Representative Joseph A. Miller III - House District 56

09.24.20 - Rep. Miller Announces $4.1 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funds For Area Local Governments


COLUMBUS – State Representative Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced this week the passage of House Bill (H.B.) 614, legislation that allocates a total of $650 million in federal CARES Act relief funds for local governments in Ohio. The funds are to be used to offset costs faced by local governments directly caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously approved by the Ohio Senate, the bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.


08.31.20 - Rep. Miller Announces Carvana To Bring Estimated 400 Jobs To Lorain County


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced today that Carvana, in partnership with Lorain County Community Development, Team NEO and JobsOhio, will expand their operations by building a 200,000-square-foot facility in Lorain County. The company expects to invest $23 million and hire 400 new employees, representing an estimated $13 million payroll.  


08.26.20 - Rep. Miller, House Dems Announce $361 Million In COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds For State Agencies, Local Governments


COLUMBUS – Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced the state Controlling Board has approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak as school districts prepare for fall semester.


08.19.20 - Rep. Miller Joins House Democrats To Urge LaRose To Do More To Prepare State For November Election


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and House Democrats Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing recent major developments in Ohio’s elections. Ohioans watched last week as Post Office mailboxes and processing machinery were dismantled and removed in Ohio and across the country. Following national outcry over potential election interference, USPS has said they would halt additional reorganization changes until after the November election, but it is still unclear whether the reductions in service and processing will be undone.


08.10.20 - Rep. Miller Announces Open Application Period For BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant Program


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced Ohio schools may begin applying for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant beginning today, Monday, August 10. A total of $50 million will be allocated to expand high-speed internet access for Ohio students utilizing remote learning during the COVID crisis by providing hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.


08.07.20 - Rep. Miller Recognizes Ohio Military Family Month


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today issued a statement in honor of “Ohio Military Family Month,” which recognizes the unique sacrifices of Ohio’s military families.


07.30.20 - Rep. Miller Statement As House Votes To Remove Larry Householder As Speaker


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) issueda statement today as the Ohio House voted unanimously to strip Larry Householder (R-Glenford) of his role as Speaker of the House. Householder and four associates were indicted by a federal grand jury today amid an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into his connection to an alleged $60 million public corruption and bribery scheme—the largest in state history.


07.29.20 - Rep. Miller, House Dems Announce $310 Million In COVID-19 Relief


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.


06.30.20 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Two Police Reform Bills


COLUMBUS – State Representatives Joe Miller (D-Amherst), Thomas West (D-Canton) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) have introduced two related bills that would tackle key issues surrounding police departments in Ohio. The legislation would ultimately allow the chief of police of a municipal corporation to conduct training schools for prospective law enforcement officers. The goal is to create a new unclassified position called “cadets” within the police department, allow for exceptional appointment of candidates with ideal qualifications and resolve any issues regarding lateral transfers within statutory cities.  


06.11.20 - House Democrats Say Concealed Carry Bill Threatens Police Safety And Puts Black Lives At Risk


House Democrats today voted against House Bill 425, a GOP-backed bill that would modify concealed carry laws, eliminating the requirement for licensees to promptly notify law enforcement of their permit and if they are carrying. The bill also eliminates penalties for failure to notify, which opponents say will lead to confusion and potentially dangerous escalation—especially for people of color.


05.18.20 - Rep. Miller, House Democrats Release General Election Proposal


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) joined House Democrats to release their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century. Highlights of the plan include mailing a ballot with prepaid return postage to every voter, extending the ballot postmark date to Election Day, enhancing safety for in-person voting and expanding voter registration.


05.11.20 - Rep. Miller Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


05.06.20 - Rep. Miller, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic


COLUMBUS—State Representative Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  


04.14.20 - Rep. Miller Announces More Than $248 Million In Federal Funds To Support State's Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $248 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to aid the state’s ongoing pandemic response efforts, including funds to bolster testing capacity, purchase needed personal protective equipment for frontline workers, expand hospital capacity, and provide resources for those most impacted by the coronavirus.


04.08.20 - Rep. Miller Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.


03.25.20 - Rep. Miller, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.


03.24.20 - Rep. Miller, Group Of Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Package To Aid Schools Amid Pandemic


COLUMBUS- Several Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. John Patterson (D- Jefferson), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), today introduced a legislative package to mitigate the negative impacts schools are facing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The package would provide resources and allow already overburdened school districts to take the necessary steps to recover from the repercussions of this ongoing public health crisis.


03.23.20 - Rep. Miller, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


03.11.20 - Reps. Miller, Weinstein Introduce Electric Vehicle Registration Bill


COLUMBUS – State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 546, legislation to change the definitions and reduce punitive fees on hybrid and electric vehicles (EV). Currently, owners of plug-in EVs are subject to an annual $200 fee while owners of hybrid EVs are subject to an annual $100 fee. This new legislation would see owners pay an annual $100 and $50 fee, respectively.


03.02.20 - Reps. Miller, Lepore-Hagan And Smith Introduce Legislation To Audit Academic Distress Commission Districts


COLUMBUS- State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced legislation that would require one-time performance audits of school districts with a current Academic Distress Commission (ADC). 


02.20.20 - Bill To Honor Toni Morrison Passes The House


COLUMBUS— State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of legislation honoring the late author Toni Morrison by designating her birthday, February 18, as “Toni Morrison Day” in Ohio.


02.14.20 - Rep. Miller Brings Together Lorain County Officials To Support Veterans


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) facilitated a meeting today of local veteran leaders to discuss how increased collaboration and open dialogue can improve how veterans are serviced in the county. In attendance were Lorain County Commissioners, the county Veterans Service Office directors and commissioners as well as local veteran leaders.


02.06.20 - Rep. Miller Announces House Passage Of Bill That Would End Lorain Academic Distress Commission


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill (SB) 89, which incorporated an amendment offered by Rep. Miller to dissolve Academic Distress Commissions, including in Lorain City Schools. It passed the Ohio House Wednesday.


01.14.20 - Rep. Miller Announces $225,000 For Sheffield Lake Trail


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced today that the City of Sheffield Lake, Ohio has been awarded a $225,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Clean Ohio Trails Fund to construct Lincoln Trail.


12.23.19 - House Dem Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Protect Health And Safety Of Student Athletes


State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Adam Miller (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation that would prohibit high school athletics coaches from requiring student athletes to participate solely in their sport to the exclusion of all other sports and extracurricular activities. 


11.08.19 - Rep. Miller Announces Bill Recognizing Honor And Remember Flag


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today introduced legislation recognizing the Honor and Remember Flag in Ohio. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville), would call for the flag to be flown at the Ohio Statehouse for Memorial Day, and give public buildings around the state permission to fly the flag at their discretion.


10.30.19 - Rep. Miller Announces $450,000 For Lorain County Transit


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today issued a statement announcing over $450,000 in funding to support Lorain County Transit as part of the state’s transportation budget, which was passed earlier this year with Democratic backing.


10.10.19 - Rep. Miller Applauds Unanimous Passage Of SB26 Creating Tax Deduction For Teachers


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the unanimous approval of Senate Bill (SB) 26 in the Ohio House, legislation that creates a $250 tax credit for teachers paying out-of-pocket to purchase classroom supplies and equipment.

The credit covers costs in excess of the existing $250 federal deduction, which is already factored into a teacher’s state tax liability.

“It’s refreshing to see the Ohio General Assembly come together to support teachers in our state,” said Rep. Miller. “As a former teacher, I understand the significant costs teachers face as we work to ensure all students have the materials they need to learn and grow. While there’s still much work to be done, this is a step in the right direction.”


09.24.19 - Rep. Miller Announces Live Stream Capabilities In All House Committees


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the installation of cameras in four additional House hearing rooms, signaling the completion of a major project to offer live coverage of all House committee meetings for the first time, fulfilling a long-time Democratic priority of a more open and transparent committee process.

“Transparency is the cornerstone of a healthy, productive democratic process,” said Rep. Miller. “I am a firm believer that making government more accessible to the public leads to better outcomes for the people of Ohio.”


09.09.19 - Rep. Miller Praises Lorain County Boys And Girls Club Expansion


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the allocation of $500,000 in state funding for the Lorain County Boys and Girls Club to expand their Lorain headquarters. The project, which will add over 17,000 square feet to the existing facility, will increase the organization’s capacity to serve youth and families at their Education and Wellness Center.


09.05.19 - Rep. Joe Miller Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced a town hall meeting on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oberlin Public Library to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Lorain County.


08.28.19 - Rep. Miller Presses Lorain City Schools CEO Hardy For Transparency


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) this week called on Lorain City Schools to release information regarding their finances and administrative decisions in response to the district’s failure to fulfill previous records requests made by members of the public.


08.26.19 - Reps. Miller, Howse Introduce Bill Naming Toni Morrison Day


State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today introduced legislation honoring the late author Toni Morrison by designating her birthday, February 18, as “Toni Morrison Day” in Ohio.


08.05.19 - Rep. Miller Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:


07.30.19 - Miller Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday that will take place starting on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“I know firsthand how costly back-to-school supplies can be for students and their families, as well as teachers,” said Rep. Miller. “While we have more work to do to fulfill the Ohio promise of a quality education for every student, I encourage everyone to take advantage of the sales tax holiday to keep more of their hard-earned dollars in their pocket.”


07.19.19 - Rep. Miller Announces State Grant For Oberlin Project


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the release of $25,000 in grant funding for restoration work at the First Church in Oberlin, which will be used to replace the metal crown of the church’s cupola, among other projects.

“The First Church in Oberlin and the City of Oberlin have done tremendous work together to secure this competitive grant,” said Rep. Miller. “Collaborative efforts such as this ensure that the First Church in Oberlin will continue to be a source of local pride for generations to come.”


07.12.19 - Rep. Miller Announces State Funding For Firelands High School Construction


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the approval of state funding for Firelands Local School District as they move forward with their plan to construct a new high school building. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, which oversees capital projects for Ohio’s public schools, authorized the spending.


07.08.19 - Miller, Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio 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.


06.26.19 - Miller Issues Open Letter Urging HB 154 Inclusion In State Budget


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today sent an open letter to his legislative colleagues as well as Governor DeWine to urge their support to retain a provision from the House-passed version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166, that included the provisions of Miller’s bipartisan HB 154, which would end state takeovers and return control to local school districts. The Senate removed those provisions in its version of HB 166.


06.10.19 - Rep. Miller Announces State Support For LCCC Job Training Program


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the release of $21,906 in state funding for Lorain County Community College (LCCC) to purchase new equipment to support the Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Associates and Bachelor’s degree programs.


05.22.19 - Miller, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.


05.09.19 - Miller: 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.


05.07.19 - Miller Praises School Construction Funding Increase


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today applauded the committee passage of Senate Bill (SB) 4, legislation to increase the state’s capacity to assist local school districts with facility renovations and construction. Rep. Miller, a former teacher and member of the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee, joined in unanimous approval of the measure.


05.01.19 - Miller, 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.


05.01.19 - Miller Bill Ending School Takeover Process Passes In Ohio House


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan bill introduced with state Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) that seeks to end state takeovers of Ohio schools and restore local control to education officials over the school improvement process.

“It’s heartening to see HB 154 pass in bipartisan fashion, but our work is far from done,” said Miller, a joint-sponsor of the bill. “For too long, top-down, unaccountable school takeovers have failed to provide struggling schools with the support they need. Today’s vote is an important step in restoring Ohio’s promise of living the America Dream right here at home, which starts with ensuring our kids receive a quality education so they can learn important skills to live a better life.”


04.22.19 - Miller Introduces Bipartisan Referee Protection Legislation


State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 208, bipartisan legislation to secure protections for sports officials. The bill would bring the penalty for assaulting a referee on the job or in retaliation for a prior incident in line with current legislation protecting teachers, school administrators and bus drivers.


“As a referee for 20 years and as a coach, participant and parent, I understand the power of athletic competition to bring people together and teach important life skills,” said Rep. Miller. “However, sometimes emotions run high and tempers flare during competition. It’s important that we support our officials and send a message that physical confrontations are never an acceptable recourse.”


04.02.19 - Miller, State Lawmakers Send Bipartisan Transportation Budget To Governor's Desk


House Democrats today supported the final passage of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan two-year transportation budget. The bill makes historic investments in public transit and local communities for road and bridge repairs.


03.22.19 - Miller Announces Waterway Safety Grant For Lorain Port Authority


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced $34,000 in Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) grant funding to support marine patrol units for the Lorain Port Authority. 


“This assistance is essential to the Lorain Port Authority carrying out their mission of maintaining waterway safety,” said Rep. Miller. “It is heartening to see the state demonstrate their commitment to making sure our community has the tools necessary to keep our lakes safe and open for everyone.”


03.19.19 - Miller Introduces Bipartisan School Takeover Repeal Bill


State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Don Jones (R-Freeport) today introduced bipartisan legislation to end state takeovers of local schools. Three districts, including Rep. Miller’s own Lorain City Schools, are currently under state control, while ten districts across the state could potentially join them over the next two years.


03.15.19 - Miller: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state. 


03.12.19 - Rep. Miller Announces District Office Hours


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced upcoming district office hours in Lorain and Amherst. All residents of House District 56 are encouraged to attend and share questions and concerns related to state government.

“There’s no better way to understand the needs of our citizens than to hear directly from them,” said Miller. “I’m looking forward to holding these regular community meetings to learn more about my neighbors and how I can best serve you and your family at the Statehouse.”


03.08.19 - Miller Announces Bipartisan Effort To Dismantle State Takeovers Of Local Schools


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced he will soon introduce bipartisan legislation with Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) to repeal portions of House bill 70, the 2015 bill that brought on state takeovers of local schools in Lorain and throughout the state.


“Placing these districts under state control has been a disaster,” said Miller. “In each case, the Academic Distress Commission has been unable to work effectively alongside the district’s teachers, school leaders and community at large. After three years, we haven’t seen any evidence that state takeovers improve academic achievement. It’s time for us to restore local control and give struggling schools the support they need to succeed.”


02.27.19 - Rep. Miller Congratulates Oberlin Heritage Center On State Grant


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today extended his congratulations to the Oberlin Heritage Center on their procurement of over $2,000 in grant funding from the Ohio History Connection. The funds will be used for a data-gathering project focused on identifying best practices for self-guided tours of historic house museums across the state. The award was announced Wednesday as part of Ohio History Connection’s annual Statehood Day event in Columbus.


02.22.19 - Rep. Miller Announces ODNR Boating Safety Grant For Lorain County Non-profit


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the release of over $21,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft for community boating safety education with Lorain County Kayak & Paddlesports Group (LoCo ‘Yaks), a marine education and recreation non-profit.


02.11.19 - Rep. Miller Announces Funding For Lorain County Community College


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the authorization of nearly $4.7 million in state funds for new equipment and upgrades at Lorain County Community College (LCCC). Among the projects is an internet network overhaul providing enhanced security, support for mobile devices and internet connectivity.


01.08.19 - Joe Miller Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 56


State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning his first term as state lawmaker.

“The opportunity to represent my community in the Ohio General Assembly is an incredible honor,” said Miller. “I am grateful to my friends and family for joining me today, and to the entirety of District 56 for entrusting me with this responsibility.”