Cleveland's Suit Over Local Hiring Quota Ban Draws Democratic Praise

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Some state lawmakers are pleased with Cleveland's legal fight against a law banning communities from creating local hiring quotas. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Since it was proposed, Democrats such as Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati have been against the law that prohibited cities from requiring a percentage of workers on public construction projects to be local residents. 

“It’s unfortunate that the General Assembly would pass a law that would essentially make it illegal for local people who pay the taxes from being able to participate in the jobs.”

She’s pleased the city of Cleveland has filed suit against the law, which she says negates communities’ home rule powers.

Its backers said it was needed because hiring bans increase costs, disrupt collective bargaining agreements and keep qualified non-residents from getting work. 

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