Ohio General Assembly


What: House Bill 411—Modify Wrongful Imprisonment Law Who: Representatives Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) & Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)

Impact: If passed this bill will:

  • Allow an Ohio resident who believes they were wrongfully imprisoned to file a claim in the court where the original crime was charged or in the county Common Pleas Court of which they reside in.

  • Expand the criterion for wrongful convictions to include misdemeanor convictions as well as felonies/aggravated felonies.

  • Apply the “error in procedure that resulted in the individual’s release” criterion following sentencing or imprisonment; includes a violation of the individual’s constitutional right known as the “Brady Rule”.

Next Steps: Third consideration on the House Floor for a chamber vote


What: Senate Bill 16—Make Health Professionals Culturally Competent Who: Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

Impact: If passed this bill will:

  • Require health care professionals including but not limited to, dentists, registered nurses, optometrists to receive continuing education in cultural competency in order to obtain or renew their licensure.

  • Mandate state boards that regulate each profession to configure the amount of hours of cultural competency instruction that must be completed.

    • State boards must consider race and gender-based disparities when making this determination and consult with national accredited organizations.

Next Steps: Committee hearings and vote

City of Columbus

What: Ordinance 1010-2018—Capital Improvements Budget (CIB) Who: Columbus City Council

Impact: The 2018 CIB will allocate $719.7 million in new funding to various local entities and agencies for physical infrastructure including street pavement, construction/remodeling of buildings, and water and sewer upgrades

Next Steps: Passed City Council April 23, 2018, now must be appropriated

#NoWallNoBan Statement of Solidarity


Dear Neighbors,


At the doorway to our nation, the words read as such: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" In less than a week, we as a nation, and certainly as a community here in Franklin County, are faced with a moment that is a generational defining challenge. How can you “give us your tired” if we have built a wall to keep you out? How can you “send the homeless to us” if we have restricted the return of even our own. This challenge we face is transcendent to religion or race; This is greater than identifying as Democrat or Republican. Certainly our #BlackLivesMatter, #JusticeMatters, #MuslimsMatter, #ImmigrantsMatter, but above all we are faced with the question dependent on our unity, here in America, while the world is watching, does #OurHumanityMatter. No matter how we interpret the original context of our Constitution, we as neighbors on this sovereign soil have a duty to defend our fellow human being when their Constitutional rights are under attack. Whether we have always done so our not, let us not let another moment slip by in silence. If my neighbor’s house is on fire, then my house is in danger of catching ablaze. Taking focus to Central Ohio, the Central Ohio Young Black Democrats proudly stand in solidarity with both our brothers and sisters at the Franklin County Adelante Young Democrats and the Somali Political Action Group #NoWallNoBan. Remember that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." To all Central Ohioans, and to all Americans, we hope you join us in not being mute, in sharing the hashtag, while continuing to peacefully rally, and holding your legislators accountable to defending your neighbor and their Constitutional rights #NoWallNoBan #WeStandWithYou.



Christopher Scott

President of Central Ohio Young Black Democrats