Representative Stephanie D. Howse - House District 11

09.22.20 - Rep. Howse, House Dems Recognize National Voter Registration Day


COLUMBUS –State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today recognized National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to encourage participation in this November’s election despite challenges caused by the pandemic and a failure by Republican state leaders to make this unprecedented election more accessible.


09.22.20 - Rep. Howse: "Statehouse GOP Is Robbing Ohio's Hardest Hit COVID-19 Areas Of CARES Act Funds"


COLUMBUS — Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement today following the informal hearing of Senate Bill (SB) 357, which appropriates the remaining $650 million local government Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.


09.18.20 - Rep. Howse's Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Takes Effect Today


COLUMBUS– State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 11, Ohio House Democrats’ priority legislation to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes, is officially effective after being signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine 90 days ago. 


09.17.20 - Ahead Of National Black Voter Day, OLBC Calls For Action To Eliminate Systemic Barriers To Voting


COLUMBUS –Ahead of the first-ever National Black Voter Day on Sept. 18, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) issued a statement calling for action to eliminate systemic barriers to voting in Ohio. The call comes as the Ohio Senate considers House Bill (HB) 680, the GOP election bill that would create new voting restrictions like shortening the time for voters to request absentee ballots, eliminating the ability for the secretary of state to prepay return postage for ballot materials, and barring the Health Director and other officials from affecting the conduct of elections—even in the interest of public health.


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


COLUMBUS –Today, State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


09.11.20 - Rep. Howse, House Dems Honor First Responders On Anniversary Of 9/11


COLUMBUS –State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.


09.03.20 - Rep. Howse, House Dems: Ohioans Facing Uncertainty Amid Unprecedented Crises Demand Change


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Ohio House Democrats today announced the end of their Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, which comprised of more than two-dozen virtual town halls since June on topics including COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice, gun safety and voting access. Across the state, over 20,000 Ohioans tuned in to these town halls to hear from their elected officials and ask questions.


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


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


08.13.20 - OLBC President Rep. Stephanie Howse Urges Action On Pay Equity On Black Women's Equal Pay Day


Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today urged action on the Ohio Equal Pay Act, legislation alongside Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) that would recognize the full value and potential of Ohio’s working women. 


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


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


07.30.20 - OLBC Members Vote To Remove Larry Householder As Speaker


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement 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.


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


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


07.28.20 - Rep. Howse, House Dems Announce $310 Million In COVID-19 Relief


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


07.22.20 - OLBC President Responds To The FBI Arrest And Indictment Of Speaker Householder


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement on the FBI arrest and indictment of Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder:


06.24.20 - Howse, Dems Urge House To Return To Session, Say Too Much Left Undone Amid Unprecedented Crises


Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today joined Dem lawmakers to urge House Republican leaders to call the chamber back into session to address several critical issues facing the state, including health and the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, systemic racism and police brutality, questions surrounding the November election, and looming state budget shortfalls.


06.22.20 - Rep. Howse Announces Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Signed Into Law


COLUMBUS—Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 11, her bill to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes, was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday. 


06.17.20 - OLBC President Reveals Repeated Requests To Former Speakers To Address "hostile Work Environment" In The Ohio House


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today revealed ignored requests dating back several years to three different Speakers of the House – Larry Householder, Ryan Smith and Cliff Rosenberger – to show the repeated attempts of the OLBC to get the Majority party to address a hostile work environment in the Ohio House.


06.11.20 - Rep. Howse, OLBC Issues Statement After The Firing Of Senator Huffman


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in response to state Senator Steven Huffman’s (R-Tipp City) being fired from his job as an emergency room physician at Upper Valley Medical Center.


06.11.20 - Democratic Priority Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Heads To Governor's Desk


COLUMBUS—Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 11, her bill to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes. This Democratic priority legislation now moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.


06.11.20 - Rep. Howse, OLBC Responds To "colored" Comment From State Senator


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in response to state Senator Steven Huffman’s (R-Tipp City) question Tuesday about whether “colored” people get COVID-19 from not washing their hands as much.


06.02.20 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Pushes To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today introduced legislation that would declare racism a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level. 


05.29.20 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis


COLUMBUS—The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today announced plans to introduce legislation that would declare racism a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County recently. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.


05.27.20 - Rep. Howse Co-sponsors Worker Protection Act To Ensure Safety, Security For Ohio Workers Amid Global Pandemic


COLUMBUS— Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Howse) yesterday announced the introduction of the Worker Protection Act, Democratic-sponsored legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.


05.21.20 - OLBC Members Outraged By DeWine Administration's Lack Of Response To COVID-19 Racial Disparities


COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement following Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement today regarding next steps with the Minority Health Strike Force.


05.20.20 - Rep. Howse Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


COLUMBUS—Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the 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.


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


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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. Howse Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


05.07.20 - 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.


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


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


04.28.20 - Rep. Howse, House Dems Call For A "responsible Restart" For Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well as feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 


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


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


04.01.20 - Rep. Howse, House Democrats Renew Calls For A Stop To Evictions And Foreclosures, Debt Collection During The COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— For many, the first day of a new month means rent and bills are due. For those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, April 1st could be the most financially devastating day yet as fears of evictions and foreclosures may loom.


03.27.20 - Rep. Howse Issues Statement As Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed Into Law


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded Gov. Mike DeWine as he signed into law House Bill (HB) 197, which will provide needed supports to working people, families and businesses in Ohio amid the coronavirus outbreak. It passed both legislative chambers unanimously Wednesday.


03.25.20 - Rep. Howse, 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. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


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


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.


03.16.20 - OLBC Responds To Gov. DeWine's Decision To Postpone Voting


COLUMBUS—The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) released a statement today aboutthe decision made by Gov. Mike DeWine to postpone the primary election originally scheduled for tomorrow, March 17 to June 2:


03.16.20 - OLBC Sends Letter To Governor, Speaker And Senate President In Midst Of Coronavirus Crisis


 COLUMBUS—The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) released a statement today concerning the letter they sent Saturday to Governor Mike DeWine, Speaker of the House Larry Householder and Senate President Larry Obhof:


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


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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. Howse’s call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.


03.04.20 - OLBC President Says Survey Of Black Ohioans Shows A Community Seeking Options And Opportunities


COLUMBUS—The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) president Rep. Stephanie Howse (D- Cleveland) reacted today to the results of the Black Ohio Survey, a joint project of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, that reveal issues, priorities and views of black Ohioans. This survey is the first-of-its-kind, Foundation members say, to look at a large sample of a minority community on a statewide level.


02.20.20 - Bill To Honor Toni Morrison Passes 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.


02.20.20 - Bipartisan Bill To Increase Training Opportunities For New Truck Drivers In Ohio Passes House


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 222, her bipartisan legislation joint-sponsored by State Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Twp.) to increase on-the-job training opportunities for Ohioans pursuing a career in truck driving.


12.16.19 - Rep. Howse: Unprecedented Bipartisanship So Far This General Assembly


With the end of the 2019 legislative term, state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement on the historic levels of bipartisanship during the 133rd General Assembly, which, through the first year, has seen the percentage of bills clearing the House sponsored by Democrats double over the previous two General Assemblies. 


11.12.19 - THIS WEEK: Rep. Howse To Join Delegation Of State Legislators To Visit El Salvador For Fact-Finding Mission On Abortion Bans


On November 12-15,a delegation of five state legislators from states hostile to abortion rights, including several who passed high-profile abortion bans in 2019, will travel to El Salvador, a country that has criminalized abortion and sentenced women to prison as a result, to witness firsthand the horrors of abortion bans.


10.21.19 - Rep. Howse Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which aims to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure and negative health outcomes attributed to lead. 


09.24.19 - Rep. Stephanie Howse Dismayed At High Court's Decision


Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today released the following statement regarding the Ohio Supreme Court’s controversial split ruling that the state did not overstep its constitutional authority when it sought to block local hiring laws around the state: 

“Invalidating Cleveland's ordinance, known as the Fannie M. Lewis Cleveland Employment Law, reaffirms the injustices that have been occurring in the workplace for generations and does nothing to help promote fair labor practices, equitable pay, and representation in the workplace. I will continue to bring to light the systematic exclusion of groups of citizens to fully participate in the construction industry and have a responsibility to fight for local families’ inclusion in the construction industry so they can live, work and retire with safety and security in Ohio. Our state government has a duty to right the wrongs of the past and if the state is incapable or unwilling to act, the state needs to get out of the way and let local communities take the necessary actions to benefit their local communities.”


09.04.19 - Rep. Howse Named Honorary Chair Of Cleveland's Walk To End Alzheimer's


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced her appointment as Honorary Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Sunday, October 6 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


08.26.19 - Reps. Howse, Miller 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.


08.13.19 - Reps. Howse, Boyd, 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.


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


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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:


07.31.19 - Reps. Howse, Boyd & 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. 

“I am pleased to applaud the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and East End Neighborhood House on receiving United Health Care Northeast Ohio community grants; the grants will assist in their efforts to expand services in transportation, youth and senior citizen resources, and access to healthy food. When the United Health Care Corporation works with local organizations, it not only strengthens our youth and seniors in House District 11, it also ensures all Ohioans come first.” —said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)


07.26.19 - Rep. Stephanie Howse Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.

“The sales tax holiday is important for hard working Ohioans to ensure their families are able to obtain the educational supplies needed to start the school year off strong. Creating a solid educational foundation starts with good, usable resources,” said Rep. Howse. “Back to school shopping should not be a burden on any hardworking family, and it is my hope that the upcoming sales tax holiday will provide assistance to our families that need it.”


07.23.19 - Rep. Howse: Misguided Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Clean Energy Future


State Rep. Howse (D-Cleveland) Tuesday issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bailout Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.


07.17.19 - Rep. Howse: Budget Compromise A Step In The Right Direction To Restore Ohio Promise Of Better Lives, Brighter Futures


Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.

“Today’s biennium budget that I supported has some improved investments for local communities. While compromises were made, there is still more work that needs to be done — specifically addressing a fair tax policy to ensure that all Ohioans are paying their fair share to meet the needs for the state of Ohio. We must commit to making sound investments in evidence-based health organizations that provide results in combating infant and maternal mortality, ensuring and promoting overall family wellness. While this budget is not perfect, it shows real promise that you can live, work, and retire with safety and security right here at home.


07.03.19 - Howse, 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.


05.09.19 - Howse: 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.


05.01.19 - Howse, 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.


04.10.19 - Howse: 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 - As OLBC Day Of Action Comes To A Close, Howse Looks To Future Of Engagement, Advocacy


State Rep. and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today released the following statement looking to the future and reflecting on the 2019 OLBC Legislative Day of Action held today at the Statehouse:

“For too many in our communities, Ohio’s promise of opportunity is fading. The annual OLBC Day of Action empowers our community to use their voices to hold their elected officials accountable and demand change on the issues that keep working people and families from getting ahead.


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


State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today during a Statehouse news conference introduced 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.


12.13.18 - Lawmakers Announce Sarcoidosis Awareness Month Designation


State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today the designation of April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Ohio. Originally introduced under House Bill (HB) 335 in 2017, Sarcoidosis Awareness Month passed the House today as part of Senate Bill (SB) 86.

“I am proud that we are going to recognize April as Sarcoidosis Month to raise awareness on a disease that disproportionately affects African- Americans and individuals of Irish, German, Scandinavian, and Puerto Rican descent,” said Howse. “The cause is unknown and there is no cure for sarcoidosis, so the more awareness we bring to this terrible disease, the closer we will be to finding a cure.” 


12.11.18 - Black Caucus Members Call For Study On African-American Ohioans


State Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), together with state Representatives Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), today urged the legislature to study the progress and challenges of African Americans in Ohio.

“2019 marks 400 years of African Americans in America,” said Senator Tavares. “We faced a brutal beginning and have had challenges along the way. We have built America and her companies, historic buildings and economies, but we have not yet seen justice and equality for all. Our story in America, and more specifically in Ohio, needs to be researched to determine where we have made progress and the challenges we have to overcome in order to advance.” 

The lawmakers’ bill would create a committee to review the contributions and achievements of the Black community in Ohio. The group will also look at issues such as housing, transportation, health, education, employment, environment and businesses development and offer recommendations for addressing persistent challenges.

“Without an honest conversation about the issues and challenges African Americans disproportionately face in our state, all Ohioans risk falling further behind,” said Rep. Howse, who also serves as the president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC). “We won’t grow our economy or create more opportunity if a significant population of Ohioans are left to fend for themselves. Ohio succeeds when African Americans succeed.”


11.14.18 - Howse Pushes For Commonsense Gun Safety As GOP Passes So-called Stand Your Ground Bill


Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families. 

“Despite opposition from the community, law enforcement and prosecutors, this Republican-led legislature is intentionally causing more divisions in Ohio by passing so-called "Stand Your Ground" legislation,” said Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “This type of legislation is dangerous and leads to justified murder. The leaders of the Republican Party have shown their disregard for Ohioans and especially their disregard of black lives. It is a sad day in Ohio and I pray that one day my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will truly value the voices and lives of Ohioans—especially the 18 percent minority population of Ohio—and not intentionally divide Ohioans based on unfounded fear.”


11.14.18 - Howse Responds To Ohio House Meltdown Over Stand Your Ground "debate" On Race


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today released the following statement after being gaveled down and having her microphone cut while giving an impassioned speech on the consequences Stand Your Ground legislation has had on minority communities:


06.27.18 - Howse: Bipartisan Bill To Restore Service Credit Passes House


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 572, bipartisan legislation that gives authority to the OPERS Board to provide parity in their retirement service credit system as it relates to Developmental Disabilities (DD) employees. 


06.07.18 - Howse: Bill To Modernize Ohio Voting Equipment Passes House


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 135, which would invest more than $100 million in state funds for Ohio counties to purchase new, modern voting equipment. SB 135 also appropriates $10 million to reimburse counties who purchased new voting systems on or after January 1, 2014. Voting systems, including voting machines, marking devices, automatic tabulating equipment, direct recording electronic voting machines and associated allowable expenditures, would be covered under the bill.


06.06.18 - Howse: 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.



04.18.18 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Hosts Annual Day Of Action


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today is holding their annual Day of Action. This year’s theme “Reclaiming our Government” focuses on four areas in which citizens can be empowered to take control of their communities and address disparities through engaging with the legislature.*

OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) has ramped up the group’s focus on rooting out disparities within Ohio’s black community during her second year as president.

“Our Day of Action is focused on getting an understanding of the barriers that have led to systematic disengagement within our government,” said Howse. “We want to offer pathways for how African Americans in Ohio can increase advocacy on pressing issues that matter to our community.”

According to the Ohio Poverty Report released in February of 2018, the areas that had the highest poverty rates were counties with metropolitan areas, where a bulk of the black population resides. Counties with poverty rates higher than the state average of 15.4 percent include Allen (Lima), Clark (Springfield), Cuyahoga (Cleveland-Elyria), Franklin (Columbus), Hamilton (Cincinnati), Lucas (Toledo), Mahoning (Youngstown), Montgomery (Dayton), Richland (Mansfield) and Trumbull (Warren).

In 2016, while Ohio’s graduation rates rose to a little over 83 percent, only about 67 percent of black high school students graduate, ranking Ohio forty-fifth in the nation for black graduation according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The OLBC is hopeful that this year’s Day of Action will create even more opportunities for collaboration to engage and advance communities around Ohio. In its 2018 legislative agenda, the OLBC takes aim at education, criminal justice, voting rights, and health and family care.


02.23.18 - OLBC Stands With Ohio Workers, Speaks Out On GOP Anti-worker Bills


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 


02.21.18 - Rep. Stephanie Howse Detailed Concerns With New Anthem Emergency Care Coverage Restrictions


We will not stand idly to the side while companies take advantage of individuals, putting their lives at risk. State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today stood with Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnatti) and Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) to raise awareness about Anthem's new policy to not cover emergency room visits they do not consider emergencies. 


02.06.18 - Howse: Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Clears Last Legislative Hurdle Before Voters Have Final Say In May


Following months of negotiation, the Ohio House today passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering in the state. 

“The passage of SJR 5 is a compromise that will give voters the opportunity to vote on how Ohio draws our congressional districts,” said OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “The process outlined in the resolution is not perfect, but it is a step forward to strengthening our democracy and drawing congressional districts that equitably represent Ohio.


02.02.18 - House Democrats Celebrate Black History Month


Each February, Black History Month raises awareness about the significant portion of the American story that African Americans have authored. From science and business to literature, the arts and public service, Black History Month highlights the struggles and triumphs of our nation.


01.25.18 - OLBC Concerned GOP Redistricting Plan Falls Short Of Real Reform For Ohio Voters


As state lawmakers debate Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 5, a Republican-led proposal to change the way Ohio draws its legislative districts, the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus today urged state lawmakers to consider amending the bill to address concerns many voting rights and redistricting reform experts have regarding SJR 5.

“Gerrymandering has turned the idea of the ballot box being America’s great equalizer on its head, allowing politicians to choose their voters rather than having voters choose their politicians,” said OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “SJR 5 only makes what’s wrong with current law worse. SJR 5 keeps the authority to redraw districts within the state legislature and eliminates key controls that seek to end rigged districts and give Ohio voters fair representation.”


10.27.17 - OLBC President Howse Responds To Report Showing African-American Children In Ohio Worse Off Than Most


Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) responded to the report issued today by the Annie E. Casey foundation showing African-American children in Ohio are worse off and have less opportunity than children in most other states.

“Sadly, this report reflects what many of us already know: children of color, especially African-American children, have to face barriers that prevent them from opportunities that others are guaranteed,” Howse said. “It is both saddening and alarming to see that Ohio is especially horrific at providing conditions for black and brown people to live a decent life. I hope this new information inspires my colleagues on both sides to embrace policies that put family first like paid family leave, equal pay and pre-k for all.”

Of the 44 states that had enough data to analyze, Ohio ranked 42nd in the nation for the well-being of African American children.


08.09.17 - Howse Says Rolling Back Equal Opportunity At American Colleges Limits Potential Of Students Everywhere


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to limit affirmative action policies in college and university admissions.

“Attorney Sessions’ decision to target our fundamental American values of equal opportunity and fairness threatens the future of higher education and limits the potential of students everywhere,” said Howse. “In this day and age, we should be banded together as a country, seeking to spread opportunity and expand the franchise of the American Dream for people who work hard and pay taxes.”


08.09.17 - Howse Joins Legislators From 36 States To Collaborate On Bipartisan Solutions To Environmental Challenges


State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) joined more than 100 state legislators from 36 states and both major political parties to build consensus on leading environmental issues at the 2017 National Issues Forum in Boston this week organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). The event offered opportunities for lawmakers and sustainability advocates to collaborate on policy solutions to remove toxins from consumer products, and to conserve water, public lands and endangered species.

“The dangers of ignoring environmental issues and the benefits of using clean energy are crystal clear,” said Howse. “By laying a foundation for environmental sustainability, we can help grow our economy, attract clean energy businesses and bring better jobs to our state.”


07.31.17 - Ohio Legislators To Celebrate OLBC 50th Anniversary Event In Canton


State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that Canton, Ohio has been selected to host the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus’ 50th anniversary celebration this fall. African American state lawmakers from all across Ohio will convene in Stark County for the two-day event on October 1-2 to recognize the important milestone and chart a course for the future for the historic legislative organization. 

“For fifty years, the OLBC has been a leading voice in the fight to improve the lives of all working Ohioans, including the more than 1.6 million African Americans who call Ohio home,” said OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “We are excited to celebrate our 50-year milestone in Canton and look forward to continuing to push for policies that promote equality and expand economic opportunities for minority Ohioans.” 


07.06.17 - Howse: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs


In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“This bill places a dangerous precedent by allowing deadly weapons in daycares and schools and offers out-of-line protections for concealed gun holders” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “Public safety is a concern for all legislators, but this bill raises a higher public safety concern by seeking to protect gun owners more than our children.”


07.06.17 - Howse: 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 will 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 – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“While we may be able to sigh a bit of relief as the freeze on Medicaid expansion was put on hold, the attack on working families and poor people in Ohio continues," said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). "Preventive healthcare should not be optional, based on the opinion of a select few in the legislature. The gap between the haves and have-nots is growing and Ohio's economy is lagging most of the nation. We need to focus our attention on improving our state's economy and the overall wellbeing of Ohioans.”


06.23.17 - Howse Joins NCEL Members Committed To Preserving Paris Agreement Goals


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) earlier this week joined the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), over 550 state legislators from across the country, in issuing a statement regarding their commitment to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that has broad effects from the local to global level. The scientific evidence on changes in our environment is very real and alarming,” said Howse. “This may potentially cause economic harm by not requiring top businesses to commit to clean energy production, even though CEOs and business leaders nationwide advocated for the continuance of the Paris Agreement. I believe state and local governments need to continue the discussion on solutions for climate change and work together to help the U.S. have a stake in the global economy for clean, renewable energy.”


05.17.17 - Howse: Hits To Workers Prop Up Boss' Handouts In State Workers' Comp Budget


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict workers’ access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

“Ohio’s brave firefighters deserve the right to healthcare benefits for work-related cancer,” said Howse. “First responders are on the frontlines everyday fighting fires and rescuing our citizens from disasters – they deserve better than this legislation.”


04.26.17 - OLBC Day Of Action Champions Causes Of Black Ohioans


Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) joined fellow OLBC lawmakers Tuesday for the group’s annual Day of Action. The event provided an opportunity for Ohioans to interact with state legislators and discuss issues that affect their families, communities and everyday life. The theme this year, “Still History, Still Black: Championing the Causes of African-Americans in Ohio Year-Round,” focused on struggles that disproportionately affect the black community.

“Black history is more than one month,” said Howse. “The problems and triumphs black Ohioans experience are year-round. We must nurture and encourage more engagement between black people and their elected officials to make sure all Ohioans feel connected and empowered to advocate for their own interests. We also need lawmakers to be more aware of the obstacles we all experience as Ohioans but that disproportionately affect black families. Together we can make sure black Ohioans are stronger, because when black Ohioans are strong – our state is strong.”


04.06.17 - Reps. Howse, Clyde Announce Ohio Equal Pay Act


State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of the Ohio Equal Pay Act, a bill that would help close the longstanding gender pay gap between men and women in the Buckeye State. 

“The Ohio Equal Pay Act is important because women across Ohio are giving their all, both in the workplace and in the home, and are being paid less than they’re worth,” said Rep. Howse. “More women than ever before are the primary breadwinner for their families. Without equal pay, these families are living with a financial deficit they will never make up. Equal pay isn’t just right for women, it’s right for families and our economy as a whole.”


04.04.17 - Rep. Howse: With Ohio "on The Verge Of Recession" Kasich Fails To Address Real State Of The State


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) tonight expressed disappointment in Gov. Kasich’s state of the state address, saying the governor failed to provide 11 million Ohioans an explanation on why the state is on “the verge of a recession” after six years under his leadership. The lawmaker also noted that the governor’s budget failed to adequately address the real state of the economy, education, healthcare and recent drastic state cuts to communities in Ohio.

“The Governor's proposed budget does not make necessary investments to meet the unique needs of all Ohioans,” said Howse. “Representing one of the poorest districts in Ohio, I hoped the State of the State would focus on equitable education funding, livable wage career opportunities and proper investments in public infrastructure and transportation to help put our citizens on the path toward a brighter future.” 


03.28.17 - Bipartisan Bill Works To Increase Training Opportunities For New Truck Drivers In Ohio


State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) recently introduced legislation aimed at increasing on-the-job training opportunities for Ohioans pursuing a career in truck driving. 

House Bill 155 would provide tax credits to trucking companies that offer training programs for individuals interested in starting a career in the industry. Employers would be eligible for up to a 50 percent match of up to $50,000 in annual tax credits, and the total annual statewide tax credit would be limited to $3,000,000 per year. Facilitated through the Ohio Development Services Agency, the program provides an opportunity for companies to have the necessary resources to train new employees, fill in-demand jobs, and address the country’s severe and growing shortage of qualified drivers. 

“House Bill 155 provides business owners with an incentive to provide real job training opportunities that will connect Ohioans who are unemployed or underemployed to real jobs today,” said Howse. “This investment from the state of Ohio will be another step to help families break the cycle of poverty.”


03.01.17 - Reps. Howse, Smith: State Needs Innovative Infrastructure Plan To Drive Economic Growth In Ohio


In an 83-13 vote, the Ohio House today approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years. 

“Our current transportation budget falls short of meeting the real transportation needs of all Ohioans,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “In the 2015 Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study, the Ohio Department of Transportation identified a need of $120 million for transit, but the current budget allocates only $33 million in federal funds. Ohio must be willing to make fair and equitable investments in transit and public infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our state, so that our roads are safe, our children can get to school and hard working men and women can travel to and from their jobs to provide for themselves and their families.”


02.28.17 - Cleveland-area Lawmakers Propose Bill To Recognize Louis And Carl Stokes


State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 83, legislation to designate the local boulevard known as Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland as the “Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor.” 

“The Stokes brothers made significant contributions to our state and nation through their dedicated careers in public service, and their lasting legacy still inspires younger generations even today,” said Howse. “I am proud to be a joint sponsor of legislation naming the Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor. Together, we can help ensure Louis and Carl Stokes continue to receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve.”


02.07.17 - Dem Lawmakers, Advocates Discuss New Bill To Preserve Spirit Of America In Buckeye State


State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) hold a news conference in the Harding Senate Press Room to discuss legislation that would make Ohio a sanctuary state.


01.04.17 - Howse Sworn In For Second Term As State Representative


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives this week as state representative for the 11th House District. Howse, elected to her second House term in November, represents the citizens of Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights and parts of Cleveland. 

“I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to continue serving my constituents in this new General Assembly,” said Howse. “From the heroin crisis to justice reform, I am ready to work in a bipartisan manner to tackle the challenges facing our communities and our state.”  


12.05.16 - Howse Announces Over $19M In Funding For Cleveland-area Technology Start-up Programs


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $18,799,086 in state funding to JumpStart Inc. in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, to expand the Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.


11.28.16 - Rep. Howse Welcomes Unified Approach To Fighting Lead Contamination


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) call for a unified response to evidence of elevated lead levels in the water at multiple Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) buildings:


10.31.16 - Howse Announces State Funding For Incarcerated Youth Art Therapy Programs


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of just over $80,433 to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for a contract with the Art Therapy Studio in Cuyahoga County to facilitate art therapy programs at two local juvenile correctional facilities (JCFs). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

“Our incarcerated youth are faced with some of the most difficult times of their lives during crucial development years,” said Howse. “The services provided by the Art Therapy Studio will help ensure that our youth are not simply serving time, but are being rehabilitated and receiving treatment. We all benefit when the state works with local organizations to strengthen our communities by helping rebuild families.”


08.23.16 - Ohio Black Caucus Applauds Cleveland Suit Against State For Local Hiring Ban


Democratic lawmakers and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus today applauded The City of Cleveland’s decision to sue the state to challenge Republican-led legislation that prevents local communities from setting hiring standards on publicly financed projects – a possible violation of Ohio’s “home rule” guarantee in the state constitution.


08.10.16 - Rep. Stephanie Howse Presented With Civility Award In State Governance From NICD


StateRep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was recently presented with the National Institute for Civil Discourse Award for Civility in State Governance yesterday evening at the National Conference of State Legislators 2016 Legislative Summit. Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), presented Rep. Howse with the award in recognition of her commitment to working in a civil, productive manner for the good of her constituents.


07.18.16 - Rep. Howse Applauds Habitat For Humanity's Housing Efforts, Says State And Federal Inaction Have Hurt Ohio Homeownership


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for their work with “Buckeye Build,” while saying state and federal inaction has made affordable housing in the Cleveland area and throughout the state hard to come by. Recent reports show that, though the nation as a whole has experienced a decrease in the number of Americans losing their homes, more Ohioans continue to lose their homes to foreclosure.

“Though affordable housing is out of reach for too many Ohioans and our state continues to be a leader in the number of people losing their homes to foreclosure, I am pleased Habitat for Humanity has managed to build over 180 houses over the last 25 years while engaging politicians to raise awareness and get their hands dirty,” said Howse. “As Ohio’s GOP continues to provide tax cuts for the wealthy while Cleveland and many cities across the state are in dire need of assistance, Habitat for Humanity is working hard to offer some of our most vulnerable populations a path towards economic stability.”


06.09.16 - Cleveland Lawmaker Calls For Restoring Civility To American Politics


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today joined Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, retired American astronaut Mark Kelly, and elected officials from across the country at a press conference to call for a restoration of civility to American politics and public discourse.


05.12.16 - OH Legislative Black Caucus Calls On Kasich To Veto Local Hiring Ban Bill


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today called on Governor John Kasich to veto House Bill 180, saying the legislation to ban local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. 


05.10.16 - Proposal To Legalize Medical Marijuana Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.


04.18.16 - Black Lawmakers Say State Can Do More To Connect Minority Contractors To Transportation Construction Jobs


President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) called on the state Friday to take action to reduce barriers between state highway contract opportunities and minority-owned businesses in Ohio. A “disparity study” released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) revealed that minority and women-owned businesses receive a disproportionately small percentage of the state highway contract opportunities available. 

“With the realization that the state of Ohio passively participates in race- and gender-based discrimination, the state must dedicate resources to eliminate barriers within the marketplace to ensure that African American- and Hispanic-owned businesses receive a fair share of contracting opportunities,” said Howse. 


04.07.16 - Rep. Howse Disputes Kasich's Rosy State Of The State Claims


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Cleveland lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of healthcare and communities in Ohio. 


04.04.16 - Howse To Participate In International Political Exchange To Africa


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced her participation in an upcoming 10-day political exchange program to Morocco and Tunisia as a delegate on a trip organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).   

Howse will join six other emerging political and policy leaders between the ages of 25 to 40 from across the United States to explore the governance, politics and policy making in Morocco and Tunisia. The exchange is being arranged by ACYPL in partnership with the Morocco-based OCP Policy Center and the Tunisian American Young Professionals, and made possible by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“This trip is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience in different global perspectives on governance and policy making,” said Howse. “I am looking forward to connecting with emerging leaders in a different part of the world and sharing my unique experience as a Northeast Ohio lawmaker.”


03.29.16 - Howse Applauds Outcome Of Friedrichs SCOTUS Case


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation. 

“Today is a great day for working families, who have been under constant attack both here at home and across the nation,” said Howse. “The Supreme Court’s ruling has reaffirmed the constitutional right of working people to come together to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. Ohioans voiced their support for collective bargaining rights when they voted to overturn Senate Bill 5, and now the highest court in the land has spoken as well.”


03.10.16 - Rep. Howse Praises Local Impact Of Ohio Housing Trust Fund In Fight Against Homelessness


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)  this week toured Greenbridge Commons to experience first-hand how the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) benefits Cleveland-area residents.

In 2011, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) developed the Greenbridge apartment building, located along the Euclid Corridor, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. CHN received $1.2 million from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund to support Greenbridge and other projects.

“When we invest in affordable housing, we are making room for everyone in our community to have a safe, decent place to live,” said Howse.


02.05.16 - Ohio Legislator Tapped To Co-Chair NICD's National Civility Network


Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) has been selected to co-chair a national network of state legislators, a program of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD), which is committed to returning civility, rationality and respect to American politics. The new leadership will work to expand the Network just as the presidential primary season opens and with new polls showing American are fed up with hyper-toxicity in politics.


12.09.15 - Dem Lawmakers Look To Increase Safety Regulations At Reproductive Healthcare Clinics


State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) held a news conference today to announce House Bill 408 (HB 408), legislation that would create a buffer zone for patients and medical staff at reproductive healthcare providers. The bill would also provide victims of non-physical harassment the ability to pursue legal action. 


12.08.15 - Rep. Howse Joins Democratic Colleagues To Fight For Debt-free College


Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and fellow Democratic lawmakers from around the country held a conference call yesterday to address concerns over growing student loan debt. The call was part of a national campaign urging state lawmakers to enact policies promoting debt-free college. 


10.30.15 - Rep Howse: Embracing Science, Technology Will Position Workforce For 21st Century Economy


Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Stephanie Santoso, Senior Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), participated in a roundtable discussion this week held by the Cleveland Public Library to inform area stakeholders of new Science, Technology, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs available in Northeast Ohio. The policymaker stressed the importance of ensuring STEAM programs reach students in underserved urban communities, especially those in the Cleveland area.


10.06.15 - Rep. Howse Participates In National Conference On Empowering Women In Politics


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) recently attended a national conference centered on the ways women leaders can influence national priorities and push for true gender equality.


09.23.15 - Reps. Howse, Clyde Introduce The Ohio Equal Pay Act


State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men. 


08.20.15 - "Louis Stokes Day" To Honor Legacy Of Trailblazing Congressman


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced that she will introduce legislation officially creating “Louis Stokes Day” in honor of the late Cleveland-area congressman. February 23, the congressman’s birthday, will be the designated day of recognition.  


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


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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.  

“HB 180 is a direct attack on communities within House District 11 and across Ohio that are working to provide inclusive job opportunities to their residents,” said Howse. “This legislation undermines the progress that has been made to provide pathways to careers that pay a livable wage and further widens the gap between the haves and have-nots.” 


06.10.15 - State Expands Summer Youth Employment Initiative In Cuyahoga County


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)  announced $2.7 million in funding to expand the 2015 youth employment program to include 14- and 15-year-olds. 


06.10.15 - Local Hiring Ban Passes House Committee Along Partisan Lines


Democratic lawmakers expressed their disappointment Tuesday with the committee passage of legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting local hiring requirements for public works projects. The measure, which initially turned up in a rewrite to the state’s transportation budget last month before being nixed by the Ohio Senate and House, was reported from the House Commerce and Labor Committee this afternoon along partisan lines. 


05.27.15 - Howse: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers


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


05.26.15 - Rep. Howse Applauds Federal Consent Decree, Eyes Progress For Community-police Relations


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the consent decree negotiated between the City of Cleveland and the federal Department of Justice, saying the agreement is an important step toward achieving real progress on community-police relations in Cleveland.    

Announced at a joint press conference this afternoon, the ground-breaking agreement between the city and federal justice officials includes provisions on community engagement, use-of-force, support and resources, minimizing stereotyping, accountability and crisis intervention. In particular, the agreement enables Cleveland to continue its city-wide implementation of body cameras for all officers and establishes a new community police commission that will work with neighborhoods to provide input into police matters.

“The reforms being implemented in Cleveland will make our officers better equipped to perform their duties while ensuring fair treatment for all city residents,” said Howse. “With the cooperation of federal authorities and local and state leaders, this brings us closer to significant justice reform in our community and state.”


04.22.15 - Rep. Howse: $131.6 Billion State Budget Clears House With Attacks On Working Ohioans, Tax Cuts For Richest One-percent


Today, State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to the state’s two-year budget proposal, House Bill 64. Democratic legislators said the bill failed to lay out a real plan for the future of the state and instead advanced partisan attacks on working Ohioans and policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests.



04.07.15 - Bipartisan Proposal Would Create STEM Public-private Partnership School Pilot


State Reps. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 145 to create the STEM Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program. This workforce development and education program would give high school students the opportunity to receive education in a targeted industry while simultaneously earning high school and college credit.

“This is a tool that can help make sure every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential while better preparing them to compete for jobs of the future,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse. “Building partnerships between schools and businesses strengthens our communities and makes higher education more accessible and more affordable for our kids and families.”


02.09.15 - Rep. Howse Encourages Local College Seniors & Graduates To Apply For Statehouse Fellowship


State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) is now accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative Fellowship Program. LSC will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2016.


01.06.15 - Stephanie Howse Sworn In As State Representative


Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Monday as State Representative for the 11th House District. Howse, elected to her first House term in November, will serve the citizens in Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights and parts of Cleveland.