Freshman State Rep Darnell Brewer of Ohio D-18 Makes His Voice Heard; Condemns HB 45 and Governor's Inaction for HB 458

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Ohio State Rep. Darnell Brewer (D-18)Photo byCourtesy of State Rep. Darnell Brewer

Columbus, OH - Freshman State Representative Darnell Brewer of Ohio District 18 is making his voice heard throughout the State House. State representative Brewer is a newcomer to Ohio's politics and is ensuring residents of District 18 that he will work with others in Columbus to improve our communities. "My priorities for District 18 are to invest in working people and getting individuals back to work with a living wage, investing in public schools appropriate,- with the implementation of the appropriate school funding plan including a focus on recruiting teachers who reflect the community, i.e., minority and male teachers. Including creating legislation that will create affordable housing and safe neighborhoods," says Brewer.

In a recent press release, State Rep. Darnell T. Brewer (D 18) condemned HB 45 and the inaction by the governor to veto HB 458, the anti-voter bill.

HB 45 could raise taxes on affordable housing developments and hinder owners from claiming specific tax credits.

“I’m disappointed that the governor failed to veto the proposals that will create unwanted obstructions to affordable housing and senior developments in Ohio, especially District 18,” said Rep. Brewer. “I remain optimistic and look forward to working with Governor DeWine and his administration on a solution and putting together a statewide affordable housing approach, as he suggested in his upcoming budget proposal.” 

Creating safe, affordable housing options in Ohio is one of Rep. Brewer’s top priorities in this General Assembly. Rep. Brewer believes financial, and public incentives are essential in creating affordable housing projects and developments.

State representative Brewer also weighed in on HB 458: State Rep. Brewer regrets that Governor Mike DeWine ignored the pleas to line-item veto certain sections of HB 45 before he signed the bill into law. 

“When it comes to the ballot box and who determines the right to vote - a right many have died, hung, and bled for - we must fight for access for every Ohioan’s right to fully participate in this process, including breaking down the barriers that prevent them,” said Brewer. “Ohio now joins the legion of states delivering needless voting restrictions in making the privilege of voting disproportionately difficult, especially for communities of color,” Brewer added.

House Bill 458 passed from the Ohio House 55 to 32. If signed by Governor Mike DeWine, the law would mandate that photo IDs will be required to vote in Ohio, one ballot drop box will be allocated per county, and the law will shorten the time you have to request and return an absentee ballot.

Some State Legislatures and lobbyists argue that from the beginning, HB 458 was rushed through the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee, where witness testimony was drastically limited, and the impact of strict voter ID laws and the limitations on how and where Ohioans vote was never given proper consideration as per the press release. 

"At the end of the day, this is the People’s District, and I am here to create better lives and a better future for not only District 18 but for all Ohioans. No matter who the Speaker is and what party is in power, I will continue to work for the people of District 18 and put their priorities first," stated Representative Brewer of Ohio D18.

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