COLUMBUS - Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the US Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the US Department of Education despite bipartisan opposition:
“Opposition to Betsy DeVos was bipartisan and widespread – and for good reason. During her confirmation hearings, Mrs. DeVos proved she is not qualified to hold the most powerful education position in the country. She was unable to answer even basic questions about fundamental debates within the education community. An advocacy group she led still owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million for breaking our election laws. Even several prominent charter school advocates opposed Mrs. DeVos' nomination.
"This was the first time in history that the Vice President has been forced to break a tie over a cabinet nominee. Sadly, 50 Republican senators – including Senator Portman – chose to ignore the concerns of constituents and vote for Mrs. DeVos. Our nation’s students will face a tougher road to success as a result.”
COLUMBUS - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have launched a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio.
Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) testified before members of the State and Local Government Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 to urge Commissioner Robert Manfred to reinstate Pete Rose to Major League Baseball. The resolution also encourages the Baseball Writers' Association to consider Pete Rose for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cleveland—Today, Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement calling for accountability after Judge John O'Donnell found Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams: