COLUMBUS – Yesterday, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 92, which would downgrade the failure to display a front license plate to a secondary traffic offense. The senator originally introduced this legislation during the 131st General Assembly (GA), after Cincinnati native Sam DuBose was killed during a traffic stop by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing. DuBose was initially pulled over for failing to display a front license plate.
COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Senate announced the Senate committee lineup for the 132nd General Assembly. Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) has been appointed to serve as Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Local Government, Public Safety, & Veterans Affairs Committee.
COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced a resolution urging Congress to rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration policies and to limit executive authority as it relates to unilaterally barring entire groups of immigrants.
COLUMBUS – This weekend, State Senator Cecil Thomas released the following statement after his alma mater, Withrow University High School, was vandalized with swastikas and hateful messages.
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.
COLUMBUS – Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) testified yesterday in favor of Senate Bill 202, which would make failure to display a front license plate a secondary traffic offense with a maximum fine of $25. Senator Thomas introduced the bill as a result of the fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing following a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.
COLUMBUS – Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) yesterday gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 361, which creates the “Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness” license plate, or TNBC for short.
COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, which urges the removal of the Confederate flag or other similar flags from government property, issuances, and merchandise.
COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) reminded voters in Hamilton County and throughout Ohio that they can and should still vote, even if they had been purged from the rolls and their name cannot be located by polling place operators.
COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) announced that he will introduce legislation to prohibit prosecutors who represent counties with 400,000 or more residents from retaining private law practices while they serve as the county prosecutor.
COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement, calling on parents and guardians to destroy toy guns that closely resemble actual guns. The death of 13 year-old Tyre King in Columbus is the most recent episode of a fatal police shooting of a juvenile who was carrying a realistic imitation firearm. In each instance, police stated they believed the child had a real gun.
COLUMBUS – This week, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) joined workers and faith leaders from across Ohio and the nation for a Moral Day of Action. The event stemmed from a call to action by Reverend William J. Barber II. It included speeches and a silent march to the Statehouse to demand that legislators address issues such as systemic injustice, racism, poverty, and voting rights.
COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) announced he will introduce legislation to allow municipalities to restrict open or concealed carry of firearms during events of regional or national significance. This local control bill comes after Cleveland's largest police union expressed concerns over the ability of citizens to openly carry firearms during the Republican National Convention.
COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) announced that St. Bernard Elmwood Place City School District has been selected to receive about $27 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the construction of a new school building for grades Pre K-12.
COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas issued the following statement in response to the rash of violent shooting incidents related to community-police relations across the country. Senator Thomas served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 27 years before pursuing elected office.
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.
Columbus—This week, the governor signed Senate Bill 124, designating May as Asthma Awareness Month and May 5th as Childhood Asthma Awareness Day. State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) is the primary sponsor of the legislation. Asthma is a chronic condition that affects 13-15% of the population. Asthma diagnoses are increasing, and 6.8 million children in the United States suffer from the disease.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 285, declaring September 12th Jesse Owens Day across the State of Ohio. Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) is joint-sponsoring the legislation, which has already received bipartisan support.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 272, a bipartisan bill to give juveniles with extended and life sentences an opportunity for parole hearings. Under the bill, a prisoner who was under the age of eighteen at the time of the offense(s) for which he or she is serving a prison sentence is eligible for parole as follows:
COLUMBUS—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced a resolution that would encourage local governments to institute municipal identification card programs. Municipalities across the country, from New York City to San Francisco, have begun to issue these identification cards to their residents. The cards are particularly valuable to community members who may face barriers to obtaining a driver’s license or other state-issued ID, such as the homeless, foster youth, undocumented immigrants, and the elderly.
Columbus—Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 124, which designates May as Asthma Awareness Month and May 5 as Childhood Asthma Awareness Day. State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) is the primary sponsor of the legislation.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and the members of the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee detailed their ongoing work at a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse. The 24-member committee is charged with rewriting the criminal laws of the State of Ohio by next August.
COLUMBUS—State Senator Cecil Thomas has introduced legislation to make driving without a front license plate a secondary rather than primary violation. With this change, law enforcement officers would be unable to stop motorists strictly because their vehicle does not feature two license plates.
Columbus—State Senator Cecil Thomas released a statement after a Hamilton County grand jury indicted University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment this afternoon and released video of the incident.
COLUMBUS--State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) today joined community leaders in calling for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to release video footage, dispatch recordings, and the incident report concerning events that resulted in the death of Samuel Dubose on Sunday in Mount Auburn.
Columbus—The Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 116, which designates October 16 as George Washington Williams Day in honor of Ohio’s first African American state legislator. State Senator Cecil Thomas sponsored the legislation, along with State Senator Charleta Tavares.
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.
State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) appeared on MSNBC's "Sports Matters" hosted by Rob Simmelkjaer to discuss his Senate Resolution to reintstate Pete Rose to Major League Baseball and make him eligible to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Columbus –State Senator Cecil Thomas issued a statement after Governor Kasich issued an executive order based on recommendations from his Task Force on Community-Police Relations. The executive order contains many of the provisions found in Senate Bill 23—legislation sponsored by Senator Thomas.
Columbus---Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 to urge MLB 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 to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement regarding the report by Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training:
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) expressed his condolences to the families and victims of the shooting in Walnut Hills last weekend and called on the community to assist law enforcement in apprehending suspects.
Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) joined the Ohio Juvenile Justice Coalition at a press conference to advocate for putting Ohio youth on a pathway to success.
According to the coalition, "each year nearly 100,000 Ohio youth go through Ohio’s juvenile court system for delinquency and status offense cases. Research over the past decade has shown what works to give these youth opportunities to start and stay on a path to becoming positive members of our communities instead of remaining system-involved."
To learn more about the advocacy of the Ohio Juveile Justice Coalition
Columbus – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 95 to allow municipalities with a population of more than 35,000 to create outdoor refreshment areas that are exempt from Ohio’s open container law. Senate Bill 95 is jointly sponsored with Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and has received bipartisan support.
WILMINGTON, OH-- Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to the State of the State Address which took place at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington OH:
COLUMBUS—Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) presented sponsor testimony on legislation to improve community and police relations in Ohio. Senate Bill 23 would establish the Community Police Relations Commission, require training in community focused de-escalation techniques and require the collection of data on the use of force and racial interaction in Ohio.
COLUMBUS—The Ohio Senate recently announced that State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and State and Local Committee for the 131st General Assembly.
Columbus – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) presented Cincinnati resident Hope Dudley with an Ohio Senate Proclamation for her community activism to raise awareness about the criminal justice system following the death of her son. She was honored with the Social Justice Award at Ohio’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus. The annual awards program recognizes the service and achievements of Ohio residents and organizations in areas consistent with the teachings and example of Dr. King.
Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) was credited for its role in the reduction of violent crime in the city this week at a press conference featuring Mayor John Cranley, Police Chief Jeff Blackwell, and City Manager Harry Black. Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) was instrumental in the creation of CIRV, helped secure its funding, and was a steadfast supporter of the organization during his time on City Council.
Columbus –Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-North Avondale) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate for the 131st General Assembly. Senator Thomas will represent the 9thSenate District that encompasses Cincinnati, Hollydale, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, North College Hill, Mount Healthy, Wyoming, Lincoln Heights, Silverton, and Springfield Township.