Janine Boyd

More than 20 Ohio state legislators are calling for an end to the use of tear gas and other chemical agents to disperse crowds at protests in the state.

The group of Democratic lawmakers signed a letter to the governor saying tear gas and other chemical agents can cause dangerous health effects such as respiratory failure, blindness and miscarriages.

They also said they’re concerned it could exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus.

State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland) introduces the "Equal Pay Act" in the Ohio House.
Ohio House

As concerns about coronavirus grow, and cold and flu season continues, Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials are urging people to stay home if they are showing any signs of being sick. But Democratic lawmakers say staying home from work isn't an option for many Ohioans. 

House Democrats are trying to create a tool that could make it easier for people to report potential wage discrimination. They believe an anonymous hotline would shine a light on unreported disparities.

In February, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced a domestic violence protection law along with several of co-sponsors of the bill.
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Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) says her high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation known as "Aisha's Law" looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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This year, Ohio lawmakers managed to send 21 bills to the governor's desk for his signature. However, there are many other proposals that received a lot of attention but are still waiting in the wings for 2020.

In February, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced a domestic violence protection law along with several of co-sponsors of the bill.
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Former state lawmaker and Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason is facing a life sentence next month after pleading guilty Wednesday to the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife Aisha Fraser in November. Her murder prompted a bipartisan bill that seeks to better protect victims of domestic violence.

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
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An Ohio House committee has received a new version of the "Heartbeat Bill," an abortion ban that could happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they're pregnant.

State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland) introduces the "Equal Pay Act" in the Ohio House.
Ohio House

Democrats have revived the “Equal Pay Act” in the Ohio House. The bill, which was introduced on National Equal Pay Day, would require companies who do business with Ohio to pay women and men equally.

Rep. Janine Boyd (at podium) touted a similar bill in last year's state congressional session that failed to pass.
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Ohio lawmakers want to overhaul the way the state deals with domestic violence cases by activating a network of support once a call is made to police.

Rep. Kristin Boggs, from left, Rep. Janine Boyd and Elizabeth Brown, executive Columbus City Council member and director of Ohio Womens Public Policy Network, discuss a bill that would require 12 weeks of paid family leave in Ohio.
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State lawmakers want to ensure that all workers in Ohio get paid family leave so women and men can take care of a newborn or care for a family member who’s sick.

Rep. Janine Boyd (at podium) touted a similar bill in last year's state congressional session that failed to pass.
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There’s a bill in the legislature that’s meant to provide a way for women who earn less than their male counterparts to report those situations.

Studies show that women in Ohio are paid 78 percent of what their male counterparts make. Democratic state lawmakers want to create a new tool that could help close that wage gap.

Democratic Representative Janine Boyd of the Cleveland area wants to pass a bill that creates a toll-free equal pay hotline. Callers could anonymously report an issue and the person on the other end could collect more information to find out if that caller is a victim of wage discrimination.