We’ve seen what can happen when our state government passes laws that restrict voting rights. Leader Sykes is a tireless advocate for voting rights so that every Ohioan has equal access to the ballot.
Leader Sykes has worked with her colleagues to remove a student voter suppression provision in the state’s transportation budget. The provision would have made it harder for out of state students to vote.
Supporting Local Government
She is constantly working to ensure that policies are in place and resources are available so that local governments can adequately serve the community. Law enforcement, infrastructure support, and transportation are important tools to every community. These are essential for economic growth.
She has been successful in removing a local hiring ban in the state’s $7 billion transportation budget bill.
Criminal Justice Reform
Protecting the rights and freedom of our citizens is Minority Leader Sykes top priority, and when those rights are violated we all have a responsibility to take action. It is no secret that the current state of justice does not always act with a blind eye, but she aims to promote public safety and trust in the system through criminal justice reform.
Minority Leader Sykes championed House Bill (HB) 411, a bipartisan legislation to streamline access to justice for victims of wrongful imprisonment in Ohio. She also sponsored House Bill (HB) 1, a bill allowing victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attackers. HB 1 was signed into law in 2018. She also joint sponsored House Bill (HB) 555, which would have allowed for an offender to apply to the court for a reduction in their penalty, if the penalty for that crime is later reduced by legislation.