GREATER TOLEDO RIGHT TO LIFE & RIGHT TO LIFE ACTION COALITION OF OHIO "Friday Five" June 7, 2019
The budget is moving to the final phases, and that is creating a delay in moving pro-life bills. Please pray that common sense will be utilized and that life legislation would stay on track. NEWS AND VIEWS
1. House Bill 90, the Humanity of the Unborn Education Act sponsored by Rep. Niraj Antani, has run into a delay. Originally marked for a vote this week, the Health committee chose to delay the vote. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU came to testify in opposition to the bill, but their testimonies had very little to do with the bill’s actual content, which is the teaching of human development from conception through birth in our public schools. It is rumored that House leadership is putting a hold on “contentious” legislation votes until after the budget has been finalized. There should be little contentious about teaching Biology 101 and human development, but in today’s hyper-polarized political environment, there is. Keep this in prayer, as RTLACO will work to keep this bill on track.
2. Speaking of the budget, the Senate announced that the substitute bill (which is the Senate’s main changes to the House-adopted version they have been working with) for HB 166 will be released and made the committee work vehicle next week. We are anticipating some key announcements after the formal introduction of this vehicle. Keep praying for God’s hand to move mightily, and to protect pro-life and pro-family provisions in this legislation.
3. The House moved to fill a vacancy this week with the appointment and swearing-in of Rep. Diane Grendell of the 76th House District (Geauga County) to replace former Representative Sarah LaTourette. Grendell now makes her second circuit in the Legislature, having served from 1992-2000 in the chamber. She most recently was a judge on the Ohio 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Grendell has been appointed to the House Health Committee where much pro-life legislation is debated. Also, with the upcoming retirement of Rep. Steven Arndt of the 89th Disrtict on July 31st a half-dozen candidates filed to screen for the vacancy with the House Republican Caucus. These candidates are listed here. The screening committee will have until June 30th to make the recommendation to the full House for the appointment.
4. The federal Department of Health and Human Services made a significant announcement this week. The decision has been made to terminate a $34 million contract with the University of California San Francisco because they have been using aborted fetal tissue for experimentation. Reiterating the Trump administration's commitment to the protection of human life (yes, we have to encourage the President to reconsider the rape and incest exception comments), the Department removed the funding from this project. Now, if we can just get the Administration to cancel more Planned Parenthood funding…
5. North Carolina has just experienced a “Beagle moment”. After passing the state’s version of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (SB359) and seeing Democrat Governor Roy Cooper veto the bill to prohibit infanticide of a victim of a failed abortion, the North Carolina House failed to deliver the necessary votes to protect these babies from the butcher. NC Values Coalition Director Tammy Fitzgerald said it best: “Some Democrat legislators told our lobbying team that they are “pro-life,” yet they voted against the Born Alive veto override. Saying you are pro-life is not enough to make you pro-life. You actually have to vote pro-life.”
Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key policymakers. One statewide office holder or agency director, one Senator and three House members will be profiled each time.
Ohio Department of Insurance—The Director of the Department of Insurance is Jillian Froment, chosen by Governor Mike DeWine to head the agency after having been the Deputy Director since beginning work there in 2011. Froment has more than 15 years of public sector and executive experience. The former City Administrator for Marysville Froment was responsible for the smooth and efficient management of municipal services and more than 150 employees. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Capital University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Senator Stephanie Kunze (R)--Kunze, a former member of the Ohio House, is in her first term as the Senator for Franklin County’s 16th District. A former Hilliard city council member, Kunze first served two terms in the House before vying for the Senate seat. She is the chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and serves also on the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committees. Kunze’s record on life legislation is extremely mixed, having voted in favor of the Dismemberment abortion ban, but voting against both the Down’s syndrome Abortion ban bill and against the Heartbeat bill.
Representative Sarah Manchester (R)--The first-term Representative of western Ohio’s 84th District (Mercer and parts of Auglaize, Shelby and Darke Counties) comes from a previous stint of serving in the office of Congressman Jim Jordan and doing field work for the Ohio Republican Party in the 2016 election cycle. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and in Political Science from the Ohio State University, and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Political Management from George Washington University. Manchester is the Community Outreach Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western Ohio. She serves on the Agriculture and Rural Devlopment, Primary &Secondary Education, and Transportatin & Public Safety Committees. She has vote pro-life on measures coming before her during her freshman term.
Representative Don Manning (R)--The first term member from New Middletown in the 59th House District (Mahoning County) is a former councilman and vice-chair of the county Republican party. He works with Youth Intensive Services as a Quality and Compliance Analyst, Safe Crisis Management Instructor, and CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor. Manning is the vice-chairman of the House Health Committee, and also serves on the Agriculture and Rural Development and Criminal Justice Committees. He has voted consistently pro-life in his freshman term.
Representative Gayle Manning (R)--The veteran legislator from Lorain County’s 55th House District, who served two terms in the Ohio Senate prior to taking the House seat being vacated by her son Nathan who took her Senate seat, is a retired elementary teacher and North Ridgeville council member. She is currently the director of the Lorain County Historical Society. Manning is the chair of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, and is a member of both the Higher Education and Primary & Secondary Education Committees. Manning has a mixed voting record on life legislation, and voted against the Heartbeat bill in both the Senate and the House. Ohio Department of Higher Education—The Chancellor of Higher Education is Randy Gardner, a former state Senator from Bowling Green. Appointed by Governor DeWine from his Senate seat earlier this year, Gardner has a background in education as a teacher, and has also been a realtor. While serving in the Legislature (both in the House and the Senate) Gardner was a consistent pro-life vote. The Chancellor, a Cabinet position, advises the Governor on higher education policy and implements the Governor’s plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and drive the state’s economic advancement through the public universities and colleges of Ohio, the state’s network of public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult workforce and adult education centers. The Chancellor is responsible for these areas, including authorizing and approving new degree programs and managing state-funded financial aid programs. Senator Hearcel Craig (D)--Senator Hearcel Craig represents the 15 th state Senate District from Columbus. He formerly served two terms in the Ohio House and on Columbus City Council. An Army veteran, Craig had a career with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and developed the City Year program in Columbus. He is the Ranking member on both the Insurance/Financial Institutions and the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Craig’s voting record has been consistently pro-abortion. Representative Mary Lightbody (D)--The first-term Representative of the 19 th District from the northern suburbs of Columbus (Westerville) holds a PhD from The Ohio State University in Education, and is an Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer in the OSU College of Education. She serves on Agriculture/Rural Development, Commerce & Labor, and Higher Education Committees. She has not introduced legislation to this point, and has voted consistently pro-aborion. Representative Scott Lipps (R)--Warren County’s 62 nd District has re-elected Scott Lipps for his second term in Columbus. The former Mayor and Council member for the city of Franklin, Lipps serves as the vice-chairman for the Ways and Means Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee, it’s Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and on the Health Committee. He has been a consistent pro-life vote during his tenure in office. Representative Beth Liston (D)--The first-term member from Franklin County’s 21 st House District (Dublin) is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Ohio State University. Liston holds a BS in Biochemistry from Notre Dame University and an MD and PhD from Ohio State. She is a member of the Aging and Long Term Care, Economic & Workforce Development, and Health Committees. She is the primary sponsor of HB 165, to mandate Ohio adopt Health education standards. She is a consistent and vocal abortion advocate and has voted consistently against pro-life legislation.
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