Senator Cecil Thomas has a record of standing up for us
Reducing Gun Violence
He has co-sponsored legislation to ban assault weapons and require a registration database to track the purchase of firearms and ammunition.
He also believes in universal background checks on all purchases of guns and registration of all guns with a gun owner’s local law enforcement agency. This is one more tool for law enforcement to be aware of who owns a gun as they perform their duties.
He believes in closing the gun show loophole and wants to ban the sale of guns on the internet. Finally, he believes in increasing minimum age to purchase a gun to 21.
Gov Kasich has asked Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) to take the lead for the Senate Democratic Caucus on any bipartisan efforts to curb gun violence in Ohio.
Criminal Justice Reform
Senator Thomas also believes in Modifying criminal sentencing and corrections law by including rehabilitation as a purpose of felony sentencing, removing the one-year minimum for presumptive fourth or fifth-degree felony community control sanctions.
He has worked on legislation that would grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person’s consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident.
Standing up for working people
He supported legislation that makes police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.
He has supported providing a three-day sales tax “holiday” in August of 2017 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales tax.
He supports legislation that requires community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges, and university branches to comply with minority business enterprise set-aside requirements.
During the civil unrest in 2001, he emerged as a leader utilizing his experience as a police officer and community leader to quell the violence. Under his leadership, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission soared to new heights as he assisted city leaders with restoring community trust while also building a cohesive community and police relations program. Today the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission recognized nationally as one of the premier human relations organizations in the country.
He made the choice to run for Cincinnati City Council after a request for additional funding for a successful program to assist young African Americans males was rejected.
Senator Thomas supports legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.