerns from community members about new legislation affecting Youngstown City Schools.

 
 

07.02.15 - Senator Schiavoni To Help Dedicate Portion Of I-80 To Honor Two Local Heroes

 

Columbus – This coming Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will join state and local officials to dedicate a portion of I-80 in Austintown in honor of two local Vietnam Veterans. The portion of I-80 between 1-76 and I-680 in Mahoning County will be renamed, "Marine Sergeant James Prommersberger and Army Second Lieutenant Charles W. Brown Memorial Highway."

 
 

06.09.15 - Minority Leader Schiavoni Reacts To Introduction Of Senate Version Of State Budget

 

COLUMBUS, OH—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released a statement after the introduction of the Senate version of the state budget (HB 64). 

“The Senate has made some positive changes to the state budget, including more funding for higher education and police training, but overall it has taken several steps in the wrong direction." 

 
 

05.22.15 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor's Decision To Strip Worker's Collective Bargaining Rights

 

Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich rescinded an executive order that granted collective bargaining rights to home healthcare and childcare providers: 

 
 

05.12.15 - Leader Schiavoni Honors Local Heroes With Memorial Highway

 

Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has worked over the last few months to pass legislation that would dedicate a portion of I-80 in Austintown in honor of two local Vietnam Veterans as the "Marine Sergeant James Prommersberger and Army Second Lieutenant Charles W. Brown Memorial Highway". This summer, these efforts will become a reality. 

 
 

05.01.15 - Senate And House Democrats Call On Governor To Halt Closure Of State Developmental Centers

 

Columbus –State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard), State Representative Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) and State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent a letter to Governor Kasich this week urging him to postpone the transfer of residents from the Youngstown and Montgomery Development Centers.  The four Mahoning Valley legislators have sponsored legislation to establish a State Facilities Closure Review Commission to determine if the facilities should remain open.

 
 

04.20.15 - Senators Schiavoni And Gentile Introduce Resolution Urging Congress To Oppose "Fast Track" Trade Agreements

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 in the Ohio Senate to protect Ohio jobs. The bipartisan legislation, which has the support of Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), urges the United States Congress to oppose fast track legislation on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 
 

04.01.15 - Senate Leadership Participate In "Bean Boozled Challenge" For April Fool's Day

 

In honor of April Fool's Day, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Lima) and Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) faced off in the "Bean Boozled Challenge", a jelly bean eating competition, hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association.  

 
 

04.01.15 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor's Line-item Veto Of State Transportation Budget

 

Columbus – Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni issued a statement after Governor Kasich vetoed portions of the state transportation budget (HB 53) that would have discouraged out-of-state college students and active duty military personnel from exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote.  

 
 

03.09.15 - Senator Schiavoni Renews Call For Stronger Penalties To Stop Illegal Dumping In Ohio

 

Columbus – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced legislation to make revisions to Ohio’s Oil and Gas Law to increase penalties and revoke permits for improperly disposing brine.

 
 
 

03.06.15 - Senator Minority Leader Schiavoni Comments On Jobs Report

 

COLUMBUS, OH--Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released a statement on Ohio’s monthly jobs report.

 
 

03.04.15 - Senator Schiavoni Testifies To Protect Children On Ohio Roads

 

Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) presented sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 44, the Child Car Safety Law before members of the Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee to make it a primary offense for children under the age of 15 to be riding in a vehicle without a safety restraint.

 
 

02.26.15 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Protect Students

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced two bills aimed at protecting students in Ohio’s public schools. Senate Bill 92 would appropriate additional funding for school safety projects and Senate Bill 93 would create the Bullying Prevention Grant Program.

 
 

02.24.15 - Democratic Leader Schiavoni Responds To The State Of The State Address

 

WILMINGTON, OH--Tonight, Democratic Leader released the following statement after the State of the State Address at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH: 

 
 

02.11.15 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces "Child Car Safety Law" To Protect Children On Ohio Roads

 

Columbus – Today, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) reintroduced Senate Bill 44, The Child Car Safety Law, to make it a primary offense for children under the age of 15 to be riding in a vehicle without a safety restraint.
 

 
 

01.22.15 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Audit Of Charter School Attendance

 

Columbus—Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement in response to an investigation of charter school attendance by Auditor Dave Yost:
 

 
 

01.05.15 - Senator Schiavoni Sworn Into Office For Another Term As Minority Leader

 

Columbus –On the opening day of the 131st General Assembly, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni took the oath of office to serve another four-year term in the Ohio Senate.   

 
 

12.19.14 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor Kasich's Call For Stronger Oversight Of Charter Schools

 

Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released a statement in response to Governor Kasich’s comments calling for stronger regulation of Ohio’s public charter schools.

 
 

12.12.14 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On The Bipartisan Agreement On Redistricting Reform

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives reached agreement on bipartisan redistricting reform plan (HJR 12), which the Senate passed early this morning 28-1:

 
 

10.28.14 - Mahoning Valley Lawmakers Seek State Funding Reform For School Buildings

 

COLUMBUS— State lawmakers Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Rep. Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) today introduced companion legislation to reduce school building costs for local school districts and taxpayers. 

 

 

 
 

10.21.14 - Senator Schiavoni Proposes Grant Program For Bullying Prevention

 

Columbus – Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni introduced Senate Bill 373 to create the School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program.   

 

 
 

08.21.14 - Appointee Doesn't Meet Qualifications

 

I respond to the Aug. 10 op-ed “Democrats miss opportunities by not running in every race,” by Thomas Suddes, which mischaracterized my concerns about Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Rick Hodges as the director of the Ohio Department of Health. I requested confirmation hearings in the Ohio Senate because I think Hodges fails to meet the qualifications for the job as required by state law.

 
 

08.14.14 - Sen. Schiavoni & Rep. Driehaus Call For General Assembly To Take Action Now On Charter School Reform

 

COLUMBUS- Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) called on the House and Senate to pass reforms to deal with Ohio’s troubled charter schools.  Two recent incidents prompted the legislators to again call for public hearings on an issue the General Assembly has largely ignored.

 
 

08.12.14 - Senate Minority Leader Calls For Hearings On Governor's Appointee To Lead Department Of Health

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a letter to Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Sen. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), the Chairperson of the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, to formally request hearings on the appointment of Rick Hodges to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Health.   

 
 

08.06.14 - Senator Schiavoni Renews Call For Stronger Penalties To Stop Illegal Dumping

 

Columbus – Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement in response to the sentencing of D&L Energy owner Ben Lupo who was given 28 months in Federal prison and fined $25,000. According to evidence revealed in court, Mr. Lupo instructed his employees to illegally dump over 20,000 gallons of drilling waste and brine water into a sewer that fed directly into the Mahoning River.

 
 

07.28.14 - Senator Schiavoni Congratulates Schools In 33rd District On Straight A Funding To Improve STEM Education

 

Columbus –Today, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) congratulated schools in the 33rd Senate District for receiving $975,250 from the Straight A Fund Program to improve STEM education through Project Inspire.

 
 

07.28.14 - Senator Schiavoni Recognizes Students For Completing Summer Program

 

Senator Schiavoni was thrilled to attend the Finale Celebration of Tabernacle Baptist Church's Children's Defense Fund Freedom School to recognize the children who completed the summer programwith Senatorial citations. 

 
 

07.09.14 - Husted Is Trying To Rewrite History

 

Thanks to a decision by Federal Judge Peter Economus, Ohioans will have the opportunity to cast in-person ballots on the last three days before an election. This significant win for Ohio voters was the result of a lawsuit, OFA v. Husted, filed nearly two years ago to protect equal access to the polls during the early voting period.  

 
 

06.17.14 - Leader Schiavoni Speaks Out About Alternative Energy Bill

 

Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) spoke to WYTV News about the recent passage of Senate Bill 310,  energy legislation that moves Ohio backward hurting our community and eliminating jobs. 

“I’m worried that by just calling it a temporary freeze that it may be a permanent freeze and that’s kind of the speech I gave on the floor and why I voted no on the bill. I think that we need to encourage any and all types of alternative energy,” said Senator Joe Schiavoni.

 
 

06.04.14 - Leader Schiavoni Honors YSU Baseball Team

 

Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) honored the Youngstown State University Baseball Team on as the 2014 Horizon League Tournament Champions.  The baseball team, with a 17-38 season record, recently appeared in its first NCAA game in school history. 

 
 

05.14.14 - Solon Teen Honored For Work To Promote Tolerance Throughout Ohio

 

Today Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) honored Justin Bachman for his work to promote tolerance throughout communities in Ohio.

 
 

04.08.14 - Sen. Schiavoni & Rep. Carney Call For Transparency And Accountability For Ohio Charter Schools

 

COLUMBUS- An investigation by the Akron Beacon Journal and NewsOutlet prompted Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) to announce they will introduce legislation calling for more transparency and accountability of Ohio charter schools.

 
 

03.27.14 - Leader Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Strengthen Seatbelt Requirements For Children

 

Columbus- Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 302, legislation to allow law enforcement to pull over a vehicle if it is evident that children are not restrained. The legislation follows a recent fatal traffic accident in Columbiana County where two adults and four of the seven children who were in the car were not wearing seatbelts. 

 
 

03.17.14 - VIDEO: Leader Schiavoni Discusses Proposed Tax Changes 10TV's Capitol Square

 

Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) appeared on 10TV's Capitol Square with Jim Heath and Tracy Townsend to discuss proposed tax changes in the Midbiennium Review that was recently announced. 

 
 

03.11.14 - Leader Schiavoni Comments On Governor's MBR Proposal

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement in response to Governor Kasich's proposal for the Mid Biennium Review (MBR): 

 
 

03.10.14 - YSU Receives Funding To Grow Choose Ohio First Co-op/Internship Program

 

COLUMBUS- Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the approval of $661,013 by the Ohio Controlling Board to Youngtown State University for the Choose Ohio First Co-op/Internship Program:

 
 

02.24.14 - Leader Schiavoni Responds To State Of The State

 

ColumbusSenate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Medina:

 
 

02.04.14 - Father Greg Maturi Of St. Dominic's Church Provides Invocation For Ohio Senate Session

 

Today, Father Greg Maturi, of St. Dominic’s Church in Youngstown, OH provided the invocation for Ohio Senate Session on behalf of Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni. Father Maturi has been featured on CNN for his work to combat crime in Youngstown. 

 
 

01.27.14 - Youngstown Edison Incubator Receives $450,000 In Controlling Board Funds

 

COLUMBUS- Today, Senator Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement following the Ohio Controlling Board’s release of $450,000 to the Youngtown Edison Business Incubator under the Third Frontier Program:

 
 

01.17.14 - Minority Leader Schiavoni Appoints Pat Ginnetti To Ohio Public Works Commission

 

Columbus –Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement announcing the appointment of Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti to the Ohio Public Works Commission:

 
 

01.17.14 - Bill Would Tighten Charter-school Rules

 

I thank The Dispatch for reporting on the alarming number of charter-school closings in Columbus. It’s very troubling how the schools listed in the report wasted precious education dollars and failed to live up to promises made to students and parents.

 
 

12.04.13 - Senator Schiavoni Calls For Stronger Auditing Of Charter Schools

 

Columbus – State Senator Schiavoni  (D-Boardman) issued the following statement today in response to an audit by State Auditor Dave Yost that uncovered “sloppy” bookkeeping at Legacy Academy in Youngstown.  The audit found improper attendance records at the charter school that led to $309,704 in unsubstantiated payments of state funds and nearly $90,000 in taxes owed to the city of Youngstown.

 
 

11.26.13 - Senator Joe Schiavoni Seeks To Help Local Veterans With The Ohio Military Legal Assistance Project

 

From WKBN 27:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - State and local leaders are looking for a few good lawyers to help with legal assistance for veterans and military personnel.

The Ohio Military Veterans Legal Assistance Project is expanding to Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

 
 

11.20.13 - Blighted Property Legislation Passes Ohio Senate Unanimously

 

COLUMBUSSenator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) received unanimous support today for legislation that aims to make it easier for citizens to clean up blighted properties in their neighborhoods.  Senate Bill 16 updates Ohio’s criminal trespassing laws to excludepersons who enter abandoned or blighted property for the purpose of remediation.

 
 

09.04.13 - Senator Schiavoni To Introduce Legislation To Create Greater Oversight In Ohio's Charter Schools

 

Columbus- Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced he will be introducing legislation to create greater oversight in Ohio’s charter schools equivalent to what is found in traditional public districts.  The bill aims to strengthen charter school accountability, transparency as well as create uniform standards with traditional public schools through the implementation of the following:

 
 

07.17.13 - Governor Signs Senator Schiavoni's "Non-Violence Week" Legislation

 

COLUMBUS- Legislation to designate the first week of October as “Non-Violence Week” was signed into law by Governor John Kasich earlier today. Sponsored by State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Bill 38 will help to promote violence prevention and awareness across Ohio.  The idea of Ohio Violence Week was developed by the Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, an organization that advocates for peace, tolerance and understanding in the community.

 
 

07.02.13 - Senator Schiavoni To Introduce A Resolution For 'Hardest Hit Fund' To Be Used For Blighted Property Demolition In Ohio

 

Columbus –Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will introduce a Senate Resolution urging the United States Congress and the United States Department of the Treasury to allocate a portion of the Hardest Hit Fund to be used for blighted property demolitions across Ohio.

 
 

06.27.13 - Senator Schiavoni Reacts To Final Budget Passage

 

Columbus—Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement following the final passage of HB 59, the state budget:

 
 

05.10.13 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces School Safety Legislation

 

Boardman -Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) joined Boardman Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzerri and Boardman schools personnel at Market Street Elementary to introduce legislation to provide Ohio school districts with additional funds for increased safety and security for students.

 
 

04.29.13 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Internet Café Resolution

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to allow Ohio voters to decide if Internet cafes should be permitted in the state of Ohio. The proposal would place the issue on November’s ballot.  In recent decades, similar statewide votes have decided the fate of other gambling issues.

 
 

04.24.13 - Non-Violence Week Legislation Passes Ohio Senate

 

Columbus –Legislation to designate the first week of October as “Non-Violence Week” recently passed the Ohio Senate with a vote of 33-0. Sponsored by State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Bill 38 will help to promote violence prevention and awareness across Ohio.

 
 

02.15.13 - Senators Schiavoni And LaRose Announce Legislation To Crack Down On Illegal Dumping Of Brine

 

Columbus –State Senators Joe Schiavoni and Frank LaRose announced today they are introducing legislation to impose tougher penalties for the illegal dumping of waste from oil and gas drilling.  

 
 

01.30.13 - Sen. Schiavoni And Rep. Barborak To Introduce Hunting And Fishing License Waivers For Seniors

 

Columbus -Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative Nick Barborak (D-Lisbon) announced that they will introduce legislation to waive the fees for fishing and hunting permits and licenses to Ohio residents who are at least sixty-five years of age.  

 
 
 

01.23.13 - Senator Schiavoni Encourages Support For Blighted Property Legislation

 

Columbus –Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) was a guest speaker at a lobby day hosted by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative (MVOC) to encourage support for blighted property revitalization legislation that he will introduce in the 130th General Assembly.

 
 

01.10.13 - Senator Schiavoni & Senator Brown Seek Insurance Coverage For HPV Screenings

 

Columbus – Today, State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced that they will introduce legislation requiring insurance providers in Ohio to cover human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and vaccinations.

 
 

01.07.13 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Opening Of 130th General Assembly

 

Columbus – State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the opening day of the 130th Ohio General Assembly:

 
 

10.04.12 - Senator Schiavoni Proposes New Drilling Safeguards

 

Columbus – State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced legislation this week to improve safety measures related to oil and gas drilling.

 
 

09.13.12 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Priority Legislation For Fall

 

Columbus – State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) recently announced a new slate of legislation focused on constituent driven initiatives, most notably a bill that focuses on support for community-based correction facilities. 

 
 

05.21.12 - Youngstown, Girard, And Trumbull County To Receive Over $1 Million Through Rapid Outreach Grant

 
Columbus - 
Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced the cities of Youngstown, Girard, and Trumbull County will receive $1,067,037 in funding from the Department of Development for the proposed V&M Two, LLC (V&M) project.
 
 

05.08.12 - Senator Schiavoni's School Transparency Amendment Accepted In Education MBR

 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) successfully amended the Education MBR bill (SB 316) in committee today. The amendment will require all public and charter schools to provide parents with the school's most updated report card during the initial application process.
 
 

03.28.12 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To License And Regulate Sweepstakes Terminal Devices

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni has introduced legislation that will license and regulate sweepstakes terminal devices within the State of Ohio. Unlike gambling activities and skill-based amusement machines which are regulated under Ohio law, sweepstakes operations at internet cafes are currently unregulated.
 
 

01.10.12 - Senator Schiavoni Applauds Passage Of Jessica Logan Act

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni applauded the passage of House Bill 116 in the Senate Education Committee, now known as the Jessica Logan Act. The bill incorporates several concepts from Senator Schiavoni's SB 127, which also addresses current anti-harassment policies in Ohio's schools and the growing problem of cyber bullying.
 
 

01.09.12 - Senator Schiavoni Calls For Additional Resources To Monitor Earthquakes

 
Columbus - 
In response to the recent earthquakes in the Youngstown area, State Senators Joe Schiavoni and Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) have called for general revenue funding to be restored to the Division of Geological Survey, the state agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes in Ohio.
 
 

11.22.11 - Senate Democrats Pick Senator Schiavoni To Serve As Assistant Minority Whip

 
Columbus - 
The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus has selected Senator Joe Schiavoni to serve as Assistant Minority Whip.  Senator Schiavoni replaces Senator Jason Wilson (D-Columbiana) who resigned to become the Director of the Governor's Office for Appalachia.
 
 

08.22.11 - Senator Schiavoni Disappointed Ohio Passed Up $176M In Unemployment Benefits

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni comments on Ohio missing the deadline to qualify for $176 million in unemployment benefits.
 
 

07.28.11 - Senator Schiavoni Announces Tax Credit Award To Wells Building

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni announced that the Ohio Department of Development has awarded the Wells Building in downtown Youngstown a Historic Preservation Tax Credit worth $1 million to support restoration efforts. 
 
 

06.28.11 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Passage Of State Budget, Racetrack Legislation

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni rejected the proposed State Budget (HB 153), while expressing concern about the negative effects it will have on Ohioans.
 
 

06.09.11 - Senator Schiavoni Comments On Budget Vote

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni issued the following statement after voting "no" on the State Budget (HB 153).
 
 

05.23.11 - Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Protect Ohio's Highest-Achieving Schools

 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni introduced legislation that would prevent a low-achieving community school from gaining additional taxpayer funds by enrolling students who are residents of a better performing public school.
 
 

04.05.11 - Senator Schiavoni Calls For Protection Against Cyber Bullying In Schools

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni presented sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 127, also know as the Jessica Logan Act. The bill addresses anti-harassment policies in Ohio's schools by adding acts of cyber bullying to current state law.
 
 

03.04.11 - Senator Schiavoni Debunks Collective Bargaining Memo

 
Columbus - 
As the ranking Democrat on the Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee, State Senator Joe Schiavoni is urging Ohioans to take a closer look at the so-called Senate Bill 5 savings memo released by the Office of Collective Bargaining and the Department of Administrative Services.
 
 

02.09.11 - Senate Bill 5 Launches Attack On Working Families

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Joe Schiavoni called the introduction of Senate Bill 5 an attack on working families.  The legislation eliminates collective bargaining for state employees and binding arbitration for local police and firefighters.