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Prioritize Workplace Safety

State Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today issued a statement following a House floor session where members were not socially distanced as the health experts recommend, and where only a few of the Republican members were wearing masks.

House Democrats and staff were not informed of the change in seating arrangement protocol until a few hours before the afternoon floor session, and—like most Ohio workers who have been noticeably absent from public discussions of reopening Ohio—had no input in the dangerous decision.

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Campaign update April 2020

I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming and continuing support to be elected as the Democratic nominee for State Representative – 13th House District – in the Ohio Primary Election that ended on Tuesday, April 28th. I have been deeply honored to be a progressive representative for the people of Northeast Ohio in the […]

Virtual Town Hall and Local Government Issues

In April, Rep. Skindell participated in a virtual town hall for constituents, along with colleagues state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma), as well as by Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan.

Skindell discussed the importance of funding local governments saying, “From Lakewood to Cleveland to Brook Park, all over, they are losing a significant amount of money… they pay the wages and healthcare benefits for our police officers, our firefighters, our first responders.

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Ohio and COVID-19 Updates

Staying safe and healthy: Staying home as much as possible, and washing your hands for 20 seconds or more, frequently, remain important protective measures during this pandemic. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now strongly encourage wearing cloth face coverings in public. Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

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Dedication of Richard Celeste Highway

On Saturday, November 9, State Representative Michael J. Skindell and State Senator Nickie Antonio led a ceremony honoring former Ohio governor Richard F. Celeste, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Lakewood High School. The official occasion for the ceremony was the christening of three miles of U.S. Interstate Highway 90 as “Governor Richard F. […]

Skindell Calls for Action On Ohio Fairness Act

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) joined Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Equality Ohio today to urge action on the Ohio Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations.

The call follows a new directive issued by Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) on Friday that failed to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ House employees despite Democratic requests to the Speaker to include the provisions during the drafting process.

“Businesses and workers alike say non-discrimination policies often determine investment and relocation,” said Rep. Skindell, who plans to introduce a version of the Ohio Fairness Act in the Ohio House. “That’s why we’re bringing business leaders and advocates to the table to make our state more inclusive and attractive to young workers, their families and the businesses who will drive Ohio’s economic future.”

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Skindell discusses Ohio Promise, budget and more at town hall

State Rep. Michael J. Skindell discussed the state budget and other issues at a town hall in Lakewood, this week, affiliated with the Ohio Promise Tour organized by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus.

Discussing the state budget passed this year, Skindell noted that these budgets are invariably a complex assortment of policies. He said that the new budget’s positive features included increased funds for county indigent defense programs, for foster care, for tutoring and counseling in schools, among other things.

State budgets also typically include a number of policy changes outside a strict definition of budgeting, and among these was a decrease in reliance on standardized test results for high school graduation requirements; “my office got many calls” from parents concerned about overemphasis on standardized testing, he said.

Skindell also noted that Ohio has never previously had a state program to sustain and improve maritime ports—unlike many other coastal and Great Lakes states—but that he introduced legislation to create such a program for the third time, this year, and it has now been signed into law as part of the state budget.

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Shoreline erosion legislation update

Rep. Michael J. Skindell succeeded last year in getting shoreline erosion financing legislation through the legislature. Crain’s Cleveland Business has published an update: Lakefront owners always have dealt with shifting shores, but the heavy rains and record-breaking water levels of the last two years have exacerbated normal loss. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, […]