This section is intended to keep our readers up-to-date with key legislation moving through the Ohio State House. Read about which bills you should be keeping an eye one.
New Legislation:Below are the bills that were introduced mid-September that we need to watch in the coming months:
Senate Bill 202 (Thomas, Craig) – Local Authority – Restores local authority to regulate firearms-related conduct.
House Bill 335 (Lepore-Hagan, Boyd) – Domestic Violence – Require a person who is subject to a civil or criminal domestic violence temporary protection order to surrender the person’s firearms.
House Bill 336 (Sobecki, Robinson) – Education Committee – Reinstate the Joint Education Oversight Committee, make an appropriation, and declare an emergency.
Committee Hearings To Watch:
SB194 (Voting Equipment Board) – Senate General Government and Agency Review– rename the Board of Voting Machine Examiners as the Board of Voting Equipment Examiners, to require the Board to approve voter registration systems for use in Ohio, and to require a board of elections to decide a protest against a candidate filing within ten days.
SB33 (Critical Infrastructure) – House Public Utilities Committee -modify certain criminal offenses with respect to critical infrastructure facilities and to impose fines and civil liability for damage to a critical infrastructure facility.
House Leadership continues to refuse to schedule hearings on gun safety legislation, and opponents are pushing hard to keep it that way. Supporters of reform need to be just as aggressive in their advocacy.
Call House Speaker Larry Householder at (614) 466-2500:
“Hello, my name is ___________. I am calling Speaker Householder to ask that he urgently schedule hearings on House Bill 317 to enact universal background checks and House Bill 316 to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders so that we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.”
Find more resources for action on gun safety legislation at dosomethingohio.com.
Compiled and edited by: Marian Jacques