Representative Janine R. Boyd - House District 9

10.09.20 - Rep. Boyd Recognizes National Coming Out Day


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) recognizes Sunday, Oct. 11 as National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ awareness day designated to celebrate and commend the bravery of all those who have come out as LGBTQ. This year’s observance comes at a time when many are worried about a changing U.S. Supreme Court and its impact on marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.


09.17.20 - Rep. Boyd Testifies On Bill To Address High-risk And Lethal Domestic Violence


COLUMBUS– State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today gave sponsor testimony before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on House Bill (HB) 3 to address high-risk and lethal domestic violence.


09.15.20 - Rep. Boyd, House Dems: "We Should Be In Session Right Now"


COLUMBUS –Today, State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) participated in a virtual press conference with other House Democratic lawmakers to discuss legislative solutions that are needed as the state faces multiple unprecedented crises. The Ohio House was scheduled to meet for an if-needed House session today, but Speaker Robert Cupp canceled on Friday, Sept. 11.


08.11.20 - Rep. Boyd, OLBC Members Sign On To Letter Regarding The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) signed onto a letter by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition regarding the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performances, which would delay an economic recovery from COVID-19. The CRA, enacted in 1977, requires the Federal Reserve and other federal banking regulators to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they do business, including low and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods.


08.05.20 - OBMHC Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week 2020


COLUMBUS— The Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus (OBMHC) today recognizes the month of August as National Breastfeeding Month and Aug. 1 to 7 as World Breastfeeding Week, both of which promote public awareness and support for breastfeeding.


06.18.20 - Rep. Boyd: "The Statue Of Christopher Columbus Must Go."


COLUMBUS—Ohio State Representative Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) issued a statement today concerning the Christopher Columbus statue that stands on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse. According to news reports, the statue at the statehouse will soon be the only one left standing in the City of Columbus. Removal of the other two, at City Hall and on the campus of Columbus State Community College, have recently been announced.    


06.09.20 - Rep. Boyd, Dem Lawmakers Urge Governor To Ban Use Of Tear Gas By Police Departments


COLUMBUS—Today, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and fellow House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging him to ban the use of tear gas by all county, municipal and township police departments indefinitely. 


06.02.20 - Rep. Boyd: Black Ohioans Are Not Okay


COLUMBUS—Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) released a statement today following the weekend’s protests throughout the state:



05.20.20 - Ohio Closer To Protecting Those Most At Risk Of Domestic Violence As Aisha's Law Clears House


House Democrats today applauded the unanimous passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases. 


05.19.20 - Aisha's Law Passes Out Of House Committees


COLUMBUS- State Representative Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced that House Bill (HB) 3, ‘Aisha’s Law’, her bipartisan priority legislation with Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) to change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and create a continuum of protections for victims of domestic violence that are in extreme risk and lethal situations, passed out of the House Criminal Justice (12-0) and House Finance Committees (31-1).  The bill is named for Aisha Fraser, a former Shaker Heights sixth-grade teacher who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband, former state Rep. Lance Mason, in Nov. 2018 following years of domestic abuse. The bill now awaits an expected House floor vote tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20.


05.07.20 - Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus Celebrates One Year Anniversary


COLUMBUS— Members of The Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus (OBMHC) today recognized the one year anniversary of its formation. The mission of the OBMHC is to raise awareness within Ohio to establish Black maternal health as a statewide priority. This is accomplished through advocacy efforts, partnerships, education, innovative and evidence-informed, culturally-informed policies for health outcomes that benefit the long-term wellbeing of Black mothers, babies, and families.


05.01.20 - Rep. Boyd: May Expected To Be A Stressful Month For Ohio's Working Families As Many Return To The Workplace


COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with impossible decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.



04.22.20 - Rep. Boyd Questions Attorney General Yost On Future Of SNAP Eligibility In Ohio


COLUMBUS- Today, State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) sent Attorney General Dave Yost a letter questioning why Ohio did not sign on to a States Attorney Generals’ letter to George Ervin Perdue III, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging Secretary Perdue to immediately suspend the rulemaking process for the Proposed Rule entitled, Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).



04.21.20 - Rep. Boyd, House Democrats Urge Governor DeWine And Attorney General Yost To Increase Resources For Domestic Violence Shelter Concerns During COVID-19 Pandemic


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and House Democrats today sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost about the need to increase resources to domestic violence shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic.


04.10.20 - OBMHC Recognizes Black Maternal Health Week


COLUMBUS— The Ohio Black Maternal Caucus (OBMHC) today recognized the start of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), which promotes awareness and seeks to advance and improve Black maternal health outcomes across the country. 


03.25.20 - Reps. Boyd, Boggs Urge Lawmakers To Address Emergency Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Pandemic


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Janine Boyd (Cleveland Heights-D) and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (Columbus-D) today issued statements on the need to address emergency paid sick leave for working people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency paid sick leave was not included in House Bill (HB) 197, the COVID-19 omnibus legislative package passed by the Ohio General Assembly.



03.16.20 - Coronavirus Update: State Agency Changes Due To COVID-19


Rep. Janine Boyd today shared the latest, most up-to-date changes implemented by state agencies in Ohio in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.


03.13.20 - Rep. Boyd Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Boyd's call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.



02.28.20 - Dem Lawmakers Say Coronavirus Makes Strong Case For Paid Family Leave


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today issued statements saying the state’s failure to extend paid family and medical leave to all employees could pose a danger to public health should a coronavirus outbreak occur in Ohio. 


02.03.20 - Rep. Boyd To Host Community Office Hours


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS— State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) will hold office hours on Sunday, February 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Phoenix Coffee, 2287 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.


01.18.20 - Reps. Boyd, Howse, Sen. Williams To Host Fourth Annual Energy Assistance Expo

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State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) will host the Fourth Annual Energy Assistance Expo on Saturday, January 18, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Vocational Guidance Services Center to provide resources to residents of Cleveland who need assistance with their energy bills.



12.17.19 - Reps. Boyd, Russo Introduce The Caregiver Expenses Tax Credit


State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced the introduction of The Caregiver Expenses Tax Credit, a bill that would provide a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by a family caregiver for the care and support of a qualifying family member. To qualify, the family member must be age 18 or over and require assistance with at least one activity of daily living. 


12.10.19 - Rep. Boyd, Cuyahoga County Lawmakers Urge Resolution To Restore Funds To Local Schools


In a letter, state Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Cuyahoga County lawmakers today called on the governor and Statehouse leaders to restore funds and find a long-term solution for school districts that are set to lose millions of dollars in funding due to the expansion of the EdChoice voucher program under House Bill (HB) 166. 


11.20.19 - Rep. Boyd Introduces Bill To Offer Credits For Certain Out-of-school Time Programming


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced legislation to allow students enrolled in 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other out-of-school time programming to receive class credit.

“A child’s education doesn’t just happen during the school day. For many Ohio students, out-of-school time (OST) learning plays a pivotal role in their development,” said Rep. Boyd. “OST programs in my district and around the state provide structured, supervised learning opportunities, including family engagement, peer mentorship, health and wellness, enrichment time, academics and other valuable life skills.”


11.08.19 - Rep. Boyd Introduces Bipartisan Resolution To Benefit Special Needs Family Of Active-duty Military Members


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) today introduced a bipartisan resolution urging Congress to better accommodate military family members with special needs applying for home and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.


10.08.19 - Rep. Boyd Introduces Bill Designating October 11 "Coming Out Day"


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced a bill to designate October 11 as “Coming Out Day” in Ohio.

“By recognizing this day, the Ohio General Assembly can acknowledge that coming out is one of the most courageous steps any LGBTQ+ person can take,” said Rep. Boyd. “Our recognition of that courage helps counter bigotry, ignorance and fear, and is an integral part of our collective, continued progress towards full equality.”


10.01.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd Announces Maternity Leave


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today filed for maternity leave with House leadership after announcing her adoption of a baby boy.


09.03.19 - Rep. Boyd To Hold "Brighten The Night" Event To Rebuild Local Community Garden


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) will hold a press conference and community event on Thursday, September 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Noble Neighborhood Community Garden to discuss the recent destruction of the garden in what is perceived as anti-immigrant sentiment and kick off efforts to rebuild the garden. Cleveland Heights residents Jay-Rod Johnson and Steven Walker partnered with the city’s Nepalese immigrant community to plant and maintain the garden during a youth summer camp.


09.03.19 - Rep. Boyd Condemns Destruction Of Community Garden In Cleveland Heights


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) condemns the recent destruction of a community garden in Cleveland Heights, where residents partnered with the city’s Nepalese immigrant community to plant and maintain the garden. More than 2,000 immigrants, many of whom left Nepal in search of a better life and to escape dictatorship, live in Northeast Ohio and nearly 100 live in Cleveland Heights.


08.22.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd Recognizes Black Women's Equal Pay Day


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland) today raised awareness about the wage gap for Black women and their families by recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day in the new year to which Black women must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic men made in the previous year alone.


08.13.19 - Reps. Boyd, Howse, Sen. Williams Announce Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) today announced a town hall meeting TOMORROW, August 14at 4:45 p.m. at Fairhill Partners in Cleveland to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Cleveland.


07.31.19 - Reps. Boyd, Howse & Crossman Applaud UnitedHealthcare's $1.1M Grant To Cleveland-area Nonprofits


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today applauded the recently announced expansion of services to Cleveland-area nonprofits through the release of $1.1 million dollar grant provided by UnitedHealthcare, Inc.

“As a legislator with a background in nonprofit advocacy, I know that the work nonprofits provide across communities is invaluable. Whether serving youth, seniors or families, addressing barriers to healthy development, preventative care, education, work training and job placement, housing or any other basic need or social determinant, nonprofits are a vital part of our collective humanity and success. I'm pleased to announce this funding awards $1.1 million for these nonprofits, and I trust that this funding will enhance and expand the work already in progress.”—said Rep. Janine Boyd.


07.23.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd, Cuyahoga County Delegation Announce Support Of Proposed Specialized Domestic Violence Docket At Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and the Cuyahoga County delegation of state lawmakers today announced their support of the proposed specialized domestic violence docket with the  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (CCCPC).

“In the months since Aisha Fraser met the escalated brutality that ripped her away from this world, I’ve learned a great deal in my research and work on Aisha’s law. The reoccurring lesson is that something has to change at the intersection between victim, perpetrator, and the court. The court is all too often a missed opportunity for life saving intervention. I applaud Judge Russo for his proactive decision to establish a domestic violence docket to address the most lethal domestic violence cases, and I am also encouraged by his choice in Judge Miday to preside over those hearings. We all know that these kinds of cases are often complicated, layered, and exceptionally emotional, but we must reshape our system towards valuing the lives of domestic violence victims. This new court is a significant step in that direction. Thank you, Judge John J. Russo and Judge Sherrie Miday,” said Rep. Janine Boyd.


07.17.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd: Budget Compromise A Step In The Right Direction To Restore Ohio Promise, Still A Long Way Off From Being Fully Funded After Decades Of Disinvestment


Ohio State Representative Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Throughout the process, Democrats focused on reversing a decade of Republican cuts and lackluster job growth to restore Ohio’s promise by investing in working people and families. Republicans control a supermajority in the Ohio legislature, but it still took months of closed door meetings and the passage of a temporary budget to decide on HB 166.

"My vote was a YES today, but this is bitter sweet for me. I will talk about the sweet first, because my mother always tells me that you get more bees with honey. At a glance, Ohioans will see that there are some great things coming out of this budget. For example, Ohioans can expect reduced number of tests students must complete to graduate high school, the creation of H2Ohio which invests money for a targeted, long-term investment into pressing water challenges facing Lake Erie, the Lead-Safe Cleveland Fund Pilot Project that will improve housing conditions for children by providing grants to property owners for lead-safe remediation actions, increased Public Library Funds, a first ever annual earmark to Domestic Violence programs across the state, increased funding for foster care services, and even increased funding for my kinship care navigator program that will prevent children from entering foster care and keep families together."


07.11.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd Appointed To Joint Legislative Committee On Adoption Promotion And Support


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced her appointment to the newly formed Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support.


07.03.19 - Boyd, Cuyahoga Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


Cuyahoga County House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.


06.13.19 - Rep. Boyd's Bipartisan Bill Creating The Kinship Navigator Program Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) Thursday announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 14, her bipartisan legislation alongside Rep. Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) that would create the Kinship Navigator Program, which would help kinship caregivers locate support services available to them.


05.09.19 - Boyd: Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.


05.02.19 - Rep. Janine Boyd Introduces Bipartisan Family Adoption Tax Credit Legislation


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva) yesterday introduced House Bill (HB) 206, new bipartisan legislation to create a fully refundable adoption tax credit for new parents in Ohio.

“We in the legislature have passed a wide range of tax credits for deserving individuals,” said Boyd. “There are children anxiously longing for families, and families earnestly praying to have children, but sometimes the cost of unifying the two is not viable, or not yet available to them. This bill will provide a better opportunity for adoptive parents to focus on caring for their new child, who more often than is appropriate, may have experienced trauma and have lost most forms of stability and connection during their young lives.”


05.01.19 - Boyd, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.

House Dems lead bipartisan effort to end school takeovers, restore local control



04.17.19 - Ohio Black Maternal Health Group Eyes Work Ahead To Strengthen Mothers, Families


As Black Maternal Health Week 2019 comes to a close, House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and state Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced the initial meeting of the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus, the state’s first-ever group of state lawmakers dedicated to improving black maternal health across the state. Members will meet in Columbus early next month to discuss the group’s mission and shared vision to strengthen Ohio women, children, families and communities.


04.11.19 - State Lawmakers Announce Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus


State Reps. Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the creation of Ohio’s first ever Black Maternal Health Caucus, a group of state lawmakers dedicated to improve black maternal health outcomes across the state.


04.10.19 - Boyd: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty


House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.


04.09.19 - Dem Efforts To Protect Ohio Women Rejected As Nation's Most Extreme Abortion Ban Set For House Vote


State Rep. Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), the highest ranking Democrat on the House Health Committee, issued the following statement after GOP lawmakers rejected Democratic efforts to include protections for Ohio women in Senate Bill (SB) 23, a bill that would implement a near-total ban on abortion in Ohio.

“I submit to citizens that this bill is not about ‘life.’ It proposes that the state will force nearly all pregnant women to carry their pregnancies to term, regardless of how that might threaten her health and her economic security, and it erodes the fundamental freedom we all have as Americans to make important medical and health decisions.” 


04.04.19 - Rep. Boyd Rejects GOP Rush To Pass Near-total Abortion Ban In Ohio


State Rep. Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Ranking Member of the House Health Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to the committee chairman demanding more hearings on Senate Bill (SB) 23, the six-week abortion ban, which was rushed through committee this week during the busiest part of the state budget season. Boyd also seeks explanations of last-minute changes in the latest version of the bill. She issued the following statement: 


04.02.19 - Boyd, House Dem Lawmakers Introduce Ohio Equal Pay Act On Equal Pay Day


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) joined Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today during a Statehouse news conferenceintroduced the Ohio Equal Pay Act, legislation to recognize the full value and potential of Ohio’s working women. The announcement comes as advocates mark ‘Equal Pay Day’ across America, the date to which women must work to make up for the lost wages relative to their male counterparts.


02.26.19 - Dem Lawmakers Mount Opposition To GOP's Latest Extreme Abortion Ban


House Democratic lawmakers today voiced opposition to House Bill (HB) 68, a Republican bill that would prohibit abortion as early as six-weeks into a pregnancy, long before most women know they are pregnant. The bill contains no exceptions for rape and incest and limited exceptions for the life and health of the mother. 


02.13.19 - Rep. Boyd To Lead House Democrats On Health Committee


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) Friday was named Ranking Member of the House Health Committee, the highest-ranking Democrat on the panel.


02.05.19 - Boyd Announces Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse today to announce Aisha’s Law, a bill to change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases. The bill is named for Aisha Fraser, a former Shaker Heights sixth-grade teacher who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband, former state Rep. Lance Mason, in Nov. 2018 following years of domestic abuse. 


02.04.19 - Boyd To Introduce Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) will hold a press conference Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harding Senate Press Room at the Ohio Statehouse to announce the introduction of Aisha’s Law, a bill to reform Ohio’s domestic violence laws.


01.30.19 - Lawmakers, DeWine Endorse Stronger State Protections For Domestic Violence Victims


House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and state Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today joined Gov. Mike DeWine for his latest executive order signing, which strengthens protections for domestic violence victims by including intimate partner violence, or dating violence, in state agency directives and guidelines.


"I've seen the toll our domestic violence epidemic is taking on the families and children of our state,” said state Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights). “Too many families and loved ones have been forced to wonder whether more lives could have been protected, including the life of Aisha Fraser of my district. I am grateful I had the chance to support the work of Leader Sykes, and I am honored to stand with Governor DeWine today, in a combined effort to continue to expand protections for all victims of domestic violence.”


06.27.18 - Ohio House Passes Boyd-sponsored Bill To Invest $5 Million In Kinship Care


The Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 126, sponsored by state Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Jeff Rezabek (R-Dayton). HB 126 would create a statewide system of kinship navigators that will help keep families together and provide needed assistance for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. 


06.27.18 - Ohio GOP Majority Writes Discrimination Into Law


State Reps. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed disappointment with the passage of House Bill (HB) 36, which writes discrimination into Ohio law by allowing ministers not to solemnize marriages that are contrary to their personal beliefs.


06.06.18 - Boyd: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker


After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.


04.17.18 - On Tax Day, House Dems Push Tax Reform That Puts Families First


Marking National Tax Day, House Democratic lawmakers today detailed a state tax reform package they say will make life better for families in the Buckeye State. After seven years of Republican tax policies benefitting the wealthiest one-percent, Democratic lawmakers say the tax responsibility has been unfairly shifted to middle-class and working families.

“For too long we’ve seen tax schemes worked up to benefit the wealthy at the expense of hardworking Ohioans,” said Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire). “Our plan works to fix this by offering real, commonsense solutions that allow working families to get ahead.”

Proposals include House Bill 333, a bill to end Ohio’s marriage penalty, as well as a plan to expand Ohio’s tax credit for families who adopt. Democrats also outlined a blueprint to stop forcing families to pay for state inaction on the state’s worst-in-the-nation opioid epidemic.

“Ending Ohio’s marriage penalty and expanding tax credits for families looking to adopt are commonsense ways to support hardworking families,” said Rep. Rich Brown (D-Canal Winchester). “Also, by creating a tax credit to help our families that struggle with addiction, we help Ohioans get back on their feet to support their families and strengthen our communities.”

In addition, Democrats are looking at new legislation to reduce the cost of essential everyday products by eliminating certain items from the state sales tax, including feminine hygiene products, diapers, over-the-counter medicine, child safety seats and other goods.

“Republicans have continued to nickel and dime hardworking people by shifting taxes from the wealthy to middle-class and working people, especially women and young parents,” said Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland). “By eliminating certain essential products from the state sales tax, we increase consumer purchasing power and make it easier for families to afford life’s necessities.”

Since 2011, state lawmakers have continually shifted taxes from the wealthiest one-percent to middle and working class Ohioans, most notably through more expensive property taxes, a one-billion-dollar per-year sales tax hike, a sales tax expansion and more local tax levies to fund schools and communities who have shouldered over $3 billion in state budget cuts, collectively.

“Shifting taxes away from the wealthy and onto the backs of middle-class and working Ohioans was supposed to create jobs and strengthen our economy—neither of which happened,” said Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake). “Our economy is barely moving and families are feeling the squeeze. Family First tax reform puts money back into the hands of those that need it—working families—so they can focus on what really matters.”

Rogers also introduced bipartisan legislation, House Bill 186, to allow families to deduct up to $2000 per year from state income taxes for qualifying higher education expenses like tuition, fees, books and supplies. Ohio ranks first in the nation in the total burden of student loan debt.  

An outline of the lawmakers’ proposals is attached.


03.21.18 - Mom's Demand Action Lobby Day Gives Democratic Lawmakers Hope For Momentum On Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act


Two Cleveland-area lawmakers are saying today’s lobby day at the Ohio Statehouse by Moms Demand Action gives them hope that their legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers could gain momentum in the Republican-controlled legislature. State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced House Bill (HB) 305, the “Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act” in July 2017.



02.06.18 - Rep. Boyd Statement On Passage Of Congressional Redistricting Reform Bill


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) issued the following statement on the congressional redistricting proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 5, voted out of the General Assembly today:


01.31.18 - Dem Lawmakers Unveil Paid Family Leave Bill


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced legislation to establish the Ohio Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which would provide economic stability to working families in times of a medical emergency, when caring for a sick loved one, or welcoming a newborn into the family. While federal law provides some workers the ability to take leave, it does not provide those workers with any guarantees that they will have compensation while on leave.


07.14.17 - Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Common Sense Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) yesterday introduced legislation to better protect victims of domestic violence from their abuser by requiring those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served a civil protection order (CPO) to temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement.

“On behalf of the victims of domestic violence – those whom we've lost and those whom we hope to save with our bill – I hope my Republican brothers and sisters will support empowering local law enforcement and courts in their vital efforts to deescalate some of the most dangerous domestic situations in our state,” said Boyd.


07.06.17 - Boyd: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor


Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion would have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage.

"The fact of the matter is that my Republican brothers and sisters could have responsibly addressed the budget shortfall by working with us on a bipartisan tax plan that benefits all Ohioans,” said Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights). “It is irresponsible to try to fix the budget gap by restricting Ohioans’ access to Medicaid. Many people will be cut off from life-saving services like breast and cervical cancer screenings."


05.10.17 - GOP Attacks First Responders In Workers' Compensation Budget


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill (HB) 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death. 

“My Republican brothers and sisters frequently self-promote their unconditional support for our safety forces – our police officers, military and firefighters. However, all too often, their policy proposals chip away at the resources our brave defenders and rescuers have earned in the line of duty – from cutting Medicaid expansion in the budget and proposing limits to veterans' benefits via block grant funding formulas, to this latest attempt to limit access to healthcare for firefighters who contract serious illnesses from their jobs.  


03.28.17 - Help Fighting Pay Discrimination In OH Would Be A Phone Call Away Under Two Lawmakers' Proposal


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 138, legislation to fight pay discrimination in Ohio by establishing a toll-free equal pay hotline, an easily accessible, anonymous resource for workers to report wage discrimination and gather more information to find out if they could be victims of pay discrimination. 

“Ohio workers should be able to discuss their salaries and report discrepancies without fearing they will be treated differently, demoted or fired,” said Boyd. “With women making up nearly half of Ohio’s workforce, the gender wage gap not only affects them but their entire families. This pay gap takes money out of the pockets of hardworking Ohioans that could otherwise go to helping families put food on the table, gas in the tank or even make a rent or mortgage payment.” 


10.31.16 - Boyd Announces Approval Of State Investment Expected To Create 25 New Jobs In Shaker Heights


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced state approval of a $100,000 investment in a local roadwork development project* that will help two Shaker Heights businesses create 25 new jobs. As a result of roadway improvements and state assistance provided, ABA Insurance will create 15 new jobs and Paragon Advisors will create 10 new jobs, for a total of nearly $2 million in new payroll. The state signed off on the $100,000 investment at today’s meeting of the Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“Maintaining strong infrastructure in our cities is vital to driving economic development and creating new jobs,” said Boyd. “Many communities are struggling to maintain and improve their roads and bridges after being hit by drastic state budget cuts in recent years. I am glad in this instance that the state was willing to partner on this important project to bring new jobs to Shaker Heights.”  


10.04.16 - Dem Lawmakers Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. Advocates with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network today gathered to present an annual report of Ohio Domestic Fatality Data at a press conference in the state capitol.


07.13.16 - Dem Lawmakers Push Equal Pay Hotline As New Resource To Fight Pay Discrimination


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced a new proposal to fight pay discrimination in Ohio by establishing a toll-free equal pay hotline, an easily accessible, anonymous resource for Ohio workers to report wage discrimination and gather more information to find out if they could be victims of pay discrimination. 


06.29.16 - State Lawmakers, Advocates Unveil Action Plan To Support Ohio Families With Multi-system Youth


State Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today joined families, youth, advocates and colleagues from across the aisle to announce the release of the Joint Legislative Committee on Multi-System Youth Recommendations, a bipartisan action plan on how the state can better deliver behavioral and developmental services to children and families in need while reducing the need for custody relinquishment. 


04.05.16 - Democratic Lawmakers Propose Creation Of Ohio's First-ever Paid Family Leave Insurance Program


State Reps. Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced a proposal today to create Ohio’s first-ever paid family and medical leave insurance program. The bill would allow all Ohio workers to continue earning a portion of their pay during a family medical emergency or the birth or adoption of a new baby. Also participating in today’s announcement were Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, small business owner Gail Dudley, and Innovation Ohio President Keary McCarthy. 


03.22.16 - Reps. Boyd, Antonio Propose "Safe At Home" Bill To Keep Guns Out Of DV Offenders' Hands


State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence from gun violence by requiring individuals convicted of a domestic violence crime or served with a civil protection order to turn over their firearms to law enforcement. 


12.30.15 - Lawmakers Push For Independent Investigations Into Police Use Of Deadly Force


State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) this week introduced a justice reform measure to ensure fair, independent investigations when a law enforcement officer uses deadly force. The legislative proposal follows the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s grand jury investigation into the police-led deadly shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice last November. The grand jury ultimately declined to bring charges against the officers involved.

“Communities must be able to believe that when an officer takes the life of a civilian, an independent and fair investigation will provide answers and facts that can be trusted,” said Boyd. “This bill will help restore faith in the justice system by cutting down on questions of bias or partiality during these types of investigations.”

The new legislation would require that at least two outside law enforcement officials conduct investigations into an officer’s use of deadly force. The outside investigators would be required to come from jurisdictions separate than that of the officer under investigation.

Upon completion of an investigation, a report will be submitted to the local prosecutor. If it is determined that no crime was committed, the report must be made available to the public.

“The introduction of our bill is a necessary action in creating greater public trust in our criminal justice system,” said Kuhns. “We need to maintain a system where fairness and justice are the top priorities.”


10.07.15 - Boyd Votes In Favor Of Sweeping Charter School Reform Bill


The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 


08.05.15 - Boyd Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act


Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I am reminded of our precious Holocaust survivors who we honor with a spectacular and moving monument on the state house front lawn, but many of whom lost their birth certificates to genocide and the fight to survive. I am reminded of the many African Americans who were born in the South in this country before the Civil Rights Movement, like my uncle, a Korean War Veteran, who does not possess a birth certificate because “colored” people were not afforded such documents at that time. On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I humbly ask this governor, this speaker, this senate president, this General Assembly to remember too.”


06.30.15 - Boyd: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.

“Local hiring standards are the bootstraps with which people can help pull themselves out of poverty,” said Boyd. “Making hiring decisions locally strengthens our local economy and regional workforce. House Bill 180 handcuffs local decision-making and sends Ohio jobs out of state.”   


05.27.15 - Rep. Boyd: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today gathered with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women face. 


04.22.15 - Boyd To Offer Budget Amendment Restoring Funds For Local Communities


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) announced today that her amendment to raise the local government fund distribution from 1.66 percent currently to 2.25 percent will be offered on the House floor. Local Government funds represent a revenue sharing between the state and local communities that help fund essential safety services and programs.  


03.25.15 - Cleveland Lawmaker Says Six-week Abortion Ban Not The Role Of Government


COLUMBUS— The Ohio House today approved the strictest anti-abortion bill in the nation, the six week ban, largely along party lines. House Bill 69 would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as 6 weeks gestation—often before a woman knows she is pregnant. H.B. 69 makes an exception only in cases where the life of the mother is at risk and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

The bill, which was introduced and failed to garner adequate support during the last two General Assemblies, is generally recognized as unconstitutional. Democratic lawmakers say the bill would amount to a near total abortion ban and is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade which established viability, not a heartbeat, as the determining factor for whether or not abortions should be legal.

“I voted against this legislation because I support a woman’s right to make her own health care choices free from government intrusion.”- Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights)

 In 2014, federal judges overturned so-called fetal heartbeat legislation in North Dakota and Arkansas.


01.21.15 - Boyd To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy.


01.07.15 - Janine Boyd Sworn In As State Representative


“I am honored that voters have entrusted me with this responsibility,” said Rep. Boyd. “I believe my public service experience and my background in advocacy for children and working families will serve our district well. I look forward to fighting for good jobs and quality services for our neighbors and community members. We have to focus on improving the quality of life for all Ohioans.”