Emilia Sykes

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) meets with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and others
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Ohio’s House Minority Leader says Republican state lawmakers are taking a page from a national playbook as they try to reform voting. 

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) speaks on the House floor on June 28 in a tribute to departing Rep. Erica Crawley a few hours before the vote on the budget.
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The new two-year state budget includes a 3% income tax cut, a new school funding plan and hundreds of millions of dollars for broadband, foster care, foodbanks and grants for businesses hurt by the pandemic. While the Republican-backed budget also included things that Democrats didn’t like, many of them voted for it.

Voters drive up to ballot drop boxes set up in the parking lot of the Franklin County Board of Elections on October 24, 2020.
Karen Kasler

A Republican-backed bill that would allow ballot dropboxes only at boards of elections for 10 days before the election and would shorten the window to request early ballots got its first hearing in a House committee.

Columbus Police, June 2020
Jo Ingles

Republican lawmakers are expected to release a police reform plan any day now. But Democrats have their own ideas about what should be part of any changes to policing. 

A Columbus area gun store
Dan Konik

A week after House Republicans stripped some of Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun regulations from the state budget, minority House Democrats have responded with a package of even tougher legislation.

Ohio Statehouse
Dan Konik

Two representatives in the Ohio House are in the hospital right now, battling COVID-19. They are the latest to acknowledge they have contracted the virus. 

2020 Presidential Debate in Cleveland
Mercury News

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House says she is quarantining and plans to get tested after attending Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland. She wants to be sure she isn’t carrying the virus after what she saw.

Jo Ingles

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request by the Republican Secretary of State to pay for postage on ballots. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports. 

Ohio House of Representatives
Dan Konik

It’s been just over 24 hours since Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested and charged with bribery and racketeering. And since that time, the chorus calling for his resignation has grown. 

Democrats talk about issues on Zoom
Jo Ingles

Democrats in the Ohio House say lawmakers need to deal with some important business this summer instead of taking time off. 

Protestors at Ohio Statehouse Saturday
Jo Ingles

The leader of minority Democrats in the Ohio House says it’s time to take recommendations and reports on community policing off the shelf and put them in action. 

The Sykes family - former Rep. Barbara Sykes (left), Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), along with Sen. Sykes' granddaughter and Rep. Sykes' niece.
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An investigation is ongoing into threats targeting two sitting Democratic state lawmakers, a well-known senator from Akron who’s served in both chambers and his daughter, who leads the minority in the Ohio House. And some state leaders are speaking out.

Andy Chow

House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is criticizing the state's plan to address racial health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic saying the strategy Gov. Mike DeWine is taking is good but not enough, calling it "too little, too late."

Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
Dan Konik

A state group set up to promote the advancement of women and remove barriers to women’s equality was dissolved in 18 years ago, but it might come back if some Ohio lawmakers get their way. 

One of the extensions of the death bed meant to hold an inmate's arm during a lethal injection.
Ron Corby

As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers are taking the rest of the year off before coming back to the Statehouse in 2020. Some of the top leaders in the House and Senate say they have some New Year's resolutions when they return.

2019 brought new leadership in the governor’s office and in the Ohio House. But though Republicans were still in charge in both those places and in the Senate, there were only 21 bills that were signed into law, including four required budgets.

Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Emilia Sykes discuss what happened in 2019 on “The State of Ohio” this weekend.
Daniel Konik

A constitutional amendment backed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to set up a way to distribute opioid settlement money through a statewide foundation won’t go before voters in March. 

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Some Ohio lawmakers are backing a bill passed by the House that they say protects the religious rights of students. Opponents say it’s unnecessary and would hurt the academic integrity of schools.

Ohio House Democrats
Jo Ingles

Leaders of the Republican dominated Ohio Legislature have expressed frustration in recent weeks that more of the bills they consider “priorities” have not been passed by lawmakers. But Democrats in the House say they think lawmakers are spending too much time debating the wrong issues. 

Gov. Mike DeWine’s package of proposals to reduce gun violence through mental health and gun policy changes is getting mixed reviews.

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The leader of minority Democrats in the Ohio House says when the new human resources handbook came out last month, it was missing the clause that provided job protection for LGBTQ employees. She wanted to know why that clause, which was in previous handbooks, had been removed.

Andy Chow

When Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor for President Donald Trump, took the stage at the Ohio Republican Party State dinner the very first topic of discussion was on women in leadership and how to encourage more candidates to run for office.

Andy Chow

The group fighting to protect the subsidies for FirstEnergy Solutions has been paying for mailers and ads that use anti-Chinese government rhetoric. 

Andy Chow

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed gun regulations, which include expanded background checks and a version of the "Red Flag Law," will be "well vetted" by the Republican caucus.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes
Dan Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the state did not overstep its authority when it passed a law that forbids cities from placing residency requirements on workers employed by contractors doing business with those local governments.

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

Finally, Ohio has a new two-year operating budget. Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law this morning.

Ohio House approves temporary budget as both chamber miss June 30 budget deadline.
Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers failed to reach a state budget agreement by the midnight deadline, missing the mark for a spending deal for the new two-year cycle. Because the House and Senate couldn’t reach a compromise, both chambers passed a temporary budget extension to keep the government running. 

Andy Chow

With hours to go before the deadline for a two-year operating budget to be signed, the Ohio Senate approved a deal that would extend it for 17 days.

A lot of the work on the state budget happens at night at the Statehouse.
Karen Kasler

The two-year state budget is headed to a conference committee Tuesday to work out significant differences between the House and Senate versions. And there isn’t much time to deal, because the budget must be signed by Sunday night.

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