Columbus - 
State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today after voting "no" on the State Budget (HB 153): "My concern with this budget is that important policy decisions are being made in haste. The process is set up for little public input and comment on important policy issues. People are intimidated when the message goes out that you're either on the bus or you're not. I believe most Ohioans, including seniors, children and working families, are not on this budget bus. Those that are hitching a ride include corporations and investors wanting to make a quick buck off of Ohio taxpayers while special interests are providing the fuel for the budget bus. This budget does not reflect the values and priorities of my district and I cannot support it."
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Senator Skindell Says There Is No Need To Close Lakewood Hospital


Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is calling on Lakewood City Council to reject plans to close Lakewood Hospital in 2016.  Speaking at a city council meeting last night, Senator Skindell said there was no need to close Lakewood Hospital and called the closure plans misguided.


Senator Skindell Testifies To Establish Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month


Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) presented sponsor testimony before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 51, legislation to designate the month of May as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month in Ohio. 


Senator Skindell Opposes Planned Closing Of Lakewood Hospital


Columbus – Today, Ohio Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) called on Lakewood City Officials and the Lakewood Hospital Association to stop plans to close Lakewood Hospital.  Lakewood residents joined Senator Skindell for a press conference outside the hospital to voice their support for keeping the facility open.


Ohio Senate Passes Legislation To Honor Fallen Hero From Cleveland


Columbus – Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 352, a highway-naming bill to honor fallen heroes from across the state including Army Specialist Angel L. Lopez of Cleveland.  At the request of Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), the bill was amended to designate a portion of Interstate 71 within the corporation limits of Cleveland as the “Specialist Angel L. Lopez Memorial Highway.”