Stephanie Howse

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The Ohio House Speaker's office is reinstituting its work-from-home policy, after at least one House employee tested positive for COVID-19 and put on administrative leave. Some Democratic members are furious, saying they’ve been kept in the dark.

Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
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The leader of Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is the first Ohio lawmaker known to be diagnosed with COVID-19. State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says she’s experiencing mild symptoms since being diagnosed a couple of days ago.

A demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus drew thousands on Friday night, June 5, 2020.
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A resolution introduced to declare racism a public health crisis is getting its first hearing in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate, where one member of the GOP has joined eight Democrats in sponsoring the measure.

Protesters march in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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As more than 100 protestors chanted and demonstrated outside the Statehouse on Thursday, the Ohio House held a voting session that concluded with some passionate comments about the killing of George Floyd and the bigger issues his death has raised.

Racism As A Public Health Crisis: What Does That Mean?

Jun 2, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
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The protests and coronavirus pandemic have only highlighted the health disparity and systemic racism.

Franklin County Health Officials and Columbus City Council have declared racism a public health crisis. But what does the crisis designation mean, will it change how we act and will it improve the health for people of color.

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
Ohio House

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says her recent trip to El Salvador is strengthening her resolve to fight abortion bans in Ohio.

California recently passed a law that will allow college athletes to be compensated through endorsement deals beginning in 2023. Some state lawmakers want to pass a similar bill in Ohio. 

The I-70/I-71 interchange will be getting a major redo in the coming years.
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Ohio’s legislature has assembled a bipartisan working group to study how to improve the state's infrastructure.

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
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Supporters of legal abortion rallied at the Ohio Statehouse and other state capitals throughout the nation on Tuesday. 

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

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
Ohio House

The 16-member Legislative Black Caucus wants to create a permanent 30-member bipartisan committee appointed by the governor, which would undertake a comprehensive study on the contributions African-Americans have made to Ohio and the way the state’s laws and policies have affected them.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss some of the bills passing through this lame-duck session at the Statehouse. Plus, why it's never too early to start talking about 2020.

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
Ohio House

The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed an NRA-backed "Stand Your Ground" gun bill 64-26, but not without controversy and an intense race-related debate on the House floor.

The leader of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus joined with some Cleveland City Council members and other local officials to support Issue 1 at a news conference Thursday morning.

The proposed constitutional amendment would reduce penalties for drug possession, reclassifying lower-level felonies as misdemeanors. It would also allow incarcerated people, with some exceptions, to shorten their prison sentences by taking part in job and education programs.  

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
Ohio House

As groupsassociations, and individual polticians around Ohio line up against a statewide ballot issue to cut jail time for some drug offenders, one group remains steadfast in their support.

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