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PRIORITIES

My priorities for House District 16 include placing a focus on economic opportunity, our environment, expanded access to healthcare, support for Ohio's public schools & higher education, and safety for Ohio's families. I will continue to represent Cleveland's west side communities through the following initiatives: 

As a member of the 134th General Assembly, I’ve introduced nine bills as a primary or joint sponsor and have co-sponsored over
150 bills.

 

My bills include: 

  • Establishing a Fair Paycheck Workplace certificate 
     

  • A Bi-Partisan Diaper Tax Elimination bill to combat inflation and put money back into the pockets of working Ohio families 
     

  • Expanding mental health services through ensuring those voluntarily seeking admission can be helped and creating a mental health preparedness plan for pandemics, natural disasters, and mass casualties 
     

  • Several gun bills including enacting red flag laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands and funding programs to curb gun violence and support victims affected using the sales tax of firearms and ammunition

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

  • Develop opportunities in 21st century industries, like high-tech and green energy.
     

  • Promote equality, inclusion and equity in Ohio's communities and workplaces, including at the Statehouse itself.
     

  • Support small businesses and entrepreneurs who are critical to our local economy.
     

  • Fight for full restoration of Local Government Funds to the communities of my district to ensure communities can offer services including local Police, Fire, Recreation and Senior Services.

OUR ENVIRONMENT

  • Ohio is not doing nearly enough to protect our environment and prevent continued pollution of Lake Erie. Monique promotes policies and legislation which prevent the pollution that is causing algal blooms in our lake, invest in ways to stop storm overflow into the lake, invest in green energy, technology and transportation. Monique supports a full repeal of HB6 and will work to restore sustainability initiatives that have been eliminated by the passage of the First Energy bailout. 
     

  • Protect Lake Erie and Ohio's natural resources through legislation which allows for local bans on plastic bags, promoting renewable energy and restricting farm run-off into waterways.
     

  • The effects of climate change are already upon us, and we must act now to limit the impact and protect our environment for current and future generations.

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SUPPORT OHIO'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND
HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Support public schools and teachers by introducing and promoting reforms to school funding and school report card rankings.
     

  • Promote reductions in the high stakes testing load on students and teachers to allow teachers to focus on academic and counseling resources to improve student success and mental health vs. testing and administration.
     

  • Promote steps toward offering quality pre-K in all public schools to improve student performance in later years.
     

  • Propose programs to reduce college debt by allowing students to serve Ohio communities to earn college tuition and loan repayment.
     

  • Promote high school and adult workforce training for in-demand fields with good pay like skilled trades, nursing, high-tech and
    green manufacturing.
     

EXPAND HEALTHCARE ACCESS

  • Promote legislation, funding and programs for services such safe elder care, affordable prescription drugs, improving infant and maternal health.
     

  • Fight for the restoration of full reproductive health care access and protections.
     

  • Work to make health care and prescription medication affordable for every stage of life.
     

  • Expand mental health services through ensuring those voluntarily seeking admission can be helped and creating a mental health preparedness plan for pandemics, natural disasters, and mass casualties.

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SAFETY FOR OHIO FAMILIES

  • Improve safety for Ohio families by fighting for proven, widely supported, common-sense gun legislation like requiring background checks for all gun purchases and implementing red flag laws for individuals who pose an imminent threat to themselves and others.
     

  • Fight against current state funding of Buckeye Firearms Association, an organization that promotes arming our teachers.
     

  • Restore bans on carrying concealed firearms into day cares, bars
    and campuses.

     

  • Promote stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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