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June 12, 2024 Craig, Antonio Testify in Support of Doula Awareness Week
Craig, Antonio Testify in Support of Doula Awareness Week
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Democratic Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 69, their legislation to designate Ohio Doula Awareness Week.
June 3, 2024 Craig Hosts Juneteenth Celebration at Ohio Statehouse
Craig Hosts Juneteenth Celebration at Ohio Statehouse
 
Today, Senate Assistant Minority Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) hosted a Juneteenth Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate June as the beginning of the Month of Freedom.
April 26, 2024 Democratic Caucus Leadership, Franklin County Delegation, Jewish Caucus Release Statement on Ohio State University Demonstrations
Leaders of the Ohio Democratic Caucus, the Franklin County House and Senate delegation and the Jewish Caucus released the following statement concerning the overnight protests and arrests on the campus of the Ohio State University. 
April 17, 2024 Craig, Senate Select Committee on Housing Issues Report
Craig, Senate Select Committee on Housing Issues Report
 
Today, state Senator Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) joined fellow members of the Senate Select Committee on Housing for a press conference to discuss their newly issued report detailing proposals to improve the availability and affordability of housing in Ohio.
December 12, 2023 Senate Democrats Present Gun Death Prevention Legislation
Senate Democrats Present Gun Death Prevention Legislation
 
Today, Assistant Minority Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus), Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) held a press conference to discuss a new package of legislation to prevent gun deaths and violence in Ohio.
November 7, 2023 Democrats Celebrate Election Results
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus responded to the results of the November 7 general election.
September 29, 2023 Craig Introduces Suicide Self-Defense Act
Craig Introduces Suicide Self-Defense Act
 
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus), in recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, introduced the Suicide Self-Defense Act. This legislation would give Ohioans another way to protect themselves with a commonsense gun measure.
September 20, 2023 Craig Introduces Property Tax Relief and Government Support Act
Craig Introduces Property Tax Relief and Government Support Act
 
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 136, which would cap annual property tax increases at 5% per year for homeowners with income at or below the county median income.
June 30, 2023 Craig Condemns State Budget
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to accept conference committee changes to House Bill 33, the state operating budget.
June 15, 2023 Craig Condemns Senate Budget
Craig Condemns Senate Budget
 
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass their version of House Bill 33, the state operating budget.
May 17, 2023 Craig Condemns Passage of Senate Bill 83
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 83, the highly controversial Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act.
May 10, 2023 Craig Condemns Concurrence of S.J.R. 2
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to concur with the changes made by the House of Representatives to Senate Joint Resolution 2, which would raise the threshold for Ohioans to pass citizen-initiated constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60%.
April 19, 2023 Craig Condemns Passage of S.J.R. 2 and S.B. 92
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to pass Senate Joint Resolution 2 and Senate Bill 92. S.J.R. 2 would raise the threshold for Ohioans to pass constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60%, while S.B. 92 would allow for August special elections when a proposed constitutional amendment is on the ballot.
March 28, 2023 Antonio, Craig, Huffman, Reynolds Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to End the Death Penalty in Ohio
Antonio, Craig, Huffman, Reynolds Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to End the Death Penalty in Ohio
 
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City), Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) and Michele Reynolds (R-Canal Winchester) held a press conference to discuss the introduction of their legislation to end Ohio's death penalty and instead pursue life without parole for capital crimes.
March 23, 2023 Craig Commends Passage of the Transportation Budget
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 23, the state's two-year transportation budget.
March 3, 2023 Craig Attends Groundbreaking of Ohio State Extension Center
Craig Attends Groundbreaking of Ohio State Extension Center
 
Today, state Senator and Assistant Minority Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the remodeling of The Ohio State University's Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center.
March 1, 2023 Craig Condemns Passage of Education Overhaul
Today, state Senator Hearcel Craig (D-COLUMBUS) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to pass Senate Bill 1, which drastically limits the duties and function of the State Board of Education and Department of Education.
January 31, 2023 Craig Issues Response to Governor's State of the State
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address:
January 3, 2023 Craig Sworn Into Office as Assistant Minority Leader
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate as Assistant Minority Leader during the 135th General Assembly.
November 16, 2022 Craig Elected Assistant Minority Leader for Next General Assembly
Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus voted on and announced caucus leadership for the 135th General Assembly, beginning in January 2023. The Caucus voted to elect state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) as Minority Leader.
October 13, 2022 Craig Statement on America-250 Ohio Report
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig issued a statement celebrating the release of a new report by the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial, a state commission established last year and charged to plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation's past, present, and future.
September 2, 2022 Craig Statement on Police Killing of Donovan Lewis
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement:
August 23, 2022 Craig Statement on Columbus Education Association Strike
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after members of the Columbus Education Association went on strike after an impasse over negotiations with the Columbus City Schools for safer working and learning conditions:
June 3, 2022 Craig Applauds Passage of Legislation Designating the Jesse Owens Memorial Highway
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement to praise the Ohio Senate's passage of Senate Bill 323, which designates a portion of State Route 315, extending from King Avenue to Broad Street in Columbus, as the "Jesse Owens Memorial Highway."
June 1, 2022 Craig Applauds Funding $21M Investment in Franklin County Projects
Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) praised the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 687, the state Capital Budget that appropriates $10.7 million for 20 economic development projects in Ohio's 15th Senate District, which includes part of Franklin County.