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Rep. Hicks-Hudson Calls GOP Veto Override Vote Dangerous for Ohioans

Says GOP action puts politics over people

Rep. Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) joined House Democrats last week to vote opposition to a motion to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial Republican legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises.

"As a lawyer and public official I take my oath of office seriously. I will vote for lawful bills that improve the lives of Ohioans. I will not vote for unconstitutional bills that harm my constituents" said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.

Democrats voted in unison against SB 22 earlier this month and sent the governor a letter urging his veto. A number of Democratic lawmakers issued statements Tuesday applauding the governor's veto.

Proponents of SB 22 made a number of false, inaccurate and misleading claims about the virus and the state's response. Similarly, YouTube pulled down a recording of testimony from a Feb. 17 House committee hearing on House Bill (HB) 90, legislation that mirrors many of the same provisions of SB 22, for violating the site's terms of service for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Opponents of both SB 22 and HB 90 include top state public health officials, who said the effort to roll back health orders would slow the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Statehouse researchers also called into question the constitutionality of the effort to strip executive authority from the governor.



Rep. Hicks-Hudson Says Transportation Budget Moves State in Right Direction
Dems fought to secure more than $221M for public transit

Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement following the final passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state's two-year transportation budget. Democrats fought against the governor's proposed cuts to public transit funding in the bill, securing more than $221 million over the next two years, more than doubling the governor's proposed investment.

"I am especially pleased that this bill contained the amendment giving Toledo Area Transit Authority the ability to restructure its membership and funding mechanism," said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. "This amendment was two General Assemblies in the making, and it is a game changer for our region.  I am pleased that all aspects of our community came together to help us advocate for our citizens."

Other key Democratic wins in the transportation budget include:

  *   Ensuring fairness and transparency of taxpayer dollars by requiring more highway construction and maintenance projects are subject to competitive bidding;   *   Removing the governor's proposed hikes in vehicle registration and other fees to save Ohioans money;   *   Securing funds for public transit vouchers for victims of domestic violence who need help getting to court, medical appointments and school.

The transportation budget now moves to the governor to be signed into law.





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Revised: 04/01/21 12:20:11 -0400.

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