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June 12, 2024 Hicks-Hudson, DeMora Push to Change Public Utilities Commission
This week, state Senators Bill DeMora (D-Columbus) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) testified in favor of Senate Bill 229, which would change the composition of the Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) nominating council and its nomination process. 
June 12, 2024 Hicks-Hudson, DeMora Testify in Support of the Ohio Heath Care Plan
Today, state Senators Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bill DeMora (D-Columbus) gave sponsor testimony supporting Senate Bill 177, also known as the Ohio Health Care Plan Act. This bill will ensure adequate access to health care for all Ohioans, addressing a statewide need for affordable health care services. 
May 29, 2024 Hicks-Hudson Condemns Ohio Republicans' Exploitation of Biden Ballot
Yesterday, state Senator Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) condemned Ohio Senate Republicans for again including unrelated and controversial language in a bill to fix the Biden ballot situation.
May 28, 2024 Hicks-Hudson Cancels Toledo Town Hall Due to Special Legislative Session
State Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) regrets to announce that due to Governor DeWine's proclamation calling for a special legislative session to be held today, May 28, the Point Place Library town hall in Toledo scheduled for 6:00 p.m. has been canceled. Senator Hicks-Hudson's office will release an updated town hall schedule at a later date.
May 22, 2024 Hicks-Hudson, Ingram Call for Increased Gun Safety Measures
Hicks-Hudson, Ingram Call for Increased Gun Safety Measures
 
Today, state Senators Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) gave sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 209, which would increase the penalty for reckless failure to report a lost or stolen firearm in Ohio from a fourth-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor. 
April 10, 2024 Hicks-Hudson Responds to Governor's State of the State Address
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address.
March 15, 2024 Tips and Information for Constituents Experiencing Unemployment Issues
Dear Neighbors, I am aware that many members of our community are facing frustrating issues with Ohio's Unemployment system at this time. From those who have been impacted by the unexpected terminations by Stellantis to the thousands who've received letters demanding repayment of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.  These unexpected issues can be difficult to understand and add additional stress to people just looking to keep providing for their families. From lengthy phone wait times to confusing documents, my office is ready to help navigate any issues or pitfalls you may encounter with Ohio's unemployment system. Please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (614) 466-5204 or by email at Hicks-Hudson@ohiosenate.gov.  
February 29, 2024 Hicks-Hudson Votes "No" on House Bill 27
This week, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after voting against House Bill 27, a higher-education bill that was amended at the last minute to allocate over $1 billion in capital budget dollars.
February 27, 2024 Hicks-Hudson, Smith Introduce Pay Equity Legislation
Hicks-Hudson, Smith Introduce Pay Equity Legislation
 
Today, state Senators Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) held a press conference to announce the introduction of two bills that would help close the gender wage gap. They were joined by The Women's Fund of Central Ohio and the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women.
January 24, 2024 Hicks-Hudson Denounces Senate's Veto Override of H.B. 68
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) condemned the Ohio Senate's decision to override the governor's veto of House Bill 68, which bans gender-affirming care for trans minors and bans transgender student athletes from participating in sports that align with their gender identity.
December 29, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Statement on House Bill 68 Veto
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after Governor Mike DeWine vetoed House Bill 68, which would have banned critical gender-affirming health care for minors and banned transgender student-athletes from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.
December 15, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Introduces Bill to Aid Food Truck Owners
This week, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) introduced Senate Bill 203, which would require state and local fire code officials to accept an inspection or permit issued by another jurisdiction as evidence of a mobile food vendor's compliance with Ohio Fire Code.
December 15, 2023 Hicks-Hudson, Ingram Introduce C.R.O.W.N. Act
This week, state Senators Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 204, the C.R.O.W.N. Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) in the Senate.  The C.R.O.W.N. Act prohibits discrimination against an individual because of traits associated with an individual's race, including protection of hair texture and protective and cultural hairstyles, such as braids, locks, and twists, in employment, places of public accommodation, housing, and credit practices.
December 13, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Condemns Anti-Trans Attacks
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass House Bill 68, which will ban critical gender-affirming health care for minors and ban transgender student-athletes from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity, effectively banning them from school sports entirely.
December 6, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Statement on House Bill 86 Passage
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 86, which made changes to the adult use recreational marijuana laws passed under Issue 2.
November 15, 2023 Senate Democrats Urge Against Fracking Under Ohio's State Parks
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Oil and Gas Land Management Commission (OGLMC) urging them to reject applications proposing to frack under Ohio's state parks.
November 7, 2023 Democrats Celebrate Election Results
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus responded to the results of the November 7 general election.
October 31, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Introduces Legislation to Enable Striking Workers to Receive Unemployment Benefits
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement on her recently introduced legislation to allow workers participating in a labor strike to collect unemployment benefits.
October 12, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Statement on Ballot Board Citizen-Led Redistricting Initiative Decision
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toldeo) issued the following statement after the Ohio Ballot Board voted to certify the citizen-led redistricting commission constitutional amendment as a single proposal. 
October 11, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Denounces Senate Resolutions
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statements after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines on resolutions opposing the passage of State Issues 1 and 2.
September 21, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Statement on Partial Ballot Language Correction
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement after the Ohio Ballot Board met to fix only a part of the disputed ballot language of Issue 1, the Ohio constitutional amendment to guarantee reproductive freedom.
September 20, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Issues Statement of Support on the Lawsuit Filed Against Overhaul of Board of Education
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) commented on the lawsuit filed by members of the Ohio State Board of Education challenging the constitutionality of the K-12 education overhaul that passed as part of the state operating budget, House Bill 33.
September 13, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Issues Statement on Select Committee on Rail Safety Final Report
Hicks-Hudson Issues Statement on Select Committee on Rail Safety Final Report
 
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after members of the Ohio Senate Select Committee on Rail Safety unanimously approved its final report.
June 30, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Condemns State Budget
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to accept conference committee changes to House Bill 33, the state operating budget.
June 28, 2023 Hicks-Hudson Condemns Passage of Senate Bill 117
Today, state Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to pass Senate Bill 117, Republican legislation to create new centers for intellectual diversity at five state universities.