Senator Michael J. Skindell - Senate District 23
 

10.05.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces Legislation To Create The Prescription Drug Assistance Program For Seniors, Disabled Ohioans And Veterans

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell introduced Senate Bill 215 to create the Ohio Rx Plan and help many Ohioans obtain the medications they need. The Ohio Rx Plan would benefit seniors, the disabled, veterans and Bronze Plan enrollees under the Affordable Health Care Act.

 
 

09.15.17 - Senator Skindell's Statement On The Passing Of Former Lakewood Mayor Thomas J. George

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) released a statement regarding the passing of former Lakewood Mayor Thomas J. George.

 
 

08.31.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces Bill To Reinvigorate Wind Industry In Ohio

 

Columbus – Senator Michael Skindell has introduced Senate Bill 184, which would return wind farm setback standards to what they previously were before the passage of House Bill 483 in 2014. 

 
 

06.28.17 - Senator Skindell Speaks Out Against State Budget

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) spoke out after the passage of HB 49, the reconciled version of the state’s biennial operating budget. The bill, agreed on by the House and Senate, includes over $1 billion in damaging cuts to local governments, human services, and education created by tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

 
 

06.27.17 - Senator Skindell Comments On Conference Committee Report On State Budget

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the conference committee report on the state budget (HB 49). The committee passed the budget this evening on a party line vote.

 
 

06.23.17 - Senator Skindell Opposes Budget Amendment That Could Increase Electric Bills

 

Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) spoke out against a Senate amendment added to Amended Substitute House Bill 49, known as the state’s biennial operating budget. The amendment, which allows the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to adjust rates to utility customers of electric distribution utilities based on its credit rating, could result in higher rates to customers. The amendment was secretly inserted into the bill at the last minute, without opportunity for the public to weigh in.

 
 

06.21.17 - Senator Michael Skindell Comments On State Budget Vote

 

Columbus – State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) voted “No” today on Amended Substitute House Bill 49, known as the state’s biennial operating budget. Among many concerns, Senator Skindell cited the disinvestment in people and communities and the continuation of tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy as areas where the bill fell short.

 
 

06.12.17 - Senators Yuko And Skindell Respond To Senate Republican Budget Plan

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, spoke out after the Ohio Senate released its version of the state budget (HB 49).  The Senate plan calls for more than $1 billion in cuts to erase a growing deficit and does nothing to correct misguided GOP tax policies.

 
 

05.30.17 - Senator Skindell Casts Vote To Certify Congressional Redistricting Ballot Issue

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), in his role as a member of the State Ballot Board, voted to certify a proposed constitutional amendment to change Ohio’s system of drawing congressional districts. The vote, which was unanimous, means the group backing the proposal can begin collecting signatures to place the issue on the ballot next year.

 
 

03.15.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces The Retail And Restaurant Employee Rights Act

 

Today, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 101 to provide struggling employees with predictive scheduling and fair treatment in the workplace. Ohioans are known for their hard work ethic and dedication to their jobs. The Retail and Employee Rights Act is necessary to pay Ohio workers the same respect that they put into building a stronger and greater Ohio. 

 
 

03.15.17 - Senator Skindell Celebrates National Sunshine Week, Recognizes Need For Access To Public Information

 

COLUMBUS – This week, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) recognizes National Sunshine Week and the importance of access to public information. This year, Sunshine Week takes place from March 12th-18th. It brings together nonpartisan organizations to inform Americans about public records laws in government. The

 
 

03.14.17 - Senators Skindell And Tavares Reintroduce Equal Housing, Equal Employment Act

 

COLUMBUS - Today, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) reintroduced legislation to expand Ohio Civil Rights Law to LGBTQ Ohioans. Senate Bill 100 would extend employment, housing, and public accommodations protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the covered areas currently identified as unlawful discriminatory practices.

 
 

03.09.17 - Senators Skindell And Tavares Introduce Single-Payer Health Care For All Ohioans

 

Today, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced Senate Bill 91 to provide health care for all Ohioans through the creation of the Ohio Health Care Plan. This plan would provide single-payer universal access to quality health care, dental care and vision services.

 
 

02.21.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces Transportation Funding Bill

 

COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 61 to increase state funding to public transportation. 

 
 

02.17.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces Bicycle Helmet Bill

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 59, which would require bicycle operators and passengers less than 18 years of age to wear bicycle helmets on roadways. It would also establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to assist low-income families in purchasing bicycle helmets.

 
 

02.14.17 - Senator Michael Skindell Introduces Ohio Patient Protection Act

 

COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) will re-introduce the Ohio Patient Protection Act. This bill, Senate Bill 55, would increase patient safety by setting limits on the number of patients a registered nurse (RN) may care for at one time. The nurse-to-patient ratio requirements would be based on the seriousness of the condition being treated or the medical procedure that each respective patient is undergoing. 

 
 

02.06.17 - Senator Skindell Introduces Income Tax Reform Bill To Assist Struggling Ohioans

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 35, which reforms Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to assist struggling Ohioans.  When passed in 2013, after years of advocacy by Senator Skindell, Ohio's EITC contained a cap and was not refundable.  Senate Bill 35 makes the tax credit stronger by removing the income restrictions and making it refundable. 

 
 

02.01.17 - Senator Skindell Earns Key Committee Assignments

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) was appointed to five key standing committees by Senate leadership, including being named as Ranking Member on the important Senate Finance Committee.  The Senate Finance Committee plays a central role in the adoption of the State's Biennial Operating Budget, as well as the Mid-Biennium Review and the Capital Budget. 

 
 

12.20.16 - Senate Dems Call For Investigation Into Foreign Interference In 2016 Election

 

Columbus—Today, The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to the members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, requesting a full bipartisan investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 
 

12.13.16 - Senate Dems Call On Governor John Kasich To Veto Five Bills

 

Columbus—Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to Governor John R. Kasich, calling on him to veto the five bills the caucus views as the most inconsistent with the needs of Ohioans. 

 
 

12.12.16 - Senator Skindell Honored To Cast Vote To Give John Glenn Rare Statehouse Tribute

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) joined his colleagues on the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in voting to allow former astronaut and U. S. Senator John Glenn to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95. 

 
 

12.02.16 - Analysis Shows Ohio Workers Will Suffer From GOP Unemployment Compensation Plan

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) spoke out against proposed changes to Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund because the legislation unfairly punishes workers.  A fiscal analysis of SB 374, conducted by the non-partisan Legislative Service Commission (LSC), found that the financial burden for getting the unemployment fund to solvency would fall 83% on workers and only 17% on business owners. 

 
 

08.25.16 - Senator Skindell Receives Nature Conservancy's Conservation Leader Award

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) accepted The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Leader Award.

 
 

08.19.16 - Senate Democrats Call For Restoring Head Start Funds

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced that all the members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus have signed a letter calling on the Kasich administration to restore funding to the Head Start program.  A recent rule change could cut $12 million from the program.

 
 

06.22.16 - Senator Skindell Announces Affordable Senior Living Tax Credits

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced that the Ohio Housing Finance Agency has awarded $10,000,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to Westerly Senior Housing for its Westerly II apartments. Senator Skindell had sent a letter of support on behalf of Westerly Apartments, applauding their desire to expand and improve affordable senior living throughout the district.

 
 

05.26.16 - NE Ohio Lawmakers Announce Naming Of The Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 159, which designates a portion of State Route 2 – also known as the West Shoreway, beginning in Lakewood and connecting to Cleveland – as the Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.

 
 

05.19.16 - Senator Skindell Introduces Equal Housing, Equal Employment Act

 

State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) has reintroduced legislation to expand Ohio Civil Rights Law to extend employment and housing protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the covered areas currently identified as unlawful discriminatory practices. 

 
 

05.11.16 - Senator Skindell Joins Democratic Senators To Oppose Restrictive Voting Bill

 

COLUMBUS – Today, all Democratic members of the Senate Civil Justice Committee expressed strong opposition to Senate Bill 296, which would add additional hurdles for Ohioans who attempt to keep polling locations open on Election Day. The bill has moved quickly through the Senate and will likely pass the Senate this afternoon.

 
 

05.10.16 - Senator Skindell Introduces Ohio Patient Protection Act

 

COLUMBUS - State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) recently introduced Senate Bill 324 to increase patient safety by setting limits on the number of patients a registered nurse (RN) may care for at one time. The ratio requirements will be based on the seriousness of the condition being treated or the medical procedure that the respective patient is undergoing. 

 
 

05.10.16 - Senator Skindell Promotes Railroad Safety With Senate Resolution 443

 

COLUMBUS – To promote railroad safety, State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) recently introduced Senate Resolution 443, which calls for the passage of a proposed rule from the Federal Railroad Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation to require all railroad crews to be two-person. 

 
 

04.20.16 - Ohio Legislation Calls On U.S. Senate To Do Their Job, Take Action On SCOTUS Nomination

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and State Sen. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today introduced companion legislation in their respective chambers to urge the U.S. Senate to consider the nomination of Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. The president nominated Garland on March 16, but the U.S. Senate has so far refused to hold hearings to consider his nomination.

 
 

04.13.16 - Senator Skindell And Representative Antonio Announce Capital Budget Funding For Area Projects

 

Columbus –State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) and House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) are pleased to announce the inclusion of funding for the Variety Theatre, the Wendy Park Bridge/Lake Link Trail, and the Irish Town Bend in the current version of the two-year capital budget, which was introduced in the Ohio Senate on April 12, 2016.

 
 

04.13.16 - Senator Skindell And Representative Celebrezze Announce Capital Budget Funding

 

State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Minority Leader Nicholas Celebrezze (D-Parma) are pleased to announce that $75,000 has been allocated to the City of Parma for work on Veterans Memorial Park, through the current version of the two-year capital budget, which was introduced in the Ohio Senate on April 12, 2016. 

 
 

11.17.15 - Senator Skindell's Legislation To Name The West Shoreway In Honor Of Governor Celeste Passes Ohio Senate

 

Columbus – Today, legislation to name a portion of the West Shoreway in Cuyahoga County in honor of former Governor Richard Celeste unanimously passed the Ohio Senate.  Senate Bill 49, sponsored by Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) would rename the West Shoreway, State Route 2, as the “Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.” The Celeste family made their home in the neighborhood of the West Shoreway for many years.

 
 

09.15.15 - Senator Skindell Responds To Supreme Court Decision On Charter Schools By Calling For Legislation To Protect Taxpayers

 

Columbus – State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) responded to the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Hope Academy Broadway Campus v. White Hat Management by urging the Ohio Senate to pass SB 59—legislation that clarifies public funds paid to a charter school remain public funds.  

 
 

03.13.15 - Senator Skindell Says There Is No Need To Close Lakewood Hospital

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is calling on Lakewood City Council to reject plans to close Lakewood Hospital in 2016.  Speaking at a city council meeting last night, Senator Skindell said there was no need to close Lakewood Hospital and called the closure plans misguided.

 
 

03.11.15 - Senator Skindell Testifies To Establish Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

 

Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) presented sponsor testimony before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 51, legislation to designate the month of May as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month in Ohio. 

 
 

02.04.15 - Senator Skindell Opposes Planned Closing Of Lakewood Hospital

 

Columbus – Today, Ohio Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) called on Lakewood City Officials and the Lakewood Hospital Association to stop plans to close Lakewood Hospital.  Lakewood residents joined Senator Skindell for a press conference outside the hospital to voice their support for keeping the facility open.

 
 

12.10.14 - Ohio Senate Passes Legislation To Honor Fallen Hero From Cleveland

 

Columbus – Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 352, a highway-naming bill to honor fallen heroes from across the state including Army Specialist Angel L. Lopez of Cleveland.  At the request of Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), the bill was amended to designate a portion of Interstate 71 within the corporation limits of Cleveland as the “Specialist Angel L. Lopez Memorial Highway.”

 
 

12.10.14 - Senator Skindell Recognizes Jeffrey W. Patterson As The 2015 Ohio Superintendent Of The Year

 

Today during Senate Session, Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) recognized Jeffrey W. Patterson as the 2015 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. 

 
 

12.10.14 - Companion Pets To Be Protected In Civil Protection Orders

 

Columbus—A bill to empower domestic abuse victims to seek safety from volatile environments without worrying about the well-being of their pets will now go to the governor to be signed into law after passing the Ohio House yesterday.  Senate bill 177, sponsored by Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), allows judges to authorize the protection of companion animals in temporary protection orders, domestic violence protection orders, anti-stalking protection orders, and related protection orders. 

 
 

06.17.14 - Legislation Sponsored By Senator Skindell Signed Into Law Protecting Ohio's Disabled From Abuse And Neglect

 

Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), was recently signed into law as a part of House Bill 483 to protect Ohio's disabled population from abuse and neglect.

Senate Bill 207 allows disabled Ohioans and their families to review inspection and compliance reports for service providers online. 

A 2013 three-part investigative series by Ron Regan of WEWS in Cleveland prompted Senator Skindell to introduce the legislation in late January. 

 
 

06.03.14 - Legislation To Protect Pets In Domestic Disputes Passes Ohio Senate

 

Columbus—Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) giving judges the authority to include pets in protection orders for victims of domestic violence unanimously passed the Ohio Senate today. The purpose of Senate Bill 177 is to empower domestic abuse victims to leave volatile environments and seek safety without worrying about the well-being of their pets.

 
 

03.31.14 - Senator Skindell Introduces Legislation To Ban The Use Of Microbeads In Ohio

 

Columbus—Senator Michael J. Skindell announced the introduction of Senate Bill 304, legislation that would ban the use of microbeads in Ohio.. Used in personal care and beauty products such as facial scrubs, body washes, toothpaste and hand soaps, these particles, coated with toxins like PCBs are being deposited into Lake Erie causing harm to the water and marine life.

 

 
 

02.06.14 - Senator Skindell Called A "True Liberal Of The Buckeye State"

 

Columbus – State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is proud that a national ratings guide for state legislators has recognized his record of standing up for seniors, working families and voting rights.  This week the American Conservative Union (ACU), which includes Grover Norquist as a board member, ranked Senator Skindell as a “True Liberal of the Buckeye State” based on his voting record in 2013.

 
 

01.28.14 - Senator Skindell Introduces Legislation To Protect Ohio's Disabled From Abuse And Neglect

 

Columbus—A 2013 three-part investigative series by Ron Regan of WEWS in Cleveland, prompted Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) to introduce Senate Bill 270 today to protect Ohio’s disabled population from abuse and neglect.

 
 

12.18.13 - Senators Skindell And Tavares Introduce Legislation To Ensure Fairness In Filing Ohio Tax Returns

 

Columbus –Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced legislation, SB 259, to allow married same-sex couples to file joint state income tax returns. As the result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, married same-sex couples can file joint federal income tax returns, but they are denied that same right by the Ohio Department of Taxation when filing state income tax returns.

 
 

12.04.13 - Senator Skindell's Legislation To Name The West Shoreway In Honor Of Governor Celeste Passes Ohio Senate

 

Columbus – Today, legislation to name a portion the West Shoreway in Cuyahoga County in honor of former Governor Richard Celeste unanimously passed the Ohio Senate. Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) will rename the West Shoreway, State Route 2, as the “Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.” For many years, the Celeste family made their home in the neighborhood of the West Shoreway.

 
 

07.11.13 - Lakewood Schools Receive State Funding For New Buildings

 

Columbus--State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is pleased to announce that the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission today approved $50,498, 862 in funding for the Lakewood City School District. The funding represents the state's share of a $162.9 million project to build three new elementary schools and reconstruct the east end of Lakewood High School. 

 
 
 
 

01.31.13 - Senator Skindell Responds To Governor's Comments

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to comments made today by Governor John Kasich regarding JobsOhio:

 
 

10.04.12 - Senator Skindell And Rep. Hagan Fight For Ohioans' Medical Right-to-Know

 

Columbus- Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) introduced legislation today in the Senate and House of Representatives addressing the concerns of many Ohioans regarding the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas industry.  The legislation calls for removing the gag order that was placed on medical professionals through SB 315 and expands the reporting requirements for oil and gas well permits. 

 
 

06.28.12 - Senator Skindell Releases Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) released the following statement today after the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act: 

 
 

01.05.12 - Senator Skindell Calls For Creation Of State Health Exchange

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) has introduced Senate Bill 277 to create the Ohio Health Benefit Exchange Agency, which will be responsible for operating the Ohio Health Benefit Exchange Program.  The Federal Affordable Care Act requires all states to enact legislation that establishes a health exchange by January 1, 2013.

 
 

09.12.11 - Senator Skindell Announces Clean Ohio Funds For Cleveland

 

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced today that the State Controlling Board released $656,272 in Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to Cuyahoga County. The funds will be used to conduct demolition and remediation activities on the Emerald Alliance VII housing project.

 
 

09.01.11 - Senator Skindell Comments On Prison Sale

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Michael J. Skindell issued a statement after the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the State of Ohio will sell one prison instead of five.
 
 

06.08.11 - Senator Skindell Comments On Budget Vote

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Michael J. Skindell issued a statement after voting "no" on the State Budget (HB 153).
 
 

06.02.11 - Senator Skindell Calls For Timeout On Privatizing Lottery

 
Columbus - 
Senator Michael J. Skindell has called for removing a provision from the state budget that would privatize the Ohio Lottery by June 1, 2012.  Senator Skindell will submit an amendment to strip the Lottery privatization proposal from the Senate's version of the budget.
 
 

04.12.11 - Ohio Legislators Defend Constitutionality Of Health Law In U.S. Court Of Appeals

 

Columbus -- Ohio State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and six other Ohio Legislators have joined over 150 lawmakers representing Ohio and 25 other states to deliver a powerful message to the federal appellate court currently considering the Tea Party-fueled challenge to the health care law.  The legislators say the framers of the U.S. Constitution, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, would have supported the constitutionality of the law.

 
 

02.11.11 - Senate Democrats Offer Amendments To Correct Flaws In JobsOhio

 
Columbus - 
Senator Michael J. Skindell announced that Senate Democrats have proposed nearly 40 amendments to fix flaws in Governor Kasich's JobsOhio plan.  The amendments focus on protecting tax dollars, improving transparency and accountability and raising ethical standards for JobsOhio.
 
 

01.04.11 - Senator Skindell Sworn Into Office To Represent 23rd District

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Michael J. Skindell was sworn into office to represent Lakewood, Cleveland and the 23rd District in the Ohio Senate.  Senator Skindell previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010.