Senate District 21
Sandra R. Williams
August 12, 2016

COLUMBUS – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus celebrated a federal judge’s decision to block the implementation of a law that would have defunded Planned Parenthood and many other healthcare providers throughout Ohio. Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati ruled that the law, which the Democratic Caucus opposed in the Ohio Senate, would cause “irreparable injury” to Planned Parenthood. Governor John Kasich had signed House Bill 294 into law in February.

June 16, 2016
COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) congratulated several organizations in Cleveland that have been awarded grants from the Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors Grant Program for over $1.2 million dollars. The funds will be used to help mentor young people in our community within the age group of 9-18.
June 7, 2016

CLEVELAND – State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) is one of the first winners of the Women in Politics Making a Difference Award, presented by the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

May 11, 2016
COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) voiced opposition to the passage of House Bill 180, which will eliminate the City of Cleveland’s current local hiring standards, established in the Fannie Lewis Law (2004), which guarantee a certain percentage of city residents’ employment on public construction projects.
May 4, 2016
COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) delivered sponsor testimony to the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee on Senate Bill 228, which would prohibit the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts in the broadcast industry. In Ohio, nearly two dozen radio and television personalities are out of work, in their chosen field, due to non-compete clauses.
March 12, 2016

CLEVELAND—Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) was joined by experts Dr. Jonathan Witmer-Rich – Professor of law at CSU’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, Attorney Greg Meyers – Ohio Public Defender’s Office Chief Counsel of Trial Division, Judge Michelle D. Earley – Cleveland Municipal Court, and Rev. C. Jay Matthews – Mt. Sinai Baptist Church to examine grand jury reform in Ohio.

February 11, 2016
COLUMBUS— State Senator Sandra Williams introduced Senate Joint Resolution 4 to amend Section 10 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. This legislation will eliminate the grand jury process from the Constitution and will allow for the process to be reformed and reviewed by the Ohio legislature. 
January 14, 2016
COLUMBUS— Yesterday, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) introduced Senate Bill 258, which will require the Ohio Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and bring forth charges in cases involving officer use of lethal force against an unarmed suspect. State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) is cosponsoring the bill.  
December 28, 2015
Columbus—Senator Sandra Williams released a statement on the grand jury decision in the case of Timothy Loehmann.


December 21, 2015
COLUMBUS— State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) has introduced Senate Bill 256, which would require law enforcement officers to collect data and maintain information from all motor vehicle stops, questionings, and delays to determine whether bias-based policing factored into these actions. Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) is co-sponsoring this bill.
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