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African-American Lawmakers Push Agenda Items in "State Of Black Ohioans" Address

A crowd gathers at the Riffe Office Tower to hear the "State of Black Ohioans" address
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Ohio’s African-American state lawmakers say their fellow legislators aren’t taking action on bills they feel should be priority legislation.

Democratic Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati delivered the annual “State of Black Ohioans” speech before dozens of activists who came to Columbus Wednesday.

Reece said even though the Legislative Black Caucus is led by Democrats, it’s had some success with both Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration and with the Republican-dominated Ohio Supreme Court.

“We have had some movement with the task force on the grand jury – first time ever in history. First time ever in history having an executive order on police-community relations," Reece said. "Where we have not had movement and action is with this General Assembly.”

Reece says there are bills that related to jobs that could help with a 10 percent unemployment rate among African-Americans, along with a proposal on equal pay for women, a ban on imitation guns and regulations for the use of police body cameras.