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.

For too long, Ohio laws have favored a small number of wealthy donors and lobbyists rather than regular Ohioans. Senate Democrats believe everyone deserves a good paying job and a dignified retirement in later life. In order to make that possible, Ohioans also need access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and fair treatment under the law.  

Senate Democrats will focus on the following five categories for several priority bills in the 132nd GA:

  • Workers
  • Healthcare
  • Youth and Education
  • Criminal justice
  • Older Ohioans

Members released the following statements regarding their goals and priorities:

Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Minority Leader:

“All Ohioans deserve good jobs, quality schools, strong communities and affordable healthcare. Over the coming months our Caucus will be rolling out legislation designed to give all Ohioans a fair shot.” 

Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Assistant Senate Minority Leader:

“We cannot lose focus on ensuring that older Ohioans have the resources they need to live full and healthy lives. We are committed to removing obstacles that limit access to care and other services because of insurance issues and transportation."

Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Assistant Senate Minority Whip:

“Senate Democrats are committed to making improvements to our criminal justice system.  We have made progress in recent years in areas such as sentencing, but there is more work to be done. We aim to address important issues like police training and bail and bond reform.”

Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood):

“Democrats across the nation have embraced the idea that legislation should be aimed at giving all Americans a fair shot at success. We believe that Ohioans who work hard, and businesses investing in our state, deserve that fair shot. Our laws should offer opportunity to everyone, not just a wealthy few.” 

Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights):

“Healthcare will play a major role in our caucus priorities. The legislature must protect insurance coverage for the many Ohioans now covered by employers, the marketplace, and Medicaid. We must also address the heroin crisis that’s affecting communities in every corner of our state. That means more investments in addiction and mental health services.”

Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron):

“We all agree that education should be a top priority for the General Assembly. Unfortunately, the state has not treated education as a priority when it comes to funding. Senate Democrats strongly support more investment into early childhood development, because the evidence is overwhelming that it makes a big difference.”

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