123. Rep. Dontavius Jarrells on Bringing Dignity to Ohio Communities
Dan talks with State Representative and House Assistant Minority Leader Dontavius Jarrells about his background, bills he has introduced and supported, and his health priorities in the Ohio Statehouse as Assistant Minority Leader.
After surviving lead poisoning as a kid, Rep. Jarrells introduced H.B. 587, laying the groundwork for securing a historic $150 million in ARPA funding for lead poison prevention. This money will fund the remediation and mitigation of lead out of homes, but it does not address lead in pipes.
Rep. Jarrells also authored H.B. 453, which established the “Recovery is Beautiful” specialty license plate and demonstrated recovery-oriented systems of care that puts recovery at the forefront of policy.
H.B. 281, which was signed into law, removed derogatory language from Ohio Revised Code. This bill was the most comprehensive change in terms of terminology since the Ohio Revised Code was rewritten and issued into law in 1974.