A group of state lawmakers will hold a Town Hall-style meeting Thursday to discuss issues affecting African-American residents in Greater Cincinnati.
The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is sponsoring the event, called The State of African Americans in Ohio. Among those attending are State Sen. Eric Kearney (D-North Avondale), State Rep. Dale Mallory (D-West End) and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Bond Hill).
Among the issues that will be discussed are job creation, Ohio's biennial budget, and House Bill No. 194. The Republican-backed bill, which has been called at attempt at voter suppression by many Democrats, limits the time frame for early and mail-in voting, makes it optional for poll workers to assist voters and prevents county boards of elections from widely promoting absentee ballots to registered voters.
Other planned topics include prison sentencing reform, aid for small businesses, and the effort to repeal Senate Bill No. 5, which restricts collective bargaining rights for public sector labor unions in Ohio.
The session, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Integrity Hall, 2081 Seymour Ave., in Bond Hill. The facility is owned by Reece's family.
Formerly known as the Black Elected Democrats of Ohio, the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus was founded in 1967 by African-American state lawmakers, led by State Rep. C.J. McLin of Dayton.