Columbus—Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) spoke out against the Trump administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“The Trump administration is cruelly ending the DACA program because of campaign promises and mean-spirited rhetoric," said Senator Tavares. "These are children who were brought to this country by their parents for a better life. The children had no control in how or when they were brought to the United States. They have matriculated through our education system, participated in sports, work and civic activities along with other American children. We must encourage Congress to be fair, just, and compassionate in developing a policy for these children who have done nothing wrong."
An end to the DACA program, which was originally enacted under the Obama administration in 2012, would not only lead to an increase in deportations, but would also have harmful effects on the economy. The Center for American Progress estimates that an elimination of DACA would lead to a cumulative GDP decrease of $433.4 billion over the next ten years.

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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. 


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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.