© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WKSU Stories

Ohio Democrats Prepare to Push Bills Ahead of 'Lame Duck' Sessions

Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, Rep. Nickie Antonio, Rep. Jack Cera, Rep. Nick Celebreeze (at podium), and central Ohio House candidates Lee Schreiner and Kris Keller are preparing their Democratic agenda for their lame duck session in the Ohio Congress.
Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, Rep. Nickie Antonio, Rep. Jack Cera, Rep. Nick Celebreeze (at podium), and central Ohio House candidates Lee Schreiner and Kris Keller are preparing their Democratic agenda for their lame duck session in the Ohio Congress.
Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, Rep. Nickie Antonio, Rep. Jack Cera, Rep. Nick Celebreeze (at podium), and central Ohio House candidates Lee Schreiner and Kris Keller are preparing their Democratic agenda for their lame duck session in the Ohio Congress.
Credit KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
/
Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, Rep. Nickie Antonio, Rep. Jack Cera, Rep. Nick Celebreeze (at podium), and central Ohio House candidates Lee Schreiner and Kris Keller are preparing their Democratic agenda for their lame duck session in the Ohio Congress.

Ohio’s 34 House Democrats are all up for re-election, along with their 65 Republican colleagues. But the Democrats are not letting their low numbers set them back as they think about what bills they plan to push in the lame duck session this fall and beyond. 

Democrats are talking up their agenda of raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing equal pay for women, expanding paid family leave, lowering college costs and spending on clean energy and infrastructure.Minority Leader Fred Strahornof Dayton says his caucus's numbers are ultimately up to the voters, but he doesn’t feel Democrats have to have the majority to make things change.

“When we got to 42 and 46 members, the behavior changed, What you can’t do is let people do whatever they want to in the Legislature and never say anything about it.”

Democrats don’t have candidates on the ballot in 16 of the state’s 99 House districts, and it’s generally conceded that Democrats don’t stand a chance to win some of them.

Copyright 2021 WKSU. To see more, visit WKSU.