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This week, three extreme bills are fast tracked for passage in the legislature. Currently, absent significant public pressure, they stand likely to be enacted. Those bills are:

HJR 19 (To Modify the Requirements for Citizen Initiated Ballot Measures)

HB 228 (Stand Your Ground Gun Legislation)

HB 258 (6-week Abortion Ban)

HB 228 and HB 258 have already passed the House – setting up a likely veto showdown with Governor Kasich who has ten days (not including Sundays) to act after receiving the bills. HJR 19 was introduced last week and is already set to be voted out of a House committee as soon as Wednesday.

HJR 19 – To Modify the Requirements for Citizen Initiated Ballot Measures

This resolution would make it much harder for grassroots citizen groups to impact policy at the ballot. For more on what it would do, see our explainer.

HJR19 is scheduled for a possible three hearings this week in House Government Accountability and Oversight:
Tuesday, 1pm, Statehouse Room 122 – opponent testimony
Wednesday, 9:30am, Room 114 – all testimony, possible amendments, and possible vote.
Thursday, 9:30am, Room 114 (if needed) – all testimony, possible amendments, possible vote.
If passed by the committee, HJR 19 could be on the House floor for a vote as early as Thursday.

If you would like to testify (in writing or in person) against the bill, contact the office of Chairman Blessing at 614.466.9091 or rep29@ohiohouse.gov to submit your written testimony 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

TAKE ACTION: Sign a Petition Opposing HJR19

HB 228 – Stand Your Ground Gun Legislation

House Bill 228, a so-called Stand Your Ground bill, would allow armed individuals to use deadly force instead of walking away when it is safe to do so. The bill also lessens the penalty for violations of Ohio’s concealed carry laws and prohibits Ohio cities from enacting their own gun safety measures.

The bill had sponsor and proponent testimony this morning and is scheduled for up to three more hearings this week in Senate Government Oversight:
Tues, 7pm, Senate Finance Hearing Room – opponent testimony
Weds, 9:45am, Senate Finance HR – all testimony, possible amendments, possible vote
Thurs 9am (if needed), North HR – all testimony, possible amendments, possible vote
Depending on when it emerges from committee, HB 228 could be on the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday at 1:30 pm or Thursday at 11 am.

If you would like to testify (in writing or in person) on the bill, contact the office of Chairman Coley (614.466.8072 or coley@ohiosenate.gov) to submit your written testimony 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Senator About HB228

HB 258 6-Week Abortion Ban

House Bill 258, a bill that would effectively ban abortions in Ohio at 6 weeks, is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid on Tuesday at 3:15 PM in the South Hearing Room for sponsor and proponent testimony.

It is expected that more hearings will be scheduled this week in order to facilitate a Wednesday or Thursday floor vote in the Senate. We will provide updates when available.

Here are planned activities and opportunities to act to oppose HB258:

Pro-Choice rally tomorrow at 12 PM at the Statehouse

Faith leader press conference opposing the bill on Thursday at 12 PM at the Statehouse

TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Senator About HB258

This Week’s Lame Duck Schedule

The House and Senate will both meet twice this week, with each chamber meeting on Wednesday at 1:30, followed by a 11am Senate Session and a 1pm House session. The agenda for those committees will be set by the respective Rules and Reference committees which meet at the following times:

House Calendar for 12/5 session: expected Tuesday at 12:15 pm
Senate Calendar for 12/5 session: expected Wednesday at 11 am
House Calendar for 12/6 session: expected Wednesday at 12:00 pm
Senate Calendar for 12/6 session: expected Thursday at 10:00 am

We’ll provide updates on Twitter.

Scheduled for Committee Votes
The following bills are scheduled for committee votes this week, meaning they are high priorities for passage during lame duck and could be up for passage on the House or Senate floor in the very near future:

House Bill 142(Wiggam) – Concealed Carry. Eliminates the duty to notify a law enforcement officer of a concealed handgun. Hearings scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (if needed) in Senate Government Oversight & Reform.

House Bill 402 (Hill) – Telephone Regulation. To partially deregulate telephone service in Ohio, allowing for annual price increases and potentially reduced access to low-cost landline service. 3rd hearing, all testimony, possible amendments and vote on Thursday in Senate Public Utilities.

House Bill 497 (Rogers, Manning) – Private Sexual Images. This bill prohibits the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, also known as ‘revenge porn’ and established some rights and protection for victims of revenge porn. 3rd hearing, all testimony, and possible vote on Tuesday in Senate Judiciary.

House Bill 511 (Lanese, Rogers) – Marriage Age. To eliminate gender-based differences in the legal age to marry in Ohio. 3rd hearing, all testimony and possible vote Tuesday in Senate Judiciary.

House Bill 561 (Lanese) – Spousal Rape. Eliminates the spousal exceptions for offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, and importuning. It also permits a person to testify against their spouse in a prosecution for any of those offenses. 3rd hearing, all testimony and possible vote Tuesday in House Criminal Justice.

Previously heard bills getting additional hearings this week
While a 2nd hearing is no guarantee that a bill is on track to pass during lame duck, it does represent and opportunity for bill proponents (and in some cases opponents – check the committee agenda for details) to offer testimony.

House Bill 720 (Antani, Smith) – Sales Tax. To require a public vote to enact an increase in local sales taxation. 3rd hearing, opponent & interested party testimony in House State & Local Government.

House Bill 758 (Antani, Brenner) – College Speech. Subjects public college and university trustees to criminal and civil penalties for restricting the right of any group or individual to speak on campus. 3rd hearing, all testimony, and possible amendments & substitute in House Higher Education and Workforce Development.

Complete House Committee Schedule
Complete Senate Committee Schedule

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