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Ohio Senate Wants To Hear From Black Ohioans

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
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Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)

As state lawmakers are asked to consider a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis, Ohio Senate leaders plan to hold meetings throughout the state to listen to the concerns of black Ohioans. 

Senate President Larry Obhof says he knows the legislature needs to do more to prevent infant mortality and he adds he has been working on that with African American leaders. But he thinks there’s more that might come out of these upcoming meetings.

“Anything we can do to alleviate economic disparities throughout the state, creating more economic opportunities for minorities in the job market," Obhof says.

More than 200 witnesses provided written or in-person testimony on short notice recently for a pending resolution that defines racism as a public health crisis. Some cities and counties, including Columbus and Franklin County, have adopted similar policies but the legislation has an uphill climb in the state legislature.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.