Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of the state’s Capital Budget, which includes $20,549,500 for Cuyahoga County community projects, $14,100,000 of which are in Ohio’s 21st Senate District. 

“I am thrilled to see the legislature understand the importance of the community projects I advocated for in this capital budget. All of the projects funded contribute immeasurably to the quality of life in Senate District 21. I look forward to seeing the improvements and developments that are made using the budget appropriations,” said Senator Williams.

Some local projects in the bill include:

  • Northeast Shores Development Corporation LaSalle Arts and Media Theatre
  • Irish Town Bend River
  • Karamu House
  • Famicos Foundation – PNC Glenville Arts Campus
  • Cozad Bates House Cultural Park
  • Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Interventional Cardiology Suite
  • Severance Hall- Cleveland Orchestra
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History –Central Utility Plant
  • Criminal Justice Diversion and Addiction and Behavioral Health Treatment Facility
  • Gordon Square Arts District
  • Cleveland Sight Center Electronic Health Record System Modernization
  • WRAAA–Senior Solution Relocation & Technology Hub Project
  • Bellefaire JCB –Inpatient Pediatric Psychiatric Unit
  • Cleveland Museum of Art– Holden Terrace
  • Levi Scofield Mansion Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • City of Cleveland, Flats East Bank Development– Flats East Bank: A Public Community Event Forum
  • CCH Development Corporation – West 25th Street Corridor Revitalization MetroHealth Police training certificate program
  • Case Western Reserve University–CWRU Dental Clinic
  • Applewood Center Jones Home Campus

The Capital Budget, introduced in late February, includes $2.6 billion in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.



Today, state Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) applauded passage of the state’s Capital Bill for fiscal years 2019-20 (House Bill 529), which includes $4.2 million in funding for community projects in Ohio’s 11th Senate District.

“I am pleased that the majority of my capital budget priorities received funding,” said Senator Brown. “I worked hard to advocate on behalf of the local stakeholders who came to me asking for support. These capital improvements will positively impact the quality of life and economic development in Northwest Ohio.”

The capital budget is enacted every two years and provides appropriations for the repair and construction of capital assets or state agencies, school facilities and community projects of local or regional interest. Introduced in late February, the capital bill includes $2.6 billion in funding for projects throughout the state. 

Local projects in the bill include:

  • SeaGate Convention Centre Renovation and Construction of a New Ballroom
  • Toledo Museum of Art’s Master Plan: Phase 1
  • National Museum of the Great Lakes Expansion Project
  • The University of Toledo and Ohio State Highway Patrol Shared Public Safety Building
  • Danny Thomas Park Renovation
  • Imagination Station High Definition Large Format Theater Experience
  • Wolcott House Heritage Center New Multi-Purpose Building with ADA Restrooms
  • Valentine Theatre Symphonic Acoustical Enhancements
  • Mercy College Learning Commons and Classroom Expansion
  • Great Lakes Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo

The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.


Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of the state’s Capital Budget, which includes more than $26 million for economic development projects in Ohio’s 28th Senate District.

“One of the greatest aspects of my job is helping to improve our communities and bring positive change to the people of Senate District 28,” said Senator Sykes. “The passage of the state’s Capital Budget will bring investment to the district and have a positive impact on the health, education and wellbeing of our communities.”

Local projects in the bill include:

  • Repairs to and expansion of the Barberton Head Start Facility
  • Building the Hinton/Humiston Fitness Park in the Village of Lakemore
  • Creation of the Axess Pointe Community Health Center
  • Restoration of the John Brown House
  • Renovations to the Akron Battered Women’s Shelter
  • Renovations to the Glendora House for Homeless Families with Children
  • Renovations to the Barberton Justice Center
  • Redeveloping land to be used for a greater Akron CDL training center
  • Improvements to the United Disability Services facility located in Akron
  • Addition of new Africa and Asia exhibits to the Akron Zoological Park
  • Additional parking spaces for the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Campus
  • Restoration and expansion of the Akron Civic Theatre
  • Creation of Finish Line Park at the location of the old University of Akron stadium
  • Several projects to improve University of Akron infrastructure

The Capital Budget, introduced in late February, includes $2.6 billion in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.


Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of the state’s Capital Budget, which includes $63,583,037 for 36 economic development projects in Hamilton County. 

“I am proud of all the work Hamilton County has done and will continue to do to move our communities forward by improving our healthcare, education, treatment shelters and other facilities," said Senator Thomas. "There is always more work to do and although the funds may not always be there, I will continue to fight for all the communities in Ohio’s 9th Senate District, both big and small.”

Local projects in the bill include:

  • Silverton Park Art District Improvement Project
  • Cincinnati Compton Road Health Center Facility
  • First Step Home Improvements
  • Talbert House Glenway Outpatient Treatment Center Renovations
  • People Working Cooperatively Campus Safety Systems
  • Cincinnati Center for Addiction Treatment Facility Improvements
  • LADD Forever Home Improvements
  • Children’s Home of Cincinnati Autism Building
  • Center for Holocaust & Humanity Expansion & Relocation
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Theater Project
  • Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Learning Center Renovation
  • Hamilton County Justice Center Capacity & Recovery Expansion
  • Ohio Educational Television
  • The Banks

The Capital Budget, introduced in late February, includes $2.6 billion in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. This includes $150 million for community projects, $168.6 million for mental health and addiction services, $625 million for construction and renovation projects at Ohio's K-12 schools and $30.77 million to serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, among other critical investments. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.


Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) applauded the Senate’s passage of the Capital Budget, which includes $1,785,000 for economic development projects in Ohio’s 25th Senate District, which encompasses parts of Cuyahoga and Lake Counties.

“Although it is unfortunate that we can’t fund every much-needed community project that is brought to our attention, I am happy with the progress that we made through the Capital Budget today,” said Senator Yuko. “Over the last six months I have met with individuals and organizations, and have visited several project sites. You can’t help but become passionate about investing in Ohio’s infrastructure and improvements to the communities.”

Local projects in the bill include:

  • Manry Park in Willowick
  • Merrick Hutchinson Memorial Park in Grand River
  • Miracle League Field and Press Box in Eastlake
  • Fine Arts Association in Willoughby
  • Family Resource Center in Wickliffe
  • Lake County Extended Housing Wellness Center in Painesville
  • Lake and Geauga Recovery Center in Painesville
  • Villa San Bernardo in Bedford
  • Maple Heights Recreation Improvements
  • Harvard Community Service Center in Cleveland, Ward 1
  • Pepper Pike Community Center
  • Notre Dame Performing Arts Center Renovations

“I will continue to fight for more community projects to receive funding and prosper,” said Senator Yuko.

The Capital Budget, introduced in late February, includes $2.6 billion in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.


State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) announced at a press conference today that they will introduce red flag legislation to help make communities safer by preventing gun-related deaths. Senators Schiavoni and Williams were joined by activists from Moms Demand Action, which supports the legislation.

“Men and women from all over the state joined us today, and they weren’t wearing badges that said they’re ‘Republicans’ or ‘Democrats,’” said Senator Schiavoni. “We are parents standing up to say we need to do something about gun violence and we want to protect future generations of Ohioans.”

“This important bill can help us save lives by creating a clear process for action before warning signs escalate into tragedy,” said Senator Williams. “It’s going to take all of us to make this happen.”

The senators’ bill establishes an extreme risk protection order allowing family members or law enforcement to ask a civil court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who is exhibiting “red flags” by acting in an unstable or threatening manner toward themselves or others.

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, red flag policies have gained momentum in Ohio and across the country. Governor John Kasich listed red flag legislation among his top gun policy priorities. And the National Rifle Association recently signaled that they would support gun violence restraining orders.

Moms Demand Action has been a vocal proponent of the life-saving effects of red flag legislation, which has been implemented in seven states. This includes Florida, where a red flag provision was among the package of gun safety bills recently enacted. The first protection order was issued in the state a little more than a week after the bill was passed. And the Broward County Sheriff on Tuesday petitioned for a protection order on the brother of the Parkland shooter, Zachary Cruz.

“Instead of more guns in more places, we need more bills like this,” said Maureen Washock, Moms Demand Action’s Ohio Chapter Leader. “The Ohio legislature should expect to see Moms Demand Action volunteers at the Statehouse and around Ohio working hard to make sure that this bill passes and is signed by Governor Kasich.”

To watch today’s press conference, click here.


Today, state Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of the state’s Capital Budget, which includes $3,122,500 for 13 economic development projects out of the 21 submitted by the Senator for Ohio’s 32nd Senate District. 

“Being able to secure funding for nearly two-thirds of the projects for which my office submitted requests is fantastic and really speaks to the power of bipartisan collaboration,” said Senator O’Brien. “It is rare to get such a high percentage of project requests funded in the capital bill so I’m very happy to see the investment in our community.”

Local projects in the bill include:

  • $200,000 for improvements to the Eastwood Field in Niles
  • $150,000 for the construction of the Weathersfield Township Multijurisdictional Opioid Treatment Center
  • $500,000 for Ashtabula Juvenile Court Resources and Reporting Center improvements

The Capital Budget, introduced in late February, includes $2.6 billion in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. 

Senator O'Brien To Remember Local Hero During Session
Fallen Girard Police Officer To Be Honored by Ohio Senate
March 20, 2018

COLUMBUS – State Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) will present a Senate Condolence Resolution to the family of the late Girard Police Officer Justin Leo during tomorrow’s Senate session.
“Officer Leo made the ultimate sacrifice during the fulfillment of his duties as a police officer – a sacrifice that we will never be able to fully repay,” said Senator O’Brien. “Still, it is our hope that honoring and remembering him through the presentation of this resolution will provide some small measure of comfort to his family during this tragic time in their lives.”
Officer Leo, 31, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident just after 10:00 p.m. on October 21, 2017. The suspect was then shot and killed by a second officer at the scene.
“In addition to protecting the citizens of Girard, Justin constantly gave back to the community in many different ways, including as a youth baseball umpire, as a basketball coach and as a member of St. Rose Church,” said Senator O’Brien. “We always need more people like that in our community – a fact that makes his loss even more devastating. All we can do now is remember him in any way we can and continue to do our best to support the men and women who put their own lives on the line to protect ours each and every day.”
The resolution honoring Officer Leo, which is officially numbered Senate Resolution 324, has been adopted by the Ohio Senate. A similar resolution has been already adopted by the Ohio House of Representatives.
A live-stream of the presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. at


Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) called on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to focus its attention on patients and ensure timely implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program.

“Our state’s medical marijuana program is about helping people who are suffering day in and day out,” said Senator Yuko. “We have six months until our state’s medical marijuana program is legally required to be up and running. The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee needs to step up its game, refocus its energy and get this program right so that it’s ready to go on September 8. These families and these patients cannot wait any longer.”

Senator Yuko was joined at a press conference today by patients who could benefit from medical marijuana and their families. This included Nicole Scholten, a Cincinnati resident and Director of Ohio Families CANN. Scholten is also mother to Lucy who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, which causes her to have over 100 seizures every day.

“There’s lots of news being made in Ohio about who’s being denied access to the multi-million-dollar business opportunity of medical marijuana,” said Scholten. “I want to let our policymakers know that we, as patients, hope there will be just as much concern, loud voices and actions taken when this program experiences barriers to patient access. There are some very sick people in the state of Ohio who are counting on this medicine.”

Senator Yuko has championed the issue of medical marijuana throughout his time in the Ohio legislature. The Senator introduced several medical marijuana legalization bills while a member of the Ohio House. In 2016, Senator Yuko and Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) held a series of town halls throughout the state to gather Ohioans’ opinions on medical marijuana. 

To watch today’s press conference, click here.


Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statement regarding the National School Walkout marking the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.

“Today marks the one month anniversary of the horrific school shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida,” said Senator Sykes. “It is clear these student organizers and protesters have every intention of holding elected officials accountable for their action, or inaction, on limiting gun violence. I commend these young people for staying engaged with this issue and working tirelessly to affect positive change in their communities and the nation as a whole.”

Senator Sykes has come out in support of multiple pieces of legislation to curb gun violence, including bills to increase school safety, reduce the number of firearms in circulation, ban bump stocks and strengthen the reporting of suspicious behavior, sometimes referred to as “red flag” bills.

The National School Walkout is part of a broader slate of national protests aiming to keep pressure on lawmakers to increase regulations regarding the purchasing and use of firearms. A national “March for Our Lives” protest has been scheduled for March 24 in Washington, D.C. with sister marches planned across the country.

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