Landmark Infant Mortality Legislation Passes General Assembly
Bill sponsored by Senators Tavares and Jones will be sent to Governor Kasich for signature

Columbus – Last night, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass Senate Bill 332, which would implement a series of initiatives to lower Ohio’s infant mortality rate. The Senate then concurred on the House changes. Upon passage, Senator Tavares issued the following statement: 

“For quite some time, Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate has been a stain on our great state. It highlights our state's inability to care for its most vulnerable residents and shows the inherent disparities faced by people of color. 

"The Ohio Department of Health recently released its 2015 infant mortality data. While the infant mortality rate increased for babies of all races, the infant mortality rate for African American babies is now nearly three times that of Caucasian babies. This is totally unacceptable. That is why I want to thank my colleagues in the Ohio House for their support and passage SB 332. 

"SB 332 represents the largest effort to date by the Ohio General Assembly to combat infant mortality. I want to thank Senator Shannon Jones (R- Springboro) who has dedicated herself to this cause and has been with me every step of the way. I would also like to thank Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)–chair and ranking member, respectively, of the House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services–for their leadership in shepherding SB 332 through the House. 

"I await Governor Kasich’s signature so we can begin the process of making Ohio a place where all babies are able to live to see their first birthday.” 

Senate Bill 332 was sponsored by Senators Tavares and Jones.

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