Lame Duck Legislative Advocacy Guide for Week of December 3, 2018

Lame Duck Legislative Advocacy Guide

Week of December 3, 2018

HB511 LEGAL AGE – MARRIAGE: Would eliminate gender-based differences in the legal age to marry.

STATUS: Passed in the House. Third hearing (all testimony/possible vote) in Senate Judiciary Committee 12/4/18 @ 10:15 A.M. in North Hearing Room

ASK: Call your Senator and ask for a YES Vote.

HJR19 MODIFY INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS: Makes it more difficult to amend the Ohio Constitution through ballot initiative.

STATUS: In the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee

–  2nd hearing on 12/4/18 @ 1:00 P.M. in Room 122 (all testimony)

–  3rd hearing on 12/5/18 @ 9:30 A.M. in Room 114 (all testimony/possible vote)

–  4th hearing on 12/6/18 @ 9:30 A.M. in Room 114 (all testimony/possible vote)

ASK: Call the Senate President Larry Obhof (614-466-7505), Speaker of the House Ryan Smith (614-466-1366), and your legislators to ask them to VOTE NO.

HB81 DEATH SENTENCE – MENTAL ILLNESS: provides that a person with serious mental illness who is convicted of aggravated murder cannot be sentenced to death.

STATUS: Sixth hearing (all testimony/possible vote) in House Criminal Justice Committee 12/4/2018 @ 1:30 P.M. in Room 114

ASK: Call your senator to ask for a YES vote.

HB461 CHILD TRAFFICKING: Would increase penalties for the trafficking of 16 and 17 year olds, and would require the appointment of a guardian for a minor in juvenile court in prostitution or human trafficking related cases.

STATUS: Fourth hearing (all testimony/possible vote) in House Criminal Justice Committee 12/4/18 @ 1:30 P.M. in Room 114

ASK: Call your representative and ask for a YES VOTE.

HB561 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; and permits a person to testify against their spouse in a prosecution for any of those offenses.

STATUS: Third hearing (all testimony/possible vote) in House Criminal Justice Committee 12/4/18 @ 1:30 P.M. in Room 114

ASK: Call your representative and ask for a YES VOTE.

HB258 HEARTBEAT: would prohibit abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

STATUS: Passed in the House. First hearing (sponsor/proponent testimony) in Senate Health, Human Services, And Medicaid 12/4/18 @3:15 P.M. in South Hearing Room

ASK: Call your Senator to ask for a NO VOTE.

HB228 STAND YOUR GROUND: would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the prosecution and remove the legal “duty to retreat” when faced with threats or perceived threats.

STATUS: Passed in the House. In Senate Govt. Oversight and Reform Committee

– 2nd hearing (opponent testimony) 12/4/18 @ 7:00 P.M. in Senate Finance Hearing Room

– 3rd hearing (all testimony/possible vote) 12/5/18 @ 9:45 A.M. in Senate Finance Hearing Room

– 4th hearing (all testimony/possible vote) 12/6/18 @ 9:00 A.M. in North Hearing Room

ASK: Call your senator to ask for a NO VOTE.

HB425 POLICE BODY CAMERAS: Provides that specified portions of officers’ body/vehicle cameras are not public record.

STATUS: Passed in the House. Third hearing (all testimony/possible vote) in Senate Government Oversight and Reform 12/6/18 @ 9:00 A.M. in North Hearing Room

ASK: Call your senator and ask for a NO VOTE.

SB51 LAKE ERIE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT: Authorizes the creation of a special improvement district to facilitate Lake Erie shoreline improvement.

STATUS: Passed by the Senate. Second hearing (all testimony) in House Finance Committee 12/4/18 @ 1:30 P.M. in Room 313

ASK: Call your representative to ask for YES VOTE

Regards,
LWVO Advocacy Team

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