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May 17, 2023 Antonio Condemns Passage of Senate Bill 83
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood)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 Antonio Condemns Concurrence of S.J.R. 2
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J Antonio (D-Lakewood) 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%.
May 9, 2023 Antonio Testifies on Bill to Abolish Death Penalty
Antonio Testifies on Bill to Abolish Death Penalty
 
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Senator Stephen A. Huffman (R-Tipp City) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 101, which would abolish the death penalty in Ohio and instead pursue life without parole for capital crimes.
May 1, 2023 Senate Democrats Discuss Budget Priorities
Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus held a press conference to discuss their budget priorities for the 135th General Assembly.
April 19, 2023 Antonio Condemns Passage of S.J.R. 2 and S.B. 92
Today, state Senator Antonio (D-Lakewood) 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.
April 18, 2023 Antonio Testifies on Bill to Prohibit Installing Tracking Devices Without Consent
Antonio Testifies on Bill to Prohibit Installing Tracking Devices Without Consent
 
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 100 with joint sponsor Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), which would generally prohibit the installation of an electronic tracking device on someone else's property without the other person's consent. 
March 29, 2023 Antonio Praises Transportation Budget Concurrence Vote
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) praised the Ohio Senate's concurrence to the conference amendments on House Bill 23, the state's two-year transportation budget.
March 28, 2023 Antonio, Huffman, Craig, Reynolds Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to End the Death Penalty in Ohio
Antonio, Huffman, Craig, 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 Antonio Commends Passage of the Transportation Budget
Antonio Commends Passage of the Transportation Budget
 
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 23, the state's two-year transportation budget.
March 13, 2023 Antonio, Huffman Meet with Cleveland Pastors
Antonio, Huffman Meet with Cleveland Pastors
 
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) held a discussion with Cleveland pastors.
March 7, 2023 Antonio Comments on Deadly Norfolk Southern Accident
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to the fatal collision involving a Norfolk Southern train in Senate District 23:
March 1, 2023 Antonio Condemns Passage of Education Overhaul
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) 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.
February 16, 2023 Ohio Democrats Urge Governor to Utilize Executive Power to Declare an Emergency in East Palestine
Ohio Senate and House Democrats today sent a joint letter signed by all members to Governor Mike DeWine calling on him to officially declare a disaster in East Palestine. 
February 15, 2023 Democrats Discuss Concerns Following East Palestine Train Derailment
Democrats Discuss Concerns Following East Palestine Train Derailment
 
Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Assistant Minority Whip Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), and state Representative Lauren McNally (D-Youngstown) hosted a discussion regarding concerns following the East Palestine train derailment. Interested parties from environmental and agricultural groups on the state, federal, and nonprofit levels participated. 
February 3, 2023 Antonio Announces School Safety Fund Award for Lakewood City School District
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) applauded the announcement of $1 million of state funding towards Lakewood City School District. These funds will be allocated through House Bill 45 which funded the Ohio K-12 School Safety grant program. A combined $68 million in grants was dedicated towards supporting the physical safety and security upgrades in Ohio schools grades K-12.
January 31, 2023 Antonio Issues Response to Governor's State of the State
Antonio Issues Response to Governor's State of the State
 
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address: 
January 30, 2023 Senate Democrats Denounce Neo-Nazi Home Schooling Indoctrination and Call for Stronger Oversight
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Senator Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statements in response to recent news reports that a married couple from Upper Sandusky has been advocating a neo-Nazi-approved curriculum for use by parents who home-school:
January 17, 2023 Senate Democrats Set Goals for 135th General Assembly
Senate Democrats Set Goals for 135th General Assembly
 
Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus held an informal brown bag lunch discussion with news media to discuss their top issues and goals for the 135th Ohio General Assembly.
January 9, 2023 Antonio Statement on DeWine's Inauguration
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to Governor DeWine's inauguration:
January 5, 2023 Antonio Statement on Veto of Tobacco Laws
Today, Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement in response to Governor DeWine's veto of legislation that would have blocked cities from banning harmful tobacco products or raising the age to buy them:
January 5, 2023 Democrats Urge Governor DeWine to Veto Voter Suppression Bill
Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine urging him to use his executive powers to veto House Bill 458, which would make it more difficult for Ohioans to vote by requiring strict photo ID requirements and slash the timeframe in which voters can return their ballots after Election Day. The bill also eliminates early in-person voting on the Monday before election day, one of the busiest early in-person voting days.
January 3, 2023 Antonio Sworn Into Office as Senate Minority Leader
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate as Senate Minority Leader during the 135th General Assembly. She is the first LGBTQ+ Minority Leader in the history of the Ohio Senate.
December 19, 2022 Antonio Statement on Sentencing of Rhoden Family Killings Perpetrator
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement on the sentencing of George Wagner IV, who was convicted last month on charges of aggravated murder for killing eight members of the Rhoden family in 2016:
December 19, 2022 Democrats Commend Successes and Urge Governor to Veto Legislation from Lame Duck
Today, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus applauded Democratic successes during lame duck and urged Governor DeWine to veto a number of harmful pieces of legislation that passed.
December 16, 2022 Antonio Statement on Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) applauded the many individuals and advocates that testified in opposition to House Bill 151, especially Ember Zelch, the sole transgender girl playing sports in Ohio, whose testimony Antonio shared during session. As amended and passed by the Senate, H.B. 151 would have prohibited transgender girls from playing on girls' school sports teams. The measure failed to advance in the Ohio House.