Senator Charleta B. Tavares - Senate District 15
 

11.07.17 - Women Lawmakers And Staff Members Demand More Be Done To Prevent Sexual Harassment

 

Columbus–Today, Ohio lawmakers and staff members joined State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) in releasing the following open letter about sexual harassment. 

 
 

10.30.17 - Senator Tavares Comments On Controlling Board Vote For Medicaid Funding

 

Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the a statement in regard to the State Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Ohio’s Medicaid program.

 
 

09.05.17 - Senator Tavares Slams Trump Administration's Plan To End DACA

 

ColumbusState Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) spoke out against the Trump administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 

 
 

08.01.17 - Senator Tavares Introduces FAIR Act To Stop Wage Discrimination

 

COLUMBUS –Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced the Fair and Acceptable Income Required (FAIR) Act to update state laws that protect Ohioans, particularly women, from wage discrimination. The bill coincides with Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which took place July 31st

 
 

07.26.17 - Senator Tavares Condemns President's Ban On Transgender Service Members

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his intent to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces in any capacity.

 
 

06.28.17 - Senate Democrats React To Passage Of Bill That Bans Common Abortion Procedure

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Senate Democrats opposed the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 145, which would criminalize and create civil action for the most common type of second trimester abortion. The medical term for this procedure is “Dilation and Evacuation” (D&E). Senate Democrats were disheartened and angered by this Republican attack on the rights of women and their access to safe and legal abortions.

 
 

05.04.17 - Senator Tavares Outraged At Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) blasted the passage of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA). The AHCA narrowly passed with 20 Republicans and all Democrats voting against the bill. The AHCA has been criticized for allowing states to apply for waivers to get rid of popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act – including the ban on coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the elimination of annual and lifetime caps. 

 
 

04.11.17 - Senator Tavares Calls For Thorough Investigation Into Columbus Police Officer

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) called for an immediate and thorough investigation into the actions of Columbus Police Officer Zachary Rosen who, Saturday morning, violently kicked a restrained suspect.

 
 

03.27.17 - Senator Tavares Votes Against Conference Report That Takes Away Additional Funding For Public Transportation

 

Columbus—Senator Charleta B. Tavares voted against the conference report for the State Transportation Budget (Amended Substitute House bill 26) along with her Ohio House colleague Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati).

 
 

03.14.17 - Senators Tavares And Skindell 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 Tavares And Skindell 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.

 
 

02.08.17 - Senators Tavares And Lehner To Reintroduce Step Therapy Legislation

 

Columbus – Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Peggy Lehner (R-Montgomery) will soon introduce legislation to make Ohio’s step therapy process more transparent. Step therapy, or “fail first,” is a cost-cutting process in which a patient is not permitted to immediately take the medicine prescribed by their doctor. Instead, they are forced to take a series of steps to try other, cheaper medications first. 

 
 

12.20.16 - Senate Democrats Call For Investigation Into Foreign Interference In 2016 Elections

 

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 - Senators Tavares And Schiavoni Respond To Governor's Action On Abortion Bans

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statements after Governor John Kasich vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill" (H.B. 493) but signed a 20-week abortion ban (S.B. 127).

 
 

12.13.16 - Senate Democrats Call On Governor John Kasich To Veto 5 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. 

 
 

12.08.16 - Landmark Infant Mortality Legislation Passes General Assembly

 

Columbus – Last night, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass Senate Bill 332, which would implement a series of initiatives to lower Ohio’s infant mortality rate. The Senate then concurred on the House changes. 

 
 

12.08.16 - Senate Democrats Oppose Passage Of "Guns Everywhere" Bill

 

COLUMBUS – Tonight, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus expressed opposition to the Senate passage of House Bill 48. This bill expands the areas in which it is legal to carry a concealed firearm to include several high-risk locations. This includes daycares, airports, and several government buildings – such as libraries, City halls, Boards of Elections, and public hospitals. 

 
 

12.07.16 - Ohio Family Stability Commission Passes House Committee

 

Columbus – Last night the Ohio House of Representatives’ committee on Community and Family Advancement passed Senate Bill 30, introduced by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus).  Senate Bill 30 would establish the Ohio Family Stability Commission, which would not only look at ways to reduce the number of single-parent households in the state, but would also address the challenges that are faced by single-parent families.  

 
 

12.07.16 - Senate Dems Condemn Passage Of Bill That Significantly Limits Community Rights

 

COLUMBUS – Tonight, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus expressed strong opposition to the passage of Amended Senate Bill 331. This bill eases restrictions on puppy mills and removes control from local communities on several different issues – including the ability to raise their own minimum wage.

 
 

11.16.16 - Ohio Sees Increase In Infant Mortality

 

Columbus—Today, the Ohio Department of Health released the 2015 Infant Mortality Data for the state. Ohio not only experienced an increase in the overall infant mortality rate, but the infant mortality rate for African American babies increased vastly. Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) is calling on the Ohio General Assembly to quickly pass Senate Bill 332, a comprehensive infant mortality bill co-sponsored with Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro).

 
 

09.28.16 - Landmark Infant Mortality Legislation Passes Senate

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), applauded the passage of Senate Bill 332, which would implement many of the recommendations made by the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality. Senator Tavares introduced the bill with Senator Shannon Jones (R –Warren County) in a bipartisan effort to address Ohio’s abhorrent infant mortality rate. Senate Bill 332 is the most complete and precise infant mortality undertaking by the General Assembly to date. 

 
 

09.16.16 - Senator Tavares Releases Statement On Tyre King

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement on the death of 13 year old Tyre King who was shot and killed this week during an incident involving Columbus Police.

 
 

07.25.16 - Senator Tavares To Introduce Legislation To Address Discrimination In Real Estate Deeds And Covenants

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) announced she will soon introduce legislation to address the issue of discrimination against minorities based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. 

 
 

06.21.16 - Senator Tavares Congratulates Columbus On Smart City Selection

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) praised Columbus for winning the U.S. Smart City Challenge. The United States Department of Transportation, selected Columbus from a pool of seven finalists. 

 
 

06.17.16 - Senator Tavares Commends Veto Of Senate Bill 296

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on Governor Kasich’s decision to veto Substitute Senate Bill 296.

 
 

06.13.16 - Tavares To Introduce Legislation To Make June "Pride Month"

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) announced she will soon reintroduce legislation that would designate June as “Pride Month” in Ohio in honor of the LGBTQ community. Senator Tavares made the announcement in light of the tragic massacre in Orlando, Florida, where a terrorist killed 49 people and injured 53 others after opening fire inside of a popular gay nightclub. 

 
 

06.09.16 - Senators Tavares And Schiavoni Introduce Bill To Require Live Broadcast Of All Committee Hearings

 

COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced a bill to significantly improve transparency in the Ohio General Assembly, using technology that is already in place. Senate Bill 338 would require the recording, live broadcast, and video archiving of all committee hearings through Ohio Government Television (OGT). 

 
 

05.04.16 - Senator Tavares Testifies For Local Government Funding

 

COLUMBUS–Yesterday, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D–Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, gave testimony on Senate Bill 22, which would increase the amount of state funding for local governments. SB 22 would restore cuts made by the Ohio General Assembly in previous operating budgets.

 
 

05.03.16 - Senator Tavares' Statement On The Passing Of Joyce Garver Keller

 

COLUMBUS - State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on the passing of former Director of Ohio Jewish Communities, Joyce Garver Keller.

 
 

04.13.16 - Senator Tavares Testifies Against Conversion Therapy

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) testified today in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 74, which prohibits the practice of conversion therapy on minors in the state of Ohio. Conversion or reparative therapy aims to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 
 

04.08.16 - Senator Tavares Meets With Small Business Owners

 

Columbus – Yesterday, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) participated in a small business roundtable hosted by the Main Street Alliance to discuss her support of Senate Bill 301, the Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act.

 
 

03.09.16 - Senator Tavares Welcomes The President Of Puntland, Somalia

 

Columbus – Yesterday, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, had the honor and privilege of welcoming Puntland, Somalia President Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas to the 15th Senate District. 

 
 

03.09.16 - Senator Tavares Speaks At International Women's Day Event

 

Columbus – Yesterday, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, was the keynote speaker at the Women Coming Together: Celebrating International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Fawcett Center. The theme was “Equality: Make It Happen.” The event featured presentations of Starfish Awards, which honor five phenomenal women who are changing the world one person at a time.

 
 

01.28.16 - New Report: Ohio's Death Penalty Unfair Toward Minorities

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) announced her support of a recently released report analyzing the application of Ohio’s death penalty. The report, conducted by University of North Carolina professor Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner, found that the race of the victim is strongly correlated with whether or not an individual receives the death penalty. If a homicide victim is white, there is a greater chance that the death penalty will be sought than if the victim is black. The disparity is even greater when factoring in gender; homicides involving white female victims are six times more likely to result in an execution than homicides involving black male victims.

 
 

01.07.16 - Senator Tavares Re-Appointed As OCMC Co-Chair

 

Columbus - State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) has been re-appointed as the co-chair of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC). Senator Tavares, along with her colleague Representative Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster), will serve as the co-chair until the committee ends in 2018.

 
 

11.12.15 - Senator Tavares Decries Excessive Use Of Force

 

Columbus - State Senator Charleta B. Tavares is speaking out against the use of excessive and deadly force on Linwood Lambert, who was killed in 2013 in South Boston, Virginia, after police tased him repeatedly. Recently, a video of the incident surfaced in which you can see Lambert being tased multiple times by police officers, even though he is in handcuffs. Lambert had a history of mental illness and substance abuse problems. The officers had initially been taking him to the hospital to be evaluated.

 
 

10.21.15 - Senator Tavares Votes Against Planned Parenthood Defunding

 

Columbus –Today, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) voted against Senate Bill 214, legislation aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood centers throughout Ohio. Planned Parenthood centers are primarily located in medically underserved areas, and a loss of funding would take away the only option for health care services for many Ohioans.

 
 

09.21.15 - Tavares Applauds Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) applauds the Ohio Supreme Court for ruling that campus police departments are a public office under the Ohio Revised Code and subject to disclosure under Ohio's Public Records Act.

 
 

09.21.15 - Tavares Urges Ohio To Join Other States To Ban Credit Checks For Employment

 

Columbus -– Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, called on her colleagues in the Senate to join other states in banning the use of credit checks as a precursor to employment.

 
 

08.18.15 - Senator Tavares Responds To Unfair And Biased Ballot Language

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares criticized Secretary of State Jon Husted and the majority of the Ballot Board for excluding opponents of State Issue 2 from drafting an official argument against the anti-monopoly amendment.  The argument written by the Secretary of State’s Office and adopted by the board includes inflammatory words that do not accurately reflect the view of opponents.

 

 
 

07.16.15 - Senator Tavares Announces Bill To Protect Taxpayers From Paying For Governor's Out-of-state Campaign Trips

 

Columbus – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) announced she has drafted legislation to ensure Ohio taxpayers do not have to pay for State Highway Patrol security when Governor Kasich travels outside the state for campaigning or political fundraising.

 
 

06.26.15 - Senator Tavares Applauds Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) praised the United States Supreme Court for their decision to extend marriage equality to all states. 

“America has always been a nation that strives for justice and liberty,” Tavares said. “Today, we once again practice what we preach.”

 
 

06.19.15 - Senator Tavares Votes NO On State Budget

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) voted against the state biennial budget because it continues to favor the wealthiest Ohioans while seniors, the poor and the working class continue to struggle. 

 
 

05.29.15 - Senator Tavares To Introduce Eyewitness Protection Act

 

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. 

 
 

05.15.15 - Tavares Legislation Creating Family Stability Commission Clears Senate

 

Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) applauded the passage of Senate Bill 30, legislation she sponsored which establishes the Ohio Family Stability Commission. The proposal establishes a time-limited commission that will focus on the strengthening of Ohio families and emphasizing the well-being of children. 

 
 

05.12.15 - Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Reflects On Mental Health Awareness Month

 

May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is called “B4Stage4” which focuses on diagnosing and addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 in which symptoms are more severe and difficult to treat.

Mental illnesses are sometimes crippling disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans and oftentimes go unannounced because of the stigma associated with them.

Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

For more information about mental health awareness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at nami.org.

 
 

05.06.15 - Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Honors The Life Of Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps

 

Today, during Senate Session, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) honored the life of former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps who died on April 21st at the age of 78. During his tenure, the Ohio Democratic Party controlled all statewide offices in Ohio and the Ohio legislature. 

 
 

04.22.15 - Senator Tavares Honors Ohio State National Championship Wrestling Team

 

Today, Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) along with Senators Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood),  Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander), Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), honored The Ohio State University Wrestling Team for winning the 2015 NCAA Championship. 

 
 

04.21.15 - Plain Dealer Letter To The Editor: Gay Conversion Therapy Has No Scientific Proof Of Success

 

Last week President Obama, inspired by the tragic suicide of Cincinnati teen Leelah Alcorn, called for states to end the harmful practice of gay conversion therapy against young people. I applaud the Plain Dealer's April 14 editorial ("President Barack Obama starts an important conversation on ending therapy to 'fix' gay minors") endorsing President Obama's decision to encourage Ohio lawmakers to follow suit with legislation banning the practice. This is why I introduced Senate Bill 74 in February of this year and in previous general assemblies (SB 188). The bill would prohibit the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation.

 
 

04.09.15 - Senator Tavares Applauds President Obama's Call To Ban Conversion Therapy For Gay And Transgender Youth

 

Columbus—Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D–Columbus) applauded the statement by President Obama and his Administration to ban the use of conversion therapy for transgender and gay youth in America.

 
 

03.25.15 - Senator Tavares Testifies On Bills To Remove Barriers To Healthcare Improvements In Ohio

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) gave sponsor testimony today in the Ohio Senate Medicaid Committee on two bills that would remove barriers to healthcare improvements for Ohioans.  Senate Bill 32, The Telehealth Act, would require insurance companies and Medicaid to cover telehealth services in Ohio.  Under the proposal, telemedicine service is defined as a medical service that is delivered by a physician through the use of any communication, including oral, written, or electronic communication.

 
 

03.02.15 - Senator Tavares: Time To Get Moving On Transportation Funding

 

Each year, I hope that the decisions I make in the legislature help to improve the lives of my constituents, create jobs in my community, and keep Ohio safe, healthy, thriving and economically sound. Though I wish that Ohio had a blank check and unlimited money to invest in the programs that our state needs, that just isn't reality; we have to carefully consider where we invest our limited dollars. After a father of four was tragically killed last month when a bridge collapsed in Cincinnati, it's very clear to me that investing in transportation and infrastructure needs to be a priority at both the state and federal levels.

 
 

02.17.15 - Senator Tavares Testifies In Support Of Bill To Protect Ohio Patients, Health Care Providers From Denial Of Payment From Insurance Companies

 

Columbus– Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) testified before the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee in support of Senate Bill 31, legislation to prohibit health insurance companies from denying payment for services in cases where the insurer provided prior written authorization.

 
 

02.17.15 - Senator Tavares Supports Banning Use Of Seclusion Rooms In Ohio Schools

 

Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) joined with the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio in calling for eliminating the use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools based on a recent report by the Ohio Department of Education.

 
 

01.05.15 - Senator Tavares Sworn Into Office As State Senator

 

Columbus –Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate for the 131st General Assembly.  Senator Tavares will represent the 15th Senate District that encompasses Columbus, Bexley and parts of Grandview Heights and Reyonldsburg. She was also sworn in as the Assistant Minority Leader.

 
 

12.10.14 - Sen. Tavares To Address Racial Fairness In Judicial System

 

Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader will be introducing legislation to implement the recommendations of the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness. The Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness was created as a joint initiative of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1994 and created the report in 1999. The Court and the State Bar presented the Commission with the following mandate:

 
 

11.18.14 - Tavares Gives Sponsor Testimony For Pride Month And Support American Made Apparel Legislation

 

Columbus – On November 18, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) presented sponsor testimony on two pieces of legislation in the Senate State Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Senate Bill 317 would designate June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Ohio while Senate Bill 320 would require state agencies to only purchase uniforms and other apparel items that are made with American textiles, materials, and supplies.

 
 

07.24.14 - Senator Tavares Looks To Strengthen Ohio's Workforce

 

Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) applauded the efforts of President Obama who signed into law this week a workforce bill that is expected to help unemployed workers connect with open jobs and support job training programs.

 
 

07.22.14 - Democratic Legislators Introduce "Not My Boss's Business" Act

 

COLUMBUS – Today, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) held a press conference announcing legislation to address the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In that decision, the Court ruled that some corporations cannot be required to provide insurance coverage for contraception methods that would violate the religious beliefs of company owners. The development was widely panned as a setback to the personal liberty of hard-working American women. 

 
 

06.17.14 - Governor Signs Three Bills Sponsored By Senator Tavares

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) saw three bills signed into law aimed at helping families with loved ones suffering from mental illness, cancer, and loss of an infant child. Senate Bills 43, 99 and 278 will impact families today and future generations in the state of Ohio.

 
 

06.13.14 - Tavares Plans To Introduce Legislation To End Pay Day Lending Loopholes

 

Columbus – Today, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) expressed her concern over the recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling in favor of Pay Day Lending operators who continue to side step the legislative intent of the Ohio General Assembly to protect consumers from egregious loan practices with the Short-Term Loan Act.

 
 

05.28.14 - Senator Tavares Receives The Spirit Of Healing Award From The AIDS Resource Center Of Ohio

 

Senator Charleta B. Tavares recently received the Sprit of Healing Award from the AIDS Resource Center of Ohio for her work to eliminate health disparities in Ohio.

 
 

05.01.14 - Tavares And Supreme Court Joint Task Force Agree On Racial Justice Act

 

Columbus – Today, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) expressed her support for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force to Review and Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty recommendation to ensure racial fairness by eliminating bias and discrimination in decision-making. The Task Force recently voted 13-1 for enactment of a Racial Justice Act[1], which is similar to legislation introduced by Senator Tavares in September of 2013.

 
 

04.16.14 - Tavares Joins National Organization In Calling For The Restoration Of Voting Rights

 

Columbus-Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader (D-Columbus) and Regional Director of NBCSL  announced – In the face of recent suppressive attacks on voting rights across the nation, that the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) released a special report on state-led, expansive voting rights legislation.  Senator Tavares joins NBCSL in its state-by-state call for the full restoration of voting rights for every American. 

 
 

04.15.14 - Senator Tavares Comments On Pentagon Spending On National Tax Day

 

Columbus- State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement on National Tax Day in relation to the implications of Pentagon spending. Tax Day also signifies the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. The Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), where Senator Tavares serves as a state director, also penned a letter to Congress concerning the 50% allocation to the Pentagon each year from the federal discretionary budget:

 
 

04.01.14 - Senator Tavares Honors Lady Nubians On Senate Floor

 

Columbus – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) recognized the Lady Nubians of Columbus Africentric Early College during Senate session on Tuesday, April 1st, in honor of their 2014 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division III State Girls Basketball Championship Title. The Lady Nubians beat Versailles High School, 49-37, on March 15 in the championship game.

 
 

03.31.14 - Senator Tavares Introduces Bill To Ban The "Re-homing" Of Children

 

Columbus- Senator Charleta B. Tavares has introduced SB 311. The legislation jointly sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), bans the re-homing of adopted children in Ohio.  Re-homing is also referred to as “disrupted or non-legalized adoption” and is the act of the transferring of a child from their legal adoptive parents to unauthorized individuals. 

 

 

 
 

03.12.14 - Ohio Senate Passes Bill Requiring Fair Coverage For Cancer Chemotherapy Coverage

 

COLUMBUS– Today, the Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation joint sponsored by Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) requiring insurance companies to provide equal coverage of cancer chemotherapy medication.

 
 

03.07.14 - Tavares Addresses 2014 Association For Women In Psychology National Conference

 

Columbus – Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) served as a featured speaker for the opening session of the 2014 Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) National Conference. Held March 6-9 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus, the theme of the conference was “The Personal is Political: The Lived Experience of Disability”. Conference attendees explored how disability interfaces with multiple identities and impacts issues that many women navigate.

 
 
 

02.24.14 - Assistant Democratic Leader Tavares Responds To State Of The State Address

 

MEDINA, Ohio—This evening, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Kasich’s fourth annual State of the State address in Medina:

 
 

02.19.14 - Tavares And Burke Legislation Provides Mental Health Treatment Options

 

Columbus – Today, Senate Bill 43, jointly sponsored by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) and Senator Dave Burke (R – Marysville) passed the Civil Justice Committee and Senate unanimously.  Senate Bill 43 makes several changes to the laws governing court-ordered commitment and treatment provided to mentally ill individuals. This bill will bring relief to families who have love ones with a mental health disorder. 

 
 

02.12.14 - Assistant Democratic Leader Tavares And Senator Jones Announce Bipartisan Legislative Package To Combat Ohio's Infant Mortality Rate

 

Columbus--Today, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) announced today at Grace Missionary Baptist Church the introduction of a bipartisan legislative package to fight Ohio's high rate of infant deaths. 

 
 

02.06.14 - Tavares To Introduce Legislation To Ban "Re-Homing" Children

 

Columbus- Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D- Columbus) will introduce legislation banning the re-homing of adopted children in Ohio. Also referred to as “disrupted or non-legalized adoption”, re-homing is the act of transferring of a child from their legal adoptive parents to unauthorized individuals. These transfers almost always take place over the internet on sites with message boards like Yahoo and Craigslist and require minimal direct contact between the current and prospective parents.

 
 

01.31.14 - Tavares Presented With OACAA Don Stricker Bulldog Award

 

Columbus— Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D- Columbus) was presented with the 2014 Don Stricker Legislative Bulldog Award from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) on January 30 at their 2014 Winter Legislative Conference in Columbus.

 
 

01.31.14 - SIDS Awareness Month Legislation Passes Ohio General Assembly

 

Columbus- On January 29, Senate Bill 198 was passed unanimously by the Ohio House of Representatives designating October as “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.  The legislation, jointly sponsored by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) received unanimous passage in the Senate on October 16, 2013.

 
 

01.23.14 - Senator Tavares Elected Co-Chair Of The Constitutional Modernization Commission

 

Columbus – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) was unanimously elected to serve as the new Co-Chair for the Constitutional Modernization Commission (CMC) at the meeting held on Wednesday, January 22. Senator Tavares previously served on the commission as a regular legislative member but replaced State Representative Vernon Sykes (D- Akron) as one of the chairs when the rules were changed to mandate that each of the co-chairs be from opposite political parties as well as separate legislative chambers. The change will allow the Commission to operate in an increased bi-cameral manner.  

 
 

12.17.13 - 2014 NBCSL Legislative Agenda Includes Tavares' Resolutions

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) proposed four resolutions during the 37th Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Legislative Conference held December 11-14 at the Peabody Memphis Hotel. Each of the resolutions was unanimously adopted at the policy ratification session of the conference on Friday, December 13 and will be acted upon beginning in 2014.

 
 

12.06.13 - Senator Tavares Remarks On Passing Of President Nelson Mandela

 

Columbus – On December 5, the world lost a giant leader, humanitarian and beacon for social justice with the death of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement:

 
 

11.26.13 - Ohio Lawmakers Call On The Governor To Restore Food Assistance

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) and Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) called on Governor Kasich to restore access to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for 134,000 low-income Ohioans. The call to action comes as thousands across the state prepare to celebrate the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on November 28th.

 
 

10.21.13 - Senator Tavares Comments On Medicaid Expansion Vote

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) released the following statement after members of the Controlling Board voted 5-2 to expand Medicaid to 366,000 Ohioans including 50,000 individuals battling mental illness and addition and 26,000 veterans:

 
 
 

10.17.13 - Senator Charleta B. Tavares Discusses The Work To Promote Women In Peace Building And Conflict Prevention

 

On October 1, the day the federal government shut down, I was on Capitol Hill with my Ohio colleagues, Jo'el Thomas-Jones (Dayton) and Rep. Nickie Antonio (Cleveland) along with 100 women legislators and activists from 35 states at the WILL/WAND 2013 Conference. We were there to talk with Senator Sherrod Brown about the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda to promote women in peace building and conflict prevention, to protect women and girls from gender-based violence in conflict and ensure women and girls have equitable access to humanitarian aid during crises and disasters.  This is especially relevant for Afghan women as we withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. I was pleased to hear that Senator Brown has agreed to co-sponsor and support the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 2874).  Unfortunately, 90% of the war casualties are civilians and women and children make up sixty percent of these numbers. Women must have a seat at the table in matters of peace and security! 

State Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, Columbus 

 
 

10.16.13 - Senator Charleta B. Tavares Recognizes National Hispanic Month

 

Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) present a resolution to Nolan Stevens, Public Policy Office at the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs recognizing National Hispanic Month.

 
 

10.11.13 - Tavares Sponsors Legislation To Address Infant Mortality

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) has jointly sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 198, with Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) to bring awareness to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a growing epidemic in Ohio, and to reduce the infant health disparities between racial and ethnic populations. The bill would designate October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month and encourage the completion of a sudden unexplained infant death investigation reporting form (SUIDI reporting form) developed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whenever a child one year of age or younger dies suddenly when in apparent good health.  Ohio is 47th in the nation for infant mortality, and 49th in the nation for African American babies.

 
 

09.30.13 - Senator Tavares Speaks Out Against Government Shutdown

 

Washington D.C. – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) called on members of Congress to work together to avoid a government shutdown at a news conference today near Capitol Hill. Senator Tavares was a featured speaker at the press conference organized by Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and its program Women Legislator’s Lobby (WiLL).  WiLL is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators, who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

 
 

08.15.13 - NCSL Adopts Tavares' Resolution To Eliminate Health Disparities

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) proposed a resolution to eliminate health disparities which was adopted unanimously today at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Business Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The resolution urges the President and Congress to provide increased funding and other supports to the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate health disparities. Senator Tavares is a member of the Health and Human Services Standing Committee which is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees and has jurisdiction over state and federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies. This includes: health care reform, public health, and more.

 
 

08.05.13 - Tavares Pushes To End School Push-out With Common Sense Policies

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) has introduced Senate Bill 167 to eliminate any policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including truancy in schools.  Zero tolerance policies are defined as a policy that results in a mandatory minimum or expulsion of any student who commits one or more specified offenses.

 
 

07.23.13 - Senator Tavares Partners With Senator Jones To Combat Infant Mortality Rates

 

Columbus– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) along with Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) will promote efforts to reduce infant mortality rates in ethnic and racial communities with a kick off “Prevent Infant Mortality” event tonight from 6:30-7:30pm  at the Lincoln Theater (769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203). Collaborators of the event include The Ohio Equity Institute, the Ohio Department of Health, and CityMatCH.

 
 

06.27.13 - Senator Charleta B. Tavares: I AM Every Woman

 

State Senator Charleta B. Tavares speaks during session about the lack of focus on minority health disparities and restrictions against women's health rights in HB 59.

 
 

06.20.13 - Tavares Supports The Columbus Education Plan

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) released the following statement after the passage of the Columbus Education Plan, HB 167, by the Ohio Senate:

 
 

06.06.13 - Tavares Speaks Out Against The Budget

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) voted against the budget today because it is short on actions that will address the health and well-being of all Ohioans; especially racial and ethnic populations.

 
 

06.03.13 - Minority Health Minimalized In State Budget

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Cols) today called for more emphasis on minority health issues in the state budget (HB 59) now being debated in the Ohio Senate. The substitute budget, unveiled Tuesday, does not address the health needs of minority communities which statistics show have higher rates of death and disease than other Ohioans.

 
 

05.09.13 - The Columbus Dispatch: Communities Drive State Economy

 

Read the original Letter to the Editor from The Columbus Dispatch here

The Monday Dispatch article “Trickle-down taxes” accurately exposed the devastating cuts that Gov. John Kasich continues to inflict on Ohio’s communities.

 

 
 
 

05.01.13 - Senator Tavares Introduces Telemedicine Bill

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) introduced the Telemedicine bill today. Senate Bill 118, the Telemedicine Act, will require insurance companies and Medicaid to cover telemedicine services.  Telemedicine as defined in the bill is a medical service delivered by a physician through the use of any communication, including oral, written or electronic communication.

 
 

04.30.13 - Ohio Family Stability Commission Bill Passes The Ohio Senate

 

Columbus –Senate Bill 19, jointly sponsored by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), establishing the Ohio Family Stability Commission passed out of the Ohio Senate today with a floor vote of 32-1.

 
 

04.15.13 - Tavares Sponsors Legislation To Protect Domestic Workers

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) will soon be introducing the Domestic Workers Act. This bill will require that domestic workers be paid the minimum wage, be paid overtime wages, make certain conduct directed towards them an unlawful discriminatory practice and require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.

 
 

04.04.13 - Senator Tavares To Speak At Harvard Kennedy School's Black Policy Conference

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares has been invited to speak at the 9th Annual Black Policy Conference of the Harvard Kennedy School. 

 
 

03.13.13 - Tavares Appointed To Serve On Legislative Task Force And Ohio Children's Trust Fund

 

Columbus– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) has recently been appointed to serve on two distinguished committees: The Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, Reapportionment and Demographic Research and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.

 
 

02.20.13 - Senator Tavares Introduces Legislation To Protect The Electronic Privacy Of Employees

 

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares has introduced Senate Bill 45, the Social Media Privacy Protection Act, which would prohibit employers, employment agencies, personnel placement services, and labor organizations from requiring an applicant or existing employee to provide access to private electronic accounts such as Facebook.

 
 

01.25.13 - Senator Tavares Introduces Bill To Establish Ohio Family Stability Commmission

 

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares will introduce legislation to establish the Ohio Family Stability Commission which will focus on strengthening Ohio families and emphasizing the well-being of children.

 
 

08.31.12 - Senator Tavares Comments On Early Voting Decision

 

Columbus – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares issued the following statement after Federal District Court Judge Peter C. Economus ordered that in-person early voting be restored for the three days proceeding the November 6th election.

 
 

08.09.12 - Senator Tavares Receives Champion Of Small Business Award

 

Columbus– State Senator Charleta B. Tavares was honored at the 2012 National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Chicago with a “Champion of Small Business” award from the National Coalition for Capital. Senator Tavares and 33 fellow legislators and officials from across the nation were recognized for their leadership at the annual National Coalition for Capital Awards Ceremony.

 
 

06.26.12 - Senators Tavares And Sawyer Introduce Tuition Equity Act

 

Columbus – State Senators Charleta B. Tavares and Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) have introduced the Tuition Equity Act, Senate Bill 357, to make the children of undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at state colleges and universities.  The legislation, which is the Ohio version of the DREAM Act, would change state law so young people who live in Ohio and want to further their education have the opportunity to succeed regardless of their citizenship.

 
 

05.30.12 - Senator Tavares Introduces Legislation To Protect The Electronic Privacy Of Employees

 
Columbus - 
Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) has introduced legislation that would prohibit employers, employment agencies, personnel placement services, and labor organizations from requiring an applicant or existing employee to provide access to private electronic accounts such as Facebook. The bill does not apply to work related electronic accounts.
 
 

02.07.12 - Senator Tavares Responds To State Of The State Speech

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement today after Governor John Kasich's 2012 State of the State:
 
 

09.27.11 - Senators Tavares And Turner Introduce Absentee Ballot Legislation

 
Columbus - 
State Senators Charleta Tavares and Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) have introduced legislation in the Ohio Senate to restore local control to Ohio's elections process.  If enacted, Senate Bill 227 would allow local boards of election to mail unsolicited applications for absentee ballots and require the Ohio Secretary of State to reimburse the cost of the mailings for elections in even numbered years
 
 

08.12.11 - Senator Tavares Attends 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares recently attended the National Conference of State Legislators' (NCSL) 2011 Legislative Summit. Senator Tavares attended the conference as a member of the Health Committee. She was appointed to the committee by Senate President Tom Niehaus earlier this year.
 
 

06.28.11 - Senator Tavares Passes Nurses Bill

 
Columbus - 
Senator Charleta B. Tavares and joint sponsor Senator Scott Oelslager (R - North Canton) successfully passed Senate Bill 83, the Advanced Practice Nurse Bill, out of the Senate with a 23 to one vote.
 
 

06.08.11 - Senator Tavares Responds To Budget Passage

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares issued a statement after the Ohio Senate passed the amended version of House Bill 153, the state's biennium budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
 
 

02.24.11 - Tavares And Schiavoni Introduce Legislation To Expand Long-Term Care Options

 
Columbus - 
Senators Charleta B. Tavares and Joseph Schiavoni (D-Canfield) have jointly sponsored Senate Bill 87 which will expand long-term health care options for thousands of Ohioans. The bill provides an opportunity for individuals who are in nursing home facilities to select home and community-based treatment as alternatives. The legislation will also reduce the state's nursing home care expenses.
 
 

02.10.11 - Senator Tavares Presents Testimony For Bill That Provides Tax Credit To Employers Who Hire Ex-felons

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares presented sponsor testimony to the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee for Senate Bill 58.
 
 

02.07.11 - Senator Tavares Announces State Grant To Create Jobs

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares is pleased to announce the State Controlling Board approved a $100,000 rapid outreach grant to CoverMyMeds for expansion of the company's Columbus operations.
 
 

01.03.11 - Tavares Is First African-American Woman Sworn Into 15th Senatorial District

 
Columbus - 
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares was sworn in to the 15th Senatorial District as the first Democratic African-American woman to hold the seat. Senator Tavares, who most recently held a position as a member of Columbus City Council, is honored to once again serve at the state level and is eager to begin her term as a senator.