Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement today after Governor John Kasich's 2012 State of the State: "I commend Governor Kasich on supporting patient choice by extending home healthcare. However, there is extensive work that needs to be executed in a timely fashion in order to address the healthcare needs of Ohioans. In today's State of the State address Governor Kasich spoke about bipartisanship. I challenge the Governor to extend the olive branch to other caucuses. Over 1.3 million Ohioans are uninsured and the Kasich administration has failed to create a healthcare exchange in our state. Legislation has been introduced by my colleague Senator Skindell to create the healthcare exchange that is needed to cover Ohioan's who are uninsured. I welcome the opportunity to work along with Senator Skindell and Governor Kasich to pass this bill. I also look forward to working with Governor Kasich and Greg Moody from the Office of Health Transformation to integrate primary and behavioral health, to have a seamless healthcare system for all. "In addition, this legislature has enacted laws that compromises women's healthcare, yet Kasich spoke of addressing the infant mortality rate. To have healthy babies we must ensure quality comprehensive healthcare for women. Ohio has an infant mortality rate greater than some third world countries. The Governor did not promote any substantive solutions to many of the state's problems in today's address. It is my hope that the bipartisanship he spoke about will be supported by actions not just words."
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Senator Tavares To Introduce Eyewitness Protection Act


Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident. 


Tavares Legislation Creating Family Stability Commission Clears Senate


Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) applauded the passage of Senate Bill 30, legislation she sponsored which establishes the Ohio Family Stability Commission. The proposal establishes a time-limited commission that will focus on the strengthening of Ohio families and emphasizing the well-being of children. 


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Reflects On Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is called “B4Stage4” which focuses on diagnosing and addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 in which symptoms are more severe and difficult to treat.

Mental illnesses are sometimes crippling disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans and oftentimes go unannounced because of the stigma associated with them.

Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

For more information about mental health awareness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Honors The Life Of Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps


Today, during Senate Session, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) honored the life of former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps who died on April 21st at the age of 78. During his tenure, the Ohio Democratic Party controlled all statewide offices in Ohio and the Ohio legislature.